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ABC Renews Affiliation Agreement with Gannett Broadcasting

gannett_logoGannett and ABC have announced a long-term affiliation agreement for all Gannett’s ABC stations.

Dave Lougee, president of Gannett Broadcasting, said in a statement, “This agreement is the result of a collaborative effort on the part of both companies and positions both of us for the near and long term on multiple forms of distribution.”

“We’re very pleased to extend our agreements with the Gannett-owned ABC Stations,” said John Rouse, SVP of affiliate relations for the ABC Television Network. “Gannett is a strong and important partner of the ABC Television Network, and we look forward to continuing our long-time collaboration with them.”

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Marcy Lefkovitz Named VP Technology and Workflow Strategy at ABC

lefkovitz abcMarcy Lefkovitz has been named VP of Technology and Workflow Strategy for ABC Broadcast Operations and Engineering.

“Our new Technology and Workflow Strategy group will reinvigorate BO&E’s effort to identify and acquire the most promising new technologies and integrate them strategically across the ABC Television Network,” Todd Donovan, SVP of ABC’s Broadcast and Engineering said in a statement. “Marcy’s vast expertise as an editor and producer at ABC News make her the perfect choice to head this new unit.”

Lefkovitz was promoted from her previous position as director of news production for ABC News. She has worked at ABC for 20 years. In 1987, she got her first job with ABC, working as a researcher in the Political Unit assigned to the 1988 Presidential Election. She left ABC after the election to work as an independent documentary producer for Bolthead Communications, Globalvision and OMI, returning to ABC in 1994 as an editor.

Sinclair and ABC Sign Long-Term Affiliation Agreements in 13 Markets

Sinclair BroadcastSinclair Broadcast Group has announced it has signed long-term affiliation renewal agreements with ABC in 13 markets.

Three affiliations will expire on August 31, 2o19 while 11 will run until August 31, 2020. Sinclair owns 25 ABC affiliates, the most of any station group.

The stations being renewed are KOMO in Seattle, KATU in Portland, Ore., WHOI in Peoria, Ill., WLOS in Asheville, N.C., WCHS in Charleston, W.V., WTVC in Chattanooga, Tenn., WSYX in Columbus, Ohio, WKEF in Dayton, WXLV in Winston-Salem, N.C., WEAR in Pensacola, Fla., WICD in Champaign-Springfield, Ill., KDNL in St. Louis, Mo., and KHQA in Quincy, Ill.

“As expected, we will continue to pay ABC reasonable fees, which will be invested in high quality broadcast content that enhances the value of our stations,” said Sinclair’s EVP and general counsel, Barry Faber. “We are confident our net retransmission revenues will continue to grow as the retransmission consent market continues to mature and normalize, bringing broadcasters’ payments in line with their consistently dominant ratings among MVPD offerings and allowing Sinclair to realize the value of the programming offered by our stations and the networks with which we affiliate.”

Broadcasters Warn Lawmakers Over Concerns About STAVRA

broadcastersThe Hill reports, representatives of ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX affiliates wrote to the Senate Commerce Committee to warn that despite the loss of “Local Choice” from the bill, STAVRA still has elements that “would undermine free access … to high quality national network and local broadcast television programming.”

In particular, the stations are concerned about changes made to the system for beaming broadcast channels onto people’s cable and satellite packages, known as “retransmission consent” agreements.

The bill, they wrote, “asserts unprecedented extension of [Federal Communications Commission] regulatory authority over private marketplace negotiations” and unfairly singles out broadcast companies for new limits. Read more

Did ABC Shut Down ‘Live Well’ Because of CBS?

ABC_304The Hollywood Reporter explores why ABC announced it is shutting down its digital subchannel lifestyle network Live Well.

While VP and director of programming for Katz Media Bill Carroll said “The economics didn’t work,” he also said CBS may have had something to do with the decision which THR reports will lead to a small number of layoffs at ABC owned stations.

Carroll thinks the shut down may also have been influenced by a recent announcement from CBS that it is creating a new digital news network which will likely be carried in the digital space. “They may be reacting to what CBS is doing,” says Carroll, “and not want to be in the lifestyle arena and at a disadvantage when CBS is launching this new news channel.” Read more

ABC Pulling the Plug On Live Well Network

ABC_304ABC is pulling the plug on its Live Well Network.

Rebecca Campbell, president of ABC Owned Television Station Group, and Peggy Allen, VP of Live Well Network, sent staffers an email this morning saying, “We’re announcing today that, after careful consideration, we are going to discontinue operating the Live Well Network, effective mid-January, 2015.”

Live Well is a lifetstyle based “broadcast, online and wireless service for digital channels in the US.” It was launched in 2009. It is currently carried in 64% of the US with ABC owned stations making up 23% of that total.

Campbell said the decision was made to focus on local content and the “core local brands in the digital space.” You can read the email after the jump. Read more

Gray Buys Laredo Station Monday, Announces Launch of Digital ABC Affiliate Today

gray_abcABC has announced an affiliation agreement with Gray Television for the station group’s newly purchased Laredo, TX, station KGNS.

The new digital ABC affiliate is targeted for launch in February 2014 and will air the full ABC schedule including “Good Morning America, “World News Tonight” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Currently KGNS broadcasts NBC, the CW and Telemundo.

“Laredo’s number one local station, KGNS, is the logical choice to bring ABC’s news, entertainment and sports programming to the local community,” Kevin Latek, Gray’s SVP for Business Affairs said in a statement.  “And Gray is the logical choice to build the newest ABC affiliate as  Gray has launched four new CBS affiliates and one new NBC since September 2012.”

Monday, Gray announced the addition of KGNS as part of its purchase of Yellowstone Television.

Media Beat: Lori Greiner Talks About Swimming with the Sharks

If you like watching rich people buy things on TV or prefer doing it yourself while watching QVC, then you’re probably familiar with Lori Greiner.

Greiner, known as the “Queen of QVC,” is also a regular on the ABC show “Shark Tank” where those that have millions listen to pitches from those that have little more than a million dollar idea.

SocialTimes editor Devon Glenn sat down with Greiner to talk about the show, her reign on QVC and if any of the products she’s invested in on “Shark Tank” have any bite.

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Christiane Amanpour: My First Big Break

She is one of the most recognizable foreign correspondents on network television today.  But did you know Christiane Amanpour’s journey to the front lines of reporting included a stint as a graphics coordinator at a local NBC station?

In this episode of My First Big Break, Christiane Amanpour talks about how escaping the Iranian revolution with her family started a journey that took her from WJAR in Providence, RI, all the way to the front lines of the first Gulf War as a reporter for CNN.

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A Look Back at ‘Cubes’ TV News Tours

The week before the new year begins is a good time to review what you’ve learned over the last year and to plot your course for the next 365 days. For MediabistroTV, 2012 gave us an interesting look at the present and possible future of TV news.

Former “CBS This Morning” anchor Erika Hill showed us around the CBS Broadcast Center in New York before she went to NBC’s “Today Show.” While “ABC World News” anchor, David Muir was gracious enough to give us a look at ABC News.

“Cubes” CBS News Behind-the-Scenes

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