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Dish Network Pulling Its Bid for LightSquared
Wall Street Journal
Dish Network is said to be pulling its bid for LightSquared, the telecommunications firm in bankruptcy that has wireless spectrum the pay-TV firm has been coveting. The reversal, after Dish last year put in a bid for $2.2 billion, marks the latest twist in the high-profile case.

ESPN Game Telecast Scores Victory for Cable
Adweek
College football's oft-derided Bowl Championship Series went out on a high note Monday night, as the thrilling Florida State-Auburn showdown proved to be one of the most-watched programs in the history of cable. ESPN's coverage delivered some 25.6 million viewers.

A&E's 'Duck Dynasty' Among Big TV Questions
TV Guide
Ratings for A&E's "Duck Dynasty" had started to decline toward the end of its fall run. Then came the dispute over star Phil Robertson's controversial comments in GQ. As the show returns for a fifth season on Jan. 15, network insiders expect to see a ratings boost.

TV Guide Network Goes After E! with PopSugar
CNNMoney
PopSugar, the entertainment website for young women, has won its first shot on TV in a partnership with the TV Guide Network, the cable channel also known as TVGN. For 12 weeks beginning Monday, TVGN will air a half-hour entertainment show called "PopSugar Now."

Clear Channel Launches Country Music Festival
Associated Press
Clear Channel got such an overwhelming response to country music performers during the iHeartRadio Music Festivals, the company has decided to start one geared toward country fans. The first iHeartRadio Country Festival will be held March 29 in Austin, Texas.

Study: Radio Still Popular as Streaming Grows
Los Angeles Times
Traditional AM/FM radio is still the most popular way for people to listen to music, news and talk, even as digital music offers more control and becomes easier to use on the go, according to a study by media agency MediaVest and Clear Channel, the U.S. radio giant.

Sirius XM Reports Strong Subscriber Additions
Reuters
Sirius XM said it added 1.66 million subscribers in 2013 to its satellite radio service that is popular in cars, exceeding its forecast of 1.6 million sign-ups. The company expects subscriber additions of 1.25 million in the year. Analysts expect revenue of $4.15 billion in 2014.

Westwood One CEO Exits in Cumulus Takeover
New York Post
The CEO of Westwood One is out, following the completion of the acquisition of the radio syndicator by Atlanta-based Cumulus Media. "It's not unusual for the CEO of an acquired company to leave once the acquisition is completed," said outgoing CEO Paul Caine.

NBC Won't Live Stream Winter Olympics Opening
Variety
NBCUniversal has raised eyebrows with its decision to transmit every competition in the Winter Olympics from Sochi, Russia, live via digital means. But one part of the event will be reserved for TV alone. The opening ceremonies will be broadcast on NBC on Feb. 7.

Fox News Chief Biography Casts a Critical Light
New York Times
A 560-page biography about Roger Ailes being published this month aims to be an exhaustive look at the Fox News Channel exec's life and career. "The Loudest Voice in the Room," by Gabriel Sherman, has drawn sharp criticism from people connected to Fox News.

Comcast, Samsung Team for Ultra-HD Movies
Associated Press
Samsung said that it is tackling the problem of getting ultra-high-definition content to its new TV sets by teaming up with the Internet streaming services of Comcast, Netflix and Amazon. The effort is expected to allow Samsung to bypass traditional cable and disc delivery.

Dish Soups Up Ad-Skipping Hopper for Streams
Bloomberg
Dish Network has introduced a new version of its ad-skipping set-top box, seeking to lure satellite-TV subscribers by letting them record more shows simultaneously and beam programs to screens throughout the home. The revamped Hopper's add-on gadgets are called Joeys.

Clear Channel Adds iHeartRadio to More Vehicles
San Antonio Business
Clear Channel has expanded the availability of its iHeartRadio digital platform. Jaguar Land Rover, Volvo and Kia plan to offer the digital radio service in its new vehicles. Drivers will be able to access iHeartRadio's newest feature, iHeartRadio Talk.

Fox Super Bowl Ad Lets Fans Buy Beckham Undies
Advertising Age
Retailer H&M plans to air a 30-second spot during Fox's broadcast of this year's Super Bowl that will let viewers with certain Samsung smart TVs use their remote controls to engage with the commercial and buy products from the bodywear line of soccer star David Beckham.

NBC's 'Saturday Night Live' Hires a Black Woman
Associated Press
NBC's "Saturday Night Live," criticized recently for a lack of diversity, said that it was adding a black woman to its repertory cast. Sasheer Zamata, 27, who has worked with the New York Upright Citizens Brigade comedy troupe, will join for the Jan. 18 episode.

Sirius XM Investors Expecting More from Liberty
Wall Street Journal
Investors in Sirius XM bet that Liberty Media will increase its bid. Shares in the satellite-radio provider on Monday traded at a 4% premium to the buyout price offered by Liberty on Friday, indicating that the offer is below what others think the shares are worth.

Comcast Developing 'Life Management' Services
FierceCable
Comcast engineers have developed a system that could allow it to tell subscribers when food in refrigerators is about to go bad, prescription medications are up for renewal, or if an elderly relative has stopped moving, according to a recent patent application.

NBC Posts 'Tonight' Fallon Promo on YouTube
USA Today
Jimmy Fallon's ascension to "The Tonight Show" host moved a step closer with the posting of NBC's first "Tonight" promo with Fallon on YouTube. Fallon will take over the iconic talk show on Feb. 17. With his arrival, "Tonight" will move from Los Angeles back to New York.

Comcast SportsNet in $2.5 Billion Phillies Deal
Philadelphia Inquirer
The Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a contract extension with Comcast SportsNet for at least 25 years and in the neighborhood of $2.5 billion. The deal allows the major league team to obtain an equity stake with the network. "We're very pleased," said the team president.

Cumulus Grabs Spots on Chicago's Radio Dial
Chicago Tribune
The new year is off to a rocking start for Chicago radio, with a deal that doubles the local market share of Cumulus Media and marks the potential swan song for former Tribune CEO Randy Michaels's Merlin Media. Cumulus has taken over operations of two FM stations.

Fox to Live-Stream Super Bowl Online for Free
Variety
Fox Sports will live-stream Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2 — the third year in a row the NFL's championship game will be webcast free to U.S. Internet users. However, Fox's NFC post-season games on the Internet will be restricted to subscribers of a handful of pay-TV partners.

Poll: 'TV Everywhere' Awareness Remains Low
World Screen
A recent poll by RAMP revealed that 82% of respondents were unfamiliar with 'TV Everywhere' services being offered by their cable providers. The findings also showed that 67% of respondents have never watched TV through their cable provider's website or app.

CNN's Zucker Says Prime-Time Shakeup Coming
Advertising Age
In an interview in the wake of his one-year anniversary at the helm of CNN, Jeff Zucker promised bigger changes this year. "It's safe to say 2014 will be the year we shake up prime time. The types of programs we offer will be broader — informational, educational, entertaining."

Fox News Ailes Book Launches Promo Website
Capital New York
Random House has prepared for the publication of Gabriel Sherman's forthcoming Fox News book, "The Loudest Voice in the Room," by launching a website that "will be a source for pushback against misinformation throughout the book's release."

NBC's 'SNL' Comes to Chinese Video Site Sohu
Associated Press
A popular online video site is bringing the irreverent, topical humor of "Saturday Night Live" to China. The late-night comedy sketch show is being shown exclusively on the website of Sohu Video, a unit of Chinese online media group and Nasdaq-listed Sohu.com.

CBS to Stream Four NFL Playoff Games for Free
Mashable
CBS announced that it will live-stream its share of post-season NFL coverage at CBSSports.com. That covers four of the five AFC playoff games. You can watch via computer or mobile device without needing to provide any pesky authentication credentials.

ABC to Restrict Online Access to TV Episodes
GigaOM
Starting Jan. 6, ABC will require viewers to sign in with their cable account information if they want to watch new episodes of the network's shows online the day after they air on TV. "Pay TV service providers are a key part of the TV industry in delivering broadcast content."

SOAPnet Channel Goes Off the Air After 14 Years
Los Angeles Times
SOAPnet, the cable TV channel loved by legions of loyal soap opera fans, took its final bow on New Year's Eve. Owner Disney last month announced that it would pull the plug on the channel, as part of a shift in corporate priorities. "Disney is not thinking," said one fan.

Fox Remains Top Cable News Channel in 2013
USA Today
Fox News Channel retained its top spot in the cable news ratings battle in 2013 despite falling viewership, according to Nielsen data. Total viewership fell 5%, reflecting the struggles of the cable business, which is steadily losing customers to other video options.

Al Jazeera America to Be 'Envy of the Industry'
Variety
Al Jazeera America president Kate O'Brian told staffers in a year-end memo that the fledgling cable news network is on its way to being "the envy of the industry" as it heads into 2014 with ambitious plans. So far, AJA has staffed up with more than 800 domestic employees.

A&E 'Duck Dynasty' Dad Plots to Leave Network
Daily Mail
"Duck Dynasty's" Phil Robertson may have emerged victorious from his recent spat with A&E, but the patriarch is said to feel "humiliated" and is mulling a plan to move his family — plus millions of dollars of advertising and merchandise revenue — to another network.

ESPN Minority Stake Brings Big Profits to Hearst
New York Post
ESPN, which is 20% owned by Hearst, appears to be generating the lion's share of the company's profits. One source estimated that the stake cranked out around half of Hearst's profits in the latest fiscal year. Forbes has pegged ESPN's 2012 revenues at $10.3 billion.

Hearst TV CEO Barrett Hands Over Leadership
Broadcasting & Cable
David Barrett completed a run as CEO of Hearst Television at the end of 2013, according to a staff memo from Hearst Corp. CEO Steve Swartz. The memo did not specify if Barrett passed the CEO title to president Jordan Wertlieb. Barrett will "remain very active."

Cable Viewership Surpasses Broadcast in 2013
USA Today
TV fans aren't ready to cut their cord to cable. Viewers spent a record 17.2 hours per week watching ad-supported cable networks in 2013, rebounding from a slight dip last year. Meanwhile, the big four networks claimed a combined 7.5 hours, another low.

NBCUniversal on Edge After Russia Bombings
Variety
The suicide bomb attacks in the Russian city of Volgograd have added more urgency to security planning for NBCUniversal's small army of staffers heading to Sochi to cover the winter Olympics. NBCU's Olympics team was already on high alert given the instability in Russia.

ESPN Taps Tebow as Analyst in Multi-Year Deal
New York Post
Tim Tebow's next career starts in a week. ESPN said it has hired the quarterback as an analyst for the SEC Network, which launches in August. Tebow will make his broadcasting debut on Monday before the BCS national title game between Florida State and Auburn.

Esquire Network: Maybe Not Man at His Best
WWD
Although the new Esquire Network was promised to be available in 75 million homes, the channel has had trouble luring in even a fraction of that audience, amassing an average household viewership of 55,000 in prime time. Esquire Network made its debut on Sept. 23.

A&E 'Duck Dynasty' Dad in New Controversy
E! Online
Phil Robertson may no longer be banned from "Duck Dynasty," but the A&E star is still a magnet for controversy. A video of Robertson from 2009 has surfaced in which he suggests men marry girls as young as 15 and 16 years old. "Make sure that she can cook a meal."

Fox News Invites 'Duck Dynasty' Clan as Guests
Associated Press
"Duck Dynasty" star Willie Robertson will talk about his outspoken father as he helps Fox News Channel ring in the new year. The network says Robertson and wife Korie will be guests on the "All-American New Year" special Fox News is airing Tuesday night.

CNN Among Top-Ranked News Outlets on Twitter
Muck Rack
CNN's Anderson Cooper tops a list of the most followed journalists on Twitter, compiled by Muck Rack. CNN holds the No. 1 spot among media outlets with the most collective followers. The New York Times takes the top spot for having the most journalists on Twitter.

BBC: Hacker Attempts to 'Sell' Access to Server
Reuters
A hacker took over a computer server at the BBC and then launched a Christmas Day campaign to convince other cyber criminals to pay him for access to the system. The British public broadcaster's security team responded and believes it has secured the site.

ABC 'GMA' Host Roberts Comes Out on Facebook
New York Post
Robin Roberts, co-host of ABC's "Good Morning America," publicly came out as a lesbian on Facebook when she posted a message thanking her girlfriend for supporting her during her battle against cancer. Roberts' sexuality has been an open secret in media circles.

Oprah Mulls Canceling Big Bash for 60th Birthday
Daily News
Oprah Winfrey, with zero explanation, is said to be making an 11th-hour decision on her upcoming 60th birthday bash, and is considering canceling it altogether. A celebrity-filled party is supposed to take place Jan. 29, with performances by Beyoncι and Tina Turner.

A&E Calls Off Suspension of 'Duck Dynasty' Dad
USA Today
A&E has ducked away from a controversy surrounding the stars of its popular reality series "Duck Dynasty." The network issued a statement backing off from its previously announced suspension of Phil Robertson, the clan's patriarch, over his anti-gay remarks.

Time Warner Cable in Viacom Deal After CBS Battle
New York Times
Time Warner Cable has reached a deal to renew distribution for Viacom, whose networks include MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon. The negotiations provided a sharp contrast to the bruising battle the company had with CBS in August over retransmission fees.

DirecTV Issues Veiled Threat to Weather Channel
Los Angeles Times
DirecTV has started distributing a network called WeatherNation just as its deal to carry the Weather Channel is set to expire. The satellite broadcaster's decision to add WeatherNation is seen as a not-so-subtle threat that it is willing to drop the Weather Channel.

Dish Network, DirecTV to Raise Prices for 2014
CNNMoney
If you're a Dish Network or DirecTV subscriber, be prepared for another round of price hikes. Following the trend from recent years, nearly every available package from the two satellite TV providers will increase in price, with fee hikes ranging between $2 and $5.

Cord Cutter: I'm Never Going Back to Pay TV
Wall Street Journal
Martin Peers, Wall Street Journal media editor: "After two months as a cord-cutter, there's not much I miss about cable TV. I am, after all, saving at least $40 a month on what we used to pay. I no longer feel I am paying for hundreds of channels no one in our house watches."

HBO 'Thrones' Reigns as Most Pirated TV Show
MediaPost
Following its 2012 performance, the most pirated TV show in 2013 was HBO's "Game of Thrones" — more than its illegal downloads of a year ago. TorrentFreak said more than half of the show's nearly 6 million downloads occurred in the first week after the season debut.

CBS Wins Ratings with 60 Year Old 'I Love Lucy'
Associated Press
Nearly six decades after it first aired, an "I Love Lucy" Christmas special was last week's most-watched holiday program. There was a gimmick involved: The episode of the 1950s sitcom was colorized, as was a companion episode that featured Lucy as a grape-stomper.

Spike's Video Game Awards Find Web Audience
Multichannel News
Spike TV's move of its Video Game Awards telecast to the web from linear TV earlier this month bodes well for the future of the franchise. The event generated 1.1 million total live streams, surpassing the online streams for the YouTube Music Awards in November.

A&E Execs Reeling from 'Duck Dynasty' Fallout
Radar Online
In the wake of the "Duck Dynasty" public-relations mishap after A&E suspended star Phil Robertson, network execs are said to be admitting the reality show should have been taken off the air for two weeks during the holiday break. "The fallout wouldn't have been strong."

ESPN Wins $260 Million in Connecticut Tax Breaks
New York Times
ESPN has received about $260 million in Connecticut state tax breaks and credits over the past 12 years. Critics say incentives should be redirected to smaller companies that are more in need than ESPN, which accounts for nearly half the operating profit of corporate parent Disney.

CBS News Correspondent Miller Returns to NYPD
CBS New York
CBS News senior correspondent John Miller has announced he is leaving the network to return to the New York Police Department. Miller, who has been a senior correspondent with the network since 2011, has had a successful career in both TV news and law enforcement.

CNN to Broaden Definition of News, Zucker Says
Huffington Post
CNN chief Jeff Zucker stressed in a year-end memo to employees that more changes are coming to the news network in 2014. "If you thought we did a lot in 2013, wait until you see 2014. Real change that transforms an organization doesn’t happen overnight."

A&E 'Duck Dynasty' Dad Puts $500 Million at Risk
Bloomberg
The "Duck Dynasty" family and cable TV's A&E have lots of reasons to resolve the controversy sparked by patriarch Phil Robertson's comments about gays: almost $500 million in fact. "Duck Dynasty" is A&E's "biggest revenue generator and major viewer franchise."

BSkyB Takes Stake in 360 Video Startup Jaunt
Telegraph
BSkyB has taken a $350,000 stake in Jaunt, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based startup that specializes in the capturing and display of 360 video content. The equity investment will provide the broadcaster with insight into developments in a new media format.

NBC News Eyes Cuts at 'Today,' 'Meet the Press'
New York Post
NBC News boss Deborah Turness is said to be eyeing cuts, which could include axing some senior on-air talent. Turness, brought on in August to shake up the moribund news division, reportedly is in the midst of a host of end-of-year buyouts and cost reductions.

A&E 'Duck Dynasty' Star's Family Blasts Network
New York Post
"Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson's opinions about gays are so widely known that members of his family have accused A&E of "hanging him out to dry" — setting up an inflammatory interview just so they could punish him. An A&E rep was with Robertson during his chat with GQ.

Time Warner Cable Has Backing of Shareholders
Bloomberg
Time Warner Cable's shareholders may give incoming CEO Rob Marcus the will to reject a $62 billion offer for the company. Shareholders aren’t pressing the company to engage with Charter or run a formal sales process. "We're extremely well positioned to generate value."

Dish Network Gets More Time for Wireless Strategy
Reuters
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said that Dish Network could take more time to build a network using some of the wireless airwaves it has bought. The new waiver gives Dish eight years instead of seven to use some of its spectrum.

Time Warner Cable Fined for Violating Pricing
Dow Jones
Time Warner Cable has agreed to pay $1.9 million to settle the first case brought under the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's risk-based pricing rule. "Consumers have the right to know if they are paying more for something because of information in their credit report."

Comcast CEO Meets with U.S. Media Regulator
Reuters
Comcast CEO Brian Roberts has met with U.S. Federal Communications Commission head Tom Wheeler at a time when the cable provider is considering a bid for Time Warner Cable. The meeting was one of many get-togethers between Wheeler and industry execs.

NBCUniversal Plans 539 TV Hours of Olympics
Multichannel News
With NBCUniversal announcing its broadcast network's plans, Comcast's programming arm will present a Winter Olympics-record 539 hours of linear coverage from Sochi, Russia. That's 103 hours more than for the 2010 Games. NBC's coverage is scheduled to begin Feb. 6.

ABC's 'Katie' to End with Couric Move to Yahoo
Daily News
Katie Couric and ABC have pulled the plug on the newswoman's daytime talk show, "Katie," which will not return for a third season next year. Couric is now expected to draw an annual salary of as much as $6 million in her new position as the global anchor for Yahoo.

CBS 'Lucy Christmas' Spotlights Colorization
Associated Press
With the "I Love Lucy Christmas Special" (8 p.m. ET Friday), CBS ventures into the world of colorizing two vintage episodes of an Eisenhower-era TV show that, perhaps more than any other from that period, sent a message of what life in the 1950s might have looked like.

A&E 'Duck Dynasty' Clan May Quit Amid Fracas
New York Post
A&E has been hit by a 12-gauge "Duck Dynasty" backlash as religious and conservative groups denounced the network for suspending the reality show's gay-bashing star — whose family suggested it could be the end. Supporters have called for a boycott of the cable network.

Revolt TV Network to Add Clear Channel Show
Advertising Age
Revolt has partnered with Clear Channel to bring its morning radio show "The Breakfast Club" to Sean "Diddy" Combs' new cable network. The music and interview show has interviewed celebrities and musicians such as Kanye West, Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown.

Viacom's Spike TV Video Game Awards Draw Ire
Polygon
More than 1 million people from over 100 countries tuned into the Spike TV Video Game Awards earlier this month, according to Viacom officials. Even though the show spurred many negative social-media comments among gamers, "death to us would have been apathy."

Nielsen: NBC 'Blacklist' Most Time-Shifted Show
World Screen
The TV viewing audience of "The Blacklist," a crime drama series on NBC, increased by nearly 7.8 million viewers from the live audience with time-shifted viewing, according to the Tops of 2013 list from Nielsen. A first for Nielsen's list is the inclusion of social ranks.

FCC Seeks to End Sports Broadcast Blackouts
Reuters
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has voted to move ahead with a proposal to eliminate a decades-old rule that prohibits broadcasting some professional sports events, often NFL football games, in their home markets. The rules have faced mounting criticism.

Dish Network Considers Bid for T-Mobile in 2014
Reuters
Dish Network is said to be considering making a bid for T-Mobile next year, in what would be the satellite TV provider's second attempt in as many years at acquiring a major wireless operator and potentially setting the stage for a new bidding war with Softbank.

Nickelodeon Retakes Ratings Crown Among Kids
Bloomberg
Viacom's Nickelodeon is king of the children's TV networks this quarter, outdrawing Disney with new shows after falling to No. 2 last year. Nickelodeon is averaging 918,000 viewers a day among 2 to 11 year olds, while Disney Channel is averaging 874,000 viewers.

A&E 'Duck Dynasty' Star on Hiatus for Remarks
USA Today
"Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson has been put on indefinite hiatus by A&E after making anti-gay remarks in the January issue of GQ. "We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson's comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs," said A&E.

AMC 'Walking Dead' Creator Sues Over Profits
Hollywood Reporter
Frank Darabont, the ousted creator of "The Walking Dead," has slapped AMC with a bombshell lawsuit alleging that the cable channel breached his contract and deprived him of tens of millions of dollars in profits by making a sweetheart deal licensing the show to itself.

CBS 'Gilligan's Island' to Set Sail as Feature Film
Deadline
Remember "Gilligan's Island," the 1960s TV series about seven castaways who wind up stranded on a tropical island? Warner Bros. is charting a course for a new feature film based on the series. "Gilligan" will be fashioned as a star vehicle for "Book of Mormon's" Josh Gad.

NBC Plans 'A.D.' Miniseries Sequel to 'The Bible'
Associated Press
NBC is bringing viewers more of the Good Book. The network said it will film the 12-hour miniseries "A.D." as a follow-up to the miniseries "The Bible," an unexpected hit that aired on the History channel earlier this year from producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey.

CNN's Zucker Among Suitors Said to Court Leno
Hollywood Reporter
How in demand is Jay Leno? The late-night host, who will be without a TV job in February when NBC transitions "The Tonight Show" to Jimmy Fallon, has been approached by some unlikely suitors. CNN boss Jeff Zucker is among those who have approached Leno about a new gig.

HLN Re-Ups 'Nancy Grace' Host Through 2017
New York Post
Nancy Grace isn't going anywhere, contrary to reports. The host of HLN's long-running "Nancy Grace" has just inked a new, multi-year deal to remain the centerpiece of the news network's prime-time lineup through at least 2017. "I'm overwhelmed, happy," said Grace.

ABC Inks Long-Term Deal with 'GMA's' Roberts
New York Post
"Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts is said to have closed a long-term contract with ABC. Sources speculate that it is worth between $13 million and $14 million a year. Roberts "was extremely grateful for the kindness shown by everyone while she was sick."

ABC Tilts Female for a Network Light on Sports
New York Times
Among the four big broadcasters, ABC competed this fall with no help from sports programming. What does it mean for a network to try to survive on a largely sports-free diet? Mainly, it means building a lifeline to women. Last season, ABC finished a clear first among women.

CNN Changes Begin with Documentary Brand
Deadline
CNN chief Jeff Zucker said the cable news network is creating another "destination" for acquired documentary films in a new brand called CNN Films Presents. "March of the Penguins" will be among the titles to air on CNN in 2014. "We need more shows and less newscasts."

Lifetime Eyes CNN's Stelter Book for TV Movie
TV Newser
CNN "Reliable Sources" host Brian Stelter's "Top of the Morning," which chronicled the rise of "Good Morning America" and the fall of "Today," has been optioned by Lifetime for a made-for-TV movie. Stelter's book on the heated morning show battles was released in April.

Al Jazeera Weighs Bid for Stake in Turkish Pay TV
Reuters
Al Jazeera is said to be considering a bid for a majority stake in Turkish pay-TV company Digiturk to boost its soccer offering ahead of the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar. Al Jazeera's interest stems from Digiturk's deal for exclusive rights to Turkey's Super League championship.

NBC, Yahoo Team Up for 2014 Winter Olympics
SportsBusiness Journal
NBC and Yahoo will partner to promote video highlights and live streamed video of the Sochi Games, ending years of public sniping over what outlet drove the most traffic during the Olympics. The agreement extends the partnership that NBC and Yahoo signed a year ago.

Comcast Weighs Options for Time Warner Cable
Reuters
Comcast is said to be examining three scenarios for a potential deal with Time Warner Cable, including a full takeover bid for the second-largest cable operator. The top cable provider is also considering whether it could buy some selective Time Warner Cable markets.

Time Warner Cable's NY1 Channel in Makeover
Daily News
Time Warner Cable's NY1 has taken the bandages off its face-lift. The New York City local news channel's redo includes new graphics, new music and a new logo. The name change, which adds "Time Warner Cable News," was cooked up by top brass at the cable company.

Fox News Remains Cable-News Ratings Champ
Variety
Fox News Channel maintained its grip on the cable-news network ratings prize in 2013, drawing more viewers than the combined averages of CNN, MSNBC and HLN. Fox and CNN both made changes to their lineups in 2013; FNC's revamped prime-time schedule posted gains.

CNN Creates Acquisition Unit for Documentaries
Los Angeles Times
CNN had made a further push into documentary films with the creation of an acquisition unit. The cable news channel, which last year launched CNN Films to make documentaries, will now also buy older films. The unit is one more step in CNN's plan to broaden its programming.

HLN Brings In Programming, Development Execs
Advertising Age
HLN has hired several execs, just days after staffers gathered to discuss the future of the cable news channel. The announcement was made by Albie Hecht, who joined HLN in September as EVP and general manager. The hires are the latest move to shake up programming.

Fox Renews Rights to Top Soccer Tournaments
World Screen
Fox Sports has renewed its exclusive U.S. and Caribbean media rights for three seasons of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, two of the world's leading soccer tournaments. The deals will allow Fox to cover the championships from 2015-16 through 2017-18.

Charter Said to Prepare Offer for Time Warner Cable
Bloomberg
Charter is said to be preparing an offer letter to acquire Time Warner Cable for less than $135 a share. The fourth-largest U.S. cable company could generate as much as $1 billion in annual cost savings with better deals on programming and by cutting overhead.

Time Warner Cable Expands Live Local TV via App
Associated Press
Time Warner Cable has made live local TV station signals available on its TWC TV app in Los Angeles and San Diego. Consumer demand for live TV programming over the Internet is said to be strong. "The big hang-up for the networks is measurement."

Verizon Near Deal to Buy Intel's Internet TV Startup
Bloomberg
Verizon is said to be near an agreement to purchase OnCue, Intel's Internet-based pay-TV startup OnCue. The deal could shake up the pay-TV industry, by bringing more competition to cable and satellite companies. "It has the potential to change U.S. pay TV forever."

NPR Gets $17 Million in Grants to Expand Coverage
New York Times
NPR has amassed nearly $17 million in grants to increase its coverage of education and global health and development, and finance creation of a new mobile and web platform that is expected to allow it to reach more listeners and better compete with outside aggregators.

Al Jazeera America Doesn't Care About Its Ratings
BuzzFeed
Al Jazeera America has already lost more than half the viewers of its low-rated predecessor, Current TV, since its August debut. But AJA is perfectly willing to tolerate low ratings in return for having a presence in the world's largest TV market. "Ratings are not important."

Fox News Channel Sued Over Plan to Get Younger
Hollywood Reporter
Roger Domal, a former senior advertising executive at Fox News, has filed an age discrimination lawsuit against the cable news channel and chief Roger Ailes. "Because Fox News was projecting an older image, it developed and executed on a plan to get younger."

CBS '60 Minutes' Report on NSA Stirs Criticism
The Verge
Sunday's episode of "60 Minutes" featured what CBS promised was an unusual inside look at the secretive National Security Agency. "Instead, it offered a routine look at the agency's propaganda with no critical voices. The program reiterated the agency's usual talking points."

BBC, NY Times' Thompson Under Fire for Payouts
Reuters
British lawmakers have delivered a stinging rebuke to BBC top execs, including former chief Mark Thompson, saying their award of severance payments to outgoing managers appeared to be part of a culture of cronyism. Thompson is now CEO of the New York Times.

Comcast Names Strategy Chief Amid Merger Talk
Bloomberg
Comcast has named a new head of corporate development and strategy as speculation mounts that the industry's biggest companies are discussing mergers. Alexander Evans previously was with Providence Equity Partners, where he led the firm's New York office.

Cablevision Warns of 'Radical' Ruling Over Aereo
Reuters
Cablevision said broadcasters are seeking a "radical" legal ruling that would spell trouble for cloud-based content services and threaten its ability to offer DVR recordings. The position taken by Cablevision is the latest development in litigation involving Aereo.

DirecTV Explores Launch of Online Video Service
Wall Street Journal
DirecTV said it is exploring the idea of an online video service that would appeal to "price-sensitive" young people or other customers who have dropped their pay-TV service. DirecTV execs see online video as one of several growth areas for the next few years.

NFL, DirecTV Near New Deal for Sunday Ticket
Reuters
The National Football League and DirecTV are said to have agreed on a framework for negotiations to renew the satellite TV operator's contract to offer the popular NFL Sunday Ticket football package. The current DirecTV NFL package costs subscribers up to $300 a year.

ESPN Reverses Its Decision to Reject 'Jesus' Ad
Hollywood Reporter
After relentless attacks from the political right, ESPN has had a change of heart about airing a Christmas commercial using "God" and "Jesus" in the audio. "We have again reviewed the ads submitted for the SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center," the network said.

Fox News Host Kelly Says Jesus, Santa Are White
Yahoo News
Fox News Channel host Megyn Kelly made herself the center of controversy by declaring that Jesus Christ and Santa Claus are white. "For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white," the popular news host told viewers of "The Kelly File," her hit Fox News show.

CNN Former Journo Soledad Eyes Billboard Show
New York Post
Soledad O'Brien is said to be in discussions with Billboard for a development deal to expand the magazine's Women in Music event into a TV special. O'Brien left CNN in February, shortly after Jeff Zucker took over the network, and formed her own production outfit.

Oprah's OWN Makeover: From Failure to Success
Forbes
Next month OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network celebrates its third anniversary. Not that long ago, there were many inside and out the network who doubted OWN would make it to year three. In January, at the very least, there will be a long collective sigh of relief.

Weather Channel Said to Mull Possible Relocation
WABE
The Weather Channel said it needs to expand, and that is why it is seeking tax breaks and grants. "We used to just be the Weather Channel. Now we have digital businesses and mobile apps and b-to-b and our business has grown." The channel may "look at other locations."

AMC Exec Exits for Microsoft Xbox Programming
Variety
Microsoft is said to be raiding the ranks of the TV industry for professional talent once again, luring an AMC exec to a post overseeing unscripted programming at its Xbox studios. AMC's Ari Mark is said to be leaving the network to join the new Xbox programming unit.

Comcast, Twitter Expand Tweet-Based TV Viewing
Engadget
Comcast and Twitter made it easy to watch TV online when they launched their "See It" social platform for the cable giant's customers. Comcast has now reached deals with nine more channel and TV service providers, including ABC, Discovery and Time Warner Cable.

ABC Family Hires Nickelodeon Veteran as Chief
Los Angeles Times
Disney has hired a former Nickelodeon and Newsweek exec to run its ABC Family cable network. Tom Ascheim, who has ties to Disney Media Networks co-chair Anne Sweeney, will become president of ABC Family. He and Sweeney once worked together at Nickelodeon.

A+E Networks to Rebrand Bio Channel as FYI
TV By the Numbers
A+E Networks said it plans to rebrand the company's Bio Channel as FYI in summer 2014. A&E describes FYI as "a contemporary lifestyle network reflecting how people actually live their lives today." The new network is said to be developing more than 30 potential new series.

Bloomberg to Launch News Channel in Malaysia
Malaysian Insider
Bloomberg Television has entered into a partnership with former Malaysian minister and founder of ntv7 Dato Sri Mohd Effendi Norwawi's Encorp Group. Bloomberg and Encorp have plans to collaborate to launch the first business news channel in Malaysia in 2014.

NBC News Contract with Curry Expires in 2014
Hollywood Reporter
What will Ann Curry do next? The veteran newswoman's deal with NBC News has a window in early 2014, and speculation is swirling about plans for the longtime correspondent. Insiders note that she wants to move on in the wake of her awkward 2012 exit from "Today."

Fox News' Kelly Emerges as Network's Bright Star
Washington Post
Megyn Kelly's show debuted just two months ago and is now second only to Bill O'Reilly in the ratings, which means she's the No. 2 person on cable news's No. 1 channel. Her Fox News show draws more viewers than CNN's Piers Morgan and MSNBC's Rachel Maddow combined.

NBC 'Today' Show Apologizes for 'Offensive' Joke
Daily News
Reporting on the uproar over the apparently fraudulent sign language interpreter who worked the stage during the Nelson Mandela memorial service, an unidentified producer on NBC's "Today" show popped in an inset and mimed his own fake sign language.

Hearst Pushes for Ban of 'Most Dangerous' Aereo
MediaPost
Aereo poses a threat to over-the-air broadcast services, Hearst has said in new court papers. Hearst, which owns ABC affiliate WCVB in Boston, made the argument as part of its attempt to convince an appeals court to ban the online video company from operating.

FCC Proposes Study of TV Station News Process
Adweek
A new study proposed by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission aims to examine the news process at TV stations — how stories are selected, prioritized and produced. To do that, the study would query journalists and station owners about their news philosophy.

Fox News Journo Allowed to Keep Sources Secret
Reuters
A Fox News reporter will not have to divulge the confidential sources who provided information for her story on the 2012 mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater, New York's highest court has ruled. Ordering Jana Winter to testify "would undermine freedom of the press."

A&E 'Bonnie & Clyde' Simulcast Racks Up Viewers
Adweek
The body count for A+E Networks's roadblock telecast of its period drama "Bonnie & Clyde" is high: 9.8 million viewers across Lifetime, A&E and History, with a 25-to-54 demo viewership of 4.2 million. The second part of the two-night event aired Monday evening.

NBC Commits to Another Live Musical Production
Hollywood Reporter
NBC is looking to start a new holiday tradition. After the success of the ambitious "The Sound of Music Live!" last week that drew 18.6 million viewers, the network is committing to staging another live family-friendly musical production for the holiday season in 2014.

Weather Channel to 'Brand' New Host Champion
Daily News
Sam Champion recently left ABC's "Good Morning America" to go to the Weather Channel, where he will be "branding himself." Champion will "appear on merchandise" for the cable network. "They're going to plaster his face on raincoats, boots, umbrellas, mugs, hats."

Sportsman Channel Taps Palin to Host Program
Associated Press
The Sportsman Channel has hired Sarah Palin to be host of a weekly outdoors program that will celebrate the "red, wild and blue" lifestyle. The program, "Amazing America," will debut next April. Palin's stature as a personality "validates the whole category."

Fox News Said to Pay Fired Ailes Aide $8 Million
Gawker
Last week, the New York Times reported that Fox News had reached an out-of-court settlement with Brian Lewis, the former Roger Ailes aide who was abruptly fired in July. A Fox News exec with knowledge of the negotiations said that Lewis was paid about $8 million.

Report: TV's Grip on Global Ad Spending to End
Financial Times
Television's hold on advertising budgets is beginning to falter, as forecasts indicate TV's share of global ads is set to peak after three decades of growth. Digital media and the rise of online video are the top competitors for ad dollars. "There will be quite a lot of disruption."

Comcast Seeks Bank Advice on Time Warner Cable
Reuters
Comcast is said to have tapped JPMorgan for advice as it evaluates a potential bid for Time Warner Cable. The top U.S. cable provider brought in the bank to help review options as speculation about cable industry consolidation increased in the past several months.

Time Warner Cable Names Exec to Oversee Deals
Bloomberg
Time Warner Cable has named a new head of mergers and acquisitions amid speculation that other carriers are preparing a bid for the No. 2 U.S. cable company. Christian Lee, VP of investments, will replace SVP Satish Adige, who is retiring after 28 years at the company.

FCC Asks Sinclair to Revise Allbritton Deal Plan
Wall Street Journal
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has asked Sinclair to amend or withdraw its plans to use so-called sidecar companies as part of its acquisition of Allbritton's TV stations, an unusual level of scrutiny for a tactic that has helped fuel broadcast-industry consolidation.

