Exclusives

  • Social Scorecard | WPRI First On Facebook In Providence

    Nexstar’s CBS affiliate in Providence, R.I., has almost 780,000 actions on social, 25% of the total engagement generated by the DMA (No. 52), with more than 3.1 million social actions. Lee Dooley, WPRI’s digital director, thinks part of the station’s success on Facebook is that it serves its audience with quality content wherever they are. More | Add comment
  • Jessell | Must We Feud Over Network Rep Rule Again?

    To the dismay of their affiliates, CBS, Disney and Fox included in their "regulatory underbrush" wish list a request that the FCC do away with the 59-year-old network rep rule. Bad move. FCC Chairman Pai has presented broadcasting with a rare opportunity to get rid of some truly useless rules and to streamline others. The networks and the affiliates need to avoid mucking things up with an internecine fight. More | Comments (8)
  • TVN Tech | GatesAir CEO Sets Sights On Repack, Beyond

    In July, Bruce Swail took the reins as CEO of GatesAir as the company’s longtime chief executive, Phil Argyris, announced his retirement. Swail comes to the company having served as CEO of two private equity-owned tech companies. While Swail acknowledges company owner The Gores Group could divest the transmitter maker at any time, his focus is on growth and optimizing profitability, he says.   More | Add comment
  • Front Office | Getting Stations Into The Esports Game

    When you consider that NBC, ESPN and others take advantage of regional sports nets and affiliated channels as a means of providing regional coverage for esports events, it begs the question “How can local TV stations participate?” That idea may have seemed far-fetched at a time when stations needed to program for broader audiences. However, the digital world has created the same possibilities for local broadcasters. More | Add comment
  • Weathercasting Forecast | A Flood Of Data Is Coming

    Newly available data from the GOES-16 weather satellite and other weather sources are making new data management strategies essential for meteorologists to get at what they need to make their predictions. Vendors have responded with various approaches each aimed at helping meteorologists separate the wheat from the chaff. More | Comments (2)
  • Michael Nathanson To Open TVN's Annual TV2020

    The senior research analyst at MoffettNathanson will be the opening speaker at a daylong conference about emerging and future revenue streams for the broadcasting industry. More | Add comment
  • WaPo’s Gelman To Keynote NewsTECHForum

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    ’s director of video and senior editor will highlight a conference gathering news, technology and digital executives to discuss the newspaper’s aggressive video strategy and role as a multiplatform news competitor. More | Comments (1)
  • Campbell Brown To Keynote NewsTECHForum

    Facebook’s head of news partnerships will highlight a conference gathering news, technology and digital executives to talk about the Facebook Journalism Project and the company’s role in a changing media ecosystem. More | Add comment
  • NBCU’s Mark Lazarus To Keynote TV2020

    The chairman of NBCUniversal’s Broadcasting and Sports division will highlight TVNewsCheck’s daylong conference about emerging and future revenue streams for the broadcasting industry.
    More | Add comment
  • CEOs To Highlight An Expanded TV2020

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    Tegna’s David Lougee, NBC Owned TV Stations’ Valari Staab, Sinclair’s Chris Ripley and Hearst’s Jordan Wertlieb will appear on a panel at the second annual TV2020 conference at NAB Show New York. The focus of the CEO session — and the conference at large — will be monetizing the future.
    More | Comments (1)

Special Reports

  • Multicasting 2017: A three-part examination of the revenue, programming and technology strategies of the diginet business.
  • Spectrum Repack: The estimated cost of moving nearly 1,000 TV stations to new channels in the post-auction repack on the TV band will likely reach $2 billion -- some $250 million more than the $1.75 billion Congress allocated for all relocation-related expenses.
  • Single Frequency Networks: With the spectrum repack and ATSC 3.0 on the horizen, broadcasters failing to think about SFNs now may prove to be quite shortsighted in the future.
  • TVN's Top 30 TV Station Groups: Its pending acquisition of Tribune Media boosts Sinclair from fourth to No. 1 in TVNewsCheck's annual station group ranking by spot revenue. Other groups that advanced multiple slots from a year ago include Univision, Gray, Ion Media Networks, Berkshire Hathaway and News-Press & Gazette.
  • TVN's FCC Watch: A quick briefing on FCC proceedings affecting TV broadcasters from Washington communications attorneys David Oxenford and David O'Connor.
  • 2017 NAB Show Tech Hot Topics: TVNewsCheck’s third annual multi-part series highlighting emerging tech trends in advance of the NAB Show. Topics include IP, virtualization, cameras, workflows, spectrum repack, ATSC 3.0, newsroom systems, graphics and master control.
  • 2016 — Year In Review: Revisit the year’s top developments in business, programming, journalism, technology, regulation and more.
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Latest News

