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Shepard Smith Leaving Fox News Channel

Smith: “Recently I asked the company to allow me to leave Fox News and begin a new chapter. After requesting that I stay, they graciously obliged.” Friday afternoon’s edition of Shepard Smith Reporting was his final show, during which he addressed his decision. A series of rotating anchors will host the 3 p.m. ET time slot until a new dayside news program is announced.

CLOSING BELL

Dow Moves Up 320, Nasdaq Gains 106

Stocks rose Friday on news of trade concessions. After two days of negotiations in Washington, the U.S. agreed to suspend a planned hike in tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese goods that had been set to kick in Tuesday. Beijing, meanwhile, agreed to buy $40 billion to $50 billion in U.S. farm products.

OVERNIGHTS

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Stays Ahead Of ‘Young Sheldon’

Grey's Anatomy, in its 16th season, scored its third straight adults 18-49 victory, non-football division, in Thursday's ratings. The ABC drama once again topped CBS' Young Sheldon in the key ad demographic — and they, along with Fox's Thursday Night Football broadcast, were the only shows to reach a 1.0 rating in the same-day numbers.
  1. 1.
    FOX:
    3.4
    16
  2. 2.
    ABC:
    0.9
    4
  3. 3.
    CBS:
    0.7
    3
  4. 4.
    NBC:
    0.6
    3
  5. 5.
    UNI:
    0.4
    2
  6. 6.
    CW:
    0.3
    1
  7. 7.
    TELEMUNDO:
    0.3
    2
  8. Source: Nielsen

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WXTV Tries To Reinvent The Late News

Esteban Creste is news director at Univision's WXTV New York. He and his team have decided to re-imagine one of local television’s most familiar and enduring formats — the late news. While it’s way too soon to know whether the experiment will work, there are lessons already for any station interested in challenging the status quo.

Netflix Goes All Out To Wow Children

Faced with new competition like Disney Plus, the streaming service has quietly prepared a barrage of shows and movies for children and families.

Interest In Advanced TV Ads Growing: FreeWheel

Local media planners and buyers expect their spending on advanced TV advertising to increase over the next 12 months, according to a report by Comcast’s FreeWheel. It surveyed users of its Strata platform and found that 79% are extremely or very interested in using advanced TV. By comparison, 87% said they were at least very interested in using local TV and cable.

John Bryan, Bert Ellis Invest In Mighty Oak

The longtime executives have bought 50% of Mighty Oak Entertainment from Mark O’Brien. Bryan and Ellis have joined the company as president and chairman, respectively.

Fox News Faces Bias Lawsuit

In New York federal court, Juan Legramandi identifies himself as a homosexual male of Colombian heritage. He says he was hired by the network in January 2017 and ultimately fired after he repeatedly complained about discrimination in the workplace.

NFL Continues Its Ratings Momentum

One month into its 2019 season, the league's viewership is up around 5% compared to this time last year, attracting an average of roughly 16 million viewers across the league's network partners, according to Nielsen data. The NFL's viewership is also up 8% from 2017 and down just 1% from 2016.

RETRANS

DirecTV, Northwest Settle Retrans Dispute

AT&T and Northwest Broadcasting say they’ve ended their nearly eight-month old carriage fight, which means 20 Northwest-owned stations in 10 markets can now return to the AT&T-owned DirecTV, U-verse and AT&T TV Now.

In Crowded Market, Streamers Must Stand Out

As the mega-corporations swoop in, smaller streaming services such as Tubi, Pluto TV and Crunchyroll find a way to compete.

James Murdoch Buys Stake In Vice Media

Rupert Murdoch’s son is focusing his investments on media businesses that bear little resemblance to those in his father’s empire.

SPONSORED BY ROSS VIDEO

NESN fuels live programming expansion with production automation

New England Sports Network recently tripled its news content, producing live programming from 5:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. daily. It also did the unthinkable, automating production of its unpredictable post-game shows. An entire system from Ross Video, including camera robotics, switcher, graphics and NRCS, made the moves possible. 

NAB Pushes STELAR Expiration

With the clock ticking down on the renewal, or sunset, of the STELAR compulsory license, the National Association of Broadcasters bought a Facebook ad flight in key markets pushing for the license's expiration. And while the ads have not been carrying a "political advertising" disclaimer, NAB said they would going forward.

Charlie Rose Wins Dismissal Of Retaliation Claim

A New York judge on Thursday dismissed a claim that Charlie Rose retaliated against three female employees who complained of sexual harassment. Judge Doris Ling-Cohan found that while Rose had allegedly disparaged the women — calling one a “f—ing idiot” and another a “f—ing kindergartner” — his comments did not amount to retaliation under the New York City Human Rights Law.

New ‘Carol’ Tops Among Attentive Viewers

Depending on the Nielsen metric, CBS comedy Carol's Second Act was either the third- or fourth-most-watched series premiere in the week of Sept. 23. In terms of how closely its viewers watched, however, the Patricia Heaton-led series may be the No. 1 newcomer of the fall.

ABC Renews ‘Holey Moley’ For Season 2

Holey Moley will play through. ABC has ordered a second season of the mini-golf game show from Stephen Curry that debuted in the summer. It features self-proclaimed mini-golf lovers from across the country as they compete head-to-head through an epic obstacle golf course.

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