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8:10 PM ET, March 31, 2020

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Brian Stelter / CNN:
CNN's Chris Cuomo has been diagnosed with COVID-19, but he says he is feeling well and will continue anchoring his show from his home  —  New York (CNN Business)CNN anchor Chris Cuomo has been diagnosed with Covid-19, the network said in a memo to employees on Tuesday.
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
COVID-19 has gravely accelerated the need for newsrooms to confront issues like need for talent, appropriate staff size, and cutting print days, among others  —  As local newspapers' businesses hit the skids, they're finding themselves careening right now into a future they'd thought was still several years away.
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Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Gannett CEO announces furloughs and pay cuts across the company, says other execs will take a 25% pay cut and he won't take a salary until the cuts are reversed
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
BBC says the license fee could eventually be replaced by a monthly tax on broadband connections in response to proposals to decriminalize nonpayment of the fee  —  Corporation responds to government plan to decriminalise non-payment of licence fee  —  The BBC has said the television licence fee …
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Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Profile of STAT, a science and medical news site that was early to cover COVID-19 and has attracted ~30M unique visitors this year, 4x to 5x its usual traffic  —  Stat, started in 2015 by the Red Sox owner John Henry, is drawing four to five times its normal audience.  “We were built for this,” one of its editors said.
Chris Best / Substack Blog:
Substack donates $100K in grants to writers struggling due to pandemic, drops its cut of subscription revenue for pubs donating earnings to COVID-19 causes  —  We started Substack because we believe that what you read matters and good writing is valuable.  We believe that writers, bloggers …
John Ourand / Sports Business Daily:
Sources: DAZN is telling sports leagues it won't pay rights fees for any suspended games, will defer payments for future seasons; some staff to be furloughed  —  DAZN has started telling sports leagues that it will not pay rights fees for any games that have been suspended or content …
Tony Maglio / The Wrap:
Fox withdraws financial guidance, citing delayed productions and sports cancellations and postponements, and says it plans to amend agreements with lenders  —  Fox says it plans to raise $1.2 billion through the sale of senior notes and use the money “for general corporate purposes.”
Daniel Bernhard / Toronto Star:
Canadian media, starved of ad revenues for years, is on the brink of mass extinction due to the pandemic; CBC cancelled all local TV news broadcasts last week  —  By some industry estimates, many of our major media outlets will fail within weeks.  Starved of advertising revenues for years …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Spotify for Kids launches in the US, Canada, and France on the $14.99/month Spotify Premium Family tier with 8,000 songs, of which 50% is localized  —  Spotify is giving more housebound parents — and their cooped-up kids — a new tool to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Samantha Conti / WWD:
Conde Nast Britain to offer free digital access to May issues of its magazines; Conde Nast Italy offering free access to its magazines for the next three months  —  Rihanna, wearing a durag designed by Stephen Jones Millinery, fronts the May edition of British Vogue.
 
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Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Rebutting Ben Smith's idea of abandoning local papers in favor of all-digital newsrooms, mostly nonprofit: supporting local journalism needs multiple tactics
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Lee Enterprises implements pay reductions and furloughs equivalent to two weeks' salary in the third quarter, while the executive team will take a 20% pay cut
Jason Lynch / Adweek:
IAB postpones its now-virtual Digital Content NewFronts by two months to the week of June 22
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
How entertainment and lifestyle publishers like Bustle, BuzzFeed, and People are adapting to coronavirus disrupting events and upending planned content
Bryan Curtis / The Ringer:
Baseball site FanGraphs laid off 20+ freelancers last week, foreshadowing how the next few months could be a disastrous period for freelance sportswriters
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Variety:
Memo: iHeartMedia CEO Bob Pittman waives salary, other execs take pay cuts, as an unknown number of staff receive 90-day furloughs without pay due to pandemic
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Michael Luo / New Yorker:
An in-depth look at the macroeconomic picture for US newsrooms since 2008: fights over paywalls, non-profit startups, the death of local news, and now COVID-19
The Guardian:
Hungary passes a draconian coronavirus law that allows PM Orbán to rule by decree and includes jail terms of up to five years for spreading “misinformation”
Tampa Bay Times:
The Tampa Bay Times to temporarily cut print editions to Sunday and Wednesday, says digital subscription gains are not enough to make up for advertising losses
James Poniewozik / New York Times:
Trump has turned his coronavirus briefings into create-your-own-reality TV with the structure, intrigue, drama, rhythm, and characters of a weekly reality show
Ina Fried / Axios:
After changing its rules, Twitter is cracking down on COVID-19 misinformation from prominent accounts, including Brazilian President Bolsonaro and Rudy Giuliani
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Facebook says it will invest $100M to support the news industry during COVID-19: $25M in emergency funding for local news and $75M in additional marketing spend