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CBS Makes Radio News Cuts - 12/3 - The NY Post reports that CBS Radio News is losing a slew of its most seasoned journalists after distributor Westwood One cut its fees. Senior correspondents and executives were offered buy-outs in advance of CBS Radio's imminent spin-out of CBS Corporation, sources said. Among those departing are: Executive Producer Charlie Kaye, with CBS for 34 years; Washington correspondent Barry Bagnato, with the network for 30 years; afternoon anchor Harley Carnes, with CBS for 24 years; and, "CBS World News" anchor Bill Whitney, a 32-year veteran of CBS Radio News. Insiders are expecting more exits in the coming weeks. CBS News vice president, radio Harvey Nagler, who heads the operation, announced in November he would be retiring from the company. His last day is expected to be January 6, according to the Post. Late last month, CBS filed paperwork to complete the spinoff of its radio unit, which is likely to happen in early 2017.....

Kellogg's & Breitbart Wage War - 12/1 - Kellogg's pulls its ads from Breitbart. Now, Breitbart is urging its readers to boycott Kellogg's products. Meanwhile, Breitbart's current advertisers are getting queasy about being caught in the middle of this battle - which will probably end up hurting both Kellogg's and Breitbart. More at cbsnews.com.....

Netflix To Allow Downloads - 11/30 - Netflix will now let you download some shows so you'll be able to watch in places without an internet connection. More at cnet.com.....

More On Neistat's CNN Deal - 11/30 - YouTube superstar Casey Neistat talks about the fear of running his own business, Beme, and why he's selling it to CNN, which will probably shut it down, according to reports. In today's "Dave TV" YouTuber reviews channel.....


AT&T To Launch DirecTV Now - 11/29 - From theverge.com: After months of rumors, AT&T officially unveiled its DirecTV Now internet TV streaming service this afternoon at an event in New York City. The product, which starts at $35 per month, is meant to compete with traditional cable providers and a wave of web TV offerings including Dish’s Sling TV, Sony PlayStation Vue, and upcoming services from Hulu and YouTube. DirecTV Now launches November 30th in the US on iPhone, Android, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, and PC/Mac. Roku compatibility will arrive later this year.....

YouTuber Casey Neistat To CNN - 11/28 - YouTube superstar Casey Neistat does a deal to sell his Beme instant video app to CNN where he'll become an executive producer. I pontificate why this is a great move to both CNN and Casey. More at theverge.com.....


More On Casey Neistat Quitting - 11/24 - More on Casey Neistat's decision to quit daily vlogging, but some of the billion other YouTubers who've posted reaction videos.....


Casey Neistat Ends Daily Vlog - 11/19 - Casey Neistat calls it quits for daily vlogging. Getting out before he gets too stale. Good for him. And much more.....


Bloomberg To End Politics Show - 11/18 - With the election now in the rearview mirror, Bloomberg has decided to terminate its daily politics show "With All Due Respect" hosted by the political journalists John Heilemann and Mark Halperin and refocus its Bloomberg Politics team, according to the New York Times. "In the coming weeks, as Washington transitions from the Obama administration to the incoming Trump administration, our Bloomberg Politics team will transition as well - shifting our focus to the impact of politics and policy on the business and financial world," John Micklethwait, the editor in chief of Bloomberg, and Justin Smith, chief executive of Bloomberg Media, said in a staff memo. "Will All Due Respect," which began in October 2014 and was broadcast on Bloomberg TV at 5 PM and MSNBC at 6 PM, will run daily until December 2, after which there will be four hourlong specials setting up the presidency of Donald Trump. The show will end with coverage of Trump's inauguration on January 20.....

Dallas Loses Rocker KDGE - 11/18 - Dallas loses alt rocker KDGE, with iHeart flipping the station to adult contemporary, which will start in late December after a month of Christmas tunes. More at radioinsight.com.....

Detroit Reporter Resigns After N-Word Controversy - 11/17 - Lauren Podell, a reporter at Detroit's WDIV-TV, has resigned, after community activists accused her of using the n-word off-air while reporting a story six months ago. More at adweek.com.....

