Evening Headlines for 6/4/13

Louisville Station Stops Using ‘Breaking News’
WDRB, the FOX affiliate for Louisville, has begun promising viewers it will stop using the term ‘Breaking News.’ “You hear the term, ‘Breaking News’ quite frequently these days,” says a promo the station has started running. “It’s a marketing ploy to convince you that at television station is better at bringing you the news first, as it happens. The problem is, it’s just not true.” [TVSpy]

Bob Newhart to Be Honored With Icon Honor at Critics' Choice Television Awards
As if the world didn't realize that Bob Newhart is an icon already, the Broadcast Television Journalists Association plans to make it official next Monday. Newhart will receive the 2013 Critics' Choice Television Icon Award at the 3rd Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards, which take place June 10 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. [TheWrap]

David Berson Named CBS Sports President
David Berson has been promoted to President of CBS Sports. He will continue to report to CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus and will be involved in all aspects of CBS Sports’ day-to-day management and will also continue to lead CBS Sports Network. [Deadline]

ACA Raises New Alarms About Duopolies
The current round of station consolidation has produced six more Big Four affiliate duopolies and one Big Four triopoly (Syracuse, N.Y.) that give broadcasters undue leverage in retrans negotiations with cable operators and ultimately drive up cable subscriber fees, says the American Cable Association. [TVNewsCheck]

Top Wall Street Analyst: Pay TV “Cord-Cutting Is Real”
No one on the planet may know more about the pay-TV business than Craig Moffett, who analyzed it consistently and cogently for about a decade at Bernstein Research up until the end of last year. He resurfaced last month at his own research firm, Moffett Research, and returned Monday to the subject he knows so well with a simple message that stood out from the rest of a 135-page coverage initiation document: “cord-cutting is real.” (Editor's Note: Duh!) [Variety]

NBC/MSNBC to tap SCOTUSblog publisher
NBC News and MSNBC have announced that they will partner with the publisher of SCOTUSblog, the all-things-Supreme-Court website, for coverage of upcoming rulings. SCOTUSblog publisher Tom Goldstein and NBC News Justice correspondent Pete Williams will offer reporting and analysis for this month's rulings on same-sex marriage, affirmative action, voting rights, and genetic patenting, among others. [POLITICO]


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