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Archives: February 2010

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Work on TVSpy Message Boards

As many of you have noticed, the TVSpy message boards have been operating erratically for the past couple of weeks (hat tip to @NotFTVLive, @orthicon, and others for pointing this out on the Watercooler). The technical team at Vault has been working on updating the back-end so that the boards will run more efficiently in the future. Unfortunately, byproducts of this work have been slow load times and difficulty logging in.

Thank you all for your continued patience as we get things straightened out here. Please don’t hesitate to send an email to productmanagement@vault.com or to editor@tvspy.com. (Be as specific as possible in your emails so that the technical team has as much information as possible to address your problems).

Again, we are very sorry that these technical problems have resulted in frustration and an inability to easily take part in message board discussions. We will address all of the issues included in your emails and do our best to respond on a case-by-case basis.

Broadcast Interactive Media Acquires TitanTV

Television Broadcast

Broadcast Interactive Media Broadcast Interactive Media announced today that it has acquired Decisionmark Corp., which does business as TitanTV Media out of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Transaction terms were not disclosed.

TitanTV specializes in signal coverage and analysis software for broadcast TV stations, including applications focused on satellite carriage law. It also does Web site program listings for 1,300 TV stations and brand extension of TV stations online complete with a proprietary video player.

As Decisionmark, the company ranked No. 327 on Inc.s 5,000 fastest growing companies in America in 2003, with 30 employees and $6.3 million in revenue, representing 555 percent growth. More…

CNN Falls For ‘World’s 1st Hot Dog’ Hoax

Business Insider

CNN Hot Dog Hoax NN aired a fascinating story about an ancient, 140-year-old hot dog found in Coney Island recently.

Organizers from the Coney Island History project put the “fossilized” hot dog and bun on display, saying that it was found while the city demolished Feltmans Kitchen, one of Astroland’s old eateries “where the first hot dog was made.” It froze into a block of ice, according to the CNN report.

But, whoops!

The whole thing was a publicity stunt “in the grand tradition of Coney Island ballyhoo,” Tricia Vita, spokeswoman for the history project, wrote in a press release. More…

Roberts to Congress: Comcast-NBCU Good for Consumers

Bloomberg

Brian Roberts, Comcast Comcast Corp. Chief Executive Officer Brian Roberts said a proposed takeover of NBC Universal Inc. would benefit consumers with “diverse programming” and promised to protect “the national treasure” of NBC.

Roberts and NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker testified to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee today, their third appearance before Congress, where lawmakers have raised questions about the deal. The two men faced questions about their commitment to the workforce and programming diversity, as well as concerns about whether the new company would shed jobs in an already weak economy.

“I must say that I have always been alarmed about these combinations,” Judiciary Chairman John Conyers said. More…

Cablevision Posts Profit in Quarter

Associated Press

Cablevision HQ The Cablevision Systems Corporation posted a profit for the fourth quarter as more customers signed up for digital cable TV, phone and Internet services.

The only money-losing division was its Newsday newspaper. Otherwise the company has performed well against stiff competition from satellite TV and phone companies that offer video.

As a sign of where advertising dollars are heading, Cablevision said revenue it received from commercials on cable TV grew 13 percent while Newsdays ad revenue fell 20 percent. In addition to serving 3.3 million cable, Internet and phone customers in the New York area, Cablevision owns national cable channels like AMC and IFC. More…

In Grand Rapids, WZZM Takes Team Approach to Sports

The Grand Rapids Press

WZZM Logo Astute observers of the local newscasts might have noticed that WZZM-TV 13‘s sports segments look a little different these days.

OK, a lot different.

According to sports director Tom Clyde, WZZM has been making a distinct effort to beef up its local coverage for the 6 p.m. broadcasts.

But since the WZZM sports department currently has only two on-air personalities — Clyde and Dan Harland — that meant adjustments had to be made. As a result, longtime news anchors Lee VanAmeyde and Juliet Dragos have handled shorter sports reports for the 11 p.m. broadcasts, mostly on Mondays and Tuesdays. More…

Pioneering Oregon TV Journalist Dick Bogle Dies

The Columbian

Dick Bogle Dick Bogle, Oregon’s first black TV journalist, former Portland City Commissioner and Clark County resident, died Thursday morning of congestive heart failure.

Bogle was in and out of hospitals, nursing facilities and rehabilitation programs for severe pain in his spine since October, his wife of 33 years, Nola, said Thursday evening. Bogle returned home Jan. 26 and was making strides toward recovery, she said.

“He was enthusiastic and happy,” she said.

But on Monday, Bogle lost consciousness following severe coughing spell and was put on life support at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. More…

Backpack Journalism on the Rise

TVNewser

Backpack Journalist equipment Will the increased demand for correspondents’ multi-tasking hurt the quality of their reporting?

That’s the big question as prodigious job cuts at ABC and elsewhere force more correspondents to shoot their own video, gather their own sound and edit their own pieces in addition to reporting them.

Certainly, the consolidation saves money, but at what cost to journalism?

To many, the question is moot. Digital one-man bands are the inevitable result of a receding economy and an advancing technology. Expand your skill sets or it’s game over. More…

Cuts at TV-News Divisions Signal Leaner Approach

The Wall Street Journal

ABC Dan Harris, boat Staff cuts at two of the biggest broadcast-television news outfits in the U.S. foreshadow a shift toward cheaper TV news gathering, as broadcast-news groups face shrinking profits and increasing competition from cable and the Internet.

ABC News, a division of Walt Disney Co., said this week it would embark on a “fundamental transformation” of its operations, a move that could cut as much as a quarter of its news staff of approximately 1,500, according a person familiar with the matter.

The move comes three weeks after CBS Corp.’s news division began to shed more than 6% of its staff of roughly 1,400 and just over three years after General Electric Co.’s NBC News began rounds of stiff cuts. More…

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