Category: Industry Stuff

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AND IN FCC NEWS

President Donald Trump has nominated FCC commissioner Michael O’Rielly for a new, five-year term.  O’Reilly’s term expired at the end of June 2019, but commissioners can continue to serve until the close of the ...

NAB 2020 CANCELED

NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith Wednesday issued the following letter to the NAB Show community regarding plans for NAB Show in light of coronavirus concerns: Dear NAB Show community,  As you know, we ...

SOLD!

Miami-based Spanish language broadcaster Univision is being acquired by two private investment firms, ForgeLight and  Searchlight Capital Partners, and will enter a new era led by Wade Davis – longtime media executive, former Viacom ...

SINCLAIR PAYS TRIBUNE

Sinclair Broadcast Group has settled the lawsuit stemming from its failed $3.9 billion takeover of Tribune Media. The merger was scuttled after the FCC referred it to an administrative law judge, making it untenable. ...

SO….WHADDAYA KNOW?

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MNF FOOTBALL SHAKEUP

With ESPN already starting the process of potentially another major shakeup on “Monday Night Football,” CBS’ Tony Romo is now even better positioned to eclipse John Madden’s game analyst record of $8 million per ...

THIS WEEK IN LITIGATION

A former television reporter appealed on Monday a civil court ruling ordering him to pay damages to Japanese #MeToo symbol and journalist Shiori Ito in a high-profile rape case. Noriyuki Yamaguchi, a former Washington ...

AVOIDING BURNOUT

We’ve all been there. You are about 2.5 years into your stay at a station and you are starting to get burned out. All the stories feel the same, you work to make them ...

BNC LAUNCH DATE

In a joint teleconference broadcast live from the Four Season’s Hotel in New York’s Financial District Monday, the Black News Channel (BNC) and the National Newspaper Publishers Association announced the official launch date and ...

DENVER LEGEND HONORS

Max Goldberg, IJN Publisher 1943-1972, will be posthumously inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers of Colorado Hall of Fame, Class of 2019. Max Goldberg was the “father of Channel 9,” (KUSA) (NBC) the first network ...

DIGITAL FIRST

Well, the Corporate folks have been preaching “digital first” for the past few years and a new survey out is showing they aren’t far from the mark. Consumers are nearly as likely to turn ...

KPIX IS A MESS

Our man on the scene in San Francisco, Rich Lieberman reports CBS O&O heads are going to KPIX in an attempt to jump-start things.  The long time blogger by the Bay offers a few ...

THE RATINGS ARE IN FOR CBS

Media Confidential points out CBS’ heavily-promoted debut Monday of Norah O’Donnell as the new anchor and managing editor of the network’s flagship CBS Evening News failed to break CBS’ long run in third place ...

CBS PEP RALLY

You may recall, we told you Tuesday newly minted CBS Evening News Anchor and Managing Editor Norah O’Donnell was in Houston, continuing the victory tour with various CBS stations.  Upon returning to NY, O’Donnell ...

RATE A TV STATION

It’s been a well kept secret since 2017 but ratemystation.com is making headlines as it’s review base grows. 27-year-old Valeria Sistrunk came up with the idea after working at a few stations.  You can ...

WANNA BE A TV PUNDIT?

While I worked at The Blaze a few years back producing various shows I found it interesting to see how folks who basically had only social media and blogging backgrounds with no TV or ...

IN OTHER ATSC 3.0 NEWS

Major public broadcasters and an established broadcast engineering firm have formed a partnership that plans to build single frequency networks in markets across the country and lease them to broadcasters implementing ATSC 3.0-based services.  The ...

MARQUEE SPORTS NAMES MANAGER

Marquee Sports Network, the TV venture the Chicago Cubs and Sinclair Broadcast Group announced three months ago, on Tuesday named Michael McCarthy the channel’s general manager.  McCarthy has been a consultant for the Cubs since ...

A PLAYER ONCE MORE

Former Media General and Young Broadcasting (remember them?) executive Deb McDermott is back in the game. Standard Media, of which McDermott is CEO, is buying two of the last three Citadel Communications stations, shelling ...

CHECK OUT THIS NEW SET

Hearst’s Kansas City ABC affiliate, KMBC 9 News, has debuted a new set from Devlin Design Group.  Newscast Studio reports  KMBC wanted the set to feature a variety of venues for story telling along with a strong visual connection ...

HE’S BAACK

Billy Bush has found a new TV home. The former Today host will anchor Extra Extra, a new iteration of the syndicated entertainment show, which will debut this fall when Extra moves to Fox, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.  The job ...

