Exclusives

  • TVN Tech: New Telemundo HQ Preps For Future

    The shell of the new 475,000-square-foot NBCU Telemundo headquarters in Miami is up and its completion is about a year away. When done, the new facility will position the various broadcast and cable entities in the division for a future in 4K HDR thanks in large part to the core IP infrastructure planned for the facility. More | Comments (2)
  • TVN To Honor Imagine’s Glodina Connan-Lostanlen

    Imagine Communications CMO and veteran television technologist and marketer Glodina Connan-Lostanlen will receive TVNewsCheck's 2017 Women in Technology Leadership Award, which will be presented during the NAB Show in Las Vegas in April. More | Add comment
  • Effron: Who Says Journalism Is A Dead-End Major?

    Journalism models are changing rapidly. But don’t make the mistake of thinking the craft is dying, says media veteran Mark Effron. At J-schools, students demonstrate the “desire to find out what’s really going on,” and the fact they are anxious “to communicate that through vivid language and strong images, gives me hope for their future, and the future of journalism.” More | Comments (8)
  • Jessell: Mobile 3.0 Mandate Needed, Just Not Now

    If smartphone users of the future are going to have access to Next Gen TV broadcasts, the government is going to have to mandate that phones have the tuners built in. However, now is not the time for broadcasters to push for it. They need to stay focused on getting the FCC to authorize 3.0. After that, they will be able to make the case for a mandate by demonstrating the capabilities of 3.0 and the benefits of mobile reception.
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  • Jessell Bonus Track: Come On, Tell Us What You Got In The Auction

    So far, we have been able to account for only about $1 billion of the $10 billion that the FCC pledged to broadcasters in the reverse auction. Fox, Sinclair, Tribune, Scripps and Gray have outed themselves. How about that rest of you? I'm looking at you, Brandon Burgess. More | Comments (4)
  • TVN Tech: 3.0 Watermark Test Is Foundation For Future

    Television broadcasters around the country today are testing the ATSC 3.0 audio watermark as part of their ATSC 1.0 (A/53) transmission. Not only are the tests aimed at offering them greater insight into who is watching and how internet-connected TV services are used by viewers, but they also offer the chance for participating broadcasters to come out of the chutes running once the next-gen TV standard is finalized and approved by the FCC. Above, NAB’s So Vang at an ATSC 3.0 interactivity demo at the 2016 NAB Show. More | Add comment
  • Focus: Tegna Readies Home-Grown Shows For Fall

    Sister Circle, a panel talk show featuring black women, and Sing Like a Star, a weekly talent show, underscore the station group's commitment to developing its own programming. “We have to take control of our own destiny a little more,” says Tegna programming chief Bob Sullivan. More | Comments (13)
  • Executive Outlook: Affiliates, Networks In OTT Tug-Of-War

    As consumer interest in OTT streaming services grows, it’s crucial that TV stations be included to maintain OTA TV’s big advantage over cable and satellite: complete coverage. But carriage deals with streamers have become entangled in network-affiliate disagreements over control and how to split the revenue. More | Comments (5)
  • Executive Outlook: Cox’s Kim Guthrie Personifies The Quintessential Team Player

    The new president of Cox Media Group got her start in TV news before moving into sales and management, where she’s had a history of success, creativity and passionate support of her team members. More | Comments (1)
  • Executive Outlook: Can Television Stations Live With Facebook Live?

