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3:30 PM ET, May 5, 2020


 Top News: 
Sources: YouTube is developing a tool for news publishers to sell subscriptions to their digital properties via their YouTube channels  —  YouTube's latest olive branch to news publishers extends to publishers' own subscription businesses.  —  YouTube is developing a tool for news publishers …
Discussion: Nieman Lab
Elizabeth Wagmeister / Variety:
Sources: NY AG launched a broad-scoped investigation late last year into allegations of sexual harassment, retaliation, and gender discrimination at NBC News  —  Time's Up Says Joe Biden Addressed Sexual Assault Allegation With ‘Seriousness It Deserves,’ Then Points Finger at Trump
The Daily Beast:
Sources: Andy Lack was blindsided by the NBC News restructuring announcement that also put Noah Oppenheim, who was expected to succeed Lack, on shaky ground  —  Now that Andy Lack is leaving NBC sooner than expected, embattled news exec Noah Oppenheim is “the big loser” and is likely on the outs, sources told The Daily Beast.
Hollywood Reporter:
Telemundo chief Cesar Conde to oversee NBC News, MSNBC, and CNBC as chairman of NBCUniversal News Group, succeeding Andy Lack, who will be leaving the company
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Tensions grow between pay-TV providers, TV networks, and sports leagues over refunds, as live sports remain sidelined and customers continue footing the bill  —  As sports leagues weigh when to restart their seasons, they are talking to health officials, players, talent agents, TV networks, local governments and hotel workers.
Fern Siegel / The Streamable:
TiVo partners with Pluto TV to add the latter to its TiVo+ Content Network  —  The alliance between free Pluto TV and TiVo means the latter's customers can seamlessly access the streamer's channels and on-demand content.  —  The deal nicely expands Pluto's reach.  The platform offers 250-plus channels, from news to comedy.
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
Amanda Meade / The Guardian:
Google responds to Australia's plan to make online platforms pay for news content, arguing search results are like publishers' posters in a newsagent's window  —  Google Australia responds to government's move to force it to pay for content by arguing it provides publishers with free advertising
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Google launches Google Podcasts Manager, which provides performance metrics like listener retention data but won't provide demographic info “at this time”  —  Bringing it up to par with Apple Podcasts and Spotify  —  Google Podcasts is going to give podcasters a better idea of how their episodes perform.
Thomson Reuters:
Thomson Reuters Q1: profit of $290M, up 6% YoY, on rev of $1.52B; Reuters News posts $155M revenue, $19M earnings, expects $25M loss from Q2 canceled events  —  Thomson Reuters (TSX/NYSE: TRI) today reported results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020 and updated its full-year 2020 Outlook …
Discussion: Talking Biz News and Reuters
Brian Stelter / CNN:
CNN parent company WarnerMedia sends a cease-and-desist letter to the Trump campaign over new ad that WarnerMedia claims deceptively misuses CNN news coverage  —  New York (CNN Business)A lawyer for CNN's parent company WarnerMedia has written a cease-and-desist letter to President Trump's …
Ren LaForme / Poynter:
List of winners of the 2020 Pulitzer Prizes, including The Courier-Journal in Kentucky, The Baltimore Sun, NYT, WaPo, Reuters, Anchorage Daily News, and others  —  The winners of the 2020 Pulitzer Prizes are being announced in atypical fashion Monday afternoon.
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
The Anchorage Daily News and ProPublica were awarded the Pulitzer for public service, at a time when local journalism is in crisis, and NYT won three prizes
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Ted Sarandos / Los Angeles Times:
Ted Sarandos on what Netflix has learned about film and TV production during the pandemic, as the company continues filming in South Korea, Japan, and Iceland
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Profile of Rich Jackson, who led Herald-Times in Bloomington, Indiana until being let go on Wed. and is now living in a Motel 6, blogging as The Homeless Editor
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
Sources: investor group aligned with Donald Trump Jr. and the Dallas-based Hicks family is buying a ~$200M stake in One America News Network to rival Fox News
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Jason Gurwin / The Streamable:
FuboTV says it had 315K paid subscribers, up 37% YoY, at the end of 2019 and revenue of $146.5M, up 75% YoY
Discussion: Variety and MediaPost
Todd Spangler / Variety:
PewDiePie signs an exclusive livestreaming deal with YouTube, following similar deals between YouTube and other stars in recent months
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Poynter Institute launches a COVID-19 chatbot on WhatsApp that uses information from 100+ independent fact-checkers in 70+ countries to debunk falsehoods