Morning Headlines — 6/19/13

Posted every Monday through Thursday @ 7 a.m. CT
Zell's legacy lives on: IRS goes after Tribune
Sam Zell is gone from the Tribune Co., but his toxic financial legacy lives on. Not only did his debt-fueled purchase of one of the nation's biggest media companies help precipitate its bankruptcy, costing creditors billions and wiping out thousands of jobs, but he has left a nasty tax mess behind for Tribune, which exited Chapter 11 proceedings on Dec. 31. [CNNMoney]

This won’t be a great year for broadcast
The upfront has moved at a snail’s pace this year, with two broadcast networks, ABC and NBC, still in negotiations three weeks after the selling season broke. That’s a reflection of two things. First, the economy, while certainly on the mend, is still not healthy. And second, broadcast TV has lost some of its potency. [Media Life]

Former NFL Executive Joins Dial Global
Ronald Furman becomes Chief Revenue Officer for Dial Global, a newly created position. Furman will be responsible for the company’s overall revenue generation. He will be based in New York City and will report directly to CEO Paul Caine. [Radio Ink]

Most Gun Violence Reporting Misses The Mark
Gun lover, journalist and author Dan Baum says reporters aren't doing a good enough job informing themselves — and the public — about guns and firearm enthusiasts. Reporting on guns often uses the “cheap and emotional tactic” of playing up victims’ pain, he says.“That’s bullshit; that’s not reporting.” Poynter is addressing the issue with its second workshop designed to “improve the accuracy and depth of coverage of America’s gun debate, without deference to any political agenda or special interests.” [TVNewsCheck]


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