Cuts At Univision - 11/17 - Spanish-language media giant Univision plans to lay off almost 6% of its workforce - up to 250 people. Last summer, Univision paid $135 million for the media companies associated with Gawker, the media gossip site that was forced into bankruptcy after a $140 million jury award in the Hulk Hogan sex tape suit. Gawker itself was soon shuttered, but its other websites, including Deadspin, Jezebel, Gizmodo, Lifehacker, Kotaku, and Jalopnik, have remained online. They are being reorganized as the Gizmodo Media Group and will be combined with the Onion, which Univision bought a 40% stake in in January, to form the new core of the network's programming. Univision says the Gizmodo Media Group will not be affected by the layoffs. Most of the layoffs will be at Fusion, the site aimed at multi-cultural millennials, which was launched three years ago in conjunction with ABC News.....

Richest TV Media-Types - 11/17 - The NY Observer has released its annual list New York's richest people, and a number of media people made the list: 1) Sean Hannity, Fox, $29 million; 2) Matt Lauer, NBC, $22 million; 3) Bill O'Reilly, Fox, $18 million; 4) Robin Roberts, ABC, $10-14 million; 5) Megyn Kelly, Fox, $10-12 million; 6) Anderson Cooper, CNN, $11 million; 7) Shepard Smith, Fox, $10 million; 8) George Stephanopoulos, ABC, $8 million; 9) Rachel Maddow, MSNBC, $7 million (tie); 10) David Muir, ABC, $7 million (tie).....

Bill Plante To Retire - 11/14 - Bill Plante, who has covered every presidential race since 1968 and has reported from all corners of the world, won't be around to cover the Trump White House. The legendary reporter is retiring after 52 years with CBS News. More at adweek.com.....

NFL To Shorten Games, Cut Ads - 11/11 - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said that the league was looking at a variety of ways to shorten game broadcasts, including trimming some advertising, to keep the action moving. The league has seen its television ratings plunge this season, something that Goodell has said is related to a number of factors, including the intense interest in the presidential election, as well as shifts in the way fans have been watching games. More at nytimes.com.....

NY Daily News Makes Cuts - 11/11 - From the NY Post: The Ax man cometh at the New York Daily News. Ending weeks of speculation at the troubled tabloid, Editor-in-Chief Arthur Browne revealed that he will be making deep cuts in the editorial staff, first looking for volunteers but then maybe having to turn to a round of layoffs. Sources earlier said that Mort Zuckerman's paper, which reputedly lost $30 million last year, was looking to shave $6 million in costs through a combination of staff cuts and real estate moves.....

Is Neistat's Beme Going Bust? - 11/1 - Is Casey Neistat's Beme business going bust? He never seems to talk about it any more. I am getting sick of abandoned building videos and have started bailing on Dan Bell's stuff. I unsubscribe to Zach & B. Plus I discover CultOfDusty, a lefty who have some cool opinions on pop culture and religion. Plus, the Cheeseburger, er Carpetbagger, has hist first meetup. And a back ache and more YouTube comments.....


NBC To Launch New Boston TVer - 11/1 - From TVNewsCheck: NBC Owned Television Stations Group announces that its newest owned and operated station in Boston set to launch January 1 will air on WBTS, a low-power station NBC just purchased. WBTS operates on channel 46, but it will be available to over-the-air viewers on virtual 8 or 8.2 depending on their location. The station will be available to cable and satellite subscribers primarily on cable channel 10. NBC bought WBTS (fomerly WTMU) from ZGS Communications for $100,000. The new station will be branded as NBC Boston. The moves follows the decision earlier this year by NBC to drop its longtime Boston affiliate, WHDH, owned by Ed Ansin's Sunbeam Television. The news operation is being built atop NECN, NBC's regional cable news service.....

Tegna To Shut NorthWest Cable News - 10/31 - Tegna's cable news channel NWCN, NorthWest Cable News, will shut down January 6. About 20 jobs will be eliminated, including producers, editors, and on-air people. In Seattle, viewers have increasingly turned to digital news outlets, and away from cable. The 24-hour news outlet was launched December 18, 1995 and incorporates "repurposed" news content from four Tegna-owned stations in the northwest, including KING in Seattle, KGW in Portland, KREM in Spokane, and KTVB in Boise.....

