KRGV Makes Comscore Its Ratings Provider

The Manship family-owned ABC affiliate in Harlingen is now using Comscore exclusively.

WEEK ENDING FEB. 3

Station Trading Roundup: 2 Deals, $18M

The purchase of KTBU Conroe, Texas, by Tegna Inc. tops the latest list of TV station transactions submitted to the FCC for its approval, according to BIA Advisory Services.

EARNINGS CALL

Retrans Grows For ABC As Ad Sales Slip

Disney’s legacy ABC businesses were down for the quarter, although the company didn’t offer specific details. A bright spot was an increase in affiliate revenue (retrans for the O&O stations and the ABC Network’s share of what affiliates received), which was attributed to higher rates. But the broadcasting segment had lower advertising revenues for the quarter, with ad sales down for the O&Os and a drop in average network viewership.

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QUARTERLY REPORT

Disney Plus Has 26.5M Subscribers

The company says it has 26.5 million Disney Plus subscribers as of Dec. 28, the end of its first fiscal quarter. The service launched in November, and Disney has positioned it as the future of the company as more people drop their cable subscriptions in favor of online video services like Netflix. The company’s broadcasting arm’s revenue rose 34% to $2.6 billion.

Accenture To Close Its Media Auditing, Agency Search Businesses

TVSquared Launches Global Cross-Platform, Multi-Touch Attribution

TVSquared, a global provider of TV attribution, has launched platform to power always-on attribution across all forms of video advertising, proving which media and creative placements are driving sales, conversions and business outcomes. TVSquared’s global platform measures reach, frequency and performance across linear and digital TV advertising, spanning tens of millions of households, across any device […]

Black Dragon Capital Buys Grass Valley

With the purchase from Belden, the private equity firm, led by Louis Hernandez Jr., says it aims to accelerate Grass Valley’s evolution to market leader in cloud-based media technology.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Sony Warns Of Virus Impact On Forecast

Tokyo-based Sony, which makes PlayStation video-game consoles, Bravia TVs and Spider-Man films, said the impact of the virus was unclear, but production and sales of its image sensor division were at risk. The company promised to release any new forecasts as soon as possible.

TV Retrans Battles Spill Into Streaming

The spats between TV distributors and networks that grew out of the cable and satellite era are beginning to spill over into the streaming world. Consumers that cut the cord to avoid paying for expensive TV packages are going to be susceptible to some of the same problems, like programming blackouts, that they had with traditional television.

QUARTERLY REPORT

YouTube Reveals Rev For First Time: $15.1B

For the first time, Google on Monday revealed just how big of an advertising machine YouTube is. The company said that YouTube generated $15.1 billion in ad revenue in fiscal 2019, including $4.7 billion in the fourth quarter.

DMA 7: WASHINGTON

Andrew Wyatt Adds WDCW To Responsibilities

Nexstar gives him responsibility for WDCW Washington in addition to his existing role as VP-GM of WDVM Hagerstown, Md.

CLOSING BELL

Dow Moves Up 144, Nasdaq Climbs 122

Stocks rose on Wall Street Monday despite worries over coronavirus virus. Chinese stocks tumbled nearly 8% after investors there got a chance to catch up to losses that already swept through other markets.

Berlamino Is New CW Distribution Exec

Betty Ellen Berlamino will be responsible for all network distribution and affiliate relations at The CW as well as serve as the network’s primary liaison with its station groups and MVPDs. Affiliate marketing activities will be jointly managed by both Berlamino and Rick Haskins, president, streaming and chief brand officer.

DOJ, FTC Schedule Vertical Merger Workshops

The Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission are teaming up for two public workshops on drafts of new vertical merger guidelines. Vertical mergers are ones that combine different parts of the same supply chain, an AT&T with its video services and Time Warner with its content production, for example. DOJ and the FTC divvy up reviews of mergers for potential anticompetitive effects.

David Amy Named Television Music License Committee Chair

Today, the Television Music License Committee (TVMLC) appointed David B. Amy, a veteran executive in the local TV broadcast industry, as its chairman. TVMLC is a nonprofit trade association that negotiates music performing rights licenses on behalf of the local commercial television industry and leads efforts to promote a competitive market for music performing rights. Retired as […]

After Bankruptcy, LBI Adopts Estrella Name

LBI Media, which emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last October, has renamed itself Estrella Media. Estrella Media is owned by HPS Investment Partners. Lenard Liberman, who founded LBI, gave up his equity in the company as part of the reorganization plan.

