Showing posts from June, 2013

Weekend Headlines — 6/29-6/30/13

REMINDER: I'll begin my annual Summer Vacation starting Monday, which means that posting will be limited to major breaking items only until Tuesday, July 9.  I'll see you back here in a little over a week!

Alec Baldwin loses it in Twitter rant, hurls homophobic slurs
Alec Baldwin went on a homophobic, profanity-laden online rant Thursday before shutting down his Alec Baldwin Foundation Twitter account, all in defense of his pregnant wife Hilaria, whom a Daily Mail reporter had apparently errantly accused of tweeting while the couple attended James Gandolfini's funeral. [LA Times]

Intel to offer Internet TV, challenging traditional providers Intel Corp., the computer-chip giant, will enter a crowded field of companies offering alternatives to Comcast Corp. and traditional pay-TV services. This year, the Santa Clara, Calif., company plans to sell a set-top box that streams content from the Internet onto a TV. Intel's self-install set-top box will come with a bundle of live…

ICYMI — Week Ending 6/28/13

In Case You Missed It, all of this week's news headlines can be found below for your convenience.
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As a reminder, I'll begin my annual Summer Vacation starting Monday, which means that posting will be limited to major breaking items only until Tuesday, July 9.  Check back tomorrow for this weekend's headlines, then I'll see you back here in a little over a week!

FRIDAYFCC Report - 6/28/13Emmis reports first quarter results: Revenue up 6%, operating income sees 536% boostGETTING "REAL" WITH MORE VARIETY ... WPSR changes from Mix to "Evansville's Real Variety"Friday Headlines - 6/28/13 - Will They Or Won't They?THURSDAYLouisville-area NOAA Weather Radio station downEvening Headlines - 6/27/13 - Luken says it WASN'T fraud!TNN set for Aug. 1 debut on WPSD 6.2Report: FOX to give 11-11:30 p.m. CT…

FCC Report — 6/28/13

WQNU, 103.1 FM, Lyndon, Ky.; SummitMedia LLC. License to modify. Lic cancelled per applicant's 6/18/2013 request 6/25/2013. (No letter sent.)DIGITAL TV APPLICATIONS FOR RENEWAL ACCEPTED FOR FILING:
WPXS, ch. 21, Mt. Vernon, Ill.; WPXS, Inc. Renewal of License.

Emmis reports first quarter results: Revenue up 6%, operating income sees 536% boost

Emmis Communications released its first quarter financial results for the three months ended May 31 on Friday morning, and a proud Jeff Smulyan declared himself pleased with the company's performance.
The Indianapolis-based company, which owns stations in Terre Haute and Indiana's capital, as well as elsewhere, saw its revenue for the quarter grow by six percent (from $34.9 million to $36.9 million). The company pointed out that the result outpaced Emmis' local markets, which grew by just five percent.
For the first fiscal quarter of the year, Emmis' operating income increased a whopping 536% to $7.0 million (versus $1.1 million one year ago), while station operating income for the first fiscal quarter was up 55% to $12.9 million, compared to $8.3 million for the same quarter of the prior year.
"Results like these are the reason that Emmis is known as one of the best operators of radio stations in the country," said Emmis president and CEO Jeff Smulyan. "…

GETTING "REAL" WITH MORE VARIETY ... WPSR changes from Mix to "Evansville's Real Variety"

EVSC-owned 90.7 has added some '90s music on weekends, among other changes
If you've been listening to WPSR (90.7 FM) lately, you may have noticed a few changes on the air, and those changes are intentional.
They're being made to identify EVSC's radio station, which broadcasts from the Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center, as a greater part of the Evansville community.
One of the most noticeable changes, if you're familiar with the station's Facebook page, is the new logo and slogan, which designates WPSR as "Evansville's Real Variety."
In keeping with the new focus on serving Evansville, the station has a new Listener Line. Through this new line, listeners can call or text (812) 250-9071 and either make a request or give feedback on the station itself.
Hertel also tells JDTVB that there has been something of a shakeup in the station's weekend programming. Instead of all-'80s music on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, WPSR has added …

Friday Headlines — 6/28/13 — Will They Or Won't They?

