Krishan Bhatia, formerly a senior ad sales executive at NBCUniversal, has been hired as vice president of global video advertising at Amazon. Bhatia will oversee Amazon’s TV advertising business including live sports, Amazon Freevee, Twitch, Prime Video Ads and third-party publishers. He will report to Alan Moss, Amazon’s global ad sales VP.

Roku Discloses New Data Breach Affecting 576,000 User Accounts

Following a data breach earlier this year affecting 15,000 user accounts, Roku has revealed a much larger security episode. In a blog post Friday, the streaming giant said 576,000 user accounts had been affected in the second breach. Roku noted that its investigation had found that it was not responsible for the breach, which it said occurred via third-party websites. The company, which has more than 80 million active accounts, said its systems were not compromised.

‘Cold Case’ Reboot From Creator Meredith Stiehm Eyed By CBS

After bringing back CSI: Crime Scene Investigation with CSI: Vegas, CBS is looking to revive another Jerry Bruckheimer Television-produced crime procedural from the 2000s. The network is in negotiations with Warner Bros. TV for a reboot of Cold Case, which aired on CBS for seven seasons from 2003 to 2010. The followup comes from the series’ creator/executive producer Meredith Stiehm.

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Netflix has landed Rather, the documentary about veteran journalist Dan Rather‘s landmark career in news. The film, which premieres April 24 on the streamer, uses the story of of Rather’s life on television to also explore the evolution of broadcast journalism, the troubles a free press now faces, along with the slide of American society from hard-fought advances in social justice and democratic freedoms.

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The CW President Dennis Miller Talks Up Net’s Reboot And What’s Coming Next

Dennis Miller took over as president of The CW in October 2022, after the network was acquired by Nexstar Media Group. He quickly set about refashioning The CW by bringing in more live sports, decreasing the number of scripted series that are exclusive to the network and deploying a coproduction model that sees series air on The CW and another network in a different country, Canada. Here, he talks about his eventful first 18 months atop The CW, including the network’s shift away from the younger demo it once targeted, and what's next. (Chris Frawley/The CW)

Broadcasters Invest In Run3TV To Bolster Over-the-Air Audience Measurement

Local television station owners including Gray Television, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Hearst Television, Tegna and the E.W. Scripps Co. have invested in the ATSC 3.0 Framework Authority, whose Run3TV platform can provide detailed data about over-the-air broadcast viewership. Run3TV also creates apps that provide NextGen-enabled TV sets that give viewers additional features and programming.

MacNeil first gained prominence for his coverage of the Senate Watergate hearings for the Public Broadcasting Service and began his half-hour Robert MacNeil Report on PBS in 1975 with his friend Lehrer as Washington correspondent. The broadcast became the MacNeil-Lehrer Report and then, in 1983, was expanded to an hour and renamed the MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour. The nation's first one-hour evening news broadcast, it was the recipient of multiple Emmy and Peabody awards. He was 93.

REINVENTING THE NEWS

Sometimes, Local News Just Needs To Know Where To Stop

Time- and staff-starved newsrooms often cling tightly to practices they’ve always had, impeding their ability to take on newer, more relevant projects. Here are some practices to question and some enterprises that might better replace them.

Four board members at Paramount Global will step aside as talks continue with the David Ellison-led Skydance Media, the company confirmed Thursday in its proxy filing. Dawn Ostroff, Nicole Seligman, Frederick Terrell and Rob Klieger will all leave the company’s board in the next few months, with Paramount telling shareholders in its annual proxy filing that they would not be standing for reelection. Paramount’s annual meeting is scheduled for June 4, it is not immediately clear when the directors will leave the company.

Catherine Herridge — the acclaimed CBS News investigative journalist known for her reporting on the Hunter Biden laptop scandal — accused the network of “journalistic rape” for seizing her files after she was fired. Breaking her silence during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday for the first time since her controversial dismissal in February, Herridge called the move by her former bosses an assault on journalism.

Mary Connelly will be departing as executive producer and co-showrunner of The Jennifer Hudson Show at the end of daytime syndicated talk show’s current second season. The daytime veteran is leaving The Jennifer Hudson Show‘s producer Warner Bros. Unscripted Television/Telepictures, her studio home of more than two decades, to pursue new projects. She made the announcement to the show’s staff and crew Thursday.

COMMENTARY

How The O.J. Simpson Trial Birthed The TV Industry’s True Crime Obsession

Kayleigh Donaldson: News of O.J. Simpson’s death on Thursday predictably inspired a lot of intense discourse. The footballer-turned-actor who was put on trial and found not guilty for the murder of his wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman never stopped being the subject of fascination and fury. It was called the Trial of the Century for a reason, after all. The Trial of the Century turned a tragic reality into public fodder, and we were never the same.

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Showtime Streaming Service Shutting Down At End Of April

After nearly nine years, Showtime's streaming apps are fading to black. The Showtime standalone service will be shut down on April 30, according to notices sent to subscribers. The end of Showtime’s streaming apps comes just less than a year after parent company Paramount Global integrated Showtime’s programming into the top-tier Paramount+ plan.

Streaming Ratings: ‘Eras Tour (Taylor’s Version)’ Scores For Disney+

Taylor Swift made her chart debut in Nielsen’s streaming rankings, as her concert movie The Eras Tour (Taylor’s Version) had a strong showing over its first four days of release on Disney+. The film racked up 677 million minutes of viewing in the U.S. in the week of March 11-17 (it debuted on Disney+ on March 14), finishing second among movies and eighth among all titles for the week.

‘S.W.A.T.’ Gets Season 8 On CBS

CBS has renewed S.W.A.T. for the 2024-2025 season, which will be Season No. 8 for the drama. Shemar Moore leads the cast. The show was canceled in 2023, but resurrected three days later amid protests on social media, including those from Moore.

Time For Reinvention Of Media Business, Says Accenture

Radical steps are required if media companies want to achieve financial and strategic success, according to a new report from Accenture. Accenture unveiled its Media Thrive Index, which shows that modest changes won’t move the needle addressing the industry’s challenges. Media companies need to take big swings if they want to thrive, the report found.

TVN Webinar: Streaming Revenue Strategies For Local TV

Streaming sales leaders from Gray Television, E.W. Scripps, Hearst Television and Ticker will share the latest developments in technology and strategy for OTT and FAST channels. Learn more about this critically important revenue source for broadcasters in a TVNewsCheck Working Lunch Webinar on May 16. Register here.

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