Evening Headlines — 7/16/13

Fox Considering Taking Aereo To Supreme Court After Appeal Denied
The broadcasters’ desire to shut Aereo down could end up at the nation’s highest court. “The 2nd circuit’s denial of our request for an ‘en banc’ hearing, while disappointing was not unexpected.  We will now review our options and determine the appropriate course of action, which include seeking a hearing in the U.S. Supreme Court and proceeding to a full trial on the merits of the case,” said Fox in a statement today after another swing at the copyright infringement case was rejected this morning. [Deadline]

Showing Pete Rose footage frowned upon, Fox's Tim McCarver says
Pete Rose is banned from Major League Baseball for gambling, but are networks that carry the national pastime prohibited from showing old footage of Charlie Hustle?

That's what Fox's baseball commentator Tim McCarver told sports radio host Dan Patrick on Monday morning during an interview to promote the network's coverage of tonight's All-Star game.

"Major League Baseball does not like us showing video of Pete Rose on our air and from my understanding, ESPN's too," McCarver said. [LA Times]

At a Library of Congress facility in Culpeper, an effort is underway to convert old videotapes into digital files, ensuring the long-term survival of a host of 1950s-through-1970s TV shows, including the “CBS Evening News” with Walter Cronkite and “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.” Preserving these shows turns out to be a challenging and time-consuming task. But unless the videotapes are transformed, experts say, future generations will have a diminished appreciation of the era of JFK, flower power and Watergate. [Washington Post]

Newsroom staffing stagnates
The latest RTDNA/Hofstra University Annual Survey found lots of staff turnover, but when the dust settled, the total TV staffing was virtually unchanged from a year ago -- down just 48 to a total local TV news staff of 27,605.  The average  staff size per newsroom actually grew to break last year's record, but, once again, fewer newsrooms resulted in that slight overall shrinkage.  It's still the third highest total staff ever (barely behind both 2000 and last year). [RTDNA]

'American Dad' Moves to TBS in 2014
American Dad is on the move. The animated series from Seth MacFarlane will finish its 10th season on Fox and move to TBS in late 2014 for its 11th season, the Turner-owned network announced Tuesday. [THR]

Report: Fox charging affiliates 80 cents monthly for FS1
Fox Networks is asking pay TV distributors to shell out 80 cents monthly per subscriber to carry new national sports network Fox Sports 1, with carriage fees climbing to $1.50 monthly over the life of multi-year contracts, Sports Business Daily reported Monday. Comcast signed a broad distribution deal earlier this year with Fox that includes FS1, which is scheduled to launch Aug. 17. But the network hasn't yet signed major distributors Time Warner Cable, DirecTV and Dish Network, according to SBD. [FierceCable]

A La Carte Pricing Would Hurt TV
Cable operators moving to a la carte pricing would leave a massive financial hole in the TV business, according to a new report. Needham analyst Laura Martin estimates that so-called unbundling would remove 50% of total revenue for the industry at large, which comes out to about $70 billion. [MediaPost]

Indecency groups say FCC is “moving the goal posts”
Radio managers have complained for years that the rules of the road on broadcast indecency are constantly changing, leaving more questions than answers.  So perhaps it’s only fitting that groups pressuring the FCC to get tough with radio and TV are feeling a bit of the same thing. [Inside Radio]


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