Modern Family Considering Gay Wedding Following DOMA Ruling
Following gay marriage becoming legal again in California, Modern Family may soon feature a wedding between Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson). 
"It's certainly something we are contemplating on the show in ways we wouldn't have in prior seasons," co-creator Christopher Lloyd told Entertainment Weekly, following the Supreme Court's ruling against the Defense of Marriage Act and dismissal of an appeal regarding  Proposition 8, California's gay marriage ban. "We've had a number of conversations. As you can imagine in Cam and Mitchell's life, they would be feeling that a door has opened that was closed to them. Wouldn't it be pretty tempting to think about walking through it? We imagine a lot of gay couples today are deciding whether to get married now that it's open to them. From our standpoint, that's something to explore." [TVGuide]

Louisville-area NOAA Weather Radio station down

Storms that rolled through the Louisville area on Wednesday night have knocked out a NOAA Weather Radio transmitter which serves parts of Crawford, Dubois, Orange and Perry counties in Indiana, Breckinridge and Meade counties in Kentucky and points to the east, including the Louisville metro area.
The transmitter in Floyds Knobs (close to New Albany), Ind., KIH43 (162.475 MHz), could not be repaired Thursday. The National Weather Service's Louisville office reports that technicians will return Friday. Consult NWS Louisville's website, Twitter feed and Facebook page for further details.

Evening Headlines — 6/27/13 — Luken says it WASN'T fraud!

Luken Communications to continue business as usual as it appeals Arkansas jury verdict
An unprecedented demand by an Arkansas jury for Henry G. Luken III to pay $47.4 million more for a money-losing business that he bought for $18.5 million has forced Luken Communications into bankruptcy.
The U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Chattanooga on Wednesday ruled that Luken Communications may pay the salaries of its 38 employees, and that the company -- owned jointly by the Chattanooga entrepreneur and Life Care Centers of America founder Forrest Preston -- can continue business as usual pending the appeal of the Arkansas jury's verdict. There also is a chance that U.S. District Judge Kristine G. Baker could reduce or set aside the verdict, which would negate the need for an appeal, or the judge could push for additional sanctions.
"I do not believe that the verdict is fair," Luken said. "I did not steal anything from anybody." [Chattanooga Times Free Press]

Yep, a heckuva a seaso…

TNN set for Aug. 1 debut on WPSD 6.2

Station's VP of sales and programming says reborn country network "has the right mix of programming" for the Local 6 viewing area
The Nashville Network is coming to the Paducah-Harrisburg-Cape Girardeau TV market.
According to TVNewsCheck, the reborn country network will join the WPSD lineup on channel 6.2 (currently the home of Retro TV) on Aug. 1.  It will also be available to cable viewers via Comcast channel 223 and Poplar Bluff City Cable channel 159. (Other viewers will want to consult local listings.)
“Country music is the most popular genre across all gender, age and economic groups,” David Jernigan, VP of sales and programming for WPSD, told TVNewsCheck. “Paducah, Western Kentucky and the entire DMA is obviously an ideal target audience and TNN has the right mix of programming,” he added.
TNN, originally launched as a cable network featuring country music programming, returned as a broadcast network last November. Programming comprises syndicated and first-run pro…

Report: FOX to give 11-11:30 p.m. CT Saturday night slot back to affiliates

Network changes mind after originally planning to air Animation Domination repeats in that slot

Deadline reports this afternoon that FOX will turn back to its affiliates the 11-11:30 p.m. (midnight-12:30 a.m. ET) timeslot on Saturday nights.
The shift will take place on Sept. 7.
FOX's original plan for the timeslot was to air reruns of its primetime Animation Domination shows following its new late-night Animation Domination High-Def block.
The report indicates that the extra affiliate time will help the stations offset possible disruptions in the fall if any NFL games should run long.

FCC Report — 6/27/13

DWYYW-LP, ch. 41, Evansville, Ind.; Evansville Low Power Partnership. License to cover construction permit no: BMPTTL-20090320AGX, callsign WYYW-LP.

Gannett picks up Right This Minute for 8 stations, including KSDK

The video clip show Right This Minute is expanding its reach with Gannett Broadcasting picking it up on eight stations for this fall when the show begins its third season.
Among Gannett's stations adding the program will be St. Louis NBC affiliate KSDK 5, which can be seen in the northwest corner of the Tri-State.
The new stations come on top of last month’s announced 41 new stations in 38 markets. Those additions include a weekend edition that already premiered on NBC Owned Television Stations' WNBC New York and will this fall on ABC’s KABC Los Angeles.
MGM has distributing Right This Minute since January. The show is a joint venture between station groups Cox Media, Raycom and Scripps. It’s produced by Phoenix-based MagicDust Television. Elsewhere in the region, Right This Minute can be seen on WFIE 14Xtra (Evansville), WQWQ/WQTV/KFVS 12.2 (Paducah/Murray/Cape Girardeau) and WAVE 3.2 (Louisville).

