Facebook is changing its news feed preferences to show more posts from family and friends. “News is going to be kind of buried at the bottom,” says Larry Watzman, creative services and marketing director at WBNS, the Dispatch-owned CBS affiliate in Columbus, Ohio. “We need to do something.” What WBNS did was create a promo that walked Facebook users through the process of changing their setting.
Dispatch Broadcast Group’s WTHR Indianapolis (NBC) and WBNS Columbus, Ohio (CBS) are now off of DirecTV and AT&T U-verse. In a statement, Dispatch said that it “has completed numerous retransmission agreements in the past 12 months at fair market rates without any service interruption. Unfortunately, after offering an extension last Friday to hopefully reach a fair market deal, the deadline to reach a fair agreement with DirecTV and AT&T U-verse has passed, resulting in the interruption of service …. We will continue to work towards a fair agreement with DirecTV and AT&T U-verse and hope to resolve this situation as soon as possible.”
WTHR Indianapolis and WBNS Columbus, Ohio, are now carried on the local live-streaming subscription TV service.
NBC’s O&O WRC Washington is searching for a senior manager engineering & IT. WPEC (CBS) in West Palm Beach, Fla., needs a director of engineering. Dispatch Broadcasting is looking for a director of engineering for its CBS affiliate WBNS Columbus, Ohio. To see all job openings, visit our Media Job Center here.
WTHR Indianapolis and WBNS Columbus, Ohio, are the station group’s latest to add the local ratings service.
Dispatch Broadcast Group-owned CBS affil WBNS leads the Columbus, Ohio, market in both social media actions and fans/followers, according to Shareablee data. The station says that lead is fueled by asking the right call-to-action questions, though it doesn’t hurt to have a wildly popular, Facebook-loving meteorologist in pocket, either.