Thursday, March 21

Mr. Dolan Pens a Missive

Earlier this week, Charles Dolan called on the New York State Public Service Commission to review Altice’s performance as owners of what was once Cablevision.

Download Charles Dolan’s letter: Dolan Letter to PSC (20 downloads)

(which includes mention of FMC’s concerns on the topic on page 3.)

The PSC promptly replied, with a review under way, according to Newsday’s James Madore.

It’s part of a lawsuit brought by the Dolans against Altice which claims Altice has failed to live up to the business plan attached to the merger agreement of how News12 would operate for a period of five years. The case is slated for court in early September.

A website devoted to all things Dolan v. Altice provides play by play, for those interested. as well as interesting tidbits, such as Altice being named in 235 lawsuits since 2016. It even includes FMC’s letter to the Court of Chancery. Read it here. 

Naming Names…

The VIP guest list continues to grow for the Folio Awards on March 27. In addition to Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Ed Ingles and featured speaker Eleanor Clift, expect to chat with WABC-TV’s President & General Manager Debra O’Connell, Newsday’s Pat Dolan, FOX 5 boss Lew Leone, WLIW GM Diane Masciale, WNET’s Jack Ford. WCBS-TV’s Carolyn Gusoff and Jennifer McLogan. Anton Media Group’s Angela Anton. NJ Burkett. Craig Allen. Radio bosses Tim Scheld, Terry Sheridan and George Lombardi, Long Island Business News’ Joe Giametta and his crew.

Even America’s Got Talent’s golden buzzer winner, Christian Guardino is back to sing for us. (He’s dropping a new single soon, so maybe we’ll get to hear it.) Tickets are only on sale til early next week, so get them while you can. Details here to be part of it.

What’s That Barking Out East?

The mystery of “where is Bill Evans?” really isn’t much of one: You can find him on WLNG, the Sag Habor radio station with an eclectic mix of local programming that stands out from the crowd of what many local radio stations have turned into, which is say plenty of rip-and-read and syndicated talk. Seems he and his wife own Bark Out Loud Dogs Media, and purchased the station rather quietly in 2018, but  Dan’s Papers had the scoop.

We often get asked: What’s it mean to win a Folio?

Journalism excellence and storytelling that captivates the audience. Basically, you need critical acclaim and box-office success to win a Folio. Now, tell us: Doesn’t that mean everything to those in the media biz?
Folio Awards 2019 Celebrate the Stories & Storytellers for Outstanding Work Appearing in These Media Outlets

Anton Media Group, Blank Slate Media, FiOS1 News,, Long Island Business News,, NBC New York, New York Magazine, New York Times Magazine, Newsday, NYIT Magazine, PBS Frontline, PIX 11, ProPublica, The New York Times, The Pioneer, The Well by Northwell Health, This American Life, WABC-TV, WCBS Newsradio 880, WCBS-TV, WFTU Radio, WLIW/WNET, WRHU FM and WSHU Public Radio

Folio Award Winners for Excellence in Social Media
ACLD, Hofstra University, Long Island Cares, South Nassau Communities Hospital and St. John’s University

Speaking of Legends…
The Folio Awards will feature a conversation with the Daily Beast and MSNBC contributor Eleanor Clift. Often referred to as “one of the first women on the bus,” Clift’s trailblazing career took her from the secretarial pool at Newsweek to covering every presidential campaign since 1976. “The McLaughlin Group” made her a star, and she’s appeared in movies ranging from “Dave” to “Independence Day,” as herself. Hear what she has to say about news, politics, and life inside the Beltway. 

To secure a sponsorship, please download the Folio Sponsorship brochure:

Folio-SponsorshipXX-1-1.pdf (170 downloads)

To date, major sponsors include Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Northwell Health, Mazars USA, Hofstra University, Protiviti, the law firm of Murphy Bartol & O’Brien, WABC-TV, FOX 5/WNYW, NBC New York, St. John’s University, ACLD, Mount Sinai-South Nassau Communities Hospital and SUNY Old Westbury. Media Sponsors include Muck Rack and Long Island Business News. Email to find out more.

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