Wednesday, July 11, 2012

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    • Poll: Consumer Confidence In TV News

      Consumer perceptions of  TV news hit a new low in the latest Gallup poll: 21% of respondents reported having a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in that form of news, down from 27% in 2011, and a significant crash "from 46% when Gallup started tracking confidence in TV news in 1993," writes Jim Romenesko. Newspapers do slightly better, with a 25% confidence rate, though still down from 28% last year. Those numbers are just part of a a "broader trend" in which "Americans have grown more negative about the media in recent years, as they have about ... ...Read the whole story

    • AutoHop Suit To Be Tried Mostly In CaliforniaAdweek

      Score one for Fox, CBS, and NBC, who got "their first win in the legal battle over Dish Network's AutoHop service by ruling that the case should be tried in California as requested" by the broadcasters, writes Katy Bachman. In hopes of being tried in New York, "where a previous case involving DVRs could give AutoHop legal precedent," Dish had filed a suit there, but parts of that suit were dismissed. However, New York will be the venue for the ABC suit against Dish, because that's where the broadcaster filed. ...Read the whole story

    • NBC Axes EVP Of Drama The Wrap

      NBC's EVP of drama programming, Laura Lancaster, has been let go from the company -- a victim of the network's struggles "to break out of fourth place in the ratings in recent years," and the lack of a breakout drama, Todd Cunningham reports. "NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt came from Showtime, and could look to the cable network for a replacement." ...Read the whole story

    • Carriage Fee Conflict Could Lead To Viacom Blackout On DirecTVWall Street Journal

      Another day, another carriage fee fight. This time it's between Viacom and DirecTV, and it could lead to a potential blackout as soon as tonight. Viacom reportedly is looking to raise fees by 30% -- or more than $1 billion -- according to DirectTV, while Viacom claims the current deal offers "way below market rates." "Industry executives and analysts have in recent months predicted that Viacom would encounter challenging negotiations like this because of ratings softness," writes William Launder. ...Read the whole story

    The Showrunner's The Thing

    The recent death of Andrew Sarris recalls a time when film criticism really mattered -- while simultaneously reminding us there has never been a television critic with his reach and intellectual influence. And that goes for ...More