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Dow Falls 149, Nasdaq Drops 106

Wall Street stumbled Friday at the close of another strong month. The S&P 500 lost 23.89, or 0.5%, to 4,395.26. But it nevertheless wrapped up its sixth straight month of gains, its longest such streak since 2018, and it's still within 0.6% of its record high set on Monday.

As cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant continue to rise across the country, including in Los Angeles County, the Television Academy has added a vaccination requirement to all attendees of this year’s Emmy ceremonies. The organization joins most Hollywood events, including premieres, now requiring proof of vaccination before entry.

NBCU Buying KASA Albuquerque For $12.5M

It’s acquiring the Telemundo affiliate from Ramar Communications along with three other full-power signals, a Class A, three LPTVs and 20 translators.

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Charter Exceeds 2Q Forecasts

Charter exceeded Wall Street estimates in the second quarter, reporting earnings of $5.29 a share and revenue of $12.8 billion. Analysts’ consensus expectation was for earnings of $4.79 and revenue of $12.6 billion.

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Get The KAUZ Weather App And Get Out Of Doing Yard Work

KAUZ, Gray’s ABC affiliate in Wichita Falls, Texas, is running a promo for the station’s weather app that appeals to all those who don’t like cutting the grass.

Where Can You Find WKYC’s Stephanie Haney? Try Everywhere

What’s one thing broadcast journalists can never get enough of? Time. But Stephanie Haney, digital anchor and legal analyst at Tegna-owned Cleveland NBC affiliate WKYC, has all the time — and space — she needs.

WPTV West Palm Debuts Studio Upgrade

Scripps-owned WPTV, the NBC affiliate in West Palm Beach, Fla., has debuted a new set from Devlin Design Group. The upgrade coincides with the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, a time when many NBC stations take advantage of increased viewership to run additional promotional spots and debut changes.

The Walt Disney Co. clapped back at Black Widow star Scarlett Johansson, slamming the actress’ breach of contract lawsuit for showing “callous disregard for the horrific and prolonged global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.” In a court filing on Thursday, Johansson said Disney’s decision to send the Marvel movie to Disney Plus at the same time it was released in theaters cost her millions of dollars in backend compensation.

‘Loki,’ ‘Manifest’ Stay Atop Streaming Chart

Manifest‘s big run on Netflix continued in the week of June 28-July 4, as the canceled NBC series again topped the overall streaming rankings from Nielsen. Loki also rebounded in its fourth week, claiming the No. 1 spot among original streaming shows.

Research: 52% Of Consumers Tune Out TV Ads

In an increasingly attention-saturated environment, consumers are forced to self-filter what they spend their attention on. What’s not making the cut? Ads — according to a new report from Midia Research. According to the report, 52% of all consumers stop paying attention when ads come on the TV, and that figure is as high as 61% for people aged 55 and older.

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Amazon Delivers Mxed Bag Of 2Q Results, Shares Slide

During the three-month period ended June 30, the Seattle-based company reported profit of $7.78 billion, or $15.12 per share compared to $5.24 billion, or $10.30 a share, during the year-ago period. Revenue jumped 27% to $113.08 billion.

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New Jobs Posted To TVNewsCheck

New jobs posted to TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center include openings for an assistant news director, a morning news executive producer, content producers and a general manager.

Chief Execs From Hearst, Fox, Gray And Tegna To Join TV2025

Station group leaders Jordan Wertlieb from Hearst Television; Jack Abernethy from Fox Television Stations; Pat LaPlatney from Gray Television and Dave Lougee from Tegna will unpack the state of TV amid enormous change at TV2025: Monetizing the Future, a virtual conference. Register here.

Executives from Tegna, E.W. Scripps, Hearst Television, Gray Television and Bitcentral will explore the possibilities for hubbing some or all TV station group operations — and how much of a role the private or public cloud may play in those future designs — during an Aug. 5 TVNewsCheck webinar. Speakers are (clockwise from upper left): Dave Burke, SVP and CTO, Gray Television; Kurt Rao, SVP-CTO, Tegna; Ray Thurber, VP engineering, E.W. Scripps; Stefan Hadl, VP engineering, Hearst Television; Sam Peterson, GM, core business unit, Bitcentral. Glen Dickson, TVNewsCheck contributing editor, will moderate. Register here.

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