Morning Headlines — 6/27/13 — 60 Million Cord Cutters Can't Be Wrong!

Cord cutters alert: 60 million Americans now use an antenna to watch free TV
Antennas aren’t just for grandma’s boob tube anymore: 19.3 percent of all US TV households get their TV fix from free over-the-air broadcasts, according to a new GfK study released late last week. This means that 22.4 million households representing 59.7 million Americans get their TV for free, the market research firm estimates. [GigaOm]

CNN To Revive ‘Crossfire’ In Fall
CNN will revive “Crossfire,” the right-versus-left debate program the Time Warner cabler canceled in 2005. The show is set to return in the fall. Former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and commentator and MSNBC host S.E. Cupp will take the stand for the conservative viewpoint while Stephanie Cutter, a one-time adviser to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, will join with Van Jones, a civil-rights activist and attorney, will represent the liberal perspective. [Variety]
'Laverne & Shirley' Stars Reunite On Nick Come…

FOX announces its fall premiere schedule

The X Factor kicks off '13-14 season starting Sept. 11-12

FOX has set the fall premiere dates for its new and returning series.
The 2013-14 season begins with the return of The X Factor. Hosted by Mario Lopez, and featuring judges Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio, the hit music competition series will launch with a two-night season premiere event on Wednesday, Sept. 11 (7 p.m CT / 8 ET) and Thursday, Sept. 12 (7 p.m CT / 8 ET).
Darkly amusing procedural Bones enters its ninth season on Monday, Sept. 16 (7 p.m CT / 8 ET), followed by the series premiere of the thrilling adventure fantasy Sleepy Hollow (8 p.m. CT / 9 ET). In this modern-day twist on Washington Irving’s classic, Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison, “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”) is resurrected and pulled two and a half centuries through time to find that the world is on the brink of destruction and that he is humanity’s last hope, forcing him to team up with a contemporary police officer (Nicole Beharie…

Evening Headlines — 6/26/13 — WDRB is growing!

WDRB expanding building, adding 11,500 square feet Calling it "the beginning of a new adventure," WDRB's President and GM and other dignitaries took part Wednesday in a ceremonial groundbreaking for the expansion of the Louisville Fox affiliate's home in downtown Louisville.
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, and Louisville Metro Council President Jim King attended the groundbreaking, along with Allan Block, Chairman of Block Communications, the owner of the TV station. [WDRB]
What's the Cost of Not Having a Retrans Agreement? $2.25 Million We now know what the per-subscriber fee for cable systems lacking retransmission agreements with local broadcast stations is, and it isn't "free". [CommLawCenter]
CNN Mocked for Lack of Texas Filibuster Coverage Twitter lights up after the network airs a segment about blueberry muffins during Texas State Senator Wendy Davis' day-long battle against anti-abortion legislation, while Fox News and …

Coming back to TV, after all: OWN to air AMC, OLTL

The New York Times' Brian Stelter and Entertainment Weekly are both reporting that Oprah Winfrey's OWN cable network will broadcast repeat episodes of the recently-revived-online All My Children and One Life to Live this summer.
Half-hour episodes of each show will air Monday through Thursday starting July 15. AMC will air at noon CT (1 p.m. ET), with OLTL airing at 2 p.m. CT (3 ET).

“These shows have proven to be very popular with a significant, loyal fan base, not to mention Oprah herself is a big fan,” said Erik Logan, president, OWN, in a statement. “Many of our viewers across numerous platforms have expressed their passion for the soaps so we are especially excited to air this limited engagement on OWN.”

OWN will air the shows' first 40 episodes over a 10-week period.

EW suggests if the shows do well ratings-wise, it could be the start of a long-term relationship between Prospect Park, the shows' production company, and OWN.

Stay tuned!

