Several CNN hosts and contributors have been involved in altercations recently, and the network has suggested it is being deliberately targeted because of President Donald Trump's ongoing hostility toward the network. A CNN executive says Trump's frequent condemnations of the media give his followers motivation to attack members of the press.
New Orleans WQUE-FM top-rated host C.J. Morgan, who was a morning show mainstay for close to 20 years, passed away this week at the age of 63. Friends and colleagues are sharing tributes to Morgan, who is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren.
ViacomCBS executives emphasized the newly merged company's ability to provide advertisers with highly addressable technology and the scale to reach audiences more effectively through streaming services. Viacom provides CBS with access to its Vantage platform, aimed at helping advertisers reach their target audiences, which the company cited for its return to ad growth in the second quarter.
Fuse recently announced its fall schedule, saying it will introduce several series and documentaries as well as renewing "Complex x Fuse" for its fifth season. The network, which targets a younger audience, will debut the celebrity cooking show "Made from Scratch" and "The Read with Kid Fury and Crissle West," a talk/variety series, in October.
Advertisers remain enthusiastic about reaching the millions of viewers who tune in to live NFL coverage, and an additional division playoff match this year gives CBS more to sell, says Sean McManus, chairman of CBS Sports. CPMs for NFL coverage have increased noticeably compared to last year, adds Jo Ann Ross, CBS's chief of ad sales.
Radio DJ Paco Navarro passed away this week at the age of 82, succumbing to ailments that included complications of liver cancer. Navarro got his start on Spanish-language stations, where he played Latin music, before becoming the "Voice of Disco" on New York City's WKTU in 1978.
AT&T's advertising and analytics division, Xandr, will start using Comscore data for its addressable ad offerings, with inventory from AT&T, DIRECTV and distributors Altice USA and Frontier. Xandr has been signing on numerous content partners for its curated video advertising marketplace, Community, including A+E Networks, TBS, CNN, AMC, Hearst Magazines and Vice.
Charter Communications and Disney reached a carriage accord that could create a path for the cable company to distribute and market Disney-owned streaming services ESPN+, Hulu and Disney+. The multi-year agreement, which insures Charter's continued carriage of 22 Disney-owned channels, also calls on the companies to fight piracy together and manage password sharing among streaming subscribers.
The number of wireline broadband subscribers grew by 339,000 during the year's second quarter as cable companies dominated the landscape to bring their 12-month gains to a net of 2.8 million new customers, SNL Kagan reports. Comcast grew by 209,000 subscribers while Charter added 221,000, as telecoms lost ground due to defections among legacy DSL customers.
Cisco Systems grew revenues at its core network equipment unit by 6% in its latest quarter but sales from service providers dropped by 21% year-to-year as telecoms focus in on buying 5G gear outside of Cisco's inventory. CEO Chuck Robbins offered a bearish outlook for the near future and noted that trade issues have hurt its Chinese business.