Nielsen will transition out diary market in 3 stages | New York CNN studio evacuated after receiving bomb threat | Investigators draft report on CBS execs' wrongdoing
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December 7, 2018
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Judges skeptical of DOJ arguments in AT&T appeal case
A panel of US Court of Appeals judges grilled the Justice Department on its effort to block the AT&T-Time Warner merger based on antitrust violations. The judges, who are expected to deliver a final ruling in a few months, are skeptical of the DOJ's arguments that the deal would hurt competition in the industry by giving the joint company the ability to make blackout threats.
Broadcasting & Cable (12/6) 
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Nielsen will transition out diary market in 3 stages
Nielsen Audio announced it will transition diary markets to monthly measurements, beginning in July 2019 with markets that currently get measured quarterly. The objective is to let marketers tailor their campaigns to the most current data available.
Radio Business Report (12/6),  Inside Radio (free content) (12/7) 
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New York CNN studio evacuated after receiving bomb threat
New York CNN studio evacuated after receiving bomb threat
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The New York Police Department evacuated a CNN studio in the city Thursday night after a caller made a bomb threat while host Don Lemon was on air. Lemon continued to broadcast via Skype until the NYPD announced that it was safe to return to the building.
Politico (12/6) 
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Investigators draft report on CBS execs' wrongdoing
Investigators from two law firms looking into allegations of sexual misconduct at CBS have drafted a report for the board, suggesting that former network chief Les Moonves was likely fired for cause and that the corporation thus has grounds to withhold his $120 million severance package. The report also discusses abusive behavior by "60 Minutes" employees, including former executive producer Jeff Fager and former senior producer Michael Radutzky, possibly exacerbated by the program's independence from the rest of the CBS news bureau.
The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/6) 
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Broadcast Programming
Comedies on NBC and CBS get Golden Globe nominations
Comedies on NBC and CBS get Golden Globe nominations
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NBC's comedy "The Good Place" was nominated for three Golden Globe awards, and CBS's "Murphy Brown" for one. FX was the top scorer, with 10 nominations, while HBO tied with Prime Video from Amazon in second place.
Deadline Hollywood (12/6) 
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Marijuana ads banned by Maryland panel
Cannabis advertising will be banned on radio and TV, as well as billboards and other media, after a unanimous vote of the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission. Marijuana companies vow to appeal the decision before the General Assembly next month.
The Baltimore Sun (12/6) 
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People & Personalities
Hart withdraws as "Academy Awards" host
Kevin Hart is no longer the next host of the Academy Awards, having left due to the growing controversy surrounding anti-gay tweets he made from 2009 to 2011. Hart has apologized for the tweets and said he does not want to take attention away from the ceremony, though a video earlier that day shows him refusing to apologize.
The Hollywood Reporter (12/6) 
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Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 Technology Awards, which will be presented at the NAB Show this April in Las Vegas. The awards highlight significant achievements in the field of broadcast technology and include the Engineering Achievement Awards (Radio and Television), Digital Leadership Award, Technology Innovation Award and the Best Paper Award. The nomination deadline is January 18. Additional information is available here.
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