Allen Media Group Turns Local Now Into A Free Hyperlocal Streamer

In addition to live channels that feature national news, superstar talent and marquee content partners, Local Now’s state-of-the-art streaming platform now also delivers original local news, weather and information, customized by market.

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April Ryan To Join Black-Owned Media Matters Webinar

The veteran television journalist will interview Byron Allen, owner of The Weather Channel, Entertainment Studios and Allen Media Group, about his progress at convincing major marketers to devote 2% of their annual advertising spend on Black-owned media. Allen’s efforts have convinced General Motors to commit to a long-term advertising investment and Verizon announced it is planning to partner with Allen in a summit in May. To join the webinar, register here.

Allen Media Group’s This TV Adds ABC O&Os

The diginet is now carried on eight ABC-owned station subchannels in major markets Including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

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Black-Owned Media Leaders To Gather for TVN Webinar

Systemic racism in the advertising industry has left Black-owned media with a fraction of the advertising dollars that should be flowing their way, argues Byron Allen, owner of The Weather Channel and founder of Entertainment Studios and Allen Media Group. Allen, who maintains big marketers can ameliorate the problem by devoting 2% of their advertising spend on Black-owned media, will press his case during a TVNewsCheck webinar, Black Owned Media Matters, set to take place Thursday, April 15, at 1 p.m. ET. Register here.

Talking TV | M&A In ’21 And Byron Allen’s $10B Target

TVNewsCheck Editor Michael Depp and writer Paige Albiniak discuss the outlook for station group M&A activity this year and Byron Allen’s aspiration to spend $10 billion acquiring Big Four affiliates, possibly including an O&O group. Read more about Allen’s plans and the industry’s M&A prospects in our story here.

Allen Media Group Signs Veteran White House Journalist April Ryan

Allen Media Group’s new over-the-air 24/7 broadcast television network TheGrio.TV has hired veteran Washington correspondent April Ryan in the dual role of White House correspondent and Washington bureau chief. Ryan will begin her new position on Jan. 4, 2021. Joe Biden will be the fifth U.S. president Ryan has covered since she began her career […]

Allen Media Relaunches Light TV As TheGrio.TV

TheGrio.TV will feature African American-focused content reaching more than 100 million U.S. households via over-the-air TV stations, cable/telco/satellite platforms and free digital streaming.

Marinescu To Lead Allen Media Digital Ad Sales

Veteran ad sales executive Raoul Marinescu will oversee all digital ad sales for Allen’s free streaming platforms Local Now and The Grio.

Entertainment Studios Networks Promotes Bruce Gibson

The veteran distribution and marketing executive moves from The Weather Channel to become VP of network distribution at the Allen Media Group division.

Melody Smalls Named HR EVP At Allen Media Group

Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group has promoted Melody Smalls to the new position of executive vice president of global human resources. Smalls previously was chief human resources and compliance officer and vice president/head of human resources at The Weather Channel/Weather Group since 2016. In her new position, Smalls will now oversee human resources for all Allen Media Group divisions: Entertainment Studios, Entertainment Studios Networks (including The Weather […]

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Byron Allen Buying KITV Honolulu For $30M

The purchase of the Honolulu ABC affiliate from SJL Broadcasting is the 16th station purchase for Allen’s Allen Media Broadcasting division since 2019. He says the group plans “to invest approximately $10 billion to acquire more ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox television stations over the next two years with the goal of being the largest broadcast television group in America.”

Entertainment Studios Live-Streaming Comedy Event To Support Feeding America

Allen Media Group’s television production division — Entertainment Studios — will distribute a live-streaming comedy event to support and raise money for the hunger-relief organization Feeding America. Co-produced by the Funny Or Die entertainment brand and comedy studio, this comedy event will live-stream on the Allen Media Group television networks Comedy.TV and The Weather Channel, as well as on the […]

Byron Allen Makes $8.5B Cash Bid For Tegna

Media entrepreneur Byron Allen has made an all-cash bid for Tegna and is said to be one of three potential buyers circling the Tysons, Va.-based broadcaster, according to a source familiar with the situation. Allen’s Allen Media Group offered $20 a share, or about $8.5 billion, the source said. It is going up against Gray Television, which last week made a offer, also for $20 a share but in a combination of cash and stock. Private equity firm Apollo Global Management, which recently acquired stations from Cox, is also said to have made a bid.