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A financial forecast, a conversation with media buying agency leaders and sessions about how local media will harness streaming, AI and NextGen TV to boost their businesses will headline a TVNewsCheck conference set to take place on Oct. 9 at NAB Show New York. To earn a discount on registration, please “get on the list” to be notified when registration opens on July 23.

Big East men’s and women’s college basketball is on the verge of adding new television partners as NBC Sports and TNT Sports are expected to join Fox Sports in presenting games beginning in the 2025-26 season, according to sources briefed on the negotiations. (Jacquelin Martin/AP)

Foul ball! That’s what the Media and Democracy Project shouted more or less yesterday in calling out baseball’s Philadelphia Phillies for backing the Murdoch media empire in the battle over the FCC license renewal of WTXF Philadelphia. It wasn’t just the Phillies. News Corp., owner of WTXF and Fox News Channel, also corralled the NHL Flyers and the NBA 76ers to put in a nice word for the station as a force for good in the local community.

HBO Could Use A Hit. Enter The Dragons

The network has hit an unusually fallow period. Executives hope House of the Dragon, which returns Sunday, could be the start of a new winning streak.

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The Future Of U.S. Local Television

Bill Harvey: It’s hard to sell local. Even before digital came along, advertisers who put 40% of their TV dollars into spot in the 60s started to put in less and less and some advertisers disappeared from spot, going all-national. Staying the course means accepting that all of the air is going out of the balloon and local TV advertising will become less attractive over time, with lower revenues, able to pay only lower salaries than in the past, and harder and harder to make commissions if you’re a rep or part of an internal sales team. We don’t have to let this happen. Local TV (and national for that matter) can actually return to its former glory. Here's how.

Emmys Update Submission Rules Ahead Of Voting

Ahead of the Emmy nomination voting on Thursday, the Television Academy has revised its Emmy rules regarding submissions and nominee numbers. This update will significantly impact the scripted variety category, which includes Last Week Tonight With John Oliver and Saturday Night Live.

TVN Webinar: Virtual Sets, AR And The News

Leaders from Televisa Univision, WCVB, KPIX and Ross will discuss the upshots of adopting virtual sets and AR into their news production and the challenges they’ve navigated along the way in a TVNewsCheck Working Lunch Webinar on June 27 at 1 p.m. ET. Register here.

TVN Webinar: News, Sports And Remote Production In 2024

Technology leaders from NBC Regional Sports Networks, Sinclair, Gray Television, Hearst Television, Fox Television Stations and Vizrt 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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