Weekend Headlines — July 13 & 14, 2013

Time Warner Cable, CBS at odds over distribution deal
Although neither side is taking shots at each other publicly, there is an undercurrent of tension between Time Warner Cable and CBS Corp. as the two companies attempt to negotiate a new distribution deal. Time Warner Cable's agreement to carry CBS-owned TV stations including KCBS in Los Angeles, the basic cable channels CBS Sports Network and Smithsonian, and the pay network Showtime expired at the end of June. Since then, there have been a couple of extensions, the latest one running to a few days before the end of the month. [LA Times]

Battle Over the FCC's Future Kickstarted Again in Congress
The battle over the Federal Communications Communication’s future returned to Congress on Thursday —along with the animosity that marked past battles, especially over its ability to extract the net neutrality-like concessions it won in approving the Comcast-NBCUniversal merger. At a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s telecom subcommittee, chairman Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) ripped the FCC for taking too long to review communications deals and for overreaching in demanding concessions that had little to do with the possible harms of the transactions. [TheWrap]

Arun Rath to Host ''Weekend All Things Considered''
Journalist Arun Rath will become the new host of the NPR newsmagazine "Weekend All Things Considered" beginning in late September, when the Saturday and Sunday edition moves its broadcast to the West Coast. Rath has had a distinguished career in public media as a reporter, producer and editor, most recently as a senior reporter for the PBS series "Frontline" and "The World" on WGBH Boston. He's also worked for several NPR and public radio programs. [Radio Online]

Al Jazeera America continues to ramp up, adding four new anchors
Continuing to ramp up for its late summer launch, Al Jazeera America announced the hire of four news anchors. The New York City-based cable news network will be available in some 50 million households starting in late August. Its parent company, Al Jazeera Media Network, purchased Current TV in January for $500 million. The new network expects to have a staff of 800 at launch and will have a dozen bureaus including Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver, Nashville and New Orleans. [LA Times]

Brian Grazer: Netflix in Talks for More 'Arrested Development'
Arrested Development could be making a second triumphant return. Executive producer Brian Grazer said talks are under way with Netflix to do a second season of the cult comedy and fifth season overall. "We are in conversations with them to do another," the co-chairman of Imagine Entertainment told Bloomberg on Thursday. "They are interested in doing that." [THR]


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