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12:50 PM ET, October 16, 2018


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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
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
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
Report: 55% of cable consumers say they're confused by streaming options, with 30% saying they would cut the cord if they could livestream sports, events, news  —  Telaria, Adobe say consumers find OTT confusing  —  While the TV business already has seen an alarming number of consumers …
Discussion: MediaPost and Adweek
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 …
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: The Wrap, Daily Mail and Page Six
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Hosts of Pod Save America talk about their HBO specials for midterms and Crooked Media's role as a smart, entertaining, media company on the left  —  With four new live specials on HBO, the guys behind Crooked Media are expanding the reach of ‘Pod Save America.’  —  HOLLYWOOD, California—"Like the new place?"
Discussion: Dallas Morning News
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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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