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CBS Former Intern Drops Lawsuit Against Letterman
New York Post
A former "Late Show" intern who recently sued David Letterman over unpaid wages has made a public apology to the retiring king of late night, saying she was coerced by lawyers. "I have nothing but respect for Letterman," said 26-year-old NYU graduate Mallory Musallam.

NBC Late-Night TV Legend Carson Lives On in Digital
USA Today
Johnny Carson, the former late-night TV king, is no longer with us. But his likeness lives on in digital. A thriving Carson channel runs on YouTube, with more than 71 million views, and a still-active DVD business is operated by nephew Jeff Sotzing, the son of Carson's sister.

CNN Hires Ex-White House Press Secretary Carney
Politico
Jay Carney, the former White House press secretary, has joined CNN as a political commentator. He started Wednesday night as President Obama made a prime-time statement about the Islamic State of Iraq. "Jay's unique experience make him an invaluable voice."

FCC Chief Wheeler: Sack the NFL's Blackout Rule
USA Today
Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission: "With the first weekend of professional football in the books, two things should be abundantly clear: The NFL is king; and the FCC's sports blackout rules are obsolete and have to go. The rules make no sense."

ESPN, FiveThirtyEight Blog Plan Documentary Series
Variety
ESPN Films and FiveThirtyEight plan to roll out a pair of documentary-short series keying off the analytical approach cultivated by Nate Silver's stats-based blog, as the sports network looks to expand its digital assets. ESPN bought FiveThirtyEight from the New York Times last year.

Fox News Loses Legal Bid to Halt TV Monitor TVEyes
Reuters
Fox News cannot stop a media monitoring service from recording snippets of its broadcasts and offering them to clients, some of which use them to criticize the network, a New York federal judge has ruled. Fox sued TVEyes for copyright infringement in 2013, calling it "parasitic."

ESPN, Turner Near Massive New Deals with the NBA
SportsBusiness Journal
The National Basketball Association and its network partners expect to reach an agreement on new long-term deals by the start of the regular season. The league's annual rights fees could more than double, with ESPN and Turner combining to pay more than $2 billion per year.

CBS Names Disney Musical Star as Late-Night Host
Associated Press
British actor James Corden will replace Craig Ferguson as host of "The Late Late Show" on CBS next year, part of an overhaul of the network's late-night talk show lineup. Corden will star in the upcoming Disney musical film "Into the Woods," with Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp.

CNN International Makes Changes Involving Execs
TheWrap
CNN International has made several promotions and moves across its TV and digital newsgathering teams. Mike McCarthy is now SVP and general manager. In addition to overseeing programming at CNNI, McCarthy will lead compliance and regulatory issues.

Fox News Channel Unveils Tool for Mobile Viewing
Variety
As news networks prepare for coverage of the mid-term elections, Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network will launch viewing functions that allow viewers to watch the networks on various mobile devices. The two platforms are dubbed FoxNewsGo and FoxBusiness.

MTV Networks, BuzzFeed in Deal to Attract Viewers
Variety
Viacom's VH1 has enlisted BuzzFeed, best known for its shareable list-based articles, to create video segments designed to drive the site's users to the cable network's TV shows. The deal is yet another example of traditional media teaming with a web upstart in a bid to expand reach.

BET Hires Facebook Veteran as Chief Digital Officer
Variety
Viacom's BET Networks has tapped Kay Madati, previously head of entertainment and media on Facebook’s global marketing solutions team, to be its chief digital officer. Madati's duties include leading BET's teams responsible for all aspects of digital, social and mobile strategy.

Dish Network Chief Mulling Acquisition of T-Mobile
Bloomberg
Dish Network's Charlie Ergen is said to have contacted Deutsche Telekom to say he is interested in a future acquisition of its T-Mobile unit. Ergen is seeking a wireless network to help expand his TV distribution business beyond satellite as more video is delivered over the Internet.

DirecTV, Raycom Agree to Restore 43 TV Stations
Multichannel News
DirecTV and Raycom Media have resolved their six-day retransmission consent spat, just in time for Sunday's afternoon slate of National Football League games. Raycom went dark to DirecTV customers in 37 markets on Sept. 1, with the two sides at loggerheads mainly over price.

NBC Thursday Night NFL Rating Bodes Well for CBS
Bloomberg
NBC led all other TV networks in prime time with the National Football League's first regular season game, suggesting CBS will also do well with its $275 million Thursday NFL coverage. Live sports, and football in particular, continue to draw large audiences and advertising revenue.

Clear Channel Laboring Under $20.7 Billion of Debt
MediaPost
Clear Channel is juggling financial obligations with yet another debt offering, which will be used to pay off debts coming due in the near term. Most of the debt was assumed in the deal to take the company private, engineered by Bain Capital and Thomas H. Lee Partners in 2008.

Fusion Names Vice Veteran as Director of Innovation
New York Times
Fusion, the joint online and TV venture between Univision and Disney-ABC Television, is expected to announce that it has hired Tim Pool, a digital journalist known for his use of cutting-edge reporting technologies, as senior correspondent and director of media innovation.

Fox's 'Simpsons' in Deal with Chinese Video Website
Hollywood Reporter
"The Simpsons" have arrived in China in what the show's producer calls its "first official China-based home" via a new licensing agreement. Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution and Sohu.com's Sohu Video have announced a deal for the animated hit show.

Oprah Kicks Off US Tour of 'Oprah's Life You Want'
Associated Press
Oprah Winfrey and a team of guests have begun an eight-city U.S. tour of "Oprah's The Life You Want Weekend." Winfrey teared up at the first stop in Atlanta, as she thanked the audience for trusting that the inspirational event was "worthy of spending your hard-earned money."

NBC's 'Meredith Vieira Show' to Debut in Daytime TV
Associated Press
Meredith Vieira addressed the audience before cameras were turned on at a recent taping of her new syndicated daytime talker, "The Meredith Vieira Show," which debuts Monday. She had a mock confession to make: "It's scary starting a new show. I've been doing a lot of drinking."

Report: TV Is for Old People, Internet Is for the Young
Washington Post
TV is increasingly for the old, and the Internet is for the young, according to research by Michael Nathanson of Moffett Nathanson Research. The median age of a broadcast or cable TV viewer during the 2013-14 season was 44.4 years old, a 6% increase from four years earlier.

CBS' Showtime Could Offer Online-Only Subscription
Forbes
CBS COO Joseph Ianniello dropped a potential bombshell when he pointed out that nothing in Showtime's contracts with pay-TV providers prevents it from offering the channel direct-to-consumers. In other words, Showtime could offer a standalone online service.

Fox to Serve Up 101 NFL Games Online This Season
Variety
Fox Sports will stream 101 live NFL games during the 2014-15 season on the web, the first time a broadcaster is making regular-season games available streamed over the Internet. However, fans must subscribe to a participating cable or telco TV provider to access the service.

