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Harmonic 2Q Revenue Declines 25%

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E.W. Scripps 2Q TV Revenue Inches Up 1%

With all categories of advertising down, a 24% increase in retrans revenue keeps things in the positive column. Digital division 2Q revenue was $19.3 million, up 27.2% from a yer ago.

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Spider Stars In TV Reporter’s Live Shot

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DMA 18: ORLANDO, FL

Anchor Vanessa Echols Marks 25 Years At WFTV

HBO Assesses Damage From Cyberattack

The network said in an internal memo that it did not believe its email system was compromised. The scope of the stolen materials, which include show episodes, is unknown.

YouTube Winning Over Top Advertisers Again

Four months after more than 250 brands pulled their advertising from YouTube because ads were appearing next to extremist content, the site’s top-spending marketers are running video ads again, according to new research from ad-sales software firm MediaRadar.

Hasbro Ends Talks To Buy Lionsgate

Hasbro Inc, the maker of games ranging from Monopoly to foam Nerf balls, has ended talks to acquire U.S. movie studio and entertainment company Lionsgate Entertainment, people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. The deal would have given Hasbro a direct pipeline into Hollywood with more movies and TV shows tied to its toy brands.

Univision’s Ad Chief Revamps Executive Team

More changes afoot today in Univision Communications’ ad sales operation following last week’s appointment of Steve Mandala as president of advertising sales and marketing.

Starz Criticizes Proposed AT&T-TW Merger

Starz, the pay-cable service that is part of Lionsgate Entertainment, released a report suggesting AT&T might push customers to HBO over competitors like Starz. AT&T dismissed the claims. “This conclusion doesn’t square with the facts,” the telecommunications company said in a statement.

Why NFL Will Air Fewer Ad Breaks This Fall

The number of commercial breaks during NFL games has often bothered viewers — and not just those sprinting to the bathroom or kitchen. The solution is to decrease the number of breaks to four per quarter, down from the previous 5-6-5-5 pattern, which often forced networks to squeeze more than a half-dozen breaks into a 15-minute playing period. The league and its broadcast partners — CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN — all insist that the move has nothing to do with the NFL’s 9 percent drop in ratings in 2016.

Fox Could Move Sinclair Affils To Ion Stations

21st Century Fox is in talks to operate television stations across the U.S. with Ion Media Networks, potentially paving the way for Fox to dump Sinclair Broadcast Group as an affiliate partner, a person familiar with the situation said. Closely held Ion would contribute its more than 60 independent stations to the joint venture, while Fox would throw in its 28 stations, which include top markets such as New York and Los Angeles. As part of the deal, Fox would consider switching its affiliation to Ion from Sinclair for 26 stations that are up for renewal this year, said the person, who asked not to be identified.

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Entravision 2Q TV Revenue Slips 4%

A bright spot for the company’s overall results is its digital revenue, which was boosted by the 2Q acquisition of Headway, a provider of mobile, programmatic, data and performance digital marketing solutions primarily in the United States, Mexico and other markets in Latin America.

Vicky Free Named Disney/ABC Marketing SVP

She has marketing responsibilities for both studio and television content distributed by The Walt Disney Studios and The Disney/ABC Television Group.

 

CLOSING BELL

Dow Rises 52, Nasdaq Ends The Day Flat

Apple drove the Dow above 22,000 on Wednesday. Much of the rest of the market was mixed, however, and most of the companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange fell. 

DMA 89: CHATTANOOGA, TN

WTCI To Launch Monthly Screening At Theater

League Execs Ponder Morphing Media Future

What happens if the cable TV universe keeps shrinking and digital TV companies decide that they don’t need to invest in sports content? That’s a realistic scenario that threatens the huge amount of media rights fees that has made all sports much richer over the past decade. That’s not to suggest that there’s a media rights bubble that’s about to burst. But it could mean that the huge annual increases that the bigger leagues have enjoyed will flatten.

