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KVEO DAD DONATES KIDNEY TO SON

This holiday season while many of us are looking forward to the festivities or searching for that perfect gift for our loved ones, KVEO Meteorologist Robert Bettes is giving a part of himself to ...

SINCLAIR UP’S MINIMUM WAGE TO $15

Sinclair Broadcast Group Wednesday announced Wednesday that its minimum hourly wage will increase to $15 for all applicable employees, effective Dec. 29. The increase will affect the wages of employees whose minimum wage was ...

HERE COME THE LAYOFFS

ViacomCBS is beginning its first round of layoffs since merging less than a week ago. The NY Post reports the media company behind Showtime and Nickelodeon is swinging the ax at CBS’ finance department, which ...

BYE BYE BLACK ROCK

Three days after the long-awaited merger of CBS and Viacom closed, the combined company has decided to sell off the fabled headquarters building of CBS known as “Black Rock.” Bob Bakish, CEO of ViacomCBS, confirmed to Deadline, ...

DRONE VS. CHOPPER

KABC‘s Chopper had a run in with a Drone Wednesday evening. Luckily everyone was OK, the chopper set down as a precaution. Back in 2017 KABC made the trade news when it added  Xtreme ...

DID YOU NOTICE?

The “CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell” has moved to the nation’s capital. The program is now broadcast from its new permanent home in Washington, D.C. Since its inception, the 30-minute newscast has been ...

STANDARD MEDIA GROUP BUYS 9 TV STATIONS

Standard Media Group on Monday announced its agreement to buy nine television stations across six markets from Waypoint Media and Vision Communications for $59.2 million. The transaction includes the following network affiliates: WGBC Meridian, Miss. ...

IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS

The public phase of the impeachment inquiry  got underway Wednesday morning, as nationally-televised hearings began before House lawmakers into whether President Trump’s actions related to Ukraine merit impeachment. The three major broadcast networks and ...

PRESS BRIEFINGS ON HOLD TFN

The last briefing from a White House press secretary occurred 245 days ago and will not resume until President Trump gives the go-ahead. White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham, who has yet to give ...

PAUL CHALLENGES MEDIA

As you probably saw Monday night, President Trump was in Kentucky amid the roar of thousands of supporters. As Democrats in Congress continue to conduct their closed door impeachment investigation, it became clear, everyone ...

NBC WORKERS FORM UNION

NBC News’ digital editorial staff have voted to form a union with New York’s NewsGuild, the group announced on Wednesday. In a letter sent to NBC News management, the union cited the network’s handling ...

NEWS CREW TARGETED

KXAS (NBC) Dallas photographer Konner Barrick shared a Social media post that is pretty scary. While covering a vigil in Dallas Sunday night, someone took at shot at him, the bullet landing just behind ...

KELLY IS TESTING THE WATER

Hot on the heels of Megyn Kelly’s explosive first TV appearance in over a year last week, in which she called for an outside investigation into her former employer NBC News, RadarOnline.com reports the anchor ...

DALLAS TORNADO

You probably saw the coverage out of Dallas Texas Monday regarding a rare October Tornado. It was interesting to later see the local ND’s take to social media beating their chests about what some ...

MEGYN KELLY SLAMS LAUER

Megyn Kelly was back in front of the cameras Wednesday night since her talk show was canceled by NBC a year ago. The former Megyn Kelly Today host, visited with Tucker Carlson on Fox News, from ...

BREAKING: SHEPARD SMITH DEPARTS FOX

Developing late Friday: Shepard Smith announced Friday his departure from Fox News after 23 years on-air; saying he had requested an “immediate release from his contract.” “Recently I asked the company to allow me ...

FORMER WEATHER GUY INDICTED

A Franklin County grand jury has indicted former WBNS (CBS) meteorologist Mike Davis on four felony counts related to downloaded child pornography. The indictment was filed Wednesday in Franklin County Common Pleas Court according ...

RIP WENDY CHIOJI

The fearless Wendy Chioji, former WESH (NBC) anchor who inspired Central Florida with her frank account of battling cancer, died Monday night.  “My beautiful, strong, defiant, bad-ass sister, Wendy Chioji, lost her fight with ...

REPORTER SHOT WITH BB GUN

A kid was taken into custody after shooting WMBD (CBS) /WYZZ (FOX) reporter Matt Sheehan Wednesday, according to the Peoria Star Journal. “I think I just got shot.” That’s what  Sheehan told one of ...

A CHANGING TV LANDSCAPE

The number of TV homes for the 2020 television season in the United States has grown to 120.6 million, according to newly released estimates from Nielsen.  Nielsen’s National Television Household Universe Estimates reflect changes ...