Sesame Workshop lays off about 10% of workforce

Despite cutbacks, nonprofit says it's “optimistic” about future, “committed to ... helping children reach their highest potential”

Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit company behind Sesame Street and other educational programming, has laid off some 30 employees, or about 10% of its workforce.
The Hollywood Reporterreports that the cutbacks are the second in as many years, following a similar layoff in 2012.
Sesame says the cutbacks are the result of continual assessment of its resources and how they can best fulfill their mission of educating children.
“[We are] constantly assessing where we must invest for the future in response to today’s rapidly changing digital environment,” the organization said in a statement. “After careful review, we have concluded that we must reduce our workforce by approximately 10% to strategically focus our resources. We remain optimistic about our future and remain committed to our mission of helping children reach their highest potential here and around th…

Morning Headlines — 6/26/13

'All My Children' & 'One Life to Live' Schedule Changes Again; New Episodes of Both Shows Available on Mondays Starting July 1
Mondays are now soap days, with more choices, and more flexibility. Beginning next Monday, July 1, 2013, TOLN (The OnLine Network) will release ALL of the week’s highly-rated “All My Children” and “One Life To Live” episodes on Mondays via Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes. [TV by the Numbers]
CNN Shutting Down CNN Radio
CNN is shutting down CNN Radio and Tuesday will be the last day of broadcasts and production. About a dozen staffers were told about the change, with their last day to be on Friday. [Radio Online]
Disney Renames Mouseketeer Stage For Funicello
The stage at Walt Disney Studios where "The Mickey Mouse Club" was filmed is now officially the Annette Funicello Stage. Disney chief Bob Iger led a ceremony Monday dedicating the soundstage to Funicello, the Mouseketeer-turned-movie star who died in April at age 70. [AP/TVNewsCheck]

Evening Headlines — 6/25/13 — IT WAS FRAUD! (The court says so.)

Equity Media's Bankruptcy Trustee Scores $47.4M Verdict Against Former CEO Luken
A $47.4 million civil verdict in Little Rock on Friday has sent the former CEO of Equity Media Holdings Corp. scrambling for bankruptcy protection in Tennessee.
On Friday, a jury in U.S. District Judge Kristine G. Baker's court found that the transfer of Equity's Retro Television Network to Equity's chairman and CEO, Henry Luken, for $18.5 million "was a constructively fraudulent transfer," as alleged by Equity's bankruptcy trustee. [Arkansas Business]
Nervousness Over Local News Consolidation
Once the Gannett-Belo merger was announced, University of Missouri journalism professor Kent Collins started hearing from friends and former students working at TV stations in St. Louis, where both companies own stations, wondering what the deal could mean for them. [TVNewsCheck]
Kantar: Radio Down 1.7% In Q1
More confirmation that radio had a week quarter to start the year. Kantar Media, w…

Bounce TV picks up GSN shows The American Bible Challenge and Catch 21

New game shows will join The Newlywed Game in network's lineup later this summer

Bounce TV has acquired broadcast television rights to The American Bible Challenge and Catch 21 game shows in a new agreement with GSN.  Both shows will debut later this summer.
The American Bible Challenge is the highest-rated original series in GSN history. The one-hour game show, hosted by comedian Jeff Foxworthy, brings together contestant teams who compete based on their knowledge of the Bible as they strive to win prize money for the charity of their choice. Multiple Grammy Award® winner Kirk Franklin serves as musical co-host.
Catch 21 is one of GSN viewers’ favorite series, with ratings and key demo delivery having progressively grown with each season. Its fast-paced game play features host Alfonso Ribeiro quizzing contestants three at a time as they compete to win playing cards, and try to build the hand that comes closest to 21. 
Bounce TV recently landed the broadcast network rights to The N…

The CW announces fall premiere dates

Three new series join lineup

The CW Network will roll-out its Fall 2013 launch this October with the premieres of three new series and returning favorites on new nights.

The CW returns to Bluebell, Alabama for a third season of Southern charm and hospitality with Rachel Bilson in Hart of Dixie on Monday, Oct. 7 (7 p.m. CT), followed by the epic romance of Beauty and the Beast, starring Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan, on a new night (8 p.m. CT).
On Wednesday, Oct. 9, Stephen Amell dons the green hood for the second season of The CW’s most-watched series Arrow (7 p.m. CT), followed by the action-packed adventure of The Tomorrow People (8 p.m. CT), starring Robbie Amell.
On Thursdays, the network’s number one series in its key demos, The Vampire Diaries, returns for another season of highly addictive drama on Oct. 10 (7 p.m. CT), followed by the highly anticipated new series Reign (8 p.m. CT), starring Adelaide Kane as Mary, Queen of Scots.
On Oct. 15, The CW kicks off its new Tuesday night w…

Morning Headlines — 6/25/13

Former KMOX Host Bruce Bradley Dies at 79
A voice very familiar to long-time KMOX listeners, Bruce Bradley, has died. The 79-year-old passed away Saturday in Lake St. Louis.

