Weekend Headlines — 6/22 - 6/23/13 — Say it ain't so, Paula ...

REJECTED: Paula Deen's contract isn't being
renewed by Food Network following the backlash
over the Queen of Southern Cooking's use of
the "N-word" in the past.
Paula Deen Let Go from Food Network
Following Paula Deen's admission in a deposition that she has used the N-word in the past and the subsequent backlash, Food Network has let go of the "Queen of Southern Cooking."

"Food Network will not renew Paula Deen's contract when it expires at the end of this month," the network said in a statement to ET. [ETOnline]

In other news this weekend ...

Gray Television Announces Departure of Robert S. Prather, Jr.
Gray Television, Inc. on Friday evening announced that Robert S. Prather, Jr., its president and COO, has resigned from all positions he held with the company, effective immediately. 

The company, which owns Bowling Green ABC/FOX/CW affiliate WBKO, also announced that Hilton H. Howell, Jr., Gray's CEO, has been appointed to serve as president as well.

Mr. Howell said: "I want to thank Bob Prather for his service to the company.  As we continue to move ahead, I am looking forward to continuing to work closely with our corporate leadership team, as well as all the other members of Gray's outstanding operational leadership team at our television stations.  This is an exciting and dynamic time in the television broadcasting industry, and after our record year in 2012 we continue to be on track for a very solid year in 2013."

Be sure to read the rest of this weekend's headlines after the jump.

Survey: Pay TV Cord-Cutting Population Rising
Nearly 6 million more people are relying on over-the-air broadcast television than a year ago, according to new research from GfK Media & Entertainment. The percentage of TV households currently OTA reliant has grown from 14% in 2010 to 19.3% in the current survey — a 38% increase in about four years, according to the study that was released this week. The National Association of Broadcasters emailed the report to members of the media Friday. [Playout/TVNewsCheck]

Planets Align For Station Trading Tsunami
As one industry observer puts it: "If you're not looking to merge or acquire, you're a bonehead dinosaur. Everybody should be on the block. If you bought assets to eventually sell, now is the time to sell." Among the station groups in play are Local TV LLC/FoxCo’s 21 stations; Allbritton; Grant Communications; and Granite Broadcasting. Possible buyers include Sinclair, Nexstar, Fox, Raycom, LIN and ABC. [TVNewsCheck]

Glenn Beck's Mercury Radio Arts Buys Dallas-Area Studio Building
Glenn Beck's Mercury Radio Arts has purchased the studio building where Beck has been producing his show for Premiere Networks and The Blaze, his online and satellite TV network. [All Access]

Wetherbee Chief Stormcaster at ''America Weekend''
Envision Radio Networks announces AMS and NWA certified meteorologist and 30-year industry veteran John Wetherbee as Chief Stormcaster for "America Weekend." [Radio Online]


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