    The pressure on broadcasters to post their content on Facebook Live is growing and stations are weighing the pros and cons of ceding control over their content to a powerful — and growing — third party. More | Add comment
  • Executive Outlook: Scripps Shines With Commitment To Local News, New Media

    The 138-year-old company with 33 TV stations in 24 markets is moving boldly into the digital universe. Outgoing CEO Rich Boehne (left) says it’s following its audience, but admits it’s risky and that the journey isn’t for the faint of heart. Incoming CEO Adam Symson (right) shares Boehne's enthusiasm, but doesn't see it as quite so radical. In light of this foreward-looking strategy and the company's continued commitment to producing the best in local news, TVNewsCheck named E.W. Scripps its Station Group of Year for 2017. (Collage by Bill Knight) More | Add comment

Special Reports

  • TVN's FCC Watch: A quick briefing on FCC proceedings affecting TV broadcasters from Washington communications attorneys David Oxenford and David O'Connor.
  • NewsTECHForum 2016: Complete coverage of the fourth annual conference from TVNewsCheck and Sports Video Group
  • TV2020: Do you see an ROI in ATSC 3.0? TVNewsCheck’s TV2020 conference was designed to let station personnel gather with other station and network executives, technology chiefs, financial analysts, investors and technology manufacturers to figure out the potential upside and the estimated costs in converting to ATSC 3.0 while also contending with the FCC’s spectrum repack and the industry’s transition to IP technology.
  • News Sets 2016: A four-part examination of the state of the art of set technology and deployment with a focus on: big video displays and monitor arrays; video display controllers; a Q&A explaining how the NBC O&Os have upgraded many of their facilities; and a close-up look at the innovative approach at WTXF Philadelphia and KDKA Pittsburgh.
  • Multicasting 2016: A four-part examination of the revenue, programming and technology strategies of the diginet business.
  • Employment 2016: In Part I, the challenges facing broadcasters in finding the right people for the rights jobs. Part II: It used to be a given that news managers would readily move it if meant a bigger market and a larger paycheck. Not anymore. Part III, the military may become an even bigger source of talent for station IT and engineering departments.
  • THE TOP 30 TV STATION GROUPS: As a result of its merger with Media General, Nexstar Broadcasting moves up 10 spots and is now No. 3 on TVNewsCheck's 2016 station group ranking behind Fox and CBS. Gray's acquisition of Schurz moved it up to No. 13, Nexstar's old spot. Together, the two deals changed the rank of 21 groups and opened the door to two newcomers.
  • 2016 NAB Show Tech Hot Topics: TVNewsCheck’s second annual multi-part series highlighting emerging tech trends in advance of the NAB Show. Topics include field contribution, audio, cameras, IP transport, transmitters, antennas, newsroom computer systems, broadcast graphics and master control.
  • 2015 — Year In Review: Revisit the year’s top developments in business, programming, journalism, technology, regulation and more.
  • 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.
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Latest News

Thu, Feb 23, 2017

closing bell
Dow Moves Up 33, Nasdaq Drops 5
The Associated Press, Feb 22, 2017, 4:58 PM EST
After an extended streak of gains, investors didn't make many big moves on Wednesday. They spent most of the day waiting for the minutes from the Federal Reserve meeting three weeks ago, but those minutes contained few surprises. Bond prices rose and yields dipped. Full Story | Add comment
Judge Judy Shopping Reruns For $200M
The Hollywood Reporter, Feb 22, 2017, 4:00 PM EST
In addition to a $47 million CBS salary, Sheindlin also negotiated rights to her repeats, which she's quietly pitching to potential outlets. Link | Comments (1)
earnings call
Sinclair Predicts 1Q Gains Despite Flat Core
TVNewsCheck, Feb 22, 2017, 1:29 PM EST
In its call to analysts and investors today, the company said it anticipates a 13%-14% increase in 1Q revenue to $602 million-$606.7 million. It didn't say where the growth is coming from, but it must be net retrans because political is pegged at just $1.5 million-$2 million and core spot is flat. Full Story | Comments (1)
Weekly syndication ratings roundup
‘Feud,’ ‘Judy’ Rule First Full Week Of Sweep
TVNewsCheck, Feb 22, 2017, 12:32 PM EST
In the frame ending Feb. 12, much of first-run posted flat ratings from the previous week. The game show and magazine genres the exceptions. Full Story | Add comment
Top Social News Performers Share Strategies
Share Rocket, Feb 22, 2017, 11:27 AM EST
Share Rocket recently released its Social Standouts. Here, it talks with four of the honorees for anchors and reporters and asks questions about what they think about when it comes to social media and how they have found success. The interviewees: Curt Autry with WWBT in Richmond, Va.; Nick Beres with WTVF in Nashville; John Gray with WTEN in Albany, N.Y.; and Frank Somerville with KTVU in San Francisco. Link | Add comment
network ratings roundup, Feb. 13-21
CBS Rules Last Week In Primetime
The Associated Press, Feb 22, 2017, 2:28 PM EST

