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9:05 AM ET, April 16, 2020


 Top News: 
David Robb / Deadline:
WGA East files complaint with NLRB, accusing NBCU of union-busting by reassigning employees from its shuttered, unionized Peacock unit to NBC News Studios  —  UPDATED with NBCUniversal response, 1:49 PM: The WGA East today accused NBCUniversal of “union busting” in a dispute over the shuttering …
Steve Herman / Voice of America:
Trump calls Voice of America's work “disgusting”, threatens to adjourn Congress so he can appoint his candidates to posts, including head of the agency over VOA  —  WHITE HOUSE - U.S. President Donald Trump is threatening to adjourn Congress because lawmakers have not approved …
Elaina Plott / New York Times:
Sources: in early March, Trump discussed hosting a daily, two-hour radio show from the White House but dropped the idea so as not to compete with Rush Limbaugh
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
NBC News tests a version of its Nightly News for kids and teens between 6 and 16, streaming on YouTube today and likely to appear at least twice a week  —  Lester Holt is about to discuss hard news with a softer touch.  —  The “NBC Nightly News” anchor will lead an experimental version …
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Guardian Media Group expects £20M revenue shortfall over the next six months, will furlough 100 non-editorial staff, suspend pay rises, and cut execs pay by 20%
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
In a memo, Advance Local's CEO Caroline Harrison announces temporary pay cuts, furloughs, and suspension of 401k matches at its newspapers  —  The company's CEO said the cuts were ‘necessary to take some immediate steps to mitigate our losses and protect our long-term viability.’
Luke Ottenhof / The Guardian:
A look at Means TV, a worker-owned, leftist entertainment media cooperative supported entirely by its 3,700 subscribers, most of whom pay $10 per month  —  The entertainment media cooperative considers itself a ‘post-capitalist’ streaming service - and a critical counterweight to rightwing media
Megan Graham / CNBC:
IAB survey of 200+ US publishers: 98% expect lower 2020 revenue; 88% of news publishers had buyers ask to cancel campaigns and 86% said advertisers paused ads  —  - Most online publishers in the U.S. polled in a new Internet Advertising Bureau survey say they've had advertisers cancel or pause ad campaigns with them.
Discussion: The Wrap
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
NYT redeploys people to write COVID-19 obituaries, in a series called Those We've Lost to the Coronavirus, a solemn echo of its 9/11 series, Portraits of Grief  —  After 9/11, the New York Times' inaugurated a long-running series called “Portraits of Grief,” featuring short obituaries of people …
Christopher Baxter / Nieman Reports:
As state capitals gain extraordinary power in the pandemic, newsrooms like Spotlight PA, which provide accountability reporting, deliver a vital public service  —  Times of extraordinary government power require extraordinary accountability reporting  —  Armed with expansive emergency powers …
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Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
Snopes says it had 37M visitors from late February to late March, up 43% from the previous 30 days, as it deals with an avalanche of COVID-19 misinformation
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
NY court rules Mashable embedding an Instagram post does not violate copyright law, as the photographer gave a “valid sublicense” by posting the image publicly
Scott Roxborough / Hollywood Reporter:
Germany drops antitrust proceedings against Sky and Dazn over alleged collusion during Champions League bidding, citing the pandemic as a factor
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Google News Initiative launches The Journalism Emergency Relief Fund to aid small and medium-sized local news publishers globally
 Earlier Picks: 
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
Memo: Valence Media lays off staff, cuts pay due to COVID-19 and as part of revamping at Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, Vibe; source: media unit lost 100+ jobs
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%
Todd Spangler / Variety:
NBCUniversal's ad-supported Peacock Premium tier launches for Xfinity X1 and Flex customers on Wednesday; the bulk of Peacock's originals are delayed until 2021