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9:50 AM ET, April 3, 2020


 Top News: 
Cannes Lion, a major awards festival and conference in the ad industry, has been canceled after initially being postponed to October  —  Neither festival nor awards will take place this year.  —  Cannes Lions has announced it is cancelling the annual Festival of Creativity …
Sarah Whitten / CNBC:
Disney plans to furlough some non-union employees in its parks, experiences, and products unit starting April 19, will pay for health insurance during furlough  —  - Disney will furlough its non-union park employees starting on April 19.  — During the furlough, employees …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
An OANN correspondent returned to the White House briefing room despite a WHCA vote to bar the outlet; WHCA president says she should sit with WH press aides  —  A cable news correspondent who has been barred from White House briefings by a journalists' organization said Thursday …
Eli Stokols / Los Angeles Times:
WHCA board votes to remove One America News from the rotation for WH briefing room seats for violating social distancing rules, citing public safety
Tatiana Siegel / Hollywood Reporter:
Amazon Prime Video teams up with SXSW to offer free streaming of films that were to be screened at the canceled festival, likely in late April for 10 days  —  The films will stream for free on the streaming platform over 10 days, likely in late April.  —  South by Southwest 2020 …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
HBO is offering 500+ hours of free programming, including The Sopranos and Succession, starting Friday, for a limited time via HBO Now and HBO Go  —  HBO is unlocking its biggest trove of free programming ever — in a goodwill gesture as people look for a diversion during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pew Research Center:
Pew: 92% of MSNBC viewers said the media covered COVID-19 at least somewhat well vs. 58% of Fox News viewers; the former were likelier to know the virus' origin  —  Coverage of COVID-19 has dominated the news and resulted in skyrocketing ratings for the nation's cable news networks.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Washington Post
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
A deep dive into the deal between Apple and Amazon which lets the retail giant process some payments in Prime Video app, and the motivations of both companies  —  Benjamin Mayo, writing for 9to5Mac yesterday: … I've been digging into this since the news broke, and I think it's even more significant than Mayo suggests.
Syed Raza Hassan / Reuters:
Pakistan re-arrests four men, whose convictions for the 2002 murder of journalist Daniel Pearl were overturned by lower courts, as it prepares an appeal  —  KARACHI (Reuters) - Pakistani authorities ordered on Friday four men, including a British militant, convicted of the 2002 murder …
Steve Waldman / Columbia Journalism Review:
Report for America cofounder's ideas for local news: easing conversion to nonprofit, deconsolidating papers, treating local journalism as a public service, more  —  Discussions of how to save local news now need to balance two awkward realities.  On the one hand, local news organizations need urgent help …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Ofcom warns broadcasters of sanctions if they air false COVID-19 health advice after a radio station aired a baseless suggestion that the virus is linked to 5G  —  Broadcasters warned they face sanctions if they give airtime to false Covid-19 health advice  —  British broadcasters …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Source: Comcast's NBCUniversal and Sky to delay the launch of NBC Sky World News, a news service aimed at global English-speaking audiences, due to the pandemic  —  NBC Sky World News, the ambitious news service aimed at English-speaking audiences around the world that was expected to launch this summer, is on hold.
Discussion: TVNewser
New York Times:
How Modi has become more blatant in efforts to control Indian media amid the pandemic, after years of pressure on advertisers, licensing restrictions, more  —  India's government has pressured advertisers and even shut down channels to shape the information that 1.3 billion Indians receive.
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Scott Nover / Adweek:
Sources: 20-30 people have been laid off from CQ Roll Call, mostly from the editorial department; the news outlet was bought by FiscalNote for $180M in 2018
David Bloom / Forbes:
Penske Media plans to launch Sportico, which will focus on the business side of sports, by June or July; Dick Glover to be the CEO and Scott Soshnick the EIC
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Memo: Google will begin letting some advertisers run COVID-19 related ads, prioritizing government entities, hospitals, and others working directly on the issue
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Kerry Flynn / CNN:
As media companies enact drastic cost cutting amid COVID-19, labor unions like NewsGuild-CWA are putting the power of collective bargaining to the test
Alexios Mantzarlis / The Keyword:
Google's GNI to provide $6.5M to fact-checkers and nonprofits like First Draft and PolitiFact and make more local Google Trends data available to journalists