Overall in primetime, CBS averaged 7.55 million viewers, while runner-up NBC was far behind with 4.61 million viewers. ABC had 4.50 million viewers, Fox had 2.87 million, Univision had 1.89 million, Telemundo had 1.39 million, Ion Television had 1.27 million, and the CW had 1.23 million. Full Story | Add comment

Brand Connections
overnights
NBC Wins 8th Straight Tues. With ‘This Is Us’
Media Life, Feb 22, 2017, 12:30 PM EST
The network averages a 1.8 in 18-49s, 29% ahead of No. 2 CBS. Us leads with a 2.5, up a tenth from last week. Chicago Fire and NCIS tie for second at 1.6. Link | Add comment
Kellyanne Conway Off TV After Flynn Debacle
CNN, Feb 22, 2017, 3:27 PM EST
Kellyanne Conway, once the most visible spokesperson for the Trump White House, has been sidelined from television appearances for making statements that were at odds with the administration's official stance, White House sources said Wednesday. Link | Comments (2)
Fox's 'Lethal Weapon' Renewed For Season 2
The Hollywood Reporter, Feb 22, 2017, 2:32 PM EST
The Warner Bros. drama based on the hit movie franchise will return for a 22-episode sophomore season. Link | Add comment
Ergen: OTT Replacing Traditional Pay TV
Deadline, Feb 22, 2017, 2:43 PM EST
Providers of streaming services such as DirecTV Now and Sling TV typically try to calm the fears of programmers that like the lucrative traditional pay TV bundle by saying that they aim to supplement, not replace, it. But Dish Network CEO Charlie Ergen doesn’t buy that anymore. Link | Comments (2)
NBC Names Regional Sports Sales Exec
TVNewsCheck, Feb 22, 2017, 3:21 PM EST
Walter Cade is tasked with managing revenue across the NBC regional sports networks as well as working with the NBC and Telemundo stations on multi-market and individual cross-platform sales.   Full Story | Add comment
AT&T, TW Offer Details To Quell Concerns
FierceCable, Feb 22, 2017, 2:59 PM EST
AT&T and Time Warner have offered a response to a group of Democratic senators concerned about the companies’ proposed $85 billion merger. In particular, the companies said that the merger will help lift some of the bargaining friction between content providers and distributors and allow for faster innovation. Link | Add comment
Brand Connections
Top Social News Performers Share Strategies
Share Rocket, Feb 22, 2017, 11:27 AM EST
Share Rocket recently released its Social Standouts. Here, it talks with four of the honorees for anchors and reporters and asks questions about what they think about when it comes to social media and how they have found success. The interviewees: Curt Autry with WWBT in Richmond, Va.; Nick Beres with WTVF in Nashville; John Gray with WTEN in Albany, N.Y.; and Frank Somerville with KTVU in San Francisco. Link | Add comment
Millennial Men Are Cutting The Cord In Droves
Media Life, Feb 22, 2017, 11:31 AM EST
Only a third say they expect to pay for cable TV this year. Half say they've already gotten rid of pay television. Many watch TV through other sources. Some don't watch at all. Link | Add comment
TVN Classifieds
Sales And Marketing Jobs In VA And AZ
TVNewsCheck, Feb 21, 2017, 2:09 PM EST