Thu, Aug 24, 2017

Mission Broadcasting Adds Carwile As PD
TVNewsCheck, Aug 23, 2017, 5:22 PM EDT
Lance Carwile, a veteran of Nexstar, Media General and LIN, will oversee programming for the group’s 21 television stations. Full Story | Add comment
WNYW, WWOR To Broadcast From One WTC
TVNewsCheck, Aug 23, 2017, 3:38 PM EDT
The Fox-owned New York stations will move their transmitters to the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere early next year. Full Story | Add comment
Sinclair Rebuts Opposition To Tribune Merger
TVNewsCheck, Aug 23, 2017, 12:02 PM EDT
The proposed $3.9 billion transaction has drawn fire from self-appointed “public interest” advocates who believe Sinclair is not committed to local broadcasting; cable and satellite operators who feel the scale will give Sinclair too much leverage in retransmission consent negotiations; and from T-Mobile, which believes Sinclair is trying to slow the repack of the TV band. Sinclair dismisses each of the charges in turn in an FCC filing.   Full Story | Comments (6)
Scripps Makes Changes To Top Management
TVNewsCheck, Aug 23, 2017, 9:31 AM EDT
The moves follow Adam Symson’s move to president-CEO earlier this month. The moves are promotions for Brian Lawlor, Laura Tomlin, Lisa Knutson, Tim Wesolowski and William Appleton. Full Story | Add comment
DMA 174: Lake Charles, LA
KVHP Launching ABC Feed On Subchannel
TVNewsCheck, Aug 23, 2017, 12:19 PM EDT
The Fox affiliate in Lake Charles, La., owned by American Spirit Media will shift its lineup on Aug. 31 to add ABC on ch. 29.2. It will simulcast local news from Raycom’s KPLC. Full Story | Comments (2)
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WITN Mourns Death Of ND Stephanie Shoop
WITN, Aug 23, 2017, 2:17 PM EDT
The news director of Gray's NBC affiliate in Greenville, N.C., died unexpectedly at her home Tuesday morning. She was 46 and married to WITN's Dave Jordan. Link | Add comment
Brand Connections
Digital Media Grows 19% In July, TV Up 5%
MediaPost, Aug 23, 2017, 2:13 PM EDT
After a few months of slower growth, digital-media advertising revenue has resumed its double-digit climb — with social media, search and internet radio among its strongest performers. Digital-media advertising was up 19% in July, according to Standard Media Index, which culls booking data from 80% of the major media agencies. Link | Add comment
FCC Complaints Allege Public File Violations
Broadcast Law Blog, Aug 23, 2017, 2:45 PM EDT
Earlier this week, the Campaign Legal Center and Issue One, two political “watchdog” organizations, filed FCC complaints against two Atlanta TV stations, WPCH and WSB, alleging violations of the rules that govern the documents that need to be placed into a station’s public inspection file regarding political “issue advertising.” Link | Add comment
Can Levinsohn Spark Growth At LA Times?
Los Angeles Times, Aug 23, 2017, 2:32 PM EDT
Ross Levinsohn is used to tough jobs. But this week, the 54-year-old digital media executive took on what could be his most difficult assignment yet: figuring out how to generate more revenue from the journalism produced by the 135-year-old Los Angeles Times at a time when the news industry is grappling with sweeping shifts in consumer behavior and a proliferation of online outlets. Link | Add comment
Frenzied News Cycle Challenges Latenight
Variety, Aug 23, 2017, 2:08 PM EDT
The presidency of Donald J. Trump and his penchant for using his personal Twitter account has led to a political climate where a 24-hour news cycle is often whittled down to a scant six hours or so. For most of the Emmy-nominated variety talk series that means having to be ready to write a new joke or rip up and rewrite an entire monologue at a moment’s notice. Link | Add comment
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Why Female-Driven TV Matters More Now
The Hollywood Reporter, Aug 23, 2017, 2:05 PM EDT
Like the earliest women film directors, today's female TV creators, from Jane Campion to Ava DuVernay, are using their platform to tackle the biggest of big issues — and making some of the best shows in the process. Link | Comments (1)
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‘America’s Got Talent’ Easily Tops Tuesday
Variety, Aug 23, 2017, 12:22 PM EDT
Tuesday’s episode of America’s Got Talent was easily the top-rated and most-watched show of the night, according to Nielsen. The NBC competition series averaged a 2.6 rating in adults 18-49 and 12.6 million viewers, airing from 8 p.m.-10 p.m. It was approximately even with last week’s episode. NBC handily won the night with a 2.1 and 10.1 million viewers. Link | Add comment
Brand Connections
Digital Chiefs Will Tackle Multiplatform Production At NewsTECHForum 2017
TVNewsCheck, Aug 22, 2017, 8:21 AM EDT
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Digital executives from Nexstar, Tegna, Graham Media and Raycom will discuss the challenges of integrating digital news production and distribution into traditional television newsroom workflow at the sixth annual NewsTECHForum conference in New York on Dec. 11-12. Full Story | Add comment
Sinclair Said Pondering Bannon Collaboration
FierceCable, Aug 23, 2017, 8:11 AM EDT
