The New York Times Guild is urging management to reconsider cutting nine of the 16 positions from its art-production department, expressing concerns over what the union says amounts to an AI-based replacement, according to an internal memo. Last month, the Times announced the 56% reduction in the newspaper’s art department as it ramps up use of the AI-based platform Claro. A spokesman for the Times said the affected employees are being offered a buyout, and have nothing to do with the use of Claro.

Google TV Introduces FAST Advertising Options

Announced in a blog, a spokesperson confirmed the launch of what it’s calling the Google TV network means brands can add Google TV, including its free ad-supported streaming TV (FAST) experience, to their in-stream media buy through a simple opt-in. Previously, Google TV wasn’t available as a separate add-on.

Larry Patrick Files To Take Sole Control Of Legend Communications.

Longtime media broker Susan Patrick is scheduled to begin serving a 15-month prison sentence on June 19 for filing false tax returns, and in the meantime her former husband, Larry Patrick, is asking the FCC to transfer full control of the 17 stations owned by Legend Communications to him. Larry Patrick has filed a $1 deal to buy the 50% stake in the company held by his former wife.

As The CW has changed its financial model under new owners Nexstar, entertainment president Brad Schwartz has relied more on international co-productions from countries like Canada. Speaking at the Banff World Media Festival, Schwartz — who hails from Canada — acknowledged that in the past, Canadian acquisitions on U.S. networks have often been seen in a lesser light. He’s hoping that perception is changing, however.


Station Trading Roundup: 3 Deals, $1,258,000

The purchase of five stations by Quad Marketing Group tops the latest list of TV station transactions submitted to the FCC for its approval, according to BIA Advisory Services.

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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