Category: “The Business”

E!-NOUGH

It’s the end of an era for celebrity news, according to TVline.com. A trio of E! entertainment programs — the long-running E! News, along with newer shows Pop of the Morning and In the ...

PANDEMIC? WHAT PANDEMIC?

Everyone is struggling due to the economic impact of an unforeseen and unprecedented global pandemic…  everyone who is not Sinclair. According to TVNewsCheck, Sinclair Broadcast Group this morning reported that its second quarter 2020 ...

WHO NEEDS KIDS’ NEWS?

A lesser known character on The Simpsons, but nonetheless one that any enthusiast would know immediately, is Helen Lovejoy, wife to Reverend Timothy Lovejoy.  She’s known as the town gossip and for her catchphrase, ...

CIVIL WAR IN THE FOX HOLE

Racial tensions were seemingly the rise at Fox News — and that was BEFORE the news about Tucker Carlson’s head writer dealing in outrageously racism in online forums and Carlson’s luke-warm at-best “apology” to follow.   ...

TRUMP AT WAR WITH BRAZILE

The love affair between President Trump and Fox News may be officially over.   The president’s once favorite home-court-advantage network has been a consistant Twitter target as of late.  His most recent target being ...

BROTHERLY MILESTONE

WPVI, ABC’s Philadelphia O&O, took viewers down memory lane over-the-weekend with an hour-long special celebrating its 50 years branded as Action News. The station was mired in last place in the news ratings in ...

TRAIN RIGHT ON TIME AT VOA 

In a story NewsBlues has been following, Voice of America seems to be very quickly showing every indication of becoming the Voice of Trump. According to NPR, President Trump’s pick to lead the U.S. Agency for Global ...

ROAD BLOCK!

FOX 26 KRIV morning traffic anchor Chrisdyann Uribe has left the station after her contract ended. “I moved to Houston exactly 3 years ago and found a city with a huge heart and lots of passion,” ...

FAUX NEWS

The protests around the country are enough to ignite strong opinions on any side. Social media friend lists are literally being purged, as people are distancing themselves over differing opinions regarding the news cycle.   One thing ...

FEELING “TRIGGERED” AT OAN

The promotion for it couldn’t have laid out a more peaceful protest.   In fact, it literally reads “Keep it peaceful” and “social distancing encouraged.” Doesn’t exactly sound like a planned terrorist operation going down outside one ...

O’REALLY?

Don’t call it a comeback!  Don’t call it a comeback especially if he’s off the air after he started on June 2.   That’s not quite the case for Bill O’Reilly just yet. but ...

HOUSTON REPORTERS HAVE A PROBLEM

KTRK ABC13 community reporter Juan Beltran‘s bio has been removed from the station’s website. Beltran and KTRK assignments editor Chaz Miller were hired as community journalists in early 2019. Miller still remains with the ...

FAKE BRUISE 

Sticks and stones may break their windows, but it doesn’t seem names will hurt CNN – and it’s not from any lack of effort by President Donald Trump.    Tuesday, CNN announced it had its best ...

O’NO

More than three years after Bill O’Reilly was fired from Fox News amid sexual-harassment allegations, the “no spinster” is returning to television. Upstart OTT network The First will run his show starting tonight. No ...

CBS IN CHICAGO RUNNING ON FUMES

In addition to eliminating the positions of legendary investigative reporter Pam Zekman and at least five other on-air employees, the mass layoffs at CBS-owned WBBM-Channel 2 cost the jobs of numerous other staffers. Wendy Widom, ...

LOCAL STATIONS DO AMAZON’S BIDDING 

Amazon has an annual shareholders meeting this week. On the agenda – investors plan on demanding the company address worker safety issues after at least eight warehouse employees have died of COVID-19. Amazon has taken an interesting an possibly never-before-seen ...

THEY TOOK OUR JOBS! 

It’s official.  We are living in the Matrix.    The Chinese state news agency Xinhua has added a 3D AI news anchor to its roster and she makes a LOT less than you… and it willing ...

MEET THE NEW BOSS

Altice USA’s News 12 Networks, the hyperlocal news group serving the New York tri-state area, today appointed Jacques Natz general manager. Natz reports to Eric Harris, chief operating officer of Altice News. A veteran ...

RACE & THE VIRUS 

ABC News is dedicating three days of special coverage to the coronavirus as it has reflected, exposed or exacerbated racial and socioeconomic divides. Starting Wednesday, Pandemic — A Nation Divided, will appear across the network’s platforms. ...

CBSN LAUNCHES IN BIG D

CBS Television Stations and CBS Interactive have launched CBSN Dallas-Fort Worth, the 10th of ViacomCBS’ 13 local direct-to-consumer streaming news services.    CBSN Dallas-Fort Worth features anchored programming and coverage of breaking news in ...

HUGE SLICE FROM VICE 

Vice Media is laying off 55 U.S. staffers and about 100 more internationally as it faces uncertainty due to COVID-19 according to Deadline.com.  In an internal memo from CEO Nancy Dubuc, it stated that the moves ...

COURT TV IS GETTING SIRIUS

E.W Scripps’ Court TV said it is launching a SiriusXM channel on May 15. “Court TV is committed to providing outstanding legal coverage and journalism across a variety of platforms and we’re thrilled that Court ...

