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11:00 PM ET, May 11, 2020


 Top News: 
Nicole Sperling / New York Times:
Jeffrey Katzenberg blames COVID-19 for Quibi's paltry downloads as execs lower projections from 7M users and $250M subscriber revenue estimated for first year  —  Downloads of the $1.8 billion short-form streaming app, meant for phones, are paltry.  “I attribute everything that has gone wrong to coronavirus,” Mr. Katzenberg said.
Elizabeth Culliford / Reuters:
Twitter says it will add labels and warning messages to tweets about COVID-19 with misleading or disputed content and plans to expand the labels to other topics  —  (Reuters) - Twitter Inc will add labels and warning messages on some tweets with disputed or misleading information about COVID-19 …
Max Willens / Digiday:
Six months after the glitzy launch of Facebook News, sources at seven publishers say they have seen little impact as the company focuses on other things  —  Publishers who are used to seeing Facebook launch a new product with much fanfare, then have momentum fizzle, are starting to get a familiar feeling.
Katie Shepherd / Washington Post:
Trump calls for NBC to fire Chuck Todd after Meet the Press acknowledges “inadvertently and inaccurately” editing a clip of an interview with AG William Barr  —  President Trump spent much of his Sunday holiday sharing more than 100 tweets and retweets, bouncing between wishing everyone a …
Ben Smith / New York Times:
As Australian and French regulators plan to make tech companies pay publishers for news content, leaders from Ireland to Malaysia say they are paying attention  —  News organizations have long hoped that tech platforms would pay them for news.  Now regulators abroad are moving to make that happen.
Some OAN staff say they were embarrassed by a Friday report from the channel promoting a fringe conspiracy theory, and the segment was pulled out of TV rotation  —  It pains me to lead this newsletter with un-reliable sources, but sometimes it's necessary.  Right now is one of those times.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Trump, devoid of a plan to combat COVID-19, is relying on the media to amplify his lies and spin; instead, the focus should be on experts and personal stories  —  Comparing the number of deaths from covid-19 to those caused by car crashes never made any sense.  But the gimmick caught on anyway.
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Spotify announces Group Sessions in beta, letting multiple Premium users control a listening session  —  Share DJ time with your quarantine buddies  —  Spotify is giving premium users a new feature that'll allow them to share DJ duties with anyone in their immediate vicinity.
John Eggerton / Multichannel News:
Communications unions release a joint statement laying out guidelines for news organizations to follow in protecting news workers amid the pandemic  —  Those include no layoffs or furloughs without discussions between labor and management  —  Communications unions have teamed …
Discussion: @wgaeast and The Wrap
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
Comcast unites its NBCUniversal and Sky business units to launch a new advertising unit for global brands and international marketers  —  The new offering will target “global brands and international marketers,” and will be an expansion of NBCUniversal's One Platform ad strategy.
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
Travis Andrews / Washington Post:
Facebook, YouTube, and Vimeo say they are removing a viral 26-minute trailer for “Plandemic”, a conspiracy film that features well-known anti-vaxxers  —  Social media companies including YouTube, Vimeo and Facebook are removing a viral conspiracy theory video because of its claims regarding the coronavirus pandemic.
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Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Emily Ramshaw says The 19th still plans to launch late this summer despite the pandemic, to explore how women are disproportionately affected by the crisis
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Spotify says it has partnered with Indian music label Saregama to bring more than 100,000 songs in over two dozen languages to users in India
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Vanity Fair quietly updates an article that claimed Trump-aligned investors had “acquired” a stake in OANN, saying the group is “in negotiations”
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Patsy Widakuswara / Voice of America:
VOA's semi-independent and sometimes aggressive news coverage has caused tension with the WH for decades that has only escalated with the current administration
Sarah Jones / New York Magazine:
National Labor Relations Board on Friday ruled against every objection raised by Hearst to the bargaining unit proposed by the WGAE and ordered a union election
Ayesha Tanzeem / Voice of America:
Pakistan's detention of the owner and EIC of GEO News, a popular news channel and website in the country, raises concerns among press freedom advocates
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
Canada's $50M Local Journalism Initiative is funding 168 reporting positions, most at established outlets, as critics ask why more didn't go to smaller outlets