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FTC Calls For Sacking PTAR

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The Federal Trade Commission last week urged the FCC to eliminate the primetime access rule, the reg that requires Big Three network affils in the top 50 markets to set aside an hour of primetime for…

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Alphabet Web Ups Ante

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CapCities/ABC, a company known for its frugality, is indirectly helping fuel a new boom in prices paid to television producers. That’s the word from executives at various studios, who aren’t pleased…

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Hutton Lands Key Markets

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Turner Program Service has cleared its late-night talker “Lauren Hutton and…” in several major markets, including KCAL Los Angeles. The show is now cleared in 35% of the country. KCAL will likely air…

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Fox Puckers Up For Hockey

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High above the Madison Square Garden ice, in Rupert Murdoch’s skybox, a roar from the capacity crowd caused a half-dozen Fox Sports execs to freeze in conversation and lean forward en masse. Below…

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Frank Out At Disney

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In the latest stunning personnel change at The Walt Disney Co., Richard Frank confirmed late March 10 that he would leave the company just seven months after being named chairman of Walt Disney TV…

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Peacock Swaggers For Multimedia

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NBC may be the most serious bidder for Multimedia when Goldman Sachs starts serious negotiations for the company, which put itself on the block last month. The Peacock web’s top priority are the five…

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Review: ‘Vr.5’

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Show is quite watchable for those somewhat attuned to developing technologies, and stands a chance of developing a cult following like those for "The Prisoner" (its most obvious antecedent as…

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