Netflix's 'Cards' Film Studio Eyed by Guggenheim
Hollywood Reporter
Media Rights Capital, the film and TV studio behind Netflix's "House of Cards" and the hit movie "Ted," is said to be in talks to sell a share of the company to financial services giant Guggenheim Partners, owner of Dick Clark Productions and backer of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Clear Channel Exec Helps Make Miley a Mega-Star
Daily News
Tom Poleman, Clear Channel's president of programming, is the man who made Miley Cyrus, Rihanna and Katy Perry famous. As the exec who decides what songs are played on 850 Clear Channel stations, Poleman has weighed in about what he really thinks of the artists.

CBS Telecast Announces Nominees for Grammys
Bloomberg
Jay Z has received nine Grammy Award nominations, the most of any artist for the music industry's top honor, while "Get Lucky" performers Daft Punk and pop singer Taylor Swift will vie for album of the year. Nominees were announced during a CBS telecast from Los Angeles.

NBCUniversal to Shut Down Style Network in UK
World Screen
NBCUniversal has decided to shut down the Style Network in the U.K., where it has been operating since 2008. The focus in the U.K. will be on the existing Universal Channel, E!, Syfy and Movies 24 brands. In the U.S., NBCU has rebranded Style Network as Esquire Network.

Esquire Network Drops 'Sex,' Hones In on Guys
Adweek
Esquire Network has aired repeats of "Sex and the City" no fewer than 151 times since the channel's launch Sept. 23. "Sex," a holdover from Esquire predecessor Style Network, was never designed to be anything more than a placeholder. Esquire net has dropped the show.

NBC 'Sound of Music' Alive for Millions of Viewers
Associated Press
"The Sound of Music" has the sound of a hit for NBC. Some 18.6 million viewers tuned in to the live telecast of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. It was NBC's best Thursday average, excluding sports programming, since the 2004 series finale of "Frasier."

ABC to Keep 'Peanuts' Specials Through 2020
EW
The Peanuts gang will stay on ABC for many more years. The network has inked an extension with Peanuts Worldwide and Lee Mendelson Film Productions to keep specials like "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" and "A Charlie Brown Christmas" through 2020.

Al Jazeera America Arrives in Top U.S. Markets
Crain's New York
Al Jazeera America, which had its official launch in August, has launched again — on Time Warner Cable in New York City, Los Angeles and Dallas. The arrival of the U.S. offshoot of the Qatar-owned news operation in New York could help boost the channel's appeal to advertisers.

CNN's HLN to Become 'Social Media' Network
TVNewser
HLN president Albie Hecht is said to have discussed with employees a plan to turn the CNN sibling channel into the "social media network," translating the immediacy of social media to TV. HLN staffers from New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta attended the meeting.

FCC to Delay Reverse Auction of TV Airwaves
Dow Jones
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has delayed a planned reverse auction of TV airwaves until 2015, a decision that reflects the agency's intent on getting the complex proceeding right. At the auction, TV stations will consider bids to relinquish their airwaves.

Time Warner Cable's Next CEO Mulls Company Sale
Bloomberg
Rob Marcus said he has the background to know a good deal when he sees it. The CFO of Time Warner Cable will replace Glenn Britt as CEO on Jan. 1, amid intense speculation that the company will be acquired. "Rob is a transaction guy. Rob is well suited for this role."

Comcast-Time Warner Cable U.S. Blessing 'Unlikely'
Wall Street Journal
Any effort by Comcast to acquire Time Warner Cable would face significant hurdles in Washington, according to Ajit Pai, a U.S. Federal Communications Commission official, casting doubt on a cable-industry consolidation scenario that has grabbed Wall Street attention.

DirecTV Sues Dish Retailer for Satellite-TV Trickery
Hollywood Reporter
DirecTV has filed a racketeering lawsuit against Dish One, a retailer for Dish Network, alleging a "ruse" to convince its customers to switch providers. The plaintiff said it has obtained training videos that teach Dish One's sales force how to impersonate DirecTV reps.

Sirius XM, NBA Team Up for New Radio Channel
San Antonio Business
Sirius XM will launch a channel on Dec. 9 dedicated to the NBA. Sirius XM NBA Radio will provide 24/7 coverage of the league 365 days a year. The new channel will showcase more than 14 live NBA games each week and a daily schedule of NBA-focused news and talk.

Clear Channel Switches Limbaugh on L.A. Stations
Los Angeles Times
Rush Limbaugh's radio tirades will have a new home in Los Angeles next year. KFI-AM is losing the conservative host's three-hour show, long a fixture on the station, to sibling KTLK-AM, which owner Clear Channel hopes to pump up as an outlet for right-leaning chatter.

Time Warner Cable Names New Operating Chief
Wall Street Journal
Time Warner Cable said Dinni Jain will join the cable operator as its new chief operating officer, succeeding incoming CEO Robert Marcus. Jain is the former COO of Insight Communications, which Time Warner Cable acquired last year. He joined Insight in 2002 as CFO.

Comcast Carriage Spat Heads to Supreme Court
Multichannel News
The Tennis Channel has volleyed its carriage complaint against Comcast to the U.S. Supreme Court. "We are seeking Supreme Court review of the D.C. Circuit's decision because the lower court strayed from longstanding federal discrimination law," the Tennis Channel said.

Report: Breaking TV Bundle Would Cost Viewers
BuzzFeed
A Needham & Co. report estimates that letting consumers buy their channels "a la carte" would result in $113 million in lost value and cost 1.4 million jobs. "Based on 2012 viewing levels, allowing consumers to choose their own channel packages would end up killing 124 networks."

Nielsen: People Are Watching TV More Than Ever
AllThingsD
At first glance, Nielsen's new "cross platform" report appears to indicate that TV viewing decreased in the last quarter. However, the Nielsen chart doesn't factor in video-on-demand viewing, which is skyrocketing. "People still like TV. They just like to watch it on their own timetable."

DirecTV Invests in Digital Entertainment Startups
Variety
DirecTV announced that it has made strategic investments in two digital entertainment startups — video-aggregation provider LiveClips and second-screen app developer i.TV — and the company is working with both to integrate their technology in its own offerings.

Sky to Offer Movie Rentals to Non-Subscribers
Guardian
Sky plans to open its movie rental service to non-subscribers for the first time, looking to compete more directly with video-on-demand services including Netflix. The pay-TV firm intends to make an initial 1,200 titles, including "Man of Steel" and "The Hangover 3," available.

Fox Sells Out Super Bowl with $4 Million Ad Spots
Adweek
Fox has sold the last of its Super Bowl spots, securing an average rate of $4 million per 30 seconds of airtime for the Feb. 2 broadcast. Media buyers said that latecomers who urgently wanted to break into the NFL's marquee event invested up to $4.5 million per 30 seconds.

ESPN, CBS, Fox Set for Bidding War Over Tebow
USA Today
Tim Tebow, the telegenic former quarterback, will almost certainly be a college football TV analyst next year, either for ESPN, CBS or Fox, according to multiple sources. All three networks have expressed interest in Tebow, and ESPN "already has a show set in place for him."

MSNBC Host Bashir to Depart After Palin Remark
New York Post
MSNBC has lost a second host with the resignation of Martin Bashir. The British reporter issued a statement saying he regretted comments he made about Sarah Palin and confirmed his exit. His departure comes just weeks after the exit of Alec Baldwin, another MSNBC host.

CNN Boss Zucker to Make Major Changes at HLN
Daily News
CNN boss Jeff Zucker is said to be planning changes in prime time. He is actually "closer" to shaking up sibling channel HLN. "Nothing is off the table," including possibly dropping host Nancy Grace. "By this time next year, you’re going to be looking at a whole new HLN."

Sirius XM Faces Multiple Lawsuits Over Older Music
Hollywood Reporter
Sirius XM is facing a $100 million class-action lawsuit in California for distributing and performing songs created before 1972, when sound recordings began falling under federal copyright protection. Sirius XM is also facing lawsuits in New York, Florida and other venues.

Charter: We Don't Need to Buy Time Warner Cable
CNBC
The cable companies believed to be interested in buying Time Warner Cable have made for a "rather frothy experience," said Charter CEO Tom Rutledge. However, he added, "Charter doesn't need to do any acquisitions to be a successful company."

Time Warner Cable to Carry Al Jazeera America
Los Angeles Times
Time Warner Cable will start carrying the news channel Al Jazeera America this week. According to the cable operator's website, AJA will launch as early as this Friday on many Time Warner Cable systems around the country, including those in New York and Los Angeles.

HBO to Deliver Shows on Google Play in the U.K.
World Screen
Google has secured an agreement with HBO to make shows such as "Game of Thrones" and "Boardwalk Empire" available on its TV service, Google Play, in the U.K. The pact follows on a previous deal in the U.S. that saw HBO shows being added to the Google Play store.

ESPN, NBC Major League Soccer Deals to Expire
TheStreet
The TV rights for Major League Soccer, currently held by ESPN and NBC Sports Network, will expire at the end of 2014, affording the league the chance to secure a new deal. Competition among TV and online networks has intensified, giving the league more potential bidders.

OWN to Launch Second 'Oprah's Lifeclass' Course
TheWrap
School is back in session at OWN. Following the huge response for its first e-course with Brenι Brown, the cable network is moving forward on a second set of courses. "Oprah's Lifeclass Presents Brenι Brown: The Gifts of Imperfection Part Two" will begin in March 2014.

ABC Nixes Barbara Walters' 'Fascinating' Top Pick
Daily News
Barbara Walters is said to have pushed hard to have NSA leaker Edward Snowden at the top of her list of "The 10 Most Fascinating People of the Year" — but in the end was overruled by ABC network brass. Snowden, however, managed to land further down on Walters' list.

CNN: Ad Buyers Call for More Changes from CEO
New York Post
Hey, Jeff Zucker, can you spare some change? As the CEO of CNN Worldwide nears his first anniversary atop the once-mighty cable news network, ad buyers are far from bowled over by the start of the Zucker era, according to interviews with several top power brokers.

Fox Business Taps Former MTV VJ as Show Host
Hollywood Reporter
Fox Business Network has announced that '90s MTV VJ Kennedy has been tapped to host a prime-time series about economics. Lisa Kennedy Montgomery will topline "The Independents," a new program that intends to focus on the protection of economic and civil liberties.

Time Warner Cable Offers Cheaper Bundle with HBO
GigaOM
Time Warner Cable is experimenting with cheaper bundles in an effort to keep customers from cancelling their cable service. The pay-TV provider has introduced a "Starter TV with HBO" offering that includes access to 20 channels, including HBO and HBO Go, for $30 a month.

FCC's New Chairman Vows to Promote Competition
Washington Post
Tom Wheeler, the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, has vowed to promote competition. In his first policy speech as the U.S. agency's head, Wheeler said he prefers a light approach to regulation. "I am a believer in the power of the marketplace."

ABC News' Champion to Exit for Weather Channel
Associated Press
"Good Morning America" weather anchor Sam Champion is leaving ABC News to join the Weather Channel. Champion will anchor the network's new flagship morning show, which will debut in early 2014. Champion will also assume managing editor responsibilities.

CNN's Zucker Plans Massive Prime-Time Shakeup
Capital New York
After almost a year of tinkering, CNN head Jeff Zucker has concluded that a news channel cannot subsist on news alone. So he is planning much broader changes for the network — including a prime-time shakeup that is likely to make CNN traditionalists cringe.

CNBC, Fox Business, Bloomberg See Ratings Drop
Wall Street Journal
Viewership is weak at business-focused cable TV channels CNBC, Fox and Bloomberg, in part a reflection of the way individual investors have ceded stock trading to large institutional investors. Plus, "it isn't always fun to watch" bad news about the economy.

Time Warner Cable CEO Could Exit with Big Pay
Reuters
Time Warner Cable, being circled by potential buyers, could pay out more than $50 million to incoming CEO Robert Marcus as part of his contract, if the company is bought while he is chief exec and he gets replaced. Marcus is set to take over the top job from Glenn Britt on Jan. 1.

Dish Investors Can't Exclude Ergen From Bidding
Bloomberg
Charlie Ergen, Dish Network's chairman and controlling shareholder, can't be excluded from the satellite TV firm's bid in LightSquared's bankruptcy auction, a Nevada judge ruled in a shareholder lawsuit. Shareholders presented "no evidence of irreparable harm."

CBS Affiliate Promotes 'Anchorman' in Newscast
Associated Press
Will Ferrell reprised his "Anchorman" role for an evening news broadcast on KXMB, a CBS affiliate in Bismarck, N.D. The actor was promoting "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," a sequel to the 2004 film about the exploits of fictional news anchor Ron Burgundy.

Trinity Broadcasting Founder Crouch Dies at 79
Reuters
Paul Crouch, the U.S. televangelist who founded one of the world's largest Christian broadcasting networks, died Saturday at age 79. His Trinity Broadcasting Network beamed Christian programs to over 84 satellite channels and more than 18,000 TV and cable affiliates.

Comcast Tests Ad Tech to Capture Binge Viewers
Reuters
Comcast is testing new advertising technology that inserts up-to-date commercials into past episodes of TV shows that are available on demand, a development that could help TV networks generate additional revenue. The new technology "has pretty big implications."

Cox Mulls Joining Bidding for Time Warner Cable
Wall Street Journal
Cox Communications is said to be considering jumping into the bidding for Time Warner Cable, the latest twist in a fast-evolving takeover battle for the second-largest U.S. cable operator. The deal interest comes as cable companies are trying to get bigger amid industry challenges.

Clear Channel, CMT in Country Music Partnership
New York Times
Clear Channel has announced a partnership with CMT that will involve cross-promotion on the two companies' various media platforms. The deal calls for both the radio giant and the Viacom-owned country cable TV channel to develop and share programming.

Nickelodeon, Amazon Sell Toys in Special Shops
CNET
Nickelodeon and Amazon have launched three Nick-themed shops dedicated to Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Shoppers will be able to download one episode of each of the series for free through Saturday.

Rogers Gives NHL Its Largest Media Rights Deal
SI Wire
The NHL has signed the largest media rights deal in its history, the league announced. The $5.2 billion, 12-year agreement gives Rogers Communications exclusive rights in Canada on all platforms and in all languages. The deal begins with the 2014-15 season.

Sinclair Hires FCC Adviser for Washington Office
Baltimore Business
Sinclair Broadcast Group has hired a Federal Communications Commission adviser to lead a new Washington, D.C., office. Rebecca Hanson, a former senior adviser in the FCC's media bureau, will be responsible for the new office's development and oversight.

CBS: Logan to Take Leave for '60 Minutes' Report
Associated Press
CBS has ordered "60 Minutes" correspondent Lara Logan and her producer to take a leave of absence following a critical internal review of their handling of the show's October story on the Benghazi raid, based on a report on a supposed witness whose story can't be verified.

MSNBC, Baldwin Part Ways After Anti-Gay Rant
New York Post
Alec Baldwin's weekly MSNBC show, "Up Late with Alec Baldwin," has been canceled following a controversy that erupted over the host's reported homophobic rant at a photographer. A spokeswoman for MSNBC said: "This is a mutual parting and we wish Alec all the best."

CNN: Female Viewers Flock to Piers, Anderson
Variety
Piers Morgan's CNN program isn't the most watched among the three big U.S. cable-news outlets, but it does have something many of the shows in this niche don't: a greater concentration of female viewers. Anderson Cooper's show has the second-greatest concentration.

NBC's Gregory to 'Tweet the Press' in Interviews
USA Today
David Gregory, host of TV's longest-running program, "Meet the Press," has launched online text interviews, called "#TweetThePress," which run midweek on the NBC show's Twitter page. "It's fun to have a conversation where everyone can be watching, but they can also join in."

ESPN's Mobile Traffic Edges Desktop Once Again
MediaPost
With the college football, NFL, NBA, and NHL seasons all underway in October, and the World Series in progress, ESPN saw its highest monthly digital usage total to date. And for the second straight month, ESPN saw traffic to its mobile properties outpace that on the desktop.

Comcast, Charter Eye Time Warner Cable Breakup
Bloomberg
Comcast and Charter are said to have discussed a joint bid to buy cable rival Time Warner Cable and divvy up its customers. The talks between Comcast and Charter have been preliminary, and a Time Warner Cable breakup is one option amid several under consideration.

NBC to Fold iVillage Website for Women Into 'Today'
TVNewser
iVillage, one of the earliest websites for women, is expected to be folded into Today.com next spring, resulting in the loss of up to 12 jobs. "Combining strong lifestyle brands under the 'Today' banner will give iVillage much bigger reach," a spokesperson said.

Fox 'Family Guy' Fans in Online Plea Over Character
EW
"Family Guy" talking pooch Brian has been run over by a car and has "died," sparking fan outrage. One viewer of the animated series launched an online petition demanding writers revive the character: "Family Guy and Fox will lose viewers if Brian is not brought back."

NBC News Appoints Chief Global Correspondent
Variety
NBC News has named veteran ITV News journalist Bill Neely as its chief global correspondent, the second big hire the NBCUniversal unit made from that British outlet under the new leadership of Deborah Turness. Neely has served as ITV News international editor for the last 11 years.

CNN Nabs Bloomberg, ESPN Digital Video Veteran
Adweek
Chris Berend has joined CNN as VP of digital video development. Berend most recently was head of video for Bloomberg Media. Prior to Bloomberg, Berend logged six years at ESPN, including stints with ESPN magazine and the company's digital and mobile businesses.

CNN Founder Turner's Health Said to Be Slipping
Fortune
Ted Turner's physical health and memory are said to be slipping. The legendary founder of CNN and former Time Warner exec insists that his health is "OK but not great." Said Turner, 75: "I have both sleep apnea and atrial fibrillation, which are both debilitating conditions."

Clear Channel Creates Radio Station for Airports
MediaPost
Travelers at Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports will have access to a custom radio station this holiday season courtesy of Clear Channel. It just launched AIR Chicago, a round-the-clock airport radio station delivering airport traffic, weather, business news and music.

Comcast, NBCUniversal Sued by Owner of Astros
Associated Press
Houston Astros owner Jim Crane has sued the team's former owner, as well as Comcast and NBCUniversal, alleging he has lost possibly hundreds of millions of dollars because they misrepresented the value of a regional TV network that broadcasts his team's games.

Liberty Global's Next Frontier Could Be Content
Wall Street Journal
Liberty Global already has bought almost every big cable operator in Europe. But the cable company's deal making might not be limited to pipes. Instead, its next battleground could be media content. Some cable operators see benefits to owning both distribution and content.

ESPN Boosts Video in Redo of ScoreCenter App
AllThingsD
ESPN has revamped its ScoreCenter app, renaming it SportsCenter and adding more content. The new app offers a lot of video, taken from ESPN's cable service, often minutes after it aired. Plus, users can personalize stories by telling ESPN which sports and teams they follow.

Liberty Global Not Sure Mobile Is a 'Must-Have'
Reuters
Liberty Global, Europe's biggest cable group, will sell mobile services as part of all-inclusive bundles across its 12 markets in the coming years. But it is not yet convinced that such so-called quadruple-play offers are a big attraction. "Our strategy on mobile is defensive."

Time Warner Cable Renames NY1 to Fight Rivals
Daily News
Time Warner Cable plans to rename its NY1 local news channel as Time Warner Cable News NY1. Top TWC execs are said to have become frustrated with competition from services like Verizon Fios. "If people leave [TWC] they don't know that they're going to lose NY1."

Oprah Honored with Medal of Freedom by Obama
Chicago Tribune
Oprah Winfrey was among 16 figures honored by President Obama with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest U.S. civilian honor. Winfrey was praised for her work in media and philanthropy. Other honorees included former Washington Post top editor Ben Bradlee.

Nickelodeon: Kids Spending More Time with Screens
Time
Nickelodeon research has found that technology and media play a different role among "post-millennial" children. That includes a full 35 hours of TV a week — a 2.2-hour increase since the 2009 survey. And those TV hours are in addition to more time with a tablet or other devices.

Gannett TV Stations Copy USA Today Look Online
NewscastStudio
A number of Gannett TV stations have unveiled new websites that use the same look and feel as its parent company's flagship newspaper USA Today. The new sites maintain most of USAToday.com's design, including the left and right browsing arrows and navigation bar.

ABC Shuffles Prime-Time Lineup Amid Struggles
New York Times
ABC, the network that has struggled most in the ratings this fall, has announced a series of changes to its prime-time schedule, which included the addition of five new series and the cancellation of one flop — the soapy drama "Betrayal," which saw some of fall's lowest ratings.

NBC News Seeks 'Big Idea' to Improve Network
Huffington Post
NBC News has been trying to shake things up, according to a staff memo. The network recently launched a program, "Big Idea Bureau," to encourage viewers to share their innovative ideas in an effort to improve content and products. NBC News has selected the top 10 finalists.

Fox Sports Names President of Regional Networks
Los Angeles Times
Fox Sports has promoted Jeff Krolik to president of its regional networks. Krolik, who had served as EVP of Fox Sports Regional Networks, will oversee 22 regional channels. He also will be responsible for the Spanish-language Fox Deportes. Krolik is a veteran of HBO.

CNN Re-Ups Anderson Cooper Though 2016 Election
Hollywood Reporter
Anderson Cooper has signed a new deal with CNN that will keep him at the cable news network through the 2016 presidential election. The pact keeps Cooper in CNN's nightly lineup for the foreseeable future. Cooper is among the network's most recognizable personalities.

MSNBC 'Cold' to Return of Suspended Alec Baldwin
New York Post
MSNBC chiefs "are not falling over themselves" to get suspended host Alec Baldwin back in the building. One insider said: "He would only show up at work an hour a week to prep for the show, and when he did turn up, he was in an angry mood, red-faced and shouting at the staff."

ESPN's FiveThirtyEight Nabs Talent for Relaunch
USA Today
FiveThirtyEight.com, a data-driven news site founded by statistician-journalist Nate Silver and funded by ESPN, is beefing up staffing in time for its relaunch in early 2014. Mike Wilson, formerly of the Tampa Bay Times, will oversee all editorial activity as its managing editor.

CNN Acquires Film by Washington Post Journalist
Associated Press
Jose Antonio Vargas, a former Washington Post journalist who later revealed he has been living in the country illegally since childhood, has made a documentary about his experience. Vargas announced that he is selling broadcast rights for the project to CNN Films.

DirecTV to Stream 30-Plus Channels Out-of-Home
Multichannel News
DirecTV said it will offer authenticated streaming access to more than 30 channels out-of-the-home, including HBO, Starz, Showtime and channels from the Scripps Networks stable, and about 100 networks in the home on personal computers and other mobile devices.

Report: Connected TV Streaming to Go Mainstream
World Screen
Streaming content on a connected TV device is nearly as popular as watching live TV in prime time, according to a survey of 18- to 49-year-olds from video site Crackle. The data also indicates that 51% of likely cord-cutters will replace the pay-TV package for a connected TV.

YouTube Apologizes After Suffering Brief Outage
CNET
YouTube suffered a glitch Monday afternoon leaving some users unable to access the service. A YouTube spokesman did not have any information on the cause: "Some people encountered errors, or a slower than normal experience. We worked quickly to address the issue."

Revolt Unveils Mobile 'MTV for Millennials' Website
Fast Company
Sean "Diddy" Combs's new Revolt music cable channel has unveiled a website at Revolt.TV, which aims to integrate with the broadcast channel to create a multi-platform "MTV for millennials." The site intends to be a place where younger audiences can "find and share music."

Discovery, Time Warner Cable in Streaming Deal
Wall Street Journal
Time Warner Cable subscribers will soon be able to watch shows from the Discovery Channel or Animal Planet online, including on tablets and smartphones, thanks to a new deal. Discovery Communications has been slow to make deals with distributors that included such rights.

CNBC Live Streaming Excludes Time Warner Cable
Variety
CNBC has begun letting biz-news junkies watch live programming on Apple iOS devices — but Time Warner Cable customers won't be able to access the service for now. One of the problems with TV Everywhere is that access is contingent on individual deals with each provider.

Fox Business Nabs CNBC 'Money Honey' Bartiromo
New York Post
CNBC business-news anchor Maria Bartiromo plans to jump to rival Fox Business Network after her current five-year contract expires this month. The move caps "20 years of groundbreaking work" at CNBC. Said one former TV news exec: "Maria is a huge loss for CNBC."

CNN Anchor Lemon to Host New One-Topic Show
Mediaite
CNN anchor Don Lemon is said to be getting his own program in the 11 p.m. hour on the cable news network. It will be a one-topic show "tackling important issues of the day, either reported or vastly underreported, from Lemon's perspective." The show will be tested in December.

Comcast SportsNet to Provide Coverage for NBC10
Philadelphia Inquirer
Beginning in January, Philadelphia station NBC10 will get its sports coverage from the 150-employee Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia regional sports network. The partnership had been rumored since Comcast acquired control of NBCUniversal in early 2011.

Discovery: The Birth of an International TV Star
Barron's
CEO David Zaslav has created programming that aims to take advantage of Discovery's global distribution capabilities. Discovery's nonfiction content features science, animals and technology — which don't require a lot of translation. "There's a lot more growth ahead."

Fox's 'Simpsons' Enters Cable TV, Streaming Deal
Wall Street Journal
FXX, the new youth-oriented channel from 21st Century Fox, has bought rerun rights to "The Simpsons," bringing the show to a cable channel for the first time. Most significantly, the animated sitcom will be available on demand, through FXX's new mobile streaming app.

Dish Network, Media General End Retrans Dispute
Broadcasting & Cable
Media General and Dish Network have resolved their retransmission consent dispute. Terms were not disclosed, but the resolution came only a day after Media General told U.S. regulators that Dish should be sanctioned for a laundry list of alleged sins.

Al Jazeera America Fails to Attract U.S. Audience
New York Post
Al Jazeera America, the U.S. offshoot of the Mideast news outfit, has attracted fewer than half of the viewers who tuned in to its predecessor, Al Gore's Current TV. AJA has averaged just 13,000 viewers a day since its launch — on par with a public-access channel.

Fox News, BBC Face 'Mainstream Media' Protests
RT
Thousands of people united in their rejection of mainstream media held protests this weekend in cities ranging from New York to London to Kansas City, decrying a narrow coverage of world affairs. The headquarters of Fox News and the BBC were among the news outlets targeted.

MSNBC Show Might Not Return, Baldwin Says
Huffington Post
Alec Baldwin's new MSNBC talk show was suspended for two episodes after the actor was videotaped purportedly using an anti-gay epithet. "If the show dies," Baldwin wrote on Huffington Post, "its fate ends up being no different than the vast majority of start-up TV programming."

Aereo Might Bring End of Broadcast TV Sports
Multichannel News
If Aereo wins its court case, the World Series, Super Bowl and probably the regular seasons of pro baseball and football will be moving to ESPN, TNT and other pay outlets. That was the message from Major League Baseball and the National Football League to the Supreme Court.

HBO Nabs Oliver After 'Daily Show' Substitute Gig
Associated Press
HBO said that John Oliver will get his own weekly show after his winning turn as substitute host for "The Daily Show's" Jon Stewart. Next year, Oliver's new Sunday-night program will take a satirical look at current events. HBO said it liked Oliver's "distinct voice."

Fox to Embed Scripted TV Show Clips in Tweets
CNET
Fox will soon begin embedding clips from some of its popular TV shows in tweets. As part of Twitter's Amplify program, the network will post highlights from shows like "Glee" and "The Mindy Project." The video clips will be accompanied by ads from Fox partner American Express.

CBS Open to Negotiate with Dish Over Ad Skipper
Deadline
CBS boss Les Moonves has taken Charlie Ergen at his word after the Dish Network chief said that there is a way for broadcasters to benefit from his Hopper DVR, which automatically zaps ads. "We're willing to negotiate," said Moonves. Still, "we need to get paid for our content."

CNN Brings In Time Warner Exec as Zucker Deputy
New York Post
Gary Ginsberg, EVP of corporate communications at Time Warner, is expected to join CNN as a deputy to chief Jeff Zucker. Time Warner is still hammering out the exact title Ginsberg will take. But whatever the new position is named, it will be in essence No. 2 to Zucker.

FCC Eases Foreign Investment Limit for Broadcast
Fox Business
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has voted to relax decades-old rules that effectively prohibited foreign owners from having more than a 25% stake in American TV and radio stations. "It will encourage ownership diversity, it will expand localism."

CBS Wants Advertisers to Pay for Delayed Viewing
Deadline
Les Moonves isn't prepared to stop once he persuades advertisers to pay for viewers who watch commercials as much as seven days after a show airs — a change the CBS chief expects to see next year from the current live-plus-three days. "We're pushing for live plus 30."

MSG Seeks $300 Million in Sale of Fuse Network
New York Post
Fuse, the niche music network owned by MSG, is said to be looking to fetch at least $300 million in a sale, leading at least one bidder to balk at the price tag. CBS, which is looking to grow its cable entertainment portfolio, is considered a likely buyer for Fuse.

Endemol Plans Premium Digital Channel Network
World Screen
Endemol said it is investing $40.4 million to expand its digital video operations via a new division. The new Endemol Beyond plans to set up a network of premium channels on YouTube, Yahoo, MSN, Dailymotion and other platforms that will feature original digital content.

Dish Says Too Early for Web to Challenge Pay TV
Deadline
Don't include Dish Network chief Charlie Ergen among the observers who believe cable and satellite companies could soon face competition from an outfit that offers a similar bundle of channels via the web. "In the short term, it's unclear that that's going to happen."

Report: Pay TV Loses 113,000 Customers in Quarter
Los Angeles Times
This year will probably be the worst for the pay-TV industry in terms of customer retention, according to a new report by MoffettNathanson. Pay TV — which includes cable, satellite and phone companies — is said to have lost 113,000 subscribers during the third quarter.

NBC Buys Comedy Show from YouTube Personality
Deadline
YouTube star Shane Dawson is bringing his brand to TV. NBC has put in development "Losin' It," a workplace comedy based on Dawson's real-life experiences. The 25-year-old Dawson is one of YouTube's most popular personalities, with more than 9 million subscribers.

Bravo Deal Touts Andy Cohen as Face of Network
New York Times
Andy Cohen has agreed to a two-year deal to extend his work on "Watch What Happens Live," while his new production company will develop shows for the network. He will give up his position as EVP for development but will remain as "Real Housewives" executive producer.

MSNBC Launches New App for 'TV Everywhere'
Lost Remote
Hot off the heels of the relaunch of MSNBC.com, the cable channel has launched a new app for iPhone, iPad and iTouch. The app allows users to stream live MSNBC programming, watch clips from past shows and watch full episodes of shows such as "Hardball with Chris Matthews."

CNN Website Relaunch Delayed Until Early 2014
Capital New York
CNN's new website, $15 million and a decade in the making, was scheduled to launch this fall. Now, the site relaunch has been pushed to early 2014, after unexpected technical issues. CNN boss Jeff Zucker said that the site must offer "big pictures and big headlines."

MTV, Major League Baseball Unveil Partnership
Associated Press
MTV Networks and Major League Baseball plan to collaborate on a weekly 30-episode series that melds pop culture and baseball. Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz and Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star outfielder Andrew McCutchen are both executive producers of the new series.

Weather Channel to Begin Airing Forecasts 24/7
Advertising Age
The Weather Channel has recommitting to the weather. The cable network will begin airing forecasts and other weather updates 24 hours a day, even during commercial breaks, along the bottom of the screen. "We are getting back to our roots as a company."

Dish Adds Pay-TV Customers, Defies Expectations
Reuters
Dish Network has posted quarterly results that beat Wall Street estimates as it added 35,000 pay-TV subscribers, far exceeding expectations. Analysts had expected Dish to lose 39,000 subscribers in the quarter. Dish has been trying to diversify beyond its pay-TV business.

BSkyB's Falling Value Could Attract Murdoch Bid
Telegraph
The sharp fall in BSkyB's shares could increase its appeal to buyers hunting for a bargain. Rupert Murdoch is seen as almost certain to have another try, if he thinks there is the slimmest slip of a chance that the phone-hacking scandal has not permanently scotched his chances.

NBC News President Hires Former ITV Colleague
Los Angeles Times
In her first major hire since taking over as president of NBC News in August, Deborah Turness has raided her old shop ITV News and tapped Julian March, ITV's director of online, for a similar role at NBC News. March will serve as SVP of editorial and innovation.

CNN Hires New York Times Media Reporter Stelter
Politico
CNN has hired Brian Stelter, media reporter for the New York Times, to serve as the new host of "Reliable Sources," its Sunday media program, and as a full-time media reporter on its digital side. Stelter will leave the New York Times in order to take on the new job.

CBS Simon & Schuster Drops Book on Benghazi
Bloomberg
CBS's Simon & Schuster has withdrawn a book about the 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, following new information that undermined its credibility and a report on "60 Minutes." CBS News has apologized for the "60 Minutes” report on the attack.

ABC Anchor Says Test on Show Found Cancer
New York Times
ABC anchor Amy Robach had avoided a mammogram screening for one year when a "Good Morning America" producer asked her to consider undergoing a televised mammogram. Robach has announced on "GMA" that she will undergo a double mastectomy later this week.

NBC to Air Richard Branson's Space Flight Live
Reuters
Virgin Group founder Richard Branson has announced that NBC will track preparations and broadcast the inaugural flight of his Virgin Galactic rocket plane into space. If tests and plans go according to schedule, Branson and his two children could blast off into space next August.

CNN Lays Off Entertainment Producers in Reshuffle
TheWrap
CNN is said to have laid off top producers from its entertainment group in a reshuffle of the unit. The changes are "part of a plan to restructure the cable news network's approach to entertainment coverage." Sister network HLN's "Showbiz Tonight" is apparently not affected.

MTV: Miley Twerks at Europe Music Awards Show
Associated Press
Miley Cyrus smoked a joint on stage and twerked with a dwarf during the MTV Europe Music Awards in Amsterdam. The pop star also took home the best video award. Marijuana is not legal in the Netherlands, but smokers can't be prosecuted for possessing small amounts.

Clear Channel's iHeartRadio Nabs 40 Million Users
TechCrunch
IHeartRadio said it has topped 40 million registered users and 260 million downloads since the digital radio service relaunched in September 2011. This growth rate is said to be second only to Instagram among top digital services like Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter.

Comcast Expanding Broadband Meter to Atlanta
DSL Reports
Comcast's metered billing trials continue to expand, with users in Atlanta being told the new caps are coming to town. Comcast announced plans in May 2012 to test metered billing in several markets. Those markets now include Nashville, Savannah, Ga., and Jackson, Miss.

Discovery Acquires UK Espresso in Education Push
Multichannel News
Discovery has made its first international education acquisition, purchasing Espresso Group, a provider of primary school digital education content in the U.K. Discovery Education, the top stateside provider of standards-based digital content to K-12 classrooms, will run Espresso.

AMC Spends Big in Effort to Replace 'Breaking Bad'
Reuters
AMC Networks' quarterly results missed Wall Street estimates as the cable TV company spends more on programming to replace marquee shows such as "Breaking Bad." With another flagship show, "Mad Men," coming to an end soon, AMC has been ramping up new programming.

CNN Plans Spending Spree for Unscripted Shows
Capital New York
CNN is said to be planning a substantial investment in new programming, with an emphasis on acquiring unscripted shows in the vein of "Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown" and films like "Blackfish." The strategy aims to reduce its dependence on coverage of breaking news stories.

ABC 'Kimmel Live' to Face White House Response
Deadline
The White House will weigh in on one of "Jimmy Kimmel Live's" segments, after a petition protesting the broadcast logged the required 100,000 signatures within 30 days. The petition addresses a segment in which a youngster recommended the U.S. "kill everyone in China."

CBS '60 Minutes' Apologizes for Benghazi Report
Huffington Post
"60 Minutes" correspondent Lara Logan has admitted that she and the news magazine made a "mistake" in their reporting of a story about the Benghazi attacks. She said "60 Minutes" will issue a correction about the reliability of one of her key sources on its next program.

NBC News Unveils Interactive JFK Commemoration
Broadcasting & Cable
In addition to extensive on-air coverage of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of president John F. Kennedy, NBC News has developed an extensive online interactive experience that is designed to allow users to dig deeper into JFK's life and assassination.

TBS Faces $25,000 FCC Fine Over 'Conan' Promo
Broadcasting & Cable
The Federal Communications Commission has proposed a fine on TBS of $25,000 for a simulated Emergency Alert System warning used in a promo for "Conan" that the agency said constituted a false distress signal. "Today's enforcement action sends a strong message."

Fox Sports 1 Offers 'Make-Goods' to Advertisers
Advertising Age
Fox Sports 1 has been offering "make-goods" in some high-profile sports events on broadcast sibling Fox as the fledgling cable channel looks to compensate for ratings shortfalls. Some advertisers even received time in the World Series on Fox. FS1 has had "a slow start."

Tribune Gets Ultimatum from Cubs Over TV Rights
Chicago Business
The Chicago Cubs have informed Tribune that the media company must agree to a new asking price for Cubs TV broadcast rights within 30 days, or the team could open up bidding for those rights to other media outlets. The Cubs also could seek to start a sports cable channel.

