• Jessell: Let's Get Serious About The Repack Gap

    The FCC gave assurances this week that no stations will be forced off the air following the incentive auction next year because they can't build their new channels in 39 months as the FCC has mandated. But that should be taken with a grain of salt until the repack rules are rewritten, perhaps around the regionalized repack scheme cooked up by NAB. More | Comments (12)
  • Front Office: Be Sure To Do Your Pre-Auction Financial Homework

    Since broadcasters won’t know how much cash other stations in their market are willing to accept, it is even more important to be knowledgeable about the factors that will affect a station’s ultimate net gain before deciding to participate. Here are some tips about understanding the auction’s financial implications. More | Add comment
  • TVN Tech: ATSC 3.0 Could Be Boon To Public Safety

    The inaugural Smart Spectrum Summit demonstrated to the public safety community how adoption of the ATSC 3.0 next-gen TV transmission standard will also give them a reliable, robust wireless communications service that can sidestep current wireless network congestion to deliver potentially lifesaving information. More | Add comment
  • TVN Focus: Broadcasters Fear FCC Vacant-Channel Plan

    The commission’s proposal to reserve up to two UHF channels for unlicensed devices in the shrunken, post-auction TV band could hinder the adoption of ATSC 3.0 and hurt low-power TV stations’ chances of survival, according to NAB and other broadcasters. “In many ways, it’s one of the most insidious [anti-broadcaster] initiatives the FCC has put on the table,” says Sinclair Broadcast Group’s Mark Aitken. More | Comments (35)
  • Tech Q&A: TV Heading Toward Wireless Spectrum Crisis

    The shortage of frequencies necessary for live production that looks to be coming after the spectrum repack has TV engineers very worried, says Louis Libin of Broad Comm, a broadcast spectrum consultancy, and executive director of the Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance. He says stopgap measures, such as temporarily migrating to other bands, modifying production techniques and developing new wireless technologies, can help, but the real solution will come from an FCC that recognizes the value of over-the-air TV broadcasting. More | Comments (12)

