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4:24 PM ET, April 29, 2021


 Top News: 
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
A look at the implosion of NewsNation, as Nielsen data shows it averaged 27,000 viewers in prime time during April, compared to 2.2M for Fox News and 1M for CNN  —  In 2020, there was nothing hotter on TV than cable news.  —  A bruising presidential campaign and a historic pandemic brought …
Sheila Dang / Reuters:
Facebook says it is giving $5M to support local journalists using its new newsletter service; candidates covering communities of color will be given priority  —  Facebook Inc said Thursday it will give $5 million to pay local journalists in multi-year deals as part of its new publishing platform …
Jill Goldsmith / Deadline:
Comcast Q1: Peacock has 42M signups, up from 33M in Q4 2020 with addition of The Office and WWE; NBCU income fell ~12% YoY to $1.5B, revenue down 9% YoY to $7B  —  NBCUniversal's streaming service Peacock had 42 million signups in the first quarter — up from the 33 million it reported three months ago …
Alexandra Bruell / Wall Street Journal:
The Association of National Advertisers begins search for consultants to help it better understand the flow of marketers' money in automated digital ad buying  —  The study will focus on billions of dollars that marketers say are unaccounted for in the automated ad-buying process, as well as other transparency concerns
Thomas Moore / The Hill:
Survey of 1,762 non-satellite TV stations: 20.5% of TV newsroom leaders said staff had been physically attacked in 2020; 39% in top-25 markets reported attacks  —  More than one in five U.S. television newsrooms reported that their journalists were violently attacked last year and even more stations …
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Twitter reports Q1 revenue of $1.04B, up 28% YoY, vs $1.03B est., monetizable DAUs of 199M, up 7M QoQ, vs 200M est.; stock drops ~8%+  —  - The company reported revenue of $1.04 billion for the quarter, which was up 28% from $808 million a year prior.  — Twitter guided that it is expecting …
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Pew Research Center:
In first 100 days, about two-thirds of news coverage dealt with Biden's policy, while most early Trump coverage was framed around his character and leadership  —  About two-thirds of news coverage dealt with Biden's policy agenda, while about three-quarters of early Trump coverage was framed around leadership skills
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Verizon Communications is exploring a sale of its media assets, including Yahoo and AOL, which could yield a price of $4B-$5B  —  Private-equity firms including Apollo are among possible bidders for Verizon media assets, sources say  —  Verizon Communications Inc. is exploring …
Laura Spinney / Columbia Journalism Review:
Some publications are increasingly passing the legal risk of investigative work to freelancers with contracts requiring them to cover potential court costs  —  Two years before reporting on Harvey Weinstein's serial abuse spawned the global #MeToo movement, Michael Balter, a science journalist …
PR Newswire:
Meredith Q3: adjusted earnings of $111M on revenue of $664.5M, down 5% YoY; digital ad revenue grew 21% YoY, licensing revenue grew 31% driven by Apple News+  —  Continued Strong Double Digit Growth in Digital Advertising, Digital Consumer, and Licensing Revenues
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Matt Kristoffersen / The Reporters Committee …:
In a letter, media organizations urge DOJ to include law enforcement's treatment of the press in DOJ's civil rights probe into police departments in KY and MN
Shoshana Wodinsky / Gizmodo:
An Oracle EVP, Ken Glueck, was suspended by Twitter for 12 hours after tweeting contact information for an Intercept reporter covering Oracle's ties to China
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
WarnerMedia will charge $9.99/month for its ad-supported tier of HBO Max debuting in June; it now charges $14.99 for the ad-free tier, same as its pay-TV add-on
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Mike Juang / Ad Age:
TV consortium OpenAP debuts OpenID, a new identifier to help brands target audiences across both linear and digital TV
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Spotify says podcast listening hit an all-time high in Q1, crediting The Joe Rogan Experience; Spotify had 2.6M podcasts at end of Q1, up from 2.2M in Q4 2020
Laura Italiano / @italiano_laura:
[Thread] NY Post reporter resigns, saying she was ordered to write an incorrect story that claimed a book by Kamala Harris was included in migrant welcome kits