David Smith, Sinclair Broadcast Group's executive chairman and largest shareholder, is close to Steve Bannon and an admirer, according to people who know them both. He is keen to increase Sinclair’s heft in conservative commentary, a market currently dominated by Fox News Channel, and is eyeing a collaboration with Bannon, according to the Financial Times. Link | Comments (9)
DirecTV Could Lose 40 Raycom Stations
Satellite Business News, Aug 23, 2017, 6:15 AM EDT
DirecTV could lose more than 40  Raycom stations in the coming days, according to viewer alerts posted today at the station’s websites. “The DirecTV satellite system is about to drop us and break that critical link to our viewers,” reads the Raycom viewer warning. “We are currently working hard to make sure DirecTV customers continue to have access to [the Raycom stations] without interruption. But there is a chance they will not agree to a fair deal, and decide to drop [Raycom] from their system.” Full Story | Comments (8)
Unbridled, Defensive, Trump Attracks Press
The New York Times, Aug 23, 2017, 6:29 AM EDT
At his rally in Phoenix Tuesday evening, President Trump defended his stance on the racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Va., and accused the “dishonest media” of distorting his words. (AP photo) Link | Comments (19)
Q&A with Bogdan Frusina
Blending Cellular, Ku Nets Equal Reliability
TVNewsCheck/Playout, Aug 23, 2017, 8:24 AM EDT
IP newsgathering specialist Dejero and global satellite service provider Intelsat have partnered to offer the TV industry a new service that blends Ku-band satellite and cellular network bandwidth into a one-button-push service for IP news contribution from the field. Dejero founder Bogdan Frusina explains why the service is necessary, how existing Ka-band users can get on board, what Intelsat brings to the party and how the new service will add another option to relieve network congestion at big events like political conventions. Link | Add comment
Tegna Aims To Break Formulas At Stations
TVSpy, Aug 23, 2017, 6:21 AM EDT
Tegna has wrapped its fifth innovation summit. A spokesperson says the two-day innovation summit brought more than 30 reporters, producers and digital journalists from 20 stations across the country to its headquarters in McLean, Va. This year’s theme was "Escape the Ordinary." Link | Comments (5)
Summer TV Winners And Losers
TVLine, Aug 23, 2017, 6:07 AM EDT
As summer enters its final weeks, it’s time to take stock of what burned hottest on the small screen and what plain ol’ flamed out. Link | Add comment
Latino Group Vows Action Toward Big 4 Nets
Variety, Aug 23, 2017, 6:02 AM EDT
The National Latino Media Council is vowing to unleash a year of militant action in its quest to increase the representation of Latinos across the Big Four broadcast networks. CBS Corp. has pledged to boost employment of Latino actors and creatives following an Aug. 17 meeting in Los Angeles. The NLMC targeted CBS first among its broadcast peers because of what it viewed as the Eye’s poor track record in employing Latino actors, writers, directors, and producers. Link | Add comment
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Problems With FCC EAS Filing Deadline
CommLawCenter, Aug 23, 2017, 7:51 AM EDT
The FCC and FEMA set Sept. 27 as the date for the next nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System. Like last year’s test, all EAS participants must file Form 1 a month before the test. The Form 1 has been modified, however, requiring information that was not requested previously. In addition, the FCC’s Emergency Test Reporting System has been revamped so that prior log in codes do not work and the system’s functionality is now unfamiliar to prior users. As a result, while the Form 1 is technically due next Monday, Aug. 28, anyone who has not yet started the filing process should begin immediately and aim to finish the process this week. Link | Add comment
How Netflix Guesses What You Want To Watch
The Associated Press, Aug 23, 2017, 6:42 AM EDT
Four out of five of the shows watched on Netflix were found by its subscribers thanks to recommendations offered them, Netflix says. Those suggested new favorites are much more customized for each subscriber than might be evident from a glance at the Netflix home page.   Full Story | Add comment
TV Star Salaries: Who Makes What
Variety, Aug 23, 2017, 5:59 AM EDT
The explosion of demand for high-end TV series and the emergence of deep-pocketed new buyers such as Netflix and Amazon has been an enormous windfall for marquee talent. Just ask Robert De Niro, or David Letterman, or Katy Perry. Stars with brand names are more in demand than ever as dozens of competing outlets search for anything that will help a show stand out from the pack. Link | Add comment
Top Programmers Highlight Expanded TV2020
TVNewsCheck, Aug 21, 2017, 8:36 AM EDT
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Fox Television Stations’ Frank Cicha, Sinclair’s Arthur Hasson, Debmar-Mercury’s Mort Marcus, Tegna’s Bob Sullivan and Warner Bros. Ken Werner will look beyond the networks for promising new programming opportunities at TVNewsCheck’s second annual TV2020 conference in October. Full Story | Add comment

