Broadcaster Briefing
Articles and announcements about Broadcast Television Companies.

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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ABC and NBC are providing coronavirus specials on-air and via streaming services, as broadcast TV addresses the health crisis.
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Comcast’s NBCU division is making a somewhat unprecedented move amid the backdrop of COVID-19 social interaction austerity, closing the theatrical window of its current feature films which they will be streaming instead.
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CBS was the week's most popular network, averaging 6.2 million viewers in primetime. ABC was second with 5.2 million, NBC had 3.7 million, Fox had 3 million, Univision had 1.4 million, Ion Television had 1.3 million, Telemundo had 1.1 million and the CW had 700,000.
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Localish has gone nationalish. The digital brand, introduced about 18 months ago by the ABC-owned stations, has a great new platform: broadcast television!
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Illustrating the power of sports on television, the PGA Tour signed new nine-year rights deals that will pay it $700 million a year, up from about $400 million.
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The debut is the newest expansion of major market local news streaming services from CBS and features local news content produced by KDKA and WPCW.
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The CW’S CEO, Mark Pedowitz, and its streaming/branding chief, Rick Haskins, found remarkable success getting audiences to binge their shows on streamers and then circle back to the network for new episodes.
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Across its digital platforms, Univision’s unique audience increased by an average of 25 percent.
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NBC Sports said it had passed $1.25 billion in Olympic ad sales and sold 90% of its inventory.
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Nexstar Media Group said it completed station deals with Fox Television Stations in which Nexstar gets two stations in Charlotte and Fox gets operations in Seattle and Milwaukee.
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Standard General, the investment firm that owns a 9.7% stake in Tegna, said it will nominate former Tribune Broadcasting executive Larry Wert to Tegna’s board of directors.
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A special news feed for Charter subscribers in Berkshire County, Mass., will be launched in the next 30 to 60 days and includes a dedicated journalist to provide regular coverage of issues affecting the various communities.
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Fourth-quarter 2019 revenue was at $692.9 million versus $688.5 million in the same quarterly period in 2018.
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The increase to $330 million was aided by a jump in retrans revenue and higher core advertising stemming from its acquisition of 26 stations in 2019.
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Tegna and Gray announced a strategic partnership in which Gray will acquire a minority ownership interest in Premion, Tegna’s Connected TV/OTT ad business.
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CBS News' debate coverage averaged 13.02 million viewers, well ahead of the preliminary 10 million figure for NBC's debate Feb. 19. Post-debate coverage drew about 5.5 million viewers, pending updates.
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Nexstar Media Group reports growth in core non-political advertising as Chairman-President-CEO Perry Sook told Wall Street analysts today that fourth quarter results exceeded expectations.
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The mission of the caucus will be focused on discussing and solving issues of importance to the broadcast community.
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An investor group led by former Viacom CFO Wade Davis has agreed to acquire a 64 % majority stake in Spanish-language media giant Univision Communications for an undisclosed sum.
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