Ted Koppel Blasts News Media For Bias Against Donald Trump

Ted Koppel is not pleased with the news media, these days, particularly with its coverage of former President Donald Trump. As a guest on Dan Abrams Live on NewsNation Friday night, the esteemed, veteran journalist and former Nightline anchor shared his thoughts about media bias and — and his wish that news versus opinion had a greater distinction.

Ralph Emery, Famed Country Music Broadcaster, Dies

Beginning his career at small radio stations and then moving into television as well, Emery was probably best known for his work on the Nashville Network cable channel. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007. He was 88.

Sports Betting Will Keep Booming In 2022, But Some See Risks In Growth

When the federal ban on sports wagering was rescinded in 2018, there was a sprint to the marketplace, with states eager to leap headfirst into the gambling business. And since then, there has been a steady trickle of new states opening their doors to gambling operators such as Caesars and MGM. Some 112 million Americans can now legally wager on sports without leaving their couch. Another 50 million need only hop in their car to place an in-person bet. But these are still the early days of sports gambling in the United States, and industry stakeholders expect 2022 to be another boom year, with many of the most populous states moving toward legalization.

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Dow Falls 202, Nasdaq Finishes Up 87

Stocks ended mostly higher Friday, but still logged another losing week. The S&P 500 eked out a 0.1% gain in the final minutes of trading after having been down about 1% earlier in the day. The tech-heavy Nasdaq came back from a 0.8% slide to post a 0.6% gain. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.6%.

Netflix Upping US, Canada Prices With Competition Growing

The company said Friday that prices are going up by $1 to $2, depending on the plan. The "standard" plan that most people take is increasing by $1.50, to $15.50. The Canadian version is going up by the same amount in local currency, to $16.50 Canadian dollars. Price increases are becoming more of a regular feature at Netflix, which is facing saturation in the U.S. market. Of Netflix's 213.5 million subscribers, some 74 million are in the U.S. and Canada. It got an influx of global subscribers early in the pandemic, but is investing in video games as it looks beyond movies and TV for growth.

Today invented the very idea of morning television, spurring rivals like GMA and CBS Mornings and at least a dozen rise-and-shine shows on cable. Nowadays, TV networks and streaming services are on 24/7, but in 1952, a breakfast hour broadcast was a radical idea. Television was still a new medium. Local stations typically only showed a test pattern at 7 a.m. There was no reason for families to turn on their newfangled TV sets in the morning — until NBC gave them a reason by creating Today. This was a big deal because once they turned the TV set on in the morning, the set tended to stay on — a factor in the stunning rise in video consumption ever since.

Overnights: ‘Ghosts’ Eyes New Audience High

CBS’s Young Sheldon (with 7.4 million total viewers and a 0.7 demo rating) and Ghosts (6.3M/0.6) are both on track for new season highs in audience.

The Future Of AI And Local Newsrooms

What does the future of journalism look like as AI and automated technologies take hold in other industries? The AP is working hard toward that future, and it's working with news organizations across the country to figure out how AI can best help local newsrooms.

Telemundo To Launch Streaming Brand On Peacock

Telemundo is launching a streaming brand within Peacock that will cater to younger generations of Hispanic audiences who are based in the U.S., the company said on Thursday. The content hub, called Tplus, will include a slew of new scripted and unscripted shows.

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How NPR’s Steve Inskeep Cracked The Code For Interviewing Trump

Margaret Sullivan: The veteran host used a "truth sandwich" approach to counter the former president’s election lies. The idea is to avoid magnifying lies; and the technique is to surround false statements with established truths before and after, thus blunting the effect of what can amount to propaganda.

A Broadcaster’s Regulatory Calendar For 2022

While this calendar should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of every regulatory date that your station will face, it highlights many of the most important dates for broadcasters in the coming year — including dates for license renewals, EEO Public Inspection File Reports, Quarterly Issues Programs lists, children’s television obligations, annual fee obligations and much more.

Next Level Chef, the cooking competition series from Gordon Ramsay, is getting a post-football slot in the schedule after Fox pushed drama Monarch to the fall. The non-scripted series, which features the British chef and Nyesha Arrington and Richard Blais, will air a special episode on Sunday, Jan. 30, at 10 p.m. after the NFC Championship game.

Talking TV: Sinclair Grows Its National News Play

TVNewsCheck's Michael Depp talks with Mike Garber, director of content for Sinclair's The National Desk, about the art of making local news content palatable and relevant to a national audience.

Sinclair’s Best-Case Scenario for DTC Biz: $2.9B In Revenue In 2027

Sinclair Broadcast Group, which on Thursday announced a new streaming rights deal with the National Basketball Association and an agreement with creditors that will pump $600 million into its Diamond Sports unit, says that its direct-to-consumer business should generate as much as $2.87 billion by 2027. Sinclair put its latest projections for its sports business in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

ViacomCBS, Comcast Strike Multiyear Carriage Deal

It includes distribution of ViacomCBS's TV networks, including CBS Television Network, BET, CBS Sports Network, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, Pop TV, Smithsonian Channel, Showtime and others.

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The Financial Manager As Trusted Adviser: A Worthy Goal For 2022

As the new year gets underway, financial managers in broadcasting should look at building — or solidifying — their relationships with their business unit heads. Becoming a trusted adviser to your unit head can be critical to the business’s success, as well as your own.

Jan. 6 Committee Subpoenas Four Big Tech Firms

The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol issued subpoenas on Thursday to four major social media companies — Alphabet, Meta, Reddit and Twitter — criticizing them for allowing extremism to spread on their platforms and saying they have failed to cooperate adequately with the inquiry.

Barry Fulmer Tapped As WCPO News Director

Barry Fulmer is moving on from Block Communications' Louisville, Ky., Fox affiliate WDRB after 17 years as news director to head journalism operations at Scripps-owned ABC affiliate WCPO Cincinnati.

Sen. Wicker Seeks Better NTIA-FCC Cooperation

The ranking member on the powerful Senate Commerce Committee wants the relationship between new FCC chair Jessica Rosenworcel and new NTIA head Alan Davidson to start out on the right foot. In a letter to both, Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), called on the FCC and the National Telecommunications & Information Administration to work together to better coordinate spectrum policy.

The Witcher, which returned to Netflix for a second season on Dec. 17, dominated Nielsen’s weekly U.S. streaming chart with almost 2.2 billion minutes of viewing that week. The latest chart covers Dec. 13-19. A distant second place was CoComelon on Netflix, with 840 million viewing minutes.

Tucker Carlson Extends His Influence On GOP

Fox News host Tucker Carlson isn’t the most powerful conservative in the country. That label still has to be applied to former President Trump, who continues to influence the GOP at nearly every level of government as he considers a bid for reelection in 2024. Yet with Trump banned from major social media platforms, Carlson, the top-rated host on Fox, is increasingly seen as a kind of kingmaker within the GOP. And ambitious Republicans looking to climb toward the White House have shown a willingness to bow to him in order to win favor with his audience.

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