"Clear Vision: The Story of Clear Channel Communications," a new book by veteran media writer and former Radio Ink editor in chief Reed Bunzel, claims to be the first written history of the company to be based on "authoritative information" from key company players.
Talks between Charter Communications and LIN TV appear to have hit a snag over consent fees, according to this report. The parties could still reach an agreement, but time is getting tight and LIN TV expects that Charter will drop 11 of its stations after the contract expires at the end of this month.
John Malone-controlled Liberty Media and Advance/Newhouse Communications will combine their shares in Discovery Communications, allowing the company to go ahead with its plan to become publicly traded, according to this report. The news came on the same day that Discovery launched Planet Green, the first such launch under David Zaslav, who will remain chief executive officer of the public entity.
Although NBC claims its Olympic ad sales are "on pace" with those of previous games, some ad executives believe the network is $150 million to $300 million short of its $1.1 billion to $1.2 billion goal. Factors impacting sales of the remaining space include the pro-Tibet protests against China and the economic slowdown, according to this article.