Monday, December 11, 2017

Report: All Broadcast Nets Have Lost Viewers

All five of the over-the-air English-language networks are down again in Nielsen’s TV ratings, though some are retaining Fall 2016 numbers better than others, according to The Wrap.

NBC is hanging in there better than the rest of its competition — and that’s before the channel’s 2018 Winter Olympics and next year’s Super Bowl LII. The best-rated broadcast channel is currently averaging a 2.4 rating among adults 18-49, which is the demographic most-coveted by advertisers.

But NBC is still down 8 percent season-to-date in that all-important age-range. At least that’s better than CBS and The CW, which are both down 14 percent; ABC, which is at a minus 16 percent; and Fox, which is one point worse than even the Disney-owned broadcast channel.

Below are those rankings and pertinent figures — all numbers in this story come from Nielsen’s “most current” metric, which includes a week’s worth of delayed viewing where available.

All primetime programs — including sports and news — are counted in this study.

Adults 18-49

1) NBC: 2.4, -8%
2) CBS: 1.8, -14%
3) Fox: 1.9, -17%
4) ABC: 1.6, -16%
5) The CW: 0.6, -14%

The rankings and declines are a bit different among total viewers, though the home to “This Is Us” and “Sunday Night Football” is still the closest to last year’s tune-in tally. Here are all the network’s by overall audience size:

Total Viewers

1) CBS: 9.925 million, -6%
2) NBC: 9.023 million, -3%
3) ABC: 6.637 million, -9%
4) Fox: 6.213 million, -14%
5) The CW: 1.770 million, -4%

L-A Radio: Photographer Kicked in Face During KROQ Holiday Concert

Queens of the Stone Age Frontman Josh Homme can be seen violantely kicking a female
photographer in the face in a disturbing video from the KROQ 106.7 FM Christmas first night on Saturday.

The incident happened during the band’s performance at the L.A. radio station’s 28th annual holiday concert.

Chelsea Lauren, a photographer for Shutterstock, which has a licensing partership with Variety owner Penske Media, said the incident was entirely unprovoked and that Homme was even smiling before he struck her.

“It was obviously very intentional,” she told Variety.

Lauren was on one side of the stage while three other photographers were together on the other side of the stage. In the video, Homme can be seen walking past Lauren, then backtracking a step to kick away her camera.

“Josh was coming over and I was pretty excited, I’ve never actually photographed Queens Of The Stone Age before, I was really looking forward to it. I saw him coming over and I was shooting away,” she said. “The next thing I know his foot connects with my camera and my camera connects with my face really hard. He looked straight at me, swung his leg back pretty hard and full blown kicked me in the face. He continued performing, I was startled, I kind of stopped looking at him, I just got down and was holding my face cause it hurt so badly.”

A visibly distraught Lauren returned to the press room with tears welling up in her eyes. When several people asked her what happened she said, disbelief still in her voice, “Josh kicked me in the face. Who does that?”

It’s unknown if the 44 year-old Homme was under the influence of alcohol or drugs on Saturday. At one point, he called the sold-out audience “retards” before insulting the night’s headlining act, Muse. “F— Muse!” he exclaimed. He also encouraged the crowd to boo him, told everyone to take their pants off, saying, I want to give you all a night you’ll never remember.”

The LATimes reports Homme released a statement Sunday afternoon to press and on the band’s social-media accounts:

“I did not mean for that to happen and I am very sorry,” the statement partly read. “I would never intentionally cause harm to anyone working at or attending one of our shows and I hope Chelsea will accept my sincere apology.”

Boston Radio: WBUR Host Tom Ashbrook OUT

Boston public radio station WBUR announced Friday that one of its longtime hosts Tom Ashbrook has been placed on leave due to allegations against himm according to The Hill.

“Yesterday, Boston University and WBUR received some allegations against Tom Ashbrook. Tom will be on leave from his duties at WBUR while an outside organization hired by Boston University examines these allegations. We will decide a course of action after getting the results of this investigation,” the station's general manager Charles Kravetz said in a statement.

Ashbrook was the host of the nationally syndicated public radio show “On Point." He joined NPR and WBUR in 2001.

The allegations against Ashbrook have not been specified.

Ashbrook said in an email to The Boston Globe that he could not comment on the situation, but added: "However there is a process and I respect that process."

