Stocks Edge Lower, Major Indexes Still Head For Weekly Gains

The S&P 500 index slipped less than 0.1% as of 2:51 p.m. Eastern. The benchmark index notched a record high a day prior. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 121 points, or 0.3%, to 35,721 and is hovering around the record high set on Aug. 16. The Nasdaq fell 0.8%.

Fox News Launching Its Own Mobile Weather Service

Fox News Media is getting into another rough-and-tumble world — the weather. The company is launching Fox Weather, a free streaming service and app that it expects will be used most frequently by customers on their mobile devices.

Trump Social-Media SPAC Surges

The firm is promoting itself as having a large market opportunity in presenting an alternative to what it views as the liberal-minded media establishment.

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The Season 9 premiere of the James Spader-led drama The Blacklist drew a 0.4 rating among adults 18-49 and 3 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen data. That’s up from the 0.2 rating and 2.1 million total viewers that the Season 8 finale posted in comparable initial numbers.

Journalists Fired Over Mandates: That’s News

There is a small wave of TV journalists who have resigned or been dismissed in recent weeks over their opposition to vaccination requirements. These journalists aren’t much different from other workers who have opposed employee vaccination mandates, except for one thing: They’re among the best-known people in their communities as a result of beaming into homes for years or even decades. Because of their high profiles, the fired journalists have captured local headlines and in some cases have become heroic figures to local vaccine resisters.

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Signing Bonuses In The Current Economy: A Great Tool – But Proceed Wisely

Signing bonuses for employees outside of the top tier of management are nothing new; they’ve simply come back into fashion as the pandemic caused workers across industries to be furloughed and re-hired, or for those who kept their jobs to re-think their positions and the flexibility of their work environment. The media industry is no exception. With some creative thinking and solid strategy, hiring managers can creatively use signing bonuses to attract new talent at all levels of the company.

Alec Baldwin Shot Two People, Killing One, With Prop Gun On Set

Alec Baldwin shot two people, one fatally, in an incident involving a prop gun on the set of the Western film “Rust,” in the Santa Fe, N.M., area, according to a statement from the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office.

SMPTE’s Lange To Step Down As Executive Director

Barbara Lange will step down as the tech society's executive director at the close of 2021. She has served in this role for 12 years, guiding SMPTE through a dynamic period of growth. (SMPTE photo)

Facebook Struggles To Figure Out How Many Users It Has

Facebook Inc. is struggling to detect and deal with users’ creating multiple accounts on its flagship platform, according to internal documents that raise new questions about how the social-media giant measures its audience.

The Local Newsroom Recruitment Crisis, Part 1

What’s the biggest threat to the future of local TV newsrooms? The long-term challenge may be how to build a sustainable model around a new generation of consumers who will never watch a linear newscast at 5, 6, or 11. But news directors and their bosses are increasingly concerned about a more immediate problem: the pipeline of talent for both sides of the camera is drying up.

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TVN Webinar To Explore The Future Of Digital Weathercasting

As the business of broadcasting continues to add platforms, pressure grows to produce more content more efficiently. The Weather Company, an IBM business, has responded with a major technology announcement, set for Oct 12. TVNewsCheck and The Weather Company will follow up this announcement on Oct. 28 with an in-depth conversation about what the future of digital weather storytelling will look like. Join us.  

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New Jobs Posted To TVNewsCheck

New jobs posted to TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center include openings for a news producer, a traffic coordinator and a digital sales manager for stations owned by Hearst, Nexstar and the Get After It Media network.

A TVNewsCheck half-day conference, to be presented live on Zoom on Nov. 4, will gather industry leaders in production, operations and technology to consider how content production is changing after more than a year of remote production. Executives in entertainment, news and sports will compare emerging best practices and the impact of the pandemic on the industry’s transition to IP and cloud workflows. Register here.

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