DMA 10: ATLANTA

WSB Swaps ‘The Doctors’ And ‘Right This Minute’

DMA 58

Former Tulsa Meteorologist Now On KTUL

DMA 182: JONESBORO, AR

Kelley Easby-Smith Is New KJNB GM

The CBS/Fox affiliate in Arkansas promotes her from regional sales director and acting GM.

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CLOSING BELL

Dow Finishes Up 56, Nasdaq Gains 60

U.S. stocks jumped Thursday after the Commerce Department released a report showing stronger consumer spending in July, growing at its fastest pace in three months.

RETRANS

Raycom Extends DirecTV Agreement

The broadcaster says it wants to ensure continued storm coverage and relief efforts so has moved the deadline for a new retrans deal with the satellite provider through Tuesday, Sept. 5.

DMA 66: WICHITA-HUTCHINSON, KS

KSNW Names Jeff Herndon Asst. News Director

Nexstar’s NBC affiliate KSNW Wichita, Kan. (DMA 66), today named Jeff Herndon assistant news director of the station’s broadcast and digital operations. His appointment is effective mid-September and he will report to Rachel Schrag Sommerfeld, the station’s news director. In addition, beginning September 25, 2017, Herndon will serve as the weekday early-evening news anchor for the […]

DMA 181: BOWLING GREEN, KY

WKYU Puts Suspended Students Behind Cameras

DMA 15: MINNEAPOLIS

KMSP To Debut ‘Fox 9 News At 11 A.M.’

Fox-owned KMSP Minneapolis (DMA 15) will debut a weekday 11 a.m. newscast, Fox 9 News at 11, on Sept. 12. The hour-long newscast will follow the station’s pop culture and entertainment program, The Jason Show. With this expansion, the station produces 62 hours of live, local news each week, the most of any station in the […]

NFL: Lower Ratings, But Pricier TV Spots

Nielsen says last year’s regular-season NFL games declined 9% in viewership to an average 17.1 million viewers. This occurred as national TV advertising revenues have climbed — to $4.2 billion in the NFL regular-season games, up from $3.8 billion in 2015.

DMA 18: ORLANDO

Cox Adds Orlando Radio To Paul Curran’s Portfolio

Cox Media Group today named Paul Curran market vice president for Orlando, Fla. (DMA 18), effective immediately. In this new role, in addition to his previous position overseeing WFTV-TV (ABC) and WRDQ-TV, he will now also be in charge of WBDO-FM, WWKA-FM, WMMO-FM, WCFB-FM, WPYO-FM, 107.3 Solo Exitos, ESPN Orlando, CMG Local Solutions and Cox […]

DMA 10: ATLANTA

WGCL, WUVG Form News Sharing Partnership

The CBS and Univision outlets in Atlanta will work together on regional and national news.

Six-Second Ads Coming To Fox Sports

A limited number of six-second spots will air during Fox Sports’ NFL and MLB coverage on Fox as well as college football and MLS on FS1. The spots will also appear during America’s Game of the Week on Sept. 10.

 

DMA 29: NASHVILLE

WCTE Orders New Comark Transmitter

PBS member station WCTE Nashville (DMA 29) has ordered a Comark Parallax transmitter from Hitachi Kokusai Electric Comark. The new DTV transmitter, which will be delivered in early September, will be equipped with eight broadband power amplifiers providing 13 kW transmitter power output (TPO) level. It will be delivered complete with dual Exact-V2 exciters (in […]

DMAS 27 & 32

Dispatch Stations Both On YouTube TV

WTHR Indianapolis and WBNS Columbus, Ohio, are now carried on the local live-streaming subscription TV service.