Super Bowl Ads Dialed Up Fun

NEW YORK (AP) — In the real world, political primaries are looming, impeachment is ongoing and heavy news never seems to stop. But during commercial breaks in the Super Bowl, advertisers did their best to serve up an antidote heavily spiked with fun. True, political ads did invade the game, with President Trump and Michael […]

Anne Cox Chambers, Wealthy Newspaper Heiress, Dies At 100

ATLANTA — Anne Cox Chambers, a newspaper heiress, diplomat and philanthropist who was one of the country’s richest women, died Friday at the age of 100. Chambers’ nephew James Cox Kennedy announced her death to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, her company’s flagship newspaper. “Aunt Anne was a wonderful, kind and elegant lady who cared deeply about […]

Cox Closing Videa Advance Ad Unit

March 31 will be the last day for the unit that launched in 2014 to work with station groups, agencies and rep firms across the spot TV industry to build an automated television solution that optimizes advertising campaigns and enables workflow efficiencies and data-enhanced audience targeting. The company said it was “no longer sustainable.”

NFL ‘Open To Changing’ Media Partners

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Sunday that his organization is “very open to changing packages, very open to changing partners” when it comes to negotiating media contracts that will expire in the next few years.

EXECUTIVE SESSION WITH BRETT JENKINS

TVN Executive Session | Nexstar: Bigger Scale, More IP Opportunities

Nexstar sees more potential to transition to IP workflows with its acquisition of Tribune, says CTO Brett Jenkins. It’s also aiming to light up some major-market NextGen TV signals in the second quarter amid what Jenkins sees as a climate of strong consumer acceptance and adoption of the new ATSC 3.0 standard.

NBC Affils In Talks On Peacock Latenight

After learning of the plan to offer The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Meyers to streaming customers prior to their broadcast airtimes, NBC affiliates have been in talks with the network and they say the two sides “are working toward a plan that is good for NBCU and provides affiliates the opportunity to meaningfully participate in this business.”

CLOSING BELL

Dow Drops 603, Nasdaq Finishes Down 148

Stocks sank Friday on fears that the coronavirus outbreak will dent the enonomy. Technology companies, which do a lot of business with China, led the losses. Airlines fell after Delta and American suspended flights to and from China. The sell-off erased the S&P 500’s gains for January and gave the benchmark index its biggest weekly loss since August.

DMAS 50 & 94

Gray Names Two New GMs In Louisiana

The station group promotes Ronna Corrente and Joe Sciortino to lead its New Orleans Fox and Baton Rouge CBS affiliates.

KBLR Las Vegas Holds Ribbon Cutting

On Jan. 30, Telemundo’s KBLR Las Vegas held a ribbon cutting to commemorate the unveiling of its new 22,622 sq. ft. media center in the presence of Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak, Clark County Commissioner Michael Naft, local community leaders, NBC and Telemundo stations executives and colleagues. Telemundo Las Vegas aired its first newscast from its […]

Super Bowl Is Key Proving Ground For Slimmed-Down Fox

George Cheeks Named Head Of CBS

ViacomCBS has made it official today: Joe Ianniello, chairman and CEO of CBS, will be leaving the company. George Cheeks has been appointed president and CEO of CBS Entertainment Group, effective March 23.

Media Cos. Emboldened Against Unionizing

Jessica Meiselman: Over the past few years employees at ViceG/O Media, the Huffington PostBuzzFeedSlateThe New Yorker, the LA Times, New York Media, and Vox Media, among many others, have decided to organize. Management responses have had this in common: their ultimate goal is to avert a union.

Nexstar Ups Quarterly Dividend By 24.4%

The increase to $0.56 per share marks the company’s seventh annual consecutive rise in cash dividend.

Sports Betting Industry Set For A Big Year

Barstool Sports used to be a media company, but on the heels of a $163 million investment from Penn National Gaming, it is now, in many respects, a sports betting company. Barstool’s evolution speaks to where the sports betting industry stands at the outset of 2020. With legalization on the horizon in key states and mobile betting set to explode, sportsbook operators are in a race to acquire users and build the best digital storefront.