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Posts Tagged ‘Brian Stelter’

US Government to Argue Against Aereo at Supreme Court Hearing

aereo antennaeThe U.S. Supreme Court has granted a request from the Deputy Solicitor General’s to appear during tomorrow’s Aereo hearing in support of the broadcasters, Deadline reports:

The high court has decided to let the Solicitor General’s office participate in the one-hour oral arguments session between Aereo and the broadcasters Tuesday in Washington D.C. “Motion of the Deputy Solicitor General for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae and for divided argument GRANTED,” said the SCOTUS yesterday. The granting of the motion comes more than a month and a half after the federal government’s top legal office filed a brief supporting the broadcasters in their showdown with the Barry Diller-backed streaming service.

Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia continued to make his case this weekend in a series of interviews with The New York Times and CNN’s Brian Stelter. “The question is, do they want to be broadcasters? If you want to be a broadcaster, you are required to program in public interest in convenience free to air,” Kanojia told Stelter. “Anybody with an antenna can pick it up. I don’t understand why the location of the antenna changes that equation in any which way, shape or form.” Watch after the jump.

We’ll be breaking down the arguments in the Aereo case at the TVNewser Show next Tuesday. Click here for more information and to register.

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Philadelphia Anchor Criticized for Comparing News Story with Breaking Bad Finale

Joyce Evans, the weekend anchor for Philadelphia FOX owned station WTXF, tried to promote her 10:00 p.m. show last night by sending a tweet many thought was in bad taste.

In her tweet, Evans compared a shooting in South Philadelphia that killed one person and injured five others to the finale of AMC Networks’ hit show Breaking Bad.

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She also tried to turn the phrase on facebook saying, “Y’all “Broke Bad” with me last week, I forgive you But come on back home Tonight FOX 29 at Ten. Breakin’ Bad in S.W. 6 people hit in a SHOOTOUT!” Read more

Media Beat: Brian Stelter on Being Matt Lauer’s Nemesis

Brian Stelter, who launched TVNewser almost 10 years ago, is now a published author. “Top of the Morning,” out today, lays bare a tumultuous year for network morning news shows which saw one anchor pack her bags, another face a serious health issue, a ratings leader fall — and lose a quarter of its audience — and an entirely new show launch.

In his first interview for the book, Stelter tells us about the secrecy behind “Top of the Morning,” the access he got, and what he thinks about being called Matt Lauer‘s nemesis.

  • Part II, tomorrow: What happens when Brian Stelter Tweets something he shouldn’t?

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Is Content Sharing Good or Bad for Local Stations?

The New York Times’ Brian Stelter examines content sharing as a “survival strategy” for local stations, noting the increase of shared-services agreements “resembles the retrenchment of the American newspaper industry, but it has been far less publicized.”

Stelter takes a look at the San Angelo market, which is home to Fox-affiliate KIDY, CBS-affiliate KLST and NBC-affiliate KSAN. KLST and KSAN operate under a shared service agreement, which the FCC estimates exist in at least 83 of the 210 U.S. television markets:

The anchors are different at the NBC station KSAN and the CBS station KLST, but they read similar scripts in side-by-side studios. It’s almost comical, for a viewer flipping the channel back and forth, to see identical segments about spot news and health. (The weather segments, however, have different graphics and hosts.) Read more

On WNYW, Occupy ‘Day of Action’ Protests Are In the Spotlight

The New York TimesBrian Stelter looks at the coverage of today’s Occupy Wall Street protests in New York City. The “Day of Action” includes plans to “gather at 16 central subway hubs and take our own stories to the trains,” which were a major topic of conversation this morning on WNYW:

“This is a big deal,” the Fox co-anchor Greg Kelly said as his newscast started at 7 a.m. Wednesday. “We have thousands of protesters that have indicated they are going to try to shut down the subway system as well, and occupy sixteen transit hubs across the five boroughs.” Mr. Kelly and his co-anchor, Rosanna Scotto, spoke of indications of a “shut down” plan three other times that hour.

At 8 a.m., Mr. Kelly, who is the son of Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, said of the protesters on Wall Street: “Right now they’re kind of milling about.  Read more

More Political Ad Revenue Leads To Station Mergers

In today’s New York Times, Brian Stelter examines how newly-profitable stations, due largely to an uptick in political advertising, have resulted in several recent mergers of local station groups. The recent deals have spurred a renewed debate about station consolidation within the industry, especially as the FCC reviews a draft of its new broadcast ownership rules, which reportedly will eliminate restrictions on cross-ownership of television stations in the same market:

Station operators say that the F.C.C. rules make it more difficult to do business; [Sinclair Broadcasting CFO David] Amy said the regulations have hampered the industry.

The F.C.C. commissioner who has been the most critical of media mergers, Michael J. Copps, said last week that he expected “many more deals” as “the economy improves and station groups continue the quest for all those elusive efficiencies to satisfy the investors.” Read more

New York Times: Local TV News Is On the Rebound

In St. Louis, NBC-affiliate KSDK is set to unveil a new programming lineup that includes local news at 4:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., and 4:00 p.m. As Brian Stelter points out in The New York Times, KSDK is one of many stations across the country that are beefing up local programming and expanding their staffs.

Stelter lists three trends that have led to the gradual rebound of local TV: 1) advertisers have returned; 2) cable and satellite companies are ponying up retrans fees; 3) the downturn shook stations out of convention.

Here’s Stelter…

This is what the rebound in local television looks like. Three years after the business buckled under the weight of the advertising recession, the more popular stations in markets like St. Louis are adding newscasts and in some cases employees — though not as many as were dismissed during the downturn. (Full article)