Category: “The Business”

CBSN’s NEWEST LOCALE

CBS-owned WBBM-Channel 2 in Chicago has launched a 24/7 streaming news service featuring content recycled from the station’s local newscasts. According to RobertFeder.com, it is branded as CBSN Chicago, it’s the ninth market since December ...

MEREDITH CUTS PAY

Meredith has announced pay reductions for a period starting May 4 and continuing through September 4. Meredith’s broadcast television stations reach 11% of U.S. households, but the conglomerate also owns magazines, websites, and radio stations. ...

RAPPER’S NOD TO SPORTS ANCHOR

Rapper Paul Wall sent a shout to KPRC sports anchor Ari Alexander for his live, and seemingly impromptu, performance of the Houston based rapper’s classic tune, “Still Tippin.” See the shoutout here https://www.facebook.com/watch/PaulWall/…and the ...

FCC COMISH: FAR LEFT COUP

FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr told KDKA Pittsburgh conservative radio show host Wendy Bell that far left groups (he did not mention any name but made it clear he was talking about ‘Free Press’) are engaged ...

TRUMP RADIO DEAD BEFORE LAUNCH

Clearly concerned that he was not getting his message across clearly and abundantly enough during his multi-hour coronavirus briefing diatribes, President Trump toyed with the idea of a radio show focused on the coronavirus ...

ERIE SPORTS ANCHOR DEAD AT 63

Longtime Erie News Now sportscaster Gary Drapcho passed away Wednesday morning.  Gary had suffered from cardiac problems over the past few years and had a reoccurrence recently. His career spanned four decades involved covering ...

CUOMO RE-UPS WITH CNN

It’s been an interesting few weeks for the Cuomo family.   As older brother and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo leads the battle in the global epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, younger brother Chris ...

A RETURN TO WGN

Meteorologist Tom Skilling returns today. Six weeks after undergoing gastric bypass surgery, Skilling will complete his WGN-Channel 9 comeback, although like so many of his colleagues who remained on-the-air during his hiatus, his return will ...

STATE OF JOBS AT WPP

As of this morning, employees at WPP have been safe in the job-status market in the age of coronavirus.   But CEO Mark Read told Bloomberg TV  that he could not “rule out tougher ...

MAGICAL NUMBER FOR DISNEY+

Streaming service Disney+ has topped 50 million subscribers worldwide according to The Walt Disney Company. The channel was launched five months ago and may be benefitting from the amount of people staying indoors due ...

GRAY’S GOOD NEWS

Gray Television, like so many others “in the biz” and beyond has been keeping a vigilant eye on the coronavirus and its impact on health and the economy.  While TEGNA recently announced company-wide furloughs, a reassuring ...

TEGNA VS. SOOHYUNG KIM

It’s a quit the fracas between TEGNA and shareholder Standard General, led by Soohyung Kim, the financial group demanding seats on the company’s Board of Directors. The action has heated up with both parties pitching shareholders ...

GRAY PROMOTES FROM WITHIN

While many are losing their jobs left and right, or at least learning that they are “non-essential,” Gray Television has announced major promotions. Sacha Purciful will be the general manager of KSLA, Shreveport, Louisiana, and ...

TUCKER TAKES THE LEAD

While it’s yet to be seen if Monday Night Football proceeds as planned (DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER!), or follows a similar fate as the NBA and NHL, the victory for the final Monday in ...

THE LAYOFFS BEGIN

Expect to see more of this, especially in smaller markets. Locally-owned WPSD in Paducah, KY is taking advantage of COVID-19 to lay people off. Sports reporter Blake Sandlin was among them Mom-and-pop operations and ...

SCOTUS SIDES WITH COMCAST

The U.S. Supreme Court sided with Comcast in a high-stakes civil rights case Monday, ruling that media mogul Byron Allen must show race was the determining reason that the company refused to carry his ...

IT’S A FACT

A lot of what people out there use the term “Fake News” based on how some outlets cover a story. Sure, the facts may be the same but the emphasis on some of those ...

YOU KNEW IT WAS COMING

The Tampa Bay Times has laid off 11 journalists, the newsroom’s executive editor said in a note to the staff on Wednesday. You have to wonder how many broadcast journalists will be cut during ...

REPORTER WEDDINGS DELAYED

Last week, as the spread of the COVID-19 virus continued, Colorado Governor Jared Polis temporarily banned gatherings of 250 or more, and over the weekend, the federal Centers for Disease Control offered a stricter ...

TEGNA IS SURROUNDED

Gray, Apollo Media and the Allen Media Group are all avidly pursuing the acquisition of Tegna. And now one of the company’s largest shareholders has circled around and is trying once more to place ...

ANOTHER TEGNA SUITOR

Tegna’s corporate consolidation prom dance card is rapidly filling up. Now, media entrepreneur Byron Allen, the owner of The Weather Channel is knocking at the door. His offer is very similar both Gray Television’s ...

TUSSLE OVER TEGNA

Not long after Gray Television went public with its $8.5 billion bid for Tegna, out of the woodwork came Apollo, seeking once again to grab the company with a matching offer. Except Apollo’s offer ...

