David Zaslav

Media Bureau Sets Comment Period For WBD Waiver Request

The FCC's Media Bureau will consider a petition filed June 14 by Warner Bros. Discovery that seeks regulatory approval for a limited waiver of the Commission’s requirement that covered entities provide a certain amount of audio described programming per calendar quarter.
Jordan Berger, KOMU-8

NBC Affiliate Morning Anchor Reveals Absence Reason

The University of Missouri at Columbia-owned NBC affiliate that has been home to a morning show anchor since becoming a desk assistant in January 2014 has revealed that his absence since May 27 is due to partial facial paralysis linked to a condition known as Bell’s Palsy.

TVB Study Shines A Light On Local TV Station Online Hubs

Local TV stations have spent decades carefully developing their brands which are built on the locality and relevance of their news content. But how do users of local broadcast TV news and local broadcast station websites/apps really feel about them?  It's a question TVB sought to find the answer to.

Gray Promotes Three Linked to Tech/Digital Roles

They've each played a key role in expanding Gray Television's opportunities with new digital technologies including NEXTGEN TV and Generative AI. Starting July 1, these three individuals will take on greater responsibilities at the broadcast TV station ownership group.

FreeWheel Plays Up Programmatic Ahead of Paris Games

On July 26, the Olympic Games Paris 2024 begin. In the U.S., coverage hubs include NBCU's Peacock app. For advertisers, the latter presents new opportunities to connect with consumers, and FreeWheel has responded with an "enhanced product suite" for programmatic transactions on live streaming events.

FOX Inks The Trade Desk For ‘Extensive Advertising Integrations’

Fox Corporation and global advertising technology firm The Trade Desk have expanded their partnership in a way that brings "best-in-class innovation" to advertisers. This, FOX says, can help them reach more consumers and better measure campaign performance to meet their business objectives.

Another Mediocre Month For Broadcast In ‘The Gauge’

As Nielsen sees it, May 2024 will be remembered for "a powerful Convergent TV win" for CBS's Young Sheldon, with 6 billion viewing minutes for the month across broadcast, cable and streaming. But, with the Big Bang Theory spin-off now concluded, what does that portend for broadcast TV?

Management Team Confirmed For Venu Sports

The joint venture between The Walt Disney Co., FOX and Warner Bros. Discovery announced earlier this year that will bring a sports-focused streaming service to life in the coming months has revealed who will serve as members of its founding leadership team, working from both New York and L.A.
Vince Bodiford, pictured at Forecast 2024 in November 2023

NewsNet Parent Gains A LPTV From the Druckers

The build-out of a network of owned-and-operated low-power television stations that will serve as a broadcast home for the NewsNet 24/7 information source has continued, with its parent company agreeing to acquire a LPTV serving the Colorado Springs market. 

WDRB Parent Says CEO Removal Was Fully Legal

The board of directors at Block Communications Inc. says that under Ohio state law, it had every right to make the leadership change, thus nullifying any legal maneuver to undo it. Could this thwart Allan Block's efforts to restore his CEO role, and regain control of his family's company?

‘Max’ Capacity At Spot Cable Comes With Dunkin’ Dip

Promoting an over-the-top app that is bringing viewers away from cable television is the top spot appearing across the cable TV channels tracked by Media Monitors, the latest Spot Ten Cable report shows. The data also show that a competitor to Starbucks is accelerating its Spot Cable activity.
Barbara Kreisman

Admonishments Come From FCC To Two LPTVs

The Commission has handed two LPTV licensees a firm warning for their respective transgressions — and nothing further. The reprimands come just one day after a proposed $20,000 fine was handed to Gray Television for "KidVid" OPIF tardiness.

‘Daily Blast Live’ Sails Into The Sunset

TEGNA has decided to "sunset" Daily Blast LIVE, with the final episode scheduled for September 6. In a statement, a TEGNA spokesperson thanked its "incredibly talented on-air talent and production team" for providing viewers "energetic, humorous and thoughtful debate."
The FCC Seal

TEGNA Seeks VHF-to-UHF Upgrade As Gray Needs More Time

An NBC affiliate serving Boise, Idaho, is seeking FCC approval to upgrade its facility from a VHF channel to a UHF channel. At the same time, the CBS affiliate serving the Augusta, Ga., market is asking for more time to make its already approved shift.
TEGNA President/CEO Dave Lougee

TEGNA Selects Its Q2 Earnings Release Date

The television station ownership group with properties including flagship WUSA9 in Washington, D.C., and NBC affiliates in Portland, Ore.; Buffalo; and Phoenix has revealed when it will release and discuss its second quarter 2024 earnings results.