Allen Media Rolling Out TheGrio Black Podcast Network

Dear Culture with Panama Jackson debuts May 26. Six more podcasts will premiere throughout this summer and fall.

Allen Media Group Names Roseann Cacciola EVP Of Syndication Ad Sales

The former Warner Media ad sales executive will represent the company’s syndicated broadcast programming.

Allen Media Group, Cox Set Carriage Deal For 3 Networks

Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group television networks division has launched three of its networks nationwide on the Cox Contour TV lineup. The three are: JusticeCentral.TV — Dedicated to Emmy-winning judges and Emmy-nominated court shows, legal news and “the world’s biggest trials.” Recipe.TV — Dedicated to famous chefs, recipes and cuisine from around the world. […]

Allen Media Group Partners With Google In Multi-Year, Multi-Platform Deal

The strategic alliance is designed to accelerate growth across Allen Media Group’s portfolio of media and digital properties.

Allen Media Files Multi-Billion Dollar Lawsuit Against Nielsen

The suit charges the ratings firm with fraud and concealment and alleges media companies have suffered billions of dollars in damages.

Allen Media’s HBCU Go Partners With Southwestern Athletic Conference

The HBCU Go free streaming digital platform will have distribution rights to sports content related to the Southwestern Athletic Conference beginning this fall.

Allen Media Ups Darren Galatt To Chief Revenue Officer

The veteran advertising sales executive will coordinate and expand revenue
and new business development.

Nora Zimmett Named President Of News And Original Series For Allen Media’s Weather Group

Allen Media Group promoted Nora Zimmett to president of news and original series for the company’s weather group. Her previous title was chief content officer and executive vice president, overseeing live and original programming for The Weather Channel. During her tenure at The Weather Channel, Zimmett led the team responsible for production of the network’s flagship morning show […]


Byron Allen: I’m Here To ‘Address The Trade Deficit’ For Black America

Byron Allen, founder, chairman and CEO of Allen Media Group and Entertainment Studios, is unyielding in his efforts to get corporate America to spend 15% of its ad budgets on Black-owned media and redress generations of inequity, including a yawning absence of minority-owned media. “America should not be proud of the fact in 2022 you are looking at the one and only Black person in America that owns Big Four network affiliates,” he says.


Second annual Black-owned media upfront set for March 15-16

An array of Black-owned media company executives will gather on March 15-16 to showcase their new and returning programming for advertisers and their agencies. Allen Media Group will anchor the two-afternoon virtual event designed to promote racial equity in the way marketing budgets are planned and allocated. Register here


Bumping Against Cap, Station Groups Have Their M&A Wings Clipped

With no ownership cap relief in sight from the FCC, broadcasters look to pick up ones and twos along with pursuing other avenues to grow their businesses. Meanwhile, the industry waits to see if Tegna will be sold. Note: This story is available to TVNewsCheck Premium members only. If you would like to upgrade your free TVNewsCheck membership to Premium now, you can visit your Member Home Page, available when you log in at the very top right corner of the site or in the Stay Connected Box that appears in the right column of virtually every page on the site. If you don’t see Member Home, you will need to click Log In or Subscribe.

Allen Media Names Sydnie Karras Chief Accounting Officer

In a newly created position, the industry veteran will oversee accounting and finance for all Allen Media Group corporate entities.

Judge Gives New Life To Byron Allen’s Lawsuit Against McDonald’s

A federal court judge in California has reversed a ruling dismissing media mogul Byron Allen’s $10 billion lawsuit charging that McDonald’s discriminated against Black-owned media when it buys advertising. In a new order entered Friday, Judge Fernando Olguin denied McDonald’s motion to dismiss without prejudice and said McDonald’s has to answer Allen’s complaint by Jan. 27.

Allen Media Group To Add Google Tech Solutions

AMG says Google Cloud’s scalable cloud infrastructure will power AMG’s digital evolution, allowing it to build apps faster, make smarter business decisions and connect to its audiences anywhere through data analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities.