 

MARKET SHARE

More TV Stations Helping Victims Of Harvey

DMA 26:

WMAR Adds ‘Next Steps With Pat Pattison’

Career and transition coach and entertainment marketing executive Pat Pattison has teamed up with TV Guestpert productions to create a series of 90-second news segments called Next Steps with Pat Pattison. The segments are available nationally in syndication. One of the first stations to clear Next Steps is Scripps-owned ABC affiliate WMAR Baltimore for its […]

KTVI Shuffles Evening Anchor Assignments

Miramax Lays Off 20 Staffers In Restructuring

Miramax, the onetime indie film powerhouse founded by the Weinstein brothers, has laid off 20 employees in a second round of downsizing this year under a new chief executive. The Santa Monica film and television company cut executives in the sales and finance departments, as well as workers in support roles, according to a person with knowledge of the matter who was not authorized to comment publicly.

RETRANS

DirecTV Vs. Raycom: Today Is D-Day

DirecTV could lose more than 40 stations tonight due to a retrans dispute with their owner, Raycom. The current carriage pact between the companies expires at tonight at 11:59 ET and Raycom has turned the heat up with a sharply critical notice posted yesterday at its stations’ websites.

ABC TV Group Eyes Cuts, Restructuring

The company, led by Ben Sherwood, is aiming to reduce costs by 10 percent by the end of the fiscal year. The cutbacks could mean staff reductions and restructuring. However, a source says there is no specific headcount as plans for the possible cutbacks are still in the early planning stages. The group includes broadcast network ABC, as well as cable channels ESPN, Freeform, Disney Channel and Disney XD.

DMA 20: SACRAMENTO, CA

KCRA News To Simulcast On Estrella Subchannel

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 5, Hearst-owned NBC affiliate KCRA Sacramento, Calif. (DMA 20), will simulcast its 5 p.m. newscast on its Estrella TV Sacramento that airs on ch. 58.3. “We are excited to bring our award-winning newscasts to our Estrella viewers,” said Lori Waldon, KCRA news director. “We appreciate this opportunity to serve a very important audience.” […]

CLOSING BELL

Dow Picks Up 27, Nasdaq Gains 66

Stocks were wobbly at the outset Wednesday, but investors’ concerns about tensions between the U.S. and North Korea appeared to ease and stocks moved higher as the day wore on. 

Sinclair Renews Five Fox Affiliations

The new contracts cover stations in South Carolina, Texas, Nevada, Georgia and Indiana.

DMA 3: CHICAGO

WFLD Ups Corey McPherrin To Evening Anchor

Fox-owned WFLD Chicago (DMA 3) today promoted Corey McPherrin to anchor of the 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. newscasts alongside Dawn Hasbrouck. Scott Schneider will move from weekends to replace McPherrin as anchor on Good Day Chicago. Prior to his stint on Good Day Chicago, McPherrin had anchored the station’s noon newscast. Before that, he […]

DMA 33

KSHB Kansas City Sued Over News Report

Google Updates AdWords Ad Rotation

The idea is to simplify ad rotation into two settings. With the change, two options become available in September — Optimize, which prioritizes the best-performing ads; and Rotate Indefinitely, which gives ads equal preference. The Optimize setting will optimize ads for clicks in each individual auction using signals such as keyword, search term, device, and location.

Second Street Buys Presslaff Interactive Revenue

Second Street announced today the acquisition of Presslaff Interactive Revenue (PIR), a data-driven email marketing software and consulting business focused on the collection and use of first-party data for the media industry. Second Street is a provider of private-label online audience engagement and interactive content platforms for media companies including contesting, quizzes, ballots, polls and […]

Viacom Sees Stability But Stock Struggles

It has been one year since Shari Redstone, daughter of Sumner Redstone, prevailed in an epic battle for control of her father’s business empire. Since then, she has made some decisive moves, promoting Bob Bakish to CEO and bringing in Jim Gianopulos to revitalize her father’s beloved Paramount Pictures. But the stock price has not responded, and in fact has plunged another 30% since CEO Philippe Dauman’s departure on Aug. 20. As of Aug. 25, Viacom was trading below $30.

MARKET SHARE

Local TV Steps Up To Help Harvey Victims

TV stations and their owners are at the forefront of helping raise funds for organizations aiding victims of the flooding  left in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

DirecTV On Raycom, Dispatch Retrans Clock

The satellite provider is up against a 11:59 P.M. deadline today with Raycom and is also facing losing two Dispatch Broadcast Group stations on Friday.