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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.....

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.....

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.....

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.....

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