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  1. In the U.S. alone, WBD owns or operates 49 cable networks: * CNN * HLN * CNN en Español * CNN International * TBS * TNT * TruTV * Turner Classic Movies * Cartoon Network/Adult Swim * Boomerang (English and Spanish) * Discovery Channel * Discovery en Español * TLC * Animal Planet * Travel Channel * Food Network * Cooking Channel * HGTV * Hogar de HGTV * Destination America * Investigation Discovery * Oprah Winfrey Network (95% with Harpo Productions) * American Heroes Channel * Discovery Life * Science Channel * Motor Trend * Magnolia Network (JV with Chip and Joanna Gaines; operated by Home Box Office, Inc.) * Discovery Family (60% with Hasbro) * Discovery Familia * AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh * AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain * AT&T SportsNet Southwest * Root Sports Northwest (40% with Baseball Club of Seattle, LP) * MLB Network (16.67% with Major League Baseball, NBC Sports Group, Charter Communications and Cox Communications) * NBA TV (operated by WBD, owned by the NBA) * HBO * HBO2 * HBO Signature * HBO Family * HBO Comedy * HBO Zone * HBO Latino * Cinemax * MoreMax * ActionMax * ThrillerMax * MovieMax * Cinemáx (Spanish-language simulcast of main Cinemax channel) * 5StarMax * OuterMax
  2. Weekend Express won’t be getting a proper farewell; HLN has chosen to air reruns of Forensic Files in its timeslot this weekend, so the layoffs of the Weekend Express on-air and production teams were effective immediately upon the layoff announcement. I’m guessing the CNN This Morning simulcast won’t include its weekend editions once the simulcast begins. I’m surprised the morning editions of CNN Newsroom weren’t included as a simulcast as well, which suggests the required minimum amount of news programming stipulated in HLN’s carriage deals must be around 15 hours per week (the total number of hours that CNNTM runs during the work week, accounting for its three-hour runtime).
  3. The first night had a few bumps with the production control equipment. During the 5:30 p.m. newscast, there was about ten seconds of black screen between the open and the cut to the main set as well as a few issues with cueing between different studio shots. These issues were avoided during the 10:00, however they popped up again during the OK Sports Blitz (which is simulcast on KOTV, so Tulsa viewers got to see the TD issues as well): cutting to Dean Blevins in-studio seconds before the cue with no intro sequence, and being unable to cut to John Holcomb’s segments at the KOTV studios in Tulsa, a Thunder game report and other video packages during the opening segment (at least they cut Dean’s mic at the times Holcomb was supposed to appear, but you could see him getting a little impatient with the technical issues). A technical difficulties slide was shown in place of Segment B, and they had to fall back on KOTV’s PCR (with Blevins MIA and Holcomb mostly solo) for the rest of the program.
  4. It was announced during the Saturday morning newscast, that said newscast will be the last to originate from the Kelley Ave. studio. Tulsa sister station KOTV will produce the Saturday 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. and Sunday morning newscasts this weekend, before production moves to the downtown studio beginning with the 5:30 p.m. newscast Sunday night. (This is clearly a different tack from what KFOR did when it moved to its current studio in 2017, when it produced its Friday newscasts from the old 444 E. Britton building and produced its Saturday newscasts from the newer studio the next day; though in that case, the current KFOR/KAUT building was built next to the old one, making a more seamless transition of news production between the studios possible, whereas KWTV/KSBI is moving several miles across town.)
  5. Like the KWCH post, this doesn’t really have to do with graphics (since the station is still using the Quincy package for now), but WPTA brought back the legacy “21 Alive” branding on Monday (October 17) after a six-year run under the “ABC 21” moniker. The logo introduced with the Quincy package was modified to replace the WPTA calls with the “ALIVE” moniker and to remove the ABC Circle logo.
  6. Paramount still owns 12.5% of The CW, so they still have a limited interest in the network. It’s not responsible for the day-to-day management of the network, since Nexstar acquired 75% of the equity previously held by Paramount and WBD, but CBSNS could negotiate to keep the CW affiliation on WUPA and its other CW stations once their contracts come up. (Further to that point, CBSNS still has a few affiliates of MyNetworkTV, which is owned by Fox, in its portfolio.)
  7. Depends on what you consider “catching up,” KOCO is still using the 2013 ABC logo in graphics, its time/temp bug and most promos. They did start incorporating the 2021 version in mid-August in promos for its new 4:00 p.m. newscast; when that newscast debuted on August 22, the 2013 logo was still featured in the 4:00 open, though the talent bumpers introduced on all weekday newscasts that same day (the first time that KOCO had used regular talent bumps since it adopted the current diagrid package) do incorporate the 2021 ABC logo.
  8. KOLN/KGIN, KSNB and KNOP have all debuted new graphics. In the cases of KSNB and KNOP, both have switched to different flat variants of the “honeycomb” package. KOLN/KGIN: KSNB (note that the bottom-of-screen ID has KSNB’s city of license, York, listed where its callsign is supposed to be): KNOP:
  9. KWTV has promoted weekday morning anchor/reporter Colby Thelen to anchor its 5:00 p.m. newscast. He will take over that shift from Karl Torp, who will remain anchor of the station’s 4:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. newscasts. (Torp has been anchoring the 5:00 p.m. newscast since Kelly Ogle, now only doing special projects reporting, dropped that shift in April 2021.) Thelen - who has anchored the 4:00 hour of News 9 This Morning since August 2020, along with reporting and fill-in anchoring duties on the 5:00-7:00 block and the 9:00 a.m. newscast - will move to the 5:00 broadcast this Summer, after returning from a special reporting assignment in Africa to highlight the Oklahoma City Zoo’s wildlife conservation efforts in Rwanda and Tanzania, set to air on KWTV soon.
  10. Fierce Video posted an analysis on The Weather Channel TV App: https://www.fiercevideo.com/video/sunshine-or-clouds-ahead-weather-channel-dtc-subscription-service
  11. If Bennett is tapped as her (co-)successor, that would be a pretty quick promotion for him, considering he just became anchor of the recently renamed PBS News Weekend when WETA took over responsibility for producing the Saturday and Sunday editions (from WNET) in early April. Nawaz, OTOH, has been acting as backup weeknight anchor for several years (at least since Gwen Ifill’s passing).
  12. TWC has quietly launched a new DTC streaming service (known simply as “The Weather Channel TV App”), which is structurally similar to its TV Everywhere app and offers a live linear feed of the channel as well as local weather information (the “My Weather” feature where this is accessible is somewhat similar to the TWC interactive weather apps on DirecTV and Dish) and on-demand content. It is available for $2.99/month or $29.99/year, after a seven-day trial. At launch, it is available mainly as a Smart TV on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Samsung Smart TV, and Xfinity Flex devices. It’s not clear if this is a replacement for the planned Weather Channel Plus service announced last year.
  13. Jim Ramsey, longtime weather anchor and reporter at WGN-TV for 30 years from 1987 to 2017 (and whose career in Chicago began at WLS-TV years before), has died at the age of 69. As someone who watched him regularly growing up on the former WGN superstation feed, all I can say is… we’ll miss you, Jim.
  14. Actually, considering that TMZ regularly features quite a bit of coverage of the hip-hop industry on its two main syndicated shows, a version dedicated to hip-hop news makes sense.
  15. None of us know how Imagicomm is going to run the stations, so these wild speculations of IP asset transfers, using the stations as spectrum farms and news operation shutdowns are just that… speculatory. I’ll grant you, though, that an affiliate of INSP buying these stations is extremely unusual… then again, the LDS Church does own KSL and runs it as an NBC affiliate.
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