The report comes after various high-profile men in the news industry, including Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose and Mark Halperin, have been fired over sexual misconduct allegations.

Ex-Fox News Anchor Claims Trump Tried To Kiss Her

Juliet Huddy
Former Fox News anchor Juliet Huddy said President Donald Trump tried to kiss her in an elevator around the time he married First Lady Melania.

Page Six reports Huddy, who allegedly received a settlement after she made a complaint against disgraced anchor Bill O’Reilly, described how the mogul leaned in to kiss her after he took her to lunch at Trump Tower in 2005.

The TV newswoman, who now hosts a radio show on 77 WABC Radio, revealed on “Mornin!!! with Bill Schulz” on, that she had rebuffed the now-president in the Trump Tower elevator.

And Trump later appeared on her Fox News chat show, and joked to the audience, “I hit on her but she blew me off.”

FCC Call Sign Activity For November 2017

During November 2017,  the Commission accepted applications to assign call signs to, or change the call signs of the following broadcast stations:

Plattsburgh Radio: New Owners Planning WNBZ Revival

Amanda Dagley, Bill Dickerson
Two longtime radio personalities are purchasing WNBZ 1240 AM / 106.3 FM and relocating the station.

According to The Press-Republican, former WIRY 1340 AM station manager and on-air personality Amanda Dagley and her business partner, Bill Dickerson, also a former WIRY on-air personality, are still tying up loose ends with former WNBZ owner Ted Morgan, but they hope to be broadcasting out of the new location at 26 City Hall Place by January.

“I want us to be your destination,” Dagley said. “I want you to be able to turn to us whether you need to be picked up and cheered up or you need to be informed.”

WNBZ-AM has been broadcasting for 90 years. Morgan bought the AM and FM stations, then located in Saranac Lake, in 1998.

He also purchased two other stations, WLPW-FM in Lake Placid and WRGR-FM in Tupper Lake, sometime later and began simulcasting the same signal on all four stations.

He moved the studios in 2015 to Plattsburgh and stopped simulcasting on the other stations.  WNBZ-FM has been broadcasting an automated playlist of music, advertisements and station IDs since last summer.

The revived station will feature a mix of music from the '60s, '70s and '80s, along with live local music from around the entire coverage area and more.  The station will also stream its content.

WNBZ 106.3 FM (1.4 Kw) Red=Local Coverage Area
Overall programing is still under development, but the new owners expect to have have a deejay in the studio from at least 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and possibly beyond.

Dagley has been deejaying for about 20 years, and Dickerson started in 1967 when he helped found a campus radio station at SUNY Cortland.

He worked at several stations in New Jersey, California and Vermont before making his way to Plattsburgh.

Calgary Radio: XL 103 Radio Morning Hosts Retire

Don, Joanne & Coach
Two members of Calgary’s most successful Morning Radio show, Don, Joanne & the Coach on CFXL XL103.1 FM, are hanging up their headphones for good.

As December marks 25 years of Don, Joanne & the Coach being on the air as a trio, it fitting that their last show together will be the same month it all started. After their show on Friday December 8th, Don Stevens and Joanne Johnson are officially retired. The pair announced their plans during the 23rd annual Golf-A-Kid to Camp golf tournament on Thursday, August 10th.

“I am honored simply by being welcomed into the homes and lives of our listeners for so long. They have been so good to us and made us part of their routine,” said Don Stevens. “And their generosity has helped us do some amazing things.”

In their 23 years of Golf-A-Kid to Camp golf tournaments they have helped raise over three-million dollars towards the Kids Cancer Care, for many years they have helped keep Calgary’s food banks stocked with their annual Stuff-A-Bus campaign, and they have built up a long list of local and national awards for their work. The phrase “Don, Joanne & The Coach” has become synonymous with Calgary.

“While I’m excited to start this new chapter in my life, it won’t be easy to say goodbye to our amazing listeners,” said Joanne Johnson. “Over the years, on so many occasions, the people of Calgary have amazed me. Through booms and busts, floods and fires, this city always comes together. We’ve been so lucky to share in it.”

“Hey, what about me?” asked Coach. “I’m not retiring. I’m not nearly as old as them.”

