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10:55 AM ET, March 25, 2020

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Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Fox News anchors, from its supposedly hard-hitting news division, failed to challenge Trump as he repeatedly misled viewers during the coronavirus town hall  —  New York (CNN Business)Anchors at Fox News failed to meaningfully challenge President Trump as he repeatedly misled …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Some major towns in the UK lose their only print newspaper, leaving self-isolating older people without trusted news sources, as JPI Media suspends 12 titles  —  Many self-isolating older people left without trusted news source as presses stop rolling  —  Major towns including Milton Keynes …
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Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
UK's Newsquest, with ~200 newspapers and magazines, is furloughing a “significant number” of staff, who will get 80% of their salaries; others get pay cuts
Joyce Gannon / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Pittsburgh-area newspapers cut staff, suspend or combine print editions, and launch fundraising appeals, as a 175-year old weekly permanently closes  —  The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a harsh toll on news media in the Pittsburgh region including layoffs, suspension of print editions and, in at least one case, permanent closure.
Discussion: Fox News
Jem Aswad / Variety:
Spotify unveils two initiatives to support the music community: matching donations up to $10M and plans to let artists fundraise directly from Spotify listeners  —  Spotify today announced a pair of initiatives to support the creative community in the wake of the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic …
Discussion: The Wrap, NME and The Verge
ProPublica:
In the last two weeks, several US conservative radio hosts were telling millions of listeners that the coronavirus furor is a politically motivated overreaction  —  More than 160 million Americans have been urged to stay home in what the World Health Organization has declared a global pandemic.
Patricia Nilsson / Financial Times:
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Esquire has quietly trimmed its print edition to six per year, down from eight, and says the reduction is not coronavirus-related but to improve print quality  —  Popular men's magazine Esquire has quietly trimmed its print edition to six per year — down from eight, Media Ink has learned.
Dani Deahl / The Verge:
Concert notification service Bandsintown partners with Twitch to let artists fast-track new Twitch accounts to Affiliate status, unlocking monetization tools  —  Bandsintown artists with 2,000 trackers or more are eligible  —  Concert notification service Bandsintown has partnered with Twitch …
Discussion: @jimmywhis
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Subscription tech service Piano says US digital subscriptions rose 63% YoY in the past week while European newspaper subs across its network grew 267% YoY  —  Publishers are seeing a spike in subscriptions over the last four weeks in the U.S. and Europe, fueled by readers' appetite to stay …
 
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Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Google brings its Podcasts app to iOS and unveils a redesign of Android app, with users' listening habits syncable across platforms via Google Podcasts for Web
HBO PR:
HBO says time spent with HBO Now since March 14 is up 40% from its four-week average; overall viewing across its portfolio grew nearly 20% during the same time
Laura Baldwin / O'Reilly Media:
O'Reilly Media announces it is canceling all of its upcoming in-person conferences and permanently shutting down that portion of its business
Instagram:
Instagram to remove some coronavirus-related content and accounts from recommendations and Explore, with exceptions for credible health organizations
Vijaya Gadde / Twitter:
Twitter is donating $500K each to the Committee to Protect Journalists and the International Women's Media Foundation
 Earlier Picks: 
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
YouTube will change the default video resolution to standard definition worldwide for a month starting today to ease internet traffic
Patrick Frater / Variety:
The Olympics postponement means hundreds of hours of lost programming and lost revenue for NBCU, which had sold 90%+ of its ad inventory, valued at $1.25B+
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Mozilla launches Firefox Better Web with Scroll for Firefox tracking protection and Scroll's ad-free browsing experience for $2.50/mo. for the first six months
The New York Times Company:
NYT, WSJ, WaPo publishers call on China to reverse its expulsion of their journalists: “the media is collateral damage in a diplomatic dispute”
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Anthony Fauci conceding in an interview that Trump often provides inaccurate information is the best argument for not airing Trump's briefings on live TV
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
ABC, known for drama, is placing a heavier focus on news as broadcast networks see viewers of most-watched cable news anchors rise ~25% over past two weeks
Peter Kovacs / The Advocate:
The Times-Picayune and The Advocate to temporarily furlough about a tenth of their 400-member workforce with the rest on four-day workweeks