Evening Headlines for 6/5/13

Keith Olbermann to Host TBS’ Studio Coverage for 2013 MLB Postseason
TBS has signed Keith Olbermann, formerly of ESPN, FOX, MSNBC and Current TV, to host its Major League Baseball postseason studio show this year alongside analyst and Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley. [TV By The Numbers]

Variety: Seven Radio Disney Stations For Sale
Getting iPod-addicted kids to listen to the static-filled AM radio band has got to be challenging. So, much like Cox did last year, Disney is letting the market know it has properties it's ready to shed. According to Variety, six AM stations and one FM are on the market. The stations are located in Albany, N.Y.; Kansas City; Little Rock (the only FM); Milwaukee; Richmond; Salt Lake City and San Antonio. Radio Disney also operates 24 stations in top 25 markets which are not part of this plan. [Radio Ink]

Good Morning News At ABC, CBS
It's a remarkable time of viewer experimentation at a time of day when habits are often difficult to break. During a newsy month, May, NBC's Today is still the A.M. leader by a slight margin. ABC's Good Morning America averaged 5.7 million viewers, up 10% from 2012. Meanwhile, CBS This Morning averaged a little more than 3 million viewers in May, up 19% over the 2.53 million who were watching the same month last year, Nielsen said Tuesday. [AP/TVNewsCheck]

DirecTV buys LifeShield, joining cable rivals in home-security field
DirecTV is getting into the home security business. The satellite-TV company has acquired LifeShield Home Security, a Langhorne, Pa., company that operates wireless home security systems. DirecTV is the latest pay-TV distributor to look for new revenue streams in home security. Cable operators Time Warner Cable and Comcast Corp. have also made moves into the home security sector. [LA Times]

Upfront Negotiations Hit A Speed Bump
After making a number of deals last week, upfront negotiations for the Big Four have ground to a halt as buyers and networks haggle over pricing. Buyers entered this upfront insisting that they would not cave to the higher CPM increases that the Big Four were chasing, citing disappointment over this season’s weak new shows and big ratings declines for top programs like “American Idol” and “Dancing with the Stars.” [Media Life]


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