With Don & Joanne both retiring, two very large pairs of shoes are left to be filled. Coach will have more to share on what will happen with the XL 103 Morning Show in the coming months, but for now is the time to remember the many great things that Don & Joanne have done for our city… before they start golfing even more.

U2 Tops Billboard's 200 Album Chart

U2 achieves its eighth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as the rock band’s new Songs of Experience debuts atop the tally. The set bows with 186,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Dec. 7, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 180,000 were in traditional album sales.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Dec. 23-dated chart (where Songs of Experience debuts at No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard's websites on Tuesday (Dec. 12).

U2 last topped the Billboard 200 with 2009’s No Line on the Horizon, which bowed with 484,000 copies sold in its first week, according to Nielsen Music. (The Billboard 200 transitioned to a consumption units-ranked tally in late 2014.)

Also, among all acts with the most No. 1s in the history of the Billboard 200 chart, U2 is now tied with Kenny Chesney and Madonna for the sixth-most leaders (and third-most among groups). Ahead of them are The Beatles (with 19), JAY-Z (14), Bruce Springsteen and Barbra Streisand (each with 11), Elvis Presley (10), and Garth Brooks and The Rolling Stones (both with nine). U2 is also just the fourth act — and only group — to have earned No. 1s in the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and 2010s, following Janet Jackson, Springsteen and Streisand.

At No. 2 on the new Billboard 200, Chris Stapleton bows with his second studio effort of 2017, From a Room: Volume 2. Taylor Swift’s Reputation slides to No. 3 on the new Billboard 200, after three weeks at No. 1. Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide) climbs one rung to No. 4. Pentatonix’s A Pentatonix Christmas dips from No. 2 to No. 5 with 66,000 units (down 5 percent).

Country Artist Walker Hayes Visits The NASH Campus

Country artist Walker Hayes' debut album 'Boom' was released last week, and he found the time to stop by to perform and chat with Ty, Kelly and Chuck in Nashville Friday morning about what this project means to him after moving to Nashville over a decade ago.

Hayes gave Ty, Kelly and Chuck listeners the backstory on how his song "Shut Up Kenny," about Kenny Chesney, came to be, and the deeper meaning behind his hit song "You Broke Up With Me."

2018 TSBC To Honor Harvey Nagler

Harvey Nagler
Next year's recipient of the Talk Show Boot Camp's Ashwood Award will be former Vice President of Radio at CBS News, Harvey Nagler. Nagler was selected by this year's recipient, Julie Talbott, President of Premiere Networks.

In the conference's tradition, each year's honoree is charged with choosing the next year's winner. Talbott will present the award to Nagler on Thursday, March 8th at The Joule Hotel in Dallas. The award is named after the late former Fox Sports Radio VP/GM Andrew Ashwood.

Talbott comment: said, "Harvey Nagler is a legend who has devoted more than 50 years to radio. A one-of-a-kind leader, his professionalism and dedication to exceptional journalism set a high standard for all to follow. Additionally, his incredible career and experiences reporting major news events in American history have trail blazed a path for the continued success of the spoken-word industry."

"It is an extraordinary honor to receive an honor named for Andrew Ashwood," said Nagler. "An outstanding professional who lived life to the fullest, had such a positive impact on those he worked with and most importantly exemplified the finest qualities that we all strive to attain in life."

Talk Show Boot Camp 9 is co-presented by Talentmasters and Gabe Hobbs Media and features several of the biggest names in Talk Radio - For more details, visit HERE

Steven Tyler Opens Home For Abused Girls

Steven Tyler
When Steven Tyler co-wrote Aerosmith's hit "Janie's Got a Gun" almost 30 years ago, he knew he wanted to help young women who had been abused.

CNN reports Last week the rocker saw that dream come to fruition with the opening of Janie's House, a home for abused and neglected girls just outside Atlanta.

Tyler participated in a "scarf cutting" Wednesday at the facility at Youth Villages' Inner Harbour campus in Douglasville, Georgia.

He met the residents, many of whom became emotional greeting the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, and toured the facility he helped to establish.

Tyler told CNN it's hard for him to grasp what many of them have been through.

"You can see in their faces and hear in their voices how broken they are," he said.

Witnessing such despair is what led to his philanthropic endeavor, Tyler said.