ESPN Boss: Cable Should Offer Smaller TV Bundles
Bloomberg
ESPN president John Skipper said pay-TV companies should offer smaller packages of channels to consumers who don't already get cable or satellite services. People who sign up for those smaller packages may trade up to higher-priced offerings, he added.

Discovery, AMC, CBS Execs Bullish on TV Ad Outlook
Hollywood Reporter
Top industry execs said that despite a weaker-than-expected upfront TV advertising market this year, they remain bullish on the outlook for TV ad trends. While some observers have wondered if digital media have started to affect TV, they shrug off such suggestions.

Tribune Media Prepares to List on Major Stock Exchange
Chicago Tribune
Tribune Media is in the process of completing and filing documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission in preparation for listing its stock on a major exchange. CEO Peter Liguori said listing the company's stock on a major exchange will come "sooner than later."

E! 'Fashion Police' Future Uncertain After Rivers' Death
Associated Press
The E! network said no decisions have been made about the future of "Fashion Police" in the wake of Joan Rivers' death. The network said it will "respond at a later date with further programming updates." Rivers' daughter, Melissa Rivers, is its executive producer.

NBC Developing Live Weekly Comedy Series from Hayes
Deadline
NBC has put in development "Hospitality," a multi-camera comedy, which would air live every week, including live commercials during the breaks. The project hails from writer Chris Moynihan, Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner's Hazy Mills Productions and Universal TV.

Fox Aims to Break New Ground with Unscripted 'Utopia'
Associated Press
Anything might be possible in "Utopia." Whether the masterminds behind the new Fox unscripted society-building series are ensuring participants can legally hunt, readying for wildfires or accounting for a cast member's impending pregnancy, they're seemingly prepared.

Comcast, NASCAR in 10-Year Deal for Xfinity Series
SportsBusiness Journal
Comcast and NASCAR have entered a 10-year deal to create the Xfinity Series. The deal is said to be valued at $200 million. The announcement follows several months of talks. Said Comcast exec Peter Intermaggio: "One of the things that is especially important to us is live sports."

Fox to Announce Deal with Mobile Video App Burst
New York Times
Fox Sports Regional Networks will announce that it has signed a multiyear licensing agreement with Burst, an app created to help parents make and share videos. Fox will use Burst to distribute mobile video with the goal of attracting online viewers to its TV programs.

Tribune Media Unit Acquires Film-TV Database Baseline
Chicago Tribune
Tribune Media's Gracenote has acquired film and TV information website Baseline for $50 million. The addition expands Gracenote's entertainment data portfolio with information about 300,000 movies and TV projects, background on 1.5 million industry professionals and more.

NBCUniversal Gay Group Selected for St Pat's Parade
Associated Press
A decision by organizers of New York City's St. Patrick's Day Parade to allow one gay organization to march is a disappointment, several advocates said. The parade committee chose OUT@NBCUniversal, an LGBT group at the company that broadcasts the parade.

ABC 'GMA' Anchor Roberts Opens Production Firm
Variety
Robin Roberts will serve as president of Rock'n Robin Productions, an independent company that will create original broadcast and digital programming for ABC and other networks. The firm will create informational shows, documentaries, reality series and more.

NBC 'Meet The Press' Adds Russert Son as Panelist
New York Post
NBC is bringing in Luke Russert, son of the late beloved "Meet the Press" host Tim Russert, as a regular panelist on the Sunday morning show in a bid to turn around its ratings slide. Also joining new moderator Chuck Todd's team will be "Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough.

ABC 'The View' Confirms Perez, Wallace as Co-Hosts
TV Guide
"The View" has found its new co-hosts. Actress Rosie Perez and political commentator Nicolle Wallace have been selected to join the ABC daytime talk show. "These are powerful and accomplished women from different walks of life. Each brings incredible perspective."

CNN to Debut Ling Documentary Series 'This Is Life'
TheWrap
Lisa Ling is coming to CNN with a new documentary series that sounds a lot like her old one that ended its run on OWN earlier this year. "This Is Life" follows the former “View” co-host traveling across the country to introduce viewers to sub-cultures and unusual communities.

A&E 'Duck Dynasty' Dad on ISIS: 'Convert or Kill' Them
Daily News
"Duck Dynasty's" outspoken patriarch Phil Robertson has a plan for how to deal with the Islamic State terrorists. "Either convert them or kill them," the minister said during an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity. The A&E reality TV star brought a Bible with him to the interview.

ABC Sitcom Star Vergara Is Highest-Paid TV Actress
New York Post
"Modern Family" star Sofía Vergara has topped Forbes' list of highest-earning TV actresses, reeling in a whopping $37 million in the past year. Vergara, who earns $325,000 per episode on her hit ABC sitcom, also reels in big dollars by endorsing several well-known brands.

NBC Sports Takes Stake in Fantasy Startup FanDuel
Variety
Fantasy-sports startup FanDuel has closed $70 million in financing from investors including NBC Sports Ventures. The latest investment round was led by Shamrock Capital Advisors, with NBC Sports and KKR participating. Existing investors include Comcast Ventures.

Turner Pursuing Sony Exec for Programming Post
New York Post
Turner Broadcasting is looking to capture some "Breaking Bad" magic. The company is said to be pursuing Sony Pictures TV exec Zack Van Amburg, whose credits include "Breaking Bad" for AMC and "Justified" for FX. However, Van Amburg just signed a new contract in April.

Clear Channel Exec Jumps to Online Firm Undertone
Wall Street Journal
Online ad firm Undertone has named Greg Glenday as chief revenue officer. Glenday spent the past 18 years at Clear Channel, the radio and out-of-home media powerhouse. He is joining Undertone at a moment when the company is trying to expand its profile.

CNN: Piers Morgan Departs After Declining Contract
Bloomberg
Piers Morgan left CNN after almost four years, parting ways with the cable-news network following the demise of his talk show months ago. "I was offered a new two-year deal by Jeff Zucker to host 40 big interview specials," he said on Twitter. "I decided not to accept it."

Comedy Central's Jon Stewart Bio Reveals 'Bad Jon'
Daily News
Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," who was shut out of an earlier potential gig on CBS's "Late Night," is "anything but warm and fuzzy," a staffer is quoted as saying in Lisa Rogak's new book, "Angry Optimist: The Life and Times of Jon Stewart."

FXX Network Enjoys Boost from 'Simpsons' Marathon
New York Times
A quarter-century ago, "The Simpsons" put the fledgling Fox network on the map as the fourth broadcast network. Now, after a much-promoted marathon of all 552 episodes, the animated comedy has repeated that feat, lifting the year-old FXX to the top ranks of the 105 cable networks.

