AT&T-TW Merger In ‘Advanced Stage’ At DOJ

The Wall Street Journal reports that the government review of AT&T Inc.’s $85 billion takeover of Time Warner Inc. has reached an advanced stage, people close to the situation said, a significant milestone in a deal that was closely watched for signs of how the Trump administration would view large mergers. WSJ subscribers can read the full story here.

GroupM Sets Worldwide Viewability Standards

WPP’s GroupM today announced it is imposing its viewability standards globally and strengthening them for social and mobile newsfeed environments. It’s also undertaking a research to study the performance of social and newsfeed video.

DMA 8: HOUSTON

KRIV Adds Traffic Reporter, Lifestyle Correspondent

CoCo Dominguez has been named traffic reporter and lifestyle correspondent at Fox-owned KRIV Houston (DMA 8). Effective Monday, Aug. 21, Dominguez will serve as the traffic reporter for the Fox 26 News at 5 p.m. and contribute entertainment and lifestyle pieces for the Bayou City Buzz, a segment that appears during The News Edge at […]

BRAND CONNECTIONS

YouTube TV To Carry All Sinclair Big 4 Affils

Under a comprehensive contract, the streaming service will carry Sinclair’s ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates within their markets. The deal also includes carriage of the Tennis Channel and possibly later CW and MNT affiliates and the Comet TV diginet. Terms were not disclosed.

DMA 64

WDTN Dayton To Roll Out 4 P.M. Newscast

Nexstar-owned NBC affiliate WDTN Dayton, Ohio (DMA 64) is expanding its weekday local programming with the launch of 2 News First at 4, what it calls “the Miami Valley’s first and only 4 p.m. local newscast,” beginning Monday, Sept. 11. The hour-long program will kick-off the station’s evening news block, airing Monday through Friday  at 4 p.m. […]

Andrew Alford New Nexstar Regional Manager

The executive with more than 30 years of broadcast experience promoted to oversee Nexstar’s Southeast television and digital media operations.

Steve Wasserman To Retire From Scripps

He will end a 45-year broadcasting career on Jan. 1, 2018. Since 2012, he has been divisional GM.

Tegna To Debut Singing Competition In Sept.

Sing Like a Star will air in 33 Tegna markets and be hosted by Arthel Neville. It will be produced out of WWL New Orleans and premieres Sept. 16.

MARKET SHARE | DMA 49: LOUISVILLE, KY

WAVE ‘Feel Good’ Facebook Video Is Just That

MARKET SHARE

Thousands Of Animals To Escape Shelters Saturday

DMA 10: ATLANTA

Paul Ossmann Named WGCL Chief Meteorologist

Snap Executives Sell $9M Worth Of Stock

Three of Snap Inc.’s top executives sold their first batch of company shares, picking up an estimated $9.3 million, according to federal disclosures. Employees at the Snapchat maker became free Monday to sell shares awarded through options or other compensation plans.

Simons Is Trump’s Pick For FTC Chairman

Antitrust lawyer Joseph Simons is President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Federal Trade Commission, according to three people familiar with the decision. Simons is co-chairman of the antitrust group at the law firm Paul Weiss and served as director of the FTC’s competition bureau during the George W. Bush administration.

DMA 11: TAMPA, FL

WTSP, Tegna Sued For Sex Discrimination

Theresa Collington, the former digital director for WTSP, the CBS affiliate in Tampa, Fla., is suing the station and its parent company, Tegna, for sex discrimination. Her complaint alleges Tegna discriminated against her in her compensation and when she was ultimately terminated for violations of the company’s social media policy that male employees violated regularly with impunity.

DMA 52: PROVIDENCE, RI

Dish Offers Free Antennas In Retrans Dispute

Dish said Wednesday it could lose the signal for ABC affiliate WLNE Providence, R.I., due to a dispute with its owner, Citadel Communications, over carriage fees.

Why Network TV Isn’t Worth It For Producers

For networks and their affiliated studios, finding a way to hold on to top-tier talent used to be a relatively simple proposition. Big producer threatening to jump to another company? Back up a Brinks truck. And if money alone wasn’t the only concern, offer the talent more “creative freedom.” As important as both those factors remain in talent negotiations, Shonda Rhimes’s just-announced decision to sign with Netflix and leave ABC/Disney points to a bleak new reality for old-school broadcasters trying to hold on to big names.

