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July 19, 2019
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"Sesame Street" first show to get Kennedy honors
"Sesame Street" first show to get Kennedy honors
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The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' list of honorees includes a television show for the first time ever. Venerable children's program "Sesame Street" is on the center's 2019 list, which also includes Earth, Wind & Fire, Sally Field, Linda Ronstadt and Michael Tilson Thomas.
Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (7/18) 
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Stock in iHeartMedia opens at $16.45
Radio broadcaster iHeartMedia's stocks opened with a NASDAQ value of $16.45 this week, less than three months after the company emerged from bankruptcy. Executives say public trading will offer investor flexibility and could provide the company with capital for future use.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (7/18) 
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GateHouse Media in talks to acquire USA Today owner
GateHouse Media is reportedly involved in negotiations that would see it acquire Gannett, which owns the country's most widely-circulated newspaper, USA Today. Insiders disagree on how close the two organizations are to finalizing a deal.
New York Post (7/18) 
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Technology
Nielsen ratings might come to streaming platforms
Video streaming services release viewership or user statistics at their own discretion, with no verification methods, but some advertisement-supported platforms are looking to change that. Nielsen has said that it is in talks with Pluto TV, Xumo and Tubi about implementing its Digital Ad Ratings, which will likely help marketers make decisions based on confirmed numbers.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (7/17) 
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Broadcast Programming
"Seinfeld" star dismisses possibility of sitcom revival
"Seinfeld" star dismisses possibility of sitcom revival
Seinfeld (Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
Jerry Seinfeld dismissed the idea of bringing back his hit sitcom "Seinfeld," saying it would be "arrogant" to think he could recreate the show's success. Season 11 of the star's current show, "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee," premieres this week on Netflix.
TVNewsCheck (free registration) (7/19) 
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Advertising
SMI predicts CBS-Viacom combo would dominate ad revenue
Should Viacom and CBS merge, the resulting entity would dominate television advertising in the US, as the two companies currently account for more than 20% of TV ad revenue, Standard Media Index's analysis shows. Insiders say that the two media giants, both owned by the Redstone family, aim to conclude discussions on merging by August 8.
Broadcasting & Cable (7/18) 
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People & Personalities
NAB announces 2019 Marconi finalists
The National Association of Broadcasters has revealed its list of finalists for 2019's Marconi Radio Awards, which include two new categories, "Best Radio Station Podcast" and "Legendary Manager of the Year". NAB's Radio Show in Dallas this fall will feature a dinner where the organization will name the winners.
Radio and Television Business Report (7/18) 
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NAB News
Attention All Commercial TV Stations: File Your Cable Royalty Claims by July 31, 2019
Commercial Television stations whose signals were carried as distant signals by at least one cable system in 2018 must file a claim with the Copyright Royalty Board no later than July 31, 2019. If a station fails to file within this time frame, it cannot collect any royalties for 2018. As of 2017, this is now a two-step process: (1) If you did not do so last year, you must register through the new eCRB system and (2) File your claim by July 31, 2019. Details on how to register and file a claim are provided in an NAB Counsel Memo, available here.
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