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2:00 PM ET, April 3, 2020


 Top News: 
H.G. Watson / JSource:
Canadian fast-food chain Mary Brown's Chicken & Taters partners with Postmedia to drop newspaper paywalls in April, part of an effort to serve the public  —  Fried chicken chain partnership lets newspaper company drop paywall in April  —  We live in unprecedented times.
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 …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Bustle closes The Outline a year after acquiring it, amid broader layoffs of 24 people and pay cuts; Josh Topolsky to explore “alternative paths” for the site  —  YouTube Beauty Guru James Charles on Launching His ‘Instant Influencer’ Reality Show and Coping During COVID-19
New Zealand Herald:
Bauer Media New Zealand, publisher of some of the country's most popular magazine titles, shuts down; about 300 people have lost their jobs  —  New Zealand's biggest newsstand magazines have folded, as Bauer Media NZ abruptly closed its doors permanently as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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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
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
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
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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
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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
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