Paramount, Charter Extend Carriage Deal

In a highly anticipated announcement, Paramount Global and Charter Communications said they’re extending their longstanding partnership with a multi-year distribution agreement for Paramount’s full portfolio of linear cable networks, CBS owned-and-operated broadcast stations and direct-to-consumer streaming services.

From April 22 to 28, the video game adaptation scored 1.5 billion viewing minutes across all eight episodes, according to Nielsen's streaming report. While that was down a hefty billion minutes from the week before, it was pretty comfortably above basically everything else on streaming that week.


KPRC Houston Loses 12 Staffers In Buyouts

This number includes the previously blogged about departures of legendary chief meteorologist Frank Billingsley and news director Bernice Kearney from the Graham Media NBC affiliate. These buyouts also include individuals who work behind the scenes in departments including sales, engineering, news photography and creative services. Some of these individuals even hold crucial management-level positions.

Charles Barkley is displeased with the situation he and his Inside the NBA teammates find themselves in: sweating whether or not the NBA will keep Warner Bros. Discover, the parent company of TNT, as a partner in its down-to-the-wire media rights negotiations. Barkley took aim at WBD CEO David Zaslav for saying the company didn't need the NBA at an investing conference two years ago.

‘Wild Cards’ Renewed For Season 2 At The CW & CBC

Canadian procedural Wild Cards is coming back for a second season on The CW. It marks a bit of good news for The CW, which canceled Walker earlier this week, while Canadian drama The Spencer Sisters, which it also aired, was canceled by CTV.

Boston’s GBH Lays Off 31 Staff Due To $7M Budget Gap

Boston’s noncommercial GBH laid off 31 people Wednesday as it faces a $7 million budget gap in its core business, according to an all-staff note from CEO Susan Goldberg. GBH is also suspending the TV shows Greater Boston, Talking Politics and Basic Black but plans to “reinvent” them as “digital first programming,” Goldberg said.  


Americans Don’t Trust Social Media Companies With AI

The U.S. public trusts tech companies leading the generative AI wave — Like Nvidia, Microsoft and OpenAI — more than firms chiefly known as social media platforms, like Meta, ByteDance and X. These findings — part of the 2024 Axios Harris Poll 100 reputation rankings — show that continued fallout from public disenchantment with social media could hamper those companies' effort to reinvent themselves as AI innovators.

The Washington Post announced plans Wednesday to create new tiers of subscription offerings, in a bid to draw more money from the publication’s readership and to help address a significant revenue shortfall. The company has lost $77 million over the past year, publisher Will Lewis told employees. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

Lawmakers Make Ad-Friendly Revisions To Privacy Bill

Among other changes, the new draft of the bipartisan proposed American Privacy Rights Act, unveiled late Tuesday, appears to require businesses to allow consumers to opt out of online behavioral advertising — meaning ads served based on cross-site and cross-app data.

Mission Broadcasting Terminates Agreement To Buy WADL Detroit

The FCC approved the licence transfer, but imposed a number of conditions that made the $75 million deal unpalatable to Adell Broadcasting and to Nexstar Media Group, which helped finance the deal and would have run the station under a series of management agreements.

Colorado's bill and six others that faltered in Washington, Connecticut and elsewhere faced battles on many fronts, including between civil rights groups and the tech industry, and lawmakers wary of wading into a technology few yet understand and governors worried about being the odd-state-out and spooking AI startups.


How AI Can Help Unlock New Digital Revenue From Local TV Documentaries

Local TV stations are always looking for new revenue opportunities, but could their archive of documentaries be an untapped goldmine? Here’s how AI can help generate new digital revenue from long-form VOD content, while also providing a better ad experience for viewers.


New Jobs Posted To TVNewsCheck

New jobs posted to TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center include openings for a vice president and general manager. Existing jobs include openings for a vice president and general manager, a lifestyle show producer, director of student media, a market manager and a digital platform specialist.

TVN Webinar: News, Sports And Remote Production In 2024

Technology leaders from NBC Regional Sports Networks, Sinclair, Gray Television, Hearst Television and Fox Television Stations discuss the benefits and challenges of remote production in an IP environment in a TVNewsCheck Working Lunch webinar on July 16 at 1 p.m. ET. Register here.

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