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7:30 PM ET, April 21, 2020

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Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Netflix reports Q1 revenue of $5.77B, up 27.6% YoY, vs $5.76B est., global streaming paid net additions of 15.77M, now totaling 182.86M accounts, up 22.8% YoY  —  - Netflix reported its Q1 2020 earnings after the bell on Tuesday.  — Netflix has ranked among analysts' favorite “stay at home” …
Hollywood Reporter:
HBO Max to launch on May 27 for $15 per month with 10,000 hours of programming  —  The streaming service is set to debut amid the shutdown brought about by the novel coronavirus outbreaking, bringing with it 10,000 hours of library programming from across the WarnerMedia catalog.
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify launches a set of 17 editorially curated podcast playlists, akin to its RapCaviar music playlist, in the US and five other countries  —  Spotify is continuing its investment in the podcast streaming side of business with the launch of a suite of editorially-curated podcast playlists …
Mandy Jenkins / The Compass Experiment:
The Compass Experiment, McClatchy and Google's digital local news initiative, plans to launch the Longmont Leader in Colorado in May with a team of five  —  We're launching The Longmont Leader to provide critical news and information during this time of crisis — and beyond.
@kerrymflynn:
[Thread] Internal memos: Politico lays off 13 at Protocol as it cancels live events through at least Sept. 1, including its presence at political conventions  —  Didn't want to break this media news earlier because of my major conflict of interest. But I'm really sad to see another round of harsh cuts at a media company (and a new one at that!). 13 people, incl editors + reporters, lost their jobs at Protocol today https://twitter.com/...
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
NPR cuts CEO pay 25% and reduces other executives' salaries between 10% and 15%, but CEO says there are no layoffs planned at the moment  —  The Washington headquarters of NPR, which has taken measures to avoid layoffs.Credit...Ting Shen for The New York Times Marc Tracy By Marc Tracy April 20 …
Seb Joseph / Digiday:
YouTube says it's working on letting advertisers use keyword or contextual targeting to decide what posts their ads will appear on before running them  —  YouTube is making it easier for advertisers to block videos that are risky to their reputations, but in doing so could inadvertently push targeting without any proper context.
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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
Variety:
Georgia to let movie theaters reopen April 27, but hiring staff, safety protocols, a lack of new releases, and limits on crowd sizes pose significant challenges  —  Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp will allow movie theaters to reopen starting April 27, but exhibition insiders stress …
Snap Inc.:
Snap reports in Q1 DAUs increased 20% YoY to 229M, revenue increased 44% YoY to $462M, time spent watching Discover content rose 35%+; stock up 19%+ after hours  —  Daily Active Users increased 20% year-over-year to 229 million First quarter revenue increased 44% year-over-year to $462 million …
 
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Jewish News to continue publishing after the collapse of the merger with the Jewish Chronicle, which was acquired by a consortium and will go into liquidation
Discussion: The Times of Israel
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Sonos launches Sonos Radio, a free streaming radio service preloaded in the Sonos app, with 60K+ stations from multiple partners alongside original programming
Reporters Without Borders:
RSF's 2020 World Press Freedom Index shows correlation between COVID-19 news suppression and ranking; global indicator rose 0.9% YoY, but is down 12% since 2013
Columbia Journalism Review:
Journalists should extract lessons from the COVID-19 crisis that they can apply to covering climate change, which has eerily similar dynamics
Jay Rosen / PressThink:
Five suggestions to US media to improve COVID-19 coverage: end duplication, collaborate, and publish at the same time, dislodge Trump as “protagonist”, and more
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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
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
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
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%
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