Special Reports

  • TVN's FCC Watch: A quick briefing on FCC proceedings affecting TV broadcasters from communications attorneys David Oxenford and David O'Connor.
  • IBC 2015: At the annual tech gathering in Amsterdam, the prominence of IP in everything from production to distribution may have been somewhat of a surprise, but once on the exhibit floor or in the conference rooms there was no mistaking its broad — and still growing — influence.
  • Weather 2015: A three-part look at forecasting: a Q&A with AccuWeather founder Joel Myers; complaints by local weathercasters of network forecasting; and the latest on mobile and augmented reality.
  • THE TOP 30 TV STATION GROUPS: A scarcity of M&A activity in the last year resulted in few changes in TVNewsCheck's annual ranking of station groups by revenue. The first 11 slots remained the same, with Fox Television Stations on top. The big change was the loss of Journal Broadcast Group, which merged with E.W. Scripps.
  • Multicasting 2015: A four-part examination of the revenue, programming and technology strategies of the diginet business.
  • NAB 2015 HOT TOPICS: A multi-part series highlighting emerging tech trends in advance of the NAB Show. Topics include 4K cameras, IP newsgathering, editing workflow, IP workflow, audio developments, news production automation and master control automation.
  • NewsTECHForum 2014: Complete coverage of the second annual conference from TVNewsCheck and Sports Video Group
  • 2014—Year In Review: Revisit the year’s top developments in business, programming, journalism, technology, regulation and more.
  • 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.
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Murdoch: Tribune To Sell Newspaper Group
CNN Money, Nov 28, 2015, 10:05 AM EST
Newspaper owner and noted Twitter user Rupert Murdoch is hearing that the Los Angeles Times newspaper is about to change hands. On Friday afternoon he tweeted about "strong word" that Tribune Publishing is going "to be bought by big Wall St firm." The L.A. Times will "go to philanthropist Eli Broad and local group," Murdoch added. There was no immediate confirmation of Murdoch's tweet. Link | Add comment
Disney Suffers Severe Cable Sub Losses
The Wrap, Nov 25, 2015, 10:08 PM EST
The Walt Disney Co. has lost 7 million subscribers to its cable networks in the last two years, according to a regulatory filing posted by the company Wednesday. Among the networks posting losses is ESPN, which at 92 million subscribers is down from the 95 million reported in 2013. Link | Add comment
closing bell
Dow Closes up 1, Nasdaq Picks Up 13
The Associated Press, Nov 25, 2015, 5:48 PM EST
The market was positive for most of the day Wednesday, but its gains dissipated in the final minutes of trading. Last week the markets made their biggest weekly jump of 2015, but the indexes have hardly budged this week. U.S. markets will be closed Thursday for Thanksgiving. They will reopen Friday but will close at 1 p.m. ET. Full Story | Add comment
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Charity Begins At Home By Helping The BFOA
TVNewsCheck, Nov 25, 2015, 1:49 PM EST
Among the things I have learned in covering the TV business over the past three decades plus is that broadcasters are a distinct tribe that is not hesitant about giving back to their communities. Now station general managers need to step up contributions to the Broadcasters Foundation of America to help those in their own community. Full Story | Comments (3)
NBC Dominates November Sweep
Media Life, Nov 25, 2015, 2:21 PM EST
The other networks just can’t compete with football-fueled NBC in the fall. The network will win its fourth straight November sweep, and by its largest margin yet. In fact, NBC will post the biggest November sweep advantage over the No. 2 network for any broadcaster in the past 19 years. Link | Add comment
'Dancing With The Stars' Finale Wins Tuesday
The Hollywood Reporter, Nov 25, 2015, 12:25 PM EST
ABC logged a Tuesday win thanks to the finale of Dancing With the Stars — and the enduring appeal of Charlie Brown. The umpteenth encore presentation of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving since its 1973 debut remained a huge draw for ABC, averaging a 2.2 rating among adults 18-49 and 7.5 million viewers. That lead-in was outdone by Dancing With the Stars, posting its highest adults 18-49 rating in a year, with a 2.4 in the key demo. Link | Add comment
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Lawsuit: Redstone Unable To Make Decisions
Los Angeles Times, Nov 25, 2015, 2:30 PM EST
A bitter battle to control the fortune of ailing billionaire Sumner Redstone escalated Wednesday when the media mogul's ex-girlfriend filed a lawsuit alleging that he is mentally impaired and unable to make decisions. The lawsuit raises important questions about whether the 92-year-old Redstone is capable of overseeing the affairs of the two media companies that he controls, Viacom Inc. and CBS Corp., and whether he should be ejected from the top of the multibillion-dollar empire. Link | Add comment
'Bones' Producer Sues Fox Over Accounting
The Hollywood Reporter, Nov 25, 2015, 2:05 PM EST
Barry Josephson alleges he's been cheated out of his share of profits from Fox's longest-running hour-long drama. He claims Peter Rice, Dana Walden and Gary Newman strong-armed him into accepting a lower fee to keep the show going. Link | Add comment
Moonves To Keynote Dealmakers Breakfast
Variety, Nov 25, 2015, 2:16 PM EST
CBS Corp. President-CEO Leslie Moonves will serve as the keynote speaker at Variety's Dealmakers breakfast on Dec. 2 in Beverly Hills. Link | Add comment
Meredith Tries Fattening Media General Offer
New York Post, Nov 25, 2015, 6:52 AM EST
Meredith Corp. is looking to sweeten the pot to complete a $2.4 billion merger with Media General and thwart a rival offer from Nexstar Broadcasting Group. Although it is technically getting acquired, Meredith, under CEO Steve Lacy, is considering a role reversal, whereby it would kick in cash to win the support of Media General’s board, sources say. Link | Add comment
Chicago Video A Tough Call For Newsrooms
CNN Money, Nov 25, 2015, 8:26 AM EST
Newsrooms across the country made varying decisions about airing the recently released Laquan McDonald shooting video Tuesday. The full dash-cam video was widely available on YouTube, on social networks and on the websites of national news organizations. But some stations in Chicago were noticeably restrained. Link | Add comment
U.S. Auto Sales Could Break Nov. Record
Automotive News, Nov 25, 2015, 6:19 AM EST
This month — powered by Black Friday sales and a strengthening economy—  could be the best November ever for U.S. auto sales, according to forecasts from TrueCar and Edmunds.com, and also may mark the first time in history that the industry's seasonally adjusted, annualized selling rate has topped 18 million units for three consecutive months. Link | Add comment
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Wheeler: FCC’s Exclusivity Rules ‘Redundant’
TVNewsCheck, Nov 24, 2015, 5:49 PM EST
The chairman tells Senate members who oppose his plan to drop the FCC’s network nonduplication and syndicated exclusivity rules that the rules are unnecessary and may actually hinder “the market from operating in a fair and efficient manner” and could aggravate “the harm to consumers during retransmission consent disputes.” Full Story | Comments (10)
Media Ownership Challenge Back To Court
Wiley on Media, Nov 25, 2015, 8:29 AM EST
Broadcasters challenging the FCC’s 2010 quadrennial media ownership order (or lack thereof) are now facing their third time presenting arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Just over a week before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit was scheduled to hear oral arguments in the case known as Howard Stirk Holdings, LLC v. FCC, the court instead agreed to transfer the case to the Third Circuit. This will mark the third consecutive quadrennial ownership review settled in the Third Circuit. Link | Add comment
network ratings roundup: Nov. 16-22
When It's Comedy Time, 'Big Bang' Rules
The Associated Press, Nov 24, 2015, 7:15 PM EST
Nielsen said 15.2 million people watched CBS's The Big Bang Theory last Thursday, far above the second most-popular sitcom, ABC's Modern Family, which had 8.4 million viewers. CBS won the week in primetime, averaging 8.4 million viewers. NBC had 7.7 million viewers and was the most popular network among 18- to 49-year-old viewers. ABC had 7.1 million, Fox had 5.3 million, Univision had 2.4 million, the CW had 1.49 million, Telemundo had 1.48 million and Ion Television had 1.2 million. Full Story | Add comment
Sinclair Tweaks Station Website Template
NewscastStudio, Nov 25, 2015, 8:18 AM EST
Is Sinclair tweaking the design of its stations’ websites? If WJLA Washington’s site is any indicator, it looks like that may be the case. The group began revamping select station websites back in August, and now has pushed out some design and layout updates, starting with its D.C. ABC affiliate. Link | Add comment
TV Premiere Dates 2016: A Complete Guide
The Hollywood Reporter, Nov 25, 2015, 6:02 AM EST
 Don't know when your shows are back on TV? Here's a comprehensive list of the year's programs from the broadcast, cable and premium networks. Link | Add comment
CNN Moving HLN Back Toward News
Politico Media, Nov 25, 2015, 6:29 AM EST
CNN is pivoting its sister channel HLN back toward news, abandoning the social media focus it had been pursuing in recent years. HLN's chief executive, Albie Hecht, will depart the channel, and CNN EVP (and former HLN chief) Ken Jautz will step in on an interim basis. Link | Add comment
First Promo For Fox’s ‘Grease: Live’
TVNewsCheck, Nov 25, 2015, 6:08 AM EST
Fox aired the first video promo for the star-studded, live production during Tuesday night’s episode of Scream Queens. | Add comment
How Cable Nets Grow Unscripted Audiences
Adweek, Nov 25, 2015, 6:15 AM EST
Despite all the attention scripted content gets, it's unscripted programming that's still driving much of the scale, particularly on cable. Of the top 50 entertainment telecasts on cable during the third quarter of this year, 39 were unscripted shows. Link | Add comment
Streaming TV: The Gift That Keeps Giving
The Associated Press, Nov 25, 2015, 7:36 AM EST
Making your holiday gift lists? Consider a subscription to one of the abundance of streaming choices that range from mainstream to niche. Here are a number of contenders to please recipients of varying tastes and interests, including Acorn TV, which offers Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (above) and other British fare. Full Story | Add comment
Buying A TV Takes More Than A Tape Measure
The Associated Press, Nov 25, 2015, 5:56 AM EST
Buying a TV is no longer just choosing how big a screen you want. Here are some big decisions you'll face. Full Story | Add comment
Jobs In Massachusetts, Florida, California
TVNewsCheck, Nov 24, 2015, 8:05 AM EST
NBCUniversal is looking for an assignment editor at NECN (New England Cable News) based in Newton, Mass. ABC Television’s Los Angeles O&O KABC is searching for a vice president – diversity programs & community relations. There’s an opening for a chief engineer at WFSU (PBS/NPR) in Tallahassee. Also in Florida, Calkins Media seeks a creative services director at its ABC affiliate in Sarasota. To see all job openings on TVNewsCheck, click here. | Add comment