DMA 26: BALTIMORE

Jay Newman To Retire As WJZ-TV GM

He will step down from the CBS’s Baltimore O&O in September after 34 years with CBS and 44 in broadcasting.

Insiders Fear HBO Hack Includes Emails

The company is reeling from a sophisticated cyberattack that potentially compromised seven times the amount of data stolen in the Sony hack as the FBI investigates potential culprits.

EARNINGS CALL

Tough Comps Sink Sinclair 3Q Outlook

The quarter is likely to suffer from a lack of Olympics and lower tech school ad money, but a bright spot is some early political spending and upward trending automotive.

 

Doug Pfaff Joins Katz Television Group

The rep firm says his new position as executive vice president of business development and partnerships highlights its commitment to “develop new business and drive revenue for all Katz partners.”

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Sinclair 2Q Media Revenue Grows 4%

The increase to $631.8 million is helped by a 40% rise in digital revenue. The company’s total revenue grew 2% to $679 million.

DMA 53: BUFFALO, NY

WGRZ’s Erica Brecher Sidelined By Softball Injury

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WTTG’s News Finishes First In July

Time Shifting Boosts CBS Primetime By 53%

Gleaning data from Nielsen’s evolving Total Content Ratings, CBS touts strong time-shifted viewing from traditional TV platforms for the recently completed 2016-17 season.

DMA 71

KVOA Tucson Names Alyx Dote Weekend Anchor

Cordillera Communications-owned NBC affiliate KVOA Tucson, Ariz. (DMA 71, has promoted Alyx Dote to weekend news anchor. She will co-anchor News 4 Tucson weekend newscasts at 5:30 and 10 p.m. with Nick VinZant. Before joining KVOA in June 2016 as a reporter/multimedia journalist, Dote reported for KRCR Chico, Calif. She graduated from San Diego State […]

DMA 66: WICHITA, KS

Estrella TV Adds KCTU Wichita As Newest Affiliate

Spanish-language broadcaster LBI Media said today that its Estrella TV Network has added a new affiliate in Wichita, Kan. Estrella TV has signed an affiliate agreement with KCTU-LD owned by River City Broadcasters, which will air the network on ch. 43 as early as this week. KCTU becomes Estrella’s its 48th affiliate. “Adding KCTU as a […]

Detroit 3, Nissan, Honda Sales Fall

General Motors, Ford, FCA, Nissan and Honda posted U.S. sales declines for July in what is shaping up to be one of the rougher months so far in a down year. Most of the results so far indicate July is shaping up to be a worse month than analysts had forecast. One exception: Toyota Motor Corp., which tallied a 3% gain.

Google Said Offering New YouTube Deal

YouTube, on an aggressive push to expand its footprint in online video, is said to be offering publishers more control over their own ad inventory in order to win their business. The site is offering major publishers who choose its backend video player the ability to control ad sales both on their sites and on YouTube, according to people familiar with the new offering. Additionally, YouTube is offering the player and its services for free, they said.

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Tegna Facing Stiff 3Q Olympian Headwinds

In addition to political shortfalls typical of an odd-numbered year, Tegna will come up short because its many NBC affiliates will not be able to match revenue they garnered in last year’s 3Q when they aired the Olympic Summer Games. Auto advertising also remains problematic. Looking forward, CEO Dave Lougee said that if the FCC eases the ownership limits, Tegna will have ample headroom to expand and could also add to its portfolio in markets where it already has a presence.

Fox To Test 6-Second Ads In ‘Teen Choice’

Blink, and you’ll miss them: Fox intends to pepper its coming broadcast of Teen Choice 2017 with six-second commercials for Duracell batteries and Snickers and Twix candy bars. In a move that seeks to take a commercial format used frequently by YouTube and determine if it’s ready for primetime TV, the 21st Century Fox-owned broadcast network said it will run shorter commercial breaks during the Aug. 13 event that will also include promos for Fox shows that are just six seconds in length.