Morning Headlines — 7/9/13

A Different Deal Mania Grips TV
Suddenly, being big is a big deal. Again. And we’re not just talking about the resurgence in the sales of pickup trucks. After years of small-bore shifting and tweaking by media companies in an effort to stay in front of consumers, big deals are back on the table. Using relatively cheap capital, companies in dire need of diversification away from wounded businesses like print are going shopping. [NY Times]

Gallup: TV Tops Web, Print As News Source
Some 55% of Americans turn to TV first to get the news, according to a new poll from Gallup. The Internet was the second-most popular news source at 21%, followed by newspapers (9%) and radio (6%). [NetNewsCheck]

NBC’s Rising Leno Dominates Kimmel and Letterman
He’s a little more than six months away from passing the “Tonight Show” baton — again — but Jay Leno is very much still on his game ratings-wise. In Nielsen numbers for the second quarter of this year, NBC’s “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” was easily the top-rated hour in latenight. ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” ranked second in key demos for a second straight quarter in its new, earlier timeslot and remains the youngest-skewing of the 11:35 p.m. talkshows. [Variety]

Microsoft Ends MSN TV, Overshadowed By Xbox
Ahead of what many are expecting to be a major reorganization at Microsoft, the software giant has announced plans to pull the plug on MSN TV by September 30. [MediaPost]


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