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9:15 AM ET, April 4, 2020


 Top News: 
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
Sara Jerde / Adweek:
G/O Media, parent of Gizmodo, Kotaku, Jalopnik, Deadspin, and Lifehacker, has laid off 14 people, or less than 5% of its staff  —  It's not the first media company to announce layoffs today  —  G/O Media laid off 14 people—less than 5% of its staff—today in what it characterized as a “small restructuring.”
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.
Jill Goldsmith / Deadline:
ViacomCBS closes its purchase of 49% of Miramax from beIN Media Group, which retains 51%; ViacomCBS paid $150M at closing, will invest $225M more over 5 years  —  ViacomCBS said Friday it's closed on the acquistion of a 49% stake in Miramax from owner beIN Media Group, whih will retain 51% in the company.
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.
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.
Sara Guaglione / MediaPost:
Variety launches Variety Intelligence Platform, a subscription product offering analysis to high-level media professionals, for $399.99/year or $39.99/month  —  The entertainment trade Variety has launched a digital subscription offering.  Aimed at media industry professionals …
Manori Ravindran / Variety:
Ampere: unscripted projects in development across 160 streamers grew from 24% in December 2018 to 51% a year later  —  Against the backdrop of a global pandemic, during which millions of self-isolating individuals are tuning into home entertainment, the trends shaping global content have never been more evident.
Abhilash Kumar / Counterpoint Research:
Global online music streaming grew 32% YoY in 2019, reaching 358M total subs; Spotify led with 31% market share of paid subs, followed by Apple Music at 19%  —  - Spotify continues to be the market leader and recorded a 23% YoY growth in total revenue during CY 2019.
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
Survey in Germany, UK, US, China, India, South Korea, and Germany: 16% of people pay for news, those under 34 are likelier to pay for news than people over 55  —  The kids are all right, according to a new World Economic Forum report.  Young people (ages 16 to 34) are twice as likely to pay …
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 …
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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
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
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
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