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One Woman’s Quest To Save Baltimore TV History


WRDW Promo Producer Wins GAB Honor


LBI Media To Help Victims of Mexico Earthquake


Telemundo Stations Team Up For Disaster Relief


WYCC Chicago Signing Off The Air On Oct. 25

Trump Boycott Would Hurt More Than The NFL

Sunday morning, President Trump essentially called for a boycott of the NFL in response to players using the national anthem to protest police profiling of African-Americans. Should Trump’s supporters respond to that call, the medium-term effects could be serious for the NFL. But the impact would be at least as bad, and much more immediate, for the broadcasters who pay to air games.

How Marketers Are Missing A Generation

Top ad buying executive Scott Hagedorn argues that the media consumption habits of consumers ages 22 to 45 aren’t being captured effectively by the TV measurement currency.

Nielsen Sues comScore Over PPM Deal

A 2014 agreement between Nielsen and comScore only gave comScore the ability to use Nielsen’s technology measurements for online and TV audiences, as a “cross-platform” service. The deal, according to Nielsen, did not allow comScore to use the data for an individual “standalone” TV service.

‘Discovery’ Fuels Record CBS All Access Subs

Sunday’s premiere of Star Trek: Discovery on CBS All Access drove a record number of single day sign-ups for CBS’ digital streaming subscription service. While no specific numbers were reported, the network claims that today’s record outstrips the previous one spurred by the 2017 Grammy Awards back in February.

Disney: Altice Retrans Talks Could Hit Wall

Disney and the cable company once known as Cablevision are at it again. The two companies, whose fractious carriage negotiations in 2010 resulted in viewers in New York and Connecticut missing 13 minutes of ABC’s broadcast of the Oscars awards ceremonies, are heading for an impasse in current discussions, according to Disney.

Share Rocket: WJBK Leads Social In Detroit

DirecTV, AT&T Drop American Spirit Stations

DirecTV has dropped seven American Media Stations and AT&T has dropped another four stations carried on its U-Verse platform. 

Time Inc. Seeks To Sell Assets

Trump: Facebook Ad Scrutiny Part Of ‘Hoax’

President Trump lumped in the many-sided scrutiny of Russian-backed ads on Facebook into a broader “Russia hoax” in a Friday morning tweet. “The Russia hoax continues, now it’s ads on Facebook,” he tweeted.As Ted Johnson points out, however, Facebook “is taking the scrutiny seriously.”

At Papers, Free Content Still Trumps Paywalls

Kantar: Stations To See $2.4B Political In ’18

New projections from Kantar Media/CMAG show $2.4 billion in political spending to come to TV stations in 2018, up 14% from the 2014 midterms. Projections for cable are 41% growth from $600 million in 2014 to $850 million next year.


Google To Issue Ad Refunds Over Fake Traffic

Google said Thursday it will issue refunds for ads purchased through its networks that ran on sites with fake traffic. After initially conceding only to pay 7-10% of the total ad spend (its “platform fee”) the company has now agreed to reimburse affected advertisers 100%. WSJ subscribers can read more. 

Fox CFO Joe Dorrego Set For NAB NY Confab

The first-ever ‘TV on Wall Street’ conference will take place Oct. 19 at New York’s Javits Center as part of the two-day (Oct. 18-19) NAB Show New York. It’s aimed at providing”a business perspective on the economic influences driving the evolution of media, including new technologies and investment opportunities.”


U.S. Ad Revs Down 7% In August

Unfavorable comparisons to the Summer Olympics last year may be behind the August slide, but the good news is that U.S. advertising is still up 2.4% for the year-to-date according to Standard Media Index. 

WBBH, WINK Spar Over Irma Call

The two Fort Myers stations both insist they called it first that Hurricane Irma would hit Naples, Fla. directly, and WBBH has taken the dispute to Twitter with a smoking gun screen grab. 

Ivory Hecker Joins KRIV

Ivory Hecker has joined KRIV as a general assignment reporter, announced station VP and News Director, Susan Schiller. Effective Oct. 2, Hecker will report for various station newscasts. In making the announcement, Schiller said, “Ivory will make a great addition to the FOX 26 team because she brings a passion and versatility to her reporting, whether […]

Vice Video Employees Unionize

Vice Media employees producing video — some 300 of them — have unionized with the Writers Guild of America East and the Motion Picture Editors Guild, the unions said Thursday. The union will cover employees working for, Viceland and Vice’s HBO programming. 

Facebook Vows Transparency On Political Ads

In the wake of revelations that thousands of Russian-backed 2016 political ads were taken out on Facebook, CEO Mark Zuckerberg pledged that the platform will strengthen its review process. He said that Facebook will also increase transparency for the political ads its receives in the wake. “Not only will you have to disclose which page paid for an ad, but we will also make it so you can visit an advertiser’s page and see the ads they’re currently running to any audience on Facebook,” he wrote. 

Retrans Rhetoric Heating Up On Both Sides

While the American TV Alliance says retrans is “totally rigged” in favor of the broadcasters, the broadcasters target AT&T for “greed that has led it to cannibalize its own [U-Verse] service and mistreat its own customers.” AT&T also owns DirecTV.

AT&T, Meredith Knocking Heads Over Retrans

The station group and owner of DirecTV and U-Verse cannot come to terms on a new retransmission consent pack and so exchanging harsh words on their website in battle for hearts and minds of consumers.


WGBC, WMDM To Launch Newscasts

Mike Reed’s duopoly of WGBC and WMDN will launch Twin State News beginning Sept. 25 at 6  p.m., 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. WGBC is a Fox affiliate that carries NBC programming on a subchannel and operates WMDN through an LMA.

Whodunnit Slays Small-Market Broadcasting

Bill Evans is a 40-year veteran of TV and radio sales and management, and now he’s a mystery writer, too. Murder at Broadcast Park, his new novel, takes place at a fictionalized Santa Barbara station where the affairs and ambitions are rampant and a beloved anchor ends up dead. Harry Jessell talks with Evans about how much truth went into the fiction. 



IBC 2017: Signs Of A Quickening IP Transition

The media and entertainment industry, which now ranks as the most disrupted in the world according to the Global Center for Business Transition, more fully embraced IP and virtualized technology at the annual international tech exhibition in Amsterdam this week. Imagine’s Charlie Vogt (above) says his company is investing “hundreds of millions” to keep pace.

Campbell Moving Up To Disney International

The head of the ABC O&Os has been named president of Disney International’s Europe, Middle East and Africa operations, effective Jan. 1, succeeding Diego Lerner and reporting to International Chairman Andy Bird. She will be stepping down from the station group, but no word on a replacement there.

B’casters Model For Facebook’s Political Ads

There’s growing buzz among Congressional leaders and other groups to require a public disclosure portal for political ads on digital platforms like Facebook, which have looser requirements than TV and radio. “It’s going to be hard to regulate in this area,” said one election law expert. “But it’s clearly the frontier.” WSJ subscribers can read more.