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1:30 PM ET, April 14, 2020

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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.
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Variety, The Streamable and Fortune
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.
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  —  Reddit will begin publicly disclosing its political advertisers and how much money they shell out in a new transparency hub …
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  —  - Vox is discussing furloughing about 100 employees as it seeks to cut costs amid coronavirus quarantines.
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 …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Bloomberg launches Screentime, an entertainment vertical, around four pillars: TV and movies, music and podcasting, esports and video games, and influencers  —  Bloomberg is launching a new entertainment-focused vertical called “Screentime,” the company will announce on Tuesday.
Discussion: Talking Biz News and Bloomberg
Megan Graham / CNBC:
Roku withdraws 2020 financial outlook, expects higher Q1 revenue after Q1 streaming hours grew 49% YoY and net users rose to an estimated 39.8M, up 3M from Dec.  —  - Roku said Monday that it was withdrawing its full-year 2020 financial outlook due to economic uncertainties around the Covid-19 pandemic.
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 …
 
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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
Discussion: Multichannel News
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
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: 
Bloomberg:
YouTube says viewership of videos classified as “news” has increased 75% YoY in the recent weeks
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”
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Instagram updates its IGTV app with a hands-free recording mode, a Discover tab, and a redesigned homepage featuring a recommended creator at the top
Discussion: @everyvowel
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