Survey: Watching TV Most Favored Leisure Activity
Daily Mail
More than a third of Americans will watch TV between 8 and 9 p.m. today, while only 8% of the country will spend the same hour doing household chores. That is according to an hourly breakdown of the U.S. government's American Time Use Survey produced by e-commerce firm Retale.

DirecTV Blacks Out Raycom TV Stations in Dispute
Deadline
More than 50 local stations owned by Raycom Media went dark on DirecTV after the two sides failed to reach a new carriage agreement. The companies also engaged in contentious negotiations three years ago before reaching a deal. Negotiations continue, Raycom said.

BBC to Name Financial Times Veteran Chairwoman
BBC News
Rona Fairhead, former head of the Financial Times Group, is poised to become the new chairwoman of the BBC Trust. Fairhead is the preferred candidate to replace Lord Patten, who quit in May. Fairhead would be the first woman to chair the trust, which oversees the BBC.

Turner Shake-Up Continues with Programmer's Exit
Los Angeles Times
Michael Wright, programming president for Turner Broadcasting's TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies, is said to be stepping down. Wright is the second high-ranking Turner programming exec to leave this year. He is seen as a key member of the team that put TNT and TBS on the map.

CNN Online Reporter Posts YouTube Video of Layoff
Variety
CNN.com reporter Lisa Dejardins posted an online video of her final sign off from the news network as she prepared to leave after being laid off. "A lot of folks are worried" about their jobs, she said. Her departure was part of a restructuring of CNN's Washington bureau.

MSNBC Host Wagner, Chef Invite Obama to Wedding
Associated Press
President Obama and family on Saturday attended the wedding of chef Sam Kass and MSNBC host Alex Wagner, who tied the knot at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, a farm-to-table restaurant in Pocantico Hills, just north of New York City. Obama and Kass have a close relationship.

NBC: Clinton Daughter Says Goodbye to News Job
Daily News
Chelsea Clinton is saying goodbye to her NBC News gig — and $600,000 paycheck. The 34-year-old mom-to-be said she is giving up her special correspondent gig "to continue focusing" on the Clinton Foundation and as "Marc and I look forward to welcoming our first child."

ABC 'World News' Anchor Muir Won't Be Deskbound
Associated Press
Among the stories David Muir will introduce during his first week as ABC's "World News" anchor is one he reported about Syrian refugees missing out on education. "A huge part of this for me was a promise that I was not going to be tethered to the anchor desk," he said.

Vice Media Set to Get a Cable Channel in A&E Deal
Re/code
Vice Media's deal to sell a 10% stake to A&E should mean that the company, best known for its Internet video success, will get its hands on a cable channel it can brand and program. Also, Vice is said to be near a deal to sell another stake to Technology Crossover Ventures.

TheBlaze: Deny Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger
Philadelphia Inquirer
Glenn Beck said the U.S. government should reject Comcast's proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable because the two companies won't distribute his cable-TV channel, TheBlaze. The two cable giants are denying access to differing viewpoints, the former Fox News host claims.

ESPN Blamed for NFL's Lack of Interest in Gay Player
NBC Sports
Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted in the NFL, has been cut by the Rams and passed over by all other teams. So is Sam being avoided because he's gay? According to one player, the teams are avoiding Sam because they don't want the ESPN hype. "Blame that on ESPN."

HBO's Oliver Becomes 'Must-Share TV' Internet Star
New Yorker
John Oliver, host of HBO's "Last Week Tonight," is currently more of an Internet star than a traditional TV one, as he has noted of himself. But while the distinction might not matter to his fans, it might matter to HBO, whose business model is based on paying customers.

CBS Renews Affiliation Deal for Lin Media TV Stations
Bloomberg
CBS has agreed to renew affiliation deals for 12 stations owned by Lin Media, helping the local-TV chain cement the terms of its takeover by Media General. Earlier this month, Media General cut the price it is paying to buy Lin after CBS broke off ties with another Lin station.

Gannett Names VP to Reinvent Local News at Stations
B&C
Ellen Crooke, WXIA-Atlanta news director, has been named VP of news at Gannett Broadcasting. She joins Michael Valentine in heading up news for Gannett's 46 stations. "No group of broadcasters is more committed to shaping the future of local news than Gannett."

ABC Names Boss at 'The View' Ahead of New Season
Associated Press
ABC has named Bill Wolff as the new executive producer of "The View," which begins a new season on Sept. 15. Wolff replaces Bill Geddie, who decided not to stay when ABC said Wolff would be brought in alongside him. More panelists are expected to be named for the show.

CNN Poised to Be Surpassed by BBC in Online News
The Drum
The BBC's global audience has grown to 73.4 million unique browsers, taking the British broadcaster to just 200,000 behind CNN, the leader for online news visits. Research by comScore found that the BBC's global audience has grown by 30% since 2012.

Time Warner Cable Internet Disruption Sparks Inquiry
Bloomberg
Time Warner Cable's nationwide Internet service disruption on Wednesday has increased the scrutiny of its planned merger with Comcast. Governor Andrew Cuomo said he has directed the New York State Department of Public Service to investigate the outage as part of its merger review.

ESPN Pays Four Times the Rate of Broadcast Networks
Businessweek
The NFL's contracts with three of the big four U.S. TV networks — CBS, Fox, NBC — and with cable channel ESPN are all slightly different. ESPN spends far more than the others, paying twice the cost for half the audience, effectively four times what the broadcast networks pay.

Spike 'Cops' Crew Member Killed in Police Shooting
CNN Money
A crew member working on a taping of "Cops" was inadvertently shot and killed by a police officer during a robbery in Omaha. Bryce Dion, an audio technician, is believed to be the first member of the "Cops" production staff killed in the 25-year history of the TV show.

BET Suspends Producer After Joke About Blue Ivy
Associated Press
BET has suspended a producer after a joke about Beyonce and Jay Z's daughter that aired on the network's music video countdown show, "106 & Park." The producer reportedly was suspended after a remark about 2-year-old Blue Ivy's hair. A BET exec later apologized on Twitter.

Warner Bros Opens 'Friends' Central Perk Coffee Shop
EW
Warner Bros. and Eight O'Clock Coffee have teamed up to re-create the "Friends" Central Perk coffeehouse at a pop-up location in downtown Manhattan this September, as the sitcom marks its 20th anniversary. Fans will be able to take photos on the actual couch from the show.

HBO 'Sopranos' Creator Responds to Viral Tony Story
Variety
The creator of "Sopranos" has responded to the story on Vox that went viral as it claimed David Chase revealed that Tony Soprano had lived at the end of the HBO drama. "A journalist for Vox misconstrued what David said in their interview. 'Tony Soprano is not dead' is inaccurate."

OWN's YouTube Partnership Pays Off with Web Series
Hollywood Reporter
The Oprah Winfrey Network has been working out of YouTube Space LA for more than six months to experiment with digital formats and online talent. The result of that partnership is a growing slate of digital programming. The web series "Who Am I" debuts today.

