Television: August 2008 Archives

South Bend Tribune:

Weigel Broadcast Co. and WSBT, Inc. announced Monday that they have signed an agreement under which WSBT Inc. will purchase the assets of the three Weigel low-power television stations serving South Bend: WBND (ABC), WCWW (CW) and WMYS (MyNetworkTV). The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2008. Norman H. Shapiro, President of Weigel Broadcasting, stated "We are proud of having maximized low power television broadcast facilities in the South Bend/Michiana market, without which there would be no local ABC, CW or MyNetworkTV service"... WSBT to purchase three local stations (Mon, 8/4)


Televison: Newsmakers Aug 5, 2008



FSN's Tigers telecasts lead primetime TV ratings

Detroit Tigers telecasts on FSN Detroit have dominated spring and summer local primetime television viewing, topping all other broadcast and cable competition since Opening Day.

According to Nielsen Media Research from March 31-July 31, Tigers primetime telecasts delivered an 8.0 average rating, highest in the Detroit DMA (designated market area) and more than two ratings points ahead of the closest competitor:

1. Tigers on FSN Detroit- 8.0 (154,000 households)
2. WXYZ Ch. 7 (ABC)- 5.6
T-3. WDIV Ch. 4 (NBC)- 5.3
T-3. WJBK Ch. 2 (FOX)- 5.3
5. WWJ Ch. 62 (CBS)- 3.4
6. FSN Detroit (all programs)- 3.1
T-7. WKBD Ch. 50 (CW)- 2.0
T-7. TNT- 2.0
9. USA- 1.7
10. Disney Channel- 1.6

Source: Nielsen Media Research, Detroit DMA TV Household Ratings - 3/31/08 - 7/31/08. Primetime defined as Monday-Sunday 7-11 PM. One rating point equals approximately 19,250 households.

The 14 Tigers primetime telecasts in July averaged a 9.4 rating - including six games of 10.0 or higher - while all 25 games during the month averaged an 8.4 rating.


Television: Newsmakers Aug 18, 2008



Broadcasting & Cable:

The Federal Communications Commission Monday said it identified about 80 TV markets that would need some extra care and attention in the transition to digital TV. Those are markets where at least 15% of the viewers get their TV over the air, according to FCC chairman Kevin Martin, who said Monday that at least one of the FCC commissioners would visit each of the markets -- he likened their selection of what cities each would visit to the National Football League draft -- adding that the National Association of Broadcasters agreed to help coordinate so-called analog-cutoff soft tests in those markets (note: included on the list are the Michigan markets of Detroit, Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo/Battle Creek, Lansing, and the nearby markets of Toledo and South Bend)... FCC Tags Markets in Need of Extra DTV Care (Mon, 8/18)

WJR AM was the most-listened to radio station among listeners age 12 and above during the first trend of the summer ratings period. Following very closely behind were WKQI-FM, WWJ AM, WMXD-FM, and WJLB-FM... Detroit 12+ radio ratings (Tue, 8/19)



Michigan Radio to report from Democratic and Republican Conventions

Michigan Radio, the public radio service from the University of Michigan that includes WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor, WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint, and WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids, will provide exclusive reports from both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. During the week of August 25th, Michigan Radio's Steve Carmody will report from the Democratic National Convention in Denver. The following week, Michigan Radio reporter Sarah Hulett will be in Minneapolis to provide coverage of the Republican National Convention. Michigan Radio is the only public radio station in the state that will have reporters at either convention.

Steve Carmody and Sarah Hulett will be at the conventions providing reports and interviews with members of the Michigan delegation and top ranking state party leaders. Their reports will focus on the views and activities of the Michigan delegates, and how the issues affecting the state are being addressed in each party's platform. Among the specific questions to be answered at the Democratic Convention are whether all of Michigan's delegates will be seated at the convention, and how the continuing mayoral crisis in Detroit will affect the Democratic presidential campaign in the months leading to the election in November. Michigan Public Radio Network reporter Rick Pluta will also be filing reports from the Democratic Convention, which will air on Michigan Radio during the week.

Michigan Radio will air these special convention reports during "Morning Edition" (Monday-Friday from 5:00 to 9:00 am) and "All Things Considered" (Monday-Friday from 4:00 to 6:30 pm) during the weeks of both conventions. The Democratic National Convention runs from August 25-28 in Denver, CO. The Republican National Convention is Sept. 1-4 in Minneapolis, MN. The reports can also be heard online at



Detroit News:

The nation's switch from analog to digital television hasn't exactly been picture perfect. From short supplies of digital converter boxes at retailers to confusion over which boxes to get, TV owners trying to make the change before all over-the-air analog broadcasts go dead next February are hitting some snags along the way and some worry that problem could get worse as the deadline nears. For some consumers, the coupons being distributed by the government for the converter boxes are expiring before they can find a box at the store. And some TV owners who have already hooked up their boxes and are getting the digital signal have complained that reception is poor and the boxes pick up fewer channels than their old rabbit-ear set-ups. Many stations are broadcasting in both signals during the transition period. Retailers are scrambling to keep up with the demand for the converter technology; with nearly six months to go before the changeover, some store owners say they're having difficulty keeping the boxes on store shelves... Analog TV owners struggle to go digital (Tue, 8/19)