NBC Wants Lauer Despite Search for Successor
New York Post
NBC is said to be grooming a successor to "Today" co-host Matt Lauer — including Carson Daly, David Gregory and Willie Geist — but the network won't let him out of its grip without a fight. "As we've said many times," said NBC News head Deborah Turness, "Matt is our guy."

ABC Anchor Vargas Enters Alcohol Abuse Rehab
Daily News
ABC "20/20" co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas is said to have checked into a well-respected rehab center for alcohol abuse. "She's checked herself into a facility, and she's getting treatment," said one insider close to Vargas. "She will be there for another few weeks."

Al Jazeera Eyes New Tower for Manhattan Offices
Crain's New York
Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based news network that has pushed to become a major force in the U.S., is said to be in talks to carve out a major Manhattan headquarters at 250 West 55th Street. The deal would give Al Jazeera its first major New York studio and office space.

DirecTV Weighs Launching Service Like Aereo
Deadline
DirecTV has warned broadcasters that their rush to raise retransmission fees could backfire. The No. 1 satellite company said it is doing research to see if it could provide TV in a manner like Aereo — using antennas to tap free over-the-air broadcasts without paying stations.

Charter Offers 100 Channels in TV Streaming App
Multichannel News
Charter Communications has launched its first mobile TV streaming app, offering a lineup of more than 100 live TV channels in the home. The plan is to eventually allow authenticated customers to access live TV streams while they are on the go as well, said CEO Tom Rutledge.

History Channel Plans to Remake 'Roots' Miniseries
Associated Press
A remake of the groundbreaking TV miniseries "Roots" is in the works at the History network. History has reached a deal with Mark Wolper, whose father, David, made the 1977 "Roots," to acquire the rights to remake the story of a slave family. The series is due in 2015.

CBS: Rather Not Invited to Join Kennedy Coverage
Associated Press
CBS News hasn't invited Dan Rather back to participate in its 50th-anniversary coverage of the Kennedy assassination. But images of the longtime anchor who parted bitterly with the network will be a part of its upcoming documentary on how the story unfolded that day.

CNN Reversal of Fortunes Proves a Daunting Task
USA Today
Nearly a year into new boss Jeff Zucker's reign at CNN, the cable-news pioneer has endured its lowest ratings of the year. While Zucker has overhauled the lineup and on-air personnel, critics say the network lacks an "interesting" news voice and "coherence."

Fox News: 'Internal Problem' Defaced Our Website
TheVerge
Fox News Channel's website briefly appeared to be defaced in what the network called an "internal production problem." For several minutes, the site's foremost story was changed to the headline "WEEEEEEEEEEE," with the blurb beneath it reading, "STUFF YO."

Pandora Withstands Challenge from iTunes Radio
Bloomberg
Pandora Media said its market share increased after Apple unveiled the competing iTunes Radio. Hours of listening grew 9% last month from September, when the Apple service launched, said Pandora CFO Michael Herring. The data "showed the resilience of our business."

HBO Without Cable TV: How I Did the Impossible
Wall Street Journal
Martin Peers: "Thanks to a perverse mix of regulatory requirements and promotional incentives on the part of my pay-TV provider, Verizon Communications, I can report a triumph of the modern media age — Last Friday I became a cord cutter who is getting HBO."

NBC's Greenblatt Talks New Model of Network
World Screen
Bob Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment: "Provocation is the name of the game now in TV, but you do it within the parameters of the network you work in. At NBC we have to make noise, we are the fourth-placed network. If you are not provocative you will be passed over."

CNN Suffers Worst Ratings Week Under Zucker
Hollywood Reporter
CNN suffered its lowest Monday to Friday prime time average in over a year for the week of Oct. 28 to Nov. 1. Also the lowest-rated week since Jeff Zucker took the reins at the beginning of the year, it happened to coincide with a surplus of breaking news.

HLN Preps Major Layoffs, Show Cancellations
Mediaite
CNN sister network HLN is said to be preparing for a significant number of staff layoffs and show cancellations. Much of HLN's dayside programming is expected to be replaced with more entertainment-like material. "A handful of our family members will be impacted."

Al Jazeera Hires Former PBS Journalist Suarez
Associated Press
Former PBS journalist Ray Suarez will join Al Jazeera America to host a daily show, "Inside Story," airing weekday afternoons. Suarez worked at PBS' "NewsHour" for 20 years, most recently as chief national correspondent. He has also worked for CNN and NPR.

NBC News to Pay for Skydivers' Accident Story
Washington Post
In a second apparent case of "checkbook journalism" in a week, NBC News has locked up interviews and amateur video of an aerial accident with a group of sky divers who survived the collision of their two small planes. The group is expected receive some $100,000.

NBC Overhauls Breaking News Apps, News Feed
AllThingsD
NBC, which owns the Breaking News account on Twitter, aims to migrate some of those users to its Breaking News apps and mobile site. The main pitch behind the new version of BreakingNews.com and its iOS apps is that they give users more news than the Twitter account.

Disney, Dish Network Wrangle Over Future of TV
New York Times
A distribution deal between Disney and Dish Network expired more than a month ago, and there is still no new deal in sight. The protracted negotiations are said to focus on rights like ad-skipping and online streaming. "These battles are becoming more complicated."

Charter Said to Weigh Bid for Time Warner Cable
Reuters
Charter Communications is said to be weighing a bid for Time Warner Cable and is trying to devise a deal that would lure the No. 2 U.S. cable operator's shareholders. Liberty Media, which owns about a quarter of Charter, approached Time Warner Cable earlier this year.

CBS, Nielsen to Measure Cross-Media Campaigns
MediaPost
CBS has begun a trial with Nielsen to measure cross-media campaigns on local TV and radio. The test looks at local CBS TV and radio audience data — all to build measurement, revealing unduplicated reach and time spent across both media. "Both TV and radio will benefit."

FCC Proposes Eliminating Sports Blackout Rule
Reuters
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has proposed to eliminate a rule governing "sports blackouts," when an event that was scheduled to be televised is not aired in a particular market. The blackouts can prevent transmission of programming on local broadcast networks.

NBC News Deal Talks Raise Ethics Questions
Washington Post
NBC News said it is in talks with Brett and Hannah Anderson, the father and daughter who were caught up in a kidnapping and murder ordeal during the summer, to create "longform" programming about the case. The Andersons could be paid more than $100,000.

Fox News Falls Out of Favor with Republicans
LA Biz
Fox News Channel has fallen off of the list Top 10 best-perceived brands with Republicans, according to a study from research firm YouGov. Fox's drop off the Top 10 is somewhat surprising considering that the news network has topped the list for three years running.

CNN Prime Time Falls to Lowest in Over a Year
Deadline
A busy news day of combative Obamacare hearings did CNN no favors in prime time Wednesday. The Jeff Zucker-run cable network hit its lowest prime time result among adults 25 to 54 in more than a year, despite all the cable newsers being up in double digits the day before.

Turner Broadcasting to Up Product Placement
Chicago Business
Turner Broadcasting has inked a deal with Starcom, focusing on increasing product placements. The deal will allow writers and producers working on original programming for the TBS, TNT, truTV and Adult Swim channels to have access to Starcom's portfolio of client brands.

Time Warner Cable Chief Open to Industry Deals
Financial Times
Time Warner Cable chief Glenn Britt said that the second-largest U.S. cable operator was open to deals, despite speculation that he was not interested in consolidation of the fragmented cable industry. The comments are likely to fuel more chatter of industry consolidation.

Comcast Donates Heavily to Defeat Seattle Mayor
Washington Post
Seattle mayor Mike McGinn has been working to expand the city's high-speed Internet access. A public-private partnership plans to offer higher speeds at lower prices. And incumbent providers, particularly Comcast, have invested in defeating McGinn in Tuesday's election.

Verizon, AT&T in 'Dogfight' with Cable-TV Giants
Wall Street Journal
Nearly a decade after Verizon and AT&T began building pipelines to carry home TV services, they are nearing the market share of cable operators. Comcast and Time Warner Cable shed 435,000 video customers in latest quarter, while AT&T and Verizon added 400,000.

Discovery Fueled by International Network Growth
MediaPost
Discovery Communications' third-quarter financial results soared as a result of major growth in its international networks. International advertising revenue rocketed — more than doubling during the period with a 127% hike. "We are the biggest cable player in Western Europe."

MTV Unveils App to Help Users Purchase Songs
TheWrap
MTV has released a new mobile app that can identify songs, and then connect the user to information on the artist, social media, multimedia and provide album or concert purchase opportunities. Dubbed the MTV Artists app, the company splits its uses into categories.

CBS, Vogue Chiefs Discuss Internet Disruption
WWD
CBS chief Les Moonves interviewed Vogue boss Anna Wintour at the WWD CEO Summit. As execs of legacy media companies, Wintour and Moonves share many common concerns. "How do you deal with the Barry Dillers of the world?" Wintour asked Moonves.

ABC Sells Out Ads at Record Prices for Oscars
Variety
ABC has sold out its advertising inventory for its March 2 broadcast of the Academy Awards, and has been seeking what appear to be record prices. Ad buyers said the network has sought between $1.8 million and $1.9 million for a 30-second ad berth for the broadcast.

Fox News' Kelly Is Already No 2 in Cable News
Los Angeles Times
Well, that didn't take long. Just one month after taking over her new 9 p.m. time slot at Fox News Channel, Megyn Kelly has the No. 2 show on cable news. "The Kelly File" averaged 2.2 million total viewers for October, behind only "The O'Reilly Factor," at 2.8 million.

CBS Suffers Steep Decline in Key Adult Demo
New York Post
CBS chief Les Moonves shouldn't get too comfortable with his crown as the No. 1 network with younger viewers. After winning the broadcast race for the 18-to-49 audience for the first time last season, CBS has gotten off to a rough start this fall, suffering a steep decline in the key demo.

Time Warner Cable CEO Reveals He Has Cancer
Dow Jones
Glenn Britt, CEO of Time Warner Cable, has revealed in a letter to employees that he has cancer. Britt, citing issues with his voice since midsummer, said he plans to remain on the job until his previously announced retirement at the end of the year.

Comcast to Add 35 TV Channels to Mobile App
Associated Press
Comcast plans to update its mobile viewing app, Xfinity TV Go, to allow subscribers to watch popular channels on the go. Subscribers will be able to watch 35 live TV channels on their Apple and Android devices outside their homes, as long as they have a Wi-Fi connection.

ESPN Sees More Traffic on Mobile Than on Web
GeekWire
ESPN, for the first time ever, saw more unique visitors on its mobile properties than on ESPN.com during the month of September. Out of ESPN's record-setting 72.7 million unique users, 36% of those exclusively accessed content on smartphones and tablets.

CBS News Preps Launch of Digital Video Service
BuzzFeed
CBS's news and interactive units are said to be developing a digital programming service to be distributed on mobile phones, tablets, game consoles and over-the-top TV distribution systems. "The thinking inside CBS is that the cable news business is a mature market."

Tribune CEO Sets New Course for WGN America
Variety
Tribune CEO Peter Liguori has described a process underway to bring new programming to the company's WGN America that would make the station of more value to audiences and advertisers. "The great hope is we can be a very solid general-entertainment network."

MSNBC Gets Its Own Online Home After 17 Years
Jim Romenesko
For the first time in 17 years, MSNBC has its own digital home, said cable news network chief Phil Griffin in a memo to employees. "Starting this afternoon you can type in msnbc.com into your browser to see what all the excitement has been about. This is a big day for us."

Al Jazeera America Announces Major Expansion
Daily News
Shrugging off its initial low viewership, Al Jazeera America has announced an ambitious major expansion. The cable news network said it will open more U.S. bureaus, hire more staff and create more programming. AJA also plans to move to a new Manhattan headquarters.

CNN Worldwide Names Chief Marketing Officer
Variety
Allison Gollust, a longtime adviser to CNN boss Jeff Zucker, will be expanding her duties at the Time Warner-owned cable-news outlet and taking on the role of chief marketing officer. Gollust will retain her duties as the network's chief spokesperson and PR supervisor.

Time Warner Cable to Boost Top Internet Speed
Associated Press
Time Warner Cable plans to double the Internet speed of its fastest product and more than halve the price of its lowest-speed product to compete with rivals AT&T and Verizon. The cable TV provider will be doubling the speed of its "Ultimate" service to 100 Megabits per second.

AMC Eyes Viewers in Europe Amid U.S. Saturation
Financial Times
AMC Networks has expanded its presence in Europe, with the announcement that it will buy Chellomedia, the international content unit of Liberty Global. The deal points to the desire of pay-TV companies to seek viewers outside of the saturated U.S. market.

Tribune Seeks Loans for TV Station Acquisitions
Bloomberg
Tribune is said to be seeking $4.1 billion of loans to finance its acquisition of TV stations and to refinance debt. JPMorgan Chase & Co. is believed to be arranging a $3.8 billion seven-year term loan and a $300 million five-year revolving credit line for the company.

Fox Networks Group Names New President-COO
Hollywood Reporter
Randy Freer, who had most recently been co-president of Fox Sports, has been named to the new position as president and COO of Fox Networks Group. Eric Shanks, co-president of Fox Sports with Freer, will now have sole responsibility for the group as president and COO.

NBC, DeGeneres Prep Sitcom with Lesbian Lead
Los Angeles Times
Ellen DeGeneres has teamed with NBC and openly gay writer Liz Feldman to create a sitcom with a lesbian lead. DeGenres and Feldman will executive produce the untitled project, which centers on a lesbian woman who gets pregnant with her straight male best friend.

A&E, Channing Tatum Plan a Reality TV Series
Variety
Channing Tatum plans to move into the unscripted business, setting up an hour-long docuseries with A&E. The untitled project will follow the performers of the New Orleans burlesque club Saints and Sinners, which Tatum opened with a business partner in 2012.

Comcast, Time Warner's HBO in Basic Cable Deal
Reuters
Comcast customers will soon be able to buy HBO in a pared-down basic cable package. The deal with Comcast brings the Time Warner premium channel a step closer to being one day outside of a cable subscription. "For HBO this is a test run. They are testing the waters."

DirecTV, Time Warner Cable Mull Rivals to Aereo
Bloomberg
DirecTV, Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications, taking a page from Aereo, are said to be considering capturing free broadcast-TV signals to avoid paying billions of dollars in retransmission fees. Aereo is locked in a court battle over the legality of its service.

AMC Networks to Buy Liberty Global Content Unit
Reuters
AMC Networks said it has agreed to buy Chellomedia, the international content unit of Liberty Global, for about $1.04 billion. AMC, home to hit shows such as "Mad Men," said the businesses being bought include Chello Central Europe, Chello Latin America and Chello zone.

Disney Show to Appear First on App for Tablets
New York Times
Noting that tablets are increasingly the "first screen" for pre-school-age viewers, Disney plans to make the first nine episodes of a new series available on mobile devices first. The series, "Sheriff Callie's Wild West," will arrive on the Watch Disney Junior app on Nov. 24.

MTV Releases Full Season of New Series on App
Associated Press
MTV has released a full season of a new series, "Wait 'Til Next Year," about a luckless high-school football team, on its mobile app, a week before the first episode will be shown on TV. It appears to be a new milestone in the world of technology and TV content.

Univision to Fuse News, Satire in New Channel
Reuters
On Monday evening, cable network Fusion will launch with an interview of President Obama. Later that night, four puppets will provide commentary on current events. The Univision-ABC News channel aims to blend hard news and satire in an effort to lure millennial viewers.

CNN to Take On Stewart, Colbert with New Show
New York Post
CNN is said to be developing a show for new hire Bill Weir along the lines of Comedy Central's "Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "Colbert Report." CNN chief Jeff Zucker hopes Weir can goose ratings. But the old guard is worried that a foray into comedy will damage CNN's brand.

Comcast to Take On Netflix with HBO 'Internet Plus'
DSLReports
Comcast is said to be preparing a new broadband and HBO streaming bundle aimed squarely at Netflix. The new promotion will be called "Internet Plus," and will include limited basic TV, Comcast's streaming video service StreamPix, 25 Mbps broadband and HBO/HBO GO

Clear Channel Sees Big Future for iHeartRadio
Los Angeles Times
Clear Channel officially opened its new iHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles with a performance by Katy Perry, celebrating the release of her album. The show was broadcast live on 175 Clear Channel radio stations and will get a broadcast TV airing from the CW network.

NBCUniversal Staff Unsettled by Burke Reshaping
Variety
Nearly three years after Comcast took control of NBCUniversal, leader Steve Burke is still shaking up the executive suites. The ongoing stream of high-level changes has raised questions among insiders about what exactly Burke and Comcast ultimately have in mind.

FCC to Mull Foreign Broadcast Ownership Caps
Bloomberg
The Federal Communications Commission has set a Nov. 14 vote on relaxing reviews on foreign ownership of broadcast stations, a move backers say will increase investment in the sector. Companies including CBS, Sinclair and Disney are said to have sought the loosening.

Sirius XM Satellite Radio to Raise Price in January
Reuters
Sirius XM Radio plans to raise prices by $6 per year, or 50 cents more per month, for its basic packages starting in January. Jim Meyer, CEO of the satellite radio company, said he is confident that the price increase would not lead to customers cancelling subscriptions.

Time Warner Cable to Distribute Al Jazeera America
New York Times
Time Warner Cable has agreed to carry Al Jazeera America, giving the Qatar-owned broadcaster exposure to millions more households as it seeks to build a U.S. audience. The distribution deal is the first Al Jazeera America has made since its debut two months ago.

Fox News Said to Discredit Journo to Stifle Report
Washington Post
Pity the journalist who wishes to write about Fox News Channel. It can be very dangerous. In his new book "Murdoch's World," NPR media reporter David Folkenflik documents one of the perils as part of a chapter on the sharp-elbowed ways of Fox News's PR operation.

ABC Sales Exec Exposed as 'Scandal' Fan Blogger
TheWrap
One of the top fan bloggers of the ABC drama "Scandal" has been revealed to be a network employee — and the fandom isn't happy about it. Courtney Pajor, ABC director of special sales, has amassed more than 26,000 followers under the Twitter account "Scandal411."

BBC Global News Starts Series of In-Tweet Videos
Advertising Age
BBC Global News has struck a deal to serve sponsored video clips inside paid tweets via Twitter's growing Amplify program. BBC.com has begun producing a series of short-form videos called "#BBCTrending" to appear in Twitter streams later this fall.

CBS to Air 'I Love Lucy Christmas Special' in Color
TheWrap
CBS plans to air an "I Love Lucy Christmas Special," a one-hour block featuring two newly colorized episodes of the 1950s series, on Dec. 20. The two episodes — the rarely-seen "Christmas Episode" and "Lucy's Italian Movie" — have been colorized with a vintage look.

NBC to Air Live 'Sound of Music' with Underwood
Associated Press
Carrie Underwood will star in a live TV version of "The Sound of Music," airing on Dec. 5. The Nashville-based Underwood will play Maria alongside "True Blood" vampire Stephen Moyer as Captain von Trapp. The production will feature several veterans of Broadway.

TV's Fall Season Continues Graying of Broadcast
USA Today
NBC's "Ironside," a remake of a 1967 series, is not just TV's oldest drama. It also has the oldest audience among fall's new crop of broadcast shows — one reason its run is ending. Meanwhile, younger folks are gravitating to cable, to series such as AMC's "The Walking Dead."

Nielsen: TV Maintains Dominance as Ad Medium
World Screen
TV held onto its position as the front-running media format for advertising for the second quarter of 2013, according to Nielsen. Excluding TV, traditional media budgets took a hit for the first half of the year. "Consumers reportedly trust TV over all other paid media channels."

Fox News Wages War with Anonymous Commenters
Slate
According to "Murdoch's World," the new book by David Folkenflik, Fox News Channel's public-relations staff posted "pro-Fox rants" in the comment section of negative, or even neutral, blog posts about the network: "Even blogs with minor followings were reviewed."

ABC Leads Broadcasters in DVR Playback Rankings
TheWrap
ABC doesn't have the network show with the biggest DVR viewing, or even the second. But it does dominate the Top 10 list: five of its shows rank in the Top 10 in broadcast for DVR gains, with the remainder split among CBS, Fox and NBC in the latest numbers.

Clear Channel Names Content Marketing President
San Antonio Business
Clear Channel has hired media exec Tim Spengler to fill the newly created position of president of content marketing and revenue strategy. Spengler, based in New York City, will develop new media and advertising products for the company across a variety of platforms.

CNBC Threatens Lawsuit Against Exiting Producer
BuzzFeed
CNBC execs are said to have threatened to file a breach of contract lawsuit against producer John Melloy, who left to become CEO of StockTwits, which describes itself as a real-time social network for investors and traders. Melloy was a seven-year veteran of CNBC.

Sinclair 'Sidecar' TV-Station Tactic Draws Scrutiny
Wall Street Journal
Sinclair Broadcast Group, America's biggest TV-station group, is drawing fire for how it skirts media-ownership limits by using "sidecar" agreements to run stations it doesn't own. Sinclair insists such agreements are vital in competing against the web and other new rivals.

NBCUniversal Leads U.S. Efforts in TV Everywhere
World Screen
NBCUniversal leads the U.S. TV Everywhere market in providing access to TV content on multiple screens, while Epix and HBO support the effort on more second-screen devices than any other cable network, according to a report from the TV Intelligence Service at IHS.

ABC-Univision's Fusion TV Network to Launch
Associated Press
ABC and Univision's new English-language TV network, called Fusion, launches next Monday, targeting millennial Hispanics with a mix of hard news, commentary and irreverence. "Think Comedy Central, the hipster online magazine Vice.com, ABC and Univision, all in one."

Fox's 'Brooklyn' Sitcom Wins Vote of Confidence
Associated Press
Fox said the plum post-Super Bowl slot next February will be filled by two comedies, "New Girl" and freshman series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine." Fox gave "Brooklyn" another vote of confidence by ordering a full season. The sitcom is doing well with upscale viewers and young men.

Dish Accuses Media General of Bad-Faith Dealing
Variety
Dish Network has formally appealed to the Federal Communications Commission to intervene in its retransmission feud with Media General — whose TV stations have been dark on the service since Oct. 1 — charging that the broadcaster has failed to negotiate in good faith.

Oprah's Yard Sale Offers Searchable Web Catalog
Daily News
Oprah Winfrey has a sleek online catalog to promote her yard sale next month. Fans hoping to score a piece of the media mogul's legacy can now view "The Oprah Winfrey Collection" on the web and search through hundreds of items going up for bid on Nov. 2.

ESPN: Nate Silver Previews Partnership Website
Politico
Nate Silver, the statistician who recently joined ESPN from the New York Times, offered a preview of his new website at the Online News Association conference. The new fivethirtyeight.com will be free and will launch "very early next year," he said.

Turner's Bleacher Report Enters Another New Phase
SportsBusiness Daily
For Bleacher Report's third act, expect two major strategic themes: more integration with Turner's televised properties and a continued effort to set the general sports news agenda. The Turner-owned digital media company is said to be again in the midst of transition.

NBC Sends Gay Journalist to Pageant in Russia
Politico
NBC has decided to send correspondent Thomas Roberts to Moscow in November to co-host the network's coverage of the Miss Universe pageant — an assignment Roberts, who is openly gay, said he took "because it is a huge, visible opportunity for LGBT people."

CNN Piers Morgan's Book Toasted by News Stars
New York Post
Media heavyweights came out to toast CNN anchor Piers Morgan's new book, "Shooting Straight: Guns, Gays, God, and George Clooney." Among the guests at the Carlyle party: Barbara Walters, Charlie Rose, Diane Sawyer, Matt Lauer, Chris Cuomo and Dan Rather.

MSNBC Benefits from Coverage of U.S. Shutdown
Associated Press
The U.S. government shutdown turned out to be good for cable TV news. CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC saw their viewership increase during the 16-day shutdown. MSNBC, which has struggled in this post-election year, enjoyed a 35% viewership jump in prime time.

Fox Business Network Debuts on Sirius XM Radio
Fox Business
Fox Business Network has made its debut on Sirius XM Radio, bringing its service to the satellite radio network's 25 million subscribers. Last month, Sirius XM unveiled a deal with 21st Century Fox to continue carrying Fox News Channel while adding Fox Business.

Diddy's Revolt TV to Recreate Early MTV at Launch
Wall Street Journal
Sean Combs said he aims to recreate something like MTV in its early days, when it broke in new stars and helped genres like rap go mainstream with 18-to-34-year-olds. The hip-hop mogul will launch his own music cable channel, Revolt TV, on Monday in 25 million homes.

NPR Media Writer's Book Probes 'Murdoch's World'
Los Angeles Times
David Folkenflik's new book, "Murdoch's World: The Last of the Old Media Empires," alerts readers up front: His focus is on the News Corp. U.K. scandals, but considerable context is needed to understand them. "It was hard to do business without the Murdochs."

CBS 'Two Men' Stars Are TV's Highest Paid Actors
Reuters
Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer, stars of the CBS comedy "Two and a Half Men," are the highest paid actors on U.S. TV with earnings topping $20 million each, according to Forbes magazine. Forbes compiled the list by talking to producers, agents and other insiders.

MSNBC Taps Ronan Farrow to Join Weekday Lineup
USA Today
Ronan Farrow will join MSNBC to host a weekday afternoon show beginning early next year that will focus on youthful activism. "This is a new generation of news show for a new, more engaged generation of viewers," he said. "It's a show about why the news matters to you."

Comedy Central's 'South Park' Suffers Power Outage
EW
For 13 years, "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have famously delivered episodes to Comedy Central just before their deadline. But South Park Studios lost power for three hours on Tuesday. "They were unable to finish episode 1704 in time for air."

NFL Explores New Slate of Games for Cable, Netflix
Wall Street Journal
The National Football League is said to be considering selling another slate of Thursday games to a media outlet to increase the audience for football on one of TV's most competitive nights. Potential buyers include both cable sports networks and online players like Netflix.

Univision to Launch 'Flama' Online Video Network
Variety
Univision has formed a joint venture with digital media producer Bedrocket Media to launch Flama — the Hispanic broadcaster's first online network with original content, set to bow this fall first on YouTube. Flama will be predominantly English-based, aimed at millennials.

Comcast, NBCUniversal at Odds In Fight with Aereo
Wall Street Journal
Are Comcast's cable business and its NBCUniversal entertainment unit on the same page when it comes to the Aereo legal battle? That's a question worth asking in the wake of last week's petition by major broadcasters seeking a Supreme Court review of the case.

NBC Universal Realigns Ad Sales Under Four Areas
Advertising Age
NBC Universal is making more changes, this time assigning advertising sales for its flagship broadcast network to a group that also handles various cable networks, part of a series of reassignments creating sales divisions for entertainment, lifestyle and live programming.

Cable TV Operators Forced to Unbundle in Canada
Businessweek
A government official in Canada said the country was going to begin requiring cable providers to unbundle the TV service they offer, allowing customers to pick and choose which stations they are willing to pay to watch. "We want to unbundle television channels."

Comedy Central Folds Digital Unit in Restructuring
Multichannel News
Viacom's Comedy Central has folded in its previously separate digital unit under a new restructured internal organization that aims to "eliminate the walls" between linear and digital. "Our fans don't use the word 'digital' to talk about content and now, neither do we."

AMC 'Walking Dead' Is Highest Rated of TV Season
New York Times
AMC's "The Walking Dead" shattered its own ratings records for cable programs on Sunday night, with the premiere of its fourth season. At the same time, it surpassed everything else that has been on TV this season so far in its appeal to viewers age 18 to 49.

CBS 'Big Bang' Is Most Expensive Ad Buy on TV
Adweek
CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" commands a staggering $326,260 per 30-second spot, topping the likes of NBC's "The Voice," ABC's "Modern Family" and Fox's "The Simpsons," according to a survey of media buyers. The robust cost is a function of "Big Bang's" monster ratings.

Disney/ABC 'Katie' Show Exit May Be 'Real' Deal
Daily News
Katie Couric likely will make a decision by the end of the month as to whether she wants to keep her talk show, "Katie," on the air through summer 2014. Disney/ABC is said to be eying replacements — such as "The Real," a panel chat show — in case she pulls the plug.

Dr Oz Beats Viewer Lawsuit Over Medical Advice
Hollywood Reporter
A New York judge has declined to break the fourth wall between TV doctors and their viewers. According to a lawsuit, 76-year-old Frank Dietl suffered second- and third-degree burns after trying out a remedy for sleeplessness he learned about from an episode of "The Dr. Oz Show."

Martha Speaks Out: Bloggers Are Not the Experts
Bloomberg
Martha Stewart: "Who are these bloggers? They're not trained editors at Vogue magazine. There are bloggers writing recipes that aren't tested, or are copies of everything that really good editors have created and done. They are not the experts, and we have to understand that."

ABC to Air Pixar's Halloween 'Toy Story of Terror'
Wall Street Journal
Disney's Pixar plans to extend its reach from theaters to television with the TV film "Toy Story of Terror!" showing on ABC on Wednesday. The Halloween-themed special takes characters from the studio's "Toy Story" franchise and places them in a new story.

ABC, CBS Take Aereo's 'Stealing' to Supreme Court
Reuters
The four major broadcasters have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear their case against Aereo, arguing the online TV service steals copyrighted content. ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox said allowing Aereo to operate is "threatening the fundamentals of broadcast television."

Cablevision Blasts Broadcasters' Fight with Aereo
Los Angeles Times
Cablevision has blasted the arguments made by broadcasters in a U.S. Supreme Court filing seeking to shut down Aereo. The cable operator is concerned about filing remarks about its own remote DVR service, which also beat back legal challenges when it launched.

Netflix Pursues Partnerships with Pay-TV Providers
Wall Street Journal
Netflix is said to be in talks with several U.S. pay-TV providers, including Comcast and Suddenlink Communications, to make its online video service available as an app on their set-top boxes. A deal would mark Netflix's first such tie-up with a U.S. cable provider.

Hulu's New CEO Expected to Help Pay-TV Industry
Fast Company
Mike Hopkins, the Fox exec expected to be named the new CEO of Hulu, has close ties with cable and satellite operators. The relationship between those carriers and Hulu is expected to grow closer under his watch. "Mike's bias is to maintain the pay-TV industry."

Report: DVRs Help Erase Decline in TV Ratings
USA Today
Twelve network series gained 4 million viewers between their original air dates and seven days later, from delayed viewing on DVRs or cable on-demand features, according to Nielsen data for premiere week. Delayed viewing is "significantly higher" than last year.

Scripps' Travel Channel President to Step Down
FierceCable
Laureen Ong has resigned as president of Travel Channel, said Scripps Networks Interactive. The news comes about one month after Burton Jablin was named president of Scripps Networks. Ong said in a statement: "I feel my mission at Travel Channel is complete."

Fox 'MasterChef' Finalist's Death Ruled a Suicide
Chicago Tribune
"MasterChef" finalist Josh Marks was found fatally shot Friday in an apparent suicide. A relative told police that Marks, 26, suffered from schizophrenia. In July, police said Marks claimed to have been possessed by "MasterChef" judge Gordon Ramsay.

CNN Says 'Nightline' Anchor Won't Replace Piers
Mediaite
CNN has hired ABC "Nightline" anchor Bill Weir to take on a new role. Weir is said to have been promised a show during the 9 p.m. ET hour — which happens to be occupied by Piers Morgan. CNN responded: "Bill Weir was not brought to CNN to replace Piers Morgan."

Pew: U.S. Cable TV News Proves Most 'Engaging'
Multichannel News
Broadcast news continues to draw a crowd, but cable news captures more audience time. That is one of the key takeaways from a new Pew Research Center Journalism Project report. "You get a level of engagement and time spent with cable that you don't see with the others."

MSNBC Preps New Website After Microsoft Split
Huffington Post
MSNBC plans to launch a preview version of its new website and will take over the MSNBC.com domain in late October. NBC News and MSNBC have been trying to untangle their unique brand identities since last year's split with Microsoft, which co-owned MSNBC.com.

Study: Third of Millennials Watch No Broadcast TV
Poynter
Some 34% of millennials watch mostly online video or no broadcast TV, according to research from the New York Times. Among other findings: News sites are more popular than sports for online-video watchers, but they are far less popular than hosting sites like YouTube.

Aereo Wins in Boston, Preps Debut of Android App
Upstart
Aereo continues on a roll, with news of yet another local court victory — this time in Boston against broadcaster Hearst — and the upcoming release of an Android app. Aereo detractors consider the service "theft" because the company doesn't pay retransmission fees.

Nickelodeon Pays $11 Million to Guild After Claims
Los Angeles Times
The Writers Guild of America, West, has collected $11 million in residual payments and interest for writers who work on Nickelodeon shows. The guild had pursued arbitration claims against the Viacom network alleging an "ongoing failure to pay residuals on a timely basis."

ESPN Says Magic Johnson Too Busy to Return
Associated Press
Magic Johnson won't be returning to ESPN as an NBA studio analyst. The Hall of Famer said in a statement released by the sports network that because of his busy schedule, he doesn't feel confident that he can "continue to devote the time needed to thrive" in the role.

Paley Center for Media CEO to Depart Next Year
Los Angeles Times
Pat Mitchell, CEO of the Paley Center for Media — which serves a dual role as think tank for the entertainment industry and fan club for TV shows — is said to be planning to step down in 2014. The center has reportedly hired an executive search firm to find a successor.

Oprah Drops Off Fortune's 'Powerful Women' List
Fortune
Fortune magazine's "Most Powerful Women" list has changed dramatically over 15 years. For the first time, Oprah Winfrey didn't make the cut. Her cable network, OWN, is drawing bigger audiences, but the business "isn't big enough" to put Winfrey, No. 50 last year, on the list.

E! Online: We Beat TMZ as Entertainment News Site
Broadcasting & Cable
E! has reported record use of its digital platforms, with the number of unique users at E! Online rising 31% in the third quarter to 11 million from a year earlier. E! Online claims to be the No. 1 entertainment news site in total unique visitors, beating both TMZ and People.

Fox News Gadgets Inspire Late-Night TV Humor
CNET
Late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel joked about the "fancy gadgets" in the new newsroom at Fox News Channel: "It looks like what happens when a guy gets divorced and then goes nuts at Best Buy." He added: "A lot of the new technology seems unnecessary to me."

Time Warner Cable Hones In on Home Security
Reuters
Time Warner Cable has 30,000 subscribers for its home security business, according to incoming CEO Rob Marcus. Consumers can now "watch what your dog or cat or nanny are doing during the day." The company this week started selling the service in New York City.

HBO Louis CK Special for Sale on Comedian's Site
GigaOM
Louis C.K. raked in more than $1 million in 12 days when he first sold a special, "Live at the Beacon Theater," directly in 2011. Now, fans can buy his latest special, "Louis C.K. Oh My God," for $5 from his website. The special originally aired on HBO in April.

Sinclair Said to Weigh Takeovers After Losing Belo
Bloomberg
Sinclair tried and failed to steal Belo from the clutches of Gannett, leaving Gray and Lin as targets for the largest U.S. TV station owner, according to analysts. In two years, Sinclair has announced $2.8 billion of deals as stations negotiate higher fees from cable systems.

Time Warner Cable, Univision in Distribution Deal
Los Angeles Times
Time Warner Cable and Univision have signed a new, multiyear distribution deal that includes carriage of several new channels including the highly anticipated El Rey Network. The pact came well in advance of the expiration of the companies' current arrangement.

Disney/ABC's 'Katie' Teetering Near Cancellation
Hollywood Reporter
Many U.S. stations are contracted to carry Katie Couric's syndicated talk show through summer 2014. But "Katie" is said to be in jeopardy as a renewal decision nears. Soft ratings, a huge budget and Couric's "disdain" for her female audience have been cited.

MSNBC Hosts Look Into Weekend Gig on NBC
New York Post
MSNBC "Morning Joe" hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski are said to be looking to add to their work schedule, perhaps by expanding their show onto NBC. While no deal is done, the team is reportedly set to take over "Weekend Today" on Sunday mornings.

Food Network Ratings Slump After Deen Dump
Businessweek
Food Network execs announced in June that they were cutting ties with longtime host Paula Deen, following revelations from a lawsuit battering her business empire. A look at the ratings in the months since reveals that cutting Deen loose hasn't helped the network.

Esquire Network Plans 'Women We Love' Special
Hollywood Reporter
The new Esquire network has greenlighted two specials, "Women We Love" and "Best Bars in America," based on the magazine's franchises. "Both are examples of how our partnership offers the opportunity to extend some of their most popular features on air."

CNN to Debut Sports Show as Network Evolves
Variety
CNN plans to launch a half-hour sports program on Friday nights starting Oct. 25, with veteran sports-news anchor Rachel Nichols as host. The launch of the program marks the first time the Time Warner-owned cable-news outlet has had a sports-themed program on its air.

