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9:15 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 …
Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
Hollywood is working from home to meet streaming demand as animation, which can be done remotely, is seeing a boom in the number of shows greenlit to series  —  Hollywood has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.  Theaters across much of the country have closed, movie shoots have come …
Broadcasting & Cable:
Broadcasters Foundation of America expands its emergency grants, which provides up to $1,000, to radio and TV employees in financial need due to COVID-19  —  Expands emergency grant definition to include financial need due to novel coronavirus infection  —  The Broadcasters Foundation …
Poynter:
News orgs' removal of paywalls for pandemic coverage is noble, but makes no sense, and the industry seems to think public service can't coexist with revenue  —  Food is essential, but grocery stores aren't giving it away.  Police are being paid during the crisis.  So why are we making our journalism free?
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
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.
Maria Halkias / Dallas Morning News:
Dallas Morning News' parent company is tapping into its $8M cash reserve, reducing staff pay between 3% and 17%; it started the year with $48.6M in cash  —  A. H. Belo Corporation is also cutting its dividend by 50%.  —  The parent company of The Dallas Morning News is responding …
Discussion: GlobeNewswire
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.
Adam Rowe / Forbes:
Readly has seen users' magazine reading habits shift under lockdown with readership of the categories comics, kids, home, and gardening rising sharply in the US  —  As more and more people around the globe adapt to a new normal under lockdowns in response to the COVID-19 crisis …
Discussion: MediaPost and Folio
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 …
 
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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
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
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
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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
Tim Dams / Variety:
ViacomCBS Networks International acquires Israel-based content producer and pay-TV channel provider Ananey
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
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
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