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Dish Gets Scripps Networks Rights for Online Video Service (THR)
Pay TV company Dish Network and Scripps Networks Interactive on Tuesday announced a multi-year carriage renewal for the latter’s lifestyle cable TV networks. Deadline Hollywood HGTV, Food Network and Great American Country are among the Scripps Networks Interactive channels that will be part of the package that Dish Network is assembling for its planned broadband video service that will target young viewers who want a low-cost alternative to the full pay TV bundle that many consider to be too expensive. Re/code The service is supposed to launch this year. Like pacts Dish has previously made with Disney and A&E, the agreement is part of a larger distribution deal for the satellite TV company. Last week, Sony announced that it had made progress on its own Web TV plans by signing up Viacom. Variety In addition to the over-the-top streaming rights, the pact expands Dish’s distribution of authenticated live and VOD programming on Internet-connected devices and widens distribution of DIY and Cooking Channel to Dish’s America’s Top 200 satellite TV package. The OTT rights under the deal with Scripps Networks let Dish deliver multiple streams per household. “This first-of-its-kind OTT deal for Scripps Networks Interactive enables us to reach even more people through Dish’s innovative services,” said Ken Lowe, Scripps Networks Interactive president and CEO. New York Post Dish chairman Charlie Ergen was on the East Coast last week wooing programmers to the new platform, sources said. Dish is one of the first companies to risk cannibalizing its existing pay-TV product to be a first mover in burgeoning Internet-based TV space.

Sponsors Begin Backing Away from NFL During Public Image Crisis (Mashable)
Explosive child-abuse allegations surrounding one its biggest stars, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, last Friday were the last thing the NFL needed after a rotten week. Then reports hit the Web late Monday that Peterson had previously been accused of injuring another one of his sons, continuing what’s been an incredible run of hits to the public image of America’s most popular sports league. Now some sponsors affiliated with the NFL — including one of its most recognized partners — are beginning to speak up with both words and actions. THR On Tuesday, Anheuser-Busch — a big spender in Super Bowl advertising whose Bud Light brand is the official beer of the league — issued a highly critical statement of the NFL. “We are disappointed and increasingly concerned by the recent incidents that have overshadowed this NFL season,” said the beverage maker in a statement released by a spokesperson. “We are not yet satisfied with the league’s handling of behaviors that so clearly go against our own company culture and moral code. We have shared our concerns and expectations with the league.” HuffPost / AP McDonald’s, Visa and Campbell Soup Co. say they have also voiced similar concerns to the league. The statements come after Radisson hotels said Monday that it was pulling its sponsorship of the Minnesota Vikings. No other brands have pulled sponsorships from teams or the NFL. Mediaite An NFL spokesman responded to Anheuser-Busch’s statement with this brief comment: “We understand. We are taking action and there will be much more to come.” PRNewser Despite the “tsunami” of bad press that has begun to touch on NFL sponsors like CoverGirl via the hashtag #GoodellMustGo, we think it’s safe to say that most of the corporate names backing the world’s most profitable sports league will continue keeping the bench very warm until league commissioner Roger Goodell does something that goes well beyond the poor management practices he’s displayed so far this year.

CBS Obeys Twitter, Agrees to Drop Rihanna from Thursday Night Football (PRNewser)
CBS made a wise move last week by announcing plans to suspend for one week a Thursday Night Football intro segment including a performance by Rihanna and a comedy segment featuring Don Cheadle. THR The singer slammed the network for the move. “CBS you pulled my song last week, now you wanna slide it back in this Thursday? NO, F– you! Y’all are sad for penalizing me for this,” Rihanna tweeted Tuesday morning. She followed that with another tweet that read simply, “The audacity…” Billboard / AP CBS issued a statement Tuesday saying that it was “moving in a different direction” with different theme music. The song was one of a handful of elements CBS cut out of its inaugural Thursday Night Football telecast. At the time, CBS Sports president Sean McManus said Rihanna’s own history as a victim of domestic violence was one part of the decision but not the overriding one. The song was to be featured in all six of the Thursday night games CBS was broadcasting this fall, plus eight more on the NFL network. NYT The rest of the opening will run as planned, CBS said.

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Clear Channel Renames Itself iHeartMedia in Nod to Digital (NYT)
When it was introduced by Clear Channel Communications in 2008, the iHeartRadio app had a humble job as an online outlet for the radio giant’s 800-plus stations. Now iHeartRadio has become such a central part of Clear Channel’s efforts to remake itself as a multi-platform media company that “iHeart” has become the new identity of the entire operation. THR Clear Channel said Tuesday it has changed its name to iHeartMedia. The parent company has so far officially been called CC Media Holdings but will now be known as HeartMedia‎ Inc. The core Clear Channel Media and Entertainment arm will also be known as just iHeartMedia. Adweek Of the 245 million people in Clear Channel’s monthly U.S. audience, less than 5 percent engage with digital platforms. With the rebranding, the company hopes to gain a competitive edge in an industry full of on-demand media competitors, such as Spotify and Pandora, the latter of which has an active monthly audience of 76 million users.

Gawker Media Moving to Flatiron District (FishbowlNY)
Gawker Media will soon relocate to 114 Fifth Avenue in the Flatiron district. Gawker’s new immediate neighbors will be Mashable and First Look Media. Capital New York It is a big move for the media company, which has been based in SoHo since it was founded in Nick Denton’s apartment in 2002. But the rapidly-expanding company needs more space and a source told Capital there was no office space large enough to house the company near its current location. Business Insider Denton said it’s a 15-year commitment worth $75 million over the length of the lease. There is an “escape hatch” in year 10 if Gawker wants out. The plan is for Gawker to take over two floors and sublet another floor. Eventually, it will fill all three.

