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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

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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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Christiane Amanpour Goes ‘Back to the Beginning’

While the crew at MediabistroTV is busy in their workshop cobbling together the next episode of “My First Big Break” featuring Christiane Amanpour of ABC News and CNN, we thought we’d direct your attention to a new show she has called “Back to the Beginning.”  It airs in two parts on Friday December 21st and 28th at 9pm ET/PT on ABC.

Amanpour calls “Back to the Beginning” a “field trip through the Old Testament.”  The show looks at how the world’s three major religions have a lot more in common than you may think.

Then be sure to watch “Christiane Amanpour: My First Big Break” on Wednesday, January 2 on mediabistroTV.

You can check out the website for Amanpour’s show “Back to the Beginning” by clicking here. Read more

Local Stations Pitch in For Hurricane Sandy Relief

In the wake of the devastation left by Hurricane Sandy local TV stations, station groups and networks are pitching in to help out those affected.  Here’s the roundup of who is doing what so far:

TODAY:

>WPVI, Philadelphia’s ABC O&O will air “Helping Our Neighbors: Surviving Sandy”, a live telethon from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for those who would like to donate to the American Red Cross disaster relief fund.

According to TVNewser, “In addition to American Red Cross volunteers, special guests will be stopping by to lend their support to the telethon. The long list of guests includes Mayor Michael Nutter, Pat Croce, Vince Papale, Top Chef Kevin Sbraga, celebrity chef Michael Schulson, radio personality Nicole Michalik, Temple Basketball Coach Fran Dunphy, Flyers Head Coach Peter Laviolette, several of the Sixers star players, WMMR-FM’s Pierre Robert, Olympic Gold Medalist Carli Lloyd and many more familiar faces.”

>KNBC, the Los Angeles NBC owned station has teamed up with the American Red Cross for the ‘NBC4 Sandy Relief’ telethon.  The telethon runs until 7 p.m. tonight.  Viewers are encouraged to call: (866) 658-1903 and make a donation of any amount. Read more

VIDEO: ABC Posts Montage of Hurricane Sandy Getting Best of Local Reporters

It looks like ABC News is trying to show how hard their local ABC7 reporters worked during Hurricane Sandy by posting a montage of reporters in various states of distress while covering the big storm.  Their website captioned the video: “Heavy winds, rain and sea foam weren’t enough to deter journalists from covering the story.”

Of course, the video could also be placed in the “cliches about hurricane reporting” bin on any social media website.  The highlights include one female reporter losing her hat multiple times while a couple of reporters have trouble keeping either sea foam or sand out of their mouths.  Watch and enjoy.

Sharing Among News Stations Still Going Strong

When KSAZ, the FOX affiliate in Phoenix, signed up for a helicopter sharing agreement with cross-town ABC affiliate KNXV this week, it was just one recent example of TV stations still pursuing opportunities to pool resources.  While the practice of sharing helicopters and video crews among stations may have started as a cost cutting measure years ago, networks like FOX see it as just another tool to give viewers what they want and station owners what they need, according to a report by TVNewsCheck.

Fox and other proponents of the arrangements argue that in making newsgathering more efficient, they are freeing up reporters to concentrate on enterprise stories while curbing big costs, especially those associated with operating helicopters.

Both FOX and NBC are credited with starting the practice of sharing.  While NBC has begun paring back its use of pooled resources, FOX’s interest remains strong, agreeing to the practice in 12 of the 16 markets where its stations produce news.

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