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7:15 PM ET, March 25, 2020

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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
While Trump's new briefings draw strong TV ratings, some journalists and health experts worry about airing misleading or wrong information and personal attacks  —  The president's viewership has rivaled the audiences for hit reality shows and prime-time football.  But some worry about misinformation.
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Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Fox News anchors, from its supposedly hard-hitting news division, failed to challenge Trump as he repeatedly misled viewers during the coronavirus town hall  —  New York (CNN Business)Anchors at Fox News failed to meaningfully challenge President Trump as he repeatedly misled …
J. Edward Moreno / The Hill:
KUOW, a public radio station in WA, says it'll no longer air White House COVID-19 briefings due to misleading info and difficulty of fact checking in real-time
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Memo: BuzzFeed announces graduated salary cuts in April and May, with staffers in the lowest bracket facing 5% cuts and executives taking 14% to 25% cuts  —  Some staffers, including executives, will see a nearly 25-percent pay cut.  And one source said CEO Jonah Peretti will not take a salary as the crisis continues.
Craig Aaron / Columbia Journalism Review:
What a stimulus package for journalism should look like, including doubling federal funds for public media and direct support for daily and weekly newsrooms  —  The coronavirus COVID-19 has upended everything, including business as usual in Washington.  In a matter of days …
Brian Stelter / CNN:
TV hosts are adapting to realities of covering a pandemic from studios in bedrooms and basements, losing video quality but with a new efficiency and intimacy  —  New York (CNN Business)Many of America's most popular and influential television hosts are now broadcasting live from bedrooms and basements.
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Twitter, which recently updated safety policies for COVID-19, blocked a tweet by The Federalist saying it's time to consider “controlled voluntary infection”  —  A tweet by conservative online magazine The Federalist, which suggested people should deliberately infect themselves …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Analyst estimates Facebook and Google could lose $44B+ in 2020 global ad revenue due to COVID-19; Facebook says its ad business has weakened in affected places  —  Ad spending is falling off a cliff amid the COVID-19 pandemic — and Facebook and Google, the two heavyweights in digital advertising …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Some major towns in the UK lose their only print newspaper, leaving self-isolating older people without trusted news sources, as JPI Media suspends 12 titles  —  Many self-isolating older people left without trusted news source as presses stop rolling  —  Major towns including Milton Keynes …
Joyce Gannon / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Pittsburgh-area newspapers cut staff, suspend or combine print editions, and launch fundraising appeals, as a 175-year old weekly permanently closes  —  The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a harsh toll on news media in the Pittsburgh region including layoffs, suspension of print editions and, in at least one case, permanent closure.
Elaine Low / Variety:
Discovery withdraws its previous outlook for FY 2020 and will borrow $500M to “increase its cash position and maximize flexibility” during the pandemic  —  Discovery will borrow $500 million under its credit facility to boost its cash position the latest media company to scramble to deal the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
Anthony D'Alessandro / Deadline:
AMC Theatres has furloughed 600+ employees at its Kansas headquarters, including CEO Adam Aron; staffers get reduced or no pay but keep health insurance access  —  EXCLUSIVE, Updated: AMC has issued a statement in regards to the news today that it has furloughed 600 employees at its headquarter in Leawood, KS.
Discussion: Variety, /Film, The Wrap, Forbes and Collider
Pew Research Center:
Pew survey: 57% of Americans who rely mostly on social media for political and election news say they've seen “news” that seemed made up about COVID-19  —  While coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic consumes the nation's news, people whose most common pathway to political and election news …
BBC:
BBC News has suspended plans, announced in January, to cut 450 jobs as it faces the demands of covering the coronavirus pandemic  —  BBC News has suspended plans to cut 450 jobs as it faces the demands of covering the coronavirus pandemic.  —  The job losses were announced in January …
 
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK clears DMGT's purchase of the i newspaper; DMGT bought the i from JPI Media for £49.6M in November
Jill Goldsmith / Deadline:
SEC filing: Comcast has raised $4B from the sale of debt securities; the move follows Disney, which raised $6B last week
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Alex Ritman / Hollywood Reporter:
UK's public service broadcasters call on the government to financially support freelancers working in the industry “as a matter of urgency”
ProPublica:
In the last two weeks, several US conservative radio hosts were telling millions of listeners that the coronavirus furor is a politically motivated overreaction
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Esquire has quietly trimmed its print edition to six per year, down from eight, and says the reduction is not coronavirus-related but to improve print quality
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Google brings its Podcasts app to iOS and unveils a redesign of Android app, with users' listening habits syncable across platforms via Google Podcasts for Web
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Vijaya Gadde / Twitter:
Twitter is donating $500K each to the Committee to Protect Journalists and the International Women's Media Foundation
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Mozilla launches Firefox Better Web with Scroll for Firefox tracking protection and Scroll's ad-free browsing experience for $2.50/mo. for the first six months
The New York Times Company:
NYT, WSJ, WaPo publishers call on China to reverse its expulsion of their journalists: “the media is collateral damage in a diplomatic dispute”
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
ABC, known for drama, is placing a heavier focus on news as broadcast networks see viewers of most-watched cable news anchors rise ~25% over past two weeks
 

 
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