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1:10 PM 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 …
Jason Lynch / Adweek:
AMC rolls out Upfront Connect for online sales, with Screening Room, which airs first looks at upcoming shows, and gives access to its branded content studio  —  Access is also free to new branded studio The Content Room  —  Key insights:  — The site includes information …
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.
Gene Park / Washington Post:
Jason Schreier, who has covered work conditions in game development, is leaving Kotaku, citing dismay with G/O Media; Gizmodo EIC Kelly Bourdet quit Wednesday  —  Jason Schreier, a journalist known in the video game industry for covering working conditions inside tight-lipped game development studios …
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 …
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
Discussion: @dogsectionpress
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
Ad Council launches a programmatic private marketplace to which media companies can donate inventory for digital PSAs to fight COVID-19  —  Cadreon, Trade Desk, Acxiom, EMX power pro bono programmatic  —  Working with several ad tech companies, the Ad Council has launched …
Discussion: Adweek, AdExchanger, MediaPost and Campaign
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Google News Initiative launches The Journalism Emergency Relief Fund to aid small and medium-sized local news publishers globally  —  Google has launched a global emergency relief fund for local news publishers to help them during the coronavirus (Covid-19) downturn.
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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
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
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
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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
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%
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%