ESPN Wants To Team Michaels With Manning

Thinking large and outside the box, ESPN plans to attempt to acquire Al Michaels from NBC Sports for Monday Night Football. ESPN would like to team Michaels with Peyton Manning in its dream booth, according to sources.

Syfy’s ‘The Magicians’ To End After Current Season 5

Nexstar, Charter Create WWLP Local News Deal

A special news feed for Charter subscribers in Berkshire County, Mass., will be launched in the next 30 to 60 days and includes a dedicated journalist to provide regular coverage of issues affecting the various communities.

FCC Grants WRNN’s Market Mod Petition

The FCC has granted the market modification petition of WRNN New Rochelle, N.Y. The FCC’s Media Bureau said Monday that WRNN’s market now includes all of the New York DMA, which means the Altice cable system serving Suffolk (N.Y.), Essex (N.J.), Hudson (N.J.), Monmouth (N.J.), Ocean (N.J.), and Union (N.J.) counties must carry the station.

Chipper Jones Joins ESPN As Baseball Analyst

Barbara Bekkedahl Named Weather Ch. President Of Ad Sales

Entertainment Studios has appointed Barbara Bekkedahl president of advertising sales for The Weather Group media portfolio. Bekkedahl has been with Weather Group since 2016. Entertainment Studios purchased The Weather Group/The Weather Channel in March 2018. Bekkedahl will oversee all advertising sales, advertising solutions, and advertising partnerships for The Weather Group media portfolio. Bekkedahl will work collaboratively with President of Advertising Sales for Entertainment Studios […]

Layoffs Hit Pop TV After Move To ViacomCBS

Hannah Storm Re-Ups With ESPN

How HGTV Maintains Its Grip On Comfort TV

For the network that began its life in 1994 as a safe place to land for those seeking soothing infotainment, Design Star, which debuted in 2006, was a tentative first step to introduce reality programming. Today, as part of the Discovery Inc. family, the channel is practically a star factory, minting talent as well-known for their distinctive flair — and personal dramas — as for the help they can proffer in design and renovation.

Scripted Shows Getting Scarce On Basic Cable

As streaming platforms become the priority for dramas and comedies, traditional networks are relying on more cost-effective unscripted series like Discovery’s 90 Day Fiancé to fill out their schedules.

Lifetime Taps Amy Winter To Head Programming

Amy Winter, formerly of UPtv, has been tapped as executive vp, head of programming at Lifetime and sibling LMN. In the new role, she will oversee development, creation and execution of all programming, including movies, scripted and unscripted content. Winter is set to begin in March and will report directly to Rob Sharenow, A+E Networks programming president.

How TV Networks Are Fighting Streamers

It’s been a brutal few years for broadcast and cable networks. Many are seeing annual double-digit ratings declines as audiences increasingly turn their back on live linear viewing and flock to streaming services. From more events to “urgent” shows, here’s how broadcast and cable channels have shifted linear strategies.

AMC Nets Set Dish/Sling TV Distribution Deal

AMC Networks today announced a comprehensive, long-term distribution agreement with Dish Network and Sling TV that includes continued carriage of AMC Networks’ linear channels AMC, BBC America, IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv and BBC World News, as well as the launch in the coming months of AMC Networks’ targeted SVOD services Acorn TV, Shudder, Sundance Now and Urban Movie Channel; AMC Networks’ ad-free offering AMC Premiere; and its IFC Films Unlimited streaming service.

Thomas Criticizes His Past Opinion On Cable

In the case, known as Brand X, the court sided with the Federal Communications Commission’s decision not to regulate broadband cable providers, rejecting a federal appeals court ruling that would have required regulation. “Although I authored Brand X, ‘it is never too late to surrender former views to a better considered position,’ ” Thomas wrote, borrowing language from Justice Robert Jackson in 1950. Thomas wrote a dissenting opinion Monday when the court declined to take on a case asking it to overrule the Brand X decision.

Scott Lewers Tapped To Head Science Channel

Colbert Next-Day Repeats To Air On Pop TV

ViacomCBS’s Pop TV basic cable network will carry exclusive next-day encores of CBS’s The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, the most watched program in latenight. Starting next Tuesday, Feb, 25, the previous night’s episode of The Late Show will air on Pop at 9 a.m. ET/PT.

Altice Buying Service Electric New Jersey Systems For $150M

FCC Clarifies Franchise Fee Dereg

Effectively immediately, the FCC has excised two sentences from its order denying a request for stay of its cable franchise fee deregulation decision, sentences it agrees with cable operators could be misconstrued to allow local franchising authorities to “enforce unlawful franchise provisions unless and until a cable operator has proven to a court that they are unlawful.”

ESPN Analyst Barry Booker Ripped For Calling Gymnasts ‘Scantily Clad Girls’

Comcast Removes Starz From Program Packages

Tyler Perry’s ‘If Loving You Is Wrong’ To End After 5 Seasons On OWN

‘Ray Donovan’ Canceled At Showtime

TNT, TBS To Boost Unscripted Volume

The march to the launch of HBO Max in May is driving changes across WarnerMedia. John Stankey, AT&T chief operating officer and WarnerMedia chairman, told investors on Wednesday that cable powerhouses TNT and TBS will lean into more unscripted programming as WarnerMedia steers its investment in high-end scripted programming to the nascent subscription streaming platform.

Terry Bradshaw And Family Star In New Series On E!

Starz Programming Head Carmi Zlotnik Leaving

Maine To Challenge Judge’s Decision Delaying New A La Carte Cable Law

As Cable Companies Lose Customers, Missouri Lawmakers Consider Giving Them A Tax Break

ACA Connects Lines Up A-List Speakers

CMT Commits To Giving Women Equal Time

Kansas Cable Provider Ends TV Service To Focus On Streaming

Hallmark Media CEO Leaves After Ad Backlash

Bill Abbott is leaving a month after the Hallmark Channel faced an outcry over a decision to pull an ad with a lesbian couple kissing. No reason was given for his departure, and no replacement was immediately named.

Amy Doyle Leaving As GM Of MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo

‘Better Call Saul’ Gets Renewed For 6th And Final Season

‘Tosh.0’ Gets 4-Season Renewal At Comedy Central

‘One Day At A Time’ Gets Season 4 Premiere Date At Pop TV

Showtime Renews ‘Shameless’ For 11th And Final Season

‘Straight Up Steve Austin’ Renewed For Season 2 By USA Network

OWN Adds Robyn Lattaker-Johnson To Head Unscripted

FX Renews ‘American Horror Story’ Through Season 13

Verizon To Drop Cable Bundles

Verizon Communications is eliminating traditional cable bundles and the handcuffs that often came with them, making it easier for households to switch video packages in the hopes they won’t cut the cord entirely. It will allow Fios customers to select their home internet speeds and television packages separately, at preset rates. Rather than locking customers into one- or two-year contracts, customers will be able to change either service monthly, if they wish.