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7:35 PM ET, April 9, 2020

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Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Pence's office says it won't let public health officials appear on CNN unless the outlet airs the part of the briefing with the VP and other task force members  —  New York (CNN Business)Vice President Mike Pence's office has declined to allow the nation's top health officials to appear …
Zacc Ritter / Gallup:
Gallup: general US attitudes toward media are unchanged since 2018 with 34% having a favorable or somewhat favorable view thereof, largely correlated with party  —  As news about the novel coronavirus has gripped the country in recent weeks, a series of Knight Foundation/Gallup surveys finds …
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Paul Tassi / Forbes:
Quibi's Punk'd will air in parts of Fortnite, potentially setting the stage for other content deals, as Fortnite shifts to becoming a virtual meeting space  —  In yet another step forward to becoming the Metaverse, dataminers have pulled out information about a new playlist coming to Fortnite which will …
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Clara Hendrickson / Brookings:
Half of the US counties that have reported COVID-19 cases are news deserts and 57% lack a daily paper  —  While the coronavirus may be a global pandemic, the public health crisis has revealed the critical role of local news outlets currently working tirelessly to cover the impact of the coronavirus on their communities.
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
Memo: McClatchy will furlough 4.4% of employees, lay off 4 executives, and reduce some executive pay; CEO Craig Forman will take a 50% cut to total compensation  —  New York (CNN Business)McClatchy (MNIQQ), owner of 30 US newspapers, announced on Thursday it will furlough 4.4% of its employees …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Patrick Frater / Variety:
Sony acquires a $400M, or 5%, stake in Bilibili, a Chinese online entertainment platform that spans video to mobile games and says it has 116M DAUs  —  Sony is to pay $400 million for a minority stake in Chinese online entertainment platform Bilibili.  The deal values Bilibili at $8 billion.
Justin Wise / The Hill:
18 US senators ask leadership to include aid in any future COVID-19 stimulus plan for recipients “who make a long-term commitment to high quality local news”  —  More than a dozen senators are calling for any future stimulus package addressing the economic fallout from the novel coronavirus …
 
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Barbara Allen / Poynter:
Tribune Publishing CEO announces 2%-10% permanent pay cuts for non-union employees making $67,000/year or more, will pursue cost savings among unionized workers
Mairead McArdle / National Review:
Nature apologizes for COVID-19 coverage “erroneously...associating the virus with Wuhan and with China” because linkage led to stigma
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Jack Hough / Barron's Online:
Interview with Bob Iger on how the entertainment industry and Disney might change after the pandemic, the mood at Disney, and more
Jason Gurwin / The Streamable:
Disney says Disney+ has 50M+ paid subscribers globally, and that its April 3 launch in India accounts for 8M Disney+ subscribers
Tristan Greene / The Next Web:
A look at the racist, right-wing conspiracy blog that Kayleigh McEnany, the new White House press secretary, ran until 2016
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
The Philadelphia COVID-19 Community Information Fund says it will give newsrooms in the city $2.5M to cover COVID-19