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3:30 PM ET, October 9, 2018


 Top News: 
Washington Post:
US official: Turkish investigators believe Kamal Khashoggi's body was dismembered, removed in boxes, and flown out of the country  —  ISTANBUL — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded Monday that Saudi Arabia prove that journalist Jamal Khashoggi left the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on his own …
Washington Post:
Kamal 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  —  ISTANBUL — The sleepless nights show in the dark circles under Hatice Cengiz's eyes as she recounts the last moments she saw her fiance …
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the State Department has contacted Saudi officials about Khashoggi case and calls on Saudi Arabia to support investigation  —  The State Department confirmed Monday that it has spoken with Saudi Arabia's government regarding the disappearance of a Saudi journalist …
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 …
Tatiana Siegel / Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: just two weeks before production is due to begin on Roger Ailes movie, Annapurna Pictures leaves the project over budget issues  —  Bron Studios, the Canada-based company behind ‘Fences’ and ‘The Birth of a Nation,’ has come on to co-finance production, sources say, while Focus Features …
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
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.
Discussion: Multichannel News
@skynewsbreak:   James Murdoch is among a number of directors who have resigned from the board of Sky plc which is the owner of Sky News
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 …
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.
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John Authers / Financial Times:
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Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
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