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How Network News Promos Can Evolve

Frank Radice: "Why not use news promo time to actually report the news, like a headline menu service, and direct viewer attention to the next show coming up? Instead of one story or one image, it becomes something more useful."

CW Cancels ‘Katy Keene’ After One Season

The CW has opted not to proceed with a second season of Katy Keene. Warner Bros. Television, the studio behind The Riverdale spinoff headlined by Lucy Hale, is planning to explore options for keeping the show going.

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Dow Moves Up 92, Nasdaq Climbs 53

Stocks climbed Thursday following positive jobs data. The S&P 500 rose 0.5%, its fourth-straight gain. The index ended the holiday-shortened week with a gain of 4%. The Nasdaq composite climbed to another all-time high, aided by more gains in technology companies.

Game On! got its A game back last night, but Univision still won another Wednesday in the key adults 18-49 demo. This primetime victory makes it three weeks in a row (including one tie). Univision was first in ratings with a 0.5 rating/3 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demo, but fifth in total viewers with an average of 1.6 million, according to preliminary numbers.
  1. 1.
    UNI:
    0.5
    3
  2. 2.
    CBS:
    0.4
    3
  3. 3.
    FOX:
    0.4
    3
  4. 4.
    NBC:
    0.4
    3
  5. 5.
    ABC:
    0.3
    2
  6. 6.
    TELEMUNDO:
    0.3
    2
  7. 7.
    CW:
    0.1
    1
  8. Source: Nielsen

Television Pioneer Hugh Downs Dies At 99

A longtime host of both Today and 20/20, he held the Guinness-certified record for most total hours on commercial network television for many years.

Tegna Implements Safety Protocols

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact people and newsrooms, Tegna has implemented corporate policies to keep reporters, producers and news executives safe.

Comscore: VOD Transactions Peaked In April

New research from Comscore shows a continued year-over-year increase in video on demand (VOD) transactions as millions of Americans seek entertainment during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, overall consumption for May 2020 declined compared to the previous month, suggesting that consumption may be gradually returning to pre-pandemic levels. Looking at YOY change by key genres, several VOD categories have […]

Fox Extends Options On All Pilots

The network, which has a coronavirus-proof fall schedule, will aim to film its four dramas and two comedies as soon as it's safe to do so.

Conan O’Brien To Tape Show At Club

Conan O’Brien is heading to Largo at The Coronet in Los Angeles to shoot his TBS talk show, becoming the first of the latenight hosts to move his show out of his house and make tentative steps to a return to full production. Conan will begin filming at the comedy club from Monday, July 6, in accordance with government and industry health and safety protocols.

Strong Broadcast Ratings Bode Well For Retrans

“Broadcast television has seen a bit of a renaissance with COVID-19…. Local news ratings have actually been up 20%-40% depending on the market. We haven’t seen those kinds of ratings gains in years,” Wells Fargo Securities media financial analyst Davis Hebert said at a virtual Media Institute event Tuesday. “That has really kept the retrans outlook intact. That piece of the revenue stream should be quite visible for the most part.”

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Five Questions About Cloud Migration

As broadcasters consider a long-term shift to remote workflows, here are five key questions to tackle to guide decisionmaking.

Ender To Head PR At CBS Entertainment

Longtime CBS PR executive Chris Ender has been named to the top communications post within CBS Entertainment Group. Ender fills the role left by Dana McClintock, who formally left CBS this week. McClintock announced his departure back in March, which coincided with the beginning of George Cheeks’ tenure leading CBS.

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Michael Baldwin Named WDTV News Director

The anchor-reporter is leaving Gray Television's Fox affiliate WXIX Cincinnati to take over news leadership at Gray's CBS affil in Clarksburg, W.Va.

CBS To Honor Carl Reiner

In the wake of Carl Reiner‘s death, CBS will pay tribute to the comedy icon with an hourlong, colorized Dick Van Dyke Show special. Airing Friday, July 3 at 8/7c, the special — titled The Dick Van Dyke Show — Now in Living Color! A Special Tribute to Carl Reiner — will feature two episodes of the classic sitcom in which Reiner appears.

‘Magnum P.I.’ Eyes August Production Start

CBS’s action crime drama Magnum P.I., starring Jay Hernandez, is targeting a mid-August tentative production start date for its upcoming third season. The reboot of the classic CBS series shoots in Hawaii where the show is set.

In 5G Pivot, Dish Closes Boost Mobile Deal

Satellite TV company Dish Network says it has closed on its acquisition of the prepaid service Boost Mobile from T-Mobile, effectively making the pay-TV company the country’s fourth major mobile provider alongside Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. Dish is now focusing its new investments on building out a 5G network as the satellite TV business continues to shrink.

CNN Reports Best Ratings In 40 Years

Fox News Channel and MSNBC also had record-setting quarters ending in June, according to  Nielsen. But CNN's audience increased at a higher pace than its rivals, and it is also seeing strong numbers for its digital operation.

TVNewsCheck will present Reporting on Protest: Lessons from the Front Lines, featuring three veteran reporters, an attorney from Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and a remote workflow expert. The Media Financial Management Association continues its summer-long series of virtual sessions this week, while Ross Video continues its series of weekly webinars. Matrox will present a half-day on How to Control Workstations from a Distance, and MediaKind will discuss Getting Your Disruption On — Uncovering Media Opportunities. Rohde & Schwarz will look at EMC Filter Design. Details and links to registration pages are on TVNewsCheck’s Virtual Events Directory.

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Asst. Tech Director Opening At Detroit’s WDIV

New jobs posted to TVNewsCheck's Media Job Center include an opening for an assistant director of technology at Graham Media Group’s NBC affiliate WDIV Detroit.

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News And Sales Openings On Florida’s Suncoast

New jobs posted to TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center include openings for a news director, a newscast producer and a multimedia account executive. All three openings are at WWSB in Sarasota, Fla.

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Meteorologists Needed In Buffalo And Lincoln

New jobs posted to TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center include openings for a meteorologist at a Nexstar station in New York state, and an opening for a chief meteorologist/anchor at a Standard Media station in Nebraska.

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