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WREX Employees Get Personal in ‘Dear 2020’ Podcast

Facebook Pages Redesign Eliminates ‘Like’ Button

Facebook Pages has had a makeover. One of the most dramatic changes is the elimination of the “Like” button. The social network explains that rather than focusing on approval or disapproval with a “Like” button, the change will focus on Followers, a more direct measurement of how the page connects with people.

‘Punky Brewster’ Revival Dropping All 10 Episodes In February On Peacock

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Netflix Expands South Korean Footprint, Leasing Two Production Facilities

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Capitol Violence Sparks Social Media Reckoning With Trump

On Wednesday, in an unprecedented step, the two companies temporarily suspended Trump from posting to their platforms after a mob of his supporters stormed the house of Congress. It was the most aggressive action either company has yet taken against Trump, who more than a decade ago embraced the immediacy and scale of Twitter to rally loyalists, castigate enemies and spread false rumors.

Ricky Strauss Leaves Disney After 9 Years

Disney veteran Rick Strauss, one of the key executives that launched Disney+, is leaving the company after nine years. Rebecca Campbell, Disney’s chairman of direct-to-consumer and international, made the announcement internally, with Strauss also sharing the news with his staff.

Former FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly Joins Hudson Institute

Hudson Institute today announced that Michael O’Rielly, a former commissioner of the FCC, will join its Center for the Economics of the Internet as a visiting fellow. “We are pleased to have an individual with Commissioner O’Rielly’s experience and insights join Hudson,” said Hudson Senior Fellow Harold Furchtgott-Roth. Founded in 1961 by strategist Herman Kahn, the […]

WTXF’s ‘The Feed AT Night,’ Takes Viewers On Social Media Tour

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Some Predictions For 2021

The coronavirus isn’t the only reason that modern day life has moved online, but it the most important reason behind the speed of the overwhelming shift in lifestyle. COVID-19 pushed technology and media to accelerate what was already happening, and that’s why I’ve made these predictions now. I will leave them without supporting documentation, as I prefer them to be conversation starters. Agree or disagree as you will, but please, add to the list.

YouTube Has Gone From Hollywood Pariah To Partner. Meet The Exec Who Led The Change

YouTube executive Kelly Merryman has been instrumental in improving content partnerships with large media companies like Disney and Viacom.

Adweek Acquires Social Media Week

Trump Bans Alipay, WeChat, Other Chinese-Connected Apps

President Donald Trump has issued an executive order essentially banning a host of Chinese-connected software applications, including Alipay and Wechat, saying the ban targeted apps that “access and capture vast swaths of information from users, including sensitive personally identifiable information and private information,” by accessing smartphones, computers and tablets.

Dr. Oz Channel Launches Exclusively On Pluto TV

Pluto TV, the free streaming television service, is now the exclusive free streaming home to the Daytime Emmy-winning The Dr. Oz Show. The launch of the new dedicated channel, “Dr. Oz”, will feature 100 episodes with 30 new episodes being added into the rotation each month from different seasons of the long-running show. Currently in its 12th […]

How ViacomCBS Is Managing The Transition From Linear TV To Streaming

A year after the merger of Viacom and CBS in December 2019, the combined company is in the process of remaking itself from a media conglomerate with a business primarily based in traditional channels like linear TV and theatrical films into one whose operations are oriented around streaming. What the company will look like on the other side of that shift remains to be seen, but out of economic necessity, ViacomCBS in the future will need to look different than its current incarnation.

Google Must Face Claims It Overcharged For Pay-Per-Click Ads

 

A federal appellate court has revived a class-action complaint alleging that Google overcharged pay-per-click advertisers by reneging on a promise to discount some ads, and failing to limit ads by location.

Hearst Ups John Robertson To Distribution VP

He will now oversee the company’s relationships with OTT distributors and its NextGen TV applications.

Haitian TV Channel Launches In Central Florida

Roku Owners Report Disappearing Spectrum Apps

‘Bridgerton’ Seen By Over 63 Million Households, Netflix Claims

Netflix Is Latest Major Studio To Pause Filming

Film and TV production in Los Angeles has been exempt from COVID restrictions and continued after the current new stay-at-home order was instituted in early December. But, amid an unprecedented surge in coronavirus infections and COVID-19 deaths in L.A. County, the vast majority of TV studios and streamers have postponed January production for one or more weeks. Like its traditional media counterparts, Netflix also has hit the pause button on its Los Angeles-based productions, which had been slated to start filming this week, until at least mid-January.

Punchbowl Seems To Think The Next Four Years Will Be Normal

A Beltway school of journalism wants to get back to just-the-facts-ma’am reporting. But how do you cover this Republican Party?

Analyst: Virtual MVPD Biz Still ‘Broken’

Hulu Plus Live TV and YouTube TV now account for 10% of U.S. pay TV subscriptions, but LightShed Partners analyst Richard Greenfield there’s no gold left in the traditional bundle.

How Google Is Hurting Local News

An audit reveals that Google News sends readers — and advertising dollars — away from local news outlets.

Discovery+ Streaming Service Goes Live

Along with the coming of a new year, there’s another streaming service for your consideration: Discovery+. Launching today, the new subscription video service boasts more than 55,000 episodes from shows on the Discovery Channel, Food Network, HGTV, Animal Planet, TLC and other Discovery Inc.-owned channels. The service will also have series from which will be available for $4.99 monthly or $6.99 for an ad-free version. Discovery+ will also have series from A&E, BBC, The History Channel and Lifetime.

Google Employees Announce Creation Of Union

Roku Near Deal To Buy Quibi’s Content Library

Quibi is in advanced talks to sell its content catalog to Roku, as the short-form streaming service winds down its operations following an unsuccessful run.

Amazon Buys Wondery As Podcasting Race Continues

The deal, valued at $300 million, is the latest in a string of acquisitions as streaming platforms expand beyond music and video.

Television’s Tops Of 2020

2020 was not, by any standard, a typical year. Even the linear television universe, a familiar and cyclical staple of media, saw its fair share of oddities. Halts in production of new and existing shows, delays in fall TV season premieres and an overall sense of time lost became realities as Americans were forced to recalibrate to spending more time at home for the good of public health and their communities. And in all likelihood, the atypical nature of the year will be profound enough to drive permanent shifts in consumer behavior, including media consumption. In fact, we’re already seeing them.

WRC’s Aaron Gilchrist Leaving For NBC News Now

McConnell Ties $2,000 Checks To Section 230

Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) signaled Wednesday that the Senate would not be voting on the House-passed Bill (HR 9051) providing $2,000 COVID-19 relief check — a figure suggested by President Trump — essentially adding the poison pill of Sec. 230 to any vote on such relief, something Democrats signaled they weren’t going to support.