Friday Headlines — 6/14/13

Thursday's news that Gannett plans to buy Belo Corp. in a deal valued at $2.2 billion was easily the biggest news of the day.  For the Friday edition of Headlines, here's how the story played elsewhere in the media:

Click past the jump for the rest of the day's headlines!

It was another off year for broadcast. That’s certainly nothing new. Cumulative ratings for the Big Four networks have fallen seven of the past nine years. What’s different about this year is that, for only the second time in that span, basic cable ratings did not see an accompanying rise, indicating that viewers are being pulled away by other, non-TV things. [MediaLife]

Just five months since she “parted ways” with the network after a three-year run, the former Republican vice presidential candidate is rejoining Fox News as a contributor. Palin will appear on Fox News’ daytime and primetime programming, starting with an appearance on “Fox & Friends” on Monday, June 17, according to a press release. She will also be a contributor to Fox Business Network. [POLITICO]

Elaine Laron, a witty writer and lyricist who participated in the classic children’s TV projects The Electric Company and Free to Be … You and Me, died of pneumonia June 6 in Los Angeles, her nephew William Funt said. She was 83. [THR]

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is pushing forward on proposed legislation that would allow for an a la carte system of pay TV. In a letter addressed to Mignon Clyburn, acting chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission, McCain writes that "the time has come for television video consumers to have the option to either purchase individual channels or the tiers of channels currently offered by cable and satellite companies." [THR]

All Cumulus Music Decisions Routed to VP Kilgo
A practice put in place by Cumulus for Country releases and music recommendations, now expands to all CHR/Top 40, Rhythmic CHR, AC and Hot AC releases to be routed through VP/Label Relations John Kilgo. Recommendations will then be approved by co-COO John Dickey's office at the company's Atlanta headquarters. [Radio Online]


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