The transition from longtime "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart to Trevor Noah has been smooth for Comedy Central. The late-night program is now top-rated among the 18-24 audience and has increased its viewership among African-Americans who are 18-34 by 100%, but it has also seen a dip among 18-49 viewers compared with last year. Advertisers have remained loyal, with sponsorships reserved through early 2016.
Broadcasters must ensure that the Olympics, major football games and other so-called "big tent" events remain on their networks and not migrate to niche pay TV channels, according to NBC Universal Sports and Olympics Chairman Dick Ebersol. "It's key that these broadcast events stay broadcast events," Ebersol said at the TVB Forward Conference in New York. "We must support each other in going after them."
WABC in New York will celebrate host Bob Grant's 40 years in talk radio with a two-hour "roast" on Monday. The station's Mark Simone will anchor the tribute, which will include live testimonials from Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Monica Crowley and other talk radio stars.
WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C., citing alleged insubordination and misconduct, has terminated the contract of longtime anchor Doug McKelway. The firing stems from an incident in July in which McKelway allegedly got into a "shouting match" with Bill Lord, the station's news director and general manager, over a report in which he made partisan comments about President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress. Neither McKelway nor Lord commented for this article.
Comedy Central has completed work on a pilot that will satirize sports the way "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" spoofs news. "Sports Central" will be executive produced by veterans of the "Daily Show" and "The Ben Stiller Show."