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9:20 AM ET, April 30, 2021


 Top News: 
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
EU charged Apple with antitrust violations, alleging it squeezed rival music streaming apps by requiring them to use Apple's in-app payments system  —  EU accuses Apple of forcing many apps to use its in-app payment system on which it takes commissions, saying it ‘distorted competition’ in music streaming
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
Source: Stewart Bainum offers to double his stake to $200M in a bid for Tribune and would tap $100M in debt financing; he seeks a partner to buy Chicago paper  —  - Stewart Bainum offers to include $200 million of his own money  — Bid partner Hansjoerg Wyss dropped out of an earlier proposal
Julie Reynolds / DFM Workers:
Alden has said it will pay $375M to buy remaining Tribune shares, but its financial issues indicate it may force Tribune to take on debt to finance the purchase  —  Cash-strapped and banished from its luxury offices, Alden Global Capital has crafted a Faustian bargain to buy the publisher
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Jeff Bezos says Prime Video streaming hours are up over 70% YoY, with more than 175M Prime members having streamed TV shows and movies in the past year  —  Amazon knocked the cover off the ball again in the first quarter of 2021 — and released a new data point: More than 175 million Prime members …
Megan Graham / CNBC:
Amazon says its “other” unit, comprised mostly of advertising, had Q1 revenue of $6.9B+, up 77% YoY, beating expectations and up from 44% YoY growth in Q1 2020
Ina Fried / Axios:
Coalition of groups including Pen America, EFF, and more call on Biden to form a task force to combat deliberate disinformation without limiting free expression  —  A coalition of groups is calling on President Biden to create a task force that can explore ways to crack down on deliberate …
[Thread] In a letter, Gannett disputes specific wage and demographic data shared by the NewsGuild after a study of 14 unionized Gannett newsrooms  —  .@Gannett issued a response to @newsguild and their misinformation campaign re: the ‘study’ of 14 out of our 250+ newsrooms. We address the facts that were not disclosed. Gannett is on a journey. We've been transparent about our goals. #facts ...
Sources: Forbes Media, bought by Integrated Whale Media in 2014, is in talks to go public via merger with a SPAC; it also is taking bids from private investors  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Business news and information publisher Forbes Media LLC is in talks to go public through a merger …
Endeavor, owner of UFC and WME, rose 5% in its trading debut after raising $511M in its IPO; shares opened at $24 and closed at $25.20  —  - Shares of media-talent company up 5% in first day of trading  — Silver Lake to control most of media firm's voting power
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 …
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
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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
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+
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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
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
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