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5:05 AM ET, May 5, 2020


 Top News: 
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  —  NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell is reorganizing his senior leadership team at the company, marking the first major executive restructuring …
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.
Tim Baysinger / The Wrap:
Mark Lazarus to oversee all of NBCUniversal's entertainment TV operations, including the Peacock streaming service, as part of a massive company-wide reorg  —  Mark Lazarus will assume oversight of all of NBCUniversal's entertainment TV operations as part of a massive company-wide resturcturing.
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  —  The Pulitzer board makes The Times a winner in three categories.  The Anchorage Daily News and ProPublica take a major prize at a time when local journalism is in crisis.
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  —  Possibly hedging against a 2020 loss, the Trump family builds ties to a network that's much more loyal than Fox.
TikTok stars, many of them young and holding down other jobs, are struggling to make money, despite millions of views, due to a lack of monetization tools  —  This story is part of the VICE guide to 2030.  Reach more here.  —  Keondra is 20 years old, lives in St. Paul, Minnesota …
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  —  A 54-year-old journalist lost his job running an Indiana newspaper, as well as the apartment that went with it.  He moved to a Motel 6.
Amanda Meade / The Guardian:
Google responds to Australia's plan to force 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
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 …
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
Source: Pluto TV and Verizon signed a streaming distribution deal spanning pay TV, connected TV, and mobile  —  EXCLUSIVE: Pluto TV and Verizon are breaking some new ground in streaming, unveiling what they call the industry's first comprehensive distribution deal spanning pay-TV, connected TV and mobile, Deadline has learned.
Discussion: The Streamable
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  —  As part of their first shareholders letter, after merging with FaceBank Group in March, fuboTV disclosed subscriber metrics for the first time since October 2018 when they shared …
Discussion: Variety and Broadcasting & Cable
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Quibi's lackluster launch is a cautionary tale: investors poured $2B into a mediocre platform with weak content that fosters no sense of community  —  As you may have heard (and may still being bombarded by ads for) recently, a new video streaming service called Quibi launched to much fanfare.
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  —  Like workers in other sectors, many people in the television and film industry in California have been devastated by the coronavirus shutdowns.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
A reflection on the diminished power of local newspapers, 50 years after Kent State's Akron Beacon Journal chronicled the death of four Vietnam protestors  —  Robert Giles, the second-in-command at the Akron Beacon Journal during a fateful moment 50 years ago, recalls what his boss said as he left …
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Deborah Netburn / Los Angeles Times:
The EIC of Santa Barbara News-Press leaves after the newspaper published an editorial by owner Wendy McCaw that compared stay-at-home orders to Nazi Germany
Todd Spangler / Variety:
PewDiePie signs an exclusive livestreaming deal with YouTube, following similar deals between YouTube and other stars in recent months
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Carl Miller / BBC:
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