NATPE 2019

Tamron Hall Talker Top 70%, Adds Geddie As EP

In addition to the previously announced ABC Owned Television Stations Group and Hearst Television stations, the show has been licensed to stations from broadcast groups for fall, including Cox, Sinclair, Scripps, Meredith, Tribune, Gray and Nexstar.

Fox, Disney Shareholders OK $71B Merger

The perfunctory votes happened at seperate meetings this morning in New York. In December, Disney offered $52.4 billion for Fox’s film and television studios and other non-broadcast businesses. After Comcast made a rival bid of $65 billion, Disney raised its offer to $71 billion in cash and stock — a price Comcast declined to beat.

Counting Heads At The Big Four Media Cos.

After sifting through their annual reports for the past several years, Fierce Cable found that the headcount at Disney and Comcast has been steadily rising since 2012, while that of 21st Century Fox and CBS has been flat.

Disney ABC EVP Sardo To Retire In 2017

Sal Sardo, Disney ABC’s executive vice president of distribution marketing, will retire from the company March 1, 2017. Sardo, who currently leads in-home creative and digital marketing, as well as in-home creative content, as well as television distribution marketing for Disney ABC, has spent 31 years with The Walt Disney Co.