AT&T – Time Warner Merger

AT&T and Time Warner Inc. have recently met “to discuss various business strategies including a possible merger,” Bloomberg reported yesterday.
Time Warner’s main operating divisions are Home Box Office, Turner, and Warner Bros. Entertainment, with brands such as HBO, Cinemax, TBS, TNT, CNN, HLN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, and truTv. Time Warner also operates websites including PGA.com, NBA.com, NCAA.com, DCComics.com, DCNation.com, and TMZ.com, and has a 10 percent stake in Hulu.
An AT&T purchase of Time Warner would be strategically similar to Comcast’s 2010 acquisition of NBCUniversal, giving a large stable of programming to one of the nation’s biggest Internet and TV service providers. US regulators would likely examine the competitive impacts of AT&T owning Time Warner or similar companies. AT&T would have incentive to raise the prices its rivals (such as Comcast, Charter, and Verizon) pay to distribute Time Warner programming on their cable TV systems, which could indirectly raise consumers’ TV bills. (http://arstechnica.com/)

Seigenthaler Moves to Public Relations Firm

John Seigenthaler, most recent an anchor for the defunct Al Jazeera America, has joined PR firm Finn Partners as Senior Counsel. He’ll advise clients across the agency’s network of offices, which include dvlSeigenthaler, a Nashville-based agency Seigenthaler worked for in between TV news stints. Seigenthaler worked for his family’s firm, which was acquired by Finn Partners last year, from 2008-2013, when he joined AJAM. From 1996-2007, Seigenthaler was an anchor for NBC News and MSNBC. He’s also worked as an anchor/reporter at Nashville’s WKRN and WSMV and Seattle’s KOMO.

Public Relations – Advertising Explained


Criminal Activity, Big Money Deals and Shuffling The Deck Chairs

Media Crime Files-2 PUGETSOUND.MEDIA presents another in a series of hard news stories related to what we see as a growing epidemic – a wave of crime sweeping across the broadcasting industry. These gritty tales of the darkside of the media nationwide, and the players behind these despicable acts, will appear as details become available. All details will remain UNCENSORED.

Cleveland–WMMS ‘Alan Cox Show’ sidekick and comedian, was arrested October 17th after a dispute at a haunted house event at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield; he has pleaded no contest and placed into a 6-month diversion program that may clear the charges and his record. Squire was arrested at the “Paranormal Penitentiary” event after getting involved in a dispute with employees there when his cellphone battery ran out, making his e-tickets for the event inaccessible; he allegedly cursed at the employees and police and was arrested for disorderly conduct, public intoxication and resisting arrest after being pepper-sprayed.

Leslie Millwee, a former reporter for local Arkansas TV station KLMN-TV, has accused former president Bill Clinton of sexually assaulting her three times in 1980, while Clinton was governor of Arkansas, Breitbart News reports. Millwee told Breitbart she interviewed Clinton about 20 times publicly and also met with him in KLMN-TV’s newsroom. She said he groped her and rubbed his genitals on her while they were alone in KLMN-TV’s small editing room. “He came in [to the editing room] behind me, started hunching me to the point that he had an orgasm,” she told Breitbart’s Aaron Klein. “He’s touching, trying to touch my breasts and I’m just sitting there very stiffly, just waiting for him to leave me alone. And I’m asking him the whole time, ‘Please do not do this. Do not touch me. Do not hunch me. I do not want this.’ And he finished doing what he was doing and walked out. READ MORE

The second largest station sale in the 3rd quarter of 2016 was the sale by Pacific Lutheran University of noncommercial News-Talk-Jazz KPLU Tacoma (now KNKX) and its associated satellite and translator stations to a listeners’ group, Friends of 88.5 FM. This according to SNL Kagan analysts.

In the ever-changing world of LOCAL TV News, here is the current KING 5 News evening line-up:
4 p.m. Mark Wright, Amanda Grace
5 p.m. Mark Wright, Lori Matsukawa
6:30 p.m. Lori Matsukawa, Mark Wright
7 p.m. David Espinosa Hall, Amanda Grace
9 p.m. David Espinosa Hall, Amanda Grace
10 p.m. Amanda Grace, David Espinosa Hall
11 p.m. Lori Matsukawa, David Espinosa Hall

Talk Radio Choices Slim in Puget Sound Region

  • 1590 KLFE
  • 12:00 AM – 3:00 AM The Dana Show [not hot enough for 3 AM]

    3:00 AM – 6:00 AM Hugh Hewitt [where do we bury this show?, 3 AM, that’ll work]

    6:00 AM – 9:00 AM American Heartland with Dr. Grace Vuoto

    9:00 AM – 12:00 PM The Dennis Prager Show

    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM The Dave Ramsey Show [afternoon snooze]

    3:00 PM – 5:00 PM The Larry Elder Show

    5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Eyes on Washington Doug Basler and Marty McClendon

    6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Jay Sekulow Live [no one under 50 has their radio tuned to 1590 after 5 PM]

    7:00 PM – 9:00 PM The Steve Deace Show

    9:00 PM – 11:59 PM The Mike Gallagher Show

  • 1180 KLAY
  • 7 AM – 10 AM Jonathon Brandmeier

    8 AM – 10 AM Friday Franco Fridays

    1 PM – 3 PM Clark Howard [the afternoon snooze]

    4 PM – 7 PM Thom Hartmann [audible until sunset power-down]

    7 PM – 12 AM Jim Bohannon

  • 770 KTTH
  • Midnight – 3:00 am John Gibson

    3:00 am – 6:00 am America’s Morning News

    6:00 am – 9:00 am Armstrong & Getty [Sound effects & Laugh Track]

    9:00 am – Noon Rush Limbaugh [still has a fan base]

    Noon – 3:00 pm Michael Medved

    3:00 pm – 6:00 pm Todd Herman

    6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Mark Levin [still angry, after all these years]

    9:00 pm – Midnight John Batchelor

  • 570 KVI
  • 5am – 6am Lars Larson

    6am – 9am John Carlson

    9am – 10am John Carlson & Kirby Wilbur

    10am – Noon Kirby Wilbur

    12pm – 3pm Lars Larson NW

    3pm – 6pm Sean Hannity

    6pm – 9pm Lars Larson

    9pm – Midnight Michael Savage

    Midnight – 5am Red Eye Radio [suggestion: A Country music all-night truckin’ show]

  • 97.3 KIRO
  • MIDNIGHT – 4:00 AM Coast to Coast AM

    4:00 AM – 5:00 AM Wall Street Journal

    5:00 AM – 9:00 AM Seattle Morning News with Dave Ross

    9:00 AM – NOON Tom & Curley

    NOON – 3:00 PM Dori Monson Show

    3:00 PM – 7:00 PM Ron and Don Show

    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM The High-Pitch and Burns Show

    10:00 PM – MIDNIGHT Coast to Coast AM

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