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2:30 AM ET, October 10, 2018


 Top News: 
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
Comcast confirms it has bought 21st Century Fox's stake in European broadcaster Sky, becoming its majority shareholder with 75% ownership  —  Company now owns 75% of satellite provider  —  Comcast said that it has purchased 21st Century Fox's stake in Sky and now owns 75% of the satellite broadcaster.
Sky News:
James Murdoch and six other directors have resigned from the board of Sky plc, which is the owner of Sky News, as Comcast takes control  —  James Murdoch has resigned from the board of Sky plc, owner of Sky News, as Comcast takes majority control in a £29.7bn deal.
Discussion: City A.M.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Forbes partners with journalism blockchain network Civil to become the first major media company to experiment with publishing stories to the blockchain  —  Forbes, the century-old business publisher, is joining forces with Civil, a journalism blockchain network, to become the first major media company …
New York Times:
Source: Turkey has concluded Jamal Khashoggi was killed on orders from highest levels of Saudi's royal court; another source says video proof of death exists  —  ANKARA, Turkey — Top Turkish security officials have concluded that the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi was assassinated …
eMarketer and Newsroom Posts:
eMarketer forecast: video ad spending in the US will grow ~30% to $27.82B in 2018, making up 25% of US digital ad spending, with Facebook capturing ~24.5% of it  —  Facebook dominates with a quarter share  —  This year will mark a milestone for digital video advertising in the US, according to eMarketer's latest ad spending forecast.
Discussion: Tubefilter and Marketing Land
Jessi Hempel / LinkedIn:
Wired Senior Writer Jessi Hempel is joining LinkedIn as senior editor at large  —  Starting this week, I'll be a senior editor at large for LinkedIn, based in New York City, and continuing to explore the set of ideas that has driven my reporting for the past 15 years …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Discovery reorganizes its digital video operations and forms the Digital Studios Group, a hub for video content drawn from all of its brands  —  Discovery has reorganized its digital-video operations with the formation of the Digital Studios Group, a newly expanded hub for digital …
Employees at Fox's film division 20th Century Fox are bracing themselves for mass layoffs when Disney deal closes; some analysts predict thousands of jobs cut  —  Media coverage of Disney's $71.3 billion purchase of 21st Century Fox's film and TV assets has focused on the historic union of two titans …
Matt Lopez / The Wrap:
Condé Nast is launching a new eight-episode series called “Risky Biz”, which was inspired by an article in The New Yorker, on Facebook Watch on Oct 21
The Moscow Times:
The office of a “troll farm” which is believed to be the vanguard of Russia's disinformation war was set on fire in St Petersburg overnight  —  The office of Russia's infamous troll factory believed to be at the vanguard of Russia's information war has been set on fire in St. Petersburg overnight.
Discussion: @davidjoachim
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Tribune Media sells a 48-acre property in Long Island that once housed office and printing operations of Newsday for $54.4M  —  The old cow pasture just sold for $54 million.  —  The 48-acre parcel of land in Melville, Long Island, where Newsday is based — once lampooned as a cow pasture …
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