CBS has named David Nevins chief creative officer, helping fill gaps in leadership left by the departure of Leslie Moonves. Nevins will continue to oversee Showtime as CEO but will expand his role to include creative services pertaining to the entertainment division of CBS Television and the company's 50% stake in the CW.
NAB Show New York's final day featured Chris Ripley, president and CEO of Sinclair Broadcast Group, discussing STIRR, a streaming service with a mix of local news and syndicated and other content. Ripley also stressed the importance of remaining in touch with the younger demographic by concentrating on content, wireless and marketing as broadcasters compete with companies such as Facebook, Google and Amazon.
National Association of Broadcasters President and CEO Gordon Smith chatted with ABC News correspondent Martha Raddatz at the NAB Show New York about a range of topics, including the disappearance of Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi. Paul Farhi writes that Americans feel a connection to the Khashoggi news, adding that viewers find the story more relatable.
The Kennedy Center will award 2018's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor to "Seinfeld" alumna Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The 11-time Emmy Award-winner is working on the last season of "Veep."
Comcast reports that almost 58 million customers in 39 states and the District of Columbia can now use Xfinity Gigabit Internet, pushing the company into the lead among US gigabit providers. Gigabit Internet is available for $104.95 monthly to first-time residential users after the introductory pricing period ends.
A recent Nielsen report shows that two-thirds of households with TVs purchase either Netflix, Amazon Prime or Hulu, and a study from Parks Associates puts the share of broadband customers who subscribe to at least three streaming services at a mere 16%. However, industry executives are optimistic that as the number of cord-cutters increases, the number of services they sign up for will too.
Fox News has announced that its talent roster at Fox Nation will include Brit Hume, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham. The streaming service, which is focused on commentary and long-form documentaries, is expected to debut soon.
Comcast Cable has brought roughly 37 apps onto its X1 platform and hopes to add at least 30 more before 2018 is out. The aim is to provide customers with access to the 100 leading connected TV apps, letting users view content from a variety of sources.
Starry CEO Chet Kanojia praised Verizon's launch of its 5G Home service, saying the telecom legitimized the 28 GHz-based technology. The fixed wireless startup, which introduced millimeter-wave service to some skepticism in Boston, has expanded to Los Angeles and is now building out in two other cities.
Broadband investment has rebounded since the Federal Communications Commission in 2017 eliminated net neutrality rules adopted two years earlier, according to figures released Thursday by USTelecom and touted by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. Providers increased capital expenses by $1.5 billion last year after a $3.2 billion drop from 2014 to 2016, the research found.
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