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Dow Moves Up 297, Nasdaq Picks Up 71

Tech company gains helped push the S&P 500 to a record high on Friday. The index rose 0.8% for its fourth record high this week and third straight weekly gain.

Comark Promotes Michael Anderson To COO

The long-time executive will oversee day-to-day administrative and operational functions of the manufacturer and supplier of DTV transmitters, encoding systems and associated field services.

Sports Betting Knocks It Out Of The Park

TVNewsCheck's Michael Depp and Janet Stilson discuss sports betting's meteoric rise in spot TV, what's accelerating the trend and the patterns it's tending to follow in DMAs following its legalization. Read Stilson’s story on the subject here.

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Nielsen Defends Coronavirus Count Of TV Audience

The media industry’s go-to authority for measuring audiences acknowledged on Friday that the recent coronavirus pandemic bent its yardstick, but maintained nothing is broken. Nielsen, under fire from the TV networks that depend on it to count the audiences for which advertisers pay, says pandemic conditions resulted in a smaller panel of consumers it relies on to monitor TV viewing, but believes the trends it chronicles during 2020 remain viable.

WMUR Manchester GM Jeff Bartlett To Retire

Jeff Bartlett, WMUR Manchester, N.H., president and general manager, will retire this summer. His successor will be announced at a later date. Bartlett, a news director in several major markets before his first GM job, ran the Hearst TV station for two decades.

CBS News Veteran Kim Godwin Poised To Lead ABC News

CBS News veteran Kim Godwin is expected to become the next president of ABC News, a move that would make her the first Black executive to lead a broadcast-network news division in the U.S. Godwin has had an offer from Disney’s ABC for several weeks, according to a person familiar with the matter, but only in the last few days did CBS CEO George Cheeks agree to let the executive out of her contract.

News Corp. plans to raise $1 billion selling bonds amid a buying spree — up from previous plans to raise $750 million. The publisher of the Wall Street Journal and the New York Post, which recently posted its most profitable quarter since 2013, said it will use the proceeds of private placement senior bond offering for “general corporate purposes, which may include acquisitions and working capital.”

Leon Black’s surprise exit from the helm of Apollo Global Management last month came just days after several directors on the private-equity giant’s board learned of accusations of sexual harassment against him by a woman he claimed was trying to shake him down over a “consensual affair.”

Sports Streaming Service DAZN Weighs IPO

DAZN, the online sports service that this year snatched the rights to screen Italy's top-flight soccer league from Sky, is considering the possibility of going public as it chases further growth, its joint chief executive says.

OAN OTT Launches On Las Vegas OTA

OAN Plus, the over-the-top news channel from Herring Networks, is launching on a digital subchannel of OTA (over-the-air) distributor independent KPVM-TV Las Vegas. OAN Plus is a fee ad-supported spin-off of the national cable news network and will now add 2.7 million over-the-air homes via the TV station.

A New Way To Cover Underrepresented Communities

ABC’s newly announced "race and culture" team is an ambitious experiment in collaboration and a significant commitment of resources: a dedicated “multi-skilled journalist” embedded in each of ABC’s eight owned-station newsrooms, three executive producers and two senior executives.

TVN WORKING LUNCH WEBINAR

April Ryan To Join Black-Owned Media Matters Webinar

The veteran television journalist will interview Byron Allen, owner of The Weather Channel, Entertainment Studios and Allen Media Group, about his progress at convincing major marketers to devote 2% of their annual advertising spend on Black-owned media. Allen’s efforts have convinced General Motors to commit to a long-term advertising investment and Verizon announced it is planning to partner with Allen in a summit in May. To join the webinar, register here.

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TVN webinar to explore how broadcasters can diversify digital revenue streams

Station groups can capitalize on shifts in the mobile advertising landscape by building in a subscription revenue stream, according to executives from The Weather Company, who will appear on a TVNewsCheck webinar on April 27 at 3 p.m. ET. The event will examine how the Max Mobile white label app that many broadcasters offer their followers can use artificial intelligence to invite, at just the right time based on user behavior, an upgrade to premium. Join us by registering here.

TVN’S MEDIA JOBS

Technical Services Engineer Opening, Work Remotely

New jobs posted to TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center include an opening for a technical services engineer for Florical Systems. This is a remote position that can be done from anywhere.

TVN’S MEDIA JOBS

News, Digital Sales And Graphic Design Openings

New TV jobs posted to TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center include openings for an Executive Producer, a digital sales coordinator and a graphics design manager for stations owned by Hearst, Gray and Nexstar.

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