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1/17/2020

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.

1/17/2020

A pair of Federal Communications Commission members advocated for Congress to take stronger measures to make mid-band spectrum available for 5G networks but disagreed on the methods. Republican Michael O'Rielly told the Senate Commerce Committee that speed was the most important factor, while Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel said her priority was "getting it right."

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1/17/2020

TiVo's Video Trends Report for Q4 2019 finds the favorite video bundle to be Facebook, YouTube and pay TV, followed by Facebook, Netflix and YouTube. The top 11 bundle choices all included at least one ad-based video on demand service, according to the report.

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1/17/2020

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.

1/17/2020

AMC Networks spelled out development plans for its AMC Studios production arm, saying it will craft seven of 11 upcoming projects for its internal cable services while potentially selling the remaining four to third parties. Katie Couric is among the producers involved in the projects, which include an adaptation of a book by Stephen and Owen King.

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1/17/2020

AT&T has petitioned federal regulators for permission to demonstrate 5G technology in Miami in the time around the upcoming Super Bowl. The carrier wants a Special Temporary Authority to use millimeter-wave spectrum between Jan. 20 and Feb. 7, with a base station in Miami, though not at the actual site of the game.

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1/17/2020

The General Services Administration has awarded CenturyLink a contract, which could be worth as much as $1.6 billion, to provide the Department of the Interior with managed core network capacity and related security services, the telecom confirmed. The deal is part of GSA's 15-year, $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure agreement, in which the agency can choose from among nine companies for any given job.

1/17/2020

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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Steve Newberry
1/17/2020

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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1/17/2020

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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