Local radio groups are stepping up efforts to support the community after the school shooting in Parkland, Fla. IHeartMedia's stations have provided continuous coverage and have connected with the community, while Cox Media Group hosted a blood drive and Entercom has opened up its phone lines for listeners to reach out and share their stories.
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NBC Entertainment's Robert Greenblatt revealed that the network has been working on measuring its content views and revenue beyond linear TV to those streaming its shows. Forty-four percent of ad revenue made from "This is Us" has come from digital views, and around 36% of ad revenue for "The Good Place" has been earned via digital, the company reports.
Fox's $3.3 billion purchase of "Thursday Night Football" rights could push retrans competition to its limits, writes Harry Jessell. Fox could drive more retrans from affiliates in the NFL's NFC and AFC markets, or it could pay for games through the acquisition of high-margin stations, Jessell writes.
WBUR last week fired "On Point" host Tom Ashbrook for alleged abusive behavior, highlighting inappropriate behavior trends for public radio. Public radio faces challenges from proposed budget cuts and aging audiences, and these accusations only further challenge the medium by threatening to cut the bond with listeners.
NBC on Sunday tweeted that Olympic figure skater and bronze medalist Adam Rippon would serve as a correspondent for the remainder of the Winter Olympics through TV, social media and digital. However, Rippon later said that while he was "so flattered" by the offer, he was turning down the role to stay with his teammates in the Olympic Village for the rest of the Games.
Peyton Manning is a top pick for both Fox and ESPN as a game analyst, sources say. Fox previously reached out to Manning and will likely try its luck again, although ESPN will reportedly now more aggressively pursue Manning to replace Jon Gruden on "Monday Night Football."
KTHV reporter Winnie Wright took to Twitter to speak out against KABZ's "Babe Bracket," a contest that ranks female journalists. Wright, who did not choose to participate but was ranked as runner-up last year, listed her professional achievements and added the hashtag "#morethanababe" in an effort to spread her message against the contest.
This year's NAB Show will feature a panel of digital leaders who climbed their way to the top of the corporate ladder. "DFXTra: Digital Leaders Take Charge -- President and CEO Panel" will take place April 9 and will feature executives from Raycom, ABC-Owned Television Stations Group, Capitol Broadcasting Co. and Scripps.