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  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. HBO Max being available for free for HBO’s cable/satellite/IPTV/vMVPD subscribers, through a DirecTV-owned service or any other provider, most likely won’t change with the spin-off. (I get HBO Max access through HBO’s Hulu add-on [which can be added onto either of Hulu’s base VOD-only tiers as well as its live TV offering], but only use Max to watch non-HBO content; I have the Hulu add-on partly for the live East/West feeds of all seven linear HBO channels available on it, which have still yet to become available in any capacity on Max’s HBO portal.) Starz is the only other premium channel to have a hybrid TV Everywhere/direct-to-consumer streaming platform, interestingly (although HBO Max is technically more a hybrid of a premium channel streamer and a Netflix/Hulu/Prime Video-style general entertainment service), whereas Showtime and Epix still offer separate TVE and DTC services (Showtime Anytime and the Epix streaming service on the TVE side, and the Showtime streaming service and Epix Now on the DTC side).
  7. Except not immediately, just after a transition period that would initially see them being bundled by default before Discovery+ is formally folded into HBO Max.
  8. TheSpeedKing really buried the lede here, though, as the Xandr agreement was disclosed as part of a hail-mary lawsuit filed by Herring Networks in the California Superior Court on March 7, seeking to keep OAN (and AWE) on DirecTV and keep both networks from ending up like RT America (which also relied on satellite for much of its pay TV distribution), which makes many “points” that likely won’t stand up in court. The suit, which seeks an injunction barring the removal and financial damages, claims that the removal "will result in damage to Herring exceeding $1 billion". ArsTechnica breaks it down: The major issues in the suit are the fact that it tries to link the separate carriage and advertising services agreements as one in the same (they’re not), claims any form of criticism against OAN’s content is in violation of the agreement (its doubtful that’s so, and is another example of right-wingers believing they should not be held accountable), and suggests that AT&T had no right to disclose when the contract would lapse (also doubtful, as most carriage contracts, like affiliation contracts with stations. usually have key terms like contract duration periods included in filings). As far as other providers being scared off from carrying OAN, the network’s reputation and legal issues may have had a bigger impact on expanding carriage than DirecTV deciding against renewing the agreement, given the Dominion Voting Systems suit puts its fate into uncertainty as it stands. The only impact I see a shutdown of OAN having is it being used by Herring as an out to avoid a possible court loss in the Dominion case. (A recent NYT article even points out that some First Amendment scholars see a judgement against OAN in that suit, among others involving right-wing outlets related to the false election rigging claims in the 2020 election, as a necessary line-drawing between protected speech and disinformation.)
  9. Apparently, the last time Gray renewed its Fox affiliation contracts was in September 2019, so how long that deal applies to WLUC’s “Fox UP” subchannel is key as to what point in time WJMN will get an opening to snag that affiliation.
  10. What about WLUC’s DT2 Fox affiliation? How long will it be before Gray has to go to the negotiating table for that? Considering WJMN pushed its late news to prime time, Fox would make more sense as a future partner.
  11. So, like another CBS station in the Midwest on channel 19 (during its Action News era), WZMQ elected to use separate logos: one for news and one serving as a general purpose logo (for syndicated and network programming, and for promotional use).
  12. Taking a look at the schedule, there is no Rewind TV programming on WJMN, just Antenna TV programs. ‘80s shows featured on the new lineup like Benson, Silver Spoons and Too Close for Comfort are all sourced from Antenna TV’s schedule; the network retained a much smaller inventory of post-‘70s series on its lineup after most of its other ‘80s and all of its ‘90s series moved over to Rewind when it launched in September.
  13. WJMN losing CBS is absolutely no indicator of Nexstar’s chances of buying The CW or a stake in it, or of Nexstar’s relationship with CBS anywhere else. There are a few questions I have about this: * 1) Even with the issues mrschimpf outlined, you would think Nexstar of all companies would have a lot more leverage to keep CBS on WJMN, while agreeing to address the technical issues that became such a bother. The fact that Nexstar lost CBS to a station with no history as a Big Three station (and which hasn’t been a major network affiliate since it lost Fox to WLUC-DT2 in 2009) is odd to say the least. * 2) Why did WZMQ decide to put CBS on its .2 instead of putting the network on its main channel and bumping MeTV programming to 19.2? Effectively, WZMQ will likely be the first subchannel-only Big Four affiliate to have a primary affiliation with a network that is commonly distributed via subchannels. * 3) Why the short notice? Unless the affiliation contract was already set to expire on January 21, common sense would be to at least wait until February 1, so that viewers could acclimated with the changes. That just causes viewer confusion for no reason.
  14. KCPQ has added a third evening news hour at 6:00 p.m. (The TVNewsCheck article about its launch implies it premiered Monday [January 17].) David Rose and Jamie Tompkins anchor the broadcast.
  15. Actually, Griffin Communications still uses Doc as the voice for KWTV and KOTV. I know KWTV hasn’t used anyone else to voice promos since they started contracting him c. 1995, and he’s been doing work for KOTV since the late 1980s when it was still owned by Belo. As far as WRCB dropping “Eyewitness News”, I think this leaves WBRE and KOB as the last NBC stations to use that moniker, right?
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