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2:10 PM ET, July 11, 2018


 Top News: 
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Writing in the BBC's annual report, the corporation's Chairman David Clementi says British content faces a threat from the “west coast of America”  —  The U.K. public broadcaster in its annual report says BBC Worldwide, which after the end of the fiscal year was merged with its production arm …
Discussion: The Guardian
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
BBC's annual report reveals that just two of the corporation's top 20 highest paid stars are female, despite efforts to address gender pay gap  —  Corporation faces criticism as large gender pay gap persists in latest annual report  —  The BBC is facing a backlash after revealing …
Washington Post:
UK watchdog gives Facebook a preliminary fine of about $664,000, the maximum allowed, for letting Cambridge Analytica access data about millions of people  —  Facebook is staring down its first fine for allowing Cambridge Analytica to improperly access data about millions of people …
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed:
Sources: Sinclair to launch STIRR, a new streaming VOD app, which would include a 24/7 news channel, TV shows, movies, and sports, by year-end  —  The local TV giant expects to release the streaming app this year, according to sources familiar with the project.
Discussion: FierceCable and @amy_siskind
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Mark Halperin and John Heilemann are in negotiations over material for a follow-up “Game Change” book and TV-mini series, most of which Halperin holds  —  Until their split last year, Mark Halperin and John Heilemann were the golden boys of American political journalism.
Joe Mayes / Bloomberg:
21st Century Fox Inc. boosts its bid for Sky TV, offering £14 per share and valuing the company at £24.5B, topping Comcast's offer of £22B  —  - Offer is now 12 percent higher than Comcast's bid for Sky  — Sky is part of a wider battle between Comcast and Disney
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Facebook will roll out news shows for Facebook Watch from July 16, with the lineup including shows from CNN, Fox News, Quartz, Bloomberg, Univision, ATTN:, Mic  —  Facebook will launch a slate of video shows on its video platform, Watch, on July 16.  —  Why it matters: The tech giant …
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
The relationship between The New York Times and Facebook has been fraught, with the Times' CEO Mark Thompson repeatedly attacking the social network  —  Facebook has been taking fire from all sides lately, but few have been more outspoken and consistent of late than Mark Thompson, CEO of The New York Times.
Discussion: @digiday and @bmorrissey
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Penrose Studios, which makes narrative-based VR content, raises $10M Series A led by TransLink Capital with Marc Benioff,, and others participating  —  It's been an interesting past few years for the virtual reality industry and while there is still plenty for insiders to pin …
Syria Direct:
At least 270 Syrian journalists and media activists are trapped in rebel-held sections of southwest Syria as Russian-rebel reconciliation deal unfolds  —  Displaced Syrians along the Syrian border with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights in July.  Photo by Mohamad Yusuf/AFP.
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Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Actor and director Jason Bateman has signed a first-look, multiple-year overall film and TV deal with Netflix
Discussion: FierceCable
Ted Johnson / Variety:
The FCC prepares to take steps toward easing rules on the amount and type of children's programming required to be provided by broadcasters
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Univision confirms it hopes to sell Gizmodo Media Group and its stake in The Onion and has hired Morgan Stanley to help with the sale
Scott Roxborough / Hollywood Reporter:
EU's biggest TV broadcasters are combining resources to launch streaming video services in countries like UK, France, and Germany to compete against Netflix
Megh Wright / Vulture:
For a few hours, the Washington Post cited satire site Clickhole as a reputable source in a story on UK effort to push “American Idiot” to top of music charts