Evening Headlines — 6/19/13

Posted every Monday through Thursday @ 4 p.m. CT
Arbitron drops out-of-market simulcast requirement
In a victory for stations that combine their on-air and online audiences for local advertisers, Arbitron is significantly loosening streaming simulcast rules. It will no longer require a station stream any commercials or content outside the over-the-air station’s home metro and DMA. [Inside Radio]

Apple TV Adds HBO Go, WatchESPN And Sky News
Apple TV is adding HBO Go, WatchESPN, Sky News and a few other channels to its streaming platform, but you’ll need to be a cable and HBO subscriber to watch live, streaming sports and premium movies and television shows. [Playout/TVNewsCheck]

Alex Trebek: Running for office 'a possibility'
"What is a run for mayor of Toronto, Alex?" Longtime Jeopardy host Alex Trebek says he's always been interested in politics, and a run for office — perhaps a run for mayor of Toronto — isn't out of the answer in the form of a question. He also says he'd "love" to moderate a U.S. presidential debate ... but for now, he still has a game show to host. [The Hill]

Wheeler hints of status quo on media ownership
“I have long been an advocate of diversity of voices,” FCC nominee Tom Wheeler told the Senate Commerce Committee yesterday.   But the likely next chairman of the agency also gave no indication he sees any need to undo deregulation that’s allowed media consolidation to sweep through radio and, increasingly, television. [Inside Radio]

'Into Tomorrow' Joins Envision Radio Networks Lineup
Envision Radio Networks has picked up syndication duties for the long-running tech talk show "Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline."  The weekly show, in its 18th year, airs on over 180 radio stations, including WJPF (1340 AM) in Herrin, Ill., which is heard across much of southernmost Illinois. [All Access]

Fox Business Fires Tobin Smith Over Off-Air Stock Tout That Netted His Company $50K
Fox Business Network had some business advice for Tobin Smith on Tuesday: Find work elsewhere. The investment manager and author who has been a familiar face on Fox News confirmed his sacking to the Wall Street Journal, which reported earlier in the day that Smith was in hot water over “sponsored investment research.” [Deadline]

"New Day," CNN's new entry into the morning-show fray, drew mixed ratings with its Monday premiere. The show, anchored by Chris Cuomo and Kate Bolduan, drew 247,000 total viewers including 95,000 in the key 25-54 demographic. [TheWrap]

Charlie Ergen’s Dish Network said yesterday it would abandon its pursuit of wireless provider Sprint and instead focus on a tender offer for Clearwire. Dish said that it wouldn’t make last night’s deadline to submit a revised offer for Sprint, leaving Japan’s SoftBank as the lone contender to acquire the mobile carrier. That means can Sprint go ahead with a June 25 vote on SoftBank’s $21.6 billion offer for the business. [NY Post]


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