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Cheers: NAB Selects Best Local TV Sales Idea
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Nov 25, 2015, 7:47 AM EST
KCNC's Vic Lombardi Expected To Leave
The Denver Post, Nov 25, 2015, 7:00 AM EST
Sherri Shepherd Can't Void Surrogacy Contract
USA Today, Nov 25, 2015, 6:56 AM EST
Rex Reason, TV, Film Star, Dies At 86
The New York Times, Nov 25, 2015, 6:43 AM EST
TiVo Adds Record 418K MSO Subs In 3Q
FierceCable, Nov 25, 2015, 6:40 AM EST
Kevin Bacon Signs On For ‘Tremors’ TV Reboot
Entertainment Weekly, Nov 25, 2015, 6:11 AM EST
John Stamos Pleads No Contest To DUI
Variety, Nov 25, 2015, 6:09 AM EST
Hunting Show Host Pleads Guilty In Poaching Case
The Associated Press, Nov 25, 2015, 5:51 AM EST
'All My Children' Vet David Canary Dies At 77
TV Line, Nov 24, 2015, 7:20 PM EST


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  • Rob Owen

    Already this fall viewers have seen one fine but not great medical drama, CBS’s Code Black. Now there’s another, NBC’s even more generic Chicago Med. The heart-tugging medical stories and conflicts all feel familiar, none of them delivered with anything that approaches a fresh twist. Chicago Med is more of a show to comfortably fall asleep to.

  • David Hinckley

    ABC’s new Wicked City reminds us that if you’re going to build a show around the slaughter of pretty young women, you better have both a good reason and a good plan. Or else, like Wicked City, you may shoot for suspenseful and too often end up just unpleasant. Wicked City doesn’t seem to be trying to sell violence porn. It just hasn’t quite figured out how to straddle the line between getting our attention and making us turn away.

  • Hal Boedeker

    Television is a business of familiar formats, but success often comes when a series freshens an oft-repeated premise. CBS’s Supergirl illustrates the point. Supergirl offers a delightful star, special-effects thrills and a big dose of girl power to broaden the superhero genre. Watching the title character in action, a waitress marvels, “Can you believe it? A female hero?” If Supergirl isn’t breaking new ground, the premiere still offers persuasive, high-flying entertainment.

  • Neil Genzlinger

    The FX series Fargo, returning for its second season, mixes violence, deadpan humor and observational oddity in a way that no other current series quite matches.

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