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Broadcasters Paint Doomsday Scenario in Case Against Aereo’s Streaming TV Service

In a series of court filings this week, broadcasters argued that the streaming TV service Aereo, currently available only in New York, would cause an end to the TV industry as we know it.

In a declaration filed in a New York federal court, Matt Bond, EVP of content distribution at NBCUniversal, said, according to The Hollywood Reporter, that if Aereo is successful in fending off lawsuits from broadcasters and is able to proceed with its service, the economics of TV distribution would be changed forever. Read more

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NBC Stations to Sell Advertising for Comcast Regional Sports Networks

NBC stations are about to become more entwined with Comcast’s regional sports networks.

NBCUniversal announced today that its local stations will begin selling national advertising for four Comcast SportsNets.  The sales partnership will be phased in over the next several months, with local NBC stations beginning to sell advertising for Comcast’s New England and Mid-Atlantic networks this month, followed by Northwest at the end of May and Philadelphia at the end of June. Read more

NBC Scraps Plan for Huge Los Angeles News Facility

NBCUniversal has decided to kill an ambitious plan to develop an office development and news production facility in the Universal City section of Los Angeles.

According to a recently released SEC filing from developer Thomas Properties Group, which was posted by Curbed LA, NBCUniversal agreed to terminate further work on a development that would have included space for KNBC, Telemundo-affiliate KVEA, and NBC News’ West Coast bureau, as well as “Access Hollywood.” Read more

WMAQ Beefs Up Investigative Unit as NBCU Doubles Down on Local News

NBC O&Os are doubling down on investigative reporting.

Last month NBC Universal announced that it planned to hire for more than 130 positions across its 10 stations and it appears that a significant number of those hires will be committed to bolstering the stations’ investigative units.

Last week, veteran investigative reporter Tony Kovaleski announced that he was leaving KMGH for a “great opportunity” with NBC’s KNTV in San Francisco.  And this week WMAQ in Chicago announced the hiring of Peabody Award winner Katy Smyse, who will be one of two new investigative producers at the station.

“Quite simply, we believe our ability to develop more exclusive and impactful local stories will help us attract more viewers to our newscasts,” WMAQ vice president and general manager Frank Whittaker told Robert Feder.

Veteran Investigative Reporter Tony Kovaleski Leaving KMGH for ‘Great Opportunity’ at KNTV

Veteran investigative reporter Tony Kovaleski is leaving Denver’s KMGH after more than a decade with the station to join KNTV in the Bay Area.

“I wasn’t going to leave Denver for anything but a great opportunity,” Kovaleski told the Denver Post, adding that NBC’s KNTV is “committed to building the biggest and best investigative unit in the Bay Area.”

Kovaleski grew up in the Bay Area and graduated from San Jose State University.  Since joining KMGH in May of 2011, he has brought home a number of awards, including several Emmys, and was twice named “Best Specialty Reporter” by the Colorado Broadcasters Association. Read more

NBC Launching Three Local 24-Hour Channels

Making good on a promise made to the FCC during merger talks, Comcast-NBC Universal is launching three 24-hour news channels at NBC O&Os in Miami, Dallas, and California.

In pitching the merger to the FCC, the two companies said that NBC Local Media would add 1,000 additional hours of local news per year and the new 24/7 channels will deliver this extra coverage.

“We’re happy to announce that we’ve begun to fulfill the localism commitment we made on the day we announced our transaction,” said NBC Local Media president John Wallace. “These new offerings continue our ongoing effort to expand our local news and information programming in our ten O&O markets.”

Miami’s WTVJ and Dallas’s KXAS will launch “Nonstop” digital subchannels in their respective markets, while LA’s KNBC, San Francisco’s KNTV, and San Diego’s KNSD will work together to debut a 24-hour channel covering California.

NBC Universal Gets a New Logo

TVNewser has confirmed that NBC Universal is set to unveil a brand-new logo.  NBCU has dropped the familiar NBC peacock from the logo in favor of straightforward text. (The above image comes from a gift box that was handed out to staff this morning).

The NBC network logo will reportedly stay unchanged, though.

NBC Universal Sells Los Angeles’ KWHY

NBC Universal has agreed to sell Los Angeles Spanish-language station KWHY to Alex Meruelo, a prominent Hispanic businessman in Southern California.

Meruelo Group, Meruelo’s investment company, announced today that it had reached a deal with NBCU to acquire the independent station.  Financial terms have not been disclosed and the acquisition must gain FCC approval.

“We are honored to be the only Latino-owned station in Los Angeles, and look forward to continuing KWHY’s proud tradition as we bring the very best in entertainment, news, and community affairs programming to the people of Los Angeles,” said Meruelo in making the announcement.

With the deal, NBCU is getting rid of one of its three stations in Los Angeles (in addition to KNBC, the company owns Telemundo station KVEA).

NBCU had been operating KWHY on a special FCC waiver but agreed to sell it off as the company merged with Comcast.

Comcast-NBCU Deal Goes Through

Comcast’s acquisition of NBC Universal was approved by the FCC and the Justice Department on Tuesday, clearing the way for the formation of a massive multimedia company that spans the cable-broadcast divide.

The FCC voted 4-1 in approving the merger, which is now expected to close on January 28.

The approval comes with conditions attached to it, especially surrounding the growing world of online video.  FCC chairman Julius Genachowski said in a statement:

After a thorough review, we have adopted strong and fair merger conditions to ensure this transaction serves the public interest. The conditions include carefully considered steps to ensure that competition drives innovation in the emerging online video marketplace.

The move is not without its critics. Three Republican congressmen, including the new chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Fred Upton, released a statement blasting the review process.

“We are glad Comcast can now get back to doing business and creating jobs, but the price of doing so should not be coerced compliance with the heavy-handed tactics of an overreaching FCC,” Upton, along with Greg Walden of Oregon and Lee Terry of Nebraska, said in the statement.