SINCLAIR STRIKES OUT 

Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded the credit outlook of Diamond Sports Group, the consortium led by Sinclair Broadcast Group that owns the 23 regional sports networks, formerly run by Fox. So what the hell does that mean?   It means that the ...

GET ME DON DRAPER!

According to a new study, advertisers say they expect to spend 33% less on upfront television buys in 2020 compared to last year. Advertiser Perceptions has been conducting surveys of advertisers and media buyers every two ...

IS IT TIME TO STICK A FORK IN MEREDITH?

“An extremely challenging business environment.”  That’s the reason Meredith Corp. gave the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in delaying its quarterly earnings report, which was due Monday. According to The Des Moines Register, the Iowa-based media ...

GOOD LUCK CHUCK

CBS News CFO Charlie Pavlounis is on his way out – According to Variety. CBS News President Susan Zirinsky told staffers in a memo Tuesday. “I have no doubt Charlie will continue to explore his passion for combining ...

LAYOFFS LOOM IN WINDY CITY 

When the ad bucks stop here, that means means pink slips come next.  According to RobertFeder.com, employees at NBC-owned WMAQ and Telemundo Chicago WSNS are bracing for imminent layoffs.  David Doebler, president and general manager of the stations, announced a ...

GRAY SKIES FORECAST FOR GRAY

Pat LaPlatney, Co-CEO of Gray Television, says the company is doing what it can to take care of its employees and advertisers as it pushes through an invariably tough second quarter and most likely beyond.  In ...

GRAY FILLS MULTIPLE SEATS 

Gray Television has announced that Jama Killingsworth, Kerri Blanco, Tim Walker, and Jacque Harms will lead Gray’s stations in the Huntsville, Colorado Springs, Hattiesburg, and Meridian markets respectively. That brings the number of new GM positions filed by Gray, ...

CORD CUTTING ABOUNDS

The verdict is in regarding the first quarter and it’s not good news for cable providers.  It seems there’s been more snipping than at rabbi briss training.  “Traditional” pay TV subscriptions fell by a record-setting 1.8 ...

GRIM Q1 FOR SCRIPPS

The E.W. Scripps Company reported operating results for the first quarter of 2019 and the news was enough to make shareholders say “EW.”  Net loss: $11.8 million, or 15 cents a share.  That’s on ...

ROSE’S KITCHEN IN FULL BLOOM

According to Robert Feder, Jim Rose, the longtime sports anchor at ABC-owned WLS-Channel 7, scored a 9 out of 10 Thursday on Room Rater, a Twitter account that rates the backdrops of at-home live shots. “Light and bright. Tulips ...

THIS DISH LOOKS BROKEN

Dish Network Corp. has reported earnings dropping faster than a dish at a Greek wedding. Net earnings plummeted to $73 million, from $340 million a year ago.  The company said its earnings were impacted ...

NEXSTAR: COVID SCHMOVID

Nexstar isn’t letting a little thing like a global pandemic halt its plans to compete with the big kids.  With election 2020 very much on the horizon, the media company is proceeding with a ...

WILL NOAH LEAVE THE NBC ARK?

Andy Lack is out, leaving news executive Noah Oppenheim in limbo according to The Daily Beast. The power shift, which brings CNBC under the news division umbrella (previously outside Lack’s purview) and reporting to CEO ...

FADE TO BLACK ON LACK

Andrew Lack, chairman of NBC News and MSNBC, is exiting as part of an internal shuffling at NBCUniversal.  Cesar Conde, who heads up Telemundo and NBC’s businesses outside North America, will take over as ...

FIRED FOR A RETWEET 

We’ve all seen the “RTs are not an endorsement” type sentiments in journalists’ Twitter bios.  But the disclaimer wasn’t enough to prevent Minnesota Meteorologist Sven Sundgaard from being fired – according to AlphaNewsMN.com  The reporter for KARE11 had reposted a ...

“LACK” OF LOYALTY 

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that NBCUniversal is looking to axe a significant portion of staff across its media and entertainment divisions, citing people familiar with the matter. NBCUniversal is taking a huge financial hit from the coronavirus outbreak. The ...

LISTEN TO THIS SHELL & YOU’LL HEAR BS 

NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell apparently sees “very, very encouraging” early signs from Peacock, but also sees “significant adjustments” being made to the expense side of the Comcast division in light of COVID-19. According to Deadline.com, Shell delivered these comments during his first appearance ...

NIELSEN’S RATINGS TANK

Nielsen is used to reporting the bad the news for others, but in this case the company reports a first-quarter loss and says it’s because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It also expects revenue to be ...

VIACOMCBS CEO: SORRY, NOT SORRY

As Viacom and CBS continue their relationship, they’re cutting off more and more friends who are now wondering WTF.  More staffers were laid off Wednesday at various divisions at divisions, not limited MTV News.  Great! ...

SCRIPPS IS ON THE REBOUND

E.W. Scripps believes it has the answer for viewers to navigate the new age of coronavirus as a means to recover from self-quarantining by grabbing “The Rebound.” No, it’s not snagging someone who is ...