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Retrans Agreement Reached with DirecTV, Mississippi Station

In CBS, Columbus-Tupelo-West Point-Houston, Mississippi, Retransmission on December 30, 2011 at 2:54 am

What station doesn’t want to get paid just for being carried?

In the most recent example of media companies negotiating for more dollars, DirecTV and CBS affiliate WCBI-TV have reached an agreement to continue carrying the north Mississippi station as part of its local channel lineup.

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KATV Attributes November Ratings Win to Viewers’ Facebook Interactions

In ABC, Arkansas, HD, Little Rock-Pine Bluff, Ratings, Social Media on December 26, 2011 at 10:58 pm


In November, Little Rock’s KATV-TV edged out its competitors in every newscast but noon.

The ABC affiliate came in third at 11:30 a.m.

In addition, the website reports KATV’s household ratings actually improved in every category but the station’s 10 p.m., sliding from a 9.6 to 9.4.

So what caused the boost?

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Longtime Nashville Weatherman Dies After Sudden Illness

In Nashville, NBC, Obits, Tennessee, Weather on December 25, 2011 at 1:46 am
Bill Hall Dies

Bill Hall (Courtesy: WSMV)

Well-known Nashville weatherman Bill Hall died earlier this week at the age of 65, the Daily News Journal reports.

Hall, who worked for NBC affiliate WSMV-TV for 31 years, became popular with his viewers through his calming voice and quirky sense of humor.

He started at the station as a weather reporter in 1974, moving up the ranks quickly. Despite a brief stint as a weekend news anchor in 1976, he became chief forecaster a year later.

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Meridian ABC Affiliate Gets New Weekend Weathergal

In ABC, Hirings, Meridian, Mississippi, Weather on December 25, 2011 at 1:10 am
Megan Parry - WTOK

Megan Parry (Courtesy: Facebook)

Though she’s been filling in this week for the station’s chief forecaster (meteorologist?) Stephen Bowers, Megan Parry will now be the new weekend meteorologist for WTOK-TV in Meridian, Miss.

The hire’s so recent, Parry’s bio/photo haven’t been posted to the station’s website yet, but has been confirmed through WTOK’s Facebook fan page (and Parry’s personal page).

Parry is a graduate student in the broadcast meteorology program at Mississippi State University.

New Design, New Feel

In Editor's Desk on December 24, 2011 at 3:10 am

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