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11:40 PM ET, April 2, 2020

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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.
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 …
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  —  Democrats had criticized Google for refusing to run attack ads targeting Trump's coronavirus response.
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 …
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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
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
WaPo, NYT, CNBC, and others have stopped sending reporters to Trump's daily COVID-19 briefings, concerned about health risks and the lack of new information
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.
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  —  It's the latest in a series of layoffs afflicting the media industry this month  —  Key insights:
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.
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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Apple now lets some video streaming apps, like Amazon Prime Video, use their own payment methods for in-app purchases on Apple devices, avoiding Apple's 30% cut
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 …
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.
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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  —  I'm a media/tech/entertainment writer, podcaster, speaker and analyst  —  Penske Media Corp. said today it is launching Sportico …
 
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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
Alexander Cornwell / Reuters:
Streaming service provider OSN signs an exclusive agreement with Disney to distribute Disney+ in the Middle East and North Africa from April 9 for $9.50/month
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Kaya Yurieff / CNN:
Doctors are banding together on Twitter and TikTok to settle on frameworks of verifiable sources and information to share with the public
Los Angeles Times:
After a seven-year stalemate, the LA Dodgers' TV home, SportsNet LA, will now air on AT&T platforms including DirecTV, AT&T TV, U-Verse TV, and AT&T Now
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Former Hulu chief Jason Kilar is named CEO of WarnerMedia, giving him oversight of Warner Bros., HBO, the Turner cable assets, and HBO Max