A digital content director is needed at Raycom’s NBC affiliate in Richmond, Va. There's a promotions producer opening at Gray's CBS affiliate in Roanoke Va. Cox Media is searching for a media consultant for the Chesapeake area. Scripps is looking for a local sales manager at its ABC affiliate in Phoenix.To see all job openings, visit our Media Job Center here.   | Add comment
Quarterly report
Sinclair 4Q Media Rev. Rises 33% To $727M
TVNewsCheck, Feb 22, 2017, 7:58 AM EST
$113.2 million in political advertising, plus a 21% increase in digital are keys to the growth over the same quarter last year. For all of 2016, revenues increased 23.3% and operating income climbed 42.6% from 2015. Full Story | Add comment
Tribune Media Attracts Activist Investor
Crain's Chicago Business, Feb 22, 2017, 10:00 AM EST
Jeff Smith, the man dubbed "the investor CEOs fear most," has taken a stake in Tribune Media, which owns 42 TV stations nationwide and cable operator WGN America.  Smith-led hedge fund Starboard Value disclosed in a filing with the SEC that it has acquired a 6.6% stake in Tribune Media, and noted that it may "engage in communications with management and the board of directors." Link | Add comment
MLB May Play Ball In New Place: Facebook
Media Life, Feb 22, 2017, 6:19 AM EST
The league is in talks with the social network to stream a weekly game, a first for Facebook, which is pushing into livestreaming sports just like rival Twitter. Link | Add comment
Snapchat Closes In On $200M Ad Deal
New York Post, Feb 22, 2017, 6:35 AM EST
Snap Inc., weeks away from it much-anticipated IPO, is close to inking its first major advertising deal with an unnamed ad holding company. If the deal is complete — and there’s no guarantee it will close — Snapchat could win up to $200 million in guaranteed future ad commitments, sources say. Link | Add comment
Google Agrees To MRC Audit Of YouTube
The Wall Street Journal, Feb 22, 2017, 6:28 AM EST
Alphabet Inc.’s Google is committing to a series of audits for its web video powerhouse YouTube by the ad industry’s measurements watchdog, the Media Rating Council. Less than two weeks ago, Facebook also announced it had agreed to have some of its ad metrics audited by the MRC. Link | Add comment
Total C3 Impressions Decline In January
MediaPost, Feb 22, 2017, 6:17 AM EST
U.S. national TV in January witnessed a sharp decline in total day commercial ratings points — but rose slightly in primetime. Pivotal Research Group says total national C3 commercial impressions — average commercial minute ratings plus three days of time-shifted viewing — fell 5.8% last month among adult 18-49 viewers, but climbed 1.7% in primetime. Link | Add comment
More Days In Store For 'Days Of Our Lives'
TVLine, Feb 21, 2017, 6:44 PM EST
Despite rumors that Days of Our Lives was nearing extinction, NBC has renewed the venerable soap opera for a record 52nd season. The pickup comes a month after the sudser fired co-head writer Dena Higley and replaced her with General Hospital vet Ron Carlivati. Link | Add comment
Week Ending Feb. 20
Station Trading Roundup: 1 Deal, $85M
TVNewsCheck, Feb 21, 2017, 6:38 PM EST
The sale by Diversified Communications of two TVs to Gray Television tops the latest list of TV station transactions submitted to the FCC for its approval, according to BIA/Kelsey. Full Story | Add comment