Gannett-Tronc Deal Looks Dead - 10/31 - Several banks have reportedly withdrawn their support for Gannett's proposed $1 billion deal to buy tronc, formerly known as Tribune Publishing. More at nypost.com.....

ESPN Loses More Subscribers - 10/30 - "The biggest business story in American sports this fall isn't the declining NFL ratings or anything that's happening on the field, court, or ice, it's the collapse in ESPN subscribers, which reflect a larger trend in the collapse of cable subscribers in general... Nielsen announced its subscriber numbers for November 2016 and those numbers were the worst in the history of ESPN's existence as a cable company - the worldwide leader in sports lost 621,000 cable subscribers. That's the most subscribers ESPN has ever lost in a month according to Nielsen estimates and it represents a terrifying and troubling trend for the company, an acceleration of subscriber loss that represents a doubling of the average losses over the past couple of years, when ESPN has been losing in the neighborhood of 300,000 subscribers a month." So reports outkickthecoverage.com.....

Man Tries To Blow Up Towers - 10/27 - A New Mexico man is arrested for trying to blow up radio and TV towers near Albuquerque claiming that the signals "hurt his head." More at abqjournal.com.....

WLTW & WBEB Top October Radio Ratings - 10/25 - WLTW tops NYC and WBEB leads in Philly. In the October radio ratings. More at Tom Taylor Now.....

Layoffs At Gannett - 10/24 - McLean-based media giant Gannett is expected to lay off 2% of its workforce, or about 350 people, including employees at its headquarters, Gannett President and CEO Bob Dickey said in a company memo Monday. He wrote that the move is required to transform the company into "a leading, next-generation media company" and it's "not easy, and I do not take it lightly." Gannett, which owns USA Today, face challenges that many newspaper owners face - digital revenue and traffic haven't risen fast enough to offset weaknesses in print. Gannett is headquartered at 7950 Jones Branch Drive in Tysons, in a building it currently shares with its former parent, the TV station company now known as Tegna. Gannett is the print division spin-off.....

New Middays Show For WIP - 10/24 - CBS sports talker WIP, 94.1 in Philadelphia, pairs Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie for middays. DeCamara comes from Greater Media sports talker WPEN where he was hosting nights. Ritchie spent seven years in the NFL as a fullback including two with the Philadelphia Eagles.....

Bezos Questions WaPo Paywall - 10/21 - Amazon founder Jeff Bezos isn't sure that paywalls and tiered subscriptions can work for publications like his Washington Post. More at adweek.com.....

AT&T Eyes Times Warner - 10/21 - AT&T is close to a blockbuster $80-plus billion deal to acquire Time Warner, a move that would singlehandedly turn America's most storied telecom company into a content powerhouse and one of the most prominent TV, film, and video-game producers in the world. More at washingtonpost.com.....

NYT Names New Deputy Publisher - 10/20 - The New York Times names Arthur Gregg Sulzberger deputy publisher. He's a member of the fifth generation of the Ochs-Sulzberger family that has controlled the newspaper since 1896. More at nytimes.com.....

Print Advertising Drop Continues For Newspapers - 10/20 - From the Wall Street Journal: Newspapers are suffering an accelerating drop in print advertising, a market that already was under stress, forcing some publishers to consider significant cost cuts and dramatic changes to their print and digital products. Global spending on newspaper print ads is expected to decline 8.7% to $52.6 billion in 2016, according to estimates from GroupM. That would be the biggest drop since the recession, when world-wide spending plummeted 13.7% in 2009. That decline is hitting every major publisher, increasing pressure on them to boost digital-revenue streams even faster to make up for lost revenue and, in some cases, even reconsider the format of their print products and the types of content they publish.....

