Matt Moran Upped To Senior Managing VP At Gray Television

The station group’s GM of its Cleveland tripoly will now oversee several stations in Midwest markets.

Will Diamond Sports Willingly Give Up San Diego Padres TV Rights?

Diamond Sports, the owner of the 19 Bally Sports regional sports networks, next week could forego its broadcast rights to the San Diego Padres by failing to deliver its regular rights payment to the team. A Texas bankruptcy court judge has set a May 31 hearing to rule on Diamond’s motion to reduce its payments to the teams.

Paramount Shake-Up: Showtime Research Guru Kim Lemon Out, Laurel Weir Upped

The game of musical chairs continues at Paramount. On Tuesday, the company’s fast-rising TV boss Chris McCarthy and its chief research officer, Colleen Fahey Rush, announced via internal memo that Kim Lemon, Showtime’s EVP of data strategy, research, scheduling and programming, would be exiting. In what it likely no surprise to those within, Lemon is being replaced by a longtime Viacom-turned-Paramount executive, Laurel Weir.


Station Trading Roundup: 1 Deal, $75,000,000

The purchase of WADL Detroit by Mission Broadcasting tops the latest list of TV station transactions submitted to the FCC for its approval, according to BIA Advisory Services.

Gray Television Expands Roles Of Matt Jaquint And Mike King

Gray Television on Tuesday promoted Matt Jaquint to chief revenue officer and Mike King to chief marketing officer.

In his new role, Matt Jaquint will be responsible for developing advertising sales strategies and best practices across all platforms. He will lead new business development initiatives and sales training programs.

In his new role, Mike King will oversee marketing and brand strategy for company-wide and multi-market station initiatives. He will lead Gray’s design and marketing groups as well as our recruiting team.

For the past several years, Jaquint and King have overseen groups of local markets in their roles as regional vice presidents, senior vice presidents, and currently, senior managing vice presidents. Both leaders will continue oversight of groups of Gray’s television stations and digital properties.

Gray’s Chief Operating Officer Sandy Breland said: “Matt and Mike have proven records of success. The company will benefit from their expanded roles as we leverage their areas of expertise to help guide our local teams to greater success serving local audiences and businesses.”


Dow Drops 231, Nasdaq Loses 161, S&P Falls 47

Wall Street slid Tuesday as debt worries worsened. The S&P 500 fell 1.1%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 0.7%, while the Nasdaq composite lost 1.3%.

WAPT Jackson Names Brett Schutt General Sales Manager

He brings three decades sales experience to the Hearst ABC affiliate in Mississippi’s capital city.

Amazon Prime Video’s Josh McIvor Shifts To MGM+ Global General Manager Role

Josh McIvor has been promoted to global general manager of MGM+, the Amazon-owned streamer that relaunched in January after previously being known as Epix. As global general manager, he will report to Chris Brearton, vice president of Prime Video Studios corporate strategy.

Netflix Launches Paid Sharing In U.S., Will Start Blocking Users With Unauthorized Passwords

The streamer intros an “extra member” option priced at $7.99/month for adding access to people outside the account holder’s household.


CPB Names Faisal Khan Executive Director, Next Generation Warning System

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting has appointed Faisal Khan executive director of the Next Generation Warning System (NGWS), effective immediately. He will lead CPB’s work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency in implementing the NGWS grant program to create a more resilient and secure public alerting system through the U.S. public media system. “Faisal is […]

Long-Time Ad Industry Researcher, Editor Bill Cook, Dead At 80

Paramount+ Reveals Price Hike While Adding Showtime

Entravision Acquires Global Mobile App Marketing Solutions Company BCNMonetize

The Spanish-language media company says the acquisition will strengthen Entravision’s service offerings in Europe and the Middle East, while adding a team of e-commerce, entertainment and gaming industry specialists.

Tegna Scraps $8.6 Billion Standard General Deal

Television station operator Tegna Inc. said on Monday it has terminated its merger agreement with hedge fund Standard General after several regulatory hurdles. Tegna last year agreed to be taken private by Standard General in a deal valued at $8.6 billion, including debt. At the time, the acquisition was expected to close in the second half of 2022. However, the deal attracted criticism from some members of Congress on concerns of potentially higher TV prices for consumers and job losses. Then, in February, the FCC decided to hold a hearing on the hedge fund’s bid in a step that has historically led deals to collapse.


