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Articles and announcements about Broadcast Television Companies.

If viewers like the way the ads fly on Peacock, chances are — as overall TV becomes more on demand and interactive — they’ll start to see similar stuff in nearly every video venue.
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ViacomCBS and Sinclair Broadcast Group have announced a multiyear agreement to renew eight CBS network affiliations for Sinclair stations, including two top 50 market affiliates in Salt Lake City and Austin, Texas.
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ViacomCBS and Sinclair Broadcast Group have announced a multiyear agreement to renew eight CBS network affiliations for Sinclair stations, including two top 50 market affiliates in Salt Lake City and Austin, Texas.
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Virtually all vehicle segments are struggling because of COVID-19’s effect on the economy and auto industry in particular. But Charlie Chesbrough, senior economist for Cox Automotive, says premium segments may suffer more in the weakened economy as affordability becomes a larger consumer issue, even for the affluent.
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The National Cable Television Cooperative reached a multi-year affiliation deal with Katz Networks. The agreement makes Katz’s networks: Bounce, Court TV, Court TV Mystery, Grit, Laff and streaming service Brown Sugar available to the 750 broadband and cable operators who are part of the NCTC.
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Meredith Corp. reported that its station group’s fiscal third quarter revenue decreased 1.6% to $99.7 million from $101.3 million in the same quarter a year ago.
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On a more positive note, when the economy has recovered from the pandemic, the landscape could be healthy for local news, said E.W. Scripps President/CEO during the company’s quarterly call.
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With more people streaming because of shelter-at-home orders meant to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, ViacomCBS said it was accelerating its plans for an expanded subscription video on demand service built on CBS All Access
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ViacomCBS Thursday reported declines in revenue and profit for three months ended in March but its numbers beat expectations sending the stock up close to 20% in early trade.
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Gray Television this morning announced that broadcast revenue for the first quarter of 2020 came in at $515 million, that’s a 7% increase from $481 million in 1Q 2019.
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Tegna this morning released first quarter 2020 results that included total revenue of $684 million, up 32% year-over-year.
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CEO Lachlan Murdoch says that while some categories are down, others are pacing up — “so it’s a real mix.”
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Instead of its May 13 event, the company will hold a pair of virtual presentations over two days.
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NBCU unveiled technology that will enable consumers to buy products from branded articles, videos and specially designed television ads from retailers, without requiring them to go elsewhere.
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ABC News Live is launching on YouTube TV and will be coming to Amazon’s news app on all Fire TV devices over the coming weeks. The app is available on Fire tablets starting today.
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Tegna revenue is expected to be $684 million, up 32%, reflecting the acquisition of 13 TV stations, as well as subscription revenue growth and political ad spending.
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An early experimenter in almost all of its facets, Catherine Badalamente sees ongoing revenue potential in everything from digital marketing services to OTT, where she was one of the first local television flag planters.
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Tegna confirmed that two potential buyers who had presented offered to acquire the station group have recently withdrawn their offers, citing the economic damage in the marketplace caused by the coronavirus crisis.
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The TV stations owned by NBCU-NBC and Telemundo affiliates will be streaming their local newscasts, as well as coronavirus-related press conferences.
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With CBS News’ home base in New York closed due to coronavirus, CBS’ owned stations are helping get the national newscasts out to viewers.
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