Weekend Headlines — Aug. 17-18, 2013

Way-FM Selects Joy Summers As Network Midday Host
ALL ACCESS — Contemporary Christian WAY-FM Network announces Joy Summers as midday host. VP Content/Faron Dice says, "Joy is a fresh new voice in Christian radio, and I am very excited to have her on the WAY-FM network, serving all of our markets."

MLB To Expand Instant Replay In 2014
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS — Calling it a historic moment, Commissioner Bud Selig said Thursday that Major League Baseball plans to expand its video review process next season, giving managers a tool they've never had in an effort to dramatically reduce the number of incorrect calls made in games. Selig made the announcement after two days of meetings with representatives of the 30 teams. The proposal is to be voted on by the owners in November.

CW launches CW Seed digital studio
LOS ANGELES TIMES — CW Seed, an experimental digital entertainment studio and website, launched Thursday with four original Web shows. The ambitious effort represents a dramatic increase in the CW television network's investment in original programming for digital platforms. CW intends to roll out fresh episodes each week and add two other Web shows to the site later in the fall.

CBS Blackout on Time Warner Cable May Last Until N.F.L. Season
THE NEW YORK TIMES — More and more, it is looking like the blackout of CBS stations in more than three million homes subscribing to Time Warner Cable could last until the start of the National Football League season on Sept. 8, analysts who are monitoring the situation said this week.

Comcast Extends NBCU Chief Steve Burke’s Contract To 2018
DEADLINE — Steve Burke‘s previous deal, made in late 2009, was due to expire at the end of 2014. Now it will run through August 2018, with an 18% increase in his base salary to $2.6M while his annual cash bonus opportunity stays at 300% of his base salary, the company says in an SEC filing.

Fox TV Studios Won't Produce NBC Hillary Clinton Miniseries (Exclusive)
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER — The tantalizing spectacle of Fox Television Studios producing a Hillary Clinton miniseries for NBC has been canceled, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. It was reported last week that Fox, also the home of the conservative-leaning cable news channel, might produce the planned four-hour miniseries to be written and directed by Courtney Hunt (Frozen River) and to star Diane Lane.

Republicans Ban CNN, NBC From Hosting Debates Because of Hillary Clinton Projects
THEWRAP — The Republican National Committee on Friday voted to ban CNN and NBC from hosting Republican presidential primary debates in 2016 in retaliation for their plans to air Hillary Clinton related programs. The RNC’s vote at the party’s Summer Meeting in Boston bars the party or its officials from either partnering of sanctioning debates with either network. The party made good on its threats to do so if the networks didn’t reverse course.

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