“There’s a number of people, a small handful if you will, who are so deeply remembered as personalities on the radio,” St. Louis Historian Frank Absher told KMOX. “It was fitting he was on KMOX because KMOX was such a powerhouse in the eighties.” [KMOX]

Hulu Faces a Nebulous Future as It Seeks a New Owner
This year Hulu reached a milestone: viewers streamed more than one billion videos on the site in a single three-month period. 
But the valedictory lap did not last long. Even as the number of views were adding up, so were concerns within the company about the site’s future. 
That’s because Hulu, the Web streaming service that is jointly owned by the Walt Disney Company, NBCUniversal, and News Corporation, is up for sale. And each of the potential buyers brings with it a different vision of what Hulu should become.…

Evening Headlines — 6/24/13

'Family Ties' Creator Gary David Goldberg Dies at 68
Gary David Goldberg, the genial two-time Emmy Award winner who mined his rich personal life to create such amusing and affecting entertainment as the Michael J. Fox sitcom Family Ties, has died. Goldberg, who later co-created Spin City, another series starring Fox, and the critically lauded Brooklyn Bridge, died from brain cancer June 23 at his home in Montecito, California. He was 68 years old. [THR]
Suite revenge: Rutledge a ‘Charter’ member of move to merge
Wall Street is fired up about consolidation in the cable industry and is betting on Charter Communications chief Tom Rutledge to lead the latest deal-making — potentially a merger involving Cablevision or Time Warner Cable. [NY Post]

Morgan Elected President at CRB
Emmis Indianapolis senior VP and market manager Charlie Morgan has been elected president of the Country Radio Broadcasters. [Radio Ink]

Hearst to team with Dr. Oz for new magazine

Hearst Magazines, one of the world’s largest publishers of women’s magazines, and Dr. Mehmet Oz, Emmy® Award-winning host of the nationally syndicated The Dr. Oz Show, today announced their partnership to pilot a new lifestyle magazine. Following the successful formula employed to launch Food Network Magazine in 2008 and HGTV Magazine in 2011, a debut pilot issue will hit newsstands nationwide in the first quarter of 2014, followed by a second issue, which could lead to a regular frequency in the second half of 2014.
The magazine will offer fresh lifestyle content with an upbeat, optimistic attitude, touching on physical and emotional well-being, food, beauty, real-women’s stories, news, travel and finances. A positive celebration of life, the new brand will reflect Oz’s unique persona: approachable, trustworthy, inspirational and entertaining. Features will be motivating, uplifting and informative, and focus on experiencing life to the fullest. Additional details will be released in …

Reminder: WNIN-FM schedule changing after this week

With NPR's Talk of the Nation going away after this week, WNIN-88.3 FM's weekday schedule is going to shift around somewhat.
I'm told that the station is adding Here and Now, NPR's new expanded midday program, and it will air Monday through Thursday from noon to 3 p.m. CT. With that addition, Fresh Air will move to 11 a.m., which means that On Point is out.
The Trend, which airs Fridays at noon CT, is in reruns for the summer and will remain its existing timeslot, along with Science Friday, which remains in the 1-3 p.m. slot.
Here's the full list of what you'll hear each weekday on 88.3:
TimeslotProgram4-9 a.m. CTMorning Edition9-11 a.m. CTThe Diane Rehm Show11 a.m.-noon CTFresh Airnoon-3 p.m. CTHere & Now(M-Th)noon-1 p.m. CTThe Trend(Fri)1-3 p.m. CTScience Friday(Fri)3-7 p.m. CTAll Things Considered & Nightly Business Report
On another note, this week we bid farewell to longtime WNIN president and GM David Dial, who is retiring, and the station's Mor…

FCC Report — 6/24/13

DWHFE-LP, ch. 18, Sullivan, Ind.; KM Communications, Inc. License to cover construction permit no: BMPTTL-20050406ABZ, callsign WHFE-LP.DWKMF-LP, ch. 32, Sullivan, Ind.; KM Communications, Inc. License to cover construction permit no: BMPTTL-20060327AHE, callsign WKMF-LP.DWIIB-LP, ch. 7, Sullivan, Ind.; KM Communications, Inc. License to cover construction permit no: BPTVL-20070523ACV, callsign WIIB-LP.DIGITAL TV APPLICATIONS FOR ASSIGNMENT OF LICENSE ACCEPTED FOR FILING:
KMOV, ch. 24, St. Louis, Mo.; KMOV-TV, Inc. Voluntary Assignment of License from KMOV-TV, Inc. to Sander Operating Co. IV LLC d/b/a KMOV Television.WHAS-TV, ch. 11, Louisville, Ky.; Belo Kentucky, Inc. Voluntary Assignment of License from Belo Kentucky, Inc. to Sander Operating Co. I LLC d/b/a WHAS Television.MEDIA BUREAU SEEKS COMMENT ON SAMSUNG’S PETITION FOR WAIVER OF CERTAIN “CABLE READY” REQUIREMENTS
Samsung Electronics America (“Sam…