Comcast, Twitter in Deal to Stream NBC Shows
USA Today
Comcast has struck a deal with Twitter to bring some NBCUniversal programs to TV subscribers via tweets. TV subscribers will need to log in to their pay-TV accounts in order to access the shows. The new feature, dubbed See It, is scheduled to launch in November.

CBS No 1 for Viewers in New Season's 2nd Week
Associated Press
Two new CBS sitcoms have fared well in the prime-time TV ranking, helping make the network No. 1. "The Millers," starring Will Arnett, premiered in 11th place last week with more than 13 million viewers. The Robin Williams sitcom "The Crazy Ones" took 13th place.

NBC News Chief Preps Blueprint for Multiplatform
Associated Press
Deborah Turness, the new president of NBC News, told staff members in a memo last Friday that a blueprint is being drawn to "enable us to deliver our brands most effectively on every major platform and device," promising a town hall meeting to explain what this will mean.

PBS 'NewsHour' Seeks New Owner Amid Struggles
New York Times
Jim Lehrer and Robert MacNeil have been closely linked with the PBS "NewsHour" since the show's beginnings in 1975. Now, with both men having stepped away from anchoring, their production company has decided to give up its ownership stake in the program.

CNN Contributor Fleischer Exits as Contract Expires
Politico
Ari Fleischer, the former White House press secretary to President Bush, will no longer serve as a contributor to CNN. Fleischer joined CNN as a political contributor in 2011. His contract expired on Sunday. Fleischer said he declined an offer to contribute to "AC360 Later."

Fox News' Kelly Attracts a Large, Older Audience
New York Times
On her first night as a central player in the Fox News Channel prime-time lineup, Megyn Kelly scored impressively with the network's core audience of older viewers. But she did not register much improvement in attracting additional viewers in the 25 and 54 age category.

MSNBC Near Deal to Sign Actress Farrow's Son
New York Post
Ronan Farrow — the man with Woody Allen's wit and Frank Sinatra's charm — is said to be closing a deal with MSNBC to become a news correspondent and a future Anderson Cooper-style "face of the network." Farrow has been in talks with MSNBC for months.

Al Jazeera to Launch Dedicated Online Channel
Al Jazeera
Al Jazeera said it plans to launch a dedicated online channel within the next few months, aiming to "engage a passionate online generation in new forms of storytelling." The channel, referred to internally as AJ+, will "grab attention, captivate and empower global conversations."

BBC Unveils Plan to Get Britain Coding in 2015
BBC News
BBC director general Tony Hall has announced plans to "bring coding into every home, business and school in the U.K." The move comes as government and technology experts are growing worried that vital computing skills are no longer being taught in schools.

Clear Channel Taps Exec for Digital Partnerships
San Antonio Business
Clear Channel has named Nancy Abramson to the newly created position of director of digital affiliates for national media groups. Abramson comes to Clear Channel from the Wall Street Journal Radio Network. Her focus will be on Clear Channel's digital partnerships.

HBO Brings Series to Google Play for Purchasing
Engadget
HBO has begun granting access to seven of its most popular series via Google Play. Pricing for the download-to-own shows — including "Veep," "Girls" and "Game of Thrones" — varies from $2 to$3 per episode and $19 to $29 for a full season. More content will be added.

Time Warner Cable Adds to Out-of-Home Viewing
Associated Press
Time Warner Cable plans to add programming from Food Network and HGTV to the channels available on its on-the-go viewing app to help it keep pay-TV subscribers. Content provider Scripps Networks Interactive may benefit if more viewers help boost its advertising revenue.

Aereo's Battle with TV Broadcasters Moves to Utah
Los Angeles Times
Fox, Sinclair and Local TV have filed a suit in federal court in Utah against Aereo, the start-up company that streams broadcast-TV signals to consumers via the Internet. Aereo, which recently launched in Utah, has already been challenged in New York and Boston.

ESPN Stays on Top Despite Debut of Fox Sports 1
TheStreet
ESPN, the motor behind Disney's profits, has shown no ratings erosion even as more broadcasters offer live national sports programming, according to UBS. Ratings have yet to slip as a result of new competition from Fox Sports 1, the new channel from 21st Century Fox.

NBC Late-Night Legend Carson Examined in Book
Wall Street Journal
For nearly 20 years, Henry Bushkin was among Johnny Carson's closest confidants and business partners. Now the lawyer is telling much of what he saw in an unsparing memoir titled "Johnny Carson." The book won't "trash" the legendary late-night host, he insisted.

Oprah Talks Turnaround at Oprah Winfrey Network
Multichannel News
OWN CEO Oprah Winfrey: "Not everybody wants 'Super Soul Sunday,' but a lot of people do! And my greatest moment on earth is going to be when that's the No. 1 show on this network. To be able to talk to thought leaders about ideas that matter. That is the reason I have a network."

HBO, Netflix Open Doors to New British Invasion
Bloomberg
HBO, Showtime, Netflix and Hulu are among the cable networks and streaming sites commissioning and buying rights to new British dramas, meaning Americans will soon be watching more U.K.- made shows featuring everyone from Dracula to Sherlock Holmes.

Fox News Unveils Big Touchscreens in Newsroom
Mashable
Fox News Channel has unveiled what it believes to be the future of the newsroom. In a video posted online, anchor Shepard Smith debuted the Fox News Deck, where on-camera journalists will sift through posts on Twitter and Facebook to keep track of emerging news.

HBO Operating Chief's Departure Raises Questions
Bloomberg
Eric Kessler, COO of HBO and a 27-year veteran of the Time Warner cable network, is leaving after less than a year in the role. Kessler had been co-president with Richard Plepler until December. "The story of Kessler's departure is one that has raised several questions."

Telemundo Boss Out at Comcast's NBCUniversal
Philadelphia Inquirer
Emilio Romano, head of Comcast-owned Telemundo, is leaving the network in the latest shuffle of NBCUniversal execs. Telemundo is a distant second in the fast-growing Spanish-language TV market, with a goal of closing the gap with top-watched Univision.

Univision News President Named CEO of Fusion
Variety
Fusion, the news-and-lifestyle cable outlet backed by both Univision and Disney's ABC News, has named Isaac Lee as its new CEO. Lee will retain his duties as president of Univision's news division. Fusion is expected to launch digitally on Oct. 21 and on TV on Oct. 28.

CBS Re-Ups Letterman for 'Late Show' Into 2015
Associated Press
David Letterman, already the longest-tenured talk show host on late-night TV, has agreed to extend his contract with CBS to remain on the "Late Show" into 2015. The deal means Letterman will compete for at least a year with Jimmy Kimmel on ABC and Jimmy Fallon on NBC.

Fox, CBS Tout Video on Demand for Catching Up
Reuters
Fox, CBS and other networks are firing up efforts to steer audiences who miss live episodes to free on-demand viewing. As the new TV season gets underway, they are putting promo spots for video on demand in prime time, on their web pages and on social media.

NBC Ignores Criticism of Tape-Delayed Olympics
Bloomberg
NBC, criticized for its tape-delayed coverage of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, is going to do it again this winter in Russia for a simple reason: It works. NBC, which owns U.S. rights to the Sochi games, will delay TV coverage while streaming on the Internet.

Fox News Effort Aims to Thwart Digital Distraction
Variety
Fox News Channel has shaken up its prime-time lineup, putting veteran Shepard Smith at the helm of a new breaking-news unit that will interrupt shows when appropriate. The idea is to give viewers news quickly to keep them from turning to mobile devices when big stories erupt.

CNBC Suffers Lowest-Rated Quarter in 20 Years
Mediaite
Fox News, MSNBC and CNN were each able to claim some sort of ratings victory in the third quarter of 2013 — but there is not much good news for CNBC. The business news network hit a 20-year ratings low in the coveted 25-to-54 demographic over the last three months.

CBS Brings Its Streaming App to Other Platforms
The Verge
Seven months after CBS released its full-episode streaming app for iOS, the broadcast network has added Android and Windows 8 equivalents into the mix. And it isn't stopping there; CBS plans to port the app, simply called CBS, to BlackBerry 10 by the end of the year.

Comcast Xfinity Gets Access to More CBS Shows
CNET
More CBS current-season TV shows will be available on demand for customers of Xfinity, the Comcast "triple play" service that bundles video, broadband and telephone together. CBS is adding shows such as "Two Broke Girls" and "The Mentalist," as well as new series.

NBC News Sued for Age Discrimination by Journo
TheWrap
NBC News, NBCUniversal and Comcast have been sued by Frank Snepp, a former investigative journalist and producer for Los Angeles's KNBC. Snepp claims he was the victim of age discrimination and was fired after complaining about ageism in his workplace.

ESPN to Drop International X Games, Cut Jobs
Reuters
ESPN plans to end the international versions of its X Games extreme sports competitions because it could not make money on the events, which feature skateboarding and other sports. ESPN will cut an unspecified number of jobs related to the international games.

NBC Contest Show to Send Someone Into Space
Associated Press
NBC plans to air a competition show with a grand prize that's out of this world — a ride into space. The network is teaming with Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic and TV producer Mark Burnett on "Space Race," a contest where the winner gets a ride on a new space liner.

Fox News Becoming More Transparent, Ailes Says
Business Insider
Chief Roger Ailes has sent a memo to staff explaining anchor Shepard Smith's new role heading up Fox News' breaking news operation, launching Monday: "The public will have an opportunity to see how the news is being put together and how the programs are built."

Scripps Website Puts Popular TV Shows Online
Crain's New York
Scripps Networks Interactive, owner of the Food Network, can rest easy as ad spending plateaus on TV and explodes on the web. The company is launching ulive.com, a destination site for short-form videos and for clips and full-length episodes from its cable networks.

Clear Channel to Open Theater for iHeartRadio
Los Angeles Times
Clear Channel plans to bring a new music venue to the Los Angeles area. The iHeartRadio Theater will be located at the Burbank Studios in the former home of "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." The venue will launch on Oct. 22 with a Katy Perry album release party.

Dick Clark Productions in Venture with Israel's Keshet
Bloomberg
Dick Clark Productions has formed a joint venture with Israeli company Keshet Media Group to bring programs to the United States. The venture will focus on unscripted programming such as "Rising Star," a talent show airing in Israel that allows viewers to vote via app.

CBS Wins 12 News Emmys, Most of Any Network
CBS News
The 34th annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards have been presented by the Academy National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and several CBS shows took home honors for original reporting. In all, CBS won 12 News Emmys, the most of any network.

MSNBC in Talks with Ronan Farrow to Host Show
Hollywood Reporter
Ronan Farrow is said to be in talks to host his own program on MSNBC, likely joining the progressive network's weekend lineup. Farrow, a journalist and son of Mia Farrow, has served in the Obama administration's foreign policy department and also at the State Department.

CNN, NBC Hillary Shows Shuttered by Team Clinton
Daily Beast
Clinton loyalist James Carville has praised CNN and NBC for killing their respective Hillary projects: "That was one of those rare things where everybody thought cancelling was a good idea. The Clinton people didn't want it. There was real bipartisanship here."

FX Networks Sued by ExxonMobil Oil Over XX Logo
Bloomberg
ExxonMobil has sued FX Networks and its studio affiliates to block their use of a logo the oil company says infringes on its interlocking XX logo. "ExxonMobil has invested many millions of dollars for more than four decades in advertising and promoting" the logo.

NBC Lays Off Digital Employees in Restructuring
Hollywood Reporter
NBC Digital has laid off just under 5% of its employees, according to insiders. The layoffs are said to be part of an effort by Rob Hayes, the recently named EVP of digital media, to "refocus and restructure" the business. NBC declines to comment on the layoffs.

ABC Developing Daytime Talk Show with Mo'Nique
Hollywood Reporter
Mo'Nique, the actress and comedienne who won a best supporting actor Oscar for the 2009 film "Precious," is said to be working on a syndicated talk show with ABC/Disney that could launch as soon as September 2014. The show is expected to be aimed at the daytime audience.

Oprah Explores Sale of Harpo Campus in Chicago
Chicago Real Estate Daily
Oprah Winfrey may be getting out of the landlord business, more than two years after taping her last talk show in Chicago. Harpo Inc. is said to have hired a real-estate firm to explore options for the four-building Harpo Studios campus in Chicago, including a possible sale.

Fox News Nabs ABC News Veteran Commentator
New York Times
George Will, who has been a conservative presence on ABC News for more than three decades, is leaving for Fox News Channel. Will is best known as a voice on ABC's Sunday morning talk show "This Week." His departure from ABC is seen as something of a surprise.

CNN, MSNBC Each Claim Victory in Ratings Duel
Huffington Post
Dueling press releases have stirred cable-news ratings confusion. CNN's release said: "CNN Tops MSNBC for Second Straight Quarter." MSNBC's said: "MSNBC Tops CNN for Third Quarter." Both networks are right — since they each had victories in a different part of the ratings.

CNBC's Bartiromo Cited in Citigroup Divorce Case
New York Post
Maria Bartiromo could be called as a witness in the divorce of former Citigroup honcho Todd Thomson, who famously offered the "Money Honey" a ride on his corporate private jet, sparking rumors of an affair. Thomson is in the middle of a divorce with his wife of 25 years.

QVC Launches Social Shopping Website ToGather
ClickZ
QVC has announced a new social shopping platform called ToGather, designed to extend its shopping-as-entertainment ethos to a digital community. The site, which takes its look from Pinterest, lets members who start liking products set up personalized newsfeeds.

NBCU Sets Record in Ad Sales for Winter Olympics
Advertising Age
NBCUniversal said it has already sold $800 million in advertising for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia — a record for the winter games and coming from fewer advertisers. The figure tops the previous mark of some $750 million for the 2010 and 2002 games.

AMC's 'Breaking Bad' Finale Breaks Many Records
CNBC
"Breaking Bad" went out with a bang, with 10.3 million viewers tuning in to its series finale, its highest ratings by far. Critical praise, a cult following on social media and the power of Netflix and DVDs for catching up allowed newcomers to get sucked into the show's story line.

Nickelodeon Jumps Into Radio with Clear Channel
Associated Press
Nickelodeon has joined forces with Clear Channel to create its own station on the online iHeartRadio. Nick Radio will rival Radio Disney's terrestrial and Internet radio stations. Like Radio Disney, Nick Radio will feature kid-friendly Top 40 music and stars from its network.

Fox's 'Simpsons' Plots to Kill Off Iconic Character
E! Online
"The Simpsons" plans to kill off one of its stars in the new 25th season, according to executive producer Al Jean. "I'll give you a clue that the actor playing the character won an Emmy for playing that character, but I won't say who it is," Jean shared in a conference call.

NBC Joins CNN in Dropping Hillary Clinton Project
Hollywood Reporter
NBC said it has scrapped its controversial Hillary Clinton miniseries, after "reviewing and prioritizing" its development slate. The news comes hours after CNN opted to cancel its planned Clinton documentary after pressure from both Democrats and Republicans.

Al Jazeera America Bigs Ban Newsroom F-Bombs
New York Post
Al Jazeera America news chiefs "have declared a fatwa" on using the F-bomb in the newsroom. One staffer learned the hard way after loudly swearing in Al Jazeera's office in Manhattan. "The employee was reprimanded. Swearing is not part of the Al Jazeera culture."

ABC Poaches Reuters Editor for Digital News Post
BuzzFeed
ABC News has lured a top video editor at Reuters to run its website. Erle Norton will be named the new executive producer of ABC News Digital, overseeing editorial and video operations across ABCNews.com. Norton will be charged with expanding digital coverage.

Comcast Regional Sports Network Faces 'Crisis'
Houston Chronicle
Comcast SportsNet Houston, co-owned by Comcast and Houston's Rockets and Astros sports teams, has filed for bankruptcy. The regional sports network faces a "corporate government crisis" and cannot pay its bills due to a "total gridlock" among its three partners.

NBCU's Exiting Zalaznick Seeks a Digital Empire
New York Post
Lauren Zalaznick, who is departing NBCUniversal after 12 years, is said to be in the running for the top job at Hulu, the popular web video hub. There is also speculation that Zalaznick is interested in joining Yahoo's media unit and that she interviewed for a board seat at Twitter.

NBC Takes Lead in Solid Start to Fall TV Season
Wall Street Journal
The major U.S. broadcasters saw ratings growth as the fall-TV season kicked off, with higher prime-time ratings across the top four networks, compared with last year. The long-struggling NBC had an especially strong start, ranking first among 18- to 49-year-olds.

AMC 'Breaking Bad' Fueled by Viewing on Netflix
New York Times
In its final season, "Breaking Bad" on AMC became the It Show on cable television. While on-demand services are thought to hurt live TV viewing, in this case, they fueled it. Show creator Vince Gilligan credits Netflix for keeping the show on the air. "It's a new era in TV."

Food Network Scandals Revealed in New Book
Las Vegas Sun
The Food Network, launched in 1993, helped make household names of Paula Deen, Rachael Ray and Bobby Flay. Now, former New York Times journalist Allen Salkin has written a book, "From Scratch: Inside the Food Network," revealing the channel's internal scandals.

DirecTV in Deal Help Finance Independent Films
Wall Street Journal
DirecTV has struck a deal with startup movie studio A24 to partner with it in acquiring independent films in exchange for rights to offer them exclusively via video-on-demand 30 days before they hit theaters. The satellite TV company is making a commitment of about $40 million.

CNN's Hillary Clinton Movie Canceled, Director Says
Huffington Post
The planned documentary on Hillary Clinton that caused CNN to be banned from 2016 Republican debates has been canceled, according to director Charles Ferguson. A near total stonewalling by Clinton and her associates caused him to pull out of the project, he said.

Sirius XM Shareholder Takeover Lawsuit Tossed
Reuters
The board of Sirius XM Radio did not breach its duty to shareholders by allowing a takeover by Liberty Media without demanding it pay a premium for the stock, a Delaware judge has ruled. A lawsuit by a Sirius stockholder had accused the board of tying its own hands.

Survey: Radio Not as Good, But Would Be Missed
Media Life
Some 53% of adult listeners believe radio isn't as good as it used to be, according to research by Mark Kassof & Co. Plus, men are more negative on radio than women. Nonetheless, most listeners would feel something was missing from their lives if they didn't have radio.

CBS Starts Promoting Shows the Day After They Air
New York Times
CBS has begun promoting shows the day after they air, according to research head David Poltrack. The goal is to stimulate demand for series on video on demand services. CBS predicts that time-shifted viewing will be "really transformative" for the TV business.

OWN Buys TV Rights to Oprah's 'The Butler' Movie
Hollywood Reporter
Oprah Winfrey has secured the TV rights to her latest acting vehicle, "Lee Daniels' The Butler." The Weinstein drama, which has passed $100 million at the box office and has awards season buzz, will get its first broadcast airing on OWN in 2017 after its debut on pay cable.

Fox News' O'Reilly Says God Told Him to Write Book
Associated Press
Bill O'Reilly said God told him to write his new book, "Killing Jesus: A History." The Fox News anchor explains in an interview on CBS' "60 Minutes" that one night he awoke with the title of the book in his head. He said he believes he got that message from the Holy Spirit.

MSNBC Offers Viewers Sneak Peek at New Website
Inside Cable News
TV news viewers have been receiving email teases for the new MSNBC.com. Clicking on the link in the email will send users to a temporary splash screen. The screen reads: "Want a sneak peak at the new MSNBC.com? It's what progressives have been waiting for."

Sirius XM Radio Mulls Global Expansion via Internet
Reuters
Sirius XM Radio CEO Jim Meyer said he sees an opportunity to enter international markets with Internet-based products, a business that could provide a new revenue stream. Meyer, who took the reins of the company last year, is looking to branch out Sirius XM's offerings.

Disney's 'Marvel' Debut Wins Big Ratings for ABC
Bloomberg
Disney's first ABC prime-time show based on the company's Marvel comics opened as the top program in its time slot, drawing the largest audience in the key 18 to 49 age group. "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." was ABC's highest-rated drama debut in almost four years.

DirecTV Hints of New Over-the-Top Video Offering
TheStreet
DirecTV CEO Michael White said the satellite TV giant would probably launch an over-the-top video offering, which would be on a smaller scale than Netflix or Hulu. DirecTV is considering such a product after the company was a bidder at Hulu's recently terminated auction.

ESPN Behind-the-Scenes Book Set for Motion Picture
TheWrap
Focus Features has acquired screen rights to the book "ESPN: Those Guys Have All the Fun," by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales, and attached Derek Cianfrance to direct. The 2011 book is an oral history chronicling the formation of the leading sports network.

CNN's Zucker Cautious in Embrace of Social Media
Adweek
Thanks to its partnership with Facebook, CNN can track which topics are trending on the social network at a given time. But CNN boss Jeff Zucker said he doesn't want his network to lean too heavily on social chatter. "We can't be strictly driven by what people are talking about."

Fox Loses Another Round Against Dish's Hopper
Denver Business
For the second time in two weeks, a federal judge has rejected a broadcaster's request to stop a Dish Network technology in its Hopper set-top box. Fox lost its bid for a court injunction blocking features of Dish's DVR. Last week, at effort by ABC was defeated.

CBS Emmy Show Wins Big Audience Amid Criticism
Reuters
Even as viewership for Sunday night's Emmy Awards rose for the second consecutive year, critics panned the U.S. TV industry's top honors as a dull showcase that gave its winners and nominees short shrift. "To not show more clips of nominated shows is not using time wisely."

Esquire Network Names President on Premiere Day
Variety
NBCUniversal's Esquire Network launched on Monday, and with it arrived a major promotion. Adam Stotsky was upped from general manager to president. Stotsky, who previously was general manager of G4, will lead the modern male network as it takes over the Style channel.

HBO Takes Top Emmy Awards, Holding Off Netflix
Reuters
While upstart streaming service Netflix burst into the Emmy party this year, it was cable networks with the most to celebrate as HBO dominated with 27 wins and AMC grabbed the prestigious best drama prize for "Breaking Bad." Netflix walked away almost empty-handed.

Comcast 'Internet Guy' to Think Outside Cable Box
Philadelphia Inquirer
Comcast, which has lost millions of cable-TV subscribers in recent years, is seeking to grow its core cable business with new products. Marcien Jenckes, a self-described "Internet guy," is the man assigned with taking this new-product development to a higher level.

Time Warner Cable, Journal Broadcast End Dispute
Milwaukee Business
A deal has been reached in the long-running impasse between Time Warner Cable and Journal Broadcast Group over retransmission consent. Journal Broadcast Group will keep control of "TV Everywhere" rights. Time Warner Cable did not have any immediate comment.

DirecTV Upends Ad Model With Spots for Auto Geeks
Bloomberg
Toyota has begun working with DirecTV to zero in on would-be customers identified as tech-savvy early adopters. The automaker is using a new tool that combs satellite-TV subscriber data to help marketers reach narrow slices of consumers, improving the effectiveness of ads.

ABC, Fox Go to Extremes to Promote Fall TV Shows
New York Times
With a phalanx of new series to make their debuts this week against an increasingly dominant cable TV lineup, broadcast execs have turned to diverse promotional ideas. A Headless Horseman stalked a Manhattan street to sell the new Fox series "Sleepy Hollow."

NBC Chief Extends Contract Amid Ratings Struggles
Reuters
NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt has extended his contract with the network through 2017. The former Showtime cable channel exec was hired in 2011 to run NBC, which has struggled for years to move out of last place among the four major broadcast networks.

Esquire TV Network Launches Seeking Upscale Men
Associated Press
The Esquire Network kicks off Monday with an 80th anniversary retrospective about its namesake magazine. "We don't see a single TV destination exploring men's diverse passions. Our goal is to reach educated, upwardly mobile and perhaps urbane men."

Oprah Admits to 'Breakdown' Over Network, Movie
USA Today
Overseeing her struggling TV network while shooting the movie "The Butler" proved to be too intense for Oprah Winfrey, she admitted. Did she endure signs of a nervous breakdown? "That is true," she said. "I thought, 'If I don't calm down I'm gonna be in serious trouble.' "

Clear Channel's iHeartRadio Fest: Old School Rules
Associated Press
Elton John may not have a current hit on the radio, but he earned the most cheers at this weekend's iHeartRadio music festival. John was one of the top performers at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Katy Perry, Chris Brown, Robin Thicke and others also hit the stage.

Fox Sports, YouTube Team Up for Online Video Ads
Advertising Age
YouTube and Fox Sports have agreed to jointly sell ads on the sports network's YouTube channel, the companies said, signing up Burger King as the initial sponsor. Burger King branding and ads will appear on the fantasy football-themed section "Inside Fantasy."

Allbritton Chief to Depart Amid Company Transition
Politico
Allbritton president Fred Ryan has announced plans to step down to "pursue other career options." The move comes in the wake of CEO Robert Allbritton's decision to sell the company's TV properties and invest more heavily in Politico and other digital ventures.

Sinclair Emerges as 'Big Time' Player in Broadcasting
USA Today
Sinclair's buying binge in recent months has pleased investors — and put regulators and media watchdogs on alert. In the last 2½ years, Sinclair nearly doubled its portfolio of TV stations to 108 from 58, becoming the largest broadcaster in terms of number of stations.

PBS Tech Officer Jumps to Hollywood Trade Group
Variety
The Motion Picture Association of America has hired John McCoskey, previously chief technology officer of PBS, as EVP and CTO. Also, the trade group has named Alex Deacon to the new position of SVP of Internet technology. Deacon will be based in Silicon Valley.

Comcast-TiVo Study Says TV-Digital Deliver Sales
Multichannel News
A multiscreen study of 735,000 homes conducted by Comcast and TiVo found that TV and digital advertising work well together, though one type of advertising tends to do a better job of luring new buyers while the other is adept at driving sales from existing customers.

Univision in Talks with Banks About Possible IPO
Reuters
Univision has in recent weeks held discussions with banks about an initial public offering, as strong stock markets encourage private equity owners to seek exits for their portfolio companies. The U.S. Spanish-language broadcaster was taken private in March 2007.

HBO Retains Its Emmy Swagger as TV World Shifts
Reuters
Nowhere is the revolution in how people watch TV more apparent than when the industry gathers on Sunday for the annual Emmy Awards. Still, HBO collected 108 nominations this year, its highest total since 2004, and more than twice as many as its closest competitors.

BBC Cuts 75 News Jobs in Broadcaster's Trying Year
Guardian
The BBC plans to eliminate 75 more jobs in news and the English regions in the latest round of cuts, as part of a cost-savings initiative. BBC news boss James Harding admitted that the move would "add to uncertainty after what has been a trying year" for the broadcaster.

Dish Wins Court Ruling Against ABC Over Ad Skipper
Reuters
A federal judge has denied a request by ABC to stop Dish Network from selling devices that let viewers skip commercials when watching broadcast shows. ABC had claimed that Dish's Hopper would cause irreparable harm by threatening its ability to generate advertising revenue.

Discovery's International Chief to Depart in 2014
Washington Business
Mark Hollinger, CEO of Discovery's international operations, plans to resign, citing the desire to spend more time with family in the U.S. His resignation is effective June 2014. Discovery's board of directors and executive team will begin a search for his successor.

CNN's HLN Taps Spike TV Veteran as New Leader
Los Angeles Times
Albie Hecht has been named the new EVP and general manager of CNN sibling cable channel HLN. Hecht's long stints in entertainment at Viacom's Nickelodeon and Spike TV networks suggest that HLN will continue to distance itself from its origins in hard news.

CBS Boosts TV Ratings with On-Demand Viewers
New York Post
In a first for the network, CBS is said to have started counting viewers who watch shows on-demand just like it would any other TV viewer. That means VOD viewership will be included in the ratings currency that advertisers and networks use to negotiate commercial time.

NBC 'Jimmy Fallon' to Harness TV Ads, Social Media
Variety
NBC will allow Lexus to run two live commercials during "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon." In the first spot, improv comics will ask viewers to submit ideas via social media for an ad for Lexus. In the second spot, the comics will perform an ad live using viewers' suggestions.

ESPN Touts Ratings Since Debut of Fox Sports 1
SB Nation
ESPN has sent out a press release citing its ratings as being "up 13% since Aug. 17." That would be the exact day that Fox Sports 1 debuted. "As ESPN heads towards the final quarter of the calendar year — traditionally its strongest — the network is riding a wave of momentum."

'Cord Never' Generation Poised to Impact Pay TV
Bloomberg
A shift in viewing habits is putting pressure on cable, satellite and phone companies by pinching subscriber numbers. The impact on the $80 billion pay-TV industry is already being felt, with 2013 on pace to be the first year ever that total U.S. pay-TV subscriptions will decline.

NBCUniversal Study Says Piracy Still 'Tenacious'
Adweek
Internet piracy is still a runaway train. In January, 432 million unique users infringed on copyright material, up 10% from 2011, per a study conducted for NBCUniversal. Search engines — called out as a business that could do more — "are still leading users to pirated content."

NBC 'Million Second Quiz' Fails to Clock Success
USA Today
"Million Second Quiz" was not the big event NBC thought it would be. The multi-night game show, which ends Thursday night, opened last week with a modest 6.5 million viewers. But instead of building momentum, it declined each night, sinking to a low 2.9 million on Saturday.

Fox News Adds Megyn Kelly to Prime-Time Lineup
Fox News
Fox News Channel's evening schedule will get a redo on Oct. 7, with a new show joining the top-rated lineup in cable news. "The Kelly File" aims to capitalize on host Megyn Kelly's skills as a former litigator. Said Kelly: Fox News chief Roger Ailes helped "change my life."

CNN, Tom Hanks Prep 1960s Documentary Series
Daily News
CNN is teaming up with actor Tom Hanks to produce a 10-part documentary on the 1960s. The series will kick off in November with a 90-minute special on the assassination of John F. Kennedy. "The 1960s were an extraordinary era," said CNN boss Jeff Zucker.

AMC Splits Final Season of 'Mad Men' Series in Half
EW
The final season of "Mad Men" will be expanded to 14 episodes, but viewers will only get to see half of it next year. AMC announced that it will split the seventh season of the Madison Avenue-in-the-’60s drama into two parts, with the second half airing in spring 2015.

In Demand, Howard Stern TV to Stop Production
TheWrap
Howard TV, the premium pay channel that airs videos of Howard Stern's Sirius XM radio show and related content, plans to stop production. In Demand's contract with Stern "is expiring shortly." In Demand and Stern's management "have decided jointly to sunset the service."

U.S. Broadcasters Fear Fall Season Ratings Disaster
New York
The start of U.S. broadcast networks' fall season used to be a time of hope — back before DVRs, cable hits and the Internet. Now, after a disastrous 2012–13 TV season, broadcasters are nervously girding themselves for the worst-case scenario. "It's gonna be ugly."

NBC, Fox Lead in TV Network Social Media Chatter
ClickZ
While NBC's "The Voice" and Fox's "American Idol" receive some of the most buzz in social media, ABC's "Modern Family" and "Dancing with the Stars" generate the most positive mentions, according to social media analysis firm NetBase. Overall, ABC is the "most loved."

Fox Opposes Plan to Reschedule Soccer's World Cup
Bloomberg
Fox Sports, which agreed to pay a record fee for U.S. broadcast rights to soccer's World Cup, is said to oppose plans by the sport's governing body to reschedule the 2022 event in Qatar. Moving the matches from their usual June start to the winter could clash with NFL games.

MSNBC Former Anchor Launches Online News Site
Business Insider
Carlos Watson has reinvented himself multiple times. He was first an entrepreneur, then he became an MSNBC anchor. Now he's combined both careers into a new venture: Ozy Media — an online news outlet for "a new generation." Ozy has attracted several notable investors.

CBS-Time Warner Cable Blackout Spurs D.C. Action
Variety
The month-long blackout of CBS from Time Warner Cable systems in key major markets is igniting a round of lobbying in Washington, D.C., pitting cable and satellite operators against broadcasters who see little need to change current rules regarding retransmission consent.

NBCUniversal Hires Univision Head for Global Role
Reuters
Univision president Cesar Conde is leaving the Spanish-language media company to take a senior role at NBCUniversal. Conde will be an EVP at NBCU reporting to CEO Steve Burke. Conde will oversee the company's international group, a newly created position.

DirecTV Names Former Fox Executive as Director
Bloomberg
DirecTV has named Anthony Vinciquerra to its board, adding a former exec of the Fox TV networks. Vinciquerra is a former chairman and CEO of Fox Networks Group and worked at both Hearst's broadcasting group and CBS' TV station group in the 1990s.

NBC 'Saturday Night Live’ to Add 'Update' Anchor
New York Times
"Saturday Night Live" is getting one of the biggest overhauls in its almost four-decade history. The refitting includes not only six new cast members but also a revamp of the show's "Weekend Update" news segment, with Cecily Strong joining Seth Meyers as an anchor.

CBS Stations to Debut 'Queen Latifah' Talk Show
Associated Press
Queen Latifah's new syndicated talk show from Sony Pictures Television debuts Monday. "I'm a bit edgier than typical daytime," she said. "The Queen Latifah Show" will air on CBS owned-and-operated stations in major U.S. markets and on different channels elsewhere.

Fox News Expands Use of 'Bing' Social-Media Tool
Variety
Fox News Channel plans to expand its use of an on-screen tabulation known as the "Bing Pulse," which allows viewers to identify themselves by political affiliation and gender and then vote online to "agree" or "disagree" with guests on panel-discussion shows.

Turner Courting Tech Startups Through Media Camp
Wall Street Journal
Turner Broadcasting is courting partnerships with media tech startups through its accelerator called Media Camp. Select companies spend 12 weeks working with execs at Turner brands including truTV, CNN and Turner Sports. "We're thinking about going international."

Nickelodeon, Pharrell Prep 'SpongeBob' Fashions
New York Business
Musician Pharrell Williams is partnering with kids cable network Nickelodeon to launch a SpongeBob capsule collection. "SpongeBob SquarePants" has been popular among adults as well as kids; one-third of its audience is between the ages of 18 through 49.

Sirius XM: Wharton School to Create Call-In Channel
Bloomberg
The University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, the world's oldest collegiate business school, will be featured on a new Sirius XM Radio channel, letting listeners get business lessons directly from professors. Sirius will train faculty to host shows.

NPR Names Interim CEO, Plans Employee Buyouts
New York Times
NPR said it will try to reduce its staff about 10% through voluntary buyouts, in an effort to balance the public radio organization's budget. NPR's board also selected an interim CEO from within its ranks, Paul Haaga Jr., a lawyer who has served on the NPR board since 2011.

Cumulus Deal to Help Rdio Start Free Music Service
New York Times
Cumulus Media, which operates 525 radio stations, is entering a deal with Rdio, a subscription music service from the founders of Skype, that will give it an online outlet and help Rdio compete against more established players like Spotify. Said Cumulus: "This is our digital play."

CBS, Amazon to Renew Deal for 'Under the Dome'
Dow Jones
CBS and Amazon have renewed their licensing deal for the second season of "Under the Dome," which was the most-watched series of the summer across broadcast and cable. Amazon's Prime video-streaming service will remain the show's exclusive online subscription home.

NBC Remains Bullish on 'Million Second Quiz' Show
TV Guide
The clock hasn't run out yet on NBC's late summer live game show experiment "Million Second Quiz." Beyond some early technical hiccups and mild ratings, Peacock network execs remain enthusiastic. The ratings drop in night two was "disappointing," they admit.

ABC's 'Katie' Demise Could Open Door to 'The View'
Daily News
"Katie" will likely be canceled by ABC this winter — but viewers could soon see the host Katie Couric replacing Barbara Walters on "The View," according to a source close to the production. "Katie," which just started its second season, isn't attracting a big audience.

Fox News Puts Smith in Charge of Breaking News
Associated Press
Fox News Channel is eliminating one of Shepard Smith's two daily newscasts and putting him in charge of a news team designed to break in to other Fox shows when something big is happening. Smith, the network's top news anchor, has signed a new multi-year contract.

Premiere Re-Ups Hannity to Long-Term Radio Deal
Politico
Sean Hannity, the Fox News Channel host, has re-upped with Premiere Networks in a new, long-term agreement. The announcement comes after the news that Hannity would end his relationship with Cumulus, the radio syndicator that carries his show in several U.S. markets.

Clear Channel, Warner in Deal to Promote Artists
Dow Jones
Clear Channel and Warner Music have unveiled a new partnership that will allow Warner to promote its artists using Clear Channel's platforms and share in the radio giant's revenues. The deal encompasses Clear Channel's live events, digital properties and more.

CBS Outshines Other Major Media Industry Stocks
Bloomberg
CBS, which last week won higher programming fees from Time Warner Cable, is proving to be the best investment among major media companies. "CBS has done one of the best jobs managing the digital transition. People wrongly believed they were dinosaurs."

Time Warner Cable Loses Customers in Blackout
Reuters
Time Warner Cable boss Rob Marcus said the pay-TV operator lost subscribers during its month-long blackout of CBS in three major markets. The absence of CBS and the company's Showtime cable channel "definitely had a subscriber impact." It "increased disconnects."

