Morning Headlines — 6/18/13

Survey shows near-record year for local news
After four straight years of setting new records for the amount of news, the number actually dropped slightly this year — by 6 minutes per weekday.  But the latest RTDNA/Hofstra University Annual Survey found the median remained at 5 hours per weekday, and both average and median rose for both Saturday and Sunday, so if you throw in the weekend, then there was a small, overall increase.  Call it a semi-record. [RTDNA]

CBS Drops July 4 Boston Pops Concert
For the first time in more than 20 years, the July 4 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular will not be televised nationally. The Boston Globe reports that CBS declined to renew a contract with producers of the show. [AP/TVNewsCheck]

Is cable holding back superfast broadband adoption on purpose?
The cable industry says it is more than ready to compete with Google Fiber, but adds that consumers are nowhere near ready for gigabit speeds. Is it cable's pricing schemes that are holding back adoption? [CNET]

Netflix boosts original programing with DreamWorks deal
Video streaming service Netflix Inc is beefing up its original programing menu through a multi-year deal with DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc, the maker of movies such as Shrek, Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda. [Reuters]

TV Upfront Trudges Along, but Some Advertisers Hold on to Dollars
TV upfront negotiations are trudging along as advertisers continue to push back against price increases. But one thing seems clear: Somewhere between $800 million and $1 billion will disappear from broadcast prime-time's take this year. [Ad Age]

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