West Salem VFD's Annual Freedom Celebration is this weekend

Hey, folks ... if you're looking for some great family-friendly entertainment, be sure to head over to West Salem, Illinois this coming weekend (June 29-30) for the West Salem Volunteer Fire Department's Annual Freedom Celebration!
There are lots of great events scheduled, including the village-wide Yard Sale, 5K Run/Walk, fireworks and so much more.  The full (tentative) schedule is below, and you can find out more about the yard sales by visiting the West Salem Streets & Alleys Facebook page.

The Celebration is sponsored by the Volunteer Firemen's Association of West Salem, Inc.
7 a.m. - ?
7 a.m.
Dusk West Salem Masonic Lodge Breakfast at Firehouse
Village Wide Yard Sales
Registration for 5K Run/Walk at First Christian Church
Fireworks at Centennial Park (HUGE 50/50 Raffle Drawing afterward) SUNDAY, JUNE 30 10:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Community Worship Service
Lunch by Country Rhodes Buffet at the Firehous…

STL: KSDK to end news production for KDNL

Gannett's NBC station has been producing news content for Sinclair's ABC affiliate since Jan. 2011
It looks like the end of the line is in sight for news on St. Louis ABC affiliate KDNL-ABC 30 — again.
KSDK, Gannett's NBC station in St. Louis, which produces newscasts for KDNL, has announced that it will quit doing so when the calendar flips from 2013 to 2014, according to a report in the Post-Dispatch last week.
No reason was given for the termination; Gannett, however was quick to point out that it has nothing to do with the company's pending acquisition of KMOV owner Belo Corp.
As for what KDNL will do for news, should Sinclair Broadcast Group (the station's owner) decide it wants to keep offering it, there's no word. "We haven't decided [what we'll do]," station GM Tom Tipton told the P-D. "We won't make a decision anytime soon, probably the third or fourth quarter."
KDNL's current news incarnation dates back to 2011; the …

Morning Headlines — 6/24/13

Local programming a goal for new leadership of WNIN
The course has tightened, darkened and seemed uncertain in recent years, but Evansville’s public radio and television services have emerged through the recession poised to move toward the light, says Brad Kimmel, the new president and CEO for WNIN Tri-State Public Media. [Courier & Press]

Judge Considers NCAA Athletes Challenging Billions in TV Money
After a court hearing on Thursday, a big ruling is looming that could eventually shatter the status quo of amateur athletes getting no compensation for appearing on television. [THR]
Goldman Downgrades Disney Over Sports
Goldman Sachs removed Disney from its "conviction buy" list late last week, citing a run-up in the shares since early last year, rising sports rights costs, and new competition from News Corp.'s upcoming sports channel, Fox Sports 1. [AP/TVNewsCheck]
More Comments On Indecency Filed
Broadcasters are getting their comments on file with the FCC as the Commis…

Weekend Headlines — 6/22 - 6/23/13 — Say it ain't so, Paula ...

Paula Deen Let Go from Food Network
Following Paula Deen's admission in a deposition that she has used the N-word in the past and the subsequent backlash, Food Network has let go of the "Queen of Southern Cooking."
"Food Network will not renew Paula Deen's contract when it expires at the end of this month," the network said in a statement to ET. [ETOnline]

In other news this weekend ...

Gray Television Announces Departure of Robert S. Prather, Jr. Gray Television, Inc. on Friday evening announced that Robert S. Prather, Jr., its president and COO, has resigned from all positions he held with the company, effective immediately. 
The company, which owns Bowling Green ABC/FOX/CW affiliate WBKO, also announced that Hilton H. Howell, Jr., Gray's CEO, has been appointed to serve as president as well.

Mr. Howell said: "I want to thank Bob Prather for his service to the company.  As we continue to move ahead, I am looking forward to continuing to work close…

ICYMI — Week Ending 6/21/13

In Case You Missed It, all of this week's news headlines can be found below for your convenience.
Be sure to follow me on Twitter and "Like" my Facebook page for more news and information as well as my thoughts on a host of different topics.

Be sure to check back Saturday morning for your Weekend Headlines, and I'll see you back here again on Monday.  Have a great weekend!

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