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Pasadena, Calif--AMC will return its zombie-themed series Fear the Walking Dead on April 15, the network announced during its Television Critics Association winter press tour session. [Read More]
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 A bogus emergency alert text message warning Hawaii residents of an incoming balistic missile is under investigation by the FCC, spokesman Brian Hart said Saturday (Jan. 13). [Read More]
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National Geographic has greenlit a third season of its series The Story of God with Morgan Freeman, the network announced Saturday.The third season of the series, which will debut on the channel in 2019, will again follow Academy Award-winning actor Freeman on an international journey as he discovers the power of religion and how it touches all of our lives, said network officials. [Read More]
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Sportscaster Keith Jackson, best known for his folksy coverage of college football, died Friday, according to ESPN. He was 89 years old.Jackson worked on ABC's Wide World of Sports and also covered Major League Baseball, the NBA and 10 Olympic Games.But he was most closely associated with college football and fans were familiar with the way he called large linemen "big uglies" and the way he would exclaim "Whoa, Nelly!" when something exciting happened. [Read More]
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An FCC spokesperson confirmed that a handful of indecency complaints have been registered with the FCC over the alleged "shithole" comment by President Donald Trump that some broadcasters were repeating verbatim (there was no audio or video) in their news coverage.The term is among those FCC indecency regs disallow on broadcast TV--there are no cable indecency rules--between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. [Read More]
The Committee to Protect Journalists and IFEX, which defends free expression around the globe are leading a delegation of press freedom groups on what they call an unprecedented mission to a country where threats to journalists and increased anti-journalistic rhetoric is cause for concern. That would be the United States.Joining them for the trip, roughly coinciding with the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump's inauguration, will be Reporters without Borders, Article 19, Index On Censorship and the International Press Institute. [Read More]
Can you recall having more access to entertainment than you do now?We are in the midst of a media renaissance where consumers no longer need to choose between quality and quantity. Not only are we viewing more than we used to – a survey by the Broadcast Authority found the national average for TV watching rose more than 20 percent between July and October 2017 – we're also watching in exciting new ways, with 60 percent of Americans under the age of 30 using online streaming services for their content. [Read More]
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NYC Television Week will return to the Big Apple Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 2018.Taking place at the Ziegfeld Ballroom and Westin Times Square, the sixth annual event will include the 28th annual Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame and new feature NYC Television Week's 40 Under 40 as wells as conferences Advanced Advertising, Next TV Summit and the TV Data Summit. [Read More]
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Journalists spent most of a half hour on a conference call phone line with Trump Administration officials Friday afternoon as the Administration tried to begin a background briefing on Iran and the President's signal Friday that he would waive the Iran sanctions, which is necessary to remain in the nuclear deal he has said is a bad one, but that this would be the last waiver.In the "no good deed goes unpunished department"--the White House does not have to hold background briefings--while such calls usually begin in listen-only mode (with journalists unmuting in the Q&A portion), the ev... [Read More]
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Starz CEO Chris Albrecht took MVPD Altice USA to task for pulling the network off of its systems on Jan. 1 during the pay TV service's Television Critics Association winter press tour presentation Friday. [Read More]
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21st Century Fox is reportedly close to a deal to purchase as many as 10 TV stations from Sinclair Broadcast Group, a transaction that would help add to the programmer's broadcast stable while providing some regulatory relief for Sinclair's pending Tribune Media buy.News of the deal was first reported by the Financial Times. [Read More]
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The Senate Commerce Committee has set a Jan. 18 executive session to consider the nomination of Brendan Carr to a full, five-year term as FCC Commissioner.The White House sent his nomination to the Senate earlier this week. Carr has already had a confirmation hearing in the committee for his current term, which is completing the unfinished term of former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, which expires in June of this year. [Read More]
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On the eve of NATPE in Miami, DailyMailTV, produced by Dr. Phil and Jay McGraw's Stage 29 Productions and DailyMail.com, has been renewed for a second season, said DailyMail.com and Stage 29 on Friday. ... [Read More]
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Turns out there was a second speech FCC chairman Ajit Pai canceled this week, apparently related to the ongoing threat level tied to his Restoring Internet Freedom order vote to roll back net neutrality regs. Pai pulled out of a planned keynote Q&A at the CES Show in Las Vegas this week as well. [Read More]
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Simulmedia, the pioneering data-driven advertising company, said it promoted Kyle Hubert to chief technology officer, a vacant post.Hubert, who had been chief scientist at the company since December 2016, has been bringing cutting-edge research and methodologies to TV advertising, working with big data tools and building software and a scalable architecture as Simulmedia's business grows. [Read More]
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The General Accountability Office says the FCC should do more to promote and monitor wireless network resiliency. The FCC countered that might not be a bad idea and it would leverage existing lines of communications reach out to stakeholders, pointing out that the resiliency framework is voluntary. [Read More]
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HBO confirmed word of a Flight of the Conchords special, saying there will be an hour-long special in May based on the musical series, starring New Zealanders Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement.Read More: Complete Coverage of TCA 2018... [Read More]
TBS has ordered two more seasons of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, which debuted in 2016. The show averages four million total viewers across linear, VOD and digital platforms. [Read More]
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The FCC has paused its review of Sinclair's proposed merger with Tribune. [Read More]
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The Justice Department said it has no problem with Tegna's proposed deal to buy Midwest Television's KFMB suite of TV and radio stations for $325 million.That deal was on a list of proposed mergers that got early termination of its Hart Scott Rodino antitrust review.That means neither Justice nor the Federal Trade Commission--they divvy up the reviews--saw any reason to block or condition the deal on antitrust grounds. [Read More]
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