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9:15 PM ET, October 9, 2018


 Top News: 
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.
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.
Matt Donnelly / Variety:
Source: Chelsea Barnard steps down as president of film at Annapurna; founder Megan Ellison will manage the film unit before the search for a replacement begins  —  Chelsea Barnard has stepped down from her post as president of film at Annapurna, an individual with knowledge of the company told Variety.
Discussion: Deadline, The Wrap, The Playlist and /Film
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 …
Washington Post:
Jamal Khashoggi's fiancee Hatice Cengiz, the only witness to see him enter the Saudi consulate, says he'd feared something would happen to him there
Washington Post:
US official: Turkish investigators believe Jamal Khashoggi's body was dismembered, removed in boxes, and flown out of the country
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Gian Volpicelli / Wired UK:
UK Parliament committee plans to release “fake news” report in October, with detailed policy recommendations  —  The DCMS Committee's upcoming report, which has been led by Damian Collins, will answer one question: was democracy hacked?  —  Can democracy be hacked?
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Pranav Dixit / BuzzFeed News:
Facebook to set up an election task force in India to help distinguish news from propaganda and prevent election-related abuse ahead of 2019 national elections
Discussion: The Verge
Ryan Broderick / BuzzFeed News:
A look at rumors and fake information on WhatsApp in Brazil, where nearly all Internet users have accounts and debunked videos still go viral amid the election
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