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9:25 PM ET, April 30, 2020

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Ben Smith / New York Times:
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
The NYT is adding David Leonhardt as host of its flagship newsletter The Morning Briefing, to be rebranded as The Morning, which already has 17M+ subscribers  —  The rise of digital disrupted the news business in countless ways, but one of the most profound was the loss of the publisher's role as curator.
New York Times:
Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have declined to remove Trump's comments on UV and disinfectants curing COVID-19, despite commitments to removing misinformation  —  Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have declined to remove the president's statements about unproven coronavirus treatments.
YouGov:
YouGov: COVID-19 hasn't affected trust in the media in the UK as 47% say they trust the BBC; 46% of Labour voters trust upmarket papers vs. 29% of Tories  —  By Will Jennings (Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, University of Southampton) and Chris Curtis (YouGov)
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Amazon to cut Kindle ebook prices in UK from Friday as the 20% VAT on online publications is dropped; government to spend £35M on newspaper ads over 3 months  —  Chancellor drops 20% levy on online news subscriptions and books as industry struggles  —  Amazon has confirmed it will cut …
Ben Smith / @benyt:
Alden Global Capital's Heath Freeman is circulating a letter to other newspaper owners suggesting a joint campaign to demand fees from big tech for news outlets  —  Heath Freeman, who runs newspaper-owning hedge fund Alden Capital, is circulating a letter to other newspaper owners suggesting a campaign to push Google and Facebook to pay them fees https://twitter.com/...
Laura Wagner / VICE:
Tribune Publishing staffers staged a protest in an internal Slack channel, after the company announced furloughs and pay cuts of 2%-10% while paying dividends  —  More than 100 Tribune Publishing employees told off their bosses in an internal Slack channel yesterday, calling out executives …
Melynda Fuller / MediaPost:
McClatchy rolls out a text-to-speech feature, which creates audio versions of articles with ad inserts; its pilot program saw story page views rise 89%  —  Readers of McClatchy's 30 news outlets can now access stories through a new text-to-speech audio feature.
Discussion: The Hill and @kolbemarket
Sara Fischer / Axios:
The Hollywood Reporter names AP's Nekesa Mumbi Moody editorial director, replacing Matthew Belloni, who quit over reported disputes with owners on news coverage  —  Nekesa Mumbi Moody has been named editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter, joining the publication after more than two decades …
Reuters:
AT&T says it will bring its advertising unit Xandr under its WarnerMedia label  —  (Reuters) - AT&T Inc (T.N) said on Thursday it will bring its advertising unit Xandr under its WarnerMedia label, which is set to launch its streaming channel HBO Max in May.
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
Journalists in several newsrooms owned by Gannett have been blocked from hosting union elections because management has yet to agree to mail-in ballots  —  New York (CNN Business)Journalists at the Idaho Statesman, a McClatchy-owned newspaper in Boise, voted unanimously to form a union on Wednesday.
 
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CNBC:
Comcast Q1: NBCU earnings fell 25.3% to $1.7B on revenue of $7.7B, down 7%, with film revenue down 22.5% YoY to $1.4B and ad revenue down 2.2% YoY
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Twitter reports Q1 revenue of $808M, up 3% YoY, and ad revenue of $682M, up about $3M YoY, with cost per engagement down 19% YoY, and 166M mDAUs, up 24% YoY
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Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
The US Supreme Court has upheld the right to freely share the official annotated law code of Georgia despite the state's claim to own the copyright of the code
Dave McNary / Variety:
Cineworld joins AMC Theatres in refusing to show Universal Pictures films after NBCUniversal CEO's promise to open titles simultaneously on PVOD and in theaters
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
The Guardian says it had 821,000 readers making monthly contributions at the end of March, up 23% YoY; digital app subscriptions grew by 39% YoY to 265,000
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Spotify beats with Q1 revenue of €1.8B and net income of €1M, with MAUs up 31% YoY to 286M, premium users up 31% to 130M, and ad-supported MAUs up 32% to 163M