AMC Could Acquire Bob Johnson's Company - 10/19 - DC media magnate Robert L. Johnson, the pioneering founder of Black Entertainment Television, faces the prospect of giving up control of RLJ Entertainment, a new-media company he started four years ago in Silver Spring. A loan deal announced Monday with AMC Networks, struck in part to help pay down RLJ Entertainment's debts, gives the movie and TV show network an option to take a 50.1% stake in RLJ Entertainment. AMC chief executive Josh Sapan said his company is working with RLJ out of a desire to bring creative content to the online space. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Ratings Up For NPR - 10/19 - Tom Taylor Now tells us that NPR is crowing about large ratings increases. Says NPR head Jarl Mohn: "NPR's increased rating and digital engagement can be attributed to first-rate journalism, riveting story-telling, revamped newsmagazines, live reporting, and better user platforms." Afternoon drive "All Things Considered" hit an all-time weekly audience high of 13.3 million. While, "Morning Edition" is at its second-highest mark of 13.5 million." Mohn says "NPR stations have out-performed many of their commercial news counterparts." Those commercial-sector stations are up 15% in mornings, he says, while NPR is up 26%. In PM drive, commercial stations are up 19% in the top markets, while NPR is up 43%.....

Billy Bush Gone From NBC - 10/18 - Billy Bush is officially out at NBC after more than a week of suspension. The network announced the news on Monday after several days of negotiations over the terms of his departure, less than two weeks after a video from 2005 surfaced in which he and Donald Trump engaged in a vulgar and misogynistic conversation about women. Terms of Bush's departure were not disclosed but he was believed to be walking away with a payout worth millions of dollars. More at nytimes.com.....

Drayton Moves To Mornings At 29 - 10/14 - Thomas Drayton is the new morning co-anchor at Fox-owned Channel 29/WTXF. He was an evening anchor at the station from 2008 until 2013. Drayton will co-anchor alongside Karen Hepp on "Good Day Philadelphia" from 4 AM to 6 AM. Drayton takes the slot last occupied by Chris Murphy who recently moved to KSWB in San Diego.....

FCC Fines Comcast - 10/12 - The Federal Communications Commission has hit the parent company of NBC owned stations, Comcast Corporation, with the largest civil penalty ever given to a cable operator over consumer complaints. The FCC says Comcast will have to pay a $2.3 million fine and implement a five-year compliance plan after the commission looked into complaints the cable giant was charging customers for services they didn't ask for. More at adweek.com.....

NBC Suspends Billy Bush - 10/10 - Billy Bush, a host on NBC's "Today" show, has been suspended from the morning program after received stinging criticism for his role in a jockular sex talk video with GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. According to the New York Times, the NBC executive in charge of "Today," Noah Oppenheim, wrote in a memo to his staff members on Sunday that "we've all been deeply troubled by the revelations of the past 48 hours... Let me be clear - there is simply no excuse for Billy's language and behavior on that tape. NBC has decided to suspend Billy, pending further review of this matter".....

California Cities Weigh Netflix Tax - 10/3 - Some California cities are contemplating a tax on online video services like Netflix. More from ktla.com.....

WLIB For Sale? - 10/3 - From Tom Taylor Now: "From the Rumor Mill. Asking price for New York City’s WLIB/1190 is at least $10 million. Jeff Smulyan disclosed that no matter what happens with the tender of his “E Acquisition Corp.” to take Emmis private, the company intends to sell other assets. Those include all its publications (except home-market “Indianapolis Monthly”), its Terre Haute radio cluster, and New York’s gospel WLIB. Last week this NOW Newsletter speculated that Duke Wright’s Midwest Communications is getting the Terre Haute stations (and will have to spin at least one property as a result). Now comes word that Emmis is looking to get at least $10 million for WLIB. How does that compare to recent AM sales in New York? A year and a half ago Davidzon Radio paid $12.5 million for the Russian-language WSNR Jersey City/620 it had been brokering time on. In 2014, lay-Catholic Starboard Media Foundation paid $10.1 million for WNSW Newark/1430. They say “there’s always a buyer for New York stations,” but we’ll see how the 2016 market looks, in terms of bidders. WLIB has the unusual technical facility of 10,000 watts daytime, but much more - 30,000 watts – at night. That’s the result of previous owner Inner City buying same-channel WOWO Fort Wayne and clipping its nighttime signal, to help ’LIB".....



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