Microsoft will partner with Declaration Networks Group to expand broadband access to 65,000 people in rural Virginia and Maryland using wireless TV white space and wireline technology. The venture, part of Microsoft's Rural Airband initiative, will build on DNG's fixed wireless project in the region.
A merger between Viacom and CBS has been delayed primarily because of questions over the role that Viacom CEO Bob Bakish will play at the combined entity, sources say. National Amusements President Shari Redstone and CBS CEO Leslie Moonves are reportedly at an impasse over whether Bakish or CBS Chief Operating Officer Joe Ianniello would be Moonves' No. 2 in the merged company.
Sinclair Broadcast has proposed selling 23 Tribune television stations after it acquires Tribune in a bid to attain regulatory approval. The stations will be sold to multiple buyers, including Cunningham Broadcast, Standard Media and Meredith Corp.
CBS' "60 Minutes" will be given an Institutional Award at the Peabody Awards next month, alongside the winners announced Tuesday in news, radio and public service categories. They include NBC5/KXAS-TV in Dallas-Fort Worth, WETA Washington and National Public Radio.
The Cambridge Analytica issue and forthcoming EU's General Data Protection Regulation have brought to light insecurities in third-party data processes across social platforms and websites. Brands that have access to first-party data are at an advantage when it comes to protecting consumer privacy and better ad targeting, writes Ambreen Ali.
Cox users can now easily tune in to YouTube content directly through the company's X1-based Contour platform. Subscribers can access the content through Contour's user interface and voice remote and can search the app via that remote; streamed videos will count against users' 1-terabyte data caps, the company confirmed.
Verizon posted a 7% year-over-year revenue increase in the first quarter as unlimited data plans helped stabilize its wireless base and Fios revenue grew almost 2% on the addition of 66,000 broadband subscribers. An executive said Verizon was unlikely make any major media deals in the near future.
AT&T's DIRECTV Now may soon surpass Sling TV in the number of subscribers, reports Strategy Analytics. The research firm calculates that DIRECTV Now netted 1 million customers last year, compared with 700,000 for Sling TV.
AM radio was a critical lifeline both during and after Hurricane Maria, with WKJB 710 AM keeping Puerto Ricans up-to-date with news, as well as offering entertainment and music during mass power outages. Though the journalism industry took a hit after the storm, radio has become increasingly valuable, proving itself as a critical medium in times of emergency and beyond.
Hillary Clinton at the PEN America World Voices Festival warned that free speech and freedom of the press are "under open assault" by President Donald Trump. "We are living through an all-out war on truth, facts and reason," Clinton said.