The hot inside tv stories of the day are:
Former Fox News host Glenn Beck is planning to take on his former employer more directly than he ever has before. His media company, TheBlaze, which includes a news site and TV network, is making a push for traditional cable and satellite companies to start carrying the channel. One report indicates that he has a deal for The Dish Network to add his internet video channel to its lineup.
CNN President Jeff Zucker was scheduled to meet Monday in Atlanta with the leadership of the National Association of Black Journalists to discuss the state of black journalists at the network.
Mitt Romney is to give his first post-election interview to Fox News. The former Republican presidential candidate and his wife Ann Romney will sit down with Chris Wallace this week in southern California to discuss last fall’s election. The interview will air Sunday March 3rd.
FOXSports reports that the Daytona 500’s preliminary TV ratings up. Sunday afternoon’s race earned a 10.0 overnight rating and 22 share on Fox. That’s up 30 percent from 2012, when rain pushed the event to a Monday night. It was the highest overnight rating since 2006.
Stephen Battaglio, the TV Guide journalist whose byline adorned a series of fake next-day reviews referenced during an opening bit by host Seth MacFarlane and surprise guest William Shatner, says he was blindsided by the gag. “I was home watching the Oscars with my wife,” he tells FishbowlLA via telephone, “saw the first version of the review come up and said, ‘Oh, that’s my name!’ It took me a few seconds to absorb, and then I just went with the joke.”
People living around New York City now have access to Aereo‘s cloud-based television service, the company announced today. Although Aereo was previously only available in New York’s five boroughs, the company has expanded (PDF) its offering to people living in the city’s metropolitan area. The region includes 29 counties in New York state, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. According to Aereo, that expansion has brought its total market size to 19 million people.
Aereo is a cloud-based television service that allows users to sign up and access shows across a wide array of networks. From a smartphone, tablet, or notebook, users can watch 30 over-the-air broadcast channels, as well as Bloomberg Television. The service also works on Roku boxes. Aereo’s service, which includes DVR (digital video recorder) functionality that lets users pause and rewind live programming, as well as save it for future viewing, costs $1 per day. The company’s monthly fee is $8, and its annual $80. Major networks not happy….court time will follow.