ACA To FCC: Don’t Mess With Program Access Rules

The American Cable Association (ACA) has urged the FCC to maintain the scope of what it calls "its competition-enhancing program access rules," a move it believes protects the legal rights of small cable operators that seek to distribute TV programming owned by rival pay-TV distributors.
Raul Alarcon

Mega TV Drags On Profits For SBS

Spanish Broadcasting System released its Q2 2017 results following Monday's Closing Bell on Wall Street, and in doing so revealed a fact that could be vexing to Chairman/CEO Raúl Alarcón Jr.: SBS's TV division saw local sales decreases that led to a 24% drop in segment net revenue. If not for its Mega TV operation, SBS would have seen a flat Q2, driven by special events tied to its radio stations.
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A Car Brand Steps Its Up With Spot TV

In last week’s Media Monitors TV Spot Ten report, Progressive and McDonald’s were the big players. What's truly noteworthy, however, is the big surge in activity seen by one major automotive dealer association.

This Wireless Brand Bumps Up Its Local Cable Spots

It's another big week for auto insurance companies, the latest Media Monitors Cable Spot Ten shows. However, there's some interesting activity at the bottom of the chart, and it suggests that wireless services companies are set to bring more dollars to MVPDs.

‘My Black is Beautiful’ Links P&G With NABOB Members

In late July, a multimedia campaign launched by Procter & Gamble Co. attracted the attention of many. The effort, "The Talk," is tied to a campaign designed to start a dialogue about how Black parents should talk with their children about dealing with racial prejudice. It is airing on a significant number of NABOB member stations.

Here’s A Chance To Stop Your Local Dollar Drain

Want to gain some valued intelligence on where your local ad dollars may be flowing to? Save the date now: the Local Online Advertising Conference 2018 just may be the place to learn how to monetize your stations' websites, apps, and video streams.

The End Is Near For WUSF Television

Viewers of the University of South Florida's noncommercial public television station have until Oct. 15 to continue watching the programs the station airs. Come Monday, Oct. 16, there'll be nothing left to see: WUSF-16 in Tampa will be part of the city's past, joining the Tampa Tribune, WLCY and "95YNF" as a new part of Tampa Bay's media past. 

FOX, YouTube Team For Teen Expansion

If you can’t beat ’em, or compete with ’em, partner with ’em. For Fox Networks Group, that means teaming up with Alphabet-owned YouTube as it seeks to grow the brand value of its Teen Choice Awards. FNG and YouTube are set to expand its “Teen Choice 2017” across digital platforms. That sees the launch of Teen Fest 2017.

Scott Levin Ends Retirement, Sets WGRZ Comeback

One of Western New York's more familiar faces is returning to the local TV news scene, in a move that could jolt Nexstar-owned WIVB-4 and The E.W. Scripps Co.'s WKBW-7 just as both stations are seemingly gaining momentum in Buffalo.

TEGNA Takes A Mashable Mainstay For Digital Duties

If you don't think broadcast TV companies are serious about building their digital strategies, look at what TEGNA — the company formerly known as Gannett — just did: the second-ever employee at digital darling Mashable has been tapped as TEGNA's new Chief Digital Officer.

Where Can TV Grow Amid Declining National Ad Sales?

Pivotal Research Group Senior Research Analyst for Advertising Brian Wieser kept the midnight oil burning late Wednesday, as he reviewed the "weak advertising revenue trends for national TV" seen in Q2. He thinks they're down by about 1%. Get used to it, Wieser advises: He says growth for the traditional medium is unlikely to return any time soon. But, there are opportunities for growth, he adds.

A Healthy Dividend, A ‘Harty’ Board Add For Meredith

The board of directors for the owner of 17 broadcast TV stations has declared a healthy regular quarterly dividend payable on Sept. 15 to shareholders of record on Aug. 31. At the same time, the board made a "Harty" appointment.

Tribune Whiffs With Weak Q2 Results

Did Sinclair Broadcast Group go to Chicago Canine Rescue and adopt a dog? That's what some investors might start to ask, given the Q2 results Tribune Media just posted. Yes, the company's net loss was narrower. Yes, Tribune’s Diluted EPS failed to meet analysts' estimates.

Buy CBS Corp. Stock, Says This Financial House

Thinking of investing in a media company's stock? Perhaps the company based at "Black Rock" will provide the extra green you desire. A Wall Street investment house just set a record-setting target price on CBS, and it could reach that level based on historical movement for the company set to divest CBS Radio.

Eyes On The Screen: The Latest Out-Of-Home Viewing Metrics

Walk into nearly any bar, gym, airport or office these days and you’re likely not only to find a TV, but also viewers of all sorts with their eyes glued to the glass. These consumers, out of the confines of their homes, are no less important to networks and advertisers when they’re out and about. This latest insight piece from Nielsen sheds new light on what's being watched away from the home.

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