The Mountain Of Entertainment unveiled: Paramount + is here

36 original series; changes to subscription structure from CBS All Access [Editor’s Note: This story was updated on March 5. – T. H]  ViacomCBS officially jumped into the streaming wars this week with their three-hour upfront-like Paramount + presentation Wednesday afternoon, unveiling a slog of programming with a whopping 36 original series and tons of specials all set to launch […]

“Chicago Tonight” in turmoil: Executive Producer out after social media post violations

              Now-departed exec producer threatened show’s journalistic legacy  If the decision to sell the Chicago Tribune – a local institution dating back to 1847 to out-of-town hedge fund interests who are known as newsroom gutters weren’t enough, now another headache as emerged at another of the city’s top news organizations.  WTTW’s Chicago Tonight – […]

Syndication update: MGM pulls plug on court shows’ original production

Court genre thins out, but still viable After being one of the most reliable genres in first-run syndication during the last decade, the courtroom show pack is thinning the herd a little bit.  According to Broadcasting & Cable, MGM (through production company Orion, the former film studio acquired by MGM) has halted production on three court shows – Couples Court […]

Rush Limbaugh dies

Conservative talk show host revitalized AM band One of radio’s biggest stars has passed on.  Rush Limbaugh died Wednesday morning at the age of 70 from lung cancer.  While he’ll be known for revitalizing talk radio, he’ll also be known for the divisive rhetoric he pioneered.  While conservative talkers were nothing new in radio (Howard Miller, Gary Dee, etc.), it […]

Alden Global Capital to acquire the rest of Tribune Publishing

It’s [another] end of an era in Chicago media. But this one particularly stings In a deal anticipated for months, New York City-based hedge fund Alden Global Capital announced Tuesday it has decided to acquire the 68 percent of Tribune Publishing they already didn’t own in a $630 million deal, giving them full control of the Chicago-based media company. In […]

Super Dud: Bowl numbers fall

Tom Brady’s seventh SB victory doesn’t help ratings Super Bowl LV wasn’t exactly the ratings bonanza CBS and the NFL hoped it would be.  The Tampa Bay Buccaneers played the big game at their home at Raymond James Stadium, who were awarded the rights years ago. But the team landed a big-name free agent during the offseason to be their […]

Matt Spiegel returns to the Score and reunites with Danny Parkins

Team reunites after three years apart After being demoted at The Score three years ago, Matt Speigel is back in the afternoons where he belongs.  Beginning today, Speigel is reunited with co-host Danny Parkins in afternoons from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Entercom-owned sports talk station after being bounced for a returning Dan McNeil.  From the press release:  “Matt […]

Gray buys Quincy Media’s TV outlets

Another television group exits Illinois  Atlanta-based Gray Television announced Monday the acquisition of Quincy Media’s television and radio properties for $925 million, a move expected as the Quincy, Ill.-based company announced late last year it was putting their media properties up for sale.  Once the deal is completed, Gray would own stations in 102 markets, mostly mid-sized and small metros. […]