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9:10 PM ET, April 9, 2021

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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Nielsen says the pandemic shrunk the size of its TV consumer panel, but it defends its viewership data and says streaming's rise doesn't offset linear TV's fall  —  The media industry's go-to authority for measuring audiences acknowledged on Friday that the recent coronavirus pandemic bent its yardstick …
Dylan Byers / NBC News:
Sources: Kimberly Godwin, executive vice president of CBS News, is in final negotiations with Disney to become head of ABC News  —  Disney has found the next president of ABC News.  —  Kimberly Godwin, the executive vice president of CBS News, is in the final stages of negotiations with Disney …
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Print circulations of WSJ and USA Today fell 19% and 60% respectively from Q1 2020 to Q2/Q3 as hotels closed, accounting for the majority of the decline  —  USA Today lost more than half of its print sales as US newspaper circulations were hit by the Covid-19 crisis last year, Press Gazette research has found.
Discussion: @nbj914
The Markup:
YouTube blocks advertisers from using terms like “Black Lives Matter” to find videos to advertise against but was letting them use phrases like “White power”  —  “Black power” and “Black Lives Matter” can't be used to find videos for ads, but “White power” and “White lives matter” were just fine
Kathimerini:
Greek veteran crime reporter Giorgos Karaivaz was shot and killed near Athens in what appears to have been a planned ambush  —  A television reporter was gunned down outside his home in the southern Athens suburb of Alimos on Friday.  —  According to preliminary reports, Giorgos Karaivaz …
Richard J. Tofel / Second Rough Draft:
The potential rescuers of individual Tribune newspapers should stop printing the papers and go all digital, right away, to cut major costs of standalone outlets  —  Among the very bad things that have happened to local newspapers over the last 16 years, likely the worst has been the slide of so many into the hands of hedge funds.
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Johnny Diaz / New York Times:
A look at Telemundo's Club Mundo Kids, a new Spanish-language show for kids that comes amid a wider push to reach Latino audiences  —  “Club Mundo Kids,” a new TV series debuting on April 10, is the latest result of a push for programming that uses Spanish to reach Latino audiences.
Peter White / Deadline:
A feature documentary about examining the evolution of American journalism from Dan Rather's perspective is in the works  —  EXCLUSIVE: A feature documentary about legendary media figure Dan Rather is in the works.  —  Original Productions, the Fremantle-owned producer of shows such as Deadliest Catch …
Discussion: @wavelengthprods and C21Media
Timothy Garton Ash / The Guardian:
A look at anti-press policies in Poland, including a proposal targeting foreign media owners, ending public sector advertising in independent media, and more  —  A planned ‘coronavirus tax’ on revenues and attacks on foreign-owned media threaten to cut away democracy piece by piece
Sahil Patel / Wall Street Journal:
Community, which lets public figures, media outlets, and brands text with fans, raises $40M from Salesforce Ventures, bringing its total raised to $90M  —  The platform for brands and celebrities seeks to expand to more large marketers and small businesses  —  Community.com Inc. …
Thomas Wilde / GeekWire:
Report: March was Twitch's biggest month to date, with 2B+ hours watched, helped by “sleep streaming,” where popular streamers film themselves while sleeping  —  Twitch hit another viewership record last month, buoyed by hot content like watching people sleep and a roleplaying mod for an eight-year-old sandbox game.
 
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Jack Crosbie / Discourse Blog:
Insider may be a pandemic success story, but a transcript from an all-hands meeting and recent tweets show tone-deaf leadership by global EIC Nicholas Carlson
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
Bustle Digital Group is launching an integrated shopping feature, allowing readers to buy products mentioned in an article without leaving the page
Discussion: Adweek
Saniya More / The Block:
An auction for an NFT based on a Forbes cover sold for $333,333; proceeds go to the Committee to Protect Journalists and International Women's Media Foundation
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Tom Jones / Poynter:
A 60 Minutes report suggested that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ran a “pay for play” scheme involving vaccinations without providing info, context, or evidence
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
Sean Combs, Byron Allen, and others call on companies to spend more ad money on Black-owned media after GM said it would increase spending from 2% to 8% by 2025
Nicole Sperling / New York Times:
Sony Pictures Entertainment signs four-year deal with Netflix to grant exclusive US rights to its films once out of theaters and make 2-3 films/year for Netflix
Alexandra Bruell / Wall Street Journal:
Publicis Groupe signs on to Trade Desk's cookie alternative, Unified ID; the deal also creates a self-service ad market for Publicis's Epsilon marketing unit