TEGNA STEPS UP

TEGNA Inc. Monday announced the company has entered into a definitive agreement with Cooper Media to acquire leading 24/7 multicast networks Justice Network and Quest.  According to a news release,  TEGNA will pay approximately ...

NEW OWNER PREPARES FOR THE TAKEOVER

John Cochrane will be the next GM for Lockwood Broadcasting’s soon-to-be WCAV in Charlottesville, VA once the company completes the purchase from Gray TV. Cochrane is currently GM of Lockwood’s WSKY Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, Va. He ...

BURYING THE LEAD

With much fanfare, CBS News trumpeted its bolstered coverage of the White House with the assignment of Ben Tracy as still another White House correspondent. But the lead was buried (for us, anyway) at ...

CNN DECONSTRUCTION

You didn’t think they were getting all new furniture did you? The signs of CNN’s move of its Manhattan base of operations from Columbus Circle to the Hudson Yards are visible for all to ...

LOGAN ON THE MOVE

Seems like it was just yesterday we reported that former CBS News foreign correspondent Lara Logan quietly left the Network last year and gave several controversial interviews regarding alleged bias within the Big Eye. She ...

INTERACTIVE JOURNALISM

If you’ve been out lately, you probably have noticed a lot of people around you striking the pose, head down reading or listening to whatever may be on their phone.  It’s that very reason ...

THINGS ARE A CHANGIN’ AT WHAS

The all female leadership at WHAS (ABC) Louisville Kentucky is making history.   President and General Manager Christy Moreno and News Director Julie Wolfe joined WHAS in late 2018 and are transforming the station into ...

CHANGES WITH COX

Some changes with Cox Enterprises you may not have seen.   Cox  said last week Apollo Global Management will buy a majority interest in Cox Media Group’s broadcast television stations, including the company’s radio, newspaper ...

NEWSROOM BURNOUT

We’ve all been there, especially after a big news event that includes days of wall to wall coverage, cut-in’s and all the rest. But as a news manager or reporter, how do you overcome ...

WHOA, DID YOU SEE THIS?

Some guys in Dallas Texas have launched a product line that benefits not only local businesses but TV station Production Departments and at least one Broadcast company is taking notice. Rev Up is a ...

CHATTANOOGA NEW GM

Sinclair Broadcast Group has selected the new GM of its ABC and FOX affiliates serving the Chattanooga, Tenn., market, as well as Sinclair’s JSA for the market’s affiliate of The CW.  Since 2012, Todd Ricke has ...

DALLAS REPORTER NOW AUTHOR

Longtime KXAS (NBC) Dallas entertainment reporter Bobbie Wygant has been in the business for 70 years.  She recently published a memoir, “Talking to the Stars,” detailing her career and the celebrities she’s interviewed. The book starts ...

WE STILL WANT OUR TV NEWS

Maybe it’s because viewers require the visual stimulation. Maybe it’s because they need the direction that many anchors helpfully dish out: “Look at this video!” “You have to see this to believe this!” “Watch ...

SCRIPPS AWARDS

The Scripps Howard Awards, one of the nation’s most prestigious American journalism competitions, will accept entries from Dec. 1 to Feb. 8 for reporting and storytelling that gives light and changes lives.  The Awards’ ...

DALLAS ANCHORS GIVING IT ALL

It’s “Giving Tuesday” which is a movement to create an international day of charitable giving at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season. In Texas, the main anchors of the Dallas stations are ...

ABQ ABC NEW GM

Hearst Television has promoted Lori Waldon, KCRA (NBC)-KQCA’s (MyNetworkTV) news director and the regional director of news, to president and general manager of the company’s Albuquerque property.  Waldon will oversee KOAT’s news team effective January 1. “Lori is an accomplished, award-winning journalist ...

TRIBUNE HAS NEW SUITORS

There is something about Tribune Media that Administration fanboys find irresistible. First it was Sinclair, whose inability to be straight with an extremely pliant FCC ultimately to the failure of its attempt after well ...

APPLAUSE FOR COX

Cox Media is garnering some well-deserved praise for a plan to expand its participation in a program that has already connected over 400,000 low-income Americans to the internet. Connect2Compete is the industry program providing ...

A MILESTONE FOR RTDNA

Members of RTDNA elected the organization’s first African-American leader at the conference last week in Baltimore. Terence Shepherd will be Chair-Elect for the next year, and Chair the year after. He’s the ND at WLRN ...