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Ion Media, Johnson Offering Urban TV

Ion Media is teaming up with BET founder Robert L. Johnson for a new channel aimed at black audiences, TVNewsday reports. Urban Television will be 51% owned by Johnson and the remainder by Ion. The two media giants are asking…

WFTS News Director Leaving Station

The news director for ABC’s Tampa Bay affiliate, WFTS-TV, is leaving, Tampa Bay Online reports. Chris Jadick is exiting the station to become VP of communications, public relations and strategic development for Salem Enterprise Solutions, a Tampa Bay-located parent company…

Reality Shows, We Hardly Knew Thee

The honeymoon seems to be over for reality shows on broadcast television, Media Life Magazine reports. No new unscripted series are hits, and the only ones succeeding these days are aging favorites like Fox’s “American Idol,” ABC’s “Dancing With the…

Obama Sets Communications Team

President-elect Barack Obama announced his picks for key members of his communications team, Broadcasting & Cable reports. Robert Gibbs, a media strategist during Obama’s campaign, was picked for press secretary. EMILY’s List’s Ellen Moran was named director of communications and…

Minneapolis’ KARE Offering Buyouts

Minneapolis’ KARE-TV issued a memo to staffers last week offering buyouts to employees over the age of 55, MinnPost reports. “If the voluntary offer does not result in a sufficient number of volunteers, or if business conditions worsen, it may…

Broadcast Nets Mull Overhaul for Survival

Broadcast television may be at the end of its rope, with ratings at an all-time low and with Detroit automakers tightening their advertising spending, Daily Variety reports. “This day was going to come,” says a media conglomerate executive. “I don’t…

E! Launches Make-a-Wish Card Campaign

E! is launching its third annual “Cards for Kids” campaign tomorrow, Multichannel News reports. The campaign, which benefits the Make-a-Wish Foundation, allows visitors to the network’s Web site to find free cards featuring the work of top children’s book illustrators…

Dish Taps Rentrak for Audience Measurement

Dish Network has enlisted Rentrak Corp. to help measure its audiences, Multichannel News reports. Rentrak’s TV Essentials will deliver anonymous viewer-measure data from Dish’s set-top boxes, including second-by-second television programming and advertising information, Multichannel says. Dish will use Rentrak’s TV…

Comcast Sports Ups Stephanie Lafair Smith

Comcast Sports Group has tapped Stephanie Lafair Smith to head its corporate marketing division, Multichannel News reports. Smith currently is president of Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, which enjoyed solid ratings of its coverage of the World Series-winning Philadelphia Phillies this year….

Stars Shine on ‘CNN Heroes’

The stars came out during Saturday evening’s taping of the “CNN Heroes” awards show, which honors everyday heroes, at Hollywood’s Kodak Theater, TVNewser reports. The broadcast, hosted by CNN’s Anderson Cooper, featured presenter Salma Hayek and performances by Alicia Keyes,…