Allen Media Digital Launches Free Video Streaming Service Sports.TV

Byron Allen Media Group announced that its new Allen Media Digital division is launching Sports.TV, a new free-streaming platform. The Sports.TV app will act as an aggregator for sports, news and entertainment networks, as well as local TV stations for free.

Byron Allen’s $10B Lawsuit Against McDonald’s Thrown Out

A judge has dismissed a $10 billion lawsuit against McDonald’s Corp. by the media entrepreneur Byron Allen, who accused the fast-food chain of racial discrimination for not advertising with Black-owned media. U.S. District Judge Fernando Olguin in Los Angeles wrote on Tuesday that two companies owned by Allen did not offer enough factual evidence to show that McDonald’s “intentionally and purposefully discriminated against them.”

Allen Media Ups Lisa-Renee Ramirez To President Of Lifestyle Networks

Allen Media Group (AMG) has promoted Lisa-Renee Ramirez to president of its Lifestyle Networks. She has been executive vice president and executive producer of AMG Television, a title she’s held since she started with AMG in 2008. In her new position, Ramirez will continue to oversee content creation, production, and programming for three of the AMG television lifestyle-themed networks: Recipe.TV, MyDestination.TV and Pets.TV. In addition to running these […]

Byron Allen Raises $10B For Tegna Bid, Debt Refinancing

Media entrepreneur Byron Allen has raised $10 billion in preferred equity and debt for his bid for station group Tegna, hoping to prevail over a rival offer from investment firms Apollo Global Management and Standard General LP, people familiar with the matter said. The financing is backed by a consortium of 14 banks and 10 investors, including Ares Management Corp., Fortress Investment Group, Oaktree Capital Management and Michael Milken’s family office, one of the sources said.

Allen Media Promotes Brooke Kahn

Allen Media Group has named Brooke Kahn senior vice president of content distribution, partnerships and programming. Her previous title was vice president of digital sales and partnerships. Kahn initially came to Allen Media Group as director of digital distribution and sales in 2017. In her new position, Kahn will continue to oversee digital sales and licensing of Entertainment Studios’ theatrical releases […]

Byron Allen’s Media Empire Has Everything Riding On An $8B TV Bet

Byron Allen, the 1980s comedian-turned-media-mogul who owns the Weather Channel, is angling to buy a massive chain of TV stations that were formerly owned by the Gannett newspaper giant — and the outcome could make or break his budding business empire, according to some insiders.

Byron Allen Acquires HBCUGo.TV, Streaming Service For Historically Black Colleges

Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group said it acquired HBCUGo.TV, a streaming service serving the 105 historically Black colleges and universities from Symonds-Evans Media. The acquisition bolsters the company’s reach into African-American audiences. Allen Media Group recently launched theGrio.TV as an over-the-air network.

Allen Said To Get More Backing For Tegna Bid

Byron Allen has shored up more investors to back his $23-a-share takeover offer for television broadcaster Tegna Inc., according to people familiar with the matter. The media mogul is seeking $8 billion or more in debt and equity to outbid a consortium that includes private equity giant Apollo Global Management and Standard General, said the people, who asked to not be identified because the matter isn’t public. Allen is discussing raising at least $2 billion in preferred equity from Oaktree Capital Group, Fortress Investment Group, the family office of Michael Milken and Ares Management Corp.

Allen Media Ups Mark Eisner To SVP Of Content Distribution, Partnerships, Programming

Eisner will continue to oversee platform licensing and expansion of acquisitions for Allen Media Group’s OTT, OTA broadcast, television and digital networks.

Allen Media Group Closes WJRT Acquisition From Gray

Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group closed its $70 million cash acquisition of the Flint-Sagniaw, Mich. station from Gray Television on Thursday.