ABC News' Sawyer Goes Out on Ratings High Note
Hollywood Reporter
ABC News' hot summer continued with last week's coverage of the unrest in Ferguson, Mo. Topping its NBC competition for the seventh time in the last eight weeks among adults 25-54, "World News'" victory also marked the last full week at the anchor desk for the exiting Diane Sawyer.

NBC, ABC 'News Sorority' Eyed in Gossipy New Book
Daily Beast
For Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer and Christiane Amanpour, the moment of truth is about to arrive — or at least a book-length facsimile thereof. News execs and network publicists have been poring over galleys of "The News Sorority," journalist Sheila Weller's gossipy new book.

SiriusXM Opens Channel for Turner's Bleacher Report
TheWrap
Forget a daily sports talk show, Turner Broadcasting's Bleacher Report is getting its own channel on SiriusXM. The two media companies have announced the upcoming launch of "SiriusXM Bleacher Report Radio," a new satellite radio channel debuting Sept. 2.

Clear Channel Outdoor President Out After 20 Months
New York Post
Former Conde Nast exec Suzanne Grimes is out as president and COO of Clear Channel Outdoor Americas after just 20 months. Grimes, who had jumped to the outdoor job after a long career in magazine publishing, was lured by Clear Channel CEO Bob Pittman in December 2012.

Turner Broadcasting Offers Buyouts Ahead of Layoffs
CNNMoney
Seeking to reduce costs at channels like TNT, TBS, Adult Swim and CNN, Turner Broadcasting has announced a voluntary buyout program for about 6% of its U.S.-based employees. The effort is expected to eventually involve layoffs and other cost-cutting measures.

ABC News Making Changes at Two Top Broadcasts
Associated Press
ABC News has made leadership changes behind the scenes at its top two broadcasts. Tom Cibrowski, the top exec behind "Good Morning America," will become a top deputy to news president James Goldston; Michael Corn will replace Cibrowski as senior executive producer at "GMA."

NBC News Chief's Remark Infuriates Execs, Talent
New York Post
Page Six: "NBC News president Deborah Turness had to apologize after infuriating top execs and talent by announcing the network news organization had been asleep for 15 years. Turness dropped the tactless clanger in a New York Times interview on Sunday."

ESPN Reports Gay Football Player's Showering Habits
Daily News
ESPN reporter Josina Anderson was asked on air about how openly gay Michael Sam was fitting in with his Rams teammates. Anderson, however, explained little about Sam's ability to fit in and a lot about his showering habits, stirring heavy criticism on social media.

DirecTV, NFL Nearing New Billion-Dollar Rights Deal
SportsBusiness Journal
The NFL is said to be on the verge of a deal with DirecTV for its Sunday Ticket package that will see its average annual rights fee increase to between $1.3 billion and $1.4 billion over the next decade. The new Sunday Ticket deal will allow authenticated users to stream the games.

NBC Emmys TV Audience Drops with Monday Switch
Reuters
After moving up a month and switching to a weekday evening, Monday's Emmy Awards, hosted by Seth Meyers, attracted 15.6 million viewers, a drop from last year's Sunday night show. The 2013 broadcast, which took place in September on CBS, drew 17.6 million viewers.

MTV Video Music Awards Ratings Down With No Miley
Associated Press
Without Miley Cyrus's twerking to get tongues wagging, ratings for MTV's Video Music Awards took a tumble. The show reached 8.3 million viewers Sunday — down from the 10.1 million who saw last year's. The VMAs live or die depending on whether they create a pop culture moment.

Warner Bros Mulls 'Full House' Revival with Stamos
TV Guide
Could a "Full House" return be in the works? The sitcom, which aired on ABC from 1987 to 1995, is still a ratings juggernaut via repeats on Nick at Nite. Warner Bros. TV is mulling a new take on "Full House," with some of the original cast. Leading the charge is John Stamos.

Oprah to Play Brothel Madam in New Lee Daniels Film
ET
Oprah Winfrey has plans to return to the big screen. Winfrey will portray Richard Pryor's grandmother, Marie Carter, in Lee Daniels's new biopic on the comedian. Pryor grew up in a house of ill repute run by his grandmother. Oprah hinted of her involvement in the film on Instagram.

Clear Channel Expands Long-Term Deal with Lopez
MediaPost
Clear Channel and entertainment personality Mario Lopez announced that they have expanded their long-term partnership, with a number of new high-profile projects and appearances. Among other duties, Lopez will work with Clear Channel on the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival.

Tribune Media Names Digital Leader for New Strategy
Re/code
Tribune Media has brought in a new digital leader: John Batter, who has been running streaming video service M-Go, is in. Shashi Seth, the former Yahoo exec who has been running Tribune Digital Ventures since May 2013, is out. The move indicates a shift in Tribune's digital strategy.

ABC 'Modern Family,' AMC 'Breaking Bad' Top Emmys
Forbes
Despite talk of 2014 being the year the Internet was going to leave a mark at the Emmy Awards, Netflix was pretty much shut out. Both "Orange is the New Black" and "House of Cards" took back seats to traditional broadcast and cable fare like "Modern Family" and "Breaking Bad."

Fox News Hits Ratings Highs as MSNBC Sputters
Variety
A busy week in news was a good one for Fox News Channel, which logged its second highest-rated frame of the year, but a weak one for MSNBC, which found itself deep in third place. Tune-in was above average across the news board due to coverage of the protests in Ferguson, Mo.

CNN Gay Anchor Quest Recommends Coming Out
Talking Biz News
In the two months since CNN anchor Richard Quest confirmed to viewers that he is gay, his work as a business reporter has improved, he told a group of LGBT media professionals at the annual National Gay and Lesbian Journalist's Association gathering in Chicago.

Charter Blasted for 'Simpsons' Tweet Amid Outages
New York Post
Charter customers blasted the cable company after it tweeted details of a "Simpsons" marathon rather than address an outage across its service area. Subscribers slammed the cable provider on social media for failing to keep up with customer-service calls and ignoring pleas for help.

Clear Channel Chief Heading to Burning Man Festival
New York Post
Bob Pittman is said to be firing up the Falcon 900 jet and heading to the Burning Man festival in the desert this week. The commercial radio kingpin has trekked to Nevada's Black Rock Desert for the better part of a decade to take in the community art and music festival.

CNN's Zucker: News Operation to Do Less with Less
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
CNN chief Jeff Zucker has shared some not so encouraging words with employees, many of whom have been fearing jobs cuts. "We are going to do less and have to do it with less." His comments fed concerns among staffers at CNN and other operations of Turner Broadcasting.

