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10:00 AM ET, May 19, 2020


 Top News: 
New York Times:
Disney's top streaming exec, Kevin Mayer, resigns to become CEO of TikTok and COO of parent company ByteDance; Disney names Rebecca Campbell as his successor  —  Kevin Mayer will lead the Chinese-owned app for making and sharing short videos, which has exploded in popularity during the pandemic.
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
Profile of Rebecca Campbell, Disney's new direct-to-consumer and international chairperson in charge of streaming, including the global expansion of Disney+  —  Rebecca Campbell, whose promotion to Disney's Chairman of Direct-to-Consumer & International on Monday put her in charge of Disney+ …
Scott Nover / Adweek:
Google Preferred to be replaced by YouTube Select, a global offering for premium advertisers with a package specifically for YouTube content on connected TVs  —  Called YouTube Select, it includes connected TV usage for the first time  —  Key Insight:  — The offering will help Google monetize …
Amanda Meade / The Guardian:
Data shows 157 newsrooms in Australia have closed temporarily or for good since January 2019, as the pandemic deepens the media crisis in the country  —  As BuzzFeed News shutters its Australian operation, data shows 157 newsrooms have closed temporarily or for good since early 2019
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The media, which never fully reckoned with the mistakes of 2016, is on a course to help Trump turn “Obamagate” into the 2020 version of Clinton's emails  —  It's becoming clear that journalists never fully reckoned with the mistakes of 2016 campaign coverage.
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
NBCUniversal sued by teledentistry company SmileDirectClub, which seeks $2.85B in damages over NBC News reports in Feb. that the company claims were defamatory  —  SmileDirectClub attorney was lawyer in suit against ABC News for stories on beef called ‘pink slime’ by critics
Isabelle Lopez / ESPN Press Room U.S.:
ESPN says original airings of The Last Dance averaged 5.6M viewers within the same day, making it the most-watched documentary ever for the network  —  Episodes 9 and 10 Also Average 5.6 Million Viewers; Episode 9 Viewership Was Third Most-Watched of Any Single Episode
Sara Guaglione / MediaPost:
Lee Enterprises receives notice from NYSE for failing to maintain an average share price of at least $1 and an average market cap of $50M in the last 30 days  —  Newspaper publisher Lee Enterprises, Inc. received notice from the New York Stock Exchange last week that it is not in compliance …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
BBC is piloting BBC Together, a Netflix Party-like tool letting users host online sessions for watching or listening to BBC content with other users  —  It's available now  —  BBC is launching a new experimental tool, BBC Together, that will let you watch or listen to BBC programming …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
News UK's upcoming Times Radio, which wants to compete with BBC Radio 4 and LBC, says it will avoid the “old fashioned adversarial approach” to interviews  —  Times Radio will shun listener phone-ins and avoid the “old fashioned adversarial approach” to interviews seen elsewhere, it revealed today.
David Cohen / Adweek:
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Barton Gellman / The Atlantic:
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Joe DePaolo / Mediaite:
Trump ratchets up his attacks on a local news reporter, again sharing footage of the reporter being verbally abused by anti-lockdown protesters in Long Island
Scott Roxborough / Hollywood Reporter:
Several European countries, including Iceland, the Czech Republic, Poland, and France, have reopened for film and TV shoots with varying safety guidelines
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Ronan Farrow, while producing revelatory reporting, often omits inconvenient details in his stories and at times suggests conspiracies he cannot prove