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7:35 PM ET, September 25, 2018


 Top News: 
Mathew Ingram / Columbia Journalism Review:
Inside an investigation of an execution video by the BBC's Eye on Africa, which used a Twitter thread with video, images, and animations to tell the story  —  Digital media has made it easier than ever for malicious actors to distribute fake news, including video, but at the same time …
Bill Chappell / NPR:
Amazon taps Hannah Storm and Andrea Kremer as the first all-female team to call NFL games, as one of four audio options for games streamed to Prime subscribers  —  Hannah Storm and Andrea Kremer will become the first female announcing team to cover an NFL game this Thursday …
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
WaPo to expand its Arc publishing platform as a subscriptions tool sold to others, then as an ad network, aiming to own infrastructure in a similar play as AWS  —  It is increasingly the tech stack of choice for major news publishers.  But now Arc wants to be the backbone of your digital advertising and subscriptions, too.
Cara Buckley / @caranyt:
110 New York Review of Books contributors sign letter protesting firing of Editor Ian Buruma, claiming it was an “abandonment” of NYRB's central mission  —  1/ Just received email of letter from 110 NYRB contributors protesting firing of Ian Buruma “His dismissal in these circumstances strikes us as an abandonment of the central mission of the Review, which is the free exploration of ideas.”
John Williams / New York Times:
New York Review of Books publisher Rea Hederman says Ghomeshi essay appeared to “downplay” experience of victims and that editorial processes were not followed
Nicholas Quah / Vulture:
Over 1.4M people downloaded each of the first two episodes of Serial Season 3 within 14 hours of them going online, making it the podcast's biggest debut yet  —  When Serial returned with its highly anticipated third season last Thursday, dropping two episodes to kick off an ambitious journey …
Discussion: Nieman Lab, Fortune and The A.V. Club
Erica Sweeney / Marketing Dive:
Magna US ad spending forecast for 2018: digital ad spending will grow 16% to $106B, OTT TV will increase 40% to $2B, and linear TV spending will grow 1%  —  Dive Brief:  — Ad spending on over-the-top (OTT) TV is expected to increase 40% to $2 billion in 2018, according to a fall update to Magna's U.S. ad forecasts for 2018.
Discussion: MAGNA and Axios
Ken Werner, president of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, will retire from his role at the end of the year  —  by , Nellie Andreeva tip and , Denise Petski  —  Ken Werner, a TV veteran and one of the most seasoned syndication executives in the business, will retire at the end …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Bryn Elise Sandberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: Hollywood producers have complained to the Producers Guild against Netflix, over its practice of giving its execs EP credits on films and shows  —  With frustrations building in the creative community, the streaming service has quietly softened its unusual crediting practice …
Discussion: @thrmattbelloni and TV Tattle
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Anne Davies / The Guardian:
How the culture of News Corp might change under Lachlan Murdoch, who is said to be more conservative than his father but has a different management style
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix will be streaming Part 2 of Making A Murderer on October 19; Part 1 spawned a wave of scripted and unscripted true crime shows
Discussion: The Week and Engadget
Ronnie Ramos / Indianapolis Star:
Ronnie Ramos, Editor of The Indianapolis Star, apologizes for a cartoon in Sunday's print edition which mocked Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford
Stewart Clarke / Variety:
Comcast has bought 30%+ shares in European pay-TV service Sky and says it is seeking to buy more before its takeover deadline
Discussion: Bloomberg and Barron's Online
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
The 10" HD screen Echo Show will offer support for Hulu when it ships next month, and Amazon says the first gen Echo Show will also support Hulu live streaming
Ryan Broderick / BuzzFeed:
Right-wing sites funded by Russia's Internet Research Agency were used to target /r/The_Donald subreddit where the sites' stories were shared thousands of times
Discussion: The Verge
Aisha Hassan / Quartz:
Spotify and team up to offer users playlists based on DNA test results; generator to select tracks from ancestral cultures and listening habits
Michael Sheetz / CNBC:
Satellite radio company SiriusXM to acquire music streaming service Pandora in a $3.5B all-stock deal