Evening Headlines — 6/18/13

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How PBS Won at Digital
Millions of Americans can point to PBS as a third parent, as the network that helped raise them with programs like “Sesame Street” and “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.” But PBS is not immune to the transition from analog to digital and needs to continually reinvent itself. Recent data points to success, no matter that Mitt Romney wants to kill Big Bird. [Digiday]

Wheeler Won't Be Pinned Down On Retrans
At his Senate confirmation hearing to be FCC chairman today, Tom Wheeler respectfully declined to answer a question on the FCC's ability to change retransmission consent rules. Referring to recent court actions, he said: "I am not trying to dodge the questions, but I think this ... is a situation that is in flux at the moment." [TVNewsCheck]

Scripps Launches TV Everywhere With TWC
Scripps Networks has a TV Everywhere deal with Time Warner Cable, allowing viewers access to on-demand programming. Content from five networks will be available to the cable operator’s subscribers on an authenticated basis. The programming comes from Travel Channel, Food Network, HGTV, DIY Network and Cooking Channel. GAC is the one holdout. [MediaPost]

Atlanta Hosts Fired for Mocking Former NFL Player Gleason
Radio received national attention Monday for all the wrong reasons. But, the punishment was quick and severe. Lincoln Financial Media Atlanta Senior Vice President and General Manager Rick Mack says Nick Cellini, Chris Dimino, and Steak Shapiro, formerly known as "Mayhem in the AM," on 790-AM The Zone in Atlanta have been fired. The three were let go after making fun of former new Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason. Gleason is suffering from ALS, is in a wheelchair, and has lost most of his motor skills. [Radio Ink]

Tribune Ends Bankruptcy With Lower Earnings
The company that owns the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and more than 20 television stations, made slightly less money last year as it ended a lengthy ordeal in bankruptcy court. A financial statement released Monday shows the Tribune Co.'s profit dropped 6 percent to $422.5 million in the year ending Dec. 30. The Tribune Co. emerged from a four-year stint under bankruptcy protection the day after it closed the books on its 2012 performance. [AP/TVNewsCheck]

Fox Ties 2014 Super Bowl Ads to Fox Sports 1 Sponsorship
The soon-to-launch cable sports outlet, Fox Sports 1, will not broadcast the Super Bowl next year. Yet executives behind the scenes are making a play for the new network to get its share of Super Bowl advertising dollars. [Variety]

Back on Fox, Sarah Palin attacks CBS
Sarah Palin returned to Fox News on Monday with an hour-long guest appearance on “Fox & Friends” — just five months after leaving the network — and blasted a CBS journalist as putting the “BS in CBS” for using a tea party comparison in a report this weekend on the Iranian election. [POLITICO]

Lougee: Belo Duops Will Keep Independence
While station group mergers often mean newsroom consolidations, Dave Lougee, president of Gannett Broadcasting, said Monday that overlapping Gannett and Belo stations will continue to operate as separate and competing entities, even after the companies’ merger becomes final. “They are going to stay basically completely independent from a news and operations standpoint,” Lougee said. [TVNewsCheck]

Sporting News Study Shows Radio Lagging Other Media For Sports Content Consumption
A study by Kantar Media and TV Sports Markets commissioned by Sporting News Media based on online surveys shows sports radio content consumption trailing other media as social networking and smartphone usage for sports increases. [All Access]


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