The singer said a stint in rehab years ago allowed him to meet many women who were there partly because of struggles resulting from abuse.

Tyler participated in various charities for years but in 2015 started his own, Janie's Fund, and partnered with Youth Villages to help at-risk girls.

December 11 Radio History

➦In 1936...One day after officially abdicating the British throne to marry American divorcĂ©e Wallis Warfield Simpson, the former King Edward VIII said in a radio broadcast, "I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility, and to discharge my duties as King as I would wish to do, without the help and support of the woman I love."

➦In 1944..."The Chesterfield Supper Club," a 15-minute weekday program airing at 7:00 p.m. (ET), debuted on NBC Radio. Initially, Perry Como hosted all the shows. Beginning with the second season, he reduced his schedule to Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while Jo Stafford hosted Tuesdays and Thursdays. In 1948, Peggy Lee took over the Thursday broadcast. In 1949, the program began its final two years on radio as a weekly 30-minute show.

➦In 1954...Allan Waters purchased 10-year old Toronto radio station CHUM 1050 AM from patent medicine king Jack Part, for shares Waters held in Part’s companies, and $500 a month.

CHUM 1050 AM (50 Kw-DA) Red-Local Coverage
CHUM was a 1000 watt daytime-only station, which Waters built into a 50,000 watt top 40 juggernaut.

➦In 1964...Soul and gospel singer Sam Cooke was shot to death. He was 33. The manager of a Los Angeles motel claimed she shot Cooke in self-defense after he turned on her when she tried to help a young woman who said Cooke had tried to rape her

➦In 1985...GE, General Electric, bought RCA Corporation for $6.3 billion. NBC Radio and Television was also included in the purchase.

➦In 1991...Robert Q. Lewis, personality for  WNEW 1130 AM , WNBC 660 AM, KHJ, 1961-62; KFI, 1972-75; KRLA, 1975 in Los Angeles, died at 71 years-of-age.

Robert Q Lewis - 1956
Lewis made his radio debut in 1931, at age 11, on a local radio show, "Dr. Posner's Kiddie Hour". He enrolled in the University of Michigan in 1938, where he was a member of the Phi Sigma Delta fraternity. He left to enlist in the U.S. Army in 1942 and became a radio operator in the Signal Corps.

After the war, he became an announcer and disc jockey.  Among those who served as writers on Lewis's radio programs were playwright Neil Simon, author and dramatist Paddy Chayevsky, and radio comedy writer Goodman Ace,  who headed a CBS team of comedy writers, including Simon, that acted largely as "script doctors" for existing shows in need of fixing. Ace was frustrated over CBS's revamp of the show he assembled for Lewis, The Little Show: "I give them a good, tight, fifteen-minute comedy show," Ace told Time, "and what do they do? Expand it to half an hour and throw in an orchestra and an audience. Who the hell said a comedy show had to be half an hour, Marconi? Ida Cantor?"

Future talk-show host and producer Merv Griffin often sang on Lewis's show. Lewis began appearing on television, but he continued on radio, first for the CBS and later as a disc jockey in Los Angeles. One of his radio series, Robert Q.'s Waxworks, was devoted to old records, setting the pattern that later radio personalities like Dr. Demento would follow.  His interview-based program was heard locally on KFI, Los Angeles, in 1972.

➦In 1992...WNEW 1130 AM, New York City ended broadcasting after 58 years.
WNEW ended live programming on December 11, 1992 at 8pm; they then ran their regularly scheduled talk shows.

During overnights and on the weekend, WNEW simulcasted Country WYNY, except for Giants games and the evening talk shows.

December 15, 1992 marked the end of WNEW programming.

At 4pm that day, WNEW ran the Perry Como Christmas Show, then the talk shows from 7 to midnight.

At 11:59pm, they cut in to Larry King, did an ID and signed off forever.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

December 10 Radio History

➦In Ray Collins was born in Sacramento.  Although best remembered as Lt. Tragg in 86 episodes of TV’s Perry Mason, he was a prominent member of Orson Welles Mercury Players beginning in radio.  He played 3 roles in CBS Radio’s legendary 1938 War of the Worlds. For several seasons he played Commissioner Weston on Mutual Radio’s The Shadow.   He died of emphysema July 11 1965 at age 75.