Dow Falls 140, Nasdaq Rises 63, S&P Finishes Flat

Stocks were mixed Monday as Wall Street waits to hear on Washington efforts to avoid defaulting on debt.

Disney’s ABC, ESPN Weakness Adds Pressure To Make Streaming Profitable

Earnings from traditional TV have fallen sharply after helping to offset Disney+ losses in recent years.

NAB Leadership Foundation Kicks off Inaugural Emerson Coleman Fellowship

The National Association of Broadcasters Leadership Foundation’s (NABLF) inaugural Emerson Coleman Fellowship class met for the first time in-person at Hearst Tower in New York City last week. During the opening session, program participants had the opportunity to participate in TV upfronts, hear from industry executives and attend a live taping of the Tamron Hall show. Through […]

Tensions Flare Inside The Messenger, A Fledgling News Site

The company’s high-volume approach to digital publishing has led to duplicated stories and alienated some of its journalists. At least one editor has already resigned.

NBCUniversal’s New Leader, A Hollywood Outsider, Steps Into The Spotlight

Mike Cavanagh, a veteran of the financial crisis, has just been given a leading part in the unending drama of Hollywood.

Sandy Breland Named Gray’s Chief Operating Officer

The veteran station group journalist and executive is tapped to succeed Bob Smith. Executive Chairman Hilton Howell said: “She is the natural choice to lead Gray’s unique portfolio of leading television stations.”

Hallmark’s Holly Henderson To Receive WICT ‘Catalyst Award’

TV Writer David Simon Says Industry Is Going To “Infantilize Itself” If AI Is The Future For Scripts

Telly Says 100,000 People Signed Up For Free TV Sets

Telly, which said it plans to provide 500,000 of its dual-screen TV sets to people for free, said that more than 100,000 signed up on its website in the first 36 hours. The company plans to give away the devices — worth $1,000 each, according to Telly — in order to make money by selling  data about viewers and selling advanced targeted advertising. Pictured: Telly’s dual-screen set with an ad from Kia.

DeSantis Asks That Judge Be Disqualified From Disney’s Free Speech Lawsuit

DeSantis ‘ attorney filed a motion in federal court in Tallahassee on Friday seeking to disqualify Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker from overseeing the lawsuit filed by Disney last month. The lawsuit alleges that DeSantis and his appointees violated the company’s right to free speech, as well as the contracts clause, by taking over the special governing district that previously had been controlled by Disney supporters after Disney opposed Florida legislation that critics have dubbed “Don’t Say Gay.”


Webinar will explore how cross-platform alerting drives audience engagement

TV stations now connect with audiences on many different platforms, and changing technology offers an opportunity to expand on a key strategy, weather alerting, making it the catalyst for a broader approach that includes lifestyle forecasts, stock moves, school closings and more. Join TVNewsCheck and The Weather Company for an in-depth conversation about the changing world of alerting during a June 8 webinar. Register here.

David Zaslav Is Booed At Boston University Graduation Ceremony

David Zaslav was met with boos and jeers while delivering a commencement address Sunday at Boston University amid the Hollywood writers’ strike. In videos circulating on social media, graduating students and protesters can be heard chanting, “pay your writers,” and heckling the president of Warner Bros. Discovery as he speaks about lessons he learned throughout his career. A photo of an airplane flying over the ceremony with a banner that read, “David Zaslav — Pay your writers,” was also circulating online.

The E-Sports World Is Starting To Teeter

At least two organizations in America’s most prominent league for professional video game players are selling their teams, underscoring the industry’s uncertain future.

TV’s Biggest Mystery: How Long Will Pipeline For New Programming Be Closed?

For decades, the week in May when television executives revealed what new shows were coming and which old ones were going spoke to the power and influence that ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox had over popular culture. This past week offered more evidence of how that is diminishing, draped in confusion about the future wrought by the Hollywood writers strike.


Dow Falls 109, Nasdaq Drops 31, S&P Loses 6

Wall Street’s best week since March stalled Friday amid debt worries. Despite its weak Friday, the S&P 500 still managed to break out of a long, listless stretch where it failed to move by 1%, up or down, for six straight weeks. It gained 1.6%, with much of the strength earlier in the week coming on rising hopes that Washington can avoid a debt default.

Sophie Duffel Named WHBQ Memphis Director Of Sales

The Imagicomm Fox affiliate promotes her from local sales manager to oversee the local, national and digital sales teams.