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5:55 PM ET, April 20, 2020


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Nour Haydar / ABC:
Australia orders the creation of a mandatory code of conduct requiring platforms like Google and Facebook to pay media businesses for news content  —  The Federal Government has ordered the competition watchdog to develop a mandatory code of conduct to govern commercial dealings between tech giants and news media companies.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Walmart says movie ticketing company Fandango has agreed to buy its on-demand video streaming service Vudu for an undisclosed sum  —  Movie ticketing company Fandango has agreed to buy Walmart's on-demand video streaming service, Vudu, for an undisclosed sum.
Mark Di Stefano / Financial Times:
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle write to the editors of The Sun, Daily Express, Daily Mirror, and Daily Mail, promising to never work with them again  —  Former royal couple vow to cut off 4 UK newspapers over ‘distorted and invasive’ stories  —  Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle …
Allison Schiff / AdExchanger:
Report: YouTube ad auditor OpenSlate refused to sign a contract with Google limiting info it can share with clients, like when ads run against sensitive videos  —  YouTube has broadened its measurement partner program and made it easier for buyers to find the right service provider for their needs.
Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
Facebook to launch a dedicated gaming app to let users create and watch live game streams, available on Android on Monday and on iOS when Apple approves it  —  Video games are surging in popularity in the pandemic.  So Facebook is rolling out an app designed for creating and watching live gameplay.
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Meredith cuts pay for ~2,000 employees by 15% and moves them to four-day weeks from May 4 to Sept. 4; 750 staff, including top execs, to take cuts of 20% to 40%  —  - Meredith is temporarily cutting pay for about 60% of its employees as advertising slumps.  — Meredith also said it is suspending …
Justin Davidson / New York Magazine:
Profile of West Side Rag, the online-only hyperlocal news site for the Upper West Side in NYC that has become indispensable to residents during the pandemic  —  Now that a laptop screen serves as a porthole to a landscape of depression, with waves of demoralizing news washing in from around the world …
Ben Smith / New York Times:
How US State Department's decision to expel Chinese state media employees gave China an excuse to kick out American reporters right as the coronavirus took off  —  American journalists were showing the world the devastating effects of China's botched response to the coronavirus.  Now, many have been kicked out.
Christopher Palmeri / Bloomberg:
Some linear cable TV channels are still not gaining viewers even under lockdowns, as ESPN and Disney were down 62% and 37% YoY respectively the week of April 12  —  - Virus accelerates the trend to more online video viewing  — Sports networks tumble, while cable news enjoys a surge
David Shepardson / Reuters:
Bipartisan group of US Senators call for expanding the Paycheck Protection Program to struggling local newspapers, TV, and radio stations  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers called on Sunday for expanding payroll assistance to struggling local newspapers …
Manori Ravindran / Variety:
After canceling its in-person event, Cannes Lions launches Lions Live, a free platform operating in June that will include masterclasses and more  —  Cannes Lions has launched digital education platform ‘Lions Live,’ weeks after organizers called off this year's event.
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Ofcom sanctions local TV station London Live for airing conspiracy theorist David Icke's views about coronavirus that had “potential to cause significant harm”
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Fox News says it will open some Fox Nation programs to product placement deals but will not run traditional TV ads on the streaming service
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Nicholas Diakopoulos / Columbia Journalism Review:
As journalists make predictions beyond elections amid the pandemic, they face a new ethical dilemma and must consider their own role in influencing outcomes
Hanaa' Tameez / Nieman Lab:
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