Morning Headlines — 8/12/13

Belo, Gannett: Spin-Offs Violate No FCC Rules
Gannett and Belo have told the FCC that their plan to spin off five stations as part of the merger of their station groups complies with "all applicable Commission rules, policies, and precedent." They also say that those who have petitioned to deny those sales don't have standing to file such a petition. [BROADCASTING & CABLE]

Leno’s Last ‘Tonight Show’ To Air Feb. 6; Staff Paid Until September
Jay Leno-hosted Tonight Show will air its last episode on February 6, and, per terms of his show exit deal with NBC, the cast and crew will be paid until his contract expires in September. [DEADLINE]

Alec Baldwin in Talks to Host MSNBC Show
Alec Baldwin could be heading to MSNBC. The Hollywood Reporter confirms that the 30 Rock actor is in talks to host a weekly program on the cable news network, which has recently been beleaguered by declining ratings. [THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER]

The final days of Speed
In late July, Speed employee Jessie Morrison scaled the large, red Speed sign outside the broadcast network’s Charlotte headquarters. She stretched out across it on her stomach, turned toward a camera and smiled. Later, she posted the photo on Instagram with a simple caption: “Going to miss seeing this sign.” [SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL]


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