Delrahim: Big Tech Antitrust Probe A ‘Priority’

The Justice Department’s antitrust division chief, Makan Delrahim, said Tuesday that its probes of “market-leading online platforms” such as Alphabet’s Google were a “priority” that could result in either “law enforcement or policy options as solutions.”

STATION ADVISORY

FCC Alters Ownership Report Filing Schedule

The FCC’s Media Bureau today announced changes to the filing window for submitting Biennial Ownership Reports for commercial and noncommercial stations.  The opening of the filing window will be delayed from Oct. 1 to Nov. 1, and the window will now close on Jan. 31, 2020, rather than the previously-announced deadline of Dec. 1, 2019.

Longtime NBC Attorney Howard Monderer Dies

Howard Monderer, a longtime senior attorney with NBC in Washington, died Aug. 14 at Maplewood Park Place senior living community in Bethesda, Md., of a “probable malignant pleura effusion due to melanoma.” He opened NBC’s Washington legal office in 1958, in part as a response to increasing federal regulation of network TV. He was 92.

BRAND CONNECTIONS

AT&T Sued Over DirecTV Now Subs

A class action suit has been filed alleging that AT&T pumped up the sub count for its DirecTV Now streaming service (since rebranded to AT&T TV Now) to mask “serious technical problems due to premature roll-out.”

UPDATED

FCC Approves Nexstar-Tribune Merger

With its OK following that of the Department of Justice, the commission’s move means Nexstar can close the $6.4 billion deal, which it said it expects to do shortly.

Felicity Huffman Gets 14 Days In College Scam

Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman was sentenced Friday to 14 days in prison for paying $15,000 to rig her daughter’s SAT scores, tearfully apologizing to the teenager for not trusting her to get into college on her own.

Fox News Must Face Seth Rich Lawsuit

The Second Circuit reverses a federal judge’s ruling with a provocative opinion that concludes Joel and Mary Rich can indeed sue for intentional infliction of emotional distress over how Fox News covered the murder of their son.

Va. Official Sues CBS News For $400M

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax filed a $400 million defamation lawsuit today against CBS Corp. and CBS Broadcasting in New York, alleging the network published false statements by two women who have accused him of sexual assault.

Reality Star ‘The Situation’ Released From Federal Prison

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — “Jersey Shore” cast member Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino is now a free man. The 37-year-old reality television star’s publicist says he was released from prison in Otisville, New York, around 8:30 a.m. Thursday. He took to Twitter shortly after his release, writing, “Turn up we free.” Sorrentino served about eight months for tax […]

NAB Calls AT&T STELAR Message ‘Misleading’

The association’s CEO Gordon Smith says: “DirecTV is doing a serious disservice to both its customers and to Congress by running these misleading messages. We urge you to reconsider … and to work with local broadcasters to ensure that all DirecTV customers receive their network programming from local TV affiliates.”