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How Local News Covers News That’s Not Local
RTDNA, Aug 23, 2017, 2:53 PM EDT
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WNET Benefits From Limited Pledge Drives
Current, Aug 23, 2017, 2:48 PM EDT
Carl Cameron Is Retiring From Fox News
TVNewser, Aug 23, 2017, 2:21 PM EDT
dma 55: Richmond, VA
WTVR Richmond Debuts New News Set
NewscastStudio, Aug 23, 2017, 12:35 PM EDT
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WRAL’s Revolutionary HS Football Coverage Returns
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Aug 23, 2017, 8:30 AM EDT
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Dielectric Ships Powerlite RF Systems To Ethiopia
TVNewsCheck/Playout, Aug 23, 2017, 8:17 AM EDT
Facebook Makes It Easier To ID News Organizations
Poynter, Aug 23, 2017, 7:58 AM EDT
NPR Taps Chapin To Lead Journalism Net Rollout
Current, Aug 23, 2017, 7:53 AM EDT
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Mario Diaz Joins KPRC As Investigative Reporter
Mike McGuff, Aug 23, 2017, 7:47 AM EDT
dma 53: Buffalo, NY
Nick Filipowski Moves Crosstown To WIVB
The Buffalo News, Aug 23, 2017, 7:42 AM EDT
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San Antonio Film Critic Bob Polunsky Dies At 85
mySA, Aug 23, 2017, 7:39 AM EDT
All The Shows That Lasted For 1,000 Episodes
Boston Herald, Aug 23, 2017, 7:35 AM EDT
Joss Whedon's Ex-Wife Alleges Infidelity
The Wrap, Aug 23, 2017, 7:20 AM EDT
Marcia Clark Developing Crime Series For ABC
Vulture, Aug 23, 2017, 6:12 AM EDT
Eclipse Draws 5.1M Viewers To Cable News
Variety, Aug 23, 2017, 6:03 AM EDT
ESPN Pulls Announcer Robert Lee From UVA Game
The Hollywood Reporter, Aug 23, 2017, 5:54 AM EDT
Sharon Levy Heads Endemol Shine N.A. Unscripted, Scripted
TVNewsCheck, Aug 22, 2017, 9:13 PM EDT
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Ratings

