CLOSING BELL

Dow Slips 2, Nasdaq Closes Down 3

The stock market took a lethargic turn Thursday, a day with little market-moving news. Investors were still awaiting more details on the status of trade talks between the U.S. and China.

OVERNIGHTS

CMA Awards Rebound, Top ‘Masked Singer’

The CMA Awards bounced back some from last year's all-time low, drawing about a million more viewers than they did in 2018. The show's 18-49 rating was slightly behind last year, however, reaching a new low.
  1. 1.
    ABC:
    2.0
    9
  2. 2.
    FOX:
    1.1
    5
  3. 3.
    NBC:
    1.0
    5
  4. 4.
    CBS:
    0.9
    5
  5. 5.
    UNI:
    0.5
    2
  6. 6.
    TELEMUNDO:
    0.5
    2
  7. 7.
    CW:
    0.2
    1
  8. Source: Nielsen

TVN TECH

Audio Over IP Transition Is Humming Along

Audio over IP (AoIP) networking technology is experiencing higher adoption among TV broadcasters, prompted in part by a new transport standard ensuring more interoperability. Many of those embracing IP no longer think of audio production as an island, but as connected networks prompting interoperability to become an important factor. Above, SSL’s System T AoIP production system runs on COTS hardware like Cisco switches.

BRAND CONNECTIONS

LABF Inducts Nine New ‘Giants’

ABC News’ Nightline co-anchor Juju Chang hosted the annual awards ceremony produced for the Library of American Broadcasting Foundation by the International Radio & Television Society Foundation. Back row, l-r: Mark Pedowitz, Alfred C. Liggins III, Larry Patrick, Peter Dunn, Mark Richer. Front row, l-r: Julie Talbott, Lester Holt, Connie Chung, Paula Kerger. (Photo: Wendy Moger-Bross)

Pop-Tarts To Air First Super Bowl Commercial

The Kellogg's brand worked with creative agency MRY on the 30-second spot, which will run right before the two-minute warning in the first half of the game.

FNC, ABC Draw Big Impeachment Numbers

The first day of the impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump drew over 13 million total viewers across the broadcast and news networks combined. Fox News’s coverage from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. drew the highest total viewership of any network, averaging around 2.9 million sets of eyeballs. Of the broadcast nets, ABC was tops with 2 million total viewers watching its impeachment coverage between 9:50 am and 4 p.m.

DMA 16: MIAMI

WSFL Miami To Launch News In 2020

The recently acquired Miami CW affiliate extends Scripps’ coverage in the key political battleground state of Florida to six stations.

NATPE 2020

NATPE Adds Five To Board Of Directors

Coming onboard in advance of the organization’s NATPE Miami event in January are NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises EVP Peter Blacker, Viacom Digital Studios President Kelly Day, MAG Managing Partner Shahid Khan, all3media International CEO Louise Pedersen and Verance CEO Nil Shah.

Shareholders OK Gannett-New Media Merger

Shareholders cleared the way Thursday for New Media Investment Group and USA Today owner Gannett to join forces in a deal that will create the largest U.S. media company by print circulation, and one that will also vie for the biggest online news audience nationwide. In separate votes, shareholders of each company approved New Media's $1.13 billion acquisition of Gannett. The companies can now move forward to finalize the deal, which is expected to close Tuesday, Nov. 19.

Apple May Bundle Digital Subscriptions In 2020

Apple Inc. is considering bundling its paid internet services, including News+, Apple TV+ and Apple Music, as soon as 2020, in a bid to gain more subscribers, according to people familiar with the matter.

Yahoo Launches Sports Betting In New Jersey

Verizon Media’s Yahoo Sports is getting into the gambling business with the launch of a new section that lets fans see betting odds for various sports. But for now, only users in New Jersey will be able to place actual bets, through the separate BetMGM platform operated by MGM Resorts International.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Viacom Beats Quarterly Revenue Estimates

Viacom this morning reported fourth-quarter profit of 79 cents a share that beat Wall Street forecasts and Paramount Pictures returned to full-year profitability, though revenue slipped 1% to barely undershoot estimates. Revenue came in at $3.4 billion for the quarter, down from $3.5 billion in the year-earlier quarter. The quarterly report is Viacom’s last as a stand-alone company. It expects to close its all-stock merger with CBS in early December.

Can NBC Halt Jimmy Fallon’s Ratings Tumble?

A politics pivot for The Tonight Show doesn't pay off as the network swaps showrunners and observers say "let Jimmy be Jimmy."

Multiplatform Data Shows Big Viewing Shift

Shows like Grey's Anatomy and This Is Us are getting huge bumps from digital platforms and longer measurement of delayed viewing.

Justices Hears Byron Allen v. Comcast Arguments

After hearing arguments Wednesday, Supreme Court justices seemed to agree that an appeals court applied the wrong legal standard in allowing Entertainment Studios owner Byron Allen’s $20 billion race bias suit against Comcast to go forward.

Millions Watched Opening Of Trump Hearings

For six hours, career diplomats George Kent and Bill Taylor sat before Congress and answered questions. But from the immediate media response, it was hard to shake the sense that the proceedings didn’t pierce partisan gridlock or pre-set opinions.

Postcards From The Road To OTT

Cheese-moving became the go-to metaphor for change in the late 1990s when Spencer Johnson published the 96-page book Who Moved My Cheese. As journalism leaders, we have been talking about change for decades, but most of the disruption in television has been taking place in the margins. Is streaming technology the “seismic” change predicted by one industry observer? Is this change for real?

TVN'S NEWSTECHFORUM

Using Tech For New Storytelling Frontiers

Pioneering TV journalists and newsroom leaders from NBC, ABC, Tegna, Dalet and Newsy will share how they’re creating fresh narrative thinking and incorporating emerging digital technologies to expand the boundaries of broadcast news reporting at TVNewsCheck’s seventh annual NewsTECHForum.

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Could sales automation boost local TV against digital giants?

Sales leaders from a half dozen major TV station groups gathered to talk about the challenges they face competing with an increasingly powerful array of digital giants. Key to their strategy is moving to impressions-based selling and creating an automated pipeline connecting media buyers and TV sales reps and cutting down on the busy work that drives up the costs of transactions. Pictured: Frank Comerford, chief revenue officer, and president, commercial operations, NBCU Owned Television Stations.

TVN’S MEDIA JOBS

TVNewsCheck Needs A Director Of Sales

TVNewsCheck, the daily go-to site for everybody in television, needs a key player for its team with experience in selling digital advertising.

TVN’S MEDIA JOBS

Managing Editor, Account Exec & GSM Openings

New job openings posted to TVNewsCheck's Media Job Center include a managing editor position at a network O&O in Los Angeles, an account exec opening in Memphis and a general sales manager opening in Cincinnati.

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