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6/15/2021

The Weather Channel will incorporate the dangers and effects of climate change into its programming, making the problem an intrinsic part of morning and early afternoon shows while planning a pair of series around its consequences. Executives cite polls showing increasing public concern about the issue.

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Variety
6/15/2021

The Walt Disney Co.'s shift to streaming was reflected in its upfront, with 40% of the upfront dollars committed to its properties going to streaming or digital. Hulu, the biggest player in the ad-supported streaming TV market, was a big contributor.

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6/15/2021

There is a major difference of opinion between the National Association of Broadcasters and the network affiliate broadcaster associations over whether the FCC should require streaming services to deliver emergency alerts. NAB said no, while network affiliates said yes, definitely. All they need to do is carry local TV station signals on their streaming services, which they are pushing the FCC to mandate.

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Next TV
6/15/2021

The NAB Leadership Foundation has announced that the 2021 Corporate Leadership Award will be given to Procter & Gamble (P&G) during the Celebration of Service to America Awards.

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TV Tech, Radio Ink
6/15/2021

FEMA and the FCC have announced that they will do a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA). The test is important because it is the second nationwide WEA test, and the first nationwide WEA test on a consumer opt-in basis. It is the sixth national EAS test.

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TV Tech, Radio Ink, Radio World
6/15/2021

KJLA-TV, the home here of the American Spanish-language TV network Azteca America, has purchased four Hitachi Kokusai Electric America SK-UHD4000 cameras for use in its production studios, the company announced today. The broadcaster is using the cameras on its two green-screen stages and at its production studios on the westside of Los Angeles where they are helping to meet increased demand from the facility’s rental clients for 1080p full-HD and 4K production.

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TV Tech
6/15/2021

To shoot “Kevin Can F**k Himself,” which began airing this week on AMC, cinematographer Adrian Peng Correia relied on Cooke Optics S7/i Full Frame prime lenses. The series is the story about a woman playing a perfect housewife in a sitcom that moves back and forth from her own point of view to the surreal world of the 4-camera sitcom world as she decides she is going to kill her husband.

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TV Tech
6/15/2021

Data from Jacob Media shows that 72% of smartphone users have downloaded music or radio applications on their device, a figure that jumps to 90% among Gen Z device owners. The most commonly downloaded audio apps are those of local radio stations, a category that beats out YouTube, Spotify and Pandora.

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Radio World
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YouTube, Spotify
6/15/2021

Karine Jean-Pierre, the principal deputy press secretary for President Joe Biden, made history for both the Black and LGBTQ communities when she recently gave her first press briefing. Jean-Pierre says that she's always tried to be true to herself and that her main focus at briefings is effectively communicating the administration's message.

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Deadline Hollywood
6/15/2021

A proposed $40 billion Senate bill would fund broadband expansion in underserved areas and access programs for people with low incomes, while mandating that new networks provide a minimum of 100 Mbps in both directions. Senator Angus King, I-Maine, is joining Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, in sponsoring the legislation.

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Senate, Rob Portman