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12:50 AM ET, April 14, 2020


 Top News: 
John Ourand / Sports Business Daily:
ESPN confirms it is asking about 100 commentators to take a temporary pay cut; sources: ESPN is asking talent to take a 15% pay cut over the next three months  —  ESPN has asked its 100 most highly paid commentators to take voluntary 15% pay cuts over the next three months …
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Meg Whitman says Quibi had 1.7M downloads in its first week and is accelerating plans to let the app cast to TVs due to the lockdown  —  - New mobile streaming service Quibi saw 1.7 million downloads in its first week, CEO Meg Whitman said on CNBC's “Squawk on the Street” Monday.
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  —  And can we do better?  —  The coronavirus pandemic has crippled America.  So far, the virus has killed more than 20,000 people …
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.
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.
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Interview with NYT's Dean Baquet on why the paper waited weeks to cover a sexual assault allegation against Biden and edited the article to appease his campaign  —  Dean Baquet, the executive editor of The New York Times, said the article was published when there was enough reporting …
YouTube says viewership of videos classified as “news” has increased 75% YoY in the recent weeks  —  - Executive Mohan says Google unit ‘vigilant’ on misinformation  — Video hub pulls #filmyourhospital clips claiming virus is hoax  —  News viewership on YouTube soared 75% …
Discussion: @retailprophet
Mike Brest / Washington Examiner:
The White House Correspondents' Association says it has rescheduled its annual dinner for August 29 “after consulting with public health and medical officials”  —  The White House Correspondents' Association has rescheduled its annual dinner for the fall after its spring date …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Trump campaign sues Wisconsin TV station WJFW-NBC for “common law defamation” after it ran a Priorities USA ad alleging Trump called the coronavirus a “hoax”  —  A few weeks back, we noted that the Trump Campaign was sending threatening letters about a TV ad …
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.
Jane Perlez / New York Times:
Interviews with 41 foreign correspondents shed light on reporting from the US during the Trump administration, often having to decode unprecedented events  —  Dagens Nyheter, Sweden  —  Reporting from Washington, D.C., since 2017; first foreign posting.  —  A lot of Swedes are interested …
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Ayush Tiwari / Newslaundry:
Amid lockdown in India, The Quint furloughed about 45 staff, Times of India laid off some employees, and national dailies like Indian Express announced pay cuts
 Earlier Picks: 
Munsif Vengattil / Reuters:
Dish Network says it's cut staff, without specifying how many, and is re-evaluating its business to better cope with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic
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
Discussion: @alex
Renée DiResta / The Atlantic:
Chinese state media is amplifying conspiracies from the internet, aimed at muddying the origin of COVID-19, through official channels, paid ads, and diplomats
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