Charter, Time Warner Cable Merger Seen Probable
Fox Business
Charter could look to acquire privately-held Cox or another target before making a play for Time Warner Cable, according to analysts. An eventual deal between Charter and Time Warner Cable is "looking probable." The industry is widely viewed as prime for consolidation.

NBC: Our Ratings Woes Are Hurting Ad Revenues
Hollywood Reporter
CBS, Fox and ABC make $500 million to $1 billion more than NBC does each year, in part because the Peacock network sells advertising for less than its rivals due to smaller ratings, said NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke. NBC lags in retransmission fees as well, he added.

ABC Says Second-Screen Apps Can Be Distracting
GigaOM
Second-screen apps used to be all the rage with TV execs, but Disney digital EVP Albert Cheng's network is moving away from the strategy of using such apps to complement shows. "It's not a game that we want to be in. Second screen becomes a distraction."

Sinclair May Use New Clout to Challenge Networks
TheStreet
Sinclair, which has been busy gobbling up TV stations, is now the largest U.S. station group. All the more reason, according to a new analyst report, for the Baltimore-based broadcaster to insist on pay-for-play parity between TV stations and cable networks.

Netflix, Amazon Drive Up Prices for Programming
Los Angeles Times
As Netflix and Amazon bid against one another for exclusive rights to movies and TV shows, in a manner that recalls the rivalry between premium cable networks HBO and Showtime, the fallout has been unmistakable, according to TV execs. "It's gotten more expensive."

Comcast Hires DirecTV Veteran for New Position
Philadelphia Business
Comcast has announced several personnel moves. Among them: Ed Brassel has joined the company as SVP of business intelligence for Comcast Cable, a newly created position. Brassel comes to Comcast from DirecTV, one of the company's biggest competitors.

NBC's 'Today' Taps Carson Daly for Digital 'Room'
NBC Today
NBC's "Today" show is welcoming Carson Daly, who will officially join the team as host of the new Orange Room, a space that will connect the show and the audience "like never before." As the Orange Room host, Daly will allow viewers to weigh in and influence show segments.

Discovery: Cash From Oprah Network to Accelerate
Variety
Cash flow coming from the Oprah Winfrey Network is poised to "accelerate," according to Discovery CFO Andy Warren. "We are extremely bullish now on where OWN is. Oprah is in the right place. She's dedicated to it. She gives it all her time and attention."

Sirius XM Board Adds Execs from ESPN, Microsoft
Reuters
Former ESPN chief George Bodenheimer and Microsoft exec Anthony Bates are joining the board of directors of Sirius XM, the satellite radio provider controlled by John Malone's Liberty Media. The execs are the latest high-profile additions to Sirius XM's board.

Sony, Universal, Warner Sue Sirius XM for Royalties
Associated Press
Many of the music industry's largest record companies are suing Sirius XM Radio for royalties it says the satellite radio company didn't pay for recordings from before 1972. Sound recordings weren't brought under federal copyright protection until 1972.

CBS Radio Near Deal to Replace Mets with Yankees
Newsday
The New York Yankees and CBS Radio are said to be close to a deal that will put the baseball team on New York's WFAN starting in 2014. The new arrangement will bump the New York Mets off the radio station that has carried them since its inception on July 1, 1987.

NBC's 'Million Second Quiz' Suffers Epic App Crash
Deadline
"The Million Second Quiz," the new game show that was supposed to showcase NBC's social TV prowess, instead embarrassed the network in its premiere. "So many of you were playing along on your apps that you crashed the system," host Ryan Seacrest told viewers.

ABC's Kimmel Admits Twerking 'Fire' Video Is Fake
Associated Press
Jimmy Kimmel has confessed to being the prankster behind a staged twerking accident video. It remains to be seen whether the clip of a woman apparently set afire while twerking causes TV news programs to be more cautious about airing unverified videos.

Dish Network Director Quits Amid Flap Over Deal
Wall Street Journal
Dish Network director Gary Howard has resigned amid a disagreement over the company's handling of a bid for telecommunications firm LightSquared, which could deliver hundreds of millions of dollars of personal profits to Dish chief Charlie Ergen.

NBCU Switch: Esquire Network to Take Over Style
Hollywood Reporter
When the Esquire Network launches later this month, it will do so not on G4 but rather on the Style Network. The decision to rebrand Style comes as NBCUniversal cable entertainment chief Bonnie Hammer looks to better define the brands in her cable portfolio.

CBS Outdoor Americas Ad Unit Names New CEO
Motley Fool
Leading up to the subsidiary's pending $100 million IPO and ultimately the divestiture of its ownership stake in CBS Outdoor Americas, CBS announced the appointment of Jeremy Male as CEO of the outdoor advertising unit. Male was most recently with JCDecaux.

NBC Signs Lease to Grow in Midtown Manhattan
New York Post
NBC has signed a lease for a major expansion at 1221 Avenue of the Americas, the New York office tower known as the McGraw-Hill Building. The network has added about 95,000 square feet of office space — the entire 27th and 29th floors in the midtown skyscraper.

MTV Video Music Awards Show Boosts Music Sales
Blog.Viacom
Beyond the big numbers the MTV Video Music Awards delivered on TV, web and mobile, the night also gave music sales a significant boost. In the week after the awards show, VMA-related music sales were reported to be up more than a third over the prior week.

AMC 'Breaking Bad' Fans Sue Apple Over Offering
New York Post
"Breaking Bad" fans who bought the hit TV show's final season through iTunes are now suing Apple, saying they were being forced to pay twice after the 16 episodes were split into two parts. The customers shelled out a one-time fee of $13.99 to $21.99 for a "Season Pass."

CBS Chief Moonves' Bold Play Helps Broadcasters
New York Times
CBS and chief Les Moonves have given broadcasters a shot in the arm by pushing distributors to pay them just as they do cable networks. "If anyone was going to break the code on retransmission it was going to be Les and CBS. Other broadcasters have a big debt to pay."

AT&T U-verse, Pac-12 Networks in Distribution Deal
Bay Area News
The Pac-12 and AT&T have reached a distribution deal for U-verse to carry Pac-12 Networks broadcasts. AT&T will be the exclusive wireless provider for Pac-12 athletic venues. Web and app access to Pac-12 programming will be provided later in the academic year.

CBS News Moves Early to Dominate Syria Coverage
Variety
President Obama has said the U.S. will studiously avoid putting "boots on the ground" during any conflict with Syria — but the same does not hold true for CBS News. The network's news division has already scored impressive wins in its coverage of the Syria situation.

CNN Fake Spam Says Syrian Bombing Has Begun
CNBC
A fake CNN report going around via spam says: "The United States began bombing!" in Syria, and clicking it may result in malware downloading onto your device. Clicking "Full story" after the two-sentence lead triggers the download of a Trojan downloader and other malware.

NBC Online Quiz Show Lets Subway Chase TV Viewers
Bloomberg
For Subway restaurants, NBC's "The Million Second Quiz" trivia show is a chance to put its sandwiches in front of viewers for almost two weeks straight. The live game show debuts tonight, running for 12 days without interruption, online and for one hour in prime time.

Fox: Bruno Mars to Perform at Super Bowl Halftime
Associated Press
Bruno Mars, the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter-producer, will perform at halftime of the next Super Bowl. The big game will be played Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Halftime shows have drawn more than 100 million U.S. TV viewers in past years.

ESPN, Eminem Take a Cue from MTV, Miley Cyrus
AllThingsD
Eminem appeared on ESPN during halftime of the Michigan-Notre Dame game, ostensibly for an interview to promote a new video. The rap music star's "weirdo" demeanor generated instant chatter across the Internet. "This worked very well for Miley Cyrus and Viacom."

MTV Controversy Costs Miley Cyrus Vogue Cover
Daily Mail
Miley Cyrus's "crude" dance at the MTV Video Music Awards has cost her the coveted cover of Vogue magazine. Editor in chief Anna Wintour is said to have cancelled plans to make Cyrus the December issue cover girl after witnessing the singer's controversial MTV performance.

DirecTV Partners with Neil LaBute for Short Films
World Screen
DirecTV has entered into a partnership with screenwriter Neil LaBute ("The Shape of Things," "In the Company of Men") to produce a set of 10 short films that it will air exclusively. Production is scheduled for this month and the films will begin airing later this fall.

Time Warner Cable's Other Blackout in Sixth Week
TheStreet
Time Warner Cable has sufficiently resolved its differences with CBS, but the same can't be said for Milwaukee-based Journal Communications. TWC subscribers in Milwaukee, Green Bay, Wis., and other markets have been blocked from certain programming for six weeks.

Comcast: Tennis Channel Loses Bid for Hearing
LA Biz
The Tennis Channel suffered a major blow in its battle against Comcast, when an appeals court declined to hear its case accusing the cable giant of anti-competitive behavior. The channel said Comcast placed it on a sports tier with fewer subscribers and a higher cost.

Univision's English News Channel Eyes Millennials
Businessweek
Spanish-language TV network Univision is launching Fusion in late October, creating the network's first English-language programming. As younger U.S. Latinos become more comfortable with English, Univision faces the risk of disappearing "in just a few years."

CBS Enters Deal to Televise Big East Basketball
CBS Sports
CBS Sports has reached a sublicensing agreement with Fox Sports to televise Big East games from 2013-14 to 2018-19. Up to 30 men's basketball games per year will be televised on CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network, beginning in the 2014-15 season.

Scripps Networks' Lansing to Retire as President
MediaPost
Scripps Networks, home to Food Network, HGTV and other networks, is making some senior exec changes. John Lansing is retiring after nine years as president. He will continue as a consultant. Longtime Scripps exec Burton Jablin will take over the top spot.

Rush Limbaugh Writes 'Rush Revere' Kids Book
Fox News
In 1993, Rush Limbaugh's book on family values, religion and individualism, "See I Told You So," made the New York Times best seller list. Twenty years later, Limbaugh is back with something for youngsters: "Rush Revere," his version of the Thanksgiving story.

MSNBC Gives Talk Show to Actor Alec Baldwin
Associated Press
MSNBC's prime-time lineup is getting some star power. The cable news network announced that actor Alec Baldwin will host "Up Late with Alec Baldwin," a current events and culture talk show to air Friday nights. The show is modeled after Baldwin's WNYC radio podcast.

Fox News to Launch Lifestyle Show with Carol Alt
Variety
Fox News has added a half-hour weekend lifestyle show to its lineup hosted by model Carol Alt. "A Healthy You & Carol Alt" will debut this Saturday and feature advice for maintaining health and wellness along with celeb and professional commentators.

Dish, Disney Girding for Showdown Over ESPN
Wall Street Journal
Dish Network's contract to carry ABC and ESPN ends this month, and talks with the TV networks' owner, Disney, are focused on the contentious issue of sports costs. Dish chief Charlie Ergen has hinted at the nuclear option — going without Disney's channels permanently.

CBS: TV-Online Ad Parity Only 3 to 5 Years Away
CNBC
Advertising rates on network TV and for TV show viewing online will soon be the same, "so we won't care where you watch," said Les Moonves. The CBS chief predicted that ad parity could come in three to five years. "Most of the kids are watching their shows online."

Sirius XM in Deal to Carry Fox News, Fox Business
Fox Business
Sirius XM Radio has unveiled a deal to air both Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network to the satellite radio provider's 25 million subscribers through 2019. The new pact paves the way for both channels to stream on the company’s Internet radio channel lineup.

ABC Teases Fall Comedies via Watch ABC, Hulu
Variety
ABC is streaming pilots for its three new fall comedies — "The Goldbergs," "Trophy Wife" and "Back in the Game" — via WatchABC.com, the Watch ABC mobile app and Hulu three weeks ahead of their broadcast debut, an increasingly common tactic by TV programmers.

CBS' Big Win Against Time Warner Came in Digital
Daily News
Time Warner Cable grudgingly gave in to CBS' demands for control over its programming distribution to online devices. Those steps promise to provide the ability to "cut the cord" from cable. It was the brawl over digital rights that dragged both companies into the mud.

Report: Pay-TV Continuing to Shed Subscribers
LA Biz
Cable TV isn't going the way of Blockbuster Video, but the business's slow, steady decline in subscriptions should be cause for concern. According to a new report from SNL Kagan, cable TV providers have lost a combined 1.8 million video subscribers over the past year.

ABC Legal Spat Puts Online Soap Opera on Hiatus
Los Angeles Times
Prospect Park has sued ABC, accusing the network of trying to sabotage the company's efforts to revive the broadcaster's canceled soaps online by killing off characters on "One Life to Live." Prospect Park plans to shelve "One Life" until the ABC lawsuit is resolved.

NBC Partners with Electus to Develop Telenovelas
MediaPost
NBC has an arrangement with Electus to develop a trio of novelas, looking for one 13-episode version to make it to the network with multiple episodes running weekly. On Spanish-language networks, the serials — or soap operas to some — run for many nights in a row.

Fox's Super Bowl Advertisers Commit Super Early
USA Today
Super Bowl ad fever is hitting absurdly early this year. The National Football League's regular season hasn't even begun, but four major advertisers have announced plans to advertise in the Super Bowl, which is still five months off. What's the rush? In three letters: ROI.

FXX Sees Solid Start Ahead of Big Series Premieres
Hollywood Reporter
FXX, the comedy-centric FX spinoff network, is off and running. And though the network's big premieres, including new homes for veteran FX comedies "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" and "The League," start rolling out on Wednesday night, initial ratings are solid.

Comedy Central's Jon Stewart Returns After Break
Associated Press
Jon Stewart is back. In his return Tuesday, "The Daily Show" host quickly referenced stories he missed — Paula Deen, Anthony Weiner and Miley Cyrus — then took up the challenge of trying to make comedy and social commentary out of the Syrian poison gas attack.

Paley Center's TV Festival Coming to New York
New York Times
The Paley Center for Media plans to introduce a New York incarnation of its annual Los Angeles-based PaleyFest, focusing on TV shows and talent based in the Big Apple. The New York fest will be presented in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment.

CBS 'Wins' Fee Dispute with Time Warner Cable
Reuters
CBS won large increases in the fees it will receive from Time Warner Cable in its agreement with the cable operator that ended a month-long blackout, according to analysts. "CBS is the winner. Content owners always win these negotiations. They have all the leverage."

Time Warner Adding ESPN's Longhorn Network
Houston Chronicle
Time Warner Cable has picked up ESPN's Longhorn Network, which is dedicated to the athletic program at the University of Texas. The Time Warner deal, along with previously announced deals, gives LHN carriage on the dominant cable carrier in most major Texas markets.

Showtime 'Homeland' Season Debut Leaks Online
Variety
The first episode of season 3 of the popular series "Homeland" has been leaked online ahead of its Sept. 29 premiere. Hundreds of thousands of copies of the episode have been downloaded over various BitTorrent networks. The leak could cut both ways for Showtime.

Fox 'American Idol' Taps Harry Connick Jr as Judge
Hollywood Reporter
Harry Connick Jr. is said to have entered a deal to serve as a judge on "American Idol" alongside Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez on the upcoming 13th season. The singer has appeared on the Fox reality competition multiple times as a mentor and performer.

NBC's Brian Williams Ready to Return After Surgery
Associated Press
NBC said "Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams will be back to work Tuesday. Williams has been out since undergoing knee surgery on Aug. 6. NBC has the top-rated evening news program, but ABC's "World News" with Diane Sawyer has been creeping closer.

Al Jazeera Host David Frost Dies on Cruise Ship
Al Jazeera
David Frost, the veteran TV host, author and producer, has died at age 74 after a heart attack. Frost was most famous for his interviews with Richard Nixon in 1977, during which the former president apologized for Watergate. Frost has worked with Al Jazeera English since 2006.

ABC News 'Katie' Couric Engaged to Be Married
People
Katie Couric celebrated the holiday weekend by getting engaged. The TV host, whose talk show "Katie" returns for a second season on Sept. 9, accepted a proposal from her boyfriend, John Molner, who is head of mergers and acquisitions at Brown Brothers Harriman.

Fox News' Geraldo Rivera Invite Yanked After 'Selfie'
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Not everyone was atwitter over Geraldo Rivera's revealing self-portrait to celebrate his 70th birthday. Duquesne University withdrew an invitation to the TV journalist to moderate a panel, saying his decision to post such a picture of himself on social media was "inappropriate."

CBS Enlists Football Stars to Help End Blackout
Reuters
CBS has aired ads in three major U.S. markets urging fans to switch TV providers before the start of the football season to pressure Time Warner Cable to end the blackout over fee increases. The ads feature star sibling NFL quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning.

Cumulus to Buy Dial Global in $260 Million Deal
Wall Street Journal
Cumulus is said to be close to acquiring syndicator Dial Global, in a deal that is likely to shake up the radio industry's landscape and Clear Channel's dominance. A Cumulus-Dial combination would create a meaningful rival to Clear Channel and ESPN Radio.

DirecTV Screens 'CBGB' Film Ahead of Theaters
UPI
"CBGB," a film about the New York nightclub where U.S. punk rock music was born, will make its premiere on DirecTV. Directed by Randall Miller, the film will debut Sept. 5 and air through Oct. 2, prior to its theatrical release Oct. 11. "Filmmakers have a new platform."

CBS-Time Warner: Why Not Pull Plug on Cable?
Los Angeles Times
J. Max Robins: "We live in a time of many alternatives to cable TV, and the war between Time Warner and CBS provides an impetus to explore them. I recently dumped my cable for FiOS, a fiber-optic system providing a wide array of channels. But there are many other options."

Comedy Central to Stream James Franco Roast
MediaPost
Comedy Central is taking one of its showcases and streaming it free across multiple platforms. The "Roast of James Franco" will be accessible via CC.com, mobile platforms and an Xbox app. The network also will let "super users" take control of its Vine account.

Al Jazeera America Taps Tumblr Veteran for Digital
New York Observer
Mark Coatney, former Tumblr director/media evangelist, has been named SVP of digital media for Al Jazeera America. "It's critical to have someone who knows the importance of digital content and how people are consuming it in today's information environment."

CBS Interactive to Roll Out 40 Local Sports Sites
MediaPost
CBS Interactive plans to expand its high-school sports coverage by adding 40 new metro areas to its MaxPreps franchise. In partnership with CBSSports.com, each site will carry local rankings, game schedules, recent scores, and coaches and players of the week.

ESPN Signs Up with Twitter Amplify for Football
Adweek
ESPN will deliver college football highlights this season through its Twitter handle and via the social-TV Amplify platform. ESPN will run the same highlights across its web and mobile app properties. It is the second year in which ESPN and Twitter have partnered on Amplify.

CBS, Time Warner Standoff Called 'Turning Point'
Crain's New York
Some 26 days after CBS and its premium cable channel Showtime went dark in more than 3 million Time Warner Cable homes, research firm SNL Kagan is calling the dispute an industry milestone. "What really makes the fight so striking is how much money is at stake."

NBC Trying to Create Big Event with 'Quiz' Show
Associated Press
A giant hourglass structure being built on the rooftop of an abandoned Manhattan car dealership represents NBC's hope for the TV event of the season. It's the set for "The Million Second Quiz" — a prime-time contest that offers a peek into the future of broadcast TV.

Univision Adds Reporters, Comedians to Fusion
Reuters
U.S. Spanish language broadcaster Univision is ramping up Fusion, its new English cable news network aimed at younger viewers. Fusion, launching Oct. 28, will become the newest English-language cable news network following the debut of Al-Jazeera America.

CNBC Business News Network Sees Ratings Fall
New York Post
CNBC posted some of its worst ratings in 20 years this month, attracting an average of just 37,000 viewers aged 25 to 54 over a 24-hour period. That's down 35% from a year ago, and the Comcast-owned network's worst performance in the key demo since 1993.

Golf Channel's 'I Have a Dream' Tweet Criticized
Mashable
The Golf Channel fell into a sand trap with its Twitter post honoring Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. In a tweet that has since been deleted, the channel tried to prompt its followers to tweet their own "golf dreams." The tweet "was not appropriate."

Time Warner Cable Launches TV App for Xbox 360
Los Angeles Times
Time Warner Cable has launched its TV app for Microsoft's Xbox 360 devices, after already having introduced apps for smartphones, tablets and Roku's set-top boxes. Xbox Live Gold members can access up to 300 channels through the app, dubbed TWC TV.

Comcast Developing a Talking TV Channel Guide
Philadelphia Inquirer
Comcast has hired a sight-challenged exec to develop a "talking TV interface" for the blind and other products for the disabled. The talking guide could be out in 2014 as part of the X2 platform. "The television is not strictly as visual a medium as you might think."

CNN Reports Lowest-Rated Month Since Zucker
Zap2it
For the month of August, CNN posted its lowest-rated month in total viewers since Jeff Zucker took the reins in January 2013. After ranking ahead of MSNBC since April, CNN fell back to third place in August, falling behind both Fox News Channel and MSNBC.

Al Jazeera America's Launch Draws Tepid Ratings
USA Today
Despite hundreds of millions invested by the government of Qatar, Al Jazeera America drew only a tiny fraction of its total audience reach in the first few days of the Aug. 20 launch. The highest rated show, "Real Money with Ali Velshi," drew 54,000 viewers.

Fox Sports 1 Averages Just 160,000 Viewers Nightly
Variety
The numbers are in for the first week of Fox Sports 1, and the network has plenty of room for improvement. FS1 averaged 161,000 viewers in primetime, a little more than the 158,000 that Speed — the channel it replaced — opened in the same frame a year ago.

Fox News' Ailes Should 'Fear' Fired PR Executive
Gawker
Fox News boss Roger Ailes fired exec Brian Lewis in July following charges including "financial irregularities." Lewis's new attorney has provided a statement: "Roger Ailes and Newscorp have a lot more to fear from Brian Lewis telling the truth about them."

Comcast Ventures Associate Jumps to Foundation
Silicon Valley Business
Foundation Capital has brought on board another investor. Former Comcast Ventures associate Adit Singh has been named a partner at the Menlo Park firm, tasked with focusing on startups in enterprise IT infrastructure, systems software and services.

FCC Enters CBS-Time Warner Cable Fee Dispute
B&C
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has suggested that the agency is now actively working with both CBS and Time Warner Cable to help them resolve their retransmission dispute. The FCC is "engaged at the highest levels with the respective parties."

CBS Blocked in 3 Million Homes via Time Warner
MediaPost
On a national level, the number of homes with CBS-owned local stations blacked out in the dispute with Time Warner Cable is around 3.2 million, according to CBS. Showtime also is off the air across TWC's national footprint, as TWC and CBS continue to battle.

ESPN Goes on Offense to Protect Media Empire
New York Times
Emerging competitors, decreasing cable subscriptions and rising political opposition to bundled channels have created a precarious environment for ESPN, which is fighting back. "This is the most complicated environment we've faced in a long time," said boss John Skipper.

Aereo's Wins Push Networks to Stop Streaming TV
Bloomberg
Broadcasters stymied by court losses in New York have turned to judges in California and Massachusetts in their campaign to shut down the Aereo online streaming TV service backed by Barry Diller. Aereo continues to expand its service to more U.S. cities.

Fox News: Kurtz's 'Media Buzz' Show to Debut
Mediaite
Former CNN "Reliable Sources" host Howard Kurtz has announced that his new Fox News show, "Media Buzz," will debut Sept. 8. In addition to media criticism, the show will "analyze how social media has evolved and the effect it has had throughout the industry."

ESPN, Turner in Talks to Exit Deal with NASCAR
SportsBusiness Journal
ESPN and Turner Sports are said to be talking with NASCAR about getting out of their broadcast rights agreement a year early. The move could allow Fox Sports and NBC Sports to become the sport's broadcasters next year. The talks are seen as "precedent-setting."

HBO Exec Becomes New Ambassador to Spain
New York Post
James Costos has a new title — ambassador to Spain and Andorra. Costos, who was sworn in late last week, is VP of global licensing and retail, consumer marketing for HBO. He and his partner have been big fund-raisers for President Obama's reelection.

MTV Sees VMA Viewership, Social Media Use Soar
Los Angeles Times
MTV's 2013 Video Music Awards drew 10.1 million viewers, up 66% from last year. The event also blew up on social media. Miley Cyrus's racy performance generated a record 306,000 tweets per minute, beating the reaction to Beyonce at the Super Bowl.

Sirius XM Sued Over Royalties for Pre-1972 Music
Wall Street Journal
SoundExchange, the entity that collects performance royalties from digital music services, has sued satellite-radio giant Sirius XM Radio for allegedly refusing to pay for recordings made prior to 1972. There is little explicit protection for so-called "legacy" artists.

Oprah Bested by Madonna on Forbes Celebrity List
Forbes
Madonna has come in at No. 1 on Forbes' 2013 list of the top-earning celebrities. The singer pocketed some $125 million between June 2012 and June 2013. Madonna raked in more money than even Oprah Winfrey, who dropped to No. 13 with earnings of $77 million.

Meredith Vieira Bows YouTube Women's Channel
TubeFilter
Meredith Vieira has become the latest TV personality to build up her online video presence. The longtime journalist and host has debuted "Lives," a YouTube channel offering content for women of all ages. "Lives" will connect with all women "to share stories."

CNN's Amanpour Among Twitter's 'Smart Women'
Fast Company
Christiane Amanpour has been named among "25 of the Smartest Women on Twitter," a list compiled by Ann Charles, CEO of social-media branding firm Brandfog. Amanpour "offers breaking news on global conflicts, and provides unique insights and perspectives."

Cablevision Shares Jump Amid Sale Speculation
Bloomberg
Cablevision shares jumped 42% in just eight weeks as speculation heated up about deals in the industry and shareholders Paulson & Co. and Gamco Investors said a sale was likely. If Cablevision can't find a suitor in the cable industry, "Google could be interested."

Discovery Kicks Off Global Programming Fund
Washington Business
The Discovery Channel and Discovery Networks International have launched a $500,000 fund seeking groundbreaking programming ideas from producers around the world. The fund aims to turn the "most ambitious ideas" from top production companies into reality.

Time Warner Offers Rabbit Ears for CBS Blackout
CNNMoney
Time Warner Cable has begun offering free antennas to subscribers who want to watch CBS programming, as the blackout between the two companies passed the three-week mark. TWC said that it is "making basic indoor antennas available at no cost."

CNN's New Morning Program Hits Ratings Lows
Variety
CNN's new morning program "New Day" — a pet show of CNN's new president Jeff Zucker — hasn't been able to gain much traction. Last week, despite exclusive interviews with Prince William and Mark Zuckerberg, the show has posted its lowest numbers yet.

ESPN, Olbermann Together Again Starting Monday
New York Times
Some 16 years after an acrimonious parting, Keith Olbermann and the network have put on happy faces for their reunion Monday on "Olbermann" on ESPN2, the spinoff channel that he helped start in 1993. According to Olbermann, "There has been no friction at all."

Fox Sports 1 'Has a Lot of Blonde Female Talent'
USA Today
A strategy appears to be emerging at the new Fox Sports 1: "Like Fox News, you can't have enough blonde on-air talent." No one at Fox Sports will talk on record, but a source said the edict is clear: Fox Sports, like Fox News, wants to appeal to Middle America.

Cumulus Signs Limbaugh to Three-Year Contract
Politico
As expected, Rush Limbaugh has re-upped with Cumulus Media, bringing an end to months of heated, often public contract negotiations. "I will continue to be on radio stations for the next three years," Limbaugh told his listeners. "There will not be any changes."

Paula Deen's Discrimination Lawsuit Is Dismissed
Daily News
Paula Deen has reached a settlement with Lisa Jackson, the former employee who accused her of racial discrimination and harassment. Attorneys for both reached a settlement "without any award of costs or fees to any party," according to court documents.

'Duck Dynasty' Becomes Global Business Phenom
New York Times
Willie Robertson and his family made a conscious dive into the entertainment world, lifting a regional business based on duck hunting into an international phenomenon. Retail giant Walmart carries "Duck Dynasty" merchandise in six separate departments.

MTV VMAs: Daft Punk Appears But Doesn't Perform
Hollywood Reporter
Daft Punk didn't get lucky in the surprise department. The French electro-pop duo made a "surprise" appearance during Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards, weeks after Stephen Colbert spoiled the secret after the group were no-shows on Comedy Central's "Colbert Report."

Fox Says Super Bowl Ads 85 Percent Sold Out
USA Today
Super Bowl ad slots are already 85% sold out and will be 90% gone by the time the NFL season begins in less than two weeks, according to Fox Sports sales exec Neil Mulcahy. Top media buyers say some of the game's 30-second slots are going for north of $4 million.

ESPN Said Pressured by NFL to Quit Film Probe
New York Times
Pressure from the National Football League is said to have led to ESPN's decision to pull out of an investigative project with "Frontline" regarding head injuries in the NFL. ESPN pays the NFL more than $1 billion a year to broadcast "Monday Night Football."

QVC Launches 'Plus' Second Shopping Channel
MediaPost
Offering up its own version of a time-shifted TV viewing, home shopping channel QVC has started another channel — QVC Plus, a network that will air content off its main QVC network on a three-hour delay. Onscreen graphics will show content that is pre-recorded.

Disney to Slash 175 Jobs Across ABC-TV Arm
Los Angeles Times
The Disney/ABC Television Group, which includes the ABC network, local TV stations and the Disney Channel and ABC Family cable networks, plans to restructure its operations, which will result in layoffs across the unit. About 175 jobs are expected to be cut.

Time Warner Offers Tennis Amid CBS Blackout
Reuters
Time Warner Cable said it will offer a free preview of the Tennis Channel during the U.S. Open tournament to its customers affected by a blackout of broadcaster CBS. Subscribers in the affected markets with digital set-top boxes can watch the Tennis Channel for free.

CBS, Time Warner Cable in Truce Over Debates
Wall Street Journal
CBS and Time Warner Cable have agreed temporarily to lift the blackout on the broadcaster to ensure New Yorkers have access to the upcoming debates for comptroller and mayor. Both companies have also agreed to lift the blackout for the other upcoming debates.

MSNBC Continues Ratings Slide as CNN Surges
Variety
CNN has enjoyed a ratings surge this summer, thanks to strong interest in the George Zimmerman trial and improved performances for shows including "“Anderson Cooper 360." The news network has virtually caught up with or surpassed MSNBC in key categories.

A&E 'Duck Dynasty' Ratings Best CBS 'Dome'
USA Today
The fourth-season premiere of A&E's Duck Dynasty quacked with 11.8 million viewers, a new record for a non-fiction cable series that is also 2.2 million ahead of the series' previous high, set in April. It even beat out the top broadcast show, CBS' "Under the Dome."

Fox 'Prison Break' Star Comes Out Amid Protest
Daily News
Actor Wentworth Miller has come out as gay in a letter to the organizers of a film festival in Russia. The star of the former "Prison Break" series was invited to appear at the St. Petersburg International Film Festival, but declined due to Russia's anti-LGBT legislation.

Scripps Ups Content Exec to VP of Programming
Cincinnati Business
E.W. Scripps has promoted Robert Sullivan to VP of programming following his success in developing the original TV shows "Let's Ask America," "RightThisMinute" and "The List." As VP of content, Sullivan was charged with creating original local programming.

MTV's Video Music Awards Move Beyond Twitter
CNET
For this year's Video Music Awards, MTV plans to replace its Twitter Tracker, begun in 2009, with a Social Radar that aggregates mentions from any platform it can access — Twitter, Facebook, Vine, Instagram. "We're focusing on the media aspect of social media."

ESPN Holds Preliminary Talks for Web-Based TV
Bloomberg
ESPN has held preliminary talks to offer programming on a web-based TV service like those proposed by Google, Sony and Intel. A web-based service would have to buy "the whole suite of products," said ESPN president John Skipper. "We're not going to offer one-offs."

Comcast Threatens to Sue Blog Over Copyright
TorrentFreak
Comcast has sent TorrentFreak a cease and desist letter, the blog said, claiming copyright over contents of an article which revealed that Prenda Law was involved in operating a pirate honeypot. The blog added that Comcast also has alerted its hosting provider.

MTV, Pepsi Ask Twitter Users to Pick Perry Release
Adweek
Pepsi, a sponsor of the MTV Video Music Awards, plans to own the moment in terms of branding. The soda giant and MTV will encourage people to use Twitter to help pick a song from singer Katy Perry's new album to release on iTunes. "It will make for great television."

CBS Consumer-Perception Score Goes Negative
Variety
CBS has a blacker eye among some viewers, as the contract dispute with Time Warner Cable stretches into its third week. The broadcaster has dropped to a minus-5 perception score on a consumer survey by YouGov — the network's lowest point since August 2011.

Al Jazeera Sues AT&T Over U.S. Carriage Refusal
Bloomberg
AT&T has been sued by Al Jazeera over its refusal to carry the Qatar-based broadcaster's new U.S. cable-news channel as part of its pay-TV service. The company is violating an agreement by refusing to telecast the channel, Al Jazeera has claimed.

Fox News Ailes Advisor Ousted Over 'Irregularities'
Hollywood Reporter
Brian Lewis, a Fox News Channel exec considered the right-hand man to chief Roger Ailes, has been fired and escorted from his office. Lewis, who held the title of EVP of corporate communications, was ousted over "issues relating to financial irregularities."

CNN Newsman Cooper's 'Stalker' Appears in Court
New York Post
The man accused of stalking Anderson Cooper said he had a "crush" on the news anchor. Cooper "is not in any danger," according to Alex Hausner, who was arrested in July. Hausner reportedly kicked the front door of Cooper's home, yelling, "I'm going to f—k you up!"

ABC, CBS News Gaining with Different Approaches
Associated Press
Evening newscasts on ABC and CBS are gaining ground on market leader Brian Williams of NBC News. Behind Diane Sawyer, ABC has made strides with a sleek "World News," while Scott Pelley has revealed himself to be a traditionalist at "CBS Evening News."

'Daily Show's' Stewart Among Highest Paid TV Stars
TV Guide
There is a new king of late-night TV, according to TV Guide's annual survey of star salaries. "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart is now earning between $25-30 million a year. That puts Stewart ahead of past late-night salary leaders Jay Leno and David Letterman.

Nickelodeon Star Comes Out as Gay on YouTube
Mashable
The actor who plays Fred Figglehorn — who rose to fame as a boy on YouTube in 2008 before starring in a movie and Nickelodeon show — has revealed his sexual orientation in a YouTube video: "I'm gay. It feels so weird to say it on camera," said Lucas Cruikshank.

Dr Phil Deletes Controversial 'Drunk Girl' Tweet
USA Today
Dr. Phil, the TV self-help guru, caught grief on social media after he tweeted — and quickly deleted — this question to his 1.2 million followers: "If a girl is drunk, is it OK to have sex with her?" The hashtag #DrPhilQuestions quickly started trending on Twitter.

CBS Blackout Likely to End with Autumn's Arrival
BuzzFeed
The beginning of fall — when many college students go back to school and pick a pay-TV provider — could provide the impetus to end the Time Warner Cable-CBS standoff. However, "consumers are becoming more and more immune to these corporate slugfests."

Time Warner Cable Makes Donation to Media Lab
CED
Time Warner Cable has pledged to contribute $1.6 million to the 2-year-old NYC Media Lab. Initially, TWC is funding research at the organization into bandwidth usage trends. "It's important that we further study and understand the complexities of broadband technology."

Verizon Woos CBS Staffers to Drop Time Warner
Los Angeles Times
Verizon FiOS has thrown a bone to CBS employees who can no longer watch the network in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas because of the company's fight with Time Warner Cable. Verizon is offering the employees "exclusive discounts and special promotions."

NPR Head Departing to Join National Geographic
NPR
After fewer than 21 months on the job, NPR CEO Gary Knell has announced that he is leaving the organization to become president and CEO at the National Geographic Society. Knell said he was offered an opportunity that he "could not turn down."

Al Jazeera America Debuts with Brand Problem
Digiday
Al Jazeera America goes live Tuesday afternoon. A big hurdle: Some Americans associate its name, fairly or not, with terrorism. The bigger hurdle: Even more Americans have never heard of it. "Perception of the company is absolutely their biggest obstacle."

Clear Channel Sues Baltimore Over Billboard Tax
Baltimore Sun
Clear Channel has filed a lawsuit against Baltimore and its new billboard tax, arguing that billboards should be protected as free speech. City officials expect to take in about $1 million a year from Clear Channel, which has a near-monopoly on Baltimore's advertising market.

Sirius XM in New Deal with Major League Baseball
Reuters
All Sirius XM subscribers will be able to listen to live Major League Baseball games under a new deal with the sport league. The satellite radio company did not disclose the terms of the contract, which could encourage millions of customers to upgrade their service.

Cumulus Said to Keep Limbaugh at Radio Stations
Radio Ink
Rush Limbaugh won't be leaving Cumulus stations when his contract is up at the end of this year, according to industry sources. Negotiations became public when Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey remarked that the talk format was not producing the revenue he believed it should.

