Evening Headlines — 8/19/13

TV Ratings: Fox Sports 1 Off to a Solid Start With UFC Programming
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER — Fox Sports 1 got off to a solid start on its first day. The channel, which launched Saturday in about 90 million homes, drew an average of 1.7 million viewers in primetime (8-11 p.m. ET), according to Nielsen Media Research Fast National data, with a broadcast of UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen.

Fox Steps Up its Pursuit of Station Acquisitions in NFL Markets
VARIETY — The two stations in Charlotte, N.C. that Fox Television Stations Group gobbled up in January may have only been the appetizer. The station arm of 21st Century Fox is sniffing around acquisition targets in several major markets, including Seattle, St. Louis and San Francisco. The push is part of a larger strategy to add to its station holdings in NFL markets, particularly markets with NFC teams, the conference for which Fox has a TV rights package. Fox at present has O&Os in 11 of the 16 NFC markets.

NBC Says Hillary Clinton Miniseries Might Never Go To Production
DEADLINE — “The Hillary Clinton movie has not been ordered to production, only a script is being written at this time,” NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt said Friday afternoon in a statement. “It is ‘in development’, the first stage of any television series or movie, many of which never go to production. Speculation, demands, and declarations pertaining to something that isn’t created or produced yet seem premature,” he added.

NPR CEO Gary Knell Announces He's Leaving
WKU PUBLIC RADIO — After fewer than 21 months on the job, NPR CEO Gary Knell announced at mid-day Monday that he's leaving the organization to become president and CEO at the National Geographic Society. In a message to a surprised staff, Knell said he was "approached by the organization recently and offered an opportunity that, after discussions with my family, I could not turn down."

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