David Brinkley, Chet Huntley
➦In 1911...Chet (Chester Robert) Huntley was born in Cardwell Montana.  His radio career began at KIRO Seattle & continued in radio newsrooms in Spokane & Portland, before joining first CBS Radio in Los Angeles, then ABC, as well as narrating Movietone Newsreels.  He was viewed as “another Ed Murrow” when he was hired by NBC Radio.  After teaming successfully with David Brinkley to cover the 1956 political conventions on television, the pair were assigned to co-anchor the TV Nightly News for the next 14 years as The Huntley-Brinkley Report.   

He succumbed to lung cancer March 20 1975 at the age of 63.  “Good night Chet .. Good night David ..And Good night for NBC News.”

➦In 1913...pianist, composer, conductor, and arranger Morton Gould was born at Richmond Hill NY.  In the 1930’s & 40’s he was musical director for national programs originating at WOR Mutual, and CBS Radio.  He moved on to composing Broadway & Hollywood film scores, winning a Grammy & Pulitzer Award along the way.   Gould died Feb 21, 1996 at age 82.

➦In 1914...actress/singer Dorothy Lamour was born in New Orleans.  In the early 30’s she had her own quarter-hour NBC radio show out of Chicago, and in the late 40’s she was singing hostess of NBC’s weekly Sealtest Variety Theatre from Hollywood. Besides her movie career, which included the “Road” series with Bob Hope & Bing Crosby, she made guest appearances on numerous TV series, including Damon Runyon Theatre, the Steve Allen Show, Burke’s Law, I Spy, Name of the Game, Marcus Welby MD, Hart to Hart, & Murder She Wrote.  She died of a heart attack Sep 22, 1996 at age 81.

DeFord Bailey, the Opry's First Star
➦In 1927...The Grand Ole Opry originated its first radio broadcast from Nashville, Tennessee.

➦In 1955...Johnny Cash met his future wife June Carter while in Shreveport for his first appearance on the KWKH's "Louisiana Hayride" radio show.

➦In 1961...One week after first meeting with Brian Epstein to discuss his taking over as the Beatles' manager, John, Paul, George and Pete Best were back in Epstein's office for a second interview. The band was now eager to listen to Epstein's proposal following a booking the night before where they played to only 18 people. After being assured that they were not expected to change their musical style, John spoke for the others, saying, "Right then, Brian, manage us!"

Beatles' Manager Brian Epstein is interviewed in New York City by Murray the K for WOR-FM Radio in March 1967.

➦In 1963..."The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite" featured a story about the new British pop music sensations, the Beatles. The report originally had been scheduled to air November 22 but was delayed because of extended news coverage of the presidential assassination.

➦In 1963...Donny Osmond made his debut with the Osmonds on The Andy Williams Show on NBC.

➦In 1967...26-year-old Otis Redding and four members of his band, the Bar-Kays, are killed when their tour plane crashes into a frozen near Madison, WI. Three days earlier, Redding had recorded what was to be his breakthough pop hit, "Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay.

➦In 1980...The body of John Lennon was cremated at the Ferncliff Mortuary in Hartsdale, New York and his ashes were given to his widow Yoko Ono, who reportedly took them back to her Dakota apartment.

Gosden and Correll
➦In 1982...Freeman Gosden, the U.S. radio actor who portrayed "Amos" in the radio hit, "Amos 'n' Andy", died at age 83.

Gosden was born in Richmond, Virginia. During World War I he served in the United States Navy as a wireless operator, which prompted his great interest in the young medium of radio.

Freeman Gosden, Charles Correll
In 1921, Gosden first teamed up with Charles Correll to do radio work, presenting comedy acts, sketches, and hosting variety shows. They met in Durham, North Carolina, both working for the Joe Bren Producing Company. Their first regular show came in 1925 with their WEBH Chicago show Correll and Gosden, the Life of the Party. On this show the two told jokes, sang, and played music.

In 1926, Gosden and Correll had a hit with their radio show Sam & Henry on Chicago radio station WGN. Sam & Henry is considered by some historians to have been the first situation comedy.

From 1928 to 1960, Gosden and Correll broadcast their Amos 'n' Andy show, which was one of the most famous and popular shows on radio in the 1930s. Gosden voiced the characters "Amos", "George 'Kingfish' Stevens", "Lightning", "Brother Crawford", and some dozen other characters.

In 1969, Gosden was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work in radio.

➦In 2004...One of three RCA microphones, used during 50 mid-1950s performances by Elvis Presley for the "Louisiana Hayride" radio show on KWKH in Shreveport, was sold for $37,500.

Nielsen, Cumulus Media Reach New Agreement

Nielsen has announced that Cumulus Media has signed a multi-year extension for radio ratings services for all Portable People Meter (PPM) and radio diary measured markets. Westwood One, the largest radio network in the U.S. and the national-facing arm of Cumulus Media, is also included in this agreement. This multi-year agreement provides Nielsen’s radio and network radio ratings services for Cumulus and Westwood One’s 446 radio stations across 90 local markets.

The deal comes amid a bankruptcy filing this past week, which indicated Cumulus Media is in arrears to Nielsen for $6.6M.

“Despite the abundance of media options, radio continues to lead the way in reach and ROI. We are excited to extend our agreement with Nielsen so that we can continue to leverage their vast datasets and analytical insights to provide the proof that we do indeed deliver the highest ROI of any local media to our advertisers,” said Bob Walker, Executive Vice President Operations, Cumulus Media.

In addition to extending Nielsen’s core audio ratings services, Cumulus and Westwood One will continue to have access to local qualitative behavioral data from Nielsen Scarborough, enhanced talent analytics from Nielsen N-Score and national networks ratings from Nielsen RADAR. As part of the agreement, Westwood One will extend its use of Nielsen Marketing Cloud and Pointlogic for enhanced purchase-based marketing and media planning functions.

“We are pleased to extend our audio measurement agreement with Cumulus Media,” said Brad Kelly, Managing Director, Nielsen Audio. “This extension is a symbol of the mutual respect and trust that exists between Nielsen and Cumulus, and we believe that our measurement services will enable Cumulus to tell their complete audience story to their advertisers and capture their fair share of media ad dollars.”

Nielsen is committed to total audience measurement and audio is big piece of that story as it reaches more than 90% of American adults every week. Radio’s unmatched reach is a great appeal to marketers that want to connect with broad-based consumers and increase the effectiveness of their advertising.

St. Louis Radio: KSLZ Adds Jordan For Mornings

KSLZ  Z107.7 FM, St. Louis’ #1 Hit Music Station, has announced the debut of “St. Louis’ Most Hit Music in the Morning with Jordan,” effective Monday, December 11.

“St. Louis’ Most Hit Music in the Morning with Jordan” will broadcast weekdays from 5am-10am. Hosted by local radio veteran Jordan, the new show will feature the latest in local and national entertainment news in addition to hit music from artists including Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Demi Lovato, Sam Smith, Niall Horan and more.

“Jordan is one of the best radio talents in the industry,” said A.J., Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia St. Louis. “Moving him to mornings will help write the next chapter in Z107.7 history. During his time in St. Louis, Jordan has had tremendous success with afternoons and we are very excited for him to host a fun, compelling and local morning show for St. Louis.”

KSLZ 107.7 FM (100 Kw) Red=Local Coverage Area
“To say that I’m deeply humbled to have the opportunity to lead mornings on Z107.7 would be an incredible understatement,” said Jordan. “To our passionate iHeartMedia St. Louis family, thank you for your trust and belief. This sure is a dream come true.”

Apple In Talks To Acquire Shazam

Apple Inc is in talks to acquire Shazam Entertainment Ltd, whose software helps users identify songs by pointing their phone at an audio source, according to a Reuters story citing a person familiar with the situation.

Shazam’s smartphone app is already tightly integrated with Apple’s Siri digital assistant. Users of Apple’s iPhone with the Shazam app installed can say: “Hey Siri, what’s that song?” and the app will identify it. But Shazam has other features, such as the ability to identify television shows, that do not yet work with Siri.

Tech news website TechCrunch reported the talks earlier, writing that Apple could pay about $400 million for Shazam and that a deal could be signed as early as next week.

An acquisition of Shazam could help bolster Apple’s music efforts by making it easier for users to find songs and add them to playlists in its Apple Music service. As of mid-2017, Apple Music had 27 million subscribers, behind rival music streaming service Spotify’s 60 million users.

CNN Eats Crow Over Trump Jr, Wikileaks Story

CNN issued a correction on Friday about a story that said someone identified as "Mike Erickson" sent Trump Jr., his father and others in the Trump Organization a website address for hacked WikiLeaks documents.

CNBC reports the media organization had reported that the email included information about hacked emails from former Secretary of State Colin Powell 10 days before those emails were leaked by the website

The Washington Post reported later Friday that the email was sent on Sept. 14, which was a full 10 days later than described in the CNN report. The Post's report suggested that the information offered in the email may have been publicly available at the time it was sent.

NBC News and The Wall Street Journal also reported Friday that the email was sent Sept. 14. The Wall Street Journal wrote that Michael Erickson has no apparent connection to WikiLeaks.

CNN's correction confirmed that the email was sent Sept. 14.

"We understand that the media reported 12 hours prior to this email that the DNC emails had been hacked or leaked," Trump Jr.'s attorney, Alan Futerfas told CNN. He said his team does not know who Erickson is and did not respond to the email.

WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange denied having a role in the email.

"It's not clear what this has to do with @WikiLeaks," he wrote. "Many enthusiastic readers emailed around archives of our publications during the election."

Following the report in The Washington Post, Assange wrote that the CNN story was "100% fake news."

Friday's correction is not the first high-profile error in recent memory for CNN. Earlier this year, the network retracted a story about former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci. Three journalists, including the executive editor in charge of the network's new investigative unit, resigned their positions after the publication of that story.

CNN's error also comes on the heels of a major correction from ABC News. Last Friday, ABC News' Brian Ross reported based on one source that Michael Flynn was prepared to testify that as a candidate Trump instructed him to make contact with Russians. That report, which ABC News has said was not fully vetted through its editorial standards process, was later corrected to say that Flynn was prepared to testify the instruction came while Trump was president-elect. ABC News has since suspended Ross for four weeks without pay.

A CNN spokesperson said there will not be disciplinary action in this case because the reporters followed CNN's editorial standards process, which requires review and approval of the use of anonymous sources.

SiriusXM Upsets Libs

A bevy of SiriusXM hosts came out in defense of free speech and the satellite radio giant after former Vermont governor Howard Dean and actor Seth Rogan threatened to cancel their SiriusXM subscriptions in protest of the network naming Breitbart News executive chairman Steve Bannon host of its daily radio program Breitbart News Daily.

Dean slammed SiriusXM for the move in a tweet Friday, linking to the network’s tweet announcing the news:

Rogen pledged to pull out of scheduled interviews on SiriusXM satellite radio in protest of Bannon return as a regular host on the platform.

Dean’s tweet, however, sparked intense pushback from several SiriusXM hosts, many of them imploring the former presidential candidate to redouble his efforts to win debates for liberal Democrats instead of attempting to stifle the freedom of speech of his political opponents.

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, SiriusXM spokesman Patrick Reilly said: “Since its inception, SiriusXM has promised to deliver a diversity of opinions and viewpoints, from conservative to progressive to everything in between.”

“SiriusXM takes no political position of our own across our more than 175 channels, but we are here to provide an open forum no matter where listeners stand on the political spectrum. Free speech is vitally important,” the statement said. “We ardently believe that by allowing a virtually unlimited platform of viewpoints, we are doing our best to uphold that core value.”

ESPN Posts Viewing Gains From Streaming

While there continues to be concern over measuring live video streaming for traditional TV networks, ESPN says it is seeing early positive results from Nielsen’s new Total Live Audience metric, according to MediaPost.

From September 25 though November 12, 2017, ESPN says live video streaming and out-of-home viewing (OOH) has added 14% more audience overall to ESPN’s traditional TV viewing totals, across both total day and prime time.

Among the adult 25-54 demographic, Nielsen C3 ratings -- the average commercial minute rating plus three days of time-shifted viewing -- witnessed an 18% gain for ESPN by including live streaming and out-of-home viewing.

Millennial viewers 18-34 were up 23% in total day viewing and 28% in prime time.

When looking at year-over-year results, adding in these live streaming/OOH results now means millennial viewers have been boosted 4% for total day and 13% more in primetime over the same period a year before.

ESPN also says millennials drive 46% of all ESPN streaming. Females make up 34% of all millennial OOH viewing. Millennial females increased by more than 12% when including OOH viewing.

ESPN says streaming of ESPN programming on ABC broadcasts is not currently included in Nielsen Total Live Audience.

In the third quarter, ESPN was in fifth place among all cable TV networks in prime time, averaging 1.4 million overall TV viewers. As with other cable TV networks, ESPN has seen a decline in its overall subscribers, and now sits at 87 million subscribers, according to one estimate.

NYTimes Declares 2018 'The Year of The Audience'

The New York Times is adding three positions to develop its audience strategy to “ensure our audience is at the core of our work” going into 2018. That's per a memo from the NYT’s executive editor Dean Baquet, managing editor Joe Kahn, editorial page editor James Bennet and deputy managing editor Cliff Levy.

MediaPost reports The NYT has 2.5 million digital subscriptions, 1 million print subscriptions and more than 130 million monthly readers, according to its third-quarter earnings. That is double the audience the newspaper had two years ago.

But the top editors at the NYT say they “have more work to do if we’re going realize our ambitions of reaching still more people with Times journalism and adding millions of subscribers in the years ahead."

In October 2015, the publication said it was aiming to double digital revenue to $800 million by 2020 (from $400 million in 2014). It emphasized the need to increase subscriptions and engage with loyal readers.

In the memo released Friday, the NYT editors declared 2018 “the year of audience.” They said the company would work on “developing an even clearer view of who we’re going after, how we can best compete for their time and attention..." The larger goal is to demonstrate to readers that "Times journalism is so valuable it’s worth paying for.”

The NYT is hiring a newsroom audience director, an off-platform editor and an on-platform editor to lead these efforts.

The newsroom audience director will develop a strategy to understand the newspaper's audience and advise on coverage and distribution. The off-platform editor will oversee programming and distribution across channels like Facebook and Twitter. The on-platform editor will be tasked with programming across desktop and mobile home screens, push notifications and recirculation.

Boston Herald Sold, Files Bankruptcy

Boston Herald Publisher Patrick J. Purcell announced Friday that the media company with its flagship Boston Herald tabloid has reached an agreement with GateHouse Media, LLC for them to acquire the company's operational assets. The purchase is subject to court approval.

The announcement came as Purcell gathered management and staff in the Herald newspaper's offices on Fargo Street in Boston's Seaport District. He spoke first with his long-time management team and immediately following with staff from across all departments.

In a simultaneous letter to employees, Purcell wrote: "I am very proud of the spectacular management team with whom I have worked hand in hand over the years. And I am equally as proud of the excellent staff in all areas of our company who have worked tirelessly to make the Boston Herald a relevant and respected provider of local and regional news for Boston and the area.

"Boston is a better city for the Herald's unique and fearless local reporting. Because of all of you, we are well known for our influential political, community, business and sports coverage across the region and beyond."

The Herald (BHI), hindered like many other newspapers with significant pension and retirement liabilities as well as declining revenue with the onset of digital media and a growing variety of news originators and aggregators, had some 900 employees at its peak in 2000. Today it has 240; more than 120 of them work in the newsroom.

BHI filed a voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition today in the District of Delaware to maximize the value of the company and its assets by selling the business as a going concern under the supervision of the Bankruptcy Court.

The company contemplates that the sale will allow the operation to continue, providing the greatest stability for employees, customers and vendors; as well as the best return to unsecured creditors.

Purcell told employees gathered that the company would continue its day-to-day operations, providing breaking news to its daily newspaper readers and online consumers as usual.

The Boston Herald's roots date back to 1846 when it was a single two-sided sheet of news published by a group of Boston printers. In more recent times, the media company has been anchored by the 64,500-circulation Herald, known for its eye-catching Page 1 photos and headlines, and also has a loyal online following at and on its Herald Radio platform. 

GateHouse Media, headquartered in Pittsford, NY, is one of the largest publishers of locally-based media in the United States. In Massachusetts alone, it publishes the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, the Cape Cod Times, The Patriot Ledger and more than 100 other weekly and daily newspapers.

By filing for bankruptcy protections, and even with a purchase agreement with GateHouse, the court requires BHI to hold an auction to allow all potential buyers an opportunity to submit competing offers.