CLOSING BELL

Dow Drops 60, Nasdaq Falls 296

Stocks slumped Friday after a murky jobs report. The S&P 500 closed 0.8% lower after erasing a 0.7% gain in the early going.

Overnights: ‘Annie Live!’ Tops Non-NFL Fare

NBC’s production of Annie Live! averaged 5.2 million total viewers and a 0.9 demo rating (per fast nationals), easily leading Thursday’s non-NFL fare in the demo. Thursday Night Football on Fox (13M/3.0) was up sharply from the preliminary numbers for its pre-Thanksgiving outing.

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While conventional wisdom may be that social media platforms are the primary source for spreading conspiracy theories, new research indicates television often is just as bad -- or even worse. The study, which was released this week by Ipsos MORI, is based on a survey of British adults conducted in May, but the authors say it likely is representative of people in other markets.

Kevin Tedesco, the longtime 60 Minutes publicist who has seen the show through more than half of its tenure on air, is retiring after a quarter century at CBS News. CBS News released no official statement about his departure, but the show revealed he was leaving via its Twitter feed today.

FCC Home Page Goes AWOL On Google

Anyone searching for the Federal Communications Commission’s home page on Google will have to do some searching. While that “FCC.gov” home page has typically come up on the first Google search page — take it from a reporter who has Googled “FCC” thousands of times — in the past few days it has not shown up at all.

Talking TV: VUit Inks More Deals With Local TV

TVNewsCheck's Michael Depp talks with Syncbak CEO Jack Perry about VUit, the streaming channel aggregator of local newscasts, about deals it has closed with a slate of new local partners and the prospect of hyperlocal scalability in OTT.

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NFTs’ Latest Play: New Revenue Streams, Fan Engagement Opportunities

If you’re still unfamiliar with the world of non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, it might be time to learn about them. Another term for “digital collectibles,” NFTs represent a massive global market. Smart media companies have already started to look closely at them as a way to create sizable recurring revenues and engage with fans.

Sports Betting Ads: Industry Weighs How Much Is Too Much?

Commercials featuring an emperor addressing the masses, a woman urging bettors to “make it rain” and companies enticing gamblers with the chance to turn a few dollars into a fortune are blanketing the airwaves. Concern is starting to grow over how much is too much.

A New ‘Digital Newscast’ Puts A Florida Newsroom To The Test

The original idea for WKMG Orlando's Solutionaries was to create what Graham Media describes as a “digital newscast” focused on people who are “making a difference” by implementing solutions to critical social issues. The proposal came from the Graham digital team, which incubated it at Table Stakes, the challenge-based innovation program at the Cronkite School that’s supported by the same Knight Foundation grant that funds our work here at the News Lab.

Judge Blocks Texas Social Media Censorship Law

A federal judge has blocked Texas from enforcing a law that aimed to block social media companies from banning users based on political views. Judge Robert Pitman issued the order Wednesday in favor of two industry associations that sued to block the Texas law. (Famartin/Wikimedia Commons)

Dr. Anthony Fauci on Thursday night called out Fox News for staying silent after one of its personalities and streaming hosts, Lara Logan, compared him to an infamous Nazi doctor. Speaking on MSNBC with host Chris Hayes, Fauci said, "What I find striking, Chris, is how she gets no discipline whatsoever from the Fox network. How they can let her say that with no comment and no disciplinary action. I'm astounded by that."

Sinclair Reups Streaming Rights To 12 NHL Teams

Sinclair Broadcast Group says it has signed a multi-year renewal of its carriage pact with the National Hockey League. The new agreement includes in-market and direct-to-consumer streaming rights of live games of 12 teams on Bally Sports. The 12 teams are: Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, St. Louis Blues and Tampa Bay Lightning.

Netflix Loses Appeal In Employee Poaching Lawsuit

Netflix has lost an appeal of a 2019 ruling that ordered the streaming service to stop poaching employees from Fox. The streaming service has been battling Fox since 2016 over the practice of locking midlevel executives into fixed-term contracts. Netflix has argued that Fox’s contracts are illegal under California law, and that they unfairly restrict employee mobility. Netflix’s argument, had it succeeded, could have upended how Hollywood studios do business.

Netflix’s action-packed Western The Harder They Fall generated nearly 1.2 billion minutes of viewing in the U.S. from Nov. 1-7, making it subscription streaming's most watched show in the U.S. that week, according to Nielsen figures.

Dotdash Becomes The Largest Publisher In The U.S.

Dotdash, the former Mining Co., the former About.com, once owned by the defunct magazine company Primedia, once owned by the New York Times Co. — a media business that toiled in relative obscurity since its founding in 1997 — is now the largest publisher in America. Dotdash, a unit of Barry Diller’s Interactive Corp/IAC, announced Wednesday that it has closed its acquisition of Meredith Corp.’s print and digital magazine business. Dotdash is now the owner of some of the most iconic media brands in the world

NEWSTECHFORUM 2021

Remote Production And The Future Of News Storytelling

Executives from ABC News, Fox’s KDFW Dallas, Newsday and Avid will share how they’re reimagining news production and storytelling in a post-pandemic world at TVNewsCheck’s NewsTECHForum conference on Dec. 14. Register here.

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New Jobs Posted To TVNewsCheck

New jobs posted to TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center include openings for a national sales manager for WRAL in Raleigh, N.C., and a hands-on broadcast systems engineer for WRNN in Cherry Hill, N.J.

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