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6:15 PM ET, May 5, 2020


 Top News: 
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
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
Disney reports $18.01B in Q2 revenue vs. $17.8B expected, up 21% YoY, estimates COVID-19 impact on Q2 operating income for parks and experiences was about $1B  —  - Disney reported mixed results for its Q2 2020 earnings after the bell on Tuesday.  — The pandemic has disrupted Disney's theme parks …
BuzzFeed names Mark Schoofs as EIC of BuzzFeed News, starting May 18; a Pulitzer winner, Schoofs is currently a professor at USC, where he'll continue to teach  —  NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES — BuzzFeed Founder and CEO Jonah Peretti announced today that Mark Schoofs will be the new Editor-in-Chief of BuzzFeed News.
UK's Reach makes Mantis, its tool for detecting neutral or positive articles, available via Xandr, allowing ads to run on currently keyword-blocked content  —  A collaboration between IBM and Xandr, AT&T's advanced advertising company, and the UK's largest commercial news publisher Reach …
Discussion: Digiday and Mediatel News
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
The union representing Chicago Tribune newsroom staff and other Tribune workers is trying to unseat 2 board members representing hedge fund Alden Global Capital  —  The union representing newsroom employees at the Chicago Tribune and other Tribune Publishing newspapers is waging a proxy campaign …
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.
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
NPR cuts pay on a sliding scale and ends contributions to its retirement plan as the pandemic pushes up projected losses to as much as $53M over two years  —  - Cost cuts are bid to ‘save jobs and support the future of NPR’  — Organization could lose up to $53 million over next two years
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
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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
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
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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
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