CLOSING BELL

Dow Finishes Up 34, Nasdaq Gains 32

U.S. stock indexes edged up Tuesday. Oil prices and energy stocks slumped to give back nearly half of their huge gains from a day earlier. Rising prices for technology stocks and companies that sell to consumers, though, more than made up for those losses.

Veteran TV Newsman Sander Vanocur Dies

As national political correspondent at NBC in the 1960s and ABC in the 1970s and '80s, Vanocur covered conventions, elections and assassinations during some of the most momentous years in American history. He was 91.

WEEKLY SYNDICATION RATINGS ROUNDUP

Mags Do Heavy Lifting Over Labor Day

Entertainment Tonight climbed 4% to an eight-week high 2.5 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating. Access jumped 10% to a 1.1, pulling even with a steady TMZ; and Extra surged 11% to a 1.0, while racing ahead 25% among women 25-54.

BRAND CONNECTIONS

NBC’s ‘Peacock’ To Join Streaming Fray In April

NBCUniversal said Tuesday that its upcoming streaming service will be called Peacock, in an homage to NBC's logo. It will become the home for some of the company's most popular shows, including Parks and Recreation and The Office.

Delrahim: Big Tech Antitrust Probe A ‘Priority’

The Justice Department's antitrust division chief, Makan Delrahim, said Tuesday that its probes of "market-leading online platforms" such as Alphabet's Google were a "priority" that could result in either "law enforcement or policy options as solutions."

STATION ADVISORY

FCC Alters Ownership Report Filing Schedule

The FCC’s Media Bureau today announced changes to the filing window for submitting Biennial Ownership Reports for commercial and noncommercial stations.  The opening of the filing window will be delayed from Oct. 1 to Nov. 1, and the window will now close on Jan. 31, 2020, rather than the previously-announced deadline of Dec. 1, 2019.

Alex Trebek To Restart Chemotherapy

After a setback in his ongoing fight with pancreatic cancer, Jeopardy host Alex Trebek will resume chemotherapy treatments, he revealed on Monday’s Good Morning America.

ViacomCBS Leaders Talk NFL, Streaming, Merger

Viacom and CBS aim to prosper in the streaming arena by covering both ends of the marketplace, blending Viacom’s focus on ad-supported platforms with CBS’s strong head start on subscribers for CBS All Access and Showtime. ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish and incoming CFO Christina Spade outlined the combined company’s vision for how it will best monetize the $13 billion in content spending across the two companies that are expected to complete the merger agreement announced last month by year’s end.

OVERNIGHTS

Sean Spicer Helps ‘Dancing’ Premiere Tick Up

The ABC staple improves a little over its 2018 debut, albeit against less competition.
  1. 1.
    NBC:
    0.9
    4
  2. 2.
    ABC:
    0.8
    4
  3. 3.
    CBS:
    0.4
    2
  4. 4.
    FOX:
    0.4
    2
  5. 5.
    UNI:
    0.4
    2
  6. 6.
    TELEMUNDO:
    0.4
    2
  7. 7.
    CW:
    0.2
    1
  8. Source: Nielsen

HBO Max Lands ‘Big Bang’ Streaming Rights

One of WarnerMedia brass’ top goals for the company’s upcoming streaming service HBO Max was to have the biggest comedy series of the past couple of decades, Friends and The Big Bang Theory — both produced by sibling Warner Bros. TV — at launch to help drive subscribers to the new offering. After shelling out $425 million for the exclusive streaming rights to Friends, taking it away from Netflix, HBO Max has now secured the exclusive streaming rights to all 12 seasons of The Big Bang Theory.

‘Titan Games’ Renewed For Season 2 At NBC

NBC has renewed the Dwayne Johnson-hosted competition series The Titan Games for a second season. The Titan Games averaged a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 with 6 million viewers per episode in the Nielsen Live+7 ratings.

AT&T Sued Over DirecTV Now Subs

A class action suit has been filed alleging that AT&T pumped up the sub count for its DirecTV Now streaming service (since rebranded to AT&T TV Now) to mask "serious technical problems due to premature roll-out."

Longtime NBC Attorney Howard Monderer Dies

Howard Monderer, a longtime senior attorney with NBC in Washington, died Aug. 14 at Maplewood Park Place senior living community in Bethesda, Md., of a "probable malignant pleura effusion due to melanoma." He opened NBC's Washington legal office in 1958, in part as a response to increasing federal regulation of network TV. He was 92.

‘SNL’ Drops Gillis Over YouTube Video

Saturday Night Live has rescinded its invitation to Shane Gillis who posted a video last year in which he used a racial slur for Chinese people and derided Asians trying to learn English.

TVN’S MEDIA JOBS

Latest Jobs In Creative Services, News, Traffic

New opportunities posted to TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center include openings in creative services, news and traffic from Cox, Gray, Paxton Media and Fox.

TVN’S MEDIA JOBS

New Job Openings In Sales Staffing, Management

New openings posted to TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center include openings in sales in Los Angeles; Laredo, Texas; and Tampa from ABC, Fox and Gray.

TVN’S TV2020 CONFERENCE

Tech Leaders To Talk Business Of IP, Cloud

Executives from WarnerMedia, Sinclair, Disney ABC TV and Hearst to unpack the business case for emerging broadcast technologies TVNewsCheck’s annual TV2020: Monetizing the Future conference in New York in October.

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