Broadcaster Briefing
Articles and announcements about Broadcast Television Companies.

NBC is ready to launch its new Boston station, revealing today that the new station, NBC Boston, will launch Sunday, Jan. 1. The channel will have the call sign WBTS, and will be available over the air on channel 8 or 8.2, depending on location.
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Raycom will produce a debate featuring all six candidates for the Louisiana’s open U.S. Senate seat that will air live on its stations in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, Shreveport and Alexandria.
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Investors are wondering if the company can continue its earnings momentum, and Zacks Investment Research notes the company has beaten Zacks consensus estimate for the last four quarters — with an average earnings beat of 6.6%.
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Through five games of the Major League Baseball World Series, the Fox event continues to score strong ratings gains --- largely because of the long-time fan interest in the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians.
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The CEO of Fox Television Stations and co-president of Fox News Channel joins David Smith of Sinclair Broadcast Group, Perry Sook of Nexstar Broadcasting Group and Pat LaPlatney of Raycom Media on a CEO panel at TVNewsCheck’s TV2020: Monetizing ATSC 3.0 conference.
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What’s notable about “Designated,” “Quantico” and “Blacklist” is that these aren’t, by their L+SD ratings, big hit shows. “Designated” wins its timeslot, but the other two don’t, and “Quantico’s” ratings have been on a steady slide since last spring. But at a time when viewers’ habits are changing, this DVR viewership could keep programs like that on the air.
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What’s notable about “Designated,” “Quantico” and “Blacklist” is that these aren’t, by their L+SD ratings, big hit shows. “Designated” wins its timeslot, but the other two don’t, and “Quantico’s” ratings have been on a steady slide since last spring. But at a time when viewers’ habits are changing, this DVR viewership could keep programs like that on the air.
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NBCUniversal is investing another $200 million in BuzzFeed, doubling its investment in the digital media company.
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Online financial analysis portal CapitalCube officially proclaimed Nexstar a “bearish” company, as NXST shares breached their 50-day moving average as of Friday’s closing bell.
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Add Hulu to the growing number of OTT platforms that carry content from Newsy, the online video news service acquired in 2013 by E.W. Scripps.
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A total of seven networks, along with the Washington Post, will live-stream the final 2016 presidential debate Oct. 19 via YouTube, the Google-owned company announced.
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Even during a busy news week (thanks to the presidential campaign and debate), more than half of Americans (51%) talked about one or more of the new shows during the past week, according to a weekly survey by Engagement Labs’ Keller Fay Group.
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The NFL has seen some alarming major TV viewership declines in the first four weeks -- with games down 11% among viewers 18-49 versus non-sports TV broadcast network ratings losing 7%.
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Startup Pluto TV — which is trying to build the world’s biggest service for free TV and other video programming — announced that it has raised $30 million in Series B funding, led by German media giant ProSiebenSat.1 with participation from Scripps Networks Interactive, Sallfort PrivatBank and others.
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Showing once again it has a highly-engaged audience, FOX’s Empire topped the Nielsen Social Content Ratings.
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NBC won Thursday night among the broadcast networks, putting up a 1.6 rating in adults 18-49, per Nielsen’s overnights, with a 6 share.
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Continuing to pursue TV-related ad deals, Twitter disclosed an “upfront” deal with The CW and Ford Motor company for its Twitter Amplify effort.
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National Amusements, the Redstone holding company that controls CBS and Viacom, sent a letter to the boards of both companies last week urging them to consider an all-stock merger.
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Viacom‘s board of directors announced that it has formed a special committee of independent directors to evaluate the request by controlling shareholder National Amusements that it explore a potential combination with CBS Inc.
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The reduction is part of NBC’s plan for the 90-minute live comedy show. In the spring, the network announced that it would slash the program’s national commercial load by 30% by cutting two commercial breaks.
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