Family-owned RFD-TV appeals to senior citizens and rural viewers by airing agriculture-focused content, variety series and reruns of family-friendly content, such as the series "Hee Haw." Founder Patrick Gottsch says the network's goal is to "reconnect city with country."
Eight women have come forward accusing TV host Charlie Rose of sexual harassment, including groping and lewd comments. PBS and Bloomberg have stopped airing Rose's show, and CBS has suspended Rose pending an investigation into the allegations.
Viacom is planning to build up its six core brands with a strategy that includes reducing its focus on scripted content across its niche networks. CMT will have new unscripted pilots after "Nashville" ends, while some of TV Land's scripted shows are moving to Paramount Network.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai today will outline plans to roll back net neutrality regulations, a proposal that will be voted on in December. Pai is expected to completely repeal the regulations, which went into effect under former President Barack Obama's administration, sources say.
BCN Telecom has added Mediacom Communications, Suddenlink and Cable One to its aggregated broadband service. "The addition of Cable One, Mediacom and Suddenlink significantly enhances our ability to provide the nationwide aggregation of broadband services which is critical for multi-location businesses," said Chief Operating Officer Julian Jacquez.
A partnership among drone developer The Sky Guys, Nvidia, IBM and the University of Toronto has been awarded a $587,400 grant to develop drones to monitor toll lanes in Ontario, Canada. The system will combine lidar, artificial intelligence, and cellular, radio and satellite communications to help locate toll violators.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi and the ranking members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Communications Subcommittee are speaking out against the use of the UHF discount for Sinclair Broadcast Group's proposed deal with Tribune Media. The Democrats argue that the Federal Communications Commission did not have the authority to modify the national audience reach cap and that allowing Sinclair to use the discount violates the "will of Congress."
The Justice Department has filed an antitrust lawsuit to block the $85.4 billion merger of AT&T and Time Warner. Although several media groups and politicians are speaking out in favor of the decision, potential political meddling by the Trump administration -- including President Donald Trump's tweets regarding CNN -- could complicate the DOJ's argument.
The White House has confirmed that President Donald Trump's radio address -- which last aired Oct. 13 -- is on hiatus indefinitely. "We're looking at different ways that we can revamp that and make it where it's more beneficial and gets more information out," press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.
Charles and David Koch are backing a possible deal by Meredith Corp. to purchase Time. Some people speculate that the move is being made because of the potential to make more money, while others believe that the Kochs are interested in the platforms that would be available to express their political views.