Allen Media Names Langevine Ad Sales VP

Veteran ad sales executive Jocelyn Langevine will represent theGrio, Allen Media Group’s African American-targeted website, television network and free-streaming app, focusing on cross-platform initiatives and brand integration.

Local Now Adds Ski TV To Its Lineup Of Partner Channels

Allen Media Group’s free streaming platform Local Now is expanding its premier free content with the addition of Ski TV, an Alpine lifestyle and ski/snowboard culture content TV channel based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The deal will bring Ski TV’s library of original and licensed programming to the Local Now platform where it will entertain global ski and snow sports […]

Allen Media Launching Weather Channel Plus Streamer

At $4.99 per month, the new subscription service features more than 50 streaming channels for a fourth quarter 2021 launch.

Allen Media Hires Matthew Signer As Production & Content EVP

Allen Media Group today named Matthew Signer executive vice president of production and content. He will focus on development and production of movies, television series, documentaries and other premium content for distribution via the Allen Media Group platforms Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures, the Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures digital distribution unit Freestyle Digital Media, the free streaming service Local Now, as well as external streaming services […]

‘Pac-12 Insider’ Launching On Local Now

Pac-12 Networks is introducing Pac-12 Insider on Local Now, Allen Media Group’s free streaming service. Through Local Now, viewers have 24/7 access to unique content across all genres from local news and sporting events to other premium entertainment channels at zero cost. With this latest partnership, Local Now expands into collegiate sports with Pac-12 content. Pac-12 Insider offers fans free access to select […]

Allen Media Files $10B Racial Discrimination Suit Against McDonald’s

The lawsuit alleges that McDonald’s refusal to contract with Allen’s Entertainment Studios Networks and Weather Group “is the result of racial stereotyping through McDonald’s tiered advertising structure that differentiates on the basis of race.” McDonald’s announces plans to accelerate “the allocation of advertising dollars to diverse-owned media companies, production houses and content creators.”

Local Now Partners With Scripps To Expands Local News

The new arrangement adds 10 Scripps stations to Allen Media Group’s free streaming platform.

Allen Media Group Adds John Buckholtz As Syndiction Ad Sales VP

The veteran ad sales executive to represent Allen Media Group’s Entertainment Studios syndicated broadcast programming.

Black-owned media upfront 2021 unveils partial speaker lineup

Fresh from commitments from major advertisers and an agency holding company to boost their spending on Black-owned media, the Black-Owned Media Upfront announced a partial lineup of speakers today. Presenters will include, clockwise from upper left, Butch Graves, president-CEO, Black Enterprise; Roland Martin, founder, Nu Vision Media; Michele Ghee, CEO, Ebony & Jet; Paula Madison, chairman-CEO, Madison Media Management; Detavio Samuels, CEO, Revolt Media; and Byron Allen, founder, chairman and CEO, Allen Media Group.  Register to attend here and please register again if you initially registered prior to Wednesday, May 5. Start times for this event: Tuesday, May 11: 3 p.m. ET. Wednesday, May 12: Noon ET. 

Black-Owned Media Upfront To Showcase Programming, Promote Economic Inclusion In Advertising Industry

Byron Allen, founder, chairman and CEO of Allen Media Group and The Weather Group, will continue his crusade to win equity and inclusion for Black-owned media in the world of advertising by headlining  the first Black-Owned Media Upfront. The event, set for May 11 and 12 from noon to 2:30 p.m. ET, will turn a spotlight on the programming and audiences of his companies and others involved in the movement. Register here to participate.

Local Now Launches On Verizon Fios TV

Allen Media Group’s streaming platform Local Now is available for all Verizon Fios TV customers with the newest set top-box models. Customers can now watch Local Now on Fios ch. 601 and through the Fios TV “Widgets” menu on Verizon Fios TV One, Fios TV One Mini, VMS1100 and the IPC1100 platforms. Local Now’s Fios […]

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.


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.


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.