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4:20 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
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
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.
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
After weeks of hyping hydroxychloroquine as a potentially game-changing COVID-19 treatment, Fox News followed Trump in quietly abandoning the drug
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 …
Arman Javaherian / Crunchbase:
Crunchbase redesigns search, adds personalized homepages and alerts, adds data from UK and Asia, and plans a Salesforce integration for Pro and an API upgrade  —  This is one of the hardest times in recent memory for businesses trying to forge new deals or find new opportunities.
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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
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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
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