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8:45 AM ET, April 23, 2020


 Top News: 
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  —  Fox News has fallen out of love with hydroxychloroquine.  After weeks of unrelenting coverage hyping the antimalarial 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
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
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 …
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  —  Jim Rich, Deadspin's editor in chief, has been appointed as G/O Media's editorial director, the company announced on Wednesday.
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Richard Nieva / CNET:
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
ViacomCBS launches a local version of its streaming news service CBSN in Chicago and plans to expand to Dallas/Fort Worth, Sacramento, Miami, and Baltimore  —  Chicago is the next stop for ViacomCBS' streaming-news plans.  —  The media company is today launching a Chicago-focused edition of CBSN …
Discussion: CBS Chicago and Cord Cutters News
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%  —  Tiered salary cuts of 15 percent to 50 percent will impact other executives at the media giant.  —  Fox Corp. CEO Lachlan Murdoch will forgo …
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  —  A couple of months ago, college dorms and dining rooms and lecture halls were full.  But, starting in early March …
Discussion: Bloomberg Media Group
Paul Roberts / The Seattle Times:
The Seattle Times Co. says it has received a $9.9M Payroll Protection Program loan  —  The Seattle Times Co. has received a $9.9 million federal coronavirus-aid loan that will give the newspaper temporary relief in the face of a sharp drop in advertising revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Netflix reports Q1 revenue of $5.77B, up 27.6% YoY, vs $5.76B est., global paid net subscriber 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 …
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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
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
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Wired staff announce plans to unionize with the NewsGuild of New York, as Condé Nast plans deep cuts amid the economic downturn
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Tribune Publishing requires most non-union employees earning between $40,000 and $67,000 a year to take three weeks of furloughs in the next three months
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK's Newsquest launches a metered paywall across all of its daily newspapers, but will keep all COVID-19 content and breaking news stories free to read
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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