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WCAU Photographers Threaten Strike

Photographers for NBC’s owned-and-operated Philadelphia station, WCAU-TV, have voted to strike if their current contract talks with the station prove to be fruitless, the Philadelphia Daily News reports. The photographers are upset over what they see as the station doing…

‘NCIS’ Spinoff Likely

CBS reportedly is developing a spinoff of ratings hit “NCIS,” Entertainment Weekly reports. Though nothing has been confirmed by the show’s producers or the network, insiders tell the magazine a new crop of naval sleuths will show up later in…

8 Million Homes Unready for DTV Switch

According to Nielsen, the percentage of households not ready for February’s DTV switch has dropped to 7.4%, Broadcasting & Cable reports. The percentage is equal to about 8 million homes that still receive their TV signal over-the-air, B&C says. Hispanic…

Ion Conducts More Soft DTV Tests

Ion Media Networks, in conjunction with NBC Universal and the Association of Public Television Stations, is gearing up for a second round of soft analog shutoff tests next month, Multichannel News reports. The tests will take place in Los Angeles,…

Cable Urges FCC to Deny News Corp. Request

In a sign of solidarity, rural America cable and telecommunications companies sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission opposing a petition filed by News Corp. in September requesting that the FCC relieve the media conglomerate from the strictures established…

Gray Makes Stock Repurchase

Gray Television repurchased 883,200 shares of Gray common stock for 20 cents per share on Friday, TVNewsday reports. The repurchase was made under an existing repurchase authorization previously approved by Gray’s board of directors, TVNewsday reports. Under this authorization, Gray…

YouTube Goes Wide

YouTube has officially gone widescreen, with video width expanding to 960 pixels, ZDNet reports. The Web site suspects the move was made to prepare for YouTube’s recent announcement that it soon will offer feature films on its site. “This new,…

Comcast-NFL Network Dispute Judge Retiring

The Federal Communications Commission judge presiding over the NFL Network’s access complaint against Comcast is retiring, Multichannel News reports. Judge Arthur Steinberg plans to retire effective Jan. 3, but several other judges, including chief administrative law judge Richard Sippel, plan…

TiVo Launches Mobile Recording Site

Now you can schedule TiVo recordings on the go with the company’s new mobile site, TiVo Mobile, Broadcasting & Cable reports. Any TiVo subscriber with Series2 or Series3 boxes can go to M.TiVo.com on a mobile device to schedule a…

O’Donnell Readies ‘Rosie Live’

The New York Times goes behind the scenes as Rosie O’Donnell prepares for her Wednesday one-hour NBC special “Rosie Live.” The special, an attempted revival of the 1960s and 1970s variety show format, will take pages from Sonny and Cher,…