• Open Mike: AWARN Alerting: An ATSC 3.0 Business Model

    The Advanced Warning and Response Network (AWARN) based on ATSC 3.0 will save lives and renew broadcasters’ role as “first informers.” It turns out that the first AWARN alert prototypes are also pioneering some of the core business enhancements and new services that promise major financial upsides for the television broadcasting industry. More | Comments (9)
  • News Sets Pt. 4: KDKA And WTXF All About Flexible Sets

    At both of these Pennsylvania stations, large studios, big video arrays, easily changed graphics packages and quick-change studio lighting make it possible to produce much more than news from their new sets without placing an excessive burden on their production staffs. This is the final part of a four-part Special Report on news sets. You can read the other parts here. More | Add comment
  • News Sets Pt. 3: NBC O&Os' Therese Gamba, Jeff Morris Explain Set Theory

    NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations’ Therese Gamba, SVP of marketing and acquired programming, and Jeff Morris, SVP of operations and technology, discuss trends in local news set design, how they approach working with O&Os, new technologies that are improving on-air presentations and making storytelling better and where the stations stand with the latest tech. This is Part Three of a four-part Special Report on news sets. You can read the other parts here. More | Comments (6)
  • News Sets Pt. 2: The Big Picture On Video Wall Controllers

    As prices for the technology have come down, TV stations and others are able to create graphic templates for video walls and have those graphics pushed to the displays automatically from a predetermined rundown. Here’s a rundown of some of the most popular video wall controller vendors today in the broadcast space. This is Part Two of a four-part Special Report on news sets. See Part One here. More | Add comment
  • News Sets Pr. 1: Big Video, Versatility Highlights Of Set Design

    Local news sets are relying on big video displays and monitor arrays such as those at WNBC New York to tell more compelling stories. They are also making it easier for stations to repurpose those sets for other shows. This is Part One of a four-part Special Report on news studios and sets. Part Two on video display controllers also appears today. Part Three tomorrow will explore how the NBC O&Os have upgraded many of their facilities in a Q&A with the group's Therese Gamba and Jeff Morris. Part Four on Thursday takes a close-up at the innovative approach at WTXF Philadelphia and KDKA Pittsburgh. More | Comments (10)
  • TV2020: Fox's Abernethy Set For ATSC 3.0 Summit

    The CEO of Fox Television Stations and co-president of Fox News Channel joins David Smith of Sinclair Broadcast Group, Perry Sook of Nexstar Broadcasting Group and Pat LaPlatney of Raycom Media on a CEO panel at TVNewsCheck’s TV2020: Monetizing ATSC 3.0 conference in New York on Nov. 9-10. More | Comments (2)
  • Balloting Opens For Women In Tech Awards

    's annual Women in Technology Leadership Award and the Technology Women to Watch Awards support the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation’s Technology Apprenticeship Program, which places graduating engineers who are women or people of color in broadcast industry internships. More | Add comment
  • Chapman To Kick Off ATSC 3.0 Conference

    The Accenture consultant will set the stage for TVN's TV2020, a day-long discussion on the challenges and opportunities of Next Gen TV with a clear-eyed look at the expanding TV ecosystem and broadcasting's place in it. More | Add comment
  • TVN Names Scripps Station Group Of The Year

    In announcing the honor, TVNewsCheck Editor Harry A. Jessell cited the company’s efforts to go beyond broadcasting and establish itself prominently and profitably among national digital media. Led by CEO Rich Boehne, over the past three years Scripps has spent $124 million to acquire Newsy (OTT news), Midroll (podcasting) and Cracked (digital content).  More | Comments (2)
  • Smith, Sook, LaPlatney On Tap For TVN's ATSC 3.0 Confab

    One highlight of TVNewsCheck’s Nov. 9-10 TV2020 conference on the prospects for Next Gen TV will be the CEO panel featuring David Smith of Sinclair Broadcast Group, Perry Sook of Nexstar Broadcasting Group and Pat LaPlatney of Raycom Media. For more information, or to register for TV2020, click here. More | Comments (1)
  • Newsy’s Sabatinelli To Talk On How To Monetize OTT

