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6:20 PM ET, February 27, 2018


 Top News: 
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Comcast offers about £22B for Sky, a 16% premium on the offer from Murdoch's 21st Century Fox  —  US cable TV group outbids 21st Century Fox's existing offer for broadcasting group … Comcast is attempting to gatecrash Rupert Murdoch's takeover of Sky, submitting a rival offer …
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Publishers are pivoting to subscriptions, as they did to video, but industry execs warn that reader revenue is a difficult business model to implement  —  Publishers are pivoting hard to subscriptions.  In the past few months alone, publishers including CNN, The Atlantic and Wired have made moves …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Facebook to launch Local News Subscriptions Accelerator, a $3M three-month pilot program to help metro papers boost digital subscription efforts  —  Facebook Journalism Project will announce today the launch of its Local News Subscriptions Accelerator, a $3 million, three-month pilot program …
Natasha Bertrand / The Atlantic:
Twitter DMs show Trump confidant Roger Stone and WikiLeaks communicated directly in October and November 2016, contrary to their denials in 2017  —  On March 17, 2017, WikiLeaks tweeted that it had never communicated with Roger Stone, a longtime confidante and informal adviser to President Donald Trump.
Discussion: Mediaite and @kpoulsen
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
The New York Times is in talks with streaming services and cable channels about launching a weekly ~30-minute TV show  —  The New York Times has conquered the podcasting world with “The Daily.”  Now it wants to crack television with a weekly news program.  —  The Times is seeking …
Ashley Feinberg / HuffPost:
Transcript of a Q&A with the New York Times' Editorial Page Editor James Bennet which happened during a meeting with NYT staffers in December  —  “The world needs this from us right now.” … James Bennet: So the op-ed page was created to do a bunch of different things.
Discussion: Splinter and Editor & Publisher
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
NYT editorial-page editor James Bennet defends op-ed page controversy, saying it publishes a variety of voices; newsroom sources voice concern and embarrassment
Sonam Rai / Reuters:
Discovery Communications had a net loss of $1.14B in Q4, says it expects to close $14.6B acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive by end of Q1 2018  —  (Reuters) - Discovery Communications Inc's (DISCA.O) revenue topped analysts' forecasts in the fourth quarter as the owner of Discovery Channel …
Discussion: and PR Newswire
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:   Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav said the company has added nearly 500K subscribers in Europe to its streaming services during the Winter Olympics
Maria Sheahan / Reuters:
Germany's highest court rules that Google is not obligated to ensure websites are free from defamatory content before displaying links to them in search results  —  FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Google (GOOGL.O) is not obligated to ensure websites are free from defamatory content before displaying links …
Quinn Norton / The Atlantic:
How social media created and attacked a version of myself that lacked context after The New York Times hired, and then fired, me for its editorial board  —  The day before Valentine's Day, social media created a bizarro-world version of me.  I have seen strange ideas about me online before …
Brittany Shammas / Miami New Times:
Internal email: Howard Saltz, editor and publisher of Tronc's The Sun Sentinel in Broward County, is leaving effective Wednesday  —  Just after noon today, in the midst of covering what is arguably the biggest story in the nation right now — the Parkland high-school shooting spree …
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Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Premium cable network Epix plans to launch a standalone video subscription service, its Executive Vice President and GM Monty Sahran says
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Vanity Fair Editor Radhika Jones has made a series of new hires, naming Claire Howorth as deputy editor and Caryn Prime as director of editorial operations
Jackie Strause / Hollywood Reporter:
Transparent creator Jill Soloway is launching a book imprint called Topple Books with Amazon Publishing
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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Leanna Garfield / Business Insider:
Petition by father of Parkland shooting survivor calling on Amazon to drop NRAtv has nearly reached its 200K goal, at which point it would be sent to Jeff Bezos
Discussion: The Hill
Tamara Mathias / Reuters:
Liberty Media offers $1.16B for a 40% stake in restructured iHeartMedia and will finance working capital if iHeart files bankruptcy according to term sheet