CNN, Glenn Beck's The Blaze in Joint-Venture Talks
Wall Street Journal
CNN has looked beyond Vice Media in its quest for a partner to help revamp its struggling sister station, HLN. CNN execs have held talks in recent weeks with reps from Glenn Beck's The Blaze, a 24-hour news and entertainment network, about a potential joint venture to overhaul HLN.

Vice Media Chasing Hard News, Its Edginess Intact
New York Times
Vice Media has become deadly serious about doing real news that people — even young people — will actually watch. "A lot of the way in which news has traditionally been presented was not necessarily of interest to young people. We are just trying to change the world."

Al Jazeera Using Underhanded Maneuver, Gore Says
Variety
Current TV co-founders Al Gore and Joel Hyatt said that Al Jazeera is withholding millions of dollars in an escrow fund from the sale of the TV channel "as a reservoir from which to pull money to buy favor with its distributors." Al Jazeera, they said, used an "underhanded tactic."

NBC News President Aims to Rouse Digital Presence
New York Times
Deborah Turness has plans to remake "Meet the Press" and convinced Matt Lauer to stay on at "Today." The NBC News boss will next take aim at the network's digital presence, indicating that no one at the company should be comfortable with the status quo. "Change isn't easy."

MSNBC Airs Most Initial Coverage of Ferguson Turmoil
Variety
MSNBC spent more time covering the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., than rivals CNN or Fox News Channel in the first week the story broke, according to a new study. Fox News devoted about half the airtime that MSNBC did to the events, the study said.

Sinclair Launches Division for Creating TV Content
Baltimore Business
Sinclair, which owns stations reaching well over one-third of U.S. TV households, said it is launching a division to create entertainment content. "The media landscape is evolving, and controlling distribution as well as the content is even more imperative to remain competitive."

MTV's Video Music Awards Enjoy Record Ad Sales
USA Today
Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards show is said to have attracted unparalleled interest from advertisers, due largely to the telecast's rich and racy history. Thirty-second ad slots are believed to be in the $650,000 to $680,000 range. "The show is the Super Bowl for millennials."

ESPN Launches Score-Tracking App for Smartwatch
Variety
ESPN wants to grab sports fans by the wrist: The cable programmer has unveiled a real-time score app for the Pebble smartwatch. The app can track multiple games and causes the Pebble device to vibrate when it receives game updates and score changes.

Report: TV Dominates World Media Consumption
MediaPost
Worldwide, TV viewing remains the single biggest media activity. On average, 2.58 hours per day are consumed globally, according to GlobalWebIndex's new report of media consumption. The U.S. remains the biggest TV market. Plus, online TV viewing is continuing to rise.

CBS Plays Hardball with Over Station Affiliate Fees
Wall Street Journal
Last week CBS stripped an Indianapolis TV station of its affiliation after a fee dispute. The timing couldn't have been worse: The station's owner, LIN Media, was due to be acquired by Media General in the biggest TV-station merger of the year. Media General cut the price it is paying for LIN.

ESPN, MAC Enter 13-Year Media Rights Agreement
Associated Press
Mid-American Conference Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher said the league's new 13-year media rights agreement with ESPN provides long-term stability to the conference at uncertain time for college athletics. The MAC and ESPN officially announced the new deal this week.

Comcast Eyes College Market with TV via Computer
USA Today
Comcast is expected to announce the official launch and expansion of a service that allows students at seven colleges to watch live TV and video on-demand on their computers and mobile devices via campus Wi-Fi networks. The service won't mean any extra fees, Comcast said.

CBS Expected to Lead as Broadcast Ratings Erode
MediaPost
Broadcast network TV ratings erosion could worsen next year, according to Rino Scanzoni, chief investment officer of WPP's GroupM. One major factor will be where CBS lands. Many are predicting that CBS will return to the top broadcast TV network among key 18-to-49 viewers.

DirecTV, Dish Eye Political Cash with Customized Ads
Los Angeles Times
DirecTV and Dish Network will be looking for a landslide this fall in political dollars. For the first time, satellite broadcasters will be jockeying with other media outlets for a share of political spending that could top $3 billion this year. "We think we've built a better mousetrap."

NFL Asks Music Acts for Pay to Play the Super Bowl
Wall Street Journal
The National Football League doesn't usually pay the act that performs at halftime during the Super Bowl. But in a twist, the league has asked artists under consideration for the 2015 gig to pay to play. The halftime show this year drew a record 115.3 million viewers.

Al Jazeera Rejects Gore Allegations About Current TV
Reuters
Al Jazeera has rejected allegations from Al Gore and Joel Hyatt, the founders of Current TV, saying they were false and potentially misleading. "Rather than indemnifying Al Jazeera, Gore and Hyatt have resorted to a preemptive lawsuit and lawyer-driven public relations maneuvers."

TV Broadcasters Sue Over FCC Auction of Airwaves
Wall Street Journal
The National Association of Broadcasters has filed a lawsuit arguing the Federal Communications Commission's plan to auction off airwaves would hurt TV stations in both their coverage areas and their wallets. Should the NAB win in court, the FCC could be forced to redo its auction rules.

Fox Sports Taps YouTube Space LA for Web Show
Variety
Fox Sports, looking to deepen its reach with younger audiences on social platforms, has partnered with YouTube Space LA to produce a daily web-video series focused on fast-breaking stories that will be shared online. The goal is to produce four to 10 "snarky" videos per day.

NBC News Anchor Williams to Take On New Rivals
Associated Press
Brian Williams, anchor of NBC "Nightly News" for nearly 10 years, faces new competition from both ABC and CBS as they look to end his network's 256-week streak as the top evening newscast. David Muir takes over after Labor Day as anchor of the second-place ABC "World News."

CNN-Connected Firm for Doctors' Offices Eyes Sale
Reuters
AccentHealth, a private company that shows CNN programming hosted by Dr. Sanjay Gupta on TV screens in the waiting rooms of doctors' offices, is said to be exploring a sale. The company pays a licensing fee to Time Warner's Turner Private Networks to carry the segments.

CBS Seeks $500,000+ for Ads in 'Thursday' Football
Variety
CBS is seeking more than half a million dollars for a 30-second spot in its coming "Thursday Night Football" broadcasts, which will be simulcast on cable’s the NFL Network — the latest signal that TV networks believe live football gives them a greater advantage.

NBC 'Saturday Night Live' Announcer Pardo Dies at 96
NBC News
Don Pardo, the legendary announcer and iconic voice for NBC's sketch comedy show "Saturday Night Live," has died at the age of 96. Pardo began his career at NBC in 1944, working on shows from "Jeopardy!" to "NBC Nightly News." He retired in 2004 but continued at "SNL."

CNN's Tapper Hit with Tear Gas in Ferguson Protest
Mediaite
Chaos unfolded yet again during the protests in Ferguson, Mo. The turmoil was captured live on CNN as stun grenades and tear gas flew towards Jake Tapper, Don Lemon and their CNN crew. Tapper put on a gas mask and Lemon secured a bulletproof vest while describing the scene.

