Category Archives: Industry Pieces

Update: The tough marketplace for weekend programming continues

But one syndicator is making an actual investment Back last July, this blog detailed how tough it is to launch a weekly show as the weekend landscape outside [..]

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The tough landscape of weekend programming

Man of the People latest to strike out as viewers head to streaming services on weekends (Editor’s Note: This post has been updated to reflect recent changes in [..]

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25 years ago: The deal heard around the world

25 years ago this week, Fox’s Rupert Murdoch changed the TV world by inking a deal to trigger the biggest affiliation switch in history.  It goes back to [..]

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“Jeopardy!”: A case of a successful game show

A: This show has been a successful story for 35 years – even before Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer came on the scene. Q: What is Jeopardy? In [..]

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T Dog’s Think Tank: “It’s not you, it’s me”

WPWR-CW breakup illustrates how some affiliate partnerships don’t work The major networks have enjoyed long, prosperous relationships with their affiliates. For example, Milwaukee’s WTMJ, St. Louis’ KSDK, and [..]

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What’s next for WGN-TV sports?

Sun-Times article talks about a future without sports on WGN as station, teams head into transition In 2016, WGN-TV decided to cut their ties to The CW and [..]

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Roseanne Barr, meet Howard Miller

            Roseanne not the first media personality to fall from the top When Roseanne Barr made several racially insensitive and anti-Semitic tweets in [..]

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Kanye West puts black radio stations in a bind

Backlash over comments made by the Hip-Hop star about slavery and over Trump have some wondering what to do Urban radio programmers are waiting to see what effect [..]

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Just show yourself the door

Matt Lauer, Garrison Keillor, “Supergirl” showrunner ousted in one day due to sexual harassment charges. The day after the NFL season concludes, it is referred to as “Black [..]

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“South L.A.’s Team”: Chargers’ move to Hollywood isn’t successful so far

Game against Eagles last Sunday was shoved onto little-watched outlet in Los Angeles. The Chargers’ move to Los Angeles from San Diego couldn’t have been more disastrous. Game [..]

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Study: Chicagoans prefer local news over cable news by a wide margin

            CNN, Fox News lag in Chicago market – as local news expansion is starting to go bust in some markets You’d think [..]

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Get to know ION

Secrets of the company success: reruns, reruns and more reruns – oh, and the occasional original show There is a network that often draw more viewers than The [..]

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Bill Maher escapes punishment for N-Word use on “Real Time”

The use of a racial slur isn’t the career-ending death sentence one think it is – but should it? Bill Maher’s use of the “N-Word” on his Real Time [..]

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“Dirty Dancing” slips and falls

The remake of the 1987 theatrical classic was so poorly received, it likely ends the bid for the Made-For-TV Movie to return to the broadcast networks on a regular basis [..]

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