Lester Holt, the anchor of NBC Nightly News, is the glue that holds the evenings together. He will be onstage for all four hours, joined by NBC’s Savannah Guthrie and Telemundo’s José Díaz-Balart for the first hour. In the second hour, Meet the Press host Chuck Todd and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow will join him.
Debuting on a Tuesday instead of its typical Wednesday slot, the 21st edition of Big Brother opened with a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49 and 4.89 million viewers on CBS. That’s down 20% in the 18-49 demo (vs. 1.5) and about 8% in viewers (from 5.33 million) in 2018.
If it seems like there’s more original programming to watch on the broadcast networks this summer than in recent years, it’s because there is. The five English-language networks will offer up 55 original series between Memorial Day and the start of the 2019-20 season in late September, including in-season shows that continued into summer. That’s up from 42 in 2018, an increase of more than 30%.
Former evening anchor Sandra Maas is McKinnon Broadcasting’s San Diego independent KUSI for $10 million. In her lawsuit, Maas alleges retaliatory termination and violation of the equal pay act.
Jimmy Fallon and his Tonight Show staff embark on the high-wire act of two live shows following the first Democratic presidential primary debates Wednesday and Thursday.
The White House will hold a summit on social media next month amid growing criticism from President Donald Trump and some in Congress. White House spokesman Judd Deere said the July 11 gathering “will bring together digital leaders for a robust conversation on the opportunities and challenges of today’s online environment.” The White House did not say who will take part and major social media firms did not immediately confirm they will take part.
Vimeo CEO Anjali Sud really wants people to know that the online video company is no longer a competitor to YouTube. “Today we do not view YouTube as a competitor. We really think of ourselves as a software-as-a-services company like a Slack, like a Dropbox, like a Zoom,” Sud says.
Reporters at the Capital Gazette in Anapolis, Md., who survived the worst attack on journalists in U.S. history say the trauma has not faded, but their connection with their readers is a source of comfort and inspiration.
The NBC cult favorite will leave Netflix when its current deal with the streamer expires at the end of 2020. NBCUniversal’s forthcoming direct-to-consumer platform will then be the exclusive streaming home for all nine seasons of the comedy starting in 2021.
A trio of Democratic Senators/presidential candidates — Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker and Bernie Sanders — has asked both the FCC and Justice Department to take a hard look at Sinclair’s purchase of Disney’s (formerly Fox’s) 21 regional sports networks (RSNs), saying they are worried both about Sinclaircombining the RSNs with its TV stations to raise the price of carriage for the latter, and about the “danger” of Sinclair’s “partisan political” programming getting a wider audience.
At the Promax Station Summit last week in Las Vegas, attendees filled the room for the session Zero Budget Magic, to see how imagination, and little more, is the only currency allowed in spots submitted from stations across the country. Here are all 40 of them.
Arthur Greenwald: “I concede that rapid changes in technology make it arguably unfair to place this entire burden [of providing children’s programming] on broadcasters. But until the FCC and Congress demonstrate the will to extend that task to cable and streaming providers (perhaps by mandating special discounts or reimbursement for eligible households) broadcast regulation remains the only practical tool.”
ACA Connects says Gray Television’s contractual prohibition on granting carriage of a TV station to MVPD C Spire Fiber makes a mockery of the FCC’s good faith retransmission consent negotiations and market modification process. That came in comments to the FCC on C Spire’s retrans complaint and request for declaratory ruling.
Viewers watching last week’s rally in Orlando, Fla., helped cable star Hannity earn a rare top 10 showing among both broadcast and cable programs with 5 million viewers. Tucker Carlson Tonight landed at No. 14 with 4.5 million viewers, according to Nielsen figures released Tuesday. CBS and NBC tied as the most-watched networks overall, with each averaging 3.67 million primetime viewers.
Telemundo promotes the assistant news director of its KTAZ Phoenix to oversee news operations at its Salt Lake City station.
Global online piracy costs the U.S. economy at least $29.2 billion in lost revenue each year. That’s according to a new study, Impacts of Digital Piracy on the U.S. Economy, which was jointly conducted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Global Innovation Policy Center and NERA Economic Consulting.
On the show that never ends, Jeanine Pirro is the defender who’s always on offense. Trump has told aides that in the White House, he has at times felt surrounded by people he cannot trust, people who are aligned with him for their own political purposes. He doesn’t worry about that with Pirro.
News of Comscore securing a big private placement investment didn’t help its stock price on Tuesday, as the media measurement company shares sank a whopping 18% on Tuesday to close at $6.10.
With manipulated videos looming as the next big disinformation disruptor, The Washington Post is expanding its role in “accountability journalism,” launching a new platform for fact-checking manipulated video content. “The Fact Checker’s Guide to Manipulated Video” launches today with tools for and identifying and labeling various forms of online video manipulation.
TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center last week saw new job postings from Lockwood, Hearst, Sinclair and Dispatch for openings in Kansas, Iowa and Ohio for openings in sales, creative services, IT management, and one for a general manager.