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8:50 AM ET, October 16, 2018


 Top News: 
Eileen Sullivan / New York Times:
Trump says “rogue killers” could have been involved in Jamal Khashoggi's death and says Sec of State Mike Pompeo is meeting King Salman about it  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Monday that he spoke with the king of Saudi Arabia and that the ruler denied any knowledge …
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
Fox Business remains the last American media partner at Saudi Arabia business conference, after the NYT, CNN, CNBC, and others withdrew  —  A rep for Fox Business told TheWrap that the network's participation in the conference remained “under review”  —  Fox Business stands increasingly alone …
Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: Endeavor Content is terminating a $400M deal with Saudi Arabia's sovereign fund over Khashoggi case  —  The move comes as pressure mounts for Hollywood to take a stand against the kingdom in the wake of the disappearance — and possible murder — of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Facebook weighs a ban on posts linking to hacked material, expands ban on voting-related misinfo; sources: months ago execs weighed banning all political ads  —  MENLO PARK, Calif. (Reuters) - Facebook Inc (FB.O) will ban false information about voting requirements and fake reports of violence …
Tom Stites / Poynter:
UNC study: over 1,300 communities that had their own newspapers in 2004 have since lost all local news coverage, and startups haven't filled the void  —  It's hardly a secret that news deserts are spreading, but just how bad is it?  —  A comprehensive new study released today by the University …
The Daily Beast:
Ex-Trump spokesman Jason Miller sues Gizmodo Media Group over story about court docs alleging he secretly gave abortion pills to ex-lover; GMG stands by story  —  In the latest twist in his battle with ex-lover A.J. Delgado, Miller has hired the same lawyers who helped Hulk Hogan take down Gawker.
Discussion: Daily Mail and Page Six
Jason Schwartz / Politico:
Advertisers abandoned Laura Ingraham's show over an activist-led boycott yet it may have boosted her ratings, with 2.7M viewers per episode in Q3  —  'They're kind of forced off, whether they want to be or not,' one Fox executive said.  —  Laura Ingraham's ratings are surging …
Discussion: @mattgertz
Tim Baysinger / The Wrap:
Former “Today” show anchor Ann Curry will anchor and executive produce the upcoming TNT and Lionsgate series “M.D. Live”  —  Former “Today” show anchor Ann Curry will anchor and executive produce the upcoming TNT and Lionsgate series “M.D. Live.”
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Disney-backed startup Jaunt says it has laid off a significant portion of its staff and will shutter VR projects to focus on AR and volumetric capture tech  —  San Mateo, Calif.-based virtual reality startup Jaunt XR is laying off a significant portion of its staff as it shifts its focus …
Rachel Glickhouse / Nieman Lab:
Rachel Glickhouse, the partner manager for ProPublica's Documenting Hate investigative project, describes her new newsroom role  —  In this ever-changing industry, new roles are emerging that redefine how we do journalism: audience engagement director, social newsgathering reporter, Snapchat video producer.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
FuboTV announces that its paid subscribers are approaching 250K, up from 100K in September 2017, with 30K added in Q3; CEO hints it may add ESPN in the future  —  While it may not have the name recognition of some other live TV streaming services, fuboTV says it's been growing quickly …
Lyz Lenz / Columbia Journalism Review:
Millions of Americans living in rural parts of the US have no access to broadband, cutting them off from the news cycle and information in general  —  Ahead of the November 6 elections, CJR invited writers to spotlight stories that deserve closer scrutiny, in their states and beyond, before voters cast their ballots.
Discussion: @lyzl
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 More News: 
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Mediaite founder and ABC Chief Legal Analyst Dan Abrams has launched a streaming network for Christian sermons
Discussion: Observer and Mediaite
A.J. Katz / TVNewser:
CBS' streaming service CBSN launches morning news show, CBSN AM, which will air on the service weekdays from 7-8am
Discussion: Digiday and Broadcasting & Cable
 Earlier Picks: 
Sulome Anderson / Columbia Journalism Review:
The daughter of a former hostage, AP bureau chief Terry Anderson, reflects on lack of sensitivity from the BBC and Thomas Friedman in covering Jamal Khashoggi