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Dow Advances 359, Nasdaq Climbs 241

On Friday, The S&P 500 rose 1.6% after flip-flopping between small gains and losses a few times in the early going. Stocks have been erratic this month, with indexes setting new highs to start the month and then falling sharply as investors worried that values for some of technology giants had risen too high.

OVERNIGHTS

‘Big Brother’ Tops Thursday Ratings

CBS’s Thursday edition of Big Brother finished as primetime’s top-rated show with a 1.1 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic and 4.00 million viewers (Live+Same Day), while facing stiff competition with the season premieres of ABC’s game show block. As a result, the two networks tied for the top spot in the demo. Meanwhile, CBS All Access's Star Trek: Discovery had a quiet broadcast premiere on CBS.
  1. 1.
    ABC:
    0.6
    4
  2. 2.
    CBS:
    0.6
    4
  3. 3.
    NBC:
    0.4
    3
  4. 4.
    FOX:
    0.3
    2
  5. 5.
    UNI:
    0.3
    2
  6. 6.
    TELEMUNDO:
    0.3
    2
  7. 7.
    CW:
    0.1
    1
  8. Source: Nielsen

Networks Hold Ratings Line In 2019-20

Traditional networks lost viewers, to be sure, and the spring and summer months were rough for most networks as their content pipelines dried up during the coronavirus pandemic. But the early days of the pandemic, when TV viewing surged across all platforms, provided some cushion against those losses and mitigated the overall declines. Here is a breakdown of the network rankings in primetime and some highlights from other dayparts in the TV year that just concluded.

BRAND CONNECTIONS
DMA 81: MADISON, WI

Morgan Murphy Names Banks WISC GM

Morgan Murphy Media named veteran broadcaster Lyle Banks VP-GMof WISC, the company’s CBS affiliate in Madison, Wis. Banks, most recently VP and GM of Meredith’s WGLC Atlanta, succeeds Tom Keeler, now GM at Nexstar’s KOIN Portland, Ore.

COMMENTARY BY GORDON SMITH

1st Amendment Shines During Toughest Of Times

NAB CEO Gordon Smith: "The work of our most-trusted sources of news — our local radio and TV stations, broadcast network partners and community and national newspapers — during the most important events of the past six months have shown how essential a free press is to keeping people informed. Yet, these historic times have also laid bare the existential threats facing journalism brought on by economic, cultural and political factors."

Peacock To Offer All 45 Seasons Of ‘SNL’

The streamer is set to launch all 45 seasons of the veteran sketch comedy series beginning Oct. 1. This marks one of the first times that every season of the NBC show will be available in one place to watch.

Alphabet Settles Shareholder Suit

Alphabet Inc. on Friday settled a shareholder lawsuit that accused the Google parent of covering up lavish exit packages to executives found responsible for sexual misconduct, saying it would overhaul workplace policies and increase oversight of its diversity efforts.

TVN’S OTT NEWS SUMMIT 2020

OTT Ad Tech Gets A ‘C’ For Pandemic Performance

Without a consistent measurement currency, viewers’ streaming ad experience is being impaired by the fragmented data reported back to advertisers. “We need Nielsen ratings or something of the equivalent manner to get people comfortable with a single measurement style,” says Newsy CEO Blake Sabatinelli.

TVN’S OTT NEWS SUMMIT 2020

Pandemic Proves OTT Workflow Resiliency For News

Executives from CNN, Sinclair, Fox Television Stations and Gray Television say COVID-19 has tested the capacities of their streaming workflows and found them even more adaptable and robust than they imagined.

TVN’S FRONT OFFICE BY MARY COLLINS

Assessing The Workplace – Where We Go From Here

With all businesses now forced to conduct business remotely, some are embracing employee flexibility as more than just a temporary solution. There are benefits to adopting flexible work schedules — flexibility, reduced turnover and lower expenses. With that, can come increased company loyalty. Offering this type of work-life balance can lead to increased productivity, even if the arrangement is part-time. Such offerings can also make the company an employer of choice, boosting both recruitment and retention.

Trump Takes Credit For Pac-12 Football Revival

President Donald Trump claimed credit Thursday for the Pac-12 Conference restarting its college football season, the week after the Big Ten made the same call. "You’re welcome!!!" the president tweeted, following a unanimous vote by university officials to allow Pac-12 football teams to begin seven-game, conference-only seasons on Nov. 6, as long as they get approval from state and local health authorities.

STATION ADVISORY

First Electronic Must-Carry/Retrans Consent Elections Due To FCC Oct. 1

Oct. 1 is the FCC's deadline for TV stations to (1) upload to their online Public Inspection Files their must-carry/retransmission consent carriage election statements for the three-year cycle covering Jan. 1, 2021 to Dec. 31, 2023, and (2) notify MVPDs of any changes to their election status.

Live TV Drives More Moments That Matter

In a world where we are all programmers with thousands of hours or shows available on demand with just a few clicks of our remotes, there is nothing quite like the power of a shared live TV moment. Whether it’s live footage from hurricanes, or protests or sports bubbles, it’s hard to forget those images that cause you to call or text a friend saying, “You have to put this on right now.”

Lorne Michaels Isn’t Sure ‘SNL’ Can Pull This Off

NBC's Saturday Night Live returns Oct. 3 with Chris Rock as host. In an interview, Michaels, the show’s creator, talks about pandemic preparations and why “a little danger” can be good for comedy.

Testing A New Model For Enterprise Reporting

KXAN Austin, Texas, leads an ambitious national experiment that draws on broad collaboration and tight coordination to create a compelling experiment in enterprise and beat reporting.

TVN WORKING LUNCH WEBINAR

Technologists To Tackle The Changing World Of Event Production

Leading technologists from Fox Sports, Colorado Studios, Sinclair Broadcast Group and LiveU will discuss what they’ve learned producing events during the global coronavirus pandemic, and how months of increased remote production are accelerating long term industry trends. Pictured, clockwise from left: Janel Fleming, LiveU director, sports sales; Brad Cheney, VP field operations and engineering, Fox Sports; Don Roberts, VP sports engineering and production systems, Sinclair Broadcast Group; Glen Dickson, contributing editor, TVNewsCheck and the webinar's moderator; and Phil Garvin, president, Colorado Studios. To join the webinar, please register here. 

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