GROWTH AS A GRAY AREA

BroadcastingCable.com has an interesting read regarding this past years merger between Raycom and Gray Television. Call it a peek behind the curtain if you will. Hilton H. Howell Jr. is the executive chairman and ...

LAUER’S SIDE OF THE STORY

Radaronline.com reports Matt Lauer is finally ready to tell his side of the story about the scandal that cost him his job and his marriage. The shamed former TV host, 61, is set to star ...

IMELDA STRIKES TEXAS

Tropical Depression Imelda dumped heavy rain over southeastern Texas on Wednesday. The storm formed over the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday afternoon and made landfall near Freeport, the National Hurricane Center said. It is expected to keep ...

FCC APPROVES TRIBUNE-NEXSTAR MERGER

The FCC, by a partisan 3-2 vote, Monday approved the $6.4 billion sale of Tribune Media broadcast stations to Nexstar Media Group. In connection with this transaction, the commission also approved the divestiture to ...

AXS-TV LAYOFFS

A day after it announced its deal to sell a majority stake to Canadian programmer Anthem Sports and Entertainment, AXS TV has laid off at least 40 employees, including most of the workers in ...

TARGETING TRUMP

Farmers seeking government assistance knew where to make their case: on Fox News, in TV ads with tractors and corn stalks designed to snag the attention of President Donald Trump, reports Bloomberg. U.S. airlines, opposed ...

DORIAN LATEST

Well, it wouldn’t be a Hurricane without a few goofs here and there right? Bless the hearts of all the crews in the field, and the staff back at the station for focusing on ...

DORIAN LATEST

Dorian wreaked havoc over Grand Bahama Island for hours Monday with residents scrambling for cover, some taking shelter in the attic of their homes as the tidal surge continued to rise. #FREEPORT, BAHAMAS: Family ...

HERE COMES DORIAN

Dorian has thrown forecasters a few curve balls over the past day, the biggest of which is a large shift to the east. While that is good news for Puerto Rico, it is a ...

HIGHEST PAID ANCHORS

Broadcasting the news has taken a hit in the information age, as more and more media consumers get their news from digital platforms rather than turning on Fox, CNN or some of the other ...

CARLSON FEELING THE HEAT?

The Monday episode of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” the host’s first since he left for what Fox News said was a planned vacation two days after making the remarks on white supremacy, had fewer commercials ...

MEET TRUMPS NEW FAVORITE

President Donald Trump went on a tirade against Fox News Sunday afternoon and singled out two of the network’s most notable Democratic pundits as he bemoaned what’s happened to the network, reports Mediaiate. In ...

MEGA MERGER AHEAD

CBS and Viacom are closing in on a deal: The two companies, once a single entity, are working to announce a merger as early as Tuesday, reports Bloomberg, citing anonymous sources. A deal would ...

MOVING NORTH

Erase those question marks behind “Chief Meteorologist” at WROC, Nexstar’s Rochester New York station. And no, it’s not Jeremy Kappell. Eric Snitil is leaving Gray’s WSFA in Montgomery, AL after 8 years to take ...

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN

The 2019 NABJ Annual Convention & Career Fair is under way in Miami. It’s billed as “the premier venue for journalism education, career development and networking opportunity that draws leaders in journalism, media, technology, ...

GRAY CUTS EMPLOYEES

A tipster tells us some people at WBRC (FOX) are waking up this morning unemployed. The layoffs include several workers who have 14 to 30 years experience at the Birmingham station. Positions cut include ...

DEM DEBATE ROUND II

The second night of the second round of Democratic debates took place Wednesday in Detroit. Of the night’s many match-ups, none was more anticipated than presidential hopefuls Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.  The candidates ...

PBS + YOUTUBE = TRUE LOVE

PBS member stations are joining forces with Google’s YouTubeTV.  Broadcasting and Cable reports the online live and subscription video service has agreed to carry any PBS member station that chooses to participate. It is ...

MUELLER IS BORING

No matter what agenda they follow, TV folk seem to have come to the same conclusion about special counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony before Congress Wednesday morning: Mueller is boring. Deadline has a nice recap of ...

MUELLER MUELLER MUELLER

Hold on to your hats, Wednesday will likely be a three ring political circus with live coverage of the Hill testimony of former special counsel Robert Mueller.  His report on Russian election meddling, has become ...

NEXSTAR-TRIBUNE DEAL UPDATE

The question of who will end up owning Cleveland’s WJW (FOX) should be settled soon, but “soon” could mean a couple of days, weeks or months. The key is how fast government regulatory agencies will ...