Disney Channel Former Star Found Dead at Age 29
ABC News
Lee Thompson Young was found dead Monday in his apartment in Los Angeles. His manager said that the actor committed suicide. Young rose to fame as the star of the Disney show "The Famous Jett Jackson." He most recently was featured on TNT's "Rizzoli & Isles."

Fox's 'American Idol' Near Deal for Lopez Return
Associated Press
Jennifer Lopez's return as an "American Idol" judge will be announced this week, according to sources. Lopez was an "Idol" judge for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Lopez plans to rejoin because its production schedule will allow her to spend more time with her children.

NBC's 'Today' Starting Oprah-like Book Club
New York Times
"Today" has introduced a new monthly book club, a happy development for a publishing industry frustrated by years of shrinking TV time devoted to authors. The "Today" selections will be emblazoned with stickers on their covers indicating their inclusion in the club.

CNN to Launch Sports Show with ESPN Veteran
TheWrap
CNN has issued a preemptive strike against MSNBC's rumored Friday night show hosted by Alec Baldwin with a sports show hosted by Rachel Nichols. "Rachel Nichols: Unguarded" will air Fridays at 10:30 p.m. starting Sept. 20. Nichols was hired from ESPN in January.

NBC News Hires Slate Veteran for Digital Video
AllThingsD
NBC News's digital group has created its own original video unit, dedicated to making clips for social, mobile and web audiences. Bill Smee, who been headed up video at the Washington Post's Slate.com, will oversee the new video effort, starting next month.

NBC, CNN to Be Blocked from Debates by GOP
CNN
The Republican National Committee has approved a resolution vowing to sideline CNN and NBC from the presidential primary debate process in 2016 unless the networks abandon plans to produce programs about Hillary Clinton. "It is the right thing to do for our voters."

Fox TV Studios Won't Produce Clinton Miniseries
Hollywood Reporter
The tantalizing spectacle of Fox Television Studios producing a Hillary Clinton miniseries for NBC has been canceled. It had been reported that Fox, also the home of the conservative-leaning cable news channel, might produce the planned four-hour miniseries.

Cumulus Radio, Hannity Expected to Part Ways
Mediaite
Conservative radio host Michael Savage's on-air "prediction" last week that he would inherit Sean Hannity's slot on Cumulus-owned stations is said to have come too late. Hannity "wants out of his contract with Cumulus, and made the decision to move on some time ago."

Al Jazeera America Shunned by Wary Ad Buyers
New York Post
Al Jazeera America, debuting Tuesday, has a mission to compete with CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. But it won't have many advertisers. The network is having a tough time persuading Madison Avenue to buy airtime on a channel perceived as anti-American.

Fox Sports 1 Makes Strong Debut in Primetime
Multichannel News
Fox Sports 1 registered a strong first night with the Nielsens, averaging more than 1.7 million viewers in primetime on Saturday. The fledgling national sports network is said to have outpointed each of the major broadcast networks among adults and men 18 to 49.

MTV: No Host for This Year's Video Music Awards
New York Post
MTV's "Video Music Awards," airing for the first time from Brooklyn, will not have a host. For this year's telecast, on Aug. 25, MTV said it has decided to go in a different direction. "We're focusing on more musical performances and surprise comedic moments."

NBC News Hiring 'Hacker' for Social Media Efforts
Forbes
NBCUniversal's online job board includes an eye-catching listing for a "media hacker" for NBC News. But is "media hacker" simply the company's new term for community manager? "In general, titles at media orgs are broken and need to be rethought."

CBS-Time Warner Feud May Last Until NFL Season
New York Times
The blackout of CBS stations in more than 3 million homes subscribing to Time Warner Cable could last until the start of the National Football League season on Sept. 8, according to analysts. "These guys are going to need the NFL to add a sense of urgency."

ESPN Survey Shows Why Americans Pay So Much
Fast Company
ESPN said its surveys show that the sports network is the favorite TV destination for adult men, ranking higher than any broadcast or cable channel from 1998 to 2012. The research helps ESPN justify commanding more than any other channel in subscriber fees.

NBC to Debut Elite Soccer as Fox Sports 1 Kicks Off
New York Times
Two media giants will start new adventures Saturday. The bigger one is Fox Sports 1, Rupert Murdoch's ESPN challenger, debuting at 6 a.m. ET. Less than two hours later, NBC will open the first season of its $250 million deal with England's Premier League.

Fox Sports Digital Acquires Social Startup Fanhood
B&C
Fox Sports Digital has acquired the assets of the social sports startup Fanhood for an undisclosed amount. As part of the deal, Fox Sports Digital is hiring Fanhood's employees and naming founder-CEO Brandon Ramsey as VP of platform engineering.

Al Jazeera America Chief Sees Challenges Ahead
Variety
Al Jazeera's U.S. operation, launching Tuesday, will do so without carriage on large distributors like Cablevision and Time Warner Cable. Early consumer research has revealed negative impressions among those who have not seen Al Jazeera content previously.

MTV to Air Concerts Linked to Video Music Awards
MediaPost
If the fight with CBS continues, Time Warner Cable might win support with its sponsorship of a free MTV-related concert next week. The cable operator is one of five marketers to back concerts linked with the network's Video Music Awards ahead of the Aug. 25 show.

A&E 'Duck Dynasty' Dominates Twitter, Ratings
Fast Company
The season 4 premiere of "Duck Dynasty" attracted 11.8 million viewers, making it the most successful reality show in cable history. It also blew up on Twitter, where over the course of the night it inspired six different trending topics. Twitter "can impact business."

CW Launches CW Seed Digital Studio, Website
Los Angeles Times
CW Seed, an experimental digital entertainment studio and website, has launched with four original web shows. The effort represents a increase in the CW network's investment in original programming for digital. CW intends to roll out fresh episodes each week.

Time Warner Hit with Lawsuit Over CBS Blackout
Hollywood Reporter
The Time Warner Cable-CBS fee dispute has prompted a class action lawsuit by subscribers upset over paying for channels they don't receive. The three lead plaintiffs said they were enticed into subscribing to TWC service by the promise of CBS-owned channels.

Verizon FiOS Gains Customers Amid TWC-CBS Feud
Daily News
With Time Warner and CBS locked in a nasty contractual dispute, leaving 3.2 million cable customers without the network, Verizon is beginning to benefit. The telecom giant, according to industry sources, has seen its FiOS subscription base rise between 5% and 15%.

Fox Sports 1 Will Launch with DirecTV, Dish, TWC
Los Angeles Times
Fox Sports 1 has struck deals with three major distributors that will ensure the new cable network will be available in the majority of pay-TV homes when it launches this Saturday. DirecTV, Dish and Time Warner Cable have a combined reach of over 40 million homes.

NBC: Gay Controversy Won't Hurt Ads for Olympics
BuzzFeed
NBC has 800 million reasons to be concerned about the controversy over Russia's "anti-gay propaganda" law. That's how much money the network is projecting it will collect in advertising revenue for the Sochi Games, which would rank as the most ever for a Winter Olympics.

ABC 'Bachelor' Contestant Dead in Apparent Suicide
ABC News
Former "Bachelor" contestant Gia Allemand has died in an apparent suicide. "While in her residency in New Orleans on Monday night, Ms. Allemand was found by her boyfriend, NBA basketball player Ryan Anderson, following an apparent suicide attempt."

NBC Defends 'Meet the Press' Host as Ratings Drop
New York Post
NBC News has defended "Meet the Press" anchor David Gregory amid rumors that he could be axed. The Sunday morning flagship and the longest-running show on network TV is said to have fallen to a 21-year ratings low. "There is absolutely zero truth to this."

Al Jazeera America Unveils Programming Schedule
TheWrap
Al Jazeera America's primetime block will feature John Seigenthaler's "Nightly News" at 8 p.m., followed by Joie Chen's "America Tonight" at 9 p.m. and "Consider This" at 10 p.m. with Antonio Mora, the upstart news network revealed in announcing its schedule.

CNN Plans Overhaul of Website, Digital Operations
TV Newser
CNN has begun planning its most significant changes to CNN.com and its digital platforms in more than a decade. The news channel is preparing to launch a redesigned site this fall with both a new look and back-end system. The focus will be on more photos and video.

Weather Channel Now Forecasts What You Will Buy
Wall Street Journal
The Weather Channel knows the chance for rain on Friday. It also knows when you're most likely to buy bug spray. The enterprise is transforming from a cable network viewers flip to during hurricane season into an operation that forecasts consumer behavior.

Sirius XM to Buy Connected Car Services Business
Hollywood Reporter
Sirius XM Radio has agreed to acquire the connected vehicle services business of auto services firm Agero for $530 million in a bet that drivers will increasingly use digital information and entertainment offerings. The acquisition "is a natural fit for Sirius XM."

CBS, Time Warner Cable Dispute Eyed by Senators
USA Today
U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, both California Democrats, have sent a letter to CBS and Time Warner Cable, urging them to agree on a contract to end their blackout. "The status quo is unfair to the millions of your customers who are caught in the middle."

Time Warner Blackout Having Little Impact on CBS
Associated Press
The retransmission fee dispute that has taken CBS off the air in portions of Dallas, Los Angeles and New York has done little to put a dent in the network's ratings dominance. CBS was easily the nation's most popular network last week, according to Nielsen ratings.

CBS Enters Partnership to Launch Channels in Asia
Dow Jones
CBS Studios International and the European entertainment network RTL have announced plans for a partnership to launch two new channels in Southeast Asia. The channels will be broadcast in English and local languages and distributed in up to 29 Asian markets.

NBC Sports Network to Change Name to NBCSN
Multichannel News
NBC Sports Network will use Saturday's debut of its coverage of the Barclays Premier League to increase its efforts to change the name of the network to NBCSN. The full switch to NBCSN will happen during its coverage of the Sochi Winter Olympics in February.

ESPN Host Douglas Departs in Wake of Altercation
Daily News
ESPN has parted ways with Hugh Douglas after conducting its own investigation in the show host's apparent meltdown at an Orlando, Fla., nightclub. "He no longer works for us," said a network source. Douglas tweeted: "I am very disappointed to be leaving."

ABC News Revamps Website to Add Social Sharing
MediaPost
ABC News Digital has revamped ABCNews.com to cater to a growing mobile and digital audience. The redesigned site features more live video and editorial features. ABCNews.com's new share tool follows readers down the page, making sharing easier.

MTV Bringing Show Episodes to Microsoft's Xbox
LA Biz
MTV has started to realize that many of the millennials it targets may not have the cash to subscribe to cable. However, they often have an Xbox. Thus, the Viacom-owned network is bringing full episodes of its most popular shows to the Xbox 360 via an MTV app.

Time Warner Cable Blackout Saps CBS Local News
FierceCable
While CBS insists its blackout on Time Warner Cable in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas has had a minimal impact on ratings for its primetime programming, Nielsen data shows that the local newscasts of its stations in TWC markets have dropped significantly.

Fox Sports 1 Still in Carriage Talks with Distributors
SportsBusiness Daily
Just days before the Saturday launch of Fox Sports 1, the new network still has yet to cut deals with at least three of the four biggest distributors: DirecTV, Dish Network and Time Warner Cable. The three distributors said they are still in talks with Fox to carry the channel.

DirecTV: Pac-12 Tells Fans to Drop Pay-TV Provider
NBC Sports
The Pac-12 Conference and DirecTV are currently in stiff talks for the satellite provider to carry the Pac-12 Network. The Pac-12 is trying to convince fans of teams in the conference to drop DirecTV. That way, fans have a shot at seeing any Pac-12 games this season.

SiriusXM Preps 'Piolνn' Spanish-Language Channel
Los Angeles Times
Spanish-language radio star Eddie "Piolνn" Sotelo is borrowing a page from Howard Stern. Three weeks after severing ties with Univision Radio, Sotelo has made a deal to join SiriusXM satellite radio. This fall, Sotelo will launch a channel on the subscription service.

Comedy Central's Colbert: Daft Punk Was No Stunt
Pitchfork
Stephen Colbert has given an in-depth explanation about Daft Punk's no-show on his "Colbert Report" last week. In a podcast interview, Colbert laid out the play-by-play of the fiasco. In short, it was definitely not a promotional stunt for MTV's Video Music Awards.

Simon Cowell Seeks to Sell Stake in Sony Venture
New York Post
Simon Cowell, the British music and TV mogul behind the "X Factor" and "Got Talent" shows, is said to be looking to cash in at least part of his stake in Syco, his entertainment joint venture with Sony. "He wants to sell, to have Sony buy him out. He's had interest from other parties."

Paula Deen Cleared of Race-Based Claim in Lawsuit
Reuters
Paula Deen won a partial victory when a judge dismissed the racial discrimination portion of a lawsuit that has already cost the culinary star a chunk of her multimillion-dollar enterprise. The lawsuit was filed by a former worker at a restaurant co-owned by Deen.

Oprah Winfrey Racism Story Disputed by Sales Clerk
Daily News
The Zurich boutique clerk accused of racially profiling Oprah Winfrey has claimed that the Queen of Talk's account is not true. "I would never say something like that to a customer. I don't know why she is making these accusations. She is so powerful and I am just a shop girl."

Time Warner Cable-CBS Standoff Eyed by FCC
New York Post
U.S. regulators have threatened to intervene as the blackout of CBS on Time Warner Cable systems in certain markets stretches into another week. Mignon Clyburn, interim chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, said she will take "appropriate action."

Fox Sports 1 Debuts Saturday as Rival to ESPN
USA Today
Rupert Murdoch's new Fox Sports 1 channel, launching Saturday, is the most direct challenge yet to behemoth ESPN in the battle for lucrative sports programming, one of the few genres with the power to draw strong live audiences — the kind advertisers crave.

Al Jazeera America: Will U.S. Viewers Watch It?
USA Today
The success of Al Jazeera America, debuting next Tuesday, rests on a bet that there is a good-size audience for the "serious, in-depth" journalism it promises. Few expect AJAM — as its employees call it — to pose an immediate threat to CNN, Fox News or MSNBC.

Fox May Produce Clinton Biopic Reviled by GOP
New York Times
NBC has come under heavy fire, especially from Republican critics, for its plan to broadcast a miniseries about Hillary Clinton. The project may end up being produced by Fox Television Studios, the sister company of the conservative favorite, Fox News.

CNN, NBC May Face Boycott of Debates by GOP
Bloomberg
Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, said his party will refuse to allow networks that air documentaries on Hillary Clinton to host any candidate debates in the 2016 election. The broadcasts are designed "to promote Hillary Clinton."

NBC News Acquires Mobile Video Site Stringwire
New York Times
NBC News plans to announce the acquisition of Stringwire, an early stage web service that will allow the company to stream live video from the cellphones of witnesses to events into its control rooms. "You could get 30 people all feeding video, holding up their smartphones."

CBS Blackout Leads to TV-Show Piracy Increase
WorldScreen
The percentage of unauthorized downloads in the markets affected by Time Warner Cable's CBS blackout spiked dramatically this week, according to TorrentFreak. Piracy rates for the summer series "Under the Dome" rose 34% over the weekend, while ratings dropped.

Time Warner Cable, CBS Spar Over Online Rights
CNET
Time Warner Cable and CBS have both said the companies are in talks to end a blackout of the broadcaster's flagship network to some subscribers. But their public discourse continues to be fraught with accusations about the other sides' stance on online availability.

Dish Calls for Reform of Local TV Carriage Rules
Dow Jones
Dish Network has called on Congress to update local TV carriage rules, saying outdated guidelines have resulted in a historic number of blackouts. Dish introduced a plan that would allow pay-TV providers to temporarily import network content from other markets.

Study: Pay-TV Users to Cut Cord in 'Perfect Storm'
USA Today
Owners of Internet-connected TVs are "highly inclined" to cancel their current pay-TV service, according to a study from research firm the Diffusion Group. A "perfect storm" of online video and programming blackouts is eroding pay-TV providers' grip on living rooms.

NBCUniversal Beefs Up Ad Sales Team for Digital
MediaPost
NBCUniversal has announced key appointments to its digital advertising sales organization. Phil Cara joins as SVP-digital entertainment advertising sales. James Kreckler has been promoted to the same title, responsible for NBCUniversal's entire portfolio.

Sinclair, Tribune TV Deals to See Change from FCC
Bloomberg
A U.S. regulator has proposed tightening limits on ownership of TV stations that could apply to pending acquisitions by Gannett, Tribune and Sinclair. Acting FCC chief Mignon Clyburn wants to do away with a provision that calculates the audience reach of some stations.

DirecTV Launches First-Ever TV Network for Dogs
CNNMoney
Dog TV ... Will it turn your dog into a canine couch potato? For $5 a month, dogs can watch this commercial-free network at any time of the day. What is the demo for the first TV network for dogs? "Whenever there's a dog that's home alone, will feel this is the perfect babysitter."

Fox News Poised for Prime-Time Lineup Change
Fox News
Fox News boss Roger Ailes announced last month that Megyn Kelly would move to a prime time position when she returned from maternity leave. Now, Drudge Report has said she will take over the 9 p.m. ET slot in prime time. But Fox News isn't spilling the beans.

Al Jazeera America Taps NBC Veteran Seigenthaler
Politico
Former NBC News anchor John Seigenthaler will join Al Jazeera America as the network's prime-time news anchor, the news service announced ahead of its debut Aug. 20. Seigenthaler's "extensive experience in journalism will be an extraordinarily valuable addition."

CNN's Gupta Comes Out in Support of Marijuana
Daily News
Dr. Sanjay Gupta said he has reversed his negative stance on medicinal marijuana. The CNN medical correspondent apologized for "not looking hard enough" at research in the area. "I apologize for my own role in that," he wrote in an op-ed published on CNN.com.

MSNBC to Announce Actor Baldwin as Show Host
Mediaite
Alec Baldwin is said to be getting his own weekly show in MSNBC's prime-time lineup. The so far untitled show will air Fridays at 10 p.m. ET and will feature a large dose of the actor's outspoken liberal politics. Baldwin starred on NBC's "30 Rock" for seven years.

Cowell, Stern Highest Paid U.S. TV Personalities
Reuters
Simon Cowell, the acerbic judge on "The X Factor" talent show, has tied for first place as the highest-paid personality on U.S. TV with "America's Got Talent" judge Howard Stern, according to Forbes. Oprah Winfrey dropped from first place last year to fourth place.

Oprah, Bradlee to Receive U.S. Media of Freedom
USA Today
President Obama will award the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, to Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and more than a dozen other notables. Watergate-era newspaper editor Ben Bradlee is also on the list. The ceremony will be scheduled later this year.

ESPN's Silver Outlines His Plans for New Website
Mediaite
Nate Silver has described his plans for his new website for ESPN, which is scheduled to launch early next year. Silver said he expects to cover not only the midterm elections but also the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics. ESPN “invests in a product for the long term."

Time Warner Cable Threatens to Pull More Channels
Daily News
Amid Time Warner Cable's contractual dispute with CBS, the cable giant has threatened to yank a slew of other channels, including Lifetime, E!, Style and Turner Classic Movies. TWC said in a legal notice that its deals with more than 50 channels are due to expire soon.

CBS, Time Warner Take Spat to Twitter, YouTube
MarketWatch
The fracas between CBS and Time Warner Cable has erupted into a full-fledged media campaign. The two companies, disagreeing about retransmission fees, have taken to the streets — that is, Avenue Twitter and YouTube Boulevard — to make their case.

Comcast Makes CEO Roberts a Billionaire Again
Forbes
As Comcast stock jumped to record highs in the past week, Brian Roberts had even more reason to celebrate than other company investors. With the stock surge, the broadband behemoth's chairman and CEO returned to billionaire status for the first time since 2001.

Viacom 'Gets Lucky' with Colbert-MTV Feud Video
Associated Press
Stephen Colbert's "song of the summer" special on his Comedy Central show was either a real-life tiff with Viacom sibling MTV over the French dance duo Daft Punk — or the most elaborately-planned (and funniest) corporate cross-promotions in recent memory.

Disney/ABC Names Exec for Strategy, Analytics
MediaPost
Paul Pastor, who has helped manage Disney's investment in Hulu and overseen digital and international initiatives, will add oversight of research for the ABC network and other properties. He absorbs the duties held by Charles Kennedy, who is leaving the company.

CBS Orders 'Dome'-Like Series for Next Summer
Associated Press
After its success with "Under the Dome," CBS has ordered another high-concept thriller for next summer. "Extant," a serialized drama about a female astronaut, will be produced in partnership with Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television, which made "Under the Dome."

Fox Sports Nabs Golf TV Rights from NBC, ESPN
Wall Street Journal
21st Century Fox's sports unit has reached a 12-year deal with the United States Golf Association to televise its events starting in 2015, ending long-term relationships with NBC Sports and ESPN. The deal comes as the new Fox Sports 1 network prepares to launch.

Cumulus, Dick Clark Enter Content Partnership
Billboard
Cumulus Media, which boasts more than 5,500 affiliate radio stations, and production firm Dick Clark Productions have partnered to create original radio and digital content opportunities around the upcoming American Music Awards and the Billboard Music Awards.

CNN Boss' Son Quits Cory Booker's Video Startup
Fortune
Cory Booker was "not involved" in the addition of Andrew Zucker to the advisory board of Waywire, a video curation site co-founded by the U.S. Senate candidate. Now it may not matter, as the 15 year-old has resigned. Some viewed the arrangement as inappropriate.

Survey: Mobiles Preferred Over PCs for Media Use
ZDNet
People find mobile devices to be the more compelling experience for media and entertainment consumption, according to a survey by analytics firm ForeSee. Some 65% of respondents said they use their smartphone for mobile media while 35% prefer a tablet.

Study: More Older Adults Embracing Social Media
ClickZ
The number of adults who use social networks is up to 72% in 2013, according to data from Pew Research Center. This is up 5% from last year. "Those ages 65 and older have roughly tripled their presence on social networking sites in the last four years."

Report: Google Sends Little Traffic to Pirate Sites
Fortune
Google and other search engines make for easy targets, but most people go to pirate sites on their own, according to a report by the Computer and Communications Industry Association. Only about 8% of traffic to sites offering pirated material comes via Google.

YouTube's Fullscreen Sued by Music Publishers
CNET
An organization devoted to protecting the copyrights of music publishers has sued Fullscreen, one of YouTube's big so-called "multichannel networks." Fullscreen is accused of illegally profiting from advertising revenue generated by unlicensed music videos on their channels.

Amazon Unveils Online Marketplace for Fine Art
PCMag
Amazon has launched Amazon Art, an online marketplace that features more than 40,000 works of fine art from more than 150 galleries and dealers in the U.S., U.K., the Netherlands and Canada. At launch, Amazon Art features artworks from more than 4,500 artists.

AOL to Buy Video Firm Adap.tv for $405 Million
TechCrunch
AOL has reached an agreement to acquire video advertising platform Adap.tv in a deal that should be worth a total of $405 million. "The combination of AOL and Adap.tv will create the leading video platform in the industry," according to AOL CEO Tim Armstrong.

Facebook to 'Bump Up' Content on News Feed
Forbes
Facebook has made changes to its news feed to help users see more relevant content. Referred to as "story bumping," the changes involve moving up older stories to the top of a user's news feed if they missed them during a previous visit to the social networking site.

Twitter Use Explodes Among Business Leaders
JoshJames
Twitter and LinkedIn have emerged as the top social channels for Fortune 500 CEOs, according to a study by software firm Domo. Twitter participation is up 55.6% over 2012. "Business leaders want information that's quick, succinct and easily digestible."

Yahoo to Roll Out New Logo Amid 'Renaissance'
USA Today
Yahoo plans to change its distinctive logo for the first time in nearly two decades. Each day the company will display different logos on its home page before the big reveal on Sept. 4. The effort aims to depict its "renaissance" under new CEO Marissa Mayer.

Tumblr, Instagram Sale Deals Best Old Print Media
USA Today
Within the span of a week, sale deals for the Washington Post, Boston Globe and Newsweek came to pass with a pressing point — Print is a decrepit beast in an era ruled by digital media. Tumblr and Instagram proved to have vastly more acquisition value.

CBS Slams 'Empty Gesture' by Time Warner Cable
CNBC
Les Moonves has fired back at Time Warner Cable, using unusually harsh language to reject the cable company's overture in their dispute over broadcasting fees. The CBS chief dismissed the missive by cable boss Glenn Britt as "a public relations gesture of some kind."

Time Warner-CBS Dispute Shifts to Digital Services
New York Post
The blackout dispute between CBS and Time Warner Cable has shifted from the TV set to the tablet. In their latest heated exchange, TWC claims that CBS wants to charge higher fees while shortchanging it on digital programming rights that it "has provided to others."

Dish, Charter Losses Fuels Talk of Pay-TV Merger
Bloomberg
Dish Network and Charter Communications posted second-quarter results hurt by video-subscriber defections and programming costs, fueling speculation they will seek mergers to improve results. Consolidation could help "drive down costs in a mature industry."

CNN Reveals Launch Date of Revived 'Crossfire'
CNN
CNN has announced that "Crossfire," hosted by Newt Gingrich, Stephanie Cupper, S.E. Cupp and Van Jones, will debut Sept 16. The classic debate program will resemble the show's original format, "with passionate conversation and a focus on topical events of the day."

Bloomberg U.S. TV Head Morse to Depart for CNN
BuzzFeed
Andrew Morse, Bloomberg's head of U.S. television, plans to join CNN in an executive role. Speculation that Morse was looking to make a move in April after clashes with then Bloomberg Media CEO Andy Lack prompted him to make a statement praising Lack's leadership.

PBS 'NewsHour' Names First Female Anchor Team
New York Times
PBS "NewsHour," which was co-anchored for decades by the two men who created it, will soon be co-anchored by two women. Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will take over the newscast in September The appointments are another milestone for women on TV and in journalism.

CBS Rejects Time Warner Cable Proposal as Sham
CNBC
CBS has shot down Time Warner Cable's proposed deal to put the Tiffany network back on the air, calling it "a sham." Time Warner had proposed to end the blackout of CBS by offering customers the chance to pay for the network on a standalone basis.

CNN, NBC Pressured by GOP to Drop Hillary Specials
Reuters
U.S. Republicans have threatened to boycott 2016 presidential debates sponsored by CNN and NBC unless the networks cancel plans for special programs on Democrat Hillary Clinton, a possible 2016 White House contender. The programs were described as "political ads."

NBC Taps Seacrest to Host Live Event Game Show
Associated Press
NBC said Ryan Seacrest will host "The Million Second Quiz," a new live game show the network hopes will become event programming for two weeks in September. The network will construct a giant hourglass-shaped structure in Manhattan for the trivia-skills game.

MTV Raises Eyebrows with 'Virgins' Reality Show
EW
MTV has greenlit the anti-"Jersey Shore." The network has ordered 12 episodes of a new docu-soap series following a group of virgins. This as-yet-untitled show will follow the lives of abstinent young people trying to handle "the pressure to give in to their temptations."

OWN Releases Oprah-Lohan Teaser Video on Web
USA Today
Oprah Winfrey sat down with Lindsay Lohan to tape the actress's first post-rehab interview, slated to air Aug. 18 on OWN. A tiny teaser has arrived on the web. "Are you an addict?" asks Oprah sternly. OWN will also follow Lohan for an eight-episode docu-series.

Turner Broadcasting Promotes Levy to President
Atlanta Business
Turner Broadcasting has promoted David Levy to president of the company. He recently was president of sales, distribution and sports for Turner. "David is an extraordinary executive with a broad range of experience in just about every aspect of our business."

Time Warner Offers 'A La Carte' End to CBS Blackout
Bloomberg
Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt has offered to end a blackout of CBS, saying the cable operator would allow the broadcaster to sell station signals "a la carte." The method would "allow customers to decide how much value they ascribe to CBS programming."

Netflix Won't Dethrone Titans of TV, Analysts Say
Barron's
Netflix, Google and Apple think they can remake the TV industry, but big money and brain-power are standing in their way, according to a Barron's cover story. "A lot of what you read about the reinvention of TV amounts to wishful thinking. ... It pays to start with economics."

Cablevision CEO: Future Might Not Include TV
Wall Street Journal
James Dolan said "there could come a day" when Cablevision stops offering TV service, making broadband its primary offering. His comment may be the first by a cable CEO of the possibility of such a shift. Dolan said his kids prefer to watch Netflix via Cablevision broadband.

Time Warner-CBS Blackout May Last Until Sept
Reuters
Time Warner Cable subscribers in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas could be without CBS for several weeks as the two companies appear no closer to settling a fee dispute, analysts said. CBS begins its fall lineup with the Sept. 18 premiere of "Survivor."

DirecTV Supports Time Warner Cable in CBS Spat
Reuters
DirecTV has issued a statement supporting Time Warner Cable's move to drop CBS in the nation's two largest markets after the two failed to reach a deal over fees: "DirecTV has certainly had its share of these battles. We applaud Time Warner Cable for fighting back."

CBS Blocks Online Shows from Time Warner Cable
Reuters
CBS has taken its dispute with Time Warner Cable to the Internet, blocking access to shows on CBS.com for the cable operator's customers in New York and Los Angeles. The move followed Time Warner's decision to drop CBS from its systems in those markets and some others.

ESPN Holds On to Top Execs Ahead of Fox Debut
USA Today
George Bodenheimer and John Walsh, two top ESPN execs, are said to have agreed to stay on in their current roles at the network through mid-2014. The two execs will be crucial as ESPN prepares to face a serious challenge from Fox in the world of cable TV sports.

NBC News Longtime Correspondent Palmer Dies
NBC News
John Palmer, a longtime NBC News anchor and correspondent, died Saturday of pulmonary fibrosis at age 77. Palmer became a familiar face to viewers of the "Today" show during much of the 1980s, delivering the news in a straightforward, no-nonsense manner.

Al Jazeera America: Who Will Watch News Channel?
Politico
Al Jazeera America, slated to launch Aug. 20, has been staffing up and opening bureaus in cities across the country. The problem is it's not clear that anyone will watch. "This is an age of talking heads and opinion. The cable news audience is tiny to begin with."

ABC Bets on Marvel Superheroes to Fuel Fall TV
Bloomberg
Disney is betting Marvel's superheroes save the day at its ABC TV network, much as they rescued the company's film studio. "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," debuting Sept. 24 on ABC, is produced by Joss Whedon, director of Disney's hit film "The Avengers."

ABC in Talks to Develop 'Star Wars' TV Shows
Reuters
ABC execs are talking with George Lucas's Lucasfilm studio about making TV shows based on characters developed by the studio that created the "Star Wars" franchise. "We've started conversations with them," said Paul Lee, head of Disney's ABC Entertainment Group.

ABC: Academy Awards Taps DeGeneres as Host
ABC News
Ellen DeGeneres has been picked to host the next Academy Awards ceremony, scheduled to air on ABC in March. "It's official: I'm hosting the #Oscars!" the talk-show host tweeted. "I'd like to thank @TheAcademy, my wife Portia and, oh dear, there goes the orchestra."

NBC News 'Dateline' Reporter Hansen to Depart
TV Guide
Chris Hansen, the veteran "Dateline NBC" correspondent whose "To Catch a Predator" investigations became a TV news sensation, will be leaving the network. An NBC News spokeswoman said that Hansen's contract was not being renewed. "We wish him the very best."

CBS Goes Dark on Time Warner Cable Over Fees
CBS News
A dispute between CBS and Time Warner came to a head Friday when the broadcast network said that the cable company has dropped its signal in New York, Los Angeles and several other markets. The "ill-advised action" will be "injurious" to Time Warner Cable, CBS said.

Report: Digital Media Set to Overtake TV Viewing
CNET
The average time spent with digital media per day will surpass TV-viewing time this year, according to a report by research firm eMarketer. Most of the increase in digital viewing is on mobile devices, which are quickly becoming the go-to place to watch entertainment.

ABC-Univision News Channel to Launch Oct. 28
Wall Street Journal
ABC News and Univision said they would launch Fusion, their 24-hour cable-news channel aimed at English-speaking Hispanics, on Oct. 28. The channel plans to offer news and lifestyle programming aimed at a younger generation of viewers with ties to Latin America.

NBC 'Nightly News' Anchor Takes Surgery Break
Los Angeles Times
Brian Williams announced that he will take a temporary medical leave from "NBC Nightly News" starting next week for knee-replacement surgery. NBC's Lester Holt is expected to fill in during Williams's absence, which could last from three weeks to three months.

Fox Official Says TV Ratings Aren't Full Picture
Wall Street Journal
Fox network's entertainment chief Kevin Reilly said that traditional TV ratings no longer capture the popularity of programming. Reilly said industry observers are not giving enough weight to viewing over digital video recorders, on-demand services and video sites.

DirecTV CEO Signals Interest in Merger with Dish
Deadline
DirecTV CEO Michael White has given investors at least one reason to stick with the company: He signaled that he would be receptive to the idea of a merger with Dish Network. "The competitive landscape is very different. ... Something is going to have to give."

Hulu, HBO Working with Google on Chromecast
Bloomberg
Hulu and HBO said they are working with Google to add their paid-subscription services to the new Chromecast device. Gaining content from Hulu Plus and HBO would help to round out Chromecast's lineup and help Google compete with Roku and Apple TV.

NBC Reaches $2.1 Billion in Ad Deals for Fall TV
Bloomberg
NBC is said to have reached $2.1 billion in advertising deals for the TV season starting in September, about 17% more than a year earlier. The big draws were "The Voice" and "Sunday Night Football," as well as the new shows "The Michael J. Fox Show" and "The Blacklist."

CBS, Time Warner Cable Set New Friday Deadline
CNNMoney
Time Warner Cable said it had agreed to continue airing CBS in some key cities until Friday at 5 p.m. ET while negotiations over transmission fees continue. It is merely the latest of several deadlines in recent weeks. Both companies have issued sharply-worded statements.

ABC News Dethrones NBC in Crucial Ratings Race
New York Times
ABC's 6:30 p.m. newscast, "World News with Diane Sawyer," has bested "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams" among 25-to-54-year-old viewers, ending a winning streak of almost five years by NBC and rekindling interest in the once-predictable ratings competition.

Al Jazeera America to Open 12 Bureaus Across U.S.
Huffington Post
Al Jazeera America has announced that the network will open 12 bureaus across the United States. The network will have a presence in Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

Sinclair Plans Launch of National Cable News Channel
Baltimore Business
Sinclair Broadcast Group plans to launch a national cable news channel, according to CEO David Smith. The company will use its new acquisition NewsChannel 8, a Washington, D.C., 24-hour all-news cable channel, as a springboard for a national news channel.

NBC Sports, Yahoo Partner on Multiplatform Series
B&C
NBC Sports and Yahoo Sports plan to launch two series next month that will air across both TV and the web. The two shows will build off the content partnership the two companies agreed to in December. "We are thrilled to be extending our strategic alliance to new heights."

HBO Go Coming to Google's Chromecast TV Device
Variety
HBO, looking to keep pace with Netflix, plans to bring its Internet-video service to Google's new Chromecast device for TVs. "We are actively exploring supporting Chromecast as another way for our subscribers to enjoy HBO Go. We can’t comment on specific plans."

Time Warner Cable Briefly Drops CBS in Major Cities
New York Times
CBS stations were temporarily removed from cable systems in millions of homes in major cities — including New York and Los Angeles — at about midnight on Monday, after fee talks between CBS and Time Warner Cable collapsed. The blackout was halted at CBS's request.

CBS Experiments with Streaming-Video Site Deals
Wall Street Journal
CBS chief Les Moonves said the broadcaster is experimenting with new business models for serialized dramas like the summer hit "Under the Dome," banking on deals with streaming-video sites to help make them profitable. "We are open to any way of doing business."

Oprah's OWN Turns a Profit Ahead of Schedule
New York Post
Oprah Winfrey, the former talk show host turned cable network owner, saw her OWN channel turn a profit in the first half of the year — six months ahead of schedule, according to David Zaslav, CEO of Discovery Communications, half-owner of Winfrey's young enterprise.

Fox Targets $1 Billion for 'Simpsons' Rerun Sale
Reuters
Twentieth Television, a unit of Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox, plans to market reruns of Fox's long-running animated comedy "The Simpsons" and is targeting a package of up to $1 billion. The new deal would license reruns to stations and cable channels at the same time.

MTV to Join Viacom Networks on Pay TV in Brazil
World Screen
Viacom plans to launch its MTV brand on pay TV in Brazil in October. The company's Nickelodeon, VH1 and Comedy Central are already available on pay TV in the country. MTV's millennial audience is one of Brazil's "fastest growing and most influential demographics."

Sinclair to Buy Allbritton TV Stations for $985 Million
Dow Jones
Sinclair has struck a $985 million deal to buy seven ABC TV affiliates and NewsChannel8 in Washington, D.C., from the Allbritton family. The ABC affiliates cover 4.9% of U.S. TV households. Sinclair said it may expand the NewsChannel 8 local news channel into other markets.

