Friday Headlines — 7/12/13

Liberty’s John Malone Urges Ergen to Merge Dish With DirecTV
Liberty Media Corp. Chairman John Malone urged fellow billionaire Charlie Ergen to combine Dish Network Corp. with DirecTV to get the advantages of bigger bulk in the pay-TV business. “It would be good if DirecTV could combine with Echo or Dish or whatever Charlie calls it now just because scale economics in the media business drives down costs and makes it possible for larger investment,” Malone said in an interview at the Allen & Co. conference in Sun Valley, Idaho. “You need larger — I’m not saying monopoly players — but you need larger players.” [Bloomberg]

NBC Dumps Betty White
After breaking Saturday Night Live ratings barriers for NBC, taking down CBS’ insufferable reality host Jeff Probst and snagging NBC a rare Emmy nom in that category, and clocking good numbers for the network with not one but two 90th birthday parties on their air, NBC has thanked Betty White by canceling her show Betty White’s Off Their Rockers. [Deadline]

CBS, PBS Lead News and Documentary Emmy Award Nominees
CBS and PBS lead the nominees for the 34th annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards, with 46 and 45 nominations, respectively. [THR]

The Power of Local TV
There are those in the advertising industry who scoff, nay bray, at the supposed decline of local TV stations. I don’t believe this to be true. The power of local TV is in its localness — its ability to connect and unite communities. The best example of this is the reaction of TV viewers to traumatic events. [Bruce Goerlich]


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