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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

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KTVT Anchor Tracy Kornet Leaving Station

Tracy-KornetTracy Kornet, an anchor/reporter and eight-year veteran of the CBS O&O KTVT, has decided to leave the Dallas station.

KTVT’s director of communications, Lori Conrad, confirmed the move to TVSpy today: ”She is moving to Nashville to be closer to her family,” Conrad explained.

Kornet arrived at the station in 2006. She previously worked at KNXV in Phoenix as a morning news anchor and host.

Kornet’s last day is September 5.

Moonves Says CBS Local Stations Worth More After Time Warner Battle

CBS president and CEO Les Moonves revealed what he sees as the silver lining coming out of his company’s long fight with Time Warner Cable over retransmission fees.

In a conference call during the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2013 Media, Communication & Entertainment Conference in Beverly Hills, Moonves was asked whether CBS would jump into the pool of groups buying and selling stations. “There are a few stations in the CBS affiliate group that we don’t think are particularly well run,” he said. “Those are the ones we look for as opportunities [to buy]. We say, if we took them in we could make them substantially better,” taking the GM’s of his owned stations off the hook when he made it clear he was talking about the stations CBS doesn’t own.

“By the same token, I guess, in some of our smaller markets,” said Moonves. “There might be a station or two, if the offer is right, that we would sell. But guess what?” he added. “The value of these stations over the last 12 months has gone up substantially and right now people know why.  They’re all saying, ‘Oh my God! Retrans is a serious amount of money.’ Stations, therefore are much more valuable than they ever were.”
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Two California Senators Ask CBS and Time Warner to End Blackout

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) have co-written a letter to both CBS Corporation president and CEO Les Moonves and the head of Time Warner Cable Glenn Britt urging the two to end the dispute between their two companies.

The senator’s press release says the fight between the two companies “has blocked consumers across the country from receiving programming they have paid to access.”

“Millions of customers in the Los Angeles area and throughout the country have subscribed to receive the programming CBS networks create and Time Warner Cable distributes, but are unable to access it because of this standoff,”” the Senators wrote. “The status quo is unfair to the millions of your customers who are caught in the middle of your dispute, and we strongly encourage both sides to resolve it immediately.”

Because of the dispute over retransmission fees, Time Warner Cable subscribers in major TV markets like Dalls, New York and Los Angeles can’t watch CBS programming. You can read the full text of the letter after the jump. Read more

How Long Will the Dispute Between CBS and Time Warner Cable Last?

CBS stations remain unavailable to Time Warner Cable customers in major markets, including New York, Dallas, Los Angeles, Chicago and Boston. The New York TimesBill Carter reports the two sides “may not engage in further direct confrontation for some time”:

Several media analysts suggested the standoff might be protracted, with predictions ranging from about 10 days to as long as six weeks. The later date is associated with the start of the N.F.L. season, a package of programming that everyone involved agrees cannot be denied to subscribers.

Indeed, timing seems to be the dominant factor driving the dispute. CBS has continued to insist that it would make its programs available to the cable company throughout the negotiations and that the cable company acted now to remove them from its service because Time Warner Cable would lose leverage as the football season got closer — a point the cable executives do not dispute. They acknowledge they need to push the issue now.

CBS Names Elizabeth Tumulty Affiliate Relations EVP

Elizabeth Tumulty has been named executive vice president of Affiliate Relations for the CBS Television Network.

She will report to CBS president of affiliate relations Diana Wilkin and will work with Wilkin on negotiating new affiliation contracts and all affiliate related initiatives.

“I’m thrilled to have someone of Elizabeth’s professional caliber joining our team,” said Wilkin. “Her business acumen and vast knowledge of the inner workings of the affiliate-network relationship make her well-suited to keep CBS and its affiliates at the forefront of an always-evolving industry.” Read more

CBS Picks Up Comedy About Local News Reporter For Fall

Both CBS and NBC are set to premiere comedies about local news personalities this fall.

CBS has picked up “The Millers,” starring Will Arnett as Nathan Miller, “a recently divorced local roving news reporter looking forward to living the singles’ life until his parents’ marital problems unexpectedly derail his plans.” The show also stars Margo Martindale and Beau Bridges as Nathan’s parents.

CBS will air “The Millers” Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. beginning this fall. NBC’s new comedy about a local news anchor, “The Michael J. Fox Show,” will air Thursdays at 9:30 p.m.

Watch a preview after the jump. Read more

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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Nexstar Renews CBS Affiliation Agreements

Nexstar has renewed affiliation agreements with CBS for eight of its stations, the company announced today.

The long-term extensions are at KLBK in Lubbock, TX, KLST in San Angelo, TX, KTAB in Abilene, TX, WCIA in Decatur, IL, WFRV in Green Bay, WJMN in Marquette, WMBD in Peoria and WROC in Rochester. Mission Broadcasting has also renewed an affiliation agreement with CBS for KOLR in Springfield, MO, which Nexstar operates under a local marketing agreement.

“Our affiliation with CBS combined with our stations’ market-leading local news and unique community-focused programming allows us to deliver great entertainment and information to viewers as well as superior marketing solutions for advertisers,” Nexstar president and CEO Perry Sook said in a statement.

CBS and Cablevision Renew Carriage Agreement

CBS and Cablevision announced the renewal of their content carriage agreements for the CBS O&Os. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The agreement covers Cablevision subscribers in the New York tri-state area served by WCBS, Philadelphia’s KYW and Denver’s KCNC and also includes Cablevision’s continued carriage of Showtime, Smithsonian Channel and CBS Sports Network.

“This broad agreement will ensure that Cablevision customers will continue to have access to the CBS programming they already enjoy, across a range of networks, as well as new services Cablevision will launch in the coming months, including Showtime Anytime and CBS prime time shows on demand,” said Mac Budill, Cablevision’s executive vice president of programming.

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