Gannett, as part of an 18-month process to develop programming for its TV stations, has been in discussions with "a new generation of producers" for shows that will likely incorporate social media, said Gannett Broadcasting President Dave Lougee. The programming push dovetails nicely with Gannett's merger with Belo, which will result in a station group with 43 affiliates. "I think there's an organic relationship between TV viewing and social media," Lougee said. "It opens up a whole new genre of programming. It's a large opportunity for our industry."

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