MTV Chief Toffler Talks Miley, FCC, Diddy's Revolt
Billboard
MTV's Video Music Awards will celebrate its 30th anniversary this Sunday. But the cable network has no plans to honor the milestone. "The VMAs are about what's current," said boss Van Toffler. "We listen to our audience every day. And we reinvent every three to five years."

NBC Enlists Magazines to Hawk Show on Fake Covers
Variety
Nearly a dozen top U.S. magazines will put James Spader, star of NBC's "The Blacklist," on their covers, as part of an advertising campaign to promote the show's new season. Participating magazines include Playboy, Wired, New York, Time, The New Yorker and Rolling Stone.

Disney to Sell Radio Stations, Cut Staff in Digital Move
Los Angeles Times
Disney plans to sell 23 radio stations and will begin distributing much of its Radio Disney content digitally, the company said. As a result of the expected sales, Radio Disney, which targets children and families, will lay off about 200 people. A buyer for the stations has not been identified.

Viacom Invigorates MTV Amid Rivalry with Vice Media
TheStreet
Viacom's handling of MTV has been successful, but competition is hot on its heels. Vice Media CEO Shane Smith has made it known that he wants to transform his company into "the next MTV." In response, MTV said: "MTV is the MTV of this generation, and it continues to regenerate."

CBS Eyes Future in Digital Video Channels Like Netflix
Capital New York
CBS plans to produce original shows for digital video channels, according to CEO Les Moonves. "Shortly you will hear about us being in business with some of the SVODs with programs." Digital outlets like Netflix and Amazon have become enormous revenue streams for CBS.

HBO Stock Proposal Floated to Help Boost Time Warner
Investor's Business Daily
Time Warner should consider a tracking stock for HBO as a way to bolster shareholder value, said Janney Capital Markets analyst Tony Wible. Management needs to mull alternatives after rejecting Fox's takeover bid. The move would "force TWX to be valued on a sum of parts."

Clear Channel's iHeartRadio Unveils NBC Show Pilot
CNET
IHeartRadio has added a bigger dash of visual to its audio, as NBC premiered the pilot of new show "A to Z" on the digital-music platform weeks before the network plans to put it on the airwaves. The first episode was available on digital properties owned by Clear Channel.

Hearst-Burnett TV Production Firm Seeks to Sell Stake
Wall Street Journal
"Survivor" producer Mark Burnett is said to be looking to sell a stake in One Three Media, the TV production firm he co-owns with Hearst. Burnett reportedly has met with potential investors, including NBCUniversal. The talks come amid consolidation in reality TV production.

Tribune, Ferguson Near Deal for Syndicated Talk Show
Variety
Craig Ferguson is in final negotiations with Tribune Media to host a daily syndicated talk show that would air in the 7 p.m. hour across the company's 42 TV stations. The show is targeted to bow in fall 2015. Ferguson will step down from CBS' "Late Late Show" in December.

Al Jazeera America Sued by Gore for Unpaid Millions
Associated Press
Former U.S. VP Al Gore has sued Al Jazeera America, claiming the news network withheld tens of millions of dollars that it owed for buying Current TV from him and other shareholders for $500 million last year. AJA "wants to give itself a discount on the purchase price."

MTV Former CEO McGrath Joins Board of Amazon
Multichannel News
Amazon has named former MTV Networks chairman and CEO Judy McGrath to its board of directors, a move that could help boost the online retailer's Internet video offerings. McGrath was one of the architects of the youth-oriented network, joining MTV in 1981 as a copywriter.

NBC's 'Meredith Vieira Show' Set for September Debut
Hollywood Reporter
The budget for "The Meredith Vieira Show," which will debut Sept. 8, is said to be close to $35 million not including the host's talent fee, which industry insiders put at $5 million. The syndicated show is more expensive than the average daytime talker, which costs about $20 million.

AMC Networks Said in Talks for Stake in BBC America
Bloomberg
AMC Networks is said to be in talks to acquire almost 50% of BBC America, the U.S. channel of BBC Worldwide. The Dolan family-controlled cable programmer is believed to be interested in a partnership that lets BBC America use AMC's advertising sales and distribution network.

Scripps, Journal Merging Broadcast, Spinning Off Print
Associated Press
Journal Communications and E.W. Scripps have an agreement to merge broadcasting operations while spinning off newspaper holdings into a separate public entity. Journal broadcast assets will be folded into Scripps, creating the fifth-largest independent TV-station group in the country.

Cumulus Acquires CNN News Content for Radio Stations
New York Post
Cumulus has entered a deal with CNN Newsource that will provide its radio stations with content from the global news network. "The emphasis is more on shorter stories, less hard news," said Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey. Many stories are driven by "what's happening on social media."

Vice News: We're One of the World's Biggest Newscasts
Beet.TV
Five months after its launch, Vice News on YouTube is "one of the biggest newscasts in America and possibly the world," said sales SVP Brian Dietz. The network has over 650,000 YouTube subscribers and has had 70 million views of its videos. Its success "has been surprising."

Disney-ABC's 'Katie' Ends as Couric Aggregates News
USA Today
Katie Couric is wrapping up her talk show as she moves on to Yahoo News. Look for hugs and confetti and on Wednesday's "farewell" episode of "Katie." Couric is urging fans to sign up for her "FYI" newsletter. "It's the stories I'm reading every morning. Just call me 'Katie Curator'!"

ESPN Suspends Host After Domestic Abuse Remarks
CNN Money
ESPN has announced a one-week suspension for one of its most controversial commentators, Stephen A. Smith, in the wake of his widely-criticized remarks about domestic abuse that referred to possible "provocation" by victims. The move came a day after he apologized.

CNN Overtakes MSNBC In July as Ratings Take a Hit
Hollywood Reporter
The cable news ratings seesaw for No. 2 has been in MSNBC's favor for some time, but not in July. CNN reclaimed runner-up status to Fox News Channel for the month by most key measures. Most disconcerting for MSNBC might be its total day average among adults 25 to 54.

CBS Shifts TV Schedule to Boost Ratings for 'Extant'
Associated Press
"Extant" is getting a kick-start from CBS to try to improve its ratings less than a month into its run. Starting Wednesday, the network is moving the drama starring Halle Berry back an hour, to 10 p.m. ET, so that it follows "Criminal Minds," which is seen as a more compatible lead-in.

Fox's 'Simpsons' to Feature Elon Musk as Guest Star
Bloomberg
Elon Musk, the billionaire entrepreneur who runs Tesla Motors, will take on miserly power plant owner Montgomery Burns in a future episode of 'The Simpsons." Musk will portray himself in an episode in which he battles the wealthy nuclear plant operator Burns in Fox's hit animated series.

