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4:20 PM ET, April 16, 2020


 Top News: 
Twitter pulls funding for BuzzFeed's AM to DM due to the business impact of COVID-19, forcing BuzzFeed to suspend the show, with staffers' last day on April 28  —  Some right-wing media personalities are encouraging Americans to protest stay-at-home orders, arguing it is time to start to re-open the economy.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Nielsen: 31M people watched NBC, CBS, and ABC's evening shows between March 16 and April 7, a 42% rise YoY; PBS' NewsHour says its audience rose 34%  —  Every Friday evening, Steve Hartman takes “CBS Evening News” viewers “On The Road,” in an end-of-show segment that was originally devised …
David Robb / Deadline:
WGA East files complaint with NLRB, accusing NBCU of union busting by reassigning staffers from unionized Peacock Productions, now defunct, 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 …
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 …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
64% of the 14 media companies that published 2019 gender pay gap info in the UK saw their gaps grow from 2018; The Economist Group had the highest gap of 29.5%  —  Six out of ten UK news media companies saw their gender pay gaps increase in in 2019, according to the latest figures.
Dan Parks / The Chronicle of Philanthropy:
American Journalism Project, which supports nonprofit local news sites, names Sarabeth Berman as its new CEO, previously head of public affairs at Teach for All  —  Struggling news organizations have benefited in recent years from a growing number of philanthropic efforts to support journalism.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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
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
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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:
Google News Initiative launches The Journalism Emergency Relief Fund to aid small and medium-sized local news publishers globally
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%