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11:20 AM ET, April 13, 2020


 Top News: 
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Sources: after handing over to the new CEO, Bob Iger effectively returned to run Disney in March, as the pandemic decimated its most profitable businesses  —  The former C.E.O. thought he was riding into the sunset.  Now he's reasserting control and reimagining Disney as a company with fewer employees and more thermometers.
Andrew Bucholtz / Awful Announcing:
Sports Illustrated owner Maven has fired longtime soccer journalist Grant Wahl, following Wahl's public criticism of company plans for a permanent staff pay cut  —  Grant Wahl is far from the only person to criticize Maven's operation of Sports Illustrated, but he may be the first to lose his job after offering those criticisms.
Peter Kafka / Vox:
In some early COVID-19 coverage by the US media, conflicting and sometimes inaccurate information from experts and officials resulted in muddled messages  —  President Trump speaks during a news conference with members of his Coronavirus Task Force on March 19.  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
New York Times:
Condé Nast announces pay cuts of 10%-20% for those earning over $100K and expects “some role eliminations” as it seeks government assistance in the UK and EU  —  The glossy magazine publisher says it is experiencing “significant financial pressure” and imposing cost-saving measures across the globe.
Chris Stokel-Walker / OneZero:
As some YouTube advertising rates drop by as much as 50% while viewership rates are up, YouTubers say their pay has declined dramatically  —  Advertising rates on the platform have dropped significantly during the coronavirus pandemic  —  Newspapers, websites, and TV channels have all been decimated by the coronavirus.
Daniel Chang / Miami Herald:
The Miami Herald says FL governor's aide pressured its law firm into not filing a public records lawsuit to disclose COVID-19 data; Herald to file with new firm  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' general counsel called a representative of the Miami Herald's law firm seeking to quash …
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
An estimated 28,000 workers at US news companies have been laid off, furloughed, or had their pay reduced since the COVID-19 crisis began  —  Roughly 28,000 workers at news companies nationwide have been laid off, furloughed or had their pay reduced.  Some publications that rely on ads have shut down.
New York Times:
Hospital administrators in the US are warning doctors and nurses to not speak to the media or post online about workplace concerns, or risk suspension or firing  —  Hospitals have warned, disciplined and even fired staff members who went public with workplace concerns about coronavirus precautions.
Mia Galuppo / Hollywood Reporter:
SXSW filmmakers voice concerns over SXSW's Amazon Prime Video free streaming offer, saying it may hurt their film's distribution chances and future sales  —  “Showing things for free isn't going to make a dent,” says one producer of a project that has opted out of the tech giant's festival collection.
Brent Lang / Variety:
Cinemark, the third largest theater chain in the US, launches a $250M debt sale as cinemas close indefinitely due to the pandemic  —  Cinemark is launching an offering of $250 million in senior secured notes.  The theater chain said the debt securities will be used for “general corporate purposes …
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Seb Joseph / Digiday:
Esport sites are struggling to monetize the huge rise in viewership due to the drastically slowed ad market; Twitch had a record 1.1B viewing hours in March
New York Times:
In response to the pandemic, fashion magazines adjust to reduced ads, no photoshoots, and walking the line between selling fantasy and reflecting the crisis
Rachel Nuwer / New York Times:
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Alex Thompson / Politico:
The Young Turks employees voted to unionize on Thursday; in a note to staff, CEO Cenk Uygur continued to oppose the union, but “would respect their choice”
Luke Mullins / Washingtonian:
Memo: Washington Post local government and politics reporter Darran Simon was found dead in his apartment Thursday; Simon joined WaPo last month from CNN