Fox Sports 1 Unveils 'Starting 5' for Flagship Show
LA Biz
New sports network Fox Sports 1 has announced the on-air talent for its nightly flagship program, "Fox Sports Live." The program will be a likely competitor to ESPN's "SportsCenter" and has gotten some A-list sports talent, alongside some former ESPN personalities.

ESPN: We're Hiring Bloggers to Cover NFL Teams
Poynter
ESPN plans to hire bloggers to cover every NFL team, according to Rob King, SVP for content, digital and print media. ESPN already has local sites that cover sports in New York, Chicago, Boston, Dallas and Los Angeles, as well as blogs that cover NFL conferences.

CNN to Produce Hillary Documentary Feature Film
Politico
CNN has tapped filmmaker Charles Ferguson to direct a feature-length documentary about Hillary Clinton. The film, which will be released in theaters and air on CNN, joins the growing list of Hillary-related TV projects due out ahead of the 2016 presidential campaign.

NBC, GlobalPost Site Enter Partnership for News
GlobalPost
NBC News has entered a partnership with GlobalPost, an international news website with a worldwide network of journalists. NBC News and MSNBC will have access to GlobalPost's correspondents, as well as digital video and written reports, to use across their digital platforms.

NBC to Emphasize Live Events in Fight with DVRs
Wall Street Journal
NBC plans to fight the dual threats of DVRs and the expanding panoply of original pay-TV content that is luring viewers. Next season's shows will emphasize live events, edgy content and a return to the network's roots in family comedies. "Live is really important these days."

Aereo, Dish's Hopper May Have Law on Their Side
New York Times
The incumbent TV companies' legal battles against Aereo and Dish Network's Hopper — two services that change how viewers watch TV — are far from settled. For now, however, the disrupters "not only have the consumer on their side, but the law as well."

Pivot Cable TV Network for Millennials to Launch
EW
The new cable network Pivot, home to Joseph Gordon Levitt's "HitRECord on TV" and a talk show with Meghan McCain, launches Thursday. Pivot aims to get millennials to interact with programming. "There has to be some middle ground between the Kardashians and C-Span."

ABC Eyeing 'Today' Show's Kotb for 'The View'
New York Post
NBC could be up for another battle with ABC, this time over "Today" show co-host Hoda Kotb, who sources said is being eyed by the Peacock network's rival as a potential new co-host for "The View." Kotb would replace Joy Behar, who is exiting the show after 16 years.

Fox 'Simpsons' Producer to Give Away Fortune
Hollywood Reporter
Sam Simon, executive producer of Fox's "The Simpsons," was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer five months ago. The nine-time Emmy winner said he plans to donate nearly all of his sizable "Simpsons" royalties to charity. "I have more money than I'm interested in spending."

CNN Newscaster Cooper 'Terrorized' by Stalker
New York Post
Anderson Cooper has a stalker, described as a "gaunt, scraggly-haired, 40-year-old man." Alex Hausner allegedly made unwelcome phone calls and four attempts to see the CNN news personality. Last month he reportedly tried to kick down the door to Cooper's home.

YEA Networks Radio, TV Host Kraddick Dies at 53
Associated Press
David "Kidd" Kraddick, the high-octane syndicated radio and TV host of the "Kidd Kraddick in the Morning" show heard on dozens of U.S. stations, has died at a charity golf event near New Orleans. Kraddick was 53. The Texas-based broadcaster "died doing what he loved."

Cumulus Radio Poised to Drop Limbaugh, Hannity
Politico
Cumulus Media is said to be planning to drop both Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity from its radio stations at the end of the year. The decision comes after talks between Cumulus and Premiere Networks, which distributes the two shows, broke down over costs.

Clear Channel Pulls Ads for Women's Health Clinic
Salon
Clear Channel is said to have yanked two advertisements for a Wichita, Kan., women's health clinic off the air, claiming the spots violated the radio giant's standards for decency. The text of one of the ads promoted the clinic's "full access to reproductive healthcare."

Tribune Looks to Sell TV Stations in Two Markets
Chicago Tribune
Less than two weeks after Tribune proposed purchasing 19 TV stations from Local TV Holdings for $2.7 billion, the company filed an application with federal regulators to sell stations in Pennsylvania and Virginia. The proposed sale would remove potential regulatory obstacles.

Sirius XM Record Revenue Aided by Auto Recovery
New York Times
Sirius XM Radio reported $940 million in revenue for the second quarter, a record for the company and more than most analysts had expected. The satellite-radio provider's subscriber numbers have continued to grow quickly, sped along by the recovery in car sales.

Clear Channel in Revenue Sharing Deal with Label
Billboard
Innovative Leisure, a Los Angeles-based independent label, is the latest indie to ink a deal with Clear Channel to share in revenues from AM/FM airplay as well as online streaming via iHeartRadio. Innovative will receive an undisclosed share of advertising revenue.

Fox's 'American Idol' Hit with Racial Bias Lawsuit
TMZ
Ten black former "American Idol" contestants have filed a lawsuit against the singing competition show, claiming they were unjustly booted because of their race. The contestants are said to be seeking $25 million each. The suit accuses producers of being "inhumane."

OWN Says Lohan Series Won't Be a Reality Show
Associated Press
The upcoming Lindsay Lohan series on OWN will be more documentary than reality show. OWN and Harpo Studios presidents Erik Logan and Sheri Salata told journalists at the Television Critics Association press tour that filmmaker Amy Rice will direct the series.

Clear Channel Adding Talk Shows to iHeartRadio
Associated Press
Clear Channel plans to add talk shows and listener-generated content to iHeartRadio, expanding the online radio service's offerings beyond music. Users who update their iHeartRadio apps on the iPhone and Android phones will be able to search for talk shows.

Al Jazeera America Taps Chen for Flagship Show
Politico
Al Jazeera America has signed Joie Chen, the former CNN anchor and CBS News correspondent, to host its flagship primetime program "America Tonight." Chen will anchor the one-hour nightly news magazine from a studio at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

Fox News Told Rivera to Remove Selfie from Twitter
Hollywood Reporter
Geraldo Rivera has broken his silence about the revealing photo he posted to Twitter early Sunday morning, saying his network, Fox News, demanded he remove the bare-torso body shot that dominated social media for days. "I took it down the next day after I heard from Fox."

ESPN Show to Be Light on Politics, Olbermann Says
Daily News
Keith Olbermann said he is returning to ESPN and sports so his job can be fun again. But that doesn't mean he's abandoning the likes of Anthony Weiner. Reports that his contract forbids him to talk politics are "inaccurate," but he doesn't plan to do much of it anyway.

CNN, HLN Newscasters Targeted in Online Threats
Associated Press
Nancy Grace and Jane Velez-Mitchell were the victims of online threats that a New York man made because he was upset with their coverage of the Jodi Arias trial, authorities said. David Lee Simpson, who was described as infatuated with Arias, has been arrested.

Fox Sports 1 Reveals Strategy to Take On ESPN
Hollywood Reporter
On Aug. 17, Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox will launch Fox Sports 1 in about 90 million U.S. homes — the largest cable channel startup, by audience size, in history. "We're going to coat the information pill with a little bit of entertainment," said co-head Eric Shanks.

CBS 'Second Look' Site Offers Cancelled Series
Los Angeles Business
Canceled series from CBS are getting a second chance with the broadcaster's new "Second Look" website. CBS Interactive's newly launched offering will provide former prime-time dramas "Jericho," "Swingtown" and "Wolf Lake" on the web for free without registration.

Hulu, Time Warner Cable Break Off Stake Talks
Reuters
The big-media owners of video streaming site Hulu are said to have called off talks with Time Warner Cable over the cable operator's plan to take a 25% stake after failing to agree on a price. The talks reportedly may resume, but none are planned for now.

CBS, Time Warner Cable Call Time Out in Dispute
New York Times
CBS and Time Warner Cable called for a timeout Wednesday night, hours before a deadline that might have removed CBS programs from the cable lineup in cities like New York and Los Angeles. The two parties agreed to an extension of the current contract through 5 p.m. Monday.

Gannett-Belo Eyed by Time Warner Cable, DirecTV
Variety
Time Warner Cable, DirecTV and others have objected to a part of Gannett's proposed $2.2 billion acquisition of Belo's broadcast stations, saying that the deal threatens to drive up retransmission fees and risk more station blackouts in negotiation standoffs.

CBS, NBC Execs Debate Future in YouTube World
Fortune
Is YouTube ushering the era of Cable 2.0 — a world where channels go from hundreds to thousands and where real content businesses are being built? The similarities between YouTube and the early days of cable are striking, according to NBCUniversal's Lauren Zalaznick.

CBS Chief Says Time Warner Face-Off is 'Crucial'
CNET
CBS's face-off with Time Warner Cable has the broadcaster's chief executive weighing in. Les Moonves said in an internal email that Time Warner has the ability to pay more for the broadcaster's flagship channel, which it deserves because of highly popular programs.

CBS, Time Warner Cable Extend Deadline for Deal
Reuters
Millions of Time Warner Cable customers will get an extra day to watch CBS shows before the companies' programming agreement expires in large markets such as New York and Los Angeles. The deadline to hammer out a new deal is now Thursday at 9 a.m. ET.

NBC Nabs NASCAR from ESPN, Turner Sports
USA Today
NASCAR has finalized the other half of its next long-term TV contract with NBC and severed future broadcast ties with ESPN and Turner Sports. NBC and NASCAR heave agreed to a contract that runs from 2015 to 2024, but didn't release financial terms of the new deal.

Univision Poised to Set TV Ratings Milestone
Associated Press
For the first time, Spanish-language Univision network will have a larger audience than its English counterparts for a full month in the youth demo that TV advertisers are most eager to reach. So far in July, Univision has topped Fox, NBC and CBS in the 18-to-49 age group.

ABC Evening News Edges NBC in Key Demos
Deadline
ABC News continues to land blows against NBC News. For the first time in nearly four years, "ABC World News Tonight" edged out "NBC Nightly News" in key news demos two times in a single week. The gap between the two newscasts in the demos stood at just 95,000 viewers.

NBC 'Today,' 'Nightly News' See Modest Layoffs
TheWrap
NBC News has been hit by a round of layoffs, with "Today" and "Nightly News" both losing a small number of employees. "Less than 2 percent" of each show's staff was affected, "Today"'s layoffs came on Tuesday while "Nightly News" restructured "a few weeks ago."

CNN's Zucker Says Mobile 'Important' for Future
Fortune
Jeff Zucker is famous for saying that the TV business couldn't afford to trade "analog dollars for digital pennies." That was a few years ago. Now, he says, "we're probably beyond quarters." While TV remains the cash cow, mobile is "probably most important" for CNN's future.

ESPN to Reboot FiveThirtyEight as News Website
The Verge
Nate Silver has moved to ESPN, and sports is only part of the story. The data guru will relaunch his website, FiveThirtyEight, using data to tell stories and make predictions on culture, politics, technology and more. Silver will oversee a team of writers and editors.

Fox Sports 1, ESPN Pursue Counterprogramming
SportsBusiness Journal
Fox Sports 1 hired popular Canadian sports hosts Jay Onrait and Dan O'Toole to host an 11 p.m. show called "Fox Sports Live." ESPN responded by bringing back one of its most popular "SportsCenter" anchors, Keith Olbermann, to host a show at 11 p.m.

Al Jazeera America Names ABC Veteran as Chief
New York Times
Al Jazeera America, the news channel launching Aug. 20, has named ABC News SVP Kate O'Brian as president. O'Brian, a 30-year ABC veteran, has overseen news gathering for the network's news division since 2007. Her arrival "speaks volumes about what we intend to do."

Fox News Viewers Graying as Young Audiences Flee
New York Times
Fox News continues to be near the top in cable TV in terms of the number of viewers it attracts. But it is near the top in another category, too: the median age of its audience is 65-plus for the full day and for prime time. Viewers in the 25-54 year old group have been exiting.

ESPN Nabs Star Blogger from New York Times
New York Times
Nate Silver, the statistician who won acclaim for his accurate projections about U.S. presidential elections, is parting ways with the New York Times and moving his FiveThirtyEight blog to ESPN. Silver is expected to have a role on Keith Olbermann's new ESPN2 show.

ABC to Give Blogger Silver a Role in the Oscars
Deadline
ABC not only broadcasts the Academy Awards — its news division is guaranteeing new-hire Nate Silver a role in the Oscars. How much of a Hollywood game-changer will this become? The data guru's blog is likely to become one of the go-to places for Oscar advertising.

Time Warner Cable Touts Aereo in CBS Dispute
New York Times
Time Warner Cable said it would recommend Aereo to its New York subscribers if CBS was blacked out in the companies' dispute over fees. Aereo, the controversial startup that streams broadcast TV via the Internet, costs $8 a month and offers a 30-day free trial.

Aereo Says Hearst Lawsuit Belongs in New York
MediaPost
Aereo said the new copyright lawsuit filed against it by Hearst in Boston should be transferred to New York, where the startup has been battling the major TV broadcasters since last year. So far, the online video company is prevailing in similar lawsuits in New York.

CBS to Release Audience Data Across Platforms
MediaPost
In an effort to provide a more complete picture of TV viewing, CBS said it will release audience data for its programming across all platforms — including video on demand and online streaming. The first program being offered by CBS is its summer hit "Under the Dome."

Allbritton TV Stations Likely to Fetch $1 Billion
Wall Street Journal
Bids are due Monday for Allbritton Communications' eight television stations, including the highly coveted Washington station WJLA, which are expected to fetch as much as $1 billion. Interested parties are said to include Sinclair, Hearst, Meredith and Tribune.

CNBC's 'Money Honey' Shops Herself to Rivals
New York Post
CNBC's No. 1 star, Maria "Money Honey" Bartiromo, with her hefty five-year contract set to expire late this year, is said to be in play and shopping herself to rival networks. Bartiromo is said to have talked to CNN and Fox Business Network, among others.

MSNBC Veteran Shuster Joins Al Jazeera America
Huffington Post
David Shuster, a veteran of MSNBC and Fox News, is said to be joining Al Jazeera America as an anchor. Shuster is the latest high-profile journalist to land at Al Jazeera America, which is expected to launch Aug. 20. Shuster is expected to anchor an hour in the evening.

Fox Delays 'Glee' Premiere After Actor's Death
Bloomberg
The Fox broadcast network has delayed the fifth-season premiere of "Glee" by one week, until Sept. 26, citing the death of actor Cory Monteith. Fox had planned to bring back the show, about a high-school singing club, on Sept. 19, ahead of Major League Baseball playoffs.

Disney 'Teen Beach Movie' Sets Ratings Record
USA Today
The premiere of "Teen Beach Movie" certainly made a splash on Friday. The Disney Channel's surf musical fantasy drew 8.4 million viewers, making it the fifth highest-rated made-for-TV Disney movie of all time, besting the premiere of "High School Musical" in 2006.

ABC 'Agents' Hope to Entice Comic-Con Fans
Reuters
Disney has offered Marvel comic devotees an exclusive look at its new TV series "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D" as its ABC network hopes to engage "super fans" at Comic-Con to bounce back from a ratings decline. Among the four largest TV networks, ABC ranks last in younger viewers.

CBS in Contract Showdown with Time Warner Cable
New York Times
CBS has initiated an ad campaign to try to pressure Time Warner Cable to make a deal on fees for three of its major stations, with the implied threat that Time Warner subscribers in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas will otherwise lose access to CBS shows, starting next week.

Charter Taps Goldman for Time Warner Cable Bid
Bloomberg
Charter, backed by John Malone, is said to be working with Goldman Sachs to pursue a bid for Time Warner Cable. The move signals that Malone and Charter boss Tom Rutledge are serious about revisiting a potential merger after being rebuffed by TWC earlier this year.

QVC to Add Pinterest-Inspired Social Commerce
Adweek
Cable shopping network QVC will become much more social when it adds a Pinterest-inspired social-commerce channel, toGather by QVC, to its website in September. Users will be able to create collections of products on the channel that others on the site can then "heart."

ABC News Hires Men's Health Veteran Zinczenko
ABC News
Dave Zinczenko has joined ABC News as new nutrition and wellness editor. He made his first appearance Thursday morning on "Good Morning America." Zinczenko will appear on all programs and platforms, "helping our audience understand the whole picture of healthy living."

Netflix 'House of Cards' Makes Emmy Awards History
Associated Press
Netflix's political intrigue saga "House of Cards" has received a best drama series nomination — the first top Emmy nod for a program delivered online, not on TV. The series received a total of nine bids, including acting nominations for stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright.

ABC Studios Sees Shakeup as Ratings Disappoint
Los Angeles Times
Barry Jossen is exiting as the head of ABC Studios, the ABC network's TV production arm. Replacing Jossen is Patrick Moran, most recently SVP of development. The moves come as ABC finishes third place in viewers and fourth place in the crucial adults 18-to-49 demographic.

TLC 'Honey Boo Boo' Tries Scratch & Sniff Cards
Businessweek
The season two premiere of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" allowed some audiences to use scratch-and-sniff cards, providing olfactory access to characters and scenes on the show. The cards were made available in select issues of People and Us Weekly magazines.

Fox Sports 1 to Dethrone ESPN with 'Jockularity'
Businessweek
Fox Sports 1, a 24-hour network launching Aug. 17, will be the most formidable challenge yet to ESPN. To differentiate the new network and create a distinct brand, Fox aims to be the funny, irreverent, less serious sports channel. "This is going to be elite athletes having fun."

ESPN Awards Show: A Colossal Waste of Money?
Deadspin
ESPN's annual ESPY Awards show is said to be a significant money drain. "It's a nearly annual question in Bristol: Can we cancel the ESPYs?" The pricey production is "a sore spot" among staffers after recent layoffs. "Even supporters admit the awards don't make sense."

Dish Network Allows Third-Party Apps on Hopper
LA Biz
Dish Network has started allowing third-party developers to create or upgrade remote apps for the company's Hopper DVR. Dish has run into issues with broadcasters who want to shut down its Hopper technology as it allows viewers to skip over commercials.

Netflix Expected to Nab Top Emmy Nominations
Associated Press
If Netflix's "House of Cards" and "Arrested Development" on Thursday become the first online contenders to nab top Emmy nominations, it will be a breakthrough moment for shows making a splash without a TV set. If not, it's just a matter of time before the inevitable.

Syfy Seeks More Twitter Buzz with 'Sharknado II'
Associated Press
Syfy says flying sharks will bite again. The cable network has announced plans for a sequel to "Sharknado," which became an instant campy classic with its recent airing. Syfy also will hold a special contest on Twitter for fans to give the movie an appropriate subtitle.

NBCUniversal Taps Obama Aide for Legal Chief
The Hill
Kimberley Harris has been named EVP and general counsel at NBCUniversal. Harris comes to NBCU from Davis Polk & Wardwell, where she served as a partner in the firm's litigation department. Prior to that, Harris served as deputy counsel to President Obama.

Time Warner Cable, Cablevision to Offer Park WiFi
Engadget
New York City has teamed up with Cablevision and Time Warner Cable to add WiFi hotspots to 32 parks across the five boroughs. The new hotspots will require users to be Cablevision Optimum Online or Time Warner Cable broadband subscribers in order to get free access.

NBC News Digital Readies 'TV Everywhere' Effort
TV Newser
NBC News digital chief Vivian Schiller has previewed changes coming down the pipeline, in an email to staff. The changes include new apps and what sounds like a major push for "TV Everywhere." The efforts will "forever change the way we distribute our television content."

ABC Family Promotes Contraceptives in Web Series
Los Angeles Times
Disney's ABC Family has coproduced a web series promoting contraceptive use among young adults, which will be available online after the network airs a forthcoming episode of its comedy series "Baby Daddy." "Normal, cool, fun people talk about birth control."

Cox TV Station Lawsuit Scrapped by Asiana Airlines
Reuters
Asiana Airlines said it has scrapped a plan to sue an Oakland, Calif., TV station, which had incorrectly reported in a racially offensive manner the names of pilots of the flight that crash-landed in San Francisco this month, "since KTVU has issued a formal apology."

Oprah's OWN Pays Lohan $2 Million for Exclusive
TMZ
Oprah Winfrey's OWN network is said to have agreed to pay Lindsay Lohan some $2 million for the troubled actress's first post-rehab interview. OWN "has been negotiating with Lindsay for four months. The plan includes an eight-part docu-series about Lindsay's struggles."

ESPN: Olbermann to Return as Nightly Show Host
New York Times
ESPN is expected to announce that former network mainstay Keith Olbermann, who contentiously departed in 1997, will return to host a one-hour, nightly show for ESPN2 later this year. Olbermann became renowned for co-anchoring ESPN's "SportsCenter" with Dan Patrick.

Sirius XM Radio to Rebrand Left-Leaning Channel
Politico
Sirius XM Radio's left-leaning channel will be rebranded in an effort to tap into the splintered audience of progressive talk radio fans. The channel, formerly "Sirius XM Left," will re-launch as "Sirius XM Progress" on July 22 with an expanded line-up. "This is a pretty big deal."

MTV Unveiling VMA Nominees via Instagram, Vine
Mashable
Ahead of the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 25, MTV will reveal nominees through videos on Instagram and Vine. The network said it is "giving the VMAs the distinction as the first award show to announce nominations via these social media video platforms."

Apple Working on Ad-Skipping Technology for TV
CNET
Apple is said to be meeting with cable companies to pitch a service that would enable TV viewers to skip commercials. The feature would be worked into a "premium" service Apple TV owners would buy into. Apple would then pay the networks when it occurred.

Clear Channel Sets Lineup for iHeartRadio Festival
San Antonio Business
Clear Channel will stage its 2013 iHeartRadio Music Festival on Sept. 20 to 21 in Las Vegas. Among the acts: Elton John, Katy Perry, Tim McGraw and Thirty Seconds to Mars. This year, Clear Channel is adding an outdoor area spanning 15 acres along the Vegas strip.

Fox Sports 1 Network Yet to Secure Carriage Deals
SportsBusiness Journal
A month before launching its all-sports network, Fox has yet to cut carriage deals with DirecTV, Dish Network and Time Warner Cable — three of the four biggest U.S. distributors — raising the possibility that the debut of Fox Sports 1 will fall short of its expected 90 million homes.

Syfy 'Sharknado' Dominated Twitter, Not Ratings
LA Biz
A social media storm doesn't necessarily mean TV programming will be a ratings success. Syfy's cheesy "Sharknado" telepic saw up to 5,000 tweets per minute at its peak, but yielded only so-so ratings — about as many viewers as the network's movies typically attract.

Cox TV Station Faces Lawsuit from Asiana Airlines
CNBC
Asiana Airlines said it plans to sue Oakland, Calif., TV station KTVU, which mistakenly aired fake, racially offensive names for the pilots of the flight that crashed in San Francisco. The report "not only disparaged Asians, but also severely damaged the reputation of Asiana."

BBC's Embattled Chairman to Step Down in 2015
Guardian
Chris Patten, chairman of the BBC Trust, said he plans to step down from the role in 2015. Patten has received sustained criticism over the Jimmy Savile scandal and executive payoffs. "I have no present intention of seeking a second term. ... There are books I want to write."

ESPN in Talks for Olbermann Late Night Talk Show
Daily News
Is Keith Olbermann headed back to ESPN? The sports network is said to be in serious talks with Olbermann to host a New York-based late night talk show on ESPN2. If the move is made, it could blunt the buzz Fox hopes to generate with its August launch of Fox Sports 1.

Fox Sports 1: Regis Show to Play Up Social Media
Associated Press
Regis Philbin's new sports talk show, "Crowd Goes Wild," due to premiere next month with the launch of cable channel Fox Sports 1, will feature a regular social media correspondent. "We're going to have a lot of fun with Regis' struggles with social media."

ABC 'The View' Taps McCarthy to Join as Co-Host
EW
Jenny McCarthy, the actress and former Playboy playmate, has been named a co-host on "The View," the ABC weekday talk show. "Jenny brings us intelligence as well as warmth and humor," said show creator and co-host Barbara Walters. "She can be serious and outrageous."

NBC News to Face Legal Action from Zimmerman
Washington Post
The not-guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial will enable the neighborhood-watch volunteer to resume his case against NBC News for the mis-editing of his widely distributed call to police. "We're going to start in earnest ASAP; we just have to get the stay lifted."

CNN's New Path Hinted in Zimmerman Coverage
Reuters
CNN came under withering criticism as it chose to stick with the George Zimmerman murder trial while Egypt's military ousted the elected president. But that kind of choice is likely to be a mainstay at CNN under new boss Jeff Zucker, according to media analysts.

Al Jazeera America CEO Position Still Up for Grabs
Variety
David Doss is in talks for a senior post with Al Jazeera America. The CNN and ABC News veteran is not a contender for the news network's top job of president-CEO. That post is still up for grabs, with leading candidates said to include Jon Klein, Steve Capus and Mark Whitaker.

Aereo Sued by Hearst TV Station Over Copyright
Bloomberg
Aereo, the online TV service facing lawsuits by broadcast networks in New York for copyright infringement, has been sued in Boston by Hearst-owned station WCVB over similar claims. Aereo could deprive WCVB of "revenue from advertising and authorized retransmissions."

NBCUniversal: Vieira Returning to Daytime TV
New York Times
Meredith Vieira will return to daytime TV as the host of a syndicated talk show in fall 2014, NBCUniversal has announced. Execs involved with the production of "The Meredith Vieira Show" expressed confidence that NBC stations will snap up the rights to the show.

OWN's Oprah Nabs Lohan Post-Rehab Interview
Associated Press
When Lindsay Lohan gets out of rehab this summer, Oprah Winfrey will be waiting to talk to her. Winfrey's cable channel, OWN, said that Winfrey will have an "exclusive" interview with Lohan that will tape and air in August. OWN also plans a documentary series with Lohan.

Time Warner Cable Preps TV App for Xbox 360
Los Angeles Times
Time Warner Cable has entered a deal to bring its TV app to Microsoft's Xbox 360 devices. The app, launching as early as next month, will give the cable giant's subscribers access to live TV through the popular gaming console. "This is a pretty exciting development for us."

CBS Outdoor Files for IPO in Step Toward Split
Bloomberg
CBS Outdoor has filed for an initial public offering, as part of owner CBS's plan to split off the billboard division. The offering size, $100 million, is a placeholder amount that may change. CBS will own about 80% after the offering, and distribute the stock to its investors.

Showtime Adds Programs to Lure Male Viewers
Wall Street Journal
After landing on the map with female-led comedies such as "Weeds" and "Nurse Jackie," CBS's pay-TV network Showtime is on a mission to man up. New programs seeking to attract male audiences include "Ray Donovan," a "Sopranos"-style drama, starring Liev Schreiber.

CNN International Website to Emphasize Curation
Journalism.co.uk
CNN International plans "incremental" improvements for its website, aiming to give it a more visual and human orientation. A greater prominence of comment and analysis, photography, video and "human curation" are all planned for the site over the coming months.

NBC 'Today' Scores with Paula Deen Interview
Associated Press
Judging by ratings, one place where Paula Deen is welcome is on the "Today" show. The NBC morning program beat its rivals at ABC's "Good Morning America" with an episode that featured Matt Lauer's interview with the celebrity chef after she admitting using a racial slur.

Food Network: Could Paula Deen Come Back?
Businessweek
Food Network was quick to dismiss Paula Deen, the Dixieland chef who may still have some antebellum attitudes. Then again, the network was also quick to walk away from hosts Robert Irvine and Anne Thornton. Yet Irvine and Thornton still have ties to the company.

Martha Stewart Talks Personal Life, Paula Deen
Daily News
Martha Stewart runs a multimillion dollar empire and still has time to compose a racy text message now and then. Stewart divulged details of her personal life in an appearance on Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live" and commented on the problems of Paula Deen.

Oprah's OWN Brings Online Soap Operas to TV
Associated Press
"All My Children" and "One Life to Live" are returning to TV. Oprah Winfrey's OWN network has acquired the first 40 episodes of the daytime dramas' revival on the Online Network. They will air Monday through Thursday for a 10-week period beginning July 15.

CNN Lays Off Senior Staff at Washington Bureau
TV Newser
CNN has quietly laid off a handful of employees in its Washington, D.C., bureau. Most of the departures are said to be senior-level staffers, many on beats like the White House and national security. CNN "sent a tremendous amount of institutional knowledge out the door."

Paula Deen Loses Tie-Ups with Wal-Mart, Caesars
ABC News
After Paula Deen appeared on NBC's "Today" to assure fans that she is not a racist, two more companies decided to sever ties with the embattled TV chef. Wal-Mart and Caesars Entertainment are the latest to drop Deen after she admitted to using a racial slur in the past.

Oprah Tops Forbes Most Powerful Celebrity List
Reuters
After two years as a runner-up, Oprah Winfrey has been named the most powerful celebrity by Forbes, heading the six women and four men who make up the top 10. It was the fifth time the TV network boss has headed the annual ranking of 100 celebrities.

Time Warner Cable Adds Wi-Fi Hot Spots in NYC
Bloomberg
Time Warner Cable will add more than 1,000 Wi-Fi hot spots in Manhattan by mid-July and as many as 10,000 by the end of the year to increase the appeal of its Internet service. The expansion in Manhattan follows the installation of more than 12,000 hot spots in Los Angeles.

Dish Network Withdraws Its Offer for Clearwire
New York Times
Dish Network has withdrawn its $4.40-a-share offer for Clearwire, nearly a week after the bid was trumped with a sweetened proposal by Sprint Nextel. The decision means that Sprint is now free to buy the roughly 50% of the mobile service provider that it does not already own.

RTL Invests in YouTube Multichannel Network
Financial Times
RTL, the European broadcaster, has bought a 51% stake in online video outfit BroadbandTV, mirroring similar recent deals by Time Warner and Comcast Ventures, as more media companies seek to gain a foothold in fast-growing platforms such as YouTube.

Discovery Explores Internet Subscription Service
Reuters
Discovery Communications is at work on an Internet streaming service that could charge cable subscribers a fee to access reality shows and documentaries. There is money to be made from TV shows that are between three and 18 months old, said chief John Hendricks.

Revolt: Diddy Network to Bring Music Back to TV
Associated Press
Sean "Diddy" Combs plans to launch Revolt TV this fall. "There's ESPN for sports, CNN, Fox News for news and the AP," he said. "There should be a brand for music, and now we have that brand that's going to focus on music and not reality shows. There's been a gaping hole."

CBS 'Under the Dome' Wins Big Summer Ratings
EW
A welcome surprise during broadcast's usually dry summer months: Stephen King's "Under the Dome" on CBS debuted to a whopping 13.1 million viewers and 3.2 rating among adults age 18 to 49. That is the most-watched summer debut on any network since 2007.

Disney Eyes 'Teen Beach Movie' as New Franchise
New York Times
Next month Disney Channel's young viewers will be introduced to a movie genre — the beach party film — that hasn't been popular since their grandparents were teenagers. "Teen Beach Movie" will get a marketing push on par with Disney's "High School Musical" series.

Paula Deen Rumored to Hire Advisor for Crisis PR
New York Post
Media insiders have been buzzing over rumors that Paula Deen has hired Judy Smith — the inspiration for Kerry Washington’s character on ABC's series "Scandal" — as her crisis public-relations guru. A guessing game has been going on over who would help save Deen's image.

CNN to Revive 'Crossfire' Political Debate Show
Politico
CNN has announced that it will relaunch "Crossfire," its longstanding political debate show, this fall. Former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and former Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter will both serve as co-hosts.

Sesame Workshop to Cut Jobs Amid Challenges
Deadline
Around 30 employees at the producers of "Sesame Street" have been let go. "We at Sesame Workshop are not immune to the challenges of today's economic environment. We have concluded that we must operate and achieve our strategic priorities with fewer resource."

CBS 'Under the Dome': How TV Makes Money Now
New York
As ratings drop, the TV business has moved beyond advertising. Example: CBS's new adaptation of Stephen King's "Under the Dome" is already a financial winner, thanks to multiple business arrangements — Amazon streaming, global sales, tax credits and more.

QVC to Review Business Dealings with Paula Deen
EW
QVC said it is reviewing its "business relationship" with Paula Deen, in the wake of the scandal of the past week in which the cooking star admitted to using racial slurs. The home-shopping company currently offers Paula Deen's collection of cookbooks and cookware.

NBC 'Today' to Interview Paula Deen on Wednesday
Reuters
Paula Deen, who was dropped by Food Network after admitting using a racial slur, will appear on NBC's "Today" show Wednesday after canceling an interview last week. Also, pork producer Smithfield Foods has also dropped Deen, who had a line of hams with the company.

Clear Channel Sued for Racial, Gender Discrimination
Jacksonville Business
A lawsuit filed by former and current employees of Clear Channel in Jacksonville, Fla., alleges various forms of discrimination, including racial and gender. One lawsuit claims an employee was told that a client "preferred working with cute 25-year-old females."

Discovery: Tightrope Walker Lures Lots of Viewers
Associated Press
Aerialist Nik Wallenda's tightrope walk over a gorge near the Grand Canyon drew nearly 13 million viewers to the live TV broadcast. The Discovery Channel said that the quarter-mile stunt was among the most highly viewed shows in the network's history.

AMC 'Mad Men' Season Finale Wins Best Ratings
EW
It was no tightrope walk. But "Mad Men's" sixth season finale ratings Sunday evening were the highest in the show's history. The finale had 2.7 million viewers — up just a tad from last year's season closer. "Critics and fans have declared [the episode] an instant classic."

Dish Network May Seek DirecTV, T-Mobile Tie-Up
Wall Street Journal
Having abandoned efforts to buy Sprint, Dish Network's next move may be to resurrect merger talks with satellite rival DirecTV or re-engage wireless carrier T-Mobile, analysts said. Dish earlier this year held preliminary talks about a possible merger with the wireless phone company.

Time Warner Cable Eyed for Merger with Charter
New York Post
Wall Street is fired up about consolidation in the cable industry and is betting on Charter chief Tom Rutledge to lead the latest deal-making — potentially a merger involving Cablevision or Time Warner Cable. Rutledge led the industry with innovations such as the "triple play."

NBCUniversal in Lead for Deal with Legendary
TheWrap
NBCUniversal is in the lead to make a distribution and production deal with Legendary Pictures, which is set to end its eight-year deal with Warner Bros. Legendary CEO Thomas Tull has been meeting with rival studios to decide whether he wants to leave Warner.

Discovery Founder Writes Book About Company
Washington Post
A new book by John Hendricks, founder of Discovery Communications, traces the creation of the Discovery channel. "A Curious Discovery" offers a behind-the-scenes look at the $28 billion cable programming colossus. "We grew up with cable technology. Now that has shifted."

Food Network: Paula Deen Fans Vent Their Outrage
Associated Press
Soon after announcing plans to drop Paula Deen after the cooking star admitting using racial slurs, Food Network was served heaping portions of Southern fried outrage by her fans. Angry messages have piled up on the channel's Facebook page: "Good-bye Food Network!"

Disney Channel Breaks Ground with Same-Sex Parents
TV Guide
In a first for the Disney Channel, next season an episode of "Good Luck Charlie" will feature a family with two moms. The episode will air in 2014 during "Charlie's" final season. Because the series is coming to a close, the characters are only expected to appear in one episode.

Gannett Preps Programming with Social Media Mix
B&C
Gannett's planned acquisition of Belo will further solidify a strategy to develop homegrown programming for multiple dayparts. The shows will likely incorporate aspects of social media in their mix. Social media "opens up a whole new genre of programming. It's a large opportunity."

Dish Network Pursuit of Clearwire Likely to End
Reuters
Sprint has raised its buyout offer for Clearwire to $5 per share and announced support from a key group of dissident shareholders, likely ending a bitter battle with rival suitor Dish Network. Sprint has been fighting publicly with Dish over Clearwire since January.

Fox Asks FCC to Drop Indecency Enforcement
B&C
Fox has asked the Federal Communications Commission to dismiss all of its remaining indecency complaints and to get out of the business of regulating indecent content altogether. The network has long argued the FCC's enforcement regime was chilling and unconstitutional.

TBS' Conan Says He Was Saved by Social Media
New York Post
Conan O'Brien said he was rescued by social media after his unceremonious firing from NBC's "Tonight Show." He explained at a Cannes Lions advertising festival talk with Anderson Cooper: "It was an online rescue of younger people who said, 'We like this guy.' "

HBO's 'Sopranos' Sales Up After Gandolfini Death
Reuters
A spike in sales of "The Sopranos" DVDs and downloads following star James Gandolfini's death may only be short-lived and likely won't provide much of a windfall for HBO. Sales of DVDs on Amazon shot up in the hours immediately following the actor's death.

