Friday Night SmackDown, as the latest incarnation is called, will begin Friday at 8 p.m. ET. Both Fox and the WWE are betting the show’s return to broadcast primetime will make a big impression on viewers and big bucks from advertisers.
Berkshire Hathaway’s ABC affiliate in Miami says the switch will give advertisers an easier way to purchase schedules across all of its ad platforms.
Stocks sank Tuesday as U.S. manufacturing weakened in September for the second straight month as President Donald Trump’s trade war with China dragged on confidence and factory activity. It dashed economists’ expectations that August’s contraction had been an aberration, and stocks and bond yields immediately reversed course to drop sharply lower following the report.
Global sports TV rights fees — pushed by rapidly growing streaming platforms — are predicted to continue rise sharply over the next six years. Worldwide sport rights revenues will grow 75% over seven years — 2018 through 2025 — to $85.1 billion from $48.6 billion, according to research group Rethink TV.
Allen Media Broadcasting is purchasing USA Television’s portfolio of 11 network affiliates in nine markets. Bob Prather has agreed to stay on to manage the group.
Maryann Balbo, vice president at Cox Media, started her broadcast career as a part-time master control operator in her hometown of Watertown, N.Y. Today, she lives in lives in Wichita, Kan., and is responsible for operations and advertising sales in Cox’s Kansas and Arkansas markets. She talks about her career, how she went from being the only woman in the engineering department to eventually being a station general manager and then corporate VP with stops in sales, programming and marketing along the way.
In Nielsen’s latest annual ordering of its 210 Designated Market Areas, there are only five changes in the top 20 markets and three among the top 10: San Francisco is now 6, Washington is 7 and Houston is 8. But there is a lot of movement in markets 35 on down.
Lance B. Carwile is promoted to vice president and corporate program director, while Sharon K. Moser moves up to vice president and corporate controller of the 21-station group.