Peacock, the upcoming streaming service from Comcast's NBCUniversal, will have a monthly price of $4.99 with five minutes or fewer of commercials per hour and $9.99 without any at all, and the former will be free for some cable and internet customers. A free-for-all tier will also be available, featuring 7,500 hours rather than the 15,000 that the two Premium tiers offer, and not providing live sports.
The National Association of Broadcasters has announced replacements for departing executives Chris Ornelas and Steve Newberry. Curtis LeGeyt will move from his present role as executive vice president of government relations to succeed Ornelas in the chief operating officer post, while April Carty-Sipp will become executive vice president for industry affairs and strategic planning, filling Newberry's previous role, with Shawn Donilon taking LeGeyt's current position and Trish Johnson becoming an executive vice president as well.
Netflix plans to spend roughly $17.3 billion on content in 2020, and investment bank BMO Capital Markets predicts that the amount will pass $26 billion within the next eight years. BMO says Netflix will pour most of its resources into original content.
Five radio show hosts and a program director at Des Moines, Iowa's KXNO radio were rehired, 48 hours after being let go as part of an iHeartMedia streamlining, in response to listener backlash. Three of iHeart's veteran programmers also recently became executive vice presidents at its National Programing Group.
ABC is hoping to attract new viewers -- and maintain existing audiences -- with a strategy of basing its programming around one major live "tentpole" event each month. The network saw success with its "Jeopardy! Greatest of All Time" series this month.
Lawmakers in the state legislatures of Maryland and Nebraska are taking aim at laws currently exempting advertisement space purchases from tax. The Nebraska senate is considering ending the exemption to offset a proposal to lower sales taxes, while Maryland legislators are proposing a tax on digital advertising that would be tied to media outlets' in-state revenue.
The governing board of the Recording Academy has placed
Deborah Dugan, the organization's chief executive officer, on administrative leave in the wake of a formal misconduct allegation. Dugan's attorney has suggested that the accusations are misleading and says his client will tell her story when not constrained by her contract.
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