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5:30 PM ET, April 14, 2020

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Ty Pendlebury / CNET:
Sling TV debuts Happy Hour Across America, which lets new users stream its 50+ channel Sling Blue package for free from 5pm ET to midnight  —  Live TV streaming service Sling TV has been rolling out a bunch of promotions in response to coronavirus stay-at-home orders nationwide, and the newest one could be its best yet.
Tamar Lapin / New York Post:
On his SiriusXM show, Chris Cuomo says he doesn't want to spend his time “trafficking in things that I think are ridiculous” regarding his CNN show  —  Chris Cuomo's coronavirus-induced fever may have subsided but the CNN anchor was red hot on Monday.
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
Scripps' board members and executives including the CEO are taking 10% to 15% pay cuts with the money saved going to the company's COVID-19 employee relief fund  —  Top executives and director of the E.W. Scripps Co. are taking voluntary salary and fee reductions as the Coronavirus crisis continues.
Reuters:
Iraq suspends Reuters' license for 3 months and orders it to apologize, after it published a story saying there were more COVID-19 cases than the official tally  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Iraq has suspended the licence of the Reuters news agency after it published a story saying the number …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Verizon Media is giving away $10M in digital ad inventory to groups responding to the COVID-19, with a focus on mental health, as well as to the CDC and WHO  —  Telco's digital media division also launches Yahoo Life wellbeing-focused vertical  —  Verizon Media is giving away $10 million …
Discussion: MediaPost and Multichannel News
William J. Broad / New York Times:
Investigation finds a decade-long health disinformation campaign by Russia, using social media and news outlets like RT, to sow confusion and hurt institutions  —  A decade of health disinformation promoted by President Vladimir Putin of Russia has sown wide confusion, hurt major institutions …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
SCOTUS plans to provide a live audio feed of the arguments it will hear by telephone in May to media and to the public, a first  —  For the first time, the nation's highest court will open a live audio feed as it hears arguments in 10 sets of cases.  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court announced …
Rebecca Rubin / Variety:
Universal says Trolls World Tour had the biggest opening day and weekend for a digital title, generating around ten times what the next largest VOD release had  —  Universal announced Monday that “Trolls World Tour,” a sequel to 2016's animated musical, landed the biggest debut for a digital release.
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
The comic book industry has been hit hard by COVID-19 as stores close and the distribution of new titles grinds to a halt, creating uncertainty about the future  —  A key distributor has halted deliveries and shops are shuttered, putting the entire industry in jeopardy: “A lot of people are going to lose their livelihoods.”
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Kali Hays / WWD:
Memo: LA Times is furloughing some non-union, business-side employees up to 16 weeks, and some editorial staff and managers will get pay cuts from 5% to 15%  —  A company executive told staff that the coronavirus has caused an “unprecedented” decline in revenue for the paper.
 
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Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
Amid the pandemic, demand for newsletters, Instagram accounts, and YouTube channels focused on good news has grown, from NatGeo to Upworthy
Discussion: 9to5Google
The Guardian:
The UK-based Daily Telegraph stops publishing its long-running China Watch section, which was funded by China Daily and written by Chinese state journalists
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Bloomberg launches Screentime, an entertainment vertical, around four pillars: TV and movies, music and podcasting, esports and video games, and influencers
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Lawrence Lessig withdraws suit accusing NYT of “clickbait defamation” after the paper made changes, including making its online headline match the print edition
Discussion: Lessig
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Photographers, confined to seven spots in the WH briefing room due to social distancing, get creative in capturing historic moments during COVID-19 briefings
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Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Reddit's new transparency hub discloses the identities of its political advertisers since Jan. 2019, how they target users, and amount spent on each campaign
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
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: Vox Media to announce furloughs of ~100 employees this week, with possible pay cuts for highest earners and other cuts including freelancers, vendors
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
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