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Gray Television Renews with NBC

New_Gray_304Gray Television says it has reached an agreement in principle with NBC to renew all of the station group’s network affiliates.

The agreement covers 24 stations in 21 markets across the US. The terms of the deal were not revealed.

“Today is another historic day for Gray Television because we proudly announce the long-term extension of our deep relationship with NBC,” Gray CEO Hilton H. Howell, Jr. said in a statement. “Most of our NBC affiliated stations have been partners with the network since they first began operation.”

Check out the list of affiliates covered after the jump. Read more

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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

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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It’s Official: Dreyer Named to NBC’s “Weekend Today”

NBC has officially announced Dylan Dreyer will be joining NBC News as their “Weekend Today” weather anchor.

TVSpy reported last month Dreyer, who was the weekday morning anchor for WHDH, would be leaving the Boston NBC affiliate for the Today show gig.

Dreyer, whose first day on-air will be this Saturday, September 15th, will also provide weekend weather reports for MSNBC.

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Top TV Markets for Olympics Viewing

The London Summer Olympics have become the most-watched event in TV history. The 17 days of the games drew 219.4 million viewers, 4.4 million more than the Bejing Olympics in 2008 and 10 million more than the 1996 Atlanta games.

An average of 31.1 million viewers watched each night in primetime.

Local newscasts on NBC affiliates saw major increases. In the 56 metered markets, compared to the July 2012 sweeps period, Morning newscasts (5-7am) were up +53%; Evening newscasts (5-7:30pm) were up +59% and late newscasts were up +84%.

Here’s how the top 56 metered markets finished:

1. Salt Lake City 25.0/45 (KSL)
2. Kansas City 22.5/37 (KSHB)
3. Milwaukee 22.3/37 (WTMJ)
4. Denver 22.1/42 (KUSA)
5. Columbus, OH 21.9/36 (WCMH)
6. Norfolk 21.2/33 (WAVY)
7. Indianapolis 20.9/36 (WTHR)
T8. San Diego 20.8/37 (KNSD)
T8. West Palm Beach 20.8/34 (WPTV)
10. Richmond 20.6/33 (WWBT)

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WHDH Meteorologist Joining NBC’s ‘Today’

Dylan Dreyer, currently the morning and noon meteorologist at WHDH, is leaving the Boston NBC-affiliate to join NBC’s “Today,” where she’ll work as the weekend weather anchor.

A formal announcement has not yet been made but Dreyer, who has been with WHDH since 2007, confirmed in a recent tweet that she is leaving at the end of her contract for “a new opportunity.”

“Today” has been without a regular weekend weathercaster since WNBC chief meteorologist Janice Huff bid farewell to the show in April. Read more

Top 20 TV Markets for Opening Ceremony Viewing

As you may have read, the London Games Opening Ceremony was the most-watched opening to an Olympics ever in the U.S. with 40.7 million viewers tuning in Friday night. That’s a million more than watched the 1996 Atlanta games (39.8 million viewers) and almost 6 million more than watched the Beijing opening ceremony four years ago (34.9 million viewers).

Here are the top 20 metered markets in rating and share (8 p.m. – 12:02 a.m. ET/PT on Friday, July 27, 2012):

1. San Diego (KNSD) 27.8/49
T2. Washington D.C. (WRC) 26.8/48
T2. West Palm Beach (WPTV) 26.8/48
4. Salt Lake City (KSL) 26.6/50
5. Denver (KUSA) 26.4/51
6. Norfolk (WAVY) 26.3/42
7. Sacramento (KCRA) 25.4/47
T8. Kansas City 25.0/44 (KSHB)
T8. Richmond (WWBT) 25.0/41
10. Columbus (WCMH) 24.9/43
T11. Boston (WHDH) 24.8/45
T11. Indianapolis (WTHR) 24.8/45
13. Seattle (KING) 24.4/48
14. Los Angeles (KNBC) 24.2/44
15. Atlanta (WXIA) 24.1/39
T16. Philadelphia (WCAU) 24.0/40
T16. Jacksonville (WTLV) 24.0/39
T18. Austin (KXAN) 23.9/44
T18. Ft. Myers (WBBH) 23.9/43
20. Portland (KGW) 23.8/48

After the jump, the Top 20 markets for Saturday, the first night of competition (8:30-11:28 p.m. ET/PT on July 28, 2012):

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Streaming TV Service Aereo Survives First Legal Test

Aereo, the streaming TV service backed by Barry Diller, scored a victory in court this week as a federal judge ruled that the company could continue to operate while it fights broadcasters over the use of their programming.

A group of 17 network broadcasters had combined on a motion for a preliminary injunction against Aereo, which allows users to watch and record broadcast channels through their digital devices.  The service launched in the New York City area in March and currently costs $12 per month.

“This isn’t just a win for Aereo, it’s also a significant win for consumers who are demanding more choice and flexibility in the way they watch television,” Aereo CEO and founder Chet Kanojia said in a statement. Read more

Savannah Guthrie Makes Official Debut as ‘Today’ Co-Host

Savannah Guthrie, an alum of KMIZ in Columbia, MO and KVOA in Tucson, made her official debut as co-host of NBC’s “Today” show Monday morning.

“It truly is a new day around here,’” Matt Lauer said, welcoming Guthrie to the host desk (video above). Read more at TVNewser