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

Western Kentucky University’s School of Journalism & Broadcasting, is changing its name to “School of Media.” WKU alumni around the country are not pleased.  The College Heights Herald reports that alumni are concerned about ...

SAY HELLO TO BARRY

Well your weather guy has told you about a menacing tropical storm all week which kinda has the same imagery as Hurricane Harvey. Lot’s of rain, potential catastrophic flooding, but like mother natures big ...

HELPING HIS SISTER

Today is a big day for Fox News Host Ed Henry. Henry made an emotional announcement Sunday morning on “Fox & Friends Weekend,” telling viewers that he will donate a portion of his liver ...

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!

Happy 4th of July from your friends at Newsblues.com. We’ll return Friday.  In the meantime, if you are off today, make it great day and if you are stuck in an empty TV station ...

PULLING OUT THE SKELETONS

You may recall Brandon Lee’s exit from KTVK (Independent) in November of 2018 after about five years at the station. Normally, anchors head to bigger markets, but Lee says he left to “find himself”.  It’s ...

CBS-VIACOM DEAL LIKELY

A deal that would re-combine CBS and Viacom is “probably inevitable,” according to a report from Moody’s Investor Service analyst Neil Begley.  BroadcastingCable.com reports merging the companies would fit in with industry trends in which media companies aim ...

DEM DEBATE TECHNICAL TROUBLE

Did you watch NBC News’ coverage of the first Democratic debate of the 2020 campaign season Wednesday night? You may have seen a technical glitch that led President Donald Trump to tweet that the ...

HERE COME THE CBSN HUBS

CBS Television Stations and CBS Interactive have officially launched CBSN Los Angeles, the second of the Company’s local direct-to-consumer streaming news services in major markets across the country.  CBSNLA features 24/7 anchored programming, coverage of ...

GUN PULLED ON MMJ

Waco Texas area reporter/anchor Emani Payne has shared a horrifying story about having a gun pulled on her while she was on assignment alone in Killeen, Texas. Payne, who is a reporter and anchor ...

ACOSTA BOOK

CNN’s Jim Acosta, one of President Donald Trump’s least favorite journalists, has a book about covering the administration. “The Enemy of the People” comes out Today from HarperCollins.  Trump has called Acosta an “enemy ...

QUEEN NORAH VISITS KCBS

Norah O’Donnell, the incoming anchor and managing editor of the “CBS Evening News,” told the staff at CBS owned and operated station KCBS-TV that the flagship CBS News broadcast will focus on original reporting ...

DID YOU CATCH THIS?

Fox News’ Chris Wallace interrupted 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand while she spoke against Fox News, with Wallace saying “frankly, it’s not very polite.” According to Mediaite, Gillibrand was answering a question on abortion ...

ACOSTA ADMITS TO GRANDSTANDING

In case you weren’t keep score on the Media vs President Trump, CNN Chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta says he has it all figured out. The President’s war with the US press began as ...

TORNADO COVERAGE

Not a typical Memorial Day with limited stories to cover for some stations in Iowa and Ohio Monday. KWWL (NBC) crews were busy chasing an EF-1 Tornado in Floyd County Iowa where damage was ...

WKRG JOURNALIST NATIONAL HONORS

He’s retiring this week after 50 years on-air with WKRG (CBS) and veteran journalist Mel Showers will be awarded the Journalist of Distinction award by the National Association of Black Journalist later this summer ...

WEATHER OBLIVION

We all know that Meteorologist aren’t sorcerers and Monday was one of those days that show the science is still pretty much hit and miss. Forecasters last week started harping Monday was the day ...

CBS HOSTS ADVERTISERS

Hundreds of ad buyers filed into New York’s Carnegie Hall on Wednesday afternoon to watch CBS NFL broadcasters Jim Nantz and Tony Romo make a pitch for that almighty sales dollar.   At this time last year, ...

TV NEWS IS “ROBUST”

Another interesting read from our friends at RTNDA.  Last week we told you Newspapers were in deep trouble, but according to a study, local television news is remaining viable. In fact, local television news ...

WHITE HOUSE “MASS PURGE”

We are hearing reports of a so-called “Mass Purge” of media credentials within the Washington Press Corps.  Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank  had his White House press credentials yanked  Wednesday and he says he is not the ...

SINCLAIR ENTERS SPORTS

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. has reached a deal it valued at $10.6 billion to buy 21 regional sports networks from Walt Disney Co, according to The Wall Street Journal. We mentioned this awhile back. The ...