WXYZ-TV broadcast home of the 2008 Detroit Indy Grand Prix

WXYZ-TV/Channel 7, the official television partner of the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, will provide metro-Detroit viewers with comprehensive coverage of all the racing activities on both Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend. WXYZ-TV's coverage plans include six live special programs produced by the Action News and Sports departments. WXYZ-TV will provide comprehensive coverage of the weekend's events culminating in the Detroit Grand Prix racing on Sunday afternoon, August 31st. All of Channel 7's programming specials and news coverage will be presented in high definition.

Highlights of WXYZ's Grand Prix-related programming is scheduled to include:

* Countdown to the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix: Primetime Edition - Wednesday August 27th, 8:00 - 9:00pm: Live from WXYZ-TV's set located on Belle Isle, Action News Sports Director Don Shane will provide a comprehensive look at all the 2008 Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix activities. The program will feature interviews with a variety of drivers, team owners and the individuals that were key to securing the Grand Prix's return to Detroit.

* Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix: The Green Flag Special - Friday August 29th, 7:00 - 7:30pm: Action News will take you live trackside for a complete summary of Free Prix Day festivities. This action packed half-hour special will include driver and team interviews, highlights from the day's time trials and a look ahead to Saturday's American LeMans series and Sunday's Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix races. The show will be hosted by WXYZ-TV Sports Director Don Shane and Action News anchor Stephen Clark.

* Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix: Start Your Engines - Sunday August 31st, 9:00- 10:30am: WXYZ-TV Action News anchors Stephen Clark and Carolyn Clifford kick-off Grand Prix coverage with a 90-minute live special featuring a comprehensive look at race day activities with updated weather and traffic information designed for racing fans.

* Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix: Race Day Edition - Sunday August 31st, Noon -1:00pm: Live from the WXYZ-TV Belle Isle set, Action News anchors Diana Lewis and Stephen Clark will provide comprehensive coverage of the Detroit Grand Prix. The program will include exclusive interviews with drivers and the latest updates from race officials. WXYZ-TV live Race Day Edition will also provide continuing coverage of the latest weather and traffic conditions.

* Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix: Pit Pass Special - Sun. Aug. 31st, 2:00 - 3:30pm: WXYZ-TV's Don Shane will give Grand Prix viewers a trackside view of the day's big race. The program will include interviews with city and event officials, drivers and racing analysts.

* Firestone Indy Car Grand Prix at Detroit - Sun. Aug. 31st, 3:30 - 6:00pm: Live from Belle Isle, ABC Sports will provide flag to flag coverage of the 2008 Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.

* Action News Special Edition - Sunday August 31st, 6:00 - 6:30pm: WXYZ-TV Sports Director Don Shane will report live from the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix Winners Circle, providing post-race analysis, live interviews, and the highlights from all the day's Grand Prix race activities.



Detroit News:

Big Ten football fans who missed out on games last year because Time Warner Cable didn't carry the fledgling Big Ten Network can now relax. The network and the cable company said late Monday that they've reached an agreement that will enable Time Warner to carry games this fall... Time Warner Cable agrees to carry Big Ten Network (Tue, 8/26)


Television: Newsmakers Aug 27, 2008



Charter and Big Ten reach carriage agreement

Charter Communications, Inc. and the Big Ten Network have reached an agreement-in-principle on terms of a multi-year distribution agreement in which Charter will carry the Big Ten Network and related programming throughout the Big Ten territory, including its systems in Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Northern Illinois. Big Ten Network and Charter are currently working together in an attempt to ensure that the majority of these same systems can launch the network on its expanded basic level of service in time for Saturday's Big Ten college football openers. (Wed, 8/27)



Grand Rapids Press:

The Michigan High School Athletic Association is back in the television business. Beginning this season, the MHSAA Network will produce regular-season and tournament games to be distributed on multiple platforms, both TV and internet. "We've partnered with When We Were Young Productions to produce tournament and regular-season events," MHSAA communications director John Johnson said. "We've got 450 hours of programming planned for this fall and another 1,000 hours scheduled for winter and spring events. We're striving to do streaming video on the internet and audio for as many other things as possible." Some games will be produced like a contest you might see on a cable sports channel, with capabilities including four cameras, graphics, two announcers and instant replay. Other games will feature a single camera with a single announcer. Comcast Cable will carry games on digital cable (channels 900 and 901) and maintain an archive of contests on its Video on Demand service... MHSAA announces plan to broadcast games (Wed, 8/27)







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