NBC's 'Talent' Viewers Can Go Online to Save Acts
Broadcasting & Cable
NBCUniversal and sponsor Snapple have created a new feature for "America's Got Talent" that lets viewers save their favorite acts online. Beginning Wednesday, viewers can prevent an act from being eliminated from the show in real time by typing "Snapple Save" on Google.

Time Warner Cable Bashed by FCC Over Dodgers TV
Los Angeles Times
The Federal Communications is not happy with Time Warner Cable about the Dodgers TV situation. In a blistering letter to TWC CEO Rob Marcus, FCC chief Tom Wheeler criticized the company for its inability to reach agreements with area pay-TV distributors for SportsNet LA.

NBCUniversal's E! Head Faces the Axe as Ratings Fall
NikkiFinke
Nikki Finke: "I've learned that E! president Suzanne Kolb is getting the boot in early fall after three years in the job. E!'s ratings overall were down 20% in 2013. And in 2014 they're down another 20%. 'Her bosses are aware of the situation and know they have to make a change.' "

Fox Pulls Ads from Entercom Stations After Comment
Boston Globe
Boston WEEI sports radio host Kirk Minihane has been suspended without pay for a week for "boorish" comments he made about Fox Sports reporter Erin Andrews. His suspension came after Fox Sports said it was pulling all advertising from WEEI owner Entercom's 100+ stations nationwide.

ESPN Host Apologizes for Domestic Violence Remark
Daily News
With a weekend to think about his remarks about domestic violence, Stephen A. Smith appeared on ESPN's "First Take" Monday morning and offered an apology for his comments on the issue made on Friday. "I made what can only amount to the most egregious error of my career."

Fox Sports, Sporting News Enter Digital Partnership
Variety
Fox Sports Digital and Sporting News Media plan to share content and traffic across their top sports properties, including FoxSports.com, SportingNews.com and Goal.com. The partnership's reach is expected to be a minimum of 55 million digital sports fans in the U.S. every month.

Time Warner Cable Seeks to End Dodger TV Standoff
Los Angeles Times
Time Warner Cable is willing to let an arbitrator determine a fair price for SportsNet LA in the hopes of resolving its dispute with DirecTV and other pay-TV providers over distribution of the Dodger-owned channel. "Given the current circumstance, we are willing to agree to arbitration."

C-SPAN Preps Move Behind the Cable-TV Paywall
Quartz
C-SPAN will soon require a pay-TV subscription to watch its flagship channels on the Internet. The nonprofit network, created by the cable industry 35 years ago, is currently available for free online. "Technology was giving an easy end-around to our core business model."

Sirius XM Sees Profit Fall Despite Subscriber Gain
Wall Street Journal
Sirius XM's second-quarter profit fell 4.4%, as higher operating expenses offset a notable gain in revenue and net subscribers. The satellite radio provider had a record 26.3 million total paid subscribers at the end of the period, 5% higher than at the same point a year earlier.

Al Jazeera America Viewing Surges on Gaza Coverage
Baltimore Sun
The audience for Al Jazeera America has jumped 30% overall the last two weeks during the Gaza conflict, the news channel said. In prime time, it's up 40%, compared to the month before. That's big news for U.S. Al Jazeera, which has struggled in the ratings since its launch a year ago.

ESPN Radio Host Heads to Sirius XM After On-Air Rant
Daily News
Stephen A. Smith is said to be leaving ESPN-98.7 FM to join Sirius XM's "Mad Dog Radio" channel, where he will host his own show. Smith will be joining the uncensored world of satellite radio following his remarks implying that some women should be blamed for domestic violence.

Fox News Anchor Pleads Guilty to Disorderly Conduct
Associated Press
Gregg Jarrett, a Fox News weekend anchor, has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after a May arrest at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport in which a police video showed he struggled with officers. At the time of his arrest, Fox News said Jarrett was dealing with personal issues.

Time Warner Cable Office Evacuated in Envelope Scare
KESQ
The Time Warner Cable office in Palm Springs, Calif., was evacuated after receiving an envelope containing a suspicious powder. The powder turned out to be nothing more than sugar, according to police. Authorities said there was no reason to believe the envelope was sent by accident.

NBCUniversal Former Exec Predicts Media 'Forest Fire'
Fortune
Lauren Zalaznick: "The great media companies today are going to remain the great media companies of the future. But they are going to be joined by the emerging great media companies of today. The great middle is what is going to suffer the most. Every so often there is a forest fire ..."

Sinclair Deal for Allbritton TV Stations Wins Approval
USA Today
U.S. regulators have announced their approval of Sinclair's $985 million purchase of Allbritton TV stations. The stations include seven ABC network affiliates that cover nearly 5% of U.S. TV households and NewsChannel 8, a 24-hour cable and satellite news network in the Washington, D.C., area.

Townsquare Media Radio Station Operator Goes Public
Reuters
Shares of radio station operator Townsquare Media fell some 7% in their market debut, valuing the company at about $172 million. The Greenwich, Conn.-based firm's IPO raised about $91.3 million. Townsquare also operates digital platforms and organizes live events.

Comcast Quietly Steps Up Its Game on Internet Speeds
Wall Street Journal
Comcast has quietly begun extending fiber optic cable all the way to customers' homes in certain parts of its service area, a significant shift that could help it better compete with all-fiber providers like Verizon and Google on Internet speeds. Fiber networks are also easier for upgrades.

CBS Local Media Acquires Digital Media Firm Eventful
Billboard
CBS Local Media has acquired Eventful, a San Diego-based digital media company that provides platforms for live, digital and broadcast events. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Eventful's 55-person staff is expected to be integrated into the CBS Local Media team.

Clear Channel Parent Posts Loss on Higher Expenses
San Antonio Business
CC Media Holdings, parent of media giant Clear Channel, has reported a quarterly loss, which it chalked up to higher expenses for its radio division and a major debt payment. "Our growing digital and events businesses continued their strong momentum," said CEO Bob Pittman.

CBS to Get $16 Million New York Subsidy for Colbert
Bloomberg
CBS is eligible to receive at least $16 million in tax credits and grants from the state of New York for its commitment to keep "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" at the Ed Sullivan Theater in Manhattan. CBS may receive as much as $5 million grant to defray costs to renovate the theater.

NBC 'Meet the Press' Set to Replace Moderator Gregory
New York Post
Page Six: "David Gregory's time is nearly up at 'Meet the Press,' and he could be replaced as moderator of the nation's longest-running TV show soon after the November midterm elections. There are serious concerns about the losing battle to turn around the show's sinking ratings."

Turner CEO Plots Turnaround Plan as TNT Shrinks
New York Post
Turner Broadcasting CEO John Martin might want to move up the timeline for his turnaround plan, called "Turner 2020." While new shows have handed its biggest entertainment network, TNT, some early wins this summer, average year-to-date ratings are down sharply in its target demo.