More News

USA Considering 'Suits' Spinoff With Gina Torres
TVLine, Feb 22, 2017, 7:50 PM EST
Verizon To Begin Testing 5G Service Later This Year
Business Insider, Feb 22, 2017, 3:12 PM EST
dma 100: Greenville-New Bern-Washington, NC
WCTI Ups Anchor Anna Bulszewicz To EP
TVSpy, Feb 22, 2017, 3:09 PM EST
NY Times Names Editor To Steer Daily Coverage
The New York Times, Feb 22, 2017, 3:05 PM EST
Staff Shakeup at 'CBS This Morning'
TVNewser, Feb 22, 2017, 3:02 PM EST
Jamie Chung Joins Cast Of Fox's Marvel Pilot
Deadline, Feb 22, 2017, 2:45 PM EST
Anne Heche To Star In 'For God & Country' Pilot
Deadline, Feb 22, 2017, 2:40 PM EST
Enrique Murciano Joins NBC's 'Blacklist'
Deadline, Feb 22, 2017, 2:38 PM EST
BBC To Launch Scottish Channel
Variety, Feb 22, 2017, 2:37 PM EST
Marketing Veteran Tommy Gargotta Joins Fox
Variety, Feb 22, 2017, 2:35 PM EST
'Fargo' Season 3 To Premiere On April 19 On FX
Variety, Feb 22, 2017, 2:34 PM EST
James O'Keefe Threatens To Leak Newsroom Footage
The Huffington Post, Feb 22, 2017, 10:43 AM EST
Fox News Orders More ‘OBJECTified’
TVNewser, Feb 22, 2017, 7:40 AM EST
No Joke: UC Class Studies TV Sitcoms
John Kiesewetter: Media Beat, Feb 22, 2017, 7:28 AM EST
Louise Kiernan Named Editor Of ProPublica Illinois
Robert Feder, Feb 22, 2017, 7:14 AM EST
Market Share
Product Never Mentioned In 8-Minute Commercial
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Feb 22, 2017, 7:02 AM EST
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WVUE Catches 'Fishy' Fishermen Making Millions
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Feb 22, 2017, 6:57 AM EST
KYW Philadelphia Adds Reporter Alicia Nieves
Philly.com, Feb 22, 2017, 6:48 AM EST
Baseball Hall Of Fame To Honor ‘The Simpsons’
New York Daily News, Feb 22, 2017, 6:46 AM EST
Chazz Palminteri Joins CBS’s Pilot ‘Distefano’
Deadline, Feb 22, 2017, 6:14 AM EST
'Twin Peaks' Actor Warren Frost Dies At 91
Newsday, Feb 22, 2017, 6:08 AM EST
Helgenberger To Star In Fox ‘Enemy Lines’ Pilot
Variety, Feb 22, 2017, 5:56 AM EST
Demi Moore Books Big Recurring Role On 'Empire'
The Hollywood Reporter, Feb 22, 2017, 5:54 AM EST

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Ratings

Overnights, adults 18-49 for February 20, 2017
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Reviews

  • 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.

  • Hank Stuever

    Michelle Dockery has made an astonishing career swerve from Downton Abbey on PBS to TNT’s intriguing and impressively seedy crime drama Good Behavior. Dockery throws herself into the role of Letty Raines — a liar, thief and ex-con in North Carolina who sweats long shifts as a waitress and relies on a pleasant-voiced motivational app to keep her off drugs and booze, in between visits with her parole officer. The true accomplishment of Good Behavior is that none of this seems as hokey as it sounds. Dockery digs deep and gives a frenetic and often moving performance.

  • Neil Genzlinger

    The intriguing CW series Frequency starts out looking as if it were going to be a bittersweet, nostalgia-tinged time-travel drama in the Stephen King-Twilight Zone lineage, and that probably would have made for a comfortably satisfying show, the kind you can half-watch while doing something else. In the last third of the premiere, though, things take a joltingly different, more complicated path. Sorry, couch potatoes, but it looks as if you might have to keep both eyes on the screen for this one.

  • Rob Owen

    Easily fall’s best broadcast network comedy pilot, NBC’s The Good Place offers a clever high-concept premise that’s complemented with intelligent, sometimes absurdist humor. Created by Michael Schur, co-creator of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, The Good Place is a highly serialized series that’s essentially set in heaven and stars Kristen Bell and Ted Danson. NBC made five episodes of The Good Place available for review, and the show not only holds up, but also it improves, deepening characters that initially feel one-note and frequently leaving viewers guessing with cliffhanger endings to many of the episodes. The combination of snappy dialogue and winning but flawed characters makes The Good Place a great bet for fans of smart TV comedy.

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