Judge denies CBS' restraining order request | Lachlan Murdoch to head up "New Fox" | Will legal betting revive TV sports?
May 17, 2018
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Senate votes to revive 2015 net neutrality rules
The US Senate voted 52-47 Wednesday to approve a resolution to block the Federal Communications Commission's planned reversal of net neutrality rules adopted in 2015, during the Obama administration; three Republicans voted with the Democrats. The measure faces an uphill battle in the House, where the minority Democrats said they will attempt to amass enough signatures -- 218 -- to file a discharge petition to force a vote.
The Hill (5/16),  TechCrunch (5/16),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (5/16) 
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Judge denies CBS' restraining order request
A Delaware judge on Thursday refused to grant CBS' request for a restraining order against its majority shareholder, National Amusements. CBS can still file a court challenge if the holding company acts in a manner inconsistent with its obligations to the company and its other shareholders, the judge noted.
Talking Points Memo/The Associated Press (5/17) 
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Lachlan Murdoch to head up "New Fox"
Lachlan Murdoch to head up "New Fox"
Lachlan Murdoch (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Lachlan Murdoch will be appointed as chairman and CEO of "New Fox" if the proposed 21st Century Fox-Disney deal closes. Fox Chief Financial Officer John Nallen will step into the role of chief operating officer, while Rupert Murdoch will be co-chairman.
Deadline Hollywood (5/16) 
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Will legal betting revive TV sports?
The Supreme Court's decision to legalize sports betting will be a boon to a flagging linear TV sports industry, enticing fans to tune in to live coverage and betting companies to invest in advertising, writes Kevin Draper. The benefits could take a while to filter through, as individual states have to go through their own legislative processes, he notes.
The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (5/15),  Inside Radio (free content) (5/16) 
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Nielsen: Tumultuous weather leads to rise in radio
News radio audiences in Puerto Rico rose by over 100,000 listeners weekly after Hurricane Maria, per Nielsen's winter survey. Audience tallies also rose across Texas and Florida after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Radio Ink (5/16) 
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Hot topics at this year's TV upfronts
Broadcast networks have taken to the stage this week to host upfront presentations in a bid to secure their share of as much as $9 billion in advertising revenue. ABC's hit show "Roseanne," network shakeups, an influx of reboots and Fox's post-deal future are among the key topics that have been touched on this week.
The Hollywood Reporter (5/16) 
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Turner's Levy says Nielsen TV metric is outdated
Turner President David Levy touted the network's audience targeting and cross-platform ad buys ahead of its Upfront, emphasizing the importance of embracing a new ad measurement approach to monitor audiences across TV and the digital ecosystem. "We are in a new era of media, and it's time to retire the Nielsen television metric," he said.
MediaPost Communications (5/16) 
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