Latest ATSC 3.0 ‘Plugfest’ Targets Transport, DRM & More

The Sinclair Broadcast Group, along with the Pearl TV consortium, hosted yet another ATSC 3.0 device interoperability test at the ONE Media lab at SBG headquarters in the Baltimore suburb of Cockeysville, Md.

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Days after WPP's GroupM unit released estimates that more than two-thirds of advertising buys are now "AI-enabled," a Wall Street equities researcher following the sector has updated calculations for AI-related ad spending to include Google's "AI Overview" search ads, which leverage Google's Gemini chatbot technology to enhance search queries and results.

COMMENTARY

Was It Unethical To Secretly Record Supreme Court Justice Alito?

Tom Jones: Lauren Windsor calls herself a journalist. But she didn’t act like one when she deceived Alito to get him to talk. Pictured: Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr. and his wife Martha-Ann Alito in February 2018. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

ATSC Honors Sung-Ik Park And Ali Dernaika

Dr. Sung-Ik Park of Korea’s Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) is honored with the organization’s Mark Richer Industry Leadership Medal, while Ali Dernaika of Hewlett Packard Enterprise is presented with the Bernard J. Lechner Outstanding Contributor Award.

New consumer survey data from Magid supports the entertainment industry’s faith in bundles, particularly newer cross-company efforts like a forthcoming Disney+-Hulu-Max package. The research firm found that predictive rates of churn was 16% lower due to the increased availability of bundle plans and boosted customer intent to keep a subscription longer than six months by 15%.

An indictment of The Wall Street Journal reporter has been finalized and his case was filed to the Sverdlovsky Regional Court in the city about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) east of Moscow, according to Russia’s Prosecutor General’s office. There was no word on when the trial would begin. Pictured: Gershkovich stands in a glass cage in a courtroom in Moscow in April. (Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP)

Paramount Will Keep Its Family Discount

The implosion of the Skydance deal leaves the media giant alone in a turbulent landscape with an unpredictable controlling shareholder.

Comer Investigating NewsGuard News-Rating Group

House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer (R-Ky.) announced Thursday he is launching a probe into a news-rating system that seeks to guard against misinformation by scoring news and information sites based on their reliability, trustworthiness and financial conflict of interest.

Former WOOD Managers Sue For Defamation After Pride Month Firings

Two former managers at WOOD Grand Rapids, Mich., have sued the station’s parent, Nexstar, for defamation nearly a year after they were fired in the aftermath of a publicly leaked memo about the station’s Pride Month coverage.

COMMENTARY

This Is No Way To Save The News

Jeff Jarvis: Supporting news should mean not supporting the hedge funds that are killing newspapers and news. Newspaper lobbyists look out only for themselves.

The nation’s big media companies are facing significant headwinds in the industry’s current upfront market, when TV networks try to sell the bulk of their commercial inventory for their next cycle of programming. Advertisers are pulling back on the amount of money they wish to commit to TV overall.

AI & THE MEDIA

Senate Bill Would Ban FCC From AI Rulemaking

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) is circulating a bill that would prohibit the FCC from making new rules around disclosing AI-generated content in political advertisements.

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.

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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