Thursday, August 19, 2010
  • Global Pay TV Expect To Hit $312M in 2010

    TV advertising revenues continues to show strength post-recession -- as do pay TV revenues. ABI Research says global pay TV revs will hit $312 billion this year -- a 7% gain over 2009. Thank pricey packages that include HD programming. ...Read the whole story

  • Starcom, BermanBraun Team For $100 Mil. Digital Deal

    Looking for a more consistent flow of original digital content, Starcom MediaVest Group has inked a multimillion dollar deal with TV producer/digital content developer BermanBraun. It will give Starcom clients a "first Look" at new ad options for the Web. ...Read the whole story

  • Allbritton Says Comcast Threatens Local TV Viability

    NBC Universal's plans to launch a 24/7 local information channel in Washington could fuel Allbritton Communications' ongoing opposition to the proposed Comcast-NBCU merger. Already, Allbritton suggests a new Comcast would intentionally weaken its NewsChannel 8, so its potential control of a direct competitor is likely to heighten the acrimony. ...Read the whole story

  • Out of Air: Dr. Laura Quits Radio Amid Controversy

    Dr. Laura Schlessinger, a popular conservative female talk radio host, says she is leaving radio at the end of the year, following criticism for repeating a racial slur on air. Her syndicated talk radio show will end after her current contract expires in December. ...Read the whole story

  • Tribune Gets More Time for Bankruptcy Plan

    The judge presiding over Tribune Co.'s bankruptcy case has extended the deadline for the company to put its bankruptcy reorganization plan up for a vote by creditors and shareholders. That gives the company more time to negotiate with aggrieved bondholders, who recently got more ammunition in the form of critical findings from an independent examiner appointed by the court. ...Read the whole story

  • Hallmark Launches Major 'Martha' Marketing Push

    Scoring Martha Stewart is a big deal for Hallmark Channel. So big, that it has unleashed a cross-platformed, multimillion dollar marketing effort -- the largest in the net's history. The push signals a new daytime direction for the family-oriented channel, anchored by the sixth season of "Martha Stewart Living," which begins Sept. 13. ...Read the whole story

  • Volkswagen, TLC Takee Road Trip

    Volkswagen of America is touting its Routan minivan via a partnership with Discovery's around family and travel. The automaker will be the premier sponsor of family travel content on and feature an original Webisode series titled "The Great Getaway," plus family-related travel information on Discovery-owned Web site ...Read the whole story