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5:50 PM ET, April 2, 2020

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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 …
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  —  Health authorities have warned that an overabundance of information can make it harder for people to obtain reliable guidance about the coronavirus pandemic.
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:
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
Acorn TV, AMC's streaming service with UK content, to launch in the UK on April 29 with a 30-day free trial, after which it will cost £4.99/month or £49.99/year  —  Bringing British TV to Britain for £4.99 per month  —  AMC Networks said it is launching Acorn TV …
Discussion: Variety and The Streamable
Sara Jerde / Adweek:
WSJ and Barron's are guaranteeing a 70% recall rate, a measure of ad effectiveness, on print ads in the next 2 months, or they'll run the same size ad for free  —  Program addresses brands' hardship in light of coronavirus  —  Key insights:  —  As brands shift ad spends due to the coronavirus …
Discussion: @ksandler1
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 …
Discussion: Press Gazette and @karlbode
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
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.
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  —  President Trump has made contentious exchanges with reporters a feature of his daily coronavirus briefings, often using personal invective …
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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.
 
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David Bloom / Forbes:
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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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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
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
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
UK newspaper publishers call on advertisers to rethink the addition of coronavirus-related words to ad blacklists, as they face a digital revenue loss of £50M
Sara Fischer / Axios:
McClatchy says it will put its paywall back up around some coronavirus news to balance its duty to keep people informed with its need to increase subscriptions