Survey: Americans Working Less, Watching More TV
Wall Street Journal
With the economy struggling, Americans spent less time at work last year and found more time for leisure activities such as watching TV, according to a survey by the Labor Department. The aging of America's population also means more retirees are at home watching TV.

CNN Media Critic Kurtz Jumps to Fox News Channel
Fox News
Howard Kurtz, host of CNN's "Reliable Sources" for 15 years, is jumping to Fox News Channel. Kurtz will host another Sunday morning media criticism show. His move comes less than two months after he apologized on his show over a series of mistakes he had made.

A&E New CEO Dubuc Has 'Hottest Hand' in Cable TV
Businessweek
Nancy Dubuc, CEO of A&E Networks, has turned "a fusty cable channel into a media juggernaut by taking the history out of History." With a slate of shows for A&E, History and Lifetime — including "Duck Dynasty" and "Pawn Stars" — Dubuc has "the hottest hand in cable TV."

AMC 'Mad Men' Ends Season with Draper at New Low
Associated Press
The psyches on "Mad Men" in this, its sixth and penultimate season, seem to be unraveling as the season finale approaches Sunday. Is the unmoored zeitgeist of 1968 to blame for this season's pattern of upheavals? Does the Vietnam War and the assassinations account for the turmoil?

ABC Chicago TV Station Preps Digital-Only Newscast
Chicago Business
ABC's WLS Channel 7 in Chicago plans to introduce a live, digital-only newscast called "ABC 7 To Go." The newscast is believed to be the first of its kind to be offered by any local U.S. TV station. "We've seen an increased demand for local news on our digital platforms."

MTV Rival from Diddy Set for Time Warner Cable
New York Post
Sean "P. Diddy" Combs's yet-to-launch channel, Revolt TV, has reached an agreement with Time Warner Cable to offer the service to some of its 12 million subscribers. However, Revolt TV will have to pay for the cable carriage, in contrast to more established media players.

HBO Execs Remember Gandolfini as Great Talent
CNN
James Gandolfini, best known for his role as a mob boss on HBO's "The Sopranos," died after suffering a possible heart attack in Italy. He was 51. "He was a great talent, but an even better man," said Chris Albrecht, the former head of HBO who gave the green light to the show.

Food Network's Deen Admits to Using Racial Slurs
Associated Press
Paula Deen said that she has used racial slurs in the past but insisted she and her family do not tolerate prejudice. The Food Network celebrity cook was questioned about her racial attitudes for a discrimination lawsuit facing her restaurant in Savannah, Ga.

ABC Returns Abrams to Anchor Desk in New Role
Mediaite
Dan Abrams will be expanding his role with ABC News, becoming an anchor of "Nightline" and gaining the title of chief legal affairs anchor. He will continue his regular legal segments on "Good Morning America" and will also branch out into segments on a variety of topics.

Univision, Variety Team for Hollywood News Offering
MediaPost
Univision has teamed with Penske Media, owner of Variety, to create a new short-form entertainment video feature. The 2.5-minute segment, which rounds up Hollywood entertainment news with a focus on Hispanic stars, will be available on all Univision platforms.

Dish Abandons Bid for Sprint to Focus on Clearwire
Reuters
Dish Network will not make a new offer to buy U.S. wireless provider Sprint Nextel in time for a deadline and will instead focus on its tender offer for Clearwire. Dish said it would consider its options with respect to Sprint without providing any more details.

DreamWorks: TV Revenue to Double from Netflix Deal
Associated Press
DreamWorks Animation said that a new deal to provide TV shows to Netflix will help it double the revenue it gets from TV shows to $200 million by 2015. The deal "is clearly transformative" for the studio behind "Shrek" and "Kung Fu Panda," said CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg.

CNN 'New Day' Debut Fails to Increase A.M. Audience
New York Times
CNN introduced its new morning program, "New Day," with a bit of fanfare, and won mostly positive reviews. But the new show went little noticed by the viewing public. In fact, the news network fared worse than it has in recent months with the programming the new show replaced.

Fox News Commentator Paid $50,000 to Tout Stock
MarketWatch
A recent paid-for stock endorsement mailer about Petrosonic Energy featured Tobin Smith, a money manager who has been a regular on the Fox networks, describing himself as a "guest anchor." Fox has terminated Smith's contract on the basis of its contributor policy.

Fox Sports Channel Preps Summer Launch in Italy
World Screen
This August, Fox International Channels will launch Fox Sports in Italy with a portfolio of sports rights. Fox Sports is already available in Brazil and Japan, and the ESPN Star Sports bouquet is scheduled to be rebranded as FOX Sports in Southeast Asia.

Dish Network Sued by Sprint as Deadline Looms
Reuters
Sprint has sued Dish Network to block its tender offer for Clearwire, on the eve of a key deadline in a takeover battle that also includes Japanese mobile carrier SoftBank. The lawsuit accuses Dish of trying to "fool" and "coerce" Clearwire shareholders into tendering their shares.

Scripps Networks to Roll Out TV Anywhere Apps
Dow Jones
Scripps Networks Interactive is rolling out Internet and mobile apps that will allow Time Warner Cable subscribers to watch the cable-network operator's lifestyle programs on a wider variety of platforms. The rollout includes Food Network, HGTV and Travel Channel.

A+E Networks Launch TV Anywhere Android Apps
Fast Company
A+E Networks, the parent company of A&E, the History Channel and Lifetime, is launching "TV Anywhere" Android apps. The new apps, which build off A+E's previous iOS apps, give all users access to full episodes of shows including "Storage Wars" and "Army Wives."

MTV Turns Its Attention to 'Younger Millennials'
New York Times
MTV is in the process of shedding its skin again, this time to appeal to viewers age 14 to 17 who have different preferences than the 18- to 25-year-olds who make up the older portion of the millennial generation. MTV will introduce a nationwide study of 1,800 "young millennials."

ABC's 'Kimmel' to Stream Music Acts on Myspace
Variety
Myspace, trying to regain cultural relevance, has entered a one-year pact with ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" to stream sets of the late-night talk show's musical guests. Select artists appearing on "Kimmel" will be streamed on Myspace following their appearance on ABC.

CBS Sticks to Fall Premiere Week to Debut Shows
USA Today
CBS has become the first of the major broadcast networks to unveil its debut dates for fall, and as usual the network is sticking to the traditional Nielsen-blessed "premiere week" that starts Sept. 23. Most shows will follow CBS' Sept. 22 telecast of the Emmy Awards.

Clear Channel Seeks to Cash In on Political Ads
San Antonio Business
Clear Channel wants to grab a larger share of political advertising. So the broadcast giant has hired Nathan Daschle as EVP for political strategy. Daschle, a well-known political strategist and lawyer, is the son of Tom Daschle, the former Senate majority leader.

CBS Chief Tops List of Well-Paid New York CEOs
Crain's New York
Les Moonves is worth $60.3 million, five times more than the average of other top execs at CBS, according to GMI Ratings. A spokesman noted that CBS has posted record results under the CEO's leadership. Moonves's compensation "is reflective of all this success."

Liberty, Time Warner Cable CEOs Discuss Merger
CNBC
Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei has discussed the idea of cable company Charter entering a merger with Time Warner Cable in a meeting with that company's CEO, Glenn Britt. Time Warner Cable, however, has indicated it has "no interest in any sort of a linkup" with Charter.

HBO Exec Eyed by Obama as Ambassador to Spain
Wall Street Journal
The Obama administration plans to nominate James Costos as the U.S. ambassador to Spain. Currently HBO's VP of global licensing and retail, Costos is also one of the president's top fundraisers, having hosted several events for Obama in Los Angeles and New York.

CBS News Says Journo's Computer Was Hacked
CBS News
CBS News has announced that correspondent Sharyl Attkisson's computer was hacked by "an unauthorized, external, unknown party on multiple occasions," confirming Attkisson's previous revelation of the hacking. CBS "is taking steps to identify the responsible party."

Al Jazeera U.S. to Help Qatar's Quest for Influence
Wall Street Journal
Al Jazeera America, launching in August, plans to run fewer than half the ads that typically appear on cable news channels. Backed by the oil-rich government of Qatar, profits aren't a big concern. Qatar's "security is tied to the perception of them being global players."

CBS Anchor: The Cable News Network Era is Over
Deadline
Scott Pelley, anchor of the "CBS Evening News": "I wonder whether we might have moved beyond the time of the cable news network. Isn't it all going to the Internet now? Is there really a reason for a news organization such as ours to establish a cable channel?"

NBC News Expands Digital Team with New Hire
Huffington Post
Tony Dokoupil, a senior writer at the Daily Beast and Newsweek, plans to join NBCNews.com this September. Both NBCNews.com and MSNBC.com have been staffing up in recent months to create unique online identities following NBC's split with Microsoft.

CNN Morning Show is Latest Change Under Zucker
Associated Press
CNN's "New Day" morning show, which made its debut Monday morning, represents the biggest on-air change since former NBCUniversal chief Jeff Zucker took over the news network in January. "I want a show that sets the tone and the agenda for the entire network."

DirecTV Seen as Likely Victor in Hulu Sale Talks
Pando Daily
An acquisition deal for Hulu, the streaming video service, is said to be imminent, with DirecTV the likely victor. "A deal is now in very advanced stages and should be expected to close before the end of the month." For Hulu's big-media owners, "now looks like the time to sell."

Clearwire Endorses Dish Network's Takeover Bid
Bloomberg
Clearwire's board has endorsed Dish Network's $4.40-a-share bid for the company, spurning an offer by its majority owner Sprint Nextel. The move deals a setback to SoftBank, which sees a Sprint-Clearwire combination as the centerpiece of its U.S. expansion plan.

Study: Millennials Abandoning Pay TV for Online
World Screen
Participant Media's new cable network, Pivot, has released a study indicating that a rising percentage of 18-to-34-year-olds have become cord-cutters, or "broadbanders," who are abandoning the traditional pay-TV system in favor of online content delivery systems.

ABC News Seeks Dismissal of 'Pink Slime' Suit
Associated Press
ABC News said it intends to ask a circuit court to dismiss a South Dakota beef processing company's defamation lawsuit now that it has been moved from federal court. Beef Products Inc. sued for defamation over ABC's coverage of a meat product that critics dub "pink slime."

Fox News: Sarah Palin Rejoining as Contributor
USA Today
Former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin plans to rejoin Fox News as a contributor, months after she and the network parted ways. Said Fox News CEO Roger Ailes: "I have great confidence in her and am pleased that she will once again add her commentary."

CNN Boss Jeff Zucker to Unveil New Programming
Variety
CNN is readying new programming that could broaden the news network's image beyond that of a purveyor of straight-down-the-middle information. On Monday, CNN launches "New Day," a "breezier" morning-news show. Coming June 23: "Inside Man," with Morgan Spurlock.

HGTV Stirs Outrage for Airing Flag as Tablecloth
MyFoxAtlanta
HGTV viewers expressed outrage after the network suggested they use American flags as tablecloths for July 4 parties. Many viewers called it offensive and un-American. The Scripps Networks Interactive property issued an apology: "HGTV is proud of the American flag."

ESPN to Close 3D Cable TV Network This Year
Reuters
ESPN said it will shut its 3D cable channel in the United States, ending a three-year experiment after sports fans failed to embrace the technology in their homes. The channel presented 3D broadcasts of college football games and the Masters golf tournament.

Fox Upfront Ads Drop After Decline in Viewers
Bloomberg
The Fox broadcast network is almost finished negotiating advance advertising commitments that are said to have fallen to about $1.75 billion for the coming TV season. That represents a decline of about 10% from the $1.95 billion in upfront commitments a year ago.

HBO Taps 'Today' Alum O'Brien for 'Real Sports'
Associated Press
Soledad O'Brien has joined fellow "Today" show alum Bryant Gumbel at HBO's "Real Sports." HBO said that O'Brien will be a reporter on the monthly magazine show, which is anchored by Gumbel. O'Brien most recently was a morning-show host on CNN.

MTV Launches 'MTV Other' Digital Content Studio
Advertising Age
MTV has opened a digital content lab called MTV Other to produce short-form programming that will live on its new iPhone and iPad app as well as MTVOther.com. The app will let viewers stream full episodes of shows like "Catfish" and "Teen Wolf" and interact with programming.

Clear Channel Inks Revenue-Sharing Radio Deal
Dow Jones
Clear Channel's radio arm has struck a deal with Fleetwood Mac allowing the band to receive revenue from airplay on the company's digital and broadcast radio platforms, marking the first direct arrangement of this kind between a radio company and an artist.

Gannett to Buy Belo for $2.2 Billion to Gain TV
USA Today
Gannett, the media company that owns USA Today, said it will buy Belo for $2.2 billion. The deal will make Gannett the nation's fourth largest owner of major network affiliates, reaching nearly a third of U.S. households. Belo owns and operates 20 TV stations.

Comcast's New X2 Platform Saves TV Shows Online
Associated Press
Worried about filling up your DVR? Comcast is rolling out a new TV platform that does away with the hard drive and saves your TV shows online. The system will also work on the company's X1 set-top boxes through an update delivered over the Internet.

Time Warner Cable Incentives Thwart New Web TV
Bloomberg
Time Warner Cable and other pay-TV operators are offering incentives to media companies that agree to withhold content from newer, web-based entertainment services. The incentives are said to include higher payments — as well as threats to drop programming.

ESPN's Next Round of Layoffs Expected This Week
Deadspin
Layoffs are coming to ESPN's production unit this week, according to several sources. "Tension is at an all-time high in production operations." ESPN started cutting jobs in late May. The layoffs are expected to continue throughout the summer in a drip-drip-drip manner.

PBS 'NewsHour' to See Layoffs After Sponsor Cuts
New York Times
"PBS NewsHour," the signature nightly newscast on public television, is planning its first significant round of layoffs in nearly two decades. Because of declines in support from corporate sponsors, the show's producer, MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, will close two offices.

CNN Pitches Advertisers Seeking Younger Viewers
Variety
CNN has often relied on marketers whose primary consumer base skews somewhat older. But in recent months, the cable news network has been holding itself up as a place where drinkers of soda and autos with youthful appeal have begun to congregate.

NBC Ends Olympics Partnership with YouTube
SportsBusiness Journal
NBC teamed with YouTube to show digital footage of the London Games, but they won't be working together again in Sochi, Russia. The Olympic rights holder has decided not to partner with Google's video site again on a video player for online competition coverage.

Al Jazeera America Promises Less Political Chat
Los Angeles Times
Al Jazeera's U.S. cable-news channel will be unbiased and feature more in-depth reporting and less political grandstanding and celebrity coverage, according to channel exec Ehab Al Shihabi. Al Jazeera America "will elevate the mainstream voice."

ABC Heads to Internet in Search for Next Big Star
Variety
ABC is heading online in search of breakthrough talent with the launch of "Make Me A Star." The initiative marks the first time a major TV network has offered a digital talent competition that exclusively targets aspiring actors, comedians and other performers.

CBS' Tony Awards Win Viewership of 7.24 Million
Associated Press
CBS' Tony Awards telecast saw viewership jump to 7.24 million people, the show's largest audience in four years. According to preliminary Nielsen figures, Sunday's show crowning "Kinky Boots" as best musical saw an increase of 1.2 million people over last year's show.

Fox 'American Idol' Producer Fired as Ratings Fall
Reuters
Swedish producer Per Blankens will take the lead on a revamped season of "American Idol," after long-time British producer Nigel Lythgoe said he was fired from the show. "Idol," a one-time Fox's ratings juggernaut, has suffered from a slump in viewership in recent years.

Comcast to Expand Neighborhood Wi-Fi Hotspots
USA Today
Comcast plans to install more neighborhood Wi-Fi hotspots in its service markets to encourage customers to stay connected on their devices even when they're not at home. Xfinitywifi, named after Comcast's cable service brand, is now available to about 100,000 customers.

U.S. Cable Execs to Gather Amid Cloudy Outlook
Los Angeles Times
The cable industry's annual gathering is usually a celebration of sunny projections for growth. But when top pay-TV execs gather in Washington for the National Cable & Telecommunications Association convention this week the event may be a bit more somber.

CBS Nearing $2.7 Billion in Upfront Commitments
Bloomberg
CBS is said to have almost completed negotiations for prime-time advertising commitments totaling about $2.7 billion for the coming TV season. The broadcast network's ad rates are believed to be 7.5% to 8.5% higher than a year earlier. CBS declines to comment.

CNN to Rehire Wallace as Journalist for Website
New York Times
CNN said it will rehire Kelly Wallace, a former correspondent, as the news network continues on a talent recruitment effort led by Jeff Zucker. Wallace will be a digital correspondent this time around, working primarily for CNN.com and appearing regularly on TV.

CNBC Eyes Reality Show Hosted by Hockey Star
Crain's New York
Sean Avery, the former New York Ranger, is said to be preparing to host a new, yet-to-be-named reality show for struggling CEOs. A pilot is being produced for CNBC. Avery will "show no mercy" as he whips execs into shape. "It's all about one-on-one male coaching."

ABC Rumored to Prepare Ax for Couric's 'Katie'
New York Post
Speculation is swirling over the future of Katie Couric's ABC daytime talk show, with sources saying that "Katie" might not make it to a third season. "The buzz inside ABC has been that Couric could leave the show after Season 2 and head to CNN to rejoin Jeff Zucker."

ESPN Cracks Down After Affair Embarrassment
New York Post
Only after baseball analyst Steve Phillips's affair with an assistant was exposed, embarrassing the network, did the cable giant begin a serious crackdown on harassment, according to a new report. The affair "taught the company it had to have a no-tolerance approach."

BET Gets OWNed by Oprah's Tyler Perry Shows
New York Post
Maybe Oprah's OWN network should be renamed Tyler TV. Thanks to two new series from producer Tyler Perry, the two-year-old network is not only finding its audience but is challenging Viacom’s BET, which has had a near-monopoly on African-American audiences.

BBC Launches U.S.-Based Business News Site
TalkingBizNews
Capital, the new business news site from the BBC, will have its editorial led by Jennifer Merritt, a former editor with both the Wall Street Journal and Businessweek magazine. Capital is "starting with a built-in audience beyond the wider BBC.com audience."

DirecTV Buys LifeShield Seeking New Revenues
Los Angeles Times
DirecTV is getting into the home security business. The satellite-TV company has acquired LifeShield, a Langhorne, Pa., company that operates wireless home security systems. DirecTV is the latest pay-TV distributor to look for new revenue streams in that market.

Sinclair Broadcast Acquires Four TV Stations
TheStreet
Sinclair Broadcast Group has agreed to acquire four TV stations owned by Titan Television Broadcast Group for $115 million. Sinclair also agreed to provide sales and other services to two other Titan stations. "We anticipate more deals to come over the next few months."

QVC to Synchronize TV Content on Mobile Apps
MarketWatch
QVC is introducing "synchronized" content on its mobile apps to correspond with TV shows. For instance, its iPhone app features the product that is simultaneously broadcast for sale on TV to increase purchases on the phone. The effort "is a game changer."

Martha Plugs Match.com on 'Today' Appearance
NBC Today
More than 1,000 men asked to meet her, but only two actually did. Martha Stewart has come face-to-face with two suitors who responded to the personal ad she posted on Match.com. The media mogul received 20,000 page views within days after loading her profile.

NBC Reports of Attempted Suicide at 'Today' Studio
Mediaite
On Thursday morning, there were reports of a man attempting to hurt himself outside the "Today" studio at New York's Rockefeller Plaza. The anchors were moved indoors and the crowd was evacuated. The man is getting medical attention, anchor Matt Lauer reported.

ABC 'Desperately Seeking' Couric Replacement
Fox News
"Katie," the talk show hosted by Katie Couric, is not "living up to expectations," according to a source connected to the ABC show. "Her return to daytime has backfired." One studio exec says: "It's an unmitigated disaster. One of the biggest failures ever in syndication."

Comedy Central's Stewart Starts Summer Break
Associated Press
Jon Stewart is starting a summer-long break from anchoring "The Daily Show," but it will be no holiday. He will be in the Middle East making his first movie. After Stewart signs off Thursday night until returning Sept. 3, correspondent John Oliver will handle anchor duties.

Turner Taps Olbermann for Baseball Postseason
Hollywood Reporter
After a messy public breakup with his last employer resulted in a $50 million lawsuit, Keith Olbermann will return to TV in October as a host for Turner's coverage of the Major League Baseball postseason. The deal will have Olbermann leading TBS' Atlanta-based studio show.

Time Warner Cable in Talks for Streaming Media
FierceCable
Time Warner Cable is talking to Apple, Microsoft and Samsung about streaming video deals similar to its pact with Roku, said CEO Glenn Britt. In March, Time Warner Cable launched an app on Roku's Internet video devices, allowing subscribers to stream 300 cable channels.

NBCUniversal Mulls Buying YouTube Networks
Variety
NBCUniversal is evaluating potential acquisitions of YouTube multichannel networks in multiple genres, with a particular interest in those aimed at women. "It's something that we are paying very close attention to. It’s just figuring the right way to go about it. We see the opportunity."

Fox on Appeal Seeks to Stop Dish's Ad-Skipper
Bloomberg
News Corp.'s Fox Broadcasting is asking a federal appeals court to overrule a district judge and halt Dish Network's AutoHop ad-skipping service that it says threatens TV's advertising system. Fox alleges that the Dish service undermines its business selling shows online.

CBS Chief Moonves Sees Technology as Friend
Consumer360
Les Moonves has a message for broadcasters wary of the onslaught of new platforms: Technology is your friend. With each new tech arrival — whether it's DVR, Twitter or Netflix — CBS looks for ways to work together. "Most shows start at the network level, then they travel."

Fox Sports 1 Twitter Feed to Feature Advertisers
SportsBusiness Journal
When Fox Sports launches FS1 in August, advertisers will have the opportunity to buy into the network's Twitter feeds, thanks to a deal the broadcaster signed with the social media company. Fox Sports plans to make a big ad push with Twitter with the Super Bowl.

Verizon, NFL Enter $1 Billion Sunday Mobile Deal
New York Post
Verizon Wireless has announced a four-year deal with the National Football League that gives it exclusive rights to stream in-market Sunday-afternoon football games on mobile phones. The deal, reported to be worth $1 billion, starts in 2014. "It's the next evolution."

CBS Sues Over Bootleg 'Judy' Videos on YouTube
TMZ
CBS, which distributes "Judge Judy," has filed a lawsuit against Jessie Zaragosa for repeated copyright infringement. CBS alleges that Zaragosa ran multiple YouTube accounts, including "JudgeJudyWorld," where he posted numerous episodes of the court TV show.

NBC, MSNBC to Team with Publisher of SCOTUSblog
Politico
NBC News and MSNBC plan to partner with the publisher of SCOTUSblog, the all-things-Supreme-Court website, for coverage of upcoming rulings. The partnership will join outlets that have won praise for reporting on stories that others — namely CNN and Fox News — got wrong.

MSNBC: We're Not the Network for Breaking News
Fox News
MSNBC isn't the place for breaking news, according to head Phil Griffin. "Our brand is not that." Covering breaking news is not a "long-term" solution when it comes to ratings. His remarks come as MSNBC falls from its spot behind Fox News to fourth place in U.S. cable news.

CNN Sets Premiere Date for Ridley Scott Series
Deadline
"Crimes of the Century," a new CNN series executive produced by director Ridley Scott, will make its debut on June 23. Each of its episodes will focus on a major news event that was considered "not only shocking at the time, but has since had far reaching repercussions."

ABC Enters Licensing Deal for 'Revenge' Apparel
WWD
Fans of ABC's hit show "Revenge" will soon be able to dress like their favorite conniving characters. ABC Studios has joined with costume designer rep Matchbook Co. and licensing firm Firefly Brand Management to create apparel and accessories inspired by the drama.

Oprah Must Face Lawsuit Over 'Own Your Power'
Reuters
Oprah Winfrey will have to defend in court her use of the phrase "Own Your Power" in her magazine and on her website, a U.S. appeals court said. The owner of a motivational services business, Own Your Power, claims to own a trademark on the phrase.

Discovery 'Storm Chasers' Stars Killed in Tornado
Hollywood Reporter
Discovery's "Storm Chasers" stars Tim Samaras and Carl Young, along with Samaras's son, Paul, were killed during an Oklahoma storm. The trio were killed while chasing a tornado in the city of El Reno. "We are deeply saddened," the network said in a statement.

ABC's 'GMA' Wins First May Sweeps in 18 Years
New York Post
Chalk up another milestone for the rejuvenated "Good Morning America." The ABC morning show won its first May sweeps, in total viewers, in 18 years. It also claimed victory in the "money" news demographic of adults age 25-to-54, for the first time in 19 years.

CNN Denies Rumors About Wolf Blitzer Shakeup
Huffington Post
CNN is hitting back at rumors about possible changes to Wolf Blitzer's role at the network. The New York Daily News reported that Blitzer's on-air time may be reduced as president Jeff Zucker continues his overhaul: "Wolf is going to be replaced with a younger, hipper host."

ABC Expands 'Watch' TV App to Amazon's Kindle
Broadcasting & Cable
Disney/ABC Television has expanded the availability of its Watch ABC app to Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD. The Watch ABC service first launched in May at the ABC upfront on iOS devices, which include iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, as well as at ABC.com/Watch.

HBO: U.S. Stand-Alone Web Service Unlikely Soon
Los Angeles Times
There is little chance that HBO will offer its content online to U.S. non-TV subscribers any time soon. HBO CEO Richard Plepler said the company is focused on getting more U.S. households to subscribe. "For right now, we have the right model for our business."

Nickelodeon Opens Retail Shop Inside Toys 'R' Us
New York Business
Nickelodeon has opened its first ever retail shop inside the Toys 'R' Us' flagship store in Times Square. The 1,000-square-foot Nick Shop features exclusive branded products featuring Nickelodeon characters Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants and others.

AMC, MTV, Other Networks Play to 'Second Screen'
Wall Street Journal
AMC will show video vignettes on an online app it is launching this weekend to promote its crime drama "The Killing," one of a number of increasingly ambitious such efforts being produced by TV networks. The services show videos, photos, games and other content.

CBS Mulling Business Model for Live Mobile TV
Variety
CBS at some point plans to extend its on-demand video apps to live local TV, but it hasn't yet determined if it will mimic ABC's "TV Everywhere" approach in making live feeds available only to subscribers of participating pay-TV providers. "We need to figure out the business model."

Dish Tops Sprint's Bid for Clearwire Ahead of Vote
Associated Press
Dish Network has raised its bid for Clearwire, valuing the wireless network operator at $6.9 billion, in an attempt to outbid Sprint two days before Clearwire shareholders meet to vote on a deal. Dish's bid of $4.40 in cash per share is 29% higher than Sprint's bid of $3.40 per share.

HBO Liberace Movie Is Network's Biggest Since 2004
Associated Press
A healthy number of HBO subscribers were curious about Michael Douglas' performance as Liberace in "Behind the Candelabra." The 2.4 million people who tuned in to the TV movie's premiere represented HBO's biggest audience for one of its original films since 2004.

OWN Wins Record Ratings from Tyler Perry Drama
Zap2It
Tyler Perry's drama series "The Haves and the Have Nots" was hammered by critics who watched its premiere on OWN, but it brought pretty good ratings to the channel. The show scored the biggest series premiere in the Oprah channel's history, with 1.77 million viewers.

Esquire Network to Premiere with Magazine Special
Associated Press
The G4 channel will become the Esquire Network as of Sept. 23. The new network is the namesake of Esquire magazine and aims to draw a similar audience of upscale males. The channel's debut will include a two-hour special on Esquire magazine's 80th anniversary.

NBC 'Today' Show Sought Return of Katie Couric
Radar
Katie Couric, during an appearance on Howard Stern's show on Sirius XM, divulged: "There were some possible overtures for me to go back to the 'Today' show, but they evaporated. For me, that was the best job." Couric said of her former co-host Matt Lauer: "I had a little crush."

Fox News 'Mole' Writes Behind-the-Scenes Book
Daily News
Joe Muto, the Fox News producer who was outed in April 2012 for leaking the news network's unused video to Gawker, was uncovered and fired 36 hours after the first leak. Now, Muto has written a book, "An Atheist in the FOXhole." "I'm guessing they’re not thrilled."

CNN: We're Held to Higher Standard Than Rivals
Hollywood Reporter
Jeff Zucker has inferred that he might be willing to cede the political commentary ground to MSNBC on the left and the Fox News Channel on the right, while CNN focuses on "much more" and is "held to a higher standard." Said Zucker: "We're trying to cover the news."

ABC, Hyperion Tie Up for TV Series, Digital Books
USA Today
"CSI" creator Anthony E. Zuiker has found a new way to thrill audiences. After announcing a new ABC mystery reality TV series titled "Whodunnit?", Zuiker is creating an interactive book series with Hyperion based on the show. It will give audiences more backstory on the TV series.

TBS's TruTV Taps MTV Veteran Linn as President
Los Angeles Times
Chris Linn, who as an EVP at MTV played a major role in making Snooki a household name, has been named president of TruTV, a cable channel owned by Time Warner's Turner Broadcasting System. The hiring of Linn is a sign that TruTV is looking to get a little younger and hipper.

CNN Veteran Larry King to Join Russian Channel
Politico
Larry King has joined RT, the Russian-based 24-hour cable news network. The new show, called "Politics with Larry King," will debut in June. RT will also host "Larry King Now," the show King launched on Hulu last July. King spent 25 years as host of CNN's "Larry King Live."

Comcast Defeats FCC's Order on Tennis Channel
Bloomberg
Comcast's decision to carry the Tennis Channel as premium programming was a business judgment that didn't discriminate against programming owned by others, a U.S. appeals court ruled, overturning a regulator's order to include the channel in lower-cost packages.

ESPN Layoffs: Already Feeling Heat of Fox Sports 1
Bloomberg
David Bank, analyst at RBC Capital Markets, discussed the planned mass layoffs at ESPN: "They are getting ready for the first time to have a competitor in the space, being Fox Sports 1. They are getting ready for the disruption that could bring in the bidding for sports rights."

ABC, CBS Up Ante in Battle for Summer Viewers
New York Post
Broadcasters have learned they can't afford to cede the summertime to reruns. During last year's Memorial Day weekend, History Channel lured 14 million viewers with "Hatfields & McCoys." More competition for eyeballs will come from Netflix's "Arrested Development."

Aereokiller Block Sought by TV Broadcasters
Variety
Fox, NBC, ABC and Allbritton have filed a lawsuit in an effort to stop Aereokiller from offering streams of their signals in the Washington D.C. market, in the latest effort to challenge the legality of a bevy of services seeking to provide over-the-air television on the Internet.

Fox Sports Mishap Injures Fans at Auto Race
Associated Press
Ten fans were injured at the Coca-Cola 600 and three of them were taken to the hospital after a nylon rope supporting a Fox Sports overhead TV camera fell from the grandstands and landed on the track surface. Fox said it still has not determined why the cable snapped.

Fox Reality Chief Exits Amid 'Idol' Ratings Slide
Bloomberg
Fox said its reality-TV chief Mike Darnell has decided to step down after 18 years at the broadcast network, as audience ratings decline for "American Idol," its most-watched program. Darnell said in a statement he will depart in June when his current deal expires.

Al Jazeera America Shifting Focus to U.S. News
New York Times
Al Jazeera America, postponed to launch in August, now aims to have virtually all of its programming originate from the United States. The news channel plans to cover domestic affairs more often than foreign affairs. It will, in other words, operate much like CNN and Fox News.

ITV News Twitter Feed Hacked by 'Syrian Army'
Bloomberg
ITV, owner of the U.K.'s biggest commercial TV station, has suffered a Twitter account hack, with postings attributed to the "Syrian Electronic Army," a name also used when the Financial Times's social media accounts were infiltrated with links to war atrocity videos.

Fox News Chief Responds to Federal Investigation
Washington Post
Fox News chief Roger Ailes has sent a memo to his colleagues at the leading cable news network, in connection with the federal investigation into an alleged leak to reporter James Rosen. "The administration’s attempt to intimidate Fox News will not succeed."

CNN to Premiere Late-Night Talk Show on Fridays
Advertising Age
CNN is starting a late-night Friday talk show hosted by George Stroumboulopoulos, a longtime host on Canada's CBC. The show, "Stroumboulopoulos," is the latest program under CNN boss Jeff Zucker, who has been expanding CNN beyond traditional news.

Discovery to Launch Its Own Online Video Network
Wall Street Journal
Discovery Communications plans to launch its own online video network, with original series available for free. Dubbed TestTube, the service will run 15 online shows, available via YouTube, Xbox and its own website. The series will be aimed at a young, male audience.

CBS: A Hedge Fund Darling as Stock Goes Higher
BuzzFeed
CBS shares have gained 1,500% over the last four years, and some Wall Streeters think the stock can go higher. More precisely, hedge funds appear to have fallen in love with CBS. "There has been an overall reevaluation of content based on all new revenue streams."

FCC Proposes to Allow More Sex, Profanity on TV
Fox News
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is proposing changes to its rules that would allow more racy content on television during hours when children could tune in. The agency is launching a review that may end the prohibition of expletives and certain images of nudity.

DirecTV, Time Warner Cable Chafe Over Channels
Bloomberg
At least six channels are changing their names and programming to attract more viewers, ad dollars and higher subscriber fees. DirecTV and Time Warner Cable complain they have no control over the changes and are wary the networks will demand more money for unproven shows.

ESPN's Costly Studio Complex Eyed in Job Cuts
Deadspin
A recently laid-off ESPN source has provided more details about the sports network's massive job cuts, the first significant staff reduction in four years. ESPN "doesn't have enough money to pay for the equipment and integration resources" for its huge new digital studio complex.

CNN Tell-All Book Due From Host Piers Morgan
Associated Press
Piers Morgan is going behind the scenes. The CNN host has a deal with Gallery Books for "Shooting Straight: Guns, Gays, God, and George Clooney." Morgan promises a "warts and all" account of life at CNN and said the book would be like "'The Newsroom' on steroids."

NBC, Blake Shelton Plan Oklahoma Benefit Show
Associated Press
NBC and Blake Shelton are putting together a benefit for Oklahoma tornado victims. Shelton told reporters about the fundraising effort after this week's episode of "The Voice." Shelton, an Oklahoma native, said the benefit would be held soon in Oklahoma City.

ESPN Whacks 250 Jobs After Programming Deals
New York Post
ESPN is cutting 250 jobs after shelling out big bucks to secure sports programming rights. On top of pricey contract renewals with the NFL and MLB, the cable sports powerhouse just struck an 11-year, $770 million deal with the USTA to snag rights to the U.S. Open matches.

CBS Wins 2012-13 TV Season, Snaps Fox's Streak
EW
CBS has overthrown Fox to win the 2012-13 broadcast season among the coveted adults 18-49 demographic. With only two nights left in the season, CBS claimed victory Tuesday given its insurmountable lead. The win snaps Fox's unprecedented eight-year winning streak.

Fox Affiliates to Air U.S. Army Reality TV Series
CNNMoney
The U.S. Army plans to launch a new reality TV program, "Starting Strong," aimed at recruiting 18- to 24-year-olds to enlist in the military. The "reality-TV inspired" advertisement is scheduled to air on Fox affiliates in 16 markets, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

Disney to Produce 'Star Wars' Animated TV Series
Reuters
Disney plans to produce a new "Star Wars" animated series to air on TV in fall 2014, giving fans of the science-fiction franchise fresh stories before the next live-action film hits theaters in 2015. The series will premiere on the Disney Channel and shown on Disney XD channels.

ABC's 'Don't Trust The B----' to Finish Run Online
World Screen
The final unaired episodes of "Don't Trust The B---- in Apartment 23" are now available in their entirety through Watch ABC on ABC.com, the Watch ABC Player for the iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and Kindle Fire, Hulu and iTunes. The show was previously cancelled by ABC.

CBS Pulls Tornado-Themed 'Mike & Molly' Episode
EW
CBS yanked Monday night's season finale of "Mike & Molly," which talked about a tornado hitting Chicago, though no devastation was going to be shown. "Due to the tragic events in Oklahoma, we are pre-empting the season finale, which has a related storyline," CBS said.

NBC Hires News Division Chief Turness from Britain
Associated Press
NBC went out of the company and out of the country to find a president for its news division, naming the first woman to hold the top job. Deborah Turness, former editor of ITV News in Britain, replaces Steve Capus, who resigned earlier this year, and will begin her new job in August.

Fox News Journo Rosen Eyed by Justice Department
Fox News
Fox News correspondent James Rosen has been accused in a Justice Department affidavit of being a possible criminal "co-conspirator" for his alleged role in publishing sensitive security information, in a leak case that takes the unusual step of claiming a journalist broke the law.

CNN Analyst Bergen Writing Book on U.S. Terrorism
Associated Press
CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen has a deal with Crown for a book on homegrown terrorism. The book will cover topics including the Boston Marathon bombings and the impact of government surveillance. The book's tentative title is "The United States of Jihad."




 

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