Evening Headlines — 8/7/13

Sook: Nexstar's Working On Two Deals
Perry Sook, president-CEO of Nexstar, raised eyebrows and pulse rates during this morning's earnings conference call with analysts when he mentioned two deals in the pipeline. When Barry Lucas, Gabelli & Co. analyst, sought to draw Sook out, asking whether the deals were "bigger or smaller than a breadbox," Sook implied they were bigger, depending on whose breadbox it is. [TVNEWSCHECK]

Correspondent Jumps From 'Today' to 'GMA'
A correspondent who has been working for NBC News and has been featured on the "Today" show has made a move to ABC News. Sara Haines will work with a number of ABC News programs including "Today" rival "Good Morning America." [TVWEEK]

WTHR To Air Two Indianapolis Colts Games
Dispatch Broadcast Group-owned NBC affiliate WTHR Indianapolis (DMA 26) announced today that the station has secured local broadcast rights to air ESPN’s Monday Night Football contest between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Diego Chargers on Monday, Oct. 14, and the NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football matchup between the Colts and Tennessee Titans on Thursday, Nov. 14. [TVNEWSCHECK]

Bob Iger Backs CBS’ Arguments In Dispute With Time Warner Cable
Even though the Disney CEO says he doesn’t want to weigh into the contract dispute, he left analysts with little doubt about his sympathies. Bob Iger told them in his quarterly earnings call that he feels “strongly about the need for broadcasters to be paid adequately” by pay TV providers. [DEADLINE]

Liberal Media Watchdog Decries Clinton Specials
Talk about the most unlikeliest of political allies: Liberal media watchdog Media Matters agrees with the Republican National Committee that NBC and CNN should cancel their special programming on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. [ADWEEK]

Customers have been calling on Time Warner Cable and CBS Corp. to resolve their ongoing carriage dispute that has resulted in channels going dark in several markets including Los Angeles and New York. Now politicians are demanding an end to the blackout. [LOS ANGELES TIMES]

Dish Network chairman Charlie Ergen said large media companies are “essentially monopolies” whose market power is pushing pay TV providers toward consolidation — and added that a merger with DirecTV “makes a lot of sense strategically.” [VARIETY]


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