ANA Endorses TrustX Programmatic Initiative

In an important endorsement of the TrustX initiative launched earlier this year by digital publishing trade group Digital Content Next, the Association of National Advertisers is throwing its full weight behind the program to help facilitate trust and transparency in programmatic media buying.

CLOSING BELL

Dow Adds 26, Nasdaq Gains 12

Stocks made bigger gains early in the day Wednesday, but they slipped after a group of CEOs, including the heads of 3M and Campbell Soup, said they were leaving a manufacturing jobs group over comments about made by President Donald Trump about the racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia this past weekend.

DMA 13

Reporter Hilary Golston Joins WJBK Detroit

Reporter Hilary Golston will join Fox-owned WJBK Detroit (DMA 13) on Sept. 5. Most recently, Golston was a reporter, anchor and multimedia journalist for WKYC Cleveland. Previously, she was a weekend evening anchor at WVTM Birmingham, Ala. Golston began her career as a nightside reporter for WFRV Green Bay, Wis. A graduate of George Washington University, […]

DMA 90: CEDAR RAPIDS-WATERLOO-IOWA CITY-DUBUQUE, IA

Trial Date Set For KWWL Reporter

WATERLOO (AP) — A judge has scheduled trial for a television reporter accused of violating an order not to take courtroom video of “The Bachelor” star Chris Soules. Prosecutors are pursuing contempt of court proceedings against KWWL reporter Elizabeth Amanieh. Judge Fae Hoover Grinde set a bench trial for Sept. 28 in Independence. If convicted, […]

Former WWL Station Manager Moe Buillerman Dies

Bold New Strategies From Media Titans

The traditional TV ecosystem of cable and satellite providers offering huge bundles of channels has been slow to respond to the shifts in consumer behavior toward on-demand, commercial-free streaming access to programming across any device. But now the largest programmers and forward-looking MVPDs, like Comcast and DirecTV, are taking baby steps. It’s a tricky line for Disney and its cohorts to walk, because MVPD affiliate fees are still the biggest profit engines for the largest media conglomerates.

Madison Ave.: NFL Viewing To Drop Again

With just a few weeks to go before the kickoff of football season, advertisers may be questioning whether primetime NFL games can still score as many marketing touchdowns as it has in the past. A Variety survey of commercial-ratings projections for the 2017-18 broadcast-network TV season finds that ad buyers believe fewer people than last season will watch commercials during such primetime stalwarts as NBC’s Sunday Night Football and the Thursday Night Football broadcasts on both NBC and CBS.

The Top 10 Burning Issues In Digital

A new study charts trends affecting media buyers and sellers. It’s available from ComScore as a complimentary download.

Tegna, Weather Ch. Join On Eclipse Coverage

As part of the collaboration with The Weather Channel for its “Chasing Eclipse 2017” live stream, special coverage from Tegna’s six solar eclipse communities will be featured on weather.com, on The Weather Channel app and across social media. The station group will also partner with Facebook for the #EclipseLive Facebook Live stream.

Four Big Trends Affecting The Media Industry

The second-quarter earnings season of 2017 has wound down for media companies and broadcasters. Here’s a roundup of the developments that highlighted the reports: OTT, retrans, subscriber losses and ad revenues under pressure.

MARKET SHARE | DMA 18: ORLANDO, FL

WESH’s 2017 News Ratings: ‘Impressive’

DMA 31: SAN ANTONIO, TX

KENS Anchor Jenny Suniga Leaving

CNN Won’t Air Trump Ad That Attacks Media

President Donald Trump’s contentious relationship with CNN took another turn Tuesday when the network refused to air a new campaign ad unless changes are made. The ad, entitled “Let President Trump do his job,” accuses the media of “attacking” the president as a collage of TV news personalities, including CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon, appears on the screen.

Michael Nathanson To Open TV2020

The senior research analyst at MoffettNathanson will be the opening speaker at a daylong conference about emerging and future revenue streams for the broadcasting industry.