Overnights, adults 18-49 for agosto 22, 2017
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Reviews

  • Gail Pennington

    A sweet little show, low key and more smile-worthy than hilarious, ABC's Downward Dog won't be for everyone. Animal lovers are likely to find it adorable; cynics, unless they really, really love dogs, probably should stay away.

  • Neal Justin

    Tina Fey will inevitably let down her legions of TV fans with a real stinker. But not yet. The comic maestro, whom Rolling Stone recently ranked as the third greatest player in Saturday Night Live history, is following 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt with NBC’s Great News, yet another fast-paced, perfectly absurd sitcom about a single woman trying to maintain a personal and professional life with Mary Richards-like spunk.

  • Jeanne Jakle

    Don’t go into the new round of Fargo expecting the grab-’em-by-the-throat shocks that opened previous seasons of TV’s chilliest crime anthology. The latest incarnation of the FX series from Noah Hawley takes its time worming into your mind and getting you hooked. Season three establishes its characters at a much more leisurely pace: the central quartet, the unscrupulous locals who surround them and the sinister interlopers who make these drab Minnesota lives more complicated and, eventually, scary as heck.

  • Daniel Fienberg

    In Brockmire, Hank Azaria's Funny or Die sportscaster works surprisingly well as a regular series lead on the new IFC show, costarring the excellent Amanda Peet. Over the course of the eight episodes, Brockmire moves through a trio of arcs, delivering underdog sports shenanigans, a relationship that makes more sense as it progresses and Brockmire's sad and probably doomed search for redemption. That's all propped up with enough low-brow jokes, raunchy baseball references and disreputable hijinks that the show never wallows. I reached the finale and was surprised at how much I wanted to see more from a character I initially thought couldn't sustain more than five minutes.

  • Maureen Ryan

    It’s appropriate that The Good Fight on CBS All Access has a slightly more jagged and splintered atmosphere than The Good Wife, the long-running CBS drama that starred Julianna Margulies. In the opening minutes of the first episode, Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski), watches as Donald Trump is sworn in as the nation’s 45th president. Before the 50-minute pilot is over, the jarring changing of the guard in Washington is the least of her troubles. Baranski brings a heartbreaking rawness to her performance as Diane, who never got enough meaningful screen time on The Good Wife. Diane’s plight is thus personal but also metaphorical: She likens the collapse of every pillar of her supposedly solid and trustworthy world to a nightmare.

  • David Wiegand

    It’s hard to say which is more excessive in the new CBS crime thriller, Training Day: the action or the dialogue. But in either case, the series from Jerry Bruckheimer and Anthony Fuqua goes a long way toward waking up broadcast TV’s mid-season. There is plenty of action, enhanced by fast-paced editing, in the three episodes made available to critics. And there’s violence. But most of all, there is dialogue so rich and colorful, it almost evokes the stuff of guys like Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, or at least Sgt. Joe Friday. Training Day just may get away with murder on Thursday nights when the numbers are counted.

  • Hank Stuever

    Well, they only had to remake a jillion TV shows from yesteryear to finally get one exactly, perfectly right. Not only is Netflix’s reimagined One Day at a Time a joy to watch, it’s also the first time in many years that a multicamera sitcom (the kind filmed on a set with studio-audience laughter) has seemed so instinctively comfortable in its own skin. It doesn’t try to subvert or improve on the sitcom format; it simply exhibits faith that the sitcom genre can still work in a refreshing and relevant way.

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