ABC 'Scandal' Creator Hosts Fundraiser with Obama
Variety
President Obama attended a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at the Los Angeles home of Shonda Rhimes, creator of ABC's "Scandal." Series star Kerry Washington was a special guest. About 450 people attended at ticket levels ranging from $1,000 to $32,400 per person.

Comedy Central Host Stewart Seeks to 'Buy' CNN
Mediaite
Jon Stewart has announced on "The Daily Show" a Kickstarter campaign seeking to raise $10 billion to acquire CNN. The move is a reaction to the news that Rupert Murdoch attempted to buy Time Warner, the news network's owner. The effort includes a website, LetsBuyCNN.com.

Univision Sees Profit Soar From World Cup Soccer
Los Angeles Times
Boosted by the popularity of its soccer telecasts, Univision's second-quarter profit more than doubled compared to the previous year. Owners Haim Saban and a group of private-equity firms have been searching for an exit in their seven-year investment in the Spanish-language media giant.

Clear Channel to Start Targeting Ads on iHeartRadio
Radio Ink
Up until now, Clear Channel stations on iHeartRadio have been inserting local and national commercials. The company has announced that it will work with tech firm AdsWizz to insert more targeted ads on its 840-plus stations. Clear Channel reaches over 245 million monthly listeners.

FXX: 'Simpsons' Marathon, Digital Simpsons Coming
Associated Press
The full 25-year run of "The Simpsons" will arrive on cable channel FXX with a summer marathon, to be followed this fall by a digital extravaganza that could turn other TV shows yellow with envy. A "Simpsons World" website and app will offer on-demand access to all 500-plus episodes.

BSkyB Near Deal to Create Pay-TV Giant in Europe
Sunday Times
BSkyB is said to be finalizing plans to create a European pay-TV giant, bolstering parent company 21st Century Fox's pursuit of Time Warner. The British pay-TV firm is set to seal the takeover of sister companies in Italy and Germany over the next two weeks, producing a financial windfall.

AMC, Discovery Brace for Changes Amid Big Mergers
New York Times
In the current environment, none of the major media giants will likely try to acquire lesser players such as AMC Networks or Crown Media, according to Wall Street advisors. Adding smaller cable network groups would give the big companies no more leverage than they already have.

Comcast, ESPN Reach Deal Over New SEC Network
Associated Press
Comcast has reached a deal with ESPN to carry the new SEC Network. The college sports network dedicated to coverage of the Southeastern Conference launches on Aug. 14. The addition of Comcast means the SEC Network will be available in at least 46 million households nationally.

CBS Eyes Big Gains in $275 Million NFL Rights Deal
Daily News
Despite the $275 million CBS dropped to win the rights to televise the NFL this fall, chief Les Moonves is already seeing dollar signs. "This is a sure thing." To maximize CBS' football promotion, Moonves said CBS viewers will see NFL themes in some of the network's other programming.

CNN Pulls Reporter from Israel After 'Scum' Comment
Associated Press
CNN pulled reporter Diana Magnay out of the Middle East after she referred to a group of Israelis who had allegedly threatened her while reporting on Gaza as "scum" in a tweet. The news network said in a statement that she was referring specifically to those who threatened her.

NBC Sends Reporter Back to Gaza After Sudden Exit
Associated Press
NBC said it was sending Middle East correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin back to the Gaza strip after he left the region for unexplained reasons following his eyewitness report on the killing of four Palestinian boys. The network praised Mohyeldin for his "extraordinary reporting."

ABC Journalist Departs to Join Couric at Yahoo News
New York Times
Bianna Golodryga, a weekend anchor for ABC's "Good Morning America," will join Yahoo News as a news and finance anchor alongside the website's big-name video hire, Katie Couric. The move comes as Yahoo seeks to establish itself as a news organization, amid a spate of prominent hires.

Time Warner Cable in Stalemate Over SportsNet LA
Los Angeles Times
No progress has been made in the standoff between Time Warner Cable, which is distributing the new Los Angeles Dodgers-owned channel SportsNet LA, and local pay-TV providers including DirecTV, Dish, Charter and Cox. "It is unlikely that we are going to get a deal done."

Sinclair Broadcast to Launch College Sports Network
Baltimore Sun
Sinclair Broadcast Group plans to launch a college sports network to air on the TV stations the company owns. The new American Sports Network, or ASN, will show live events, including football, basketball, soccer and other sports, from more than 50 colleges and universities.

CBS Considers Host from Politics for Late-Night Show
Associated Press
CBS plans to take an open approach to replacing Craig Ferguson in late-night, including the possibility of a host from the world of politics. Details of the transition from Ferguson to a yet-to-be-found replacement remain undecided. "We're looking at it through a very different lens."

ABC's 'The View' Drops Behind CBS Rival 'The Talk'
Media Life
Rosie O'Donnell can't get back to "The View" fast enough for ABC. The network's signature daytime program has fallen behind its CBS rival, "The Talk," for the first time ever among women 18-49 and 25-54. The victory comes at a time of turmoil for "The View."

MSNBC's Malaysian Plane Coverage Pranked On Air
Daily News
A Howard Stern fan lied his way onto MSNBC's coverage of the Malaysian plane crash, telling host Krystal Ball by phone that the aircraft was "shot down by a blast of wind" from Howard Stern. The prankster told MSNBC's screener he was calling from the U.S. embassy in Ukraine.

ESPN Networks to Broadcast 'Dota 2' Championships
USA Today
E-sports have caught the attention of ESPN. Valve said it is partnering with the sports media behemoth to broadcast the International Dota 2 Championships. The tournament will be carried live through ESPN3, available through smartphones and tablets and streaming devices.

MTV Announces Award-Show Nominees via Snapchat
The Drum
MTV used Snapchat to reveal the nominees for its Video Music Awards, with stars from the network's shows making cameos in the clips. The nominees include Beyonce, who is up for eight awards. Last year's VMA nominees were announced via Vine videos.

Vice, Fremantle to Launch Online Food Network
TheWrap
Vice Media and Fremantle Media will create a new online hub dedicated to food video programming, articles and events, the two companies said. Vice already produces food-focused digital series. "Today's youth are the driving force behind the food culture explosion."

NBC's Fallon Seizes Social Media for 'Tonight'
Deadline
Jimmy Fallon's social-media team has ramped up the "The Tonight Show's" social-media engagement — positioning NBC's late night for dominance online even before the new host made his debut on Monday night. Fallon has grabbed "all of the Leno social channels."

CBS: TV Networks Could Create Their Own Aereo
Ars Technica
CBS chief Les Moonves said he expects the TV networks to win their copyright fight against TV-over-Internet outfit Aereo. But if they don't, creating their own version of Aereo is an option. "Obviously, the networks collectively could do their own version of Aereo."




 

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