NAB announces replacements for departing execs | Report: Netflix will keep spending on content | Des Moines station rehires staff as iHeart shuffle continues
January 17, 2020
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Comcast lays out pricing, content for Peacock
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 Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (1/16),  CNBC (1/16),  The Hollywood Reporter (1/16),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (1/16) 
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NAB announces replacements for departing execs
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.
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Report: Netflix will keep spending on content
Report: Netflix will keep spending on content
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.
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Des Moines station rehires staff as iHeart shuffle continues
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.
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Broadcast Programming
ABC adopts live-programming tentpole strategy
ABC adopts live-programming tentpole strategy
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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.
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Neb., Md. lawmakers eye removal of advertising tax exemption
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.
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People & Personalities
Recording Academy head on leave after misconduct allegations
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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NAB News
Live Webcast: Beltway Briefing: Second Session of the 116th Congress
With a huge victory for broadcasters over STELAR, several challenges and opportunities remain in the second session. Join us on Thursday, January 23 at 1 p.m. ET to learn more about the law ending STELAR and updates on the status of other broadcasting issues currently before Congress. Register now.
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Presented by the NAB Leadership Foundation, Broadcast Career Link (BCL) is a user-friendly, comprehensive website that specifically targets and attracts broadcast talent. Designed to reach qualified broadcast professionals for open positions, BCL delivers the best candidates to your organization. Visit for more information.
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