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12:05 AM ET, April 7, 2020

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The Wrap:
THR editor Matt Belloni to resign; source: Belloni opposed Valence Media co-CEOs' direction not to publish stories that would negatively impact their interests  —  Hollywood Reporter Editorial Director Matt Belloni announced Monday he is abruptly stepping down after 14 years at the publication …
Hank Stuever / Washington Post:
Review of Quibi's launch shows: most are entertaining and the formats feel spot-on for casual smartphone viewing, but the selection needs work  —  Quibi?  Well, if you insist . . .  —  It's yet another subscription service, launching Monday with two dozen TV shows (to start) …
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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Quibi app review: works reliably, auto-flips between landscape and portrait, but no tablet-optimized mode, no family member profiles, and lacks a TV experience
Adam Epstein / Quartz:
To succeed, Quibi should lean into the unscripted content that works well on the platform, and not mimic prestige television
Nicole Sperling / New York Times:
Founder Jeffery Katzenberg and CEO Meg Whitman face challenges as Quibi short-video streaming service launches with $1.8B in funding amid the COVID-19 pandemic
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
The Atlantic says it gained 36,000 new subscribers over the past four weeks, with a third of them subscribing to both digital and print  —  The Atlantic had a very good March.  —  In an email to his staff, editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg announced:  —  Those traffic numbers are very impressive.
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
In a tweet, Trump says ad revenue is down at NYT and Wapo and wonders if it is because they are “fake news” or “the Virus is just plain beating them up”  —  President Donald Trump took shots at The New York Times and the Washington Post on Twitter Monday …
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
NBC, ABC, and CBS to team up for a fundraiser curated by Lady Gaga on April 18, with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, and Stephen Colbert hosting the broadcast  —  Lady Gaga will curate the fundraiser, which will be hosted by Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert.
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
NBCUniversal says it will reduce ad loads across its networks to make room for more programming and add more entertainment and news content during the lockdown  —  On news broadcasts and cable news channels, the company will reduce commercial loads to allow for more programming.
The New York Times Company:
The New York Times Company partners with Verizon to offer all students and teachers in US high schools free access to nytimes.com from April 6 to July 6  —  The New York Times Company and Verizon today joined forces to offer all students and teachers in high schools within the U.S. free digital access to NYTimes.com.
Tina Dyakon / Poynter:
The Poynter Institute announces a new partnership with NPR in which Poynter's Kelly McBride will serve as NPR's new public editor  —  The Poynter Institute announces a pioneering new partnership with NPR in which Poynter's Kelly McBride serves as public editor, strengthening NPR's mission …
Variety:
Sources: AMI exec Dylan Howard, who was embroiled in scandals involving Weinstein and Trump, is out, after his March 31 contract was not renewed  —  American Media Inc. executive Dylan Howard is out after more than a decade at the publishing company, Variety has learned exclusively.
Discussion: The Wrap and @ewagmeister
Washington Post:
How Trump's obsession with TV news and focus on himself has fueled a chaotic COVID-19 response, with each day becoming an attempt to win the news cycle  —  President Trump began the seven-day stretch threatening — and then reneging on — a quarantine of the New York region.
J. Clara Chan / The Wrap:
Two former 21st Century Fox executives, including Wondery CEO Hernan Lopez, charged with bribing soccer officials in exchange for broadcasting rights  —  Two former 21st Century Fox sports marketing executives were charged on Monday in the U.S. government's long-running FIFA corruption investigation …
Poynter:
News orgs applying for federal coronavirus relief loans to stem the decline in local journalism will require a new set of ethics regarding government assistance  —  Local newsrooms are so pressed for cash that historic taboos on asking for government assistance seem to have melted away.
 
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Press Gazette:
A former soldier has been sentenced to 23 years in prison in Slovakia for the alleged contract killings of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee
Tim Dams / Variety:
ViacomCBS Networks International acquires Israel-based content producer and pay-TV channel provider Ananey
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Zaineb Mohammed / Borealis Philanthropy:
The Racial Equity in Journalism Fund at Borealis Philanthropy awards $2.3M in grants to 16 news organizations led by and serving US communities of color
Roy J. Harris Jr / Poynter:
A look at the reporting projects that could win the 2020 Pulitzers, currently set for April 20, based on this season's other award winners so far
Discussion: @poynter
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
UK publisher Reach, which operates the Daily Mirror, Daily Express, and Daily Star, says it will furlough almost 1,000 employees and enact pay cuts