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12:30 AM ET, April 21, 2020


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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
NBCUniversal's movie ticketing company Fandango has agreed to buy Walmart's 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.
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.
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 …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Michael Jordan docuseries “The Last Dance” debuts to an average 6.1M viewers across ESPN and ESPN 2, the most-viewed original content on the network since 2004  —  An average of 6.1 million viewers tuned in to watch the first two episodes of the much-anticipated documentary series …
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 …
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
In a letter to Trump, 240 House members urge him to direct federal spending to ads in local media and encourage the same for businesses receiving stimulus money
Etan Vlessing / Hollywood Reporter:
Charter Communications says it plans no employee layoffs or furloughs for two months and has permanently increased its minimum wage to $20 per hour  —  “Charter employees have stepped in and stepped up, ensuring our customers stay connected when it matters most," the U.S. cable giant said on its blog site.
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.
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 …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
The US music industry is reeling from the effective cancelation of summer concert and festival season, as COVID-19 prohibits large gatherings  —  Summer concert season ended before it began.  While sports leagues and restaurants try to figure out when they can reopen to the public …
Brian Stelter / CNN:
A new generation of WH reporters like CBS' Weijia Jiang and CNN's Jeremy Diamond are holding Trump accountable by following up and fact-checking in real time  —  New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter.  You can sign up for free right here.
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 …
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”
Christina Settimi / Forbes:
Esports and gaming lifestyle media company FaZe Clan raises $40M led by Jimmy Iovine and mobile e-commerce company NTWRK
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