NBC News Announces D.C. Producer Moves (TVNewser)
NBC News has made several behind-the-scenes personnel moves in its D.C. bureau. Kristen Donnelly has been promoted to the NBC News’ White House team, moving over from her role as senior producer on MSNBC’s 11 a.m. ET hour. Frank Thorp V will take over as Senate producer. Thorp has produced for Luke Russert and Kelly O’Donnell in recent years. FishbowlDC The promotions also include Alex Moe as House of Representatives producer and Abigail Williams to the State Department beat. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media These moves follow the earlier promotions of Shawna Thomas, who joined Meet The Press from the White House beat; Kasie Hunt, who is joining MSNBC as a political correspondent and Catherine Chomiak, who is leaving the State Department beat to move to Dubai.

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Brian Shactman Joins NECN (TVNewser)
Former CNBC and MSNBC anchor Brian Shactman has joined New England Cable News’ The Morning Show. Shactman will join Bridget Blythe on the two-hour morning show. TVSpy This is a move within NBC Universal for Shactman. He last worked as anchor for MSNBC morning show Way Too Early. Shactman was also a contributor to Morning Joe. Before that, he anchored at CNBC and has also worked at Hartford NBC-owned station WVIT and at ESPN.

Dana Liebelson to Join The Huffington Post’s Washington Bureau (FishbowlDC)
The Huffington Post’s politics managing editor Amanda Terkel Tuesday announced to staff in a memo that Dana Liebelson will join the bureau in October to cover tech policy and politics. FishbowlNY Liebelson has worked as a reporter for Mother Jones and contributed to The Week and Marie Claire.

Google Chromecast Adds Disney, iHeartRadio, Twitch Apps (THR)
Google’s Chromecast is beefing up its streaming media offerings with the addition of several new apps. The dongle now has three Disney apps including Watch Disney and Watch Disney Junior, which means shows such as Girl Meets World and Doc McStuffins are now available on the service. It has also added the iHeartRadio app to give Chromecast users access to more than 1,500 live radio stations. In addition, Chromecast has added Twitch, the live videogame broadcaster recently acquired by Amazon, and DramaFever, a streaming network for international television programming. GigaOM The Disney apps require authentication with your pay TV account information, just like the company’s Watch ABC app, which got Chromecast support last month.

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Parade Magazine About to Be Sold to Athlon Media (New York Post / Media Ink)
Parade magazine, the 73-year-old Sunday magazine owned by the Newhouse family’s Advance Publications for the past 38 years, is about to be sold to Athlon Media. Athlon, whose American Profile is the No. 3 player in the Sunday insert market, is led by Spencer Hays, a self-made billionaire.

Rosie O’Donnell Return Lifts View Ratings (THR / The Live Feed)
ABC’s new View got off to a solid start on Monday, with the 18th season opener bringing in the most viewers to a premiere since the last time Rosie O’Donnell joined the show. Though nowhere near the highs the series hit in the spring when Barbara Walters signed off to more than 5 million viewers, The View’s 3.9 million viewers marked its biggest premiere since 2006. With women 25-54, The View was up 20 percent from last year, with 911,000 viewers, and 15 percent among younger women (18-49), with 683,000.

NBC No. 1 in Annual Ratings for First Time Since 2004 (Variety)
As the networks prepare for the start of the new TV season, NBC took another victory lap on Tuesday as it celebrated its first primetime victory in the 18-49 demo for a full television year in a decade. NBC won in adults 18-49 to make it four straight summers on top. According to Nielsen estimates through Sunday (51 of 52 weeks in the full 2013-14 television season), NBC leads in adults 18-49 with a 2.4 rating — up 14 percent from the previous season. It is followed by Fox (2.1), CBS (2.0) and ABC (1.9).

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Fareed Zakaria Reportedly Plagiarized A Documentary, Word for Word (Mediaite)
Despite Fareed Zakaria and CNN doubling down on their anchor’s reputation after a string of plagiarism allegations, the anonymous team at Our Bad Media Tuesday released a flurry of evidence that Zakaria continued to plagiarize at the network and elsewhere. In summary, the anonymous ethics robots known as @blippoblappo and @crushingbort found more than 26 more instances of Zakaria ripping and tweaking sentences from outlets like the Economist and The New York Times, academic papers and documentaries, and placing them into his CNN content.

Scottish Newspaper Supports Independence, Sees Sales Rise (Poynter / MediaWire)
Glasgow, Scotland’s Sunday Herald is the only Scottish newspaper encouraging its readers to vote for independence, Nick Hudson writes in Britain’s HoldTheFrontPage. (The Herald’s weekday counterpart backs Scotland remaining in the U.K.) The paper has seen a rise in sales, “with monthly rises of up to 25” percent, he writes. Some Scottish newspapers, including Edinburgh’s Scotsman, explicitly support a continued union with the rest of Britain. HoldTheFrontPage The Sunday Herald — the lone voice in the battle for the heart and soul of a solo Scotland — gave its readers an unequivocal image of the way ahead. The paper produced a wrap round “Saltire Selfie” made up of hundreds of pictures submitted by readers — and then produced a second “front page” inside.

CNN’s Crossfire Begins Dumping Staff (The Daily Caller)
“My sources say Crossfire is toast,” a TV industry insider said. A publicist from CNN describes it like this: “The program is on extended hiatus.” Most importantly, sources say staffers from Crossfire are being absorbed into The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer. In fact, CNN personnel from other shows are making room for staffers from Crossfire. Behind the scenes, CNN is allegedly saying the show may make yet another comeback.

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