TV CONFERENCE CANCELED

MipTV, one of the leading international television conferences and markets, has been canceled due to concerns related to the coronavirus. The event was scheduled to take place March 30-April 2 in Cannes.  Organizers Reed Midem ...

LIVE SHOTS BY THE BOOK

Back in prehistoric times, we didn’t get much training about live shots. Sometimes on a job interview, the cavalier ND would lean back in his chair after ripping apart your 3/4″ show reel and ...

THIS WEEK IN $$$$ GRAB$

Just in time for “Super Tuesday” ad spending that will only multiply through the year, Nexstar’s KTXL in Sacramento, CA, debuted a locally produced half-hour political affairs show yesterday morning, two days before “Super ...

PAI WINS AWARD

The Broadcasters Foundation of America has announced Federal Communications Commission Chairman (FCC) Ajit Pai as the recipient of this year’s Lowry Mays Excellence in Broadcasting Award. The Award is bestowed annually on an individual ...

GO DIGITAL YOUNG FOLKS

68% of Americans use online news sites on a weekly basis, with 37% calling online their main source of news, but only 13% of consumers say they are currently paying for online editorial content, ...

UNIVISION ON THE BLOCK

“The Wall Street Journal” is reporting that Univision is in exclusive talks with a bidding group that includes a former Viacom senior executive for a sale that could value the Spanish-language broadcaster at close ...

COX DAMAGE VERDICT

In December, a jury ruled that US-based internet service provider Cox Communications was liable for the infringement of over 10,000 music copyrights by its users. The company was ordered to pay Universal, Sony and ...

MORNING MILLIONS

The noisy cable “news” outlets seem to get all the press, but when it comes to revenue, mainstream broadcasters – especially at the national level – have the upper hand by a mile or ...

IMPEACHMENT

After less than three hours of live coverage CBS, the network of Walter Cronkite cut away from the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, yielding to daytime fare like “Dr. Phil” and “Judge Judy.” ...

CHASING THE $$$$

CBS loudly touted that it will inaugurate nightly 10 pm newscasts at its CW affiliates in Detroit, Atlanta and Tampa. Each of the three markets is adding two or three multimedia journalists. The newscasts ...

TEGNA TAKEOVER??

Nerves are said to be getting a frayed in the Tegna front offices over the possibility of a takeover – hostile or otherwise – at the media company. Since 1997, venture capitalist Soohyung Kim ...

NBC POACHES FAMILY GUY CREATOR

Seth MacFarlane, the creator of “Family Guy,” “American Dad!,” “Ted” and “The Orville” is leaving his longtime home at 20th Century Fox Television, which bet on MacFarlane when he was just a recent college ...

PLUCKING THE PEACOCK

After 12+ years, NBC News is shutting down Peacock Productions, the nonfiction production unit that focuses primarily on documentaries, reality series and news specials. The jobs of 32 people in the unit are affected ...

CARRIAGE AGREEMENT

ViacomCBS said it reached a new carriage agreement with Comcast that includes retransmission consent for 23 CBS-owned TV stations, including CBS-owned CW affiliates. The deal covers CBS’s cable properties and will make the streaming ...

THE STORK IS ON THE WAY

A member of the WCAU (NBC) First Alert Weather Team is starting her New Year off with a couple big personal announcements. Weekday morning meteorologist Brittney Shipp kicked off 2020 with an elopement to Paris alongside ...

MISSION BROADCASTING VS DISH

Mission Broadcasting said its stations in 18 markets are no longer being carried by Dish Network because of a retransmission consent dispute. The stations were removed by Dish without warning Friday night, Mission said. ...

BYE BYE EXEMPTION

A federal judge will not temporarily exempt freelance journalists and photographers from a broad new California labor law, saying they waited too long to challenge restrictions that they fear could put some of them ...

UNIVISON UP FOR GRABS?

Several firms have expressed interest in acquiring Univision Communications Inc., according to The Wall Street Journal citing people familiar with the matter, a deal that would give the Spanish-language broadcaster’s private-equity owners a long-sought exit. ...

NBC LAUNCHES NEW DIGITAL FORMAT

NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations Wednesday launched a massive back- and front-end reconstruction of its NBC and Telemundo station digital products. TVNewsCheck.Com reports  the new content management system (CMS) was designed and built in less ...

AN APPLE FOR ABC NEWS

ABC News is hooking up with Apple News on coverage of the 2020 presidential election, starting with plans for a Democratic debate on Feb. 7 in New Hampshire. For that event, Apple News will ...

HIS WAY OR THE HIGHWAY

Billionaire presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg is refusing to buckle under pressure and change the rules of engagement for his news outlet’s political reporters—who are forbidden from investigating him or any other Democratic White House ...

CNN RATINGS DOWN

CNN ratings have continued to plummet with the company averaging a nearly three-year low in viewership last week. Media Confidential reports the network hit a five-year low among the key 25-54 demographic while it ...

JOURNALISM SCHOOL OVERHAUL

RTDNA has a good read this week about an overhaul of a University Journalism curriculum. This semester’s incoming journalism students at the University of Missouri are enrolled in nearly 50 sections of new classes under a ...

NEED A JOB?

An organization that is trying to bolster the struggling local news industry said Monday that it will help fund the hiring of 250 journalists across the country next year. That’s a sharp increase from ...