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2:55 PM ET, April 23, 2020


 Top News: 
Megan Graham / CNBC:
Google to require all advertisers to verify their identities, starting in the US; existing advertisers will have 30 days to complete the verification process  —  - Google began requiring political advertisers wanting to run election ads on its platform to verify their identity back in 2018.
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Quibi's head of marketing, Megan Imbres, is leaving, following the departures of its head of partnerships and head of daily content last year  —  Megan Imbres, who oversaw creative development for Quibi's high-profile ads, is leaving the company after a year
Michelle Castillo / Cheddar:
Memo: NYT to temporarily stop printing its sports and travel sections in the Sunday edition, replacing them with At Home, focused on sheltering in place  —  With no major sporting events and barely any travel happening due to the coronavirus, The New York Times plans to stop printing hard copies …
Discussion: Skift
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Fox News President Jay Wallace directs anchors to remind anti-lockdown protesters to practice social distancing, according to a senior Fox executive  —  Toggle more options  —  Fox News personalities have been cheerleading protesters across the country gathering in defiance of state lockdown orders.
After weeks of hyping hydroxychloroquine as a potentially game-changing COVID-19 treatment, Fox News followed Trump in quietly abandoning the drug
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
Study of Fox News programming from February to early March finds those watching Sean Hannity over Tucker Carlson were less likely to adhere to social distancing
Sam Kille / Report for America:
Report for America announces its 2020 corps, which comprises 225 journalists vs. 59 in 2019, to be placed in 162 outlets, and $2.5M in funding from Facebook  —  Report for America today announced the selection of 225 journalists for its 2020 reporting corps.
Jill Goldsmith / Deadline:
NBCU launches Checkout, which allows users to buy featured products on its articles and videos without being redirected to other sites  —  Comcast's NBCUniversal Thursday unveiled a new digital commerce storefront that streamlines consumers' ability to purchase items advertised on linear TV and online …
Richard Nieva / CNET:
Discussion: Nieman Lab
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
UK's Independent Digital News and Media furloughs a “limited number of staff” and institutes 20% pay cuts for everyone earning more than £37,500 per year  —  Independent Digital News and Media, owner of the Independent and Indy100 websites, has put a “limited number” …
Yew Lun Tian / Reuters:
Li Zehua, one of three journalists who disappeared in Wuhan after posting videos about COVID-19, resurfaces after two months, says he was forcibly quarantined  —  BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese citizen journalist who posted videos about the coronavirus situation in the city of Wuhan has resurfaced …
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Apple Music app is now available on Samsung's smart TV models from 2018 and later  —  Another Apple service comes to Samsung's sets, available now  —  Apple Music is getting an app on Samsung's most recent smart TVs, the two companies announced today.  It's the latest expansion …
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J. Clara Chan / The Wrap:
Deadspin EIC Jim Rich is promoted to editorial director of G/O Media, overseeing 11 sites including Deadspin, Jezebel, The Onion, Kotaku, and The Root
South China Morning Post:
South China Morning Post cuts pay of 27 senior execs and asks all staff earning over ~$2,580 per month to take three weeks of unpaid leave by end of March 2021
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
Bloomberg Media offers free access to to undergraduate and grad students globally through July; students can register with college email addresses
Discussion: Bloomberg Media Group
Laura Wagner / VICE:
Freelance camera operators and other video technicians for Sinclair's regional sports networks criticize the network's offer of $2,500 loans as inadequate
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Erik Hayden / Hollywood Reporter:
Internal Fox Corp. memo: CEO Lachlan Murdoch will forgo pay through September and around 700 employees will see tiered salary cuts of 15% to 50%
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify launches Artist Fundraising Pick, letting artists fundraise for themselves, their crews, or verified music relief initiatives
Todd Spangler / Variety:
AT&T misses estimates, loses 138K AT&T Now customers and 897K premium TV subscribers in Q1, reports revenues of $42.78B and pulls its annual forecast
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Disney co-founder's granddaughter Abigail Disney criticises the company for protecting exec bonuses and dividends of $1.5B+ while cutting pay of 100K+ workers
[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