MEREDITH CORP: CHANGE ON THE WAY

 Meredith Corp, best known for its lifestyle magazines such as “Better Homes and Gardens”, is preparing to explore a sale of its portfolio of local U.S. broadcast stations as it looks to streamline its ...

MUELLER….MUELLER

The Justice Department Mueller’s Russia report is set to be released to the public and Congress later this morning. The Justice Department said Attorney General Barr’s press conference will be held at the department ...

NOTRE DAME FIRE

The big story of the day Monday was the famous Notre Dame Cathedral burning. A massive fire engulfed the upper reaches of Paris’ soaring Notre Dame Cathedral as it was undergoing renovations,  threatening one ...

MBG SUES NEXSTAR

Marshall Broadcasting Group (MBG), which is owned by Pluria Marshall, has filed suit against Nexstar Broadcasting in the New York State Supreme Court.  BroadcastingCable.Com reports allegations in the nine-count suit include Breach of Contract and ...

CBS LOVES O’DONNELL

Sometimes when you work for an organization you see people on the so-called “fast track”, and that certainly has been the case with CBS anchor Norah O’Donnell who it seems was just not long ...

NAB 2019

Well, we are just a few days away from NAB 2019, where News Directors, Station Managers, Chief Engineers and Sales folk “work” in Vegas while the rest of the Station is back in mid-market ...

CHASE ENDS AT KFMB

A police pursuit that started in the South Bay area of San Diego ended in front of the KFMB (CBS) studios in Kearny Mesa Sunday morning.  National City police received reports of a car ...

SHE’S BAACK

You may recall back in February a weather forecaster was axed over a little game played on-air. We had the story, as did thelostogle.com which was the first to report Meteorologist Mandy Bailey was ...

MUELLER REPORT FALLOUT

So, since Sunday, no matter what side of the aisle you stand on, there has been constant coverage of the Mueller report. Forget that it was announced over the weekend that ISIS was 100% ...

“ATTABOY” FROM FOX CEO

Thursday, FOX chairman and CEO Lachlan Murdoch addressed Fox Corp.’s 7,500 employees at a town hall meeting held on the Fox lot in Los Angeles.  It was also available via webcast to employees in ...

DNC TO FOX NEWS: NO PRIMARY FOR YOU

The Washington Post broke news Wednesday afternoon that the Democratic National Committee would be banning the Fox News Channel from hosting a 2020 presidential primary debate in light of a story by The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer ...

ALABAMA TORNADOES

Tornadoes hit Alabama, Georgia and Florida on Sunday, causing destruction and at least 23 deaths in Lee County, Alabama. Dozens of people were sent to hospitals on Sunday with injuries, with at least two ...

UNIVISON STAFFERS DETAINED/RELEASED

The Univision network says six of its staffers, including veteran anchorman Jorge Ramos, were detained briefly at the presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela Monday. The network said Ramos was there to interview embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas ...

CHANGE AT CBS EVENING NEWS?

CBS News is reportedly considering replacing current “CBS Evening News” anchor Jeff Glor with “CBS This Morning” host Norah O’Donnell amid disappointing ratings.  Several unidentified sources told Variety that the network is also considering moving its evening newscast, which ...

LOGAN UNLEASHES

Lara Logan wasn’t too kind recently to the MSM in general, which is interesting considering she’s a card carrying member working as foreign correspondent for CBS News and 60 Minutes. She offered her remarks ...

VALENTINES DAY

Happy Valentines Day! It’s the day your newsroom turns into a virtual jungle as big bouquets of roses, flowers, balloons or stuffed animals invade the work space. We are sure there will be all ...

CELLPHONE VS. TV CAMERA

A lot of people are making the argument these days that cellphone cameras, used properly are just as good as traditional broadcast cameras and if you are a ND with a budget, you know ...

NEW 60 MINUTES EP

Bill Owens has been tapped to replace Jeff Fager as the executive producer of CBS’ 60 Minutes. The appointment makes Owens only the third person to lead the 51-year-old broadcast.  Susan Zirinsky, who was briefly rumored to ...

CBS WHITTLES DOWN CEO LIST

CBS has whittled down its list of proposed CEO candidates to fewer than 10 — even as its list of potential merger partners grows, reports The NYPost.  The CBS board — looking to replace disgraced ...

BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE

A lot of the news this week has focused on the polar vortex plunging across the Midwest dropping temps to record lows. How cold is it?   During a live shot AccuWeather‘s reporter Jonathan Petramala ...

HERE COMES THE COLD

Well, if you are reading this in a live van or maybe a slightly warmer newsroom somewhere across the Midwest today, you’ll agree it’s mighty cold. Wind chills in northern Illinois could fall to ...