    The fourth annual NewsTECHForum presented by TVNewsCheck and Sports Video Group will feature an on-stage Q&A with Blake Sabatinelli, the general manager of the Scripps-owned OTT service Newsy, on Dec. 12. For the full NewsTECHForum program, or to register, click here. 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.
  • 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.
  • NewsTECHForum 2015: Complete coverage of the third annual conference from TVNewsCheck and Sports Video Group
  • 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.
  • 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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NBC's Next Live Musical: 'Birdie' With Lopez
TVLine, Oct 28, 2016, 5:58 AM EDT
NBC’s next big musical event is about a musical superstar — and they’ve already got a musical superstar in the cast. Jennifer Lopez will star in the network’s live production of the beloved musical Bye Bye Birdie — entitled Bye Bye Birdie Live! Lopez will play Rosie, the role that earned Chita Rivera a Tony nomination during the original Broadway run. (Harvey Fierstein will write the teleplay adaptation.) Link | Comments (1)
Auto Sales Expected To Fall Again In Oct.
Automotive News, Oct 28, 2016, 6:26 AM EDT
U.S. new-vehicle sales are expected to decline for a third consecutive month, but the industry's selling rate could reach its highest point of the year because of the way October falls in the calendar. Link | Add comment
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Last-Minute Political Issues For Stations
Broadcast Law Blog, Oct 28, 2016, 8:05 AM EDT
We’re down to the last week and a half before the election, but broadcasters can’t let up quite yet, as the last week is almost always the busiest for political advertising. Candidates, PACs and other groups try to get the last word before the voters go to the polls. Here are three issues that broadcasters should be considering in these last days before the election. Link | Add comment
ATSC 3.0 Could Make PTV Truly Independent
Current, Oct 28, 2016, 8:10 AM EDT
A key driver of OTA growth comes from cord-cutters or cord-nevers who relied on internet subscription services, then discovered that their HDTVs already receive free, local television through a cheap antenna. Ironically, it turns out that broadband — still thought by some to be the killer of television — has become a kind of gateway drug for cord-cutting. The key for public television stations is to integrate broadcasting with the internet, which the ATSC 3.0, the next-generation TV standard, is explicitly designed to enable when broadcasters begin adopting it in 2018. Link | Add comment
Senate Sets Hearing On AT&T-TW Merger
Variety, Oct 28, 2016, 5:51 AM EDT
The Senate Judiciary Committee announced a Dec. 7 hearing on the proposed merger of AT&T with Time Warner. The hearing before the antitrust subcommittee is to include the CEOs of both companies — Randall Stephenson of AT&T and Jeff Bewkes of Time Warner. Link | Add comment
Trump Suggests He May Sue NBC Over Tape
Variety, Oct 28, 2016, 6:02 AM EDT
Donald Trump said that the 2005 Access Hollywood recording in which he makes lewd remarks to co-host Billy Bush was “illegal,” telling Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly that he was considering legal action. The leak of the tape earlier this month was a bombshell in the campaign, forcing him to make a rare videotaped apology and to address it at the second presidential debate. Link | Comments (4)
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Univision Helping Develop Next-Gen Journos
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Oct 28, 2016, 7:52 AM EDT
Students as young as 12 years-old are writing, shooting, editing and starring in videos that have been shown in news programs on Univision-owned WXTV New York. It's all part of a project started by Univision Communications, to open media centers in schools across the U.S. Link | Add comment
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KXRM Ups Joe Cole To Full-Time News Dir.
TVNewsCheck, Oct 27, 2016, 6:57 PM EDT
The Colorado Springs Fox affiliate is moving him from the anchor desk to leading the news operation.   Full Story | Add comment
Colbert Sets Live 'Late Shows' Election Week
The Associated Press, Oct 28, 2016, 5:45 AM EDT
The two live telecasts will air in the regular CBS Late Show slot — 11:35 p.m. ET — on Monday, Nov. 7, and Wednesday, Nov. 9.  Full Story | Add comment
FCC Passes Broadband Privacy Rules
MediaPost, Oct 28, 2016, 6:23 AM EDT
The FCC on Thursday passed sweeping privacy rules that limit broadband providers' ability to engage in online behavioral advertising. The rules, passed by a 3-2 vote, prohibit Internet service providers from drawing on information about subscribers' Web activity and app usage for ad targeting. Link | Add comment
Verizon Makes Serious Play For Entertainment
Los Angeles Times, Oct 28, 2016, 6:41 AM EDT
Verizon is investing in online content like the new sports-themed series The 5th Quarter, which will stream on its Go90 platform. The show features L.A. Clippers star Blake Griffin and was created by Michael Ratner. The makers wanted to create a show tailored to the viewing habits of young mobile phone viewers — short episodes under 15 minutes, standalone plot lines that can be viewed in any order and plenty of famous faces. Link | