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7/16/2019

Quibi, the mobile-based streaming startup, will run a twice-daily NBC News-produced news show when the short-form network launches next April, founder Jeffrey Katzenberg said. The program, which will run for six minutes or fewer, will stream as part of Quibi's "Daily Essentials" segment, which will include sports and weather as well as news.

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7/16/2019

MTV will bring back its popular "Making the Band" series next year with Sean Combs at the helm, the network and Combs said. The series originally aired on ABC in 2000, then switched to MTV until it ended in 2009.

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7/16/2019

Former "CBS This Morning" co-host Norah O'Donnell commenced her new role as anchor of the network's "Evening News" this week and ended her debut with a quote from Edward Murrow. O'Donnell referred to Murrow's claim that television is a weapon against ignorance and indifference, and promised to use it with integrity.

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7/16/2019

Nielsen has contracted with Amazon Web Services to keep its ratings information in the cloud in order to respond to the new demands of the media climate, the company announced. The move will enable Nielsen to incorporate artificial intelligence, machine learning and other new technologies in order to provide clients with the data they need for the digital era, it said.

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7/16/2019

Viacom and CBS hope to reach an accord on a merger by Aug. 8, the day both organizations report their second-quarter financials, sources tell CNBC, adding that the parties have already agreed in principle on the need to make a deal in order to compete in a more consolidated media market. The companies will reportedly wait to address the merger's price until they have agreed on other management and strategic factors.

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7/16/2019

Ovation has picked up the two produced seasons of the British series "Maigret," which stars Rowan Atkinson as the French detective and is based on more than 75 novels written by Georges Simenon, the network said. The series, which also streams on subscription video on demand service Britbox, will debut on August 31.

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7/16/2019

Comcast NBCUniversal has selected the 11 startups that it will house over 13 weeks during the tech incubator program at its Philadelphia headquarters, featuring support from executives across Xfinity and an array of other Comcast divisions. Interactive sports, facial recognition and digital content subscription management were among the technologies the company picked.

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7/16/2019

AT&T expanded its partnership with IBM in a multi-year agreement under which IBM will provide cloud services and Kubernetes technology to help serve AT&T Business' enterprise clients while AT&T will support IBM's networks by bringing edge computing, internet of things, 5G and multicloud capabilities. The companies also said they will work together to create edge compute platforms.

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7/16/2019

The Federal Communications Commission allocated more than $524 million to help bring rural broadband services to residents and businesses across 23 states over 10 years in connection with the third wave of the Connect America Fund Phase II auction. The grants will target 205,000 sites and brings the total Phase II funding to more than half of the $1.5 billion earmarked through the program.

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7/16/2019

AT&T has joined MxD, a nonprofit public-private partnership aimed at helping the manufacturing industry, in the hopes that 5G networks will bring new benefits to the sector, the telecom said. MxD hosts a 100,000 square-foot innovation center which AT&T wants to use to promote 5G's potential role in manufacturing.

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