Viacom Nabs ‘Seinfeld’ Cable Rights

Just days after Netflix landed global streaming rights to Seinfeld, currently on Hulu, the classic NBC sitcom also has found a new cable home. Viacom has acquired the exclusive cable syndication rights to Seinfeld in a deal with Sony Pictures Television.


Disney, AT&T Reach Retrans Agreement

The Walt Disney Co. reached an agreement in principle Friday evening on a new retransmission consent and carriage deal with AT&T that would  keep networks including ABC, ESPN and the Disney Channel glowing in homes with DirecTV, U-verse and AT&T TV Now. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.


Sky Sports Racing beats clock with cloud newsroom computer system

When the UK’s Sky TV decided to relaunch At the Races as Sky Sports Racing, producers had barely six months to get the new pay TV channel up and running. They met their deadline by spinning up a cloud version of Ross Video’s newsroom computer system, Inception.


‘Big Brother’ Stays On Top On Thursday

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Sinclair Warns Of Blackout With AT&T Outlets

Sinclair Broadcast Group is warning that millions of subscribers to AT&T’s pay TV services could be blacked out on Sept. 27 unless a new carriage agreement is reached. Sinclair said its agreement with AT&T was set to expire in August and that it gave AT&T a five-week extension.

Ryan Seacrest To Return For ‘American Idol’

Ryan Seacrest will return as the host of American Idol for the music competition’s third season on ABC. Seacrest has been with Idol since it launched on Fox back in 2002.

Concerns Inside The CBS-Viacom Marriage

Is Ianniello-Bakish a win-win? How brutal will the layoffs be? Does the new company acquire stuff, or be acquired? And can the merged company really play in Netflix’s league, or does it have to get bigger?


Reminder: FCC Rules Apply To Off-Year Elections

While most broadcast stations don’t think about the FCC’s political broadcasting rules in odd numbered years, they should — particularly in connection with state and local political offices. Whether the race is for governor or much more locally focused, like elections for state legislatures, school boards or town councils, stations need to be prepared.


Nexstar’s ‘Newsfeed Now’: Hand-Delivered News

“What we do is we peruse through every Nexstar station whether it is Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and we are looking for things that are more appealing than just the average, everyday news story that only affects a Little Rock market, a Fayetteville market, or a Birmingham, Alabama market,” says Aaron Nolan, the host of Newsfeed Now. 


Navigating Complex Privacy-Cybersecurity Laws

Companies that sustain a data breach must be aware of applicable federal, state and foreign laws. Breaches generate a mélange of regulatory investigations, lawsuits, fines, reputational damage, drops in stock prices and business disruption. Whose information is taken determines the company’s obligations. Preparation is the key to staying out of the news.

Dish-DirecTV Merger Probably Won’t Happen

Dish Network’s chances of buying DirecTV could be about as remote as a satellite that’s orbiting the earth. That’s the take from sources close to Dish CEO Charlie Ergen, who say that in addition to regulatory stumbling blocks, the mercurial billionaire faces tough financial hurdles in acquiring his longtime rival.

Nexstar Closes On Tribune Merger

At the same time it brings on board three former Tribune execs: Sean Compton, who will head WGN America; Dana Zimmer, who oversees distribution; and Gary Weitman, who is in charge of internal and external communications.

Katie Hockmeyer To Lead NBC Latenight

Katie Hockmeyer has been named executive vice president of late night programming at NBC Entertainment. She will report to NBC Entertainment co-chairmen George Cheeks and Paul Telegdy, where she will work on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Saturday Night Live and newly launched latenight addition, A Little Late with Lilly Singh. Hockmeyer will guide programming strategy and be the network liaison for all things latenight at NBC, according to the company.

How To Localize The Story Of Climate Change

Climate change is “planet-size.” But local audiences are increasingly hungry for coverage that connects those global trends to what’s happening in their own backyard. Early successes by a few local innovators point to the opportunity for local news stations to be the go-to source for climate coverage in their communities.

Parsons, Bialik Re-Team For New Fox Comedy

The Big Bang Theory stars Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik are teaming up again on a new comedy that’s in the works at Fox. The project, which has been given a series commitment at the network, is titled Carla, and is an adaptation of the BBC series Miranda from creator Miranda Hart. Parsons and Bialik will executive produce, with Bialik attached to star.

Netflix To Make ‘Big Increase’ In UK Content

Netflix will make a "big increase" in its investment in British television production next year, taking advantage of the country's strong story-telling expertise, CEO Reed Hastings said on Friday.

Press Freedom Advocates Troubled By Iowa Suit

A trial begins Monday, Sept. 23, in an unusual lawsuit in which former Davenport, Iowa, city administrator Craig Malin (above) alleges the Quad-City Times newspaper improperly interfered with his employment contract by publishing false and misleading stories and editorials about his official actions. Press freedom advocates say the case is troubling and could undermine First Amendment protections for the news media


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