Exclusives

  • Spotlight: NAB Sticking With CCW+SATCON Formula

    In two weeks (Nov. 12-13), NAB will present the first Content and Communications World and Satellite Communications Conference (CCW+SATCON) to be put on by the association since buying the show in December 2013. The trade group will continue down the path charted by the annual gathering's previous owner, says NAB's Chris Brown. “We see tremendous synergy with the NAB Show,” he adds. “Many companies will use the NAB Show in April to announce new products. Six months later there is definitely a need to engage the marketplace with updates on those plans, and CCW presents that opportunity.” More | Add comment
  • Focus: Rookie 'Hot Bench' Heating Up Syndication

    The show, which is carried on stations owned by CBS, Tribune, Sinclair and others, is the No. 1 freshman in first-run broadcast syndication in total households and is tied for second in the women 25-54 demo. “It’s doing better than many people were expecting,” says Bill Carroll, VP and director of programming at Katz Television Group. “It usually takes time for the audience to find a new show and be comfortable with it. It seems the audience is embracing this one.” More | Add comment
  • Air Check: Investigation Drives WTHR’s Bob Segall

    The award-winning reporter for Dispatch Broadcast Group’s Indianapolis NBC affiliate believes local TV can have a far greater impact on communities than network news. But, he emphasizes, stations have to make a commitment to investigative journalism “in good times and bad,” versus the more widespread practice of building I-Teams and the like only to dismantle them when money gets tight. More | Comments (3)
  • Jessell: Burke's Surprise At HBO, CBS Is Surprising

    NBCU CEO Steve Burke's statement that he was surprised at the moves by HBO and CBS to offer streaming services is a bit surprising for a few reasons, one being that neither service came completely out of left field. And contrary to Burke, HBO and CBS aren't likely to cannabalize their cable revenue or find the online distribution business particularly tough. More | Comments (6)
  • Focus: Ray Of Hope For Low-Power Proponents

    Advocates of low-power TV stations and translators have been worried that their interests will be ignored in the upcoming FCC incentive auction and spectrum repack. Now, however, the Government Accountability Office is being asked to study the situation and the hope is the results will help them win rights to continue operating in the auction’s wake — similar to the rights full-power broadcasters are already guaranteed. More | Comments (12)

Special Reports

  • FCC Watch: A quick briefing on 26 FCC proceedings affecting broadcasters from communications attorneys David Oxenford and David O'Connor.
  • Severe Weather 2014: A three-part look at the effects of social media on forecasting; a Q&A with the National Weather Service's Greg Carbin; and the latest on dual polarization radar.
  • Diginets 2014: A three-part examination of the revenue, programming and business strategies of multicasting.
  • Sales Management: A four-part look at the growing importance to stations of mobile viewing platforms; automated spot buying; improving digital sales operations; and a case study of a successful digital sales effort.
  • 2013—Year In Review: Revisit the year’s top developments in business, programming, journalism, technology, regulation and more.
  • ENG 2013: A three-part examination of the state of the art in newsgathering tech, including bonded cellular, wireless mic issues and news vehicles.
  • THE TOP 30 TV STATION GROUPS: A plethora of mega-deals over the last 12 months has reordered TVNewsCheck's annual ranking. While the top three spots remained the same as last year — occupied by Fox, CBS and Sinclair — the rest of the top 10 is much changed with five companies gone through M&A activity.
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Game 7 Smacks A Home Run For Fox
Media Life, Oct 31, 2014, 6:16 AM EDT
Lucky for Fox the World Series went seven games. A huge audience tuned in for Wednesday night’s decisive Game 7, in which the San Francisco Giants topped the Kansas City Royals 3-2, lifting a series that had been on pace to be the least-watched in Major League Baseball history. Game 7 averaged 23.5 million total viewers, easily the best of the series and up 76% from the 13.4 million who watched Game 6. The final game of the series was the second-most-watched baseball game of the past decade. Link | Add comment
NBC O&Os Reup ‘Meredith’ For Season 2
TVNewsCheck, Oct 30, 2014, 5:37 PM EDT
The new syndicated talker from NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution gets a green light from its anchor station group. Full Story | Comments (3)
Snider To Be 20th Century Fox Co-Chair
The Los Angeles Times, Oct 31, 2014, 6:41 AM EDT
Stacey Snider is expected to be named co-chair of 20th Century Fox, according to a person familiar with the situation. Snider, currently co-chair and chief executive of Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks Studios, will serve as 20th Century Fox's No. 2 executive under Jim Gianopulos. Fox is expected to make the announcement soon. Link | Add comment
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KSNV News EVP Bob Stoldal Retires
KSNV, Oct 31, 2014, 7:45 AM EDT
Longtime Las Vegas journalist Bob Stoldal has retired as executive vice president of news operations for Sinclair-owned NBC affiliate KSNV Las Vegas. He joined the station “out of retirement” about five years ago at the request of Jim Rogers, KSNV's late owner. Link | Add comment
Kevin Reilly Back In Talks For Top Turner Post
Deadline, Oct 31, 2014, 7:58 AM EDT
The on-again, off-again Turner-Kevin Reilly courtship is back on. Soon after Turner Broadcasting toppers broke off negotiations with the former Fox chairman two weeks ago, the two sides restarted conversations. Turner Broadcasting President David Levy’s string of meetings last week with prospective candidates to succeed  Steve Koonin included a sit-down with Reilly. Link | Add comment
'Meet The Press' Returns To Third Place
Politico, Oct 31, 2014, 6:30 AM EDT
One week after a rare second-place showing, it falls back in the Sunday ratings race. Link | Add comment
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Credit Card Payments Don’t Have To Be Scary
TVNewsCheck, Oct 31, 2014, 5:43 AM EDT
Credit card information breaches number among a long list of things to be afraid of, not only at Halloween, but all year. So how do you take the fear out of accepting credit card payments? it begins by ensuring compliance with the practices required by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council. And to be really vigilant, companies must treat compliance with these rules as part of a broader focus on data security practices. Full Story | Add comment
DOJ OKs Media General-LIN After Divestitures
Reuters, Oct 30, 2014, 5:23 PM EDT
Media General has won U.S. antitrust approval to buy LIN Media after agreeing to divest seven television stations in five markets, the Justice Department said on Thursday. The markets are Providence, R.I.; Savannah, Ga.; Birmingham, Ala.; Mobile, Ala.; and Green Bay, Wis. The deal was valued at $1.6 billion when it was announced in March. Link | Add comment
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Sony's Quarterly Loss Grows On Mobile Woes
The Associated Press, Oct 31, 2014, 5:53 AM EDT
The poor result released Friday — a $1.2 billion loss — was despite a 7% increase in quarterly sales to $17.3 billion as performance improved in cameras, TVs and game businesses. Full Story | Add comment
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Jon Stewart Confirms ‘Meet the Press’ Talks
Rolling Stone, Oct 31, 2014, 7:36 AM EDT
Weather Ch. Disavows Coleman's Climate Change Stance
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Oct 31, 2014, 7:18 AM EDT
The WWE Gets Ready To Crumble
New York Post, Oct 31, 2014, 6:38 AM EDT
Yahoo Taps Amazon's Utzschneider For Top Ad Role
MediaPost, Oct 31, 2014, 6:16 AM EDT
WE TV Cancels 'The Divide' After One Season
Variety, Oct 31, 2014, 6:13 AM EDT
Mark Gordon Co. Sets Comedies At ABC, NBC
Variety, Oct 31, 2014, 6:11 AM EDT
Cosby 'Latifah' Chat Canceled After Rape Allegation
The Hollywood Reporter, Oct 31, 2014, 6:08 AM EDT
Alison Sweeney Wraps Run On 'Days Of Our Lives'
The Hollywood Reporter, Oct 31, 2014, 6:04 AM EDT
'Colbert Report' Sets Date For Final Show
The Hollywood Reporter, Oct 31, 2014, 6:01 AM EDT
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WFTV Orlando Out Front In October Ratings
Orlando Sentinel, Oct 30, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT

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Overnights, adults 18-49 for October 29, 2014
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Reviews
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  • Rob Owen

    Near the end of the pilot for CBS sitcom The McCarthys — after Ronny (Tyler Ritter) has been feted with a gay bar-themed party by his smothering mother (Laurie Metcalf) — Ronny observes that his family is "sweet, awkward and at times offensive." The same can be said of this sitcom. When the show is focused on Ritter and Metcalf, The McCarthys rises above the usual sitcom slop that it feels like whenever the other characters get screen time.

  • Joanne Ostrow

    Put your hands together for the Hardest Working Man in Show Business, the guy who earned it long before Mick Jagger vied for the title, and welcome a new documentary on James Brown on HBO. Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown leaves the artist's decline to another day. The film glosses over the turbulent aspects of Brown's personal life (domestic abuse charges and an arrest record are mentioned in passing), and it isn't comprehensive (there's nothing about his four wives, six children, drug addiction or his death in 2006). But the tuneful feature-length film is packed with great vintage clips. Brown's rise was a complicated one. In the end, the music speaks for itself.

  • Brian Lowry

    Despite a few problematic aspects with the premise, Jane the Virgin contains a secret ingredient that is in short supply, perhaps especially on many of the CW's recent soaps: Charm. Much of that comes from Gina Rodriguez in a star-making turn as the title character, who through a series of unexpected mix-ups — one a real doozy — finds her life beginning to resemble the telenovelas she watches with her doting grandmother, who has cajoled her to remain chaste. There's a lot going on in the pilot, almost all of it fun and frothy, bringing genuine effervescence to CW's soap bubbles.

  • Rob Owen

    A winning star turn can make a big difference in a comedy. It certainly does in ABC’s Cristela, a fairly standard family sitcom that rises above its pedestrian premise thanks to star Cristela Alonzo, a comedian who makes a favorable impression in this series about an Hispanic Texas family. The show leans into humor that’s about life in a Latino family and life for a Hispanic woman in a predominantly Caucasian workplace. What makes the latter go down easily are Cristela’s reactions to her law firm boss’s offensive jabs.

  • Mark Dawidziak

    Pace shouldn't be a problem with a show called The Flash. And it isn't. The CW's high-octane series featuring the super-speedy DC Comics superhero moves briskly along, racing through a pilot episode that charts giddily high on the fun scale. Is some of the dialogue a bit on the heavy-handed side? Well, sure. Are a couple of the supporting characters as thin as a page from a 1950s comic book? OK, yeah. Do a few clunky moments register as overly familiar? All right, yes. Yet it works, mostly because the producers fully and joyfully embrace the comic-book conventions rather than battle against them.

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