After the coffee. Before trying to shake off this sore throat and fever.
The Skinny: I've been a little under the weather the last two days. Hopefully the fever will fade later in the morning. Wednesday's roundup includes some late-breaking news out of ABC News. Also, NBC wraps up its upfront sales and DirecTV and AT&T try to sell their big deal to Capitol Hill. Also, legendary character actor Eli Wallach died at the age of 98.
Daily Dose: ABC News has unveiled some big changes Wednesday morning. Diane Sawyer will step down at the end of summer as anchor of "World News Tonight" and David Muir will succeed her. Sawyer will remain with ABC News as an anchor of investigative reports. Also, George Stephanopoulos will add breaking news anchor to his "Good Morning America" duties.
Big rebound. Advertisers are betting on NBC this fall. The network indicated it has pretty much completed selling advertising inventory for the fall TV season, taking in just over $2.5 billion. That's a 12% increase from last year's total. Besides a better prime time lineup, NBC also has next year's Super Bowl. NBC's cable properties -- including USA and Bravo -- took in an additional $3.5 billion. More on NBC's upfront from the Los Angeles Times, Variety and AdWeek.
Making the rounds. DirecTV and AT&T Chief Executives Mike White and Randall Stephenson spent Tuesday testifying about their big deal before the House and Senate. The House hearing was a breeze with only Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) expressing any real concern about media consolidation and the impact this deal and Comcast's proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable will have for consumers and competition. The Senate hearing was a little tougher as Sen. Richard Blumenthal got Stephenson to acknowledge that the better value the two companies touted won't necessarily translate to lower prices for customers. Coverage from the Los Angeles Times and New York Times.
The magic box. Can Google do for TV what it did for search? The search giant is expected to introduce a long-awaited set-top box that will try to compete with Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV. Google tried a box a few years ago. It also recently introduced Chromecast, which plugs into the back of a TV set to stream Google and other online services. Fortunately, I have an Internet-enabled TV so I don't need another set-top box as I far as I can tell. More on Google's box plans from the Wall Street Journal.
The revolution is over. Joe Roth is near a deal to sell his Revolution Studios to Fortress Investment Group for $500 million, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Revolution hasn't made a movie in almost 10 years but it still had a small presence in the TV biz and has a library.Inside the Los Angeles Times: TV pilot production in Los Angeles took a tumble. Legendary actor Eli Wallach, whose career spanned Broadway, spaghetti Westerns and even "The Godfather III," died at the age of 98.
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