Regional cable company Breezeline is no longer carrying CBS affiliate WBOC in Salisbury, Md., but the TV station is insisting it is not engaged in a classic carriage dispute like the one going on between Tegna and DirecTV. “Please understand this is not a carriage dispute,” WBOC says on its website. “Breezeline stated it dropped WBOC because we are an ‘out of market’ station to the communities they serve, which are in the Baltimore viewing area as defined by Nielsen Media Research.”


Gibbs is returning to the NCIS universe as the lead of a new CBS drama, which serves as a prequel to the long-running procedural. The network has given a straight-to-series order to NCIS: Origins, about young Leroy Jethro Gibbs, for the 2024-25 broadcast season. The project comes from the two actors who have portrayed Gibbs on NCIS, Mark Harmon and his son Sean Harmon, veteran NCIS writers-producers, Gina Lucita Monreal and David J. North, as well as CBS Studios, which is behind the NCIS franchise.

CEO David Zaslav announced the news in a memo to staff Friday. Variety has learned Brown decided to step down himself, following his tenure getting the company through its merger between the legacy Discovery and WarnerMedia, which closed in April 2022. A respected communications veteran, Brown also led the PR strategy for the launch of Max, the combined HBO Max and Discovery+ streamer, in May 2023.

David Muir, Linsey Davis To Moderate ABC News Primary Debate In New Hampshire

David Muir, anchor of World News Tonight, and Linsey Davis, anchor of Prime on ABC News Live, will moderate the Jan. 18 Republican presidential primary debate in New Hampshire. The debate, hosted by ABC News, originates fromat Saint Anselm College in Manchester. Rounding out the broadcast team at Saint Anselm is Martha Raddatz, This Week co-anchor; Jonathan Karl, ABC News chief Washington correspondent and This Week co-anchor; and Adam Sexton, Hearst Television's WMUR Manchester political director.

With VHS And Video Stores, ‘Tapeheads’ Are Fueling An Analog Revival

Quietly, over the past two decades, as Blockbuster rental stores closed by the thousands, DVD replaced VHS, streaming replaced DVD and digital began to dominate analog media in the war for consumer attention, a few resisters clung tight to their tapes. Now this growing group of enthusiasts — who sometimes self-identify as “tapeheads” — are rewinding time to an age before on-demand, and they are bringing the VHS and the video store back to life. (Russell Falcon/Nexstar)

Netflix Considers Ways To Make Money From Videogames In Possible Pivot

Netflix has said it plans to be in gaming for years to come. Now the company is trying to figure out how to make money from it, a potential shift in strategy for the streamer. Some of the ideas that have been discussed include in-app purchases, charging for more sophisticated games it is developing or giving subscribers to its newer ad-supported tier access to games with ads in them, according to people familiar with the discussions. Pictured: Netflix’s most popular original game is tied to its Too Hot to Handle reality show.

OpenAI Offers Publishers As Little As $1 Million A Year

OpenAI has offered some media firms as little as between $1 million and $5 million annually to license their news articles for use in training its large language models, according to two executives who have recently negotiated with the tech company. That’s a tiny amount even for small publishers, which could make it difficult for OpenAI to strike deals.

Marie Donoghue, Who Helped Amazon Break Into Sports, Exits

Marie Donoghue, who parlayed a stint at ESPN into a job helping Amazon break into the U.S. sports-media business, is leaving the company, according to a person familiar with the matter. Amazon declined to comment.

Why ABC Canceled ‘Station 19’

The Grey’s Anatomy spinoff will end this year with an abbreviated seventh season. With Station 19 and Grey’s serving as the only remaining shows on ABC produced by hitmaker Shonda Rhimes — who is now based exclusively at Netflix — why would the network ax one of its Thursday staples? The answer can be found in the math.


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