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Dow Adds 3, Nasdaq Drops 66, S&P Slips 6

Wall Street ended an uneven day of trading on Tuesday with mixed results. The S&P 500 slipped 0.2%, its third straight drop. The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite fell 0.6%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average ended just barely in the green and small-company stocks rose.

The CW Sets Midseason Premiere Dates

Walker and Walker Independence kick off the returns on Jan. 12 with other shows debuting through Feb. 11.

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‘Large Scale Layoffs’ Planned At AMC Networks: James Dolan

After announcing the departure of CEO Christina Spade, AMC Networks Chairman James Dolan sent a memo to staff warning the the company was planning to make ‘large scale' layoffs and other cuts to operations. In his memo Dolan cited the difficulties faced by the pay TV industry and the fact that streaming has not yet replaced the revenues being lost by the traditional cable networks that make up the bulk of AMC’s business.

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Can technology boost engagement in sports programming?

Distributed production can deliver more of the angles, replays, graphics and insights that viewers want while tuned into a game, match or other competition. To maximize what goes on screen, supporting technology must use automation and metadata to make it easy for producers to access exactly what they need to work on at exactly the right time.

The Voice led Monday both in total viewers (6.4 million) and in the demo (0.7), ticking up week-to-week. ABC's The Great Christmas Light Fight returned to 2.7 million and a 0.4, improving in viewers vs. its year-ago season premiere and up in both measures from last season’s finale.

Judge Says Trump Ally Devin Nunes Can Sue NBCU For Defamation

A U.S. judge on Monday said Devin Nunes, the former California congressman and an ally of former U.S. President Donald Trump, can sue NBCUniversal for defamation over a comment by Rachel Maddow concerning his relationship with a suspected Russian agent.

Disney CEO Iger Makes Profitable Streaming A Priority

Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Bob Iger said on Monday one of his top priorities is to make the company's streaming business profitable. Iger is responsible for Disney's all-in embrace of streaming, and the launch of its marquee service, Disney+, but he acknowledged the measurement of success has changed. Wall Street investors now focus on profitability, not merely subscriber gains.

Online Sales Boomed Over Cyber Weekend, Showing 10.2% Growth

Online sales reached $17.2 billion over Cyber Weekend — a 10.2% hike YoY, Salesforce reports. Globally, sales totaled 83.9 billion, with 3% growth. Black Friday sales reached $15 billion in the U.S., and 65.3 billion worldwide. The average deal in the U.S. was 30% off, versus 27% worldwide. Mobile accounted for 78% of all U.S. online sales, and roughly the same globally.

Cox Stations Blacked Out To Dish Subs In Retransmission Dispute

Cox Media Group stations in nine markets have been blacked out to Dish TV subscribers because of a retransmission fee dispute, effective Monday. Dish said that one issue is Dish is allowing subscribers to opt out of local stations as part of their pay-TV service. Dish says Cox wants Dish to pay fees for those customers. The dispute affects Cox stations in Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Dayton, Eugene, Jacksonville, Orlando, Pittsburgh and Seattle. Cox Media Group is controlled by Apollo Global Management.

Comcast Set To Raise Broadcast TV Surcharges

Comcast has started notifying customers and municipalities that it plans to raise video and Internet prices next month, including a whopping $7.35 a month increase for the Broadcast TV fee in one town.

Field And Remote Production’s Multiplying Options At NewsTECHForum

Leaders from Fox News, WPVI Philadalphia, Fox Television Stations and LiveU discuss how technologists and technology facilitating this effort to produce more content for more outlets while allowing creators to work from anywhere in a panel at TVNewsCheck’s NewsTECHForum event at the New York Hilton on Dec. 13. Register here.

NewsTECHForum: Blowing Up The Newscast In Order To Save It

News, technology and media futurists from The Washington Post, NBCUniversal Local, E.W. Scripps, CBS News New York and Bitcentral frame out how they’re envisioning, testing and implementing changes to longstanding news conventions in a panel at TVNewsCheck’s NewsTECHForum event at the New York Hilton on Dec. 13. Register here.

Inside CBC’s Reinvention Of TV News Keynotes NewsTECHForum

Michael Gruzuk and Andree Lau of Canadian broadcaster CBC break down the ups and downs of overhauling its flagship newscast, leaning deeply into streaming and FAST and CBC’s efforts to reinvent and reinvigorate news storytelling for new generations in NewsTECHForum’s keynote interview on Dec. 13. Register here.

TVN Webinar: Technology Predictions For 2023

Tech executives from Sinclair, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Fox Television Stations, Imagine and TAG Video Systems will offer predictions for the most important trends in the coming year including building IP networks, cloud production and playout, cybersecurity and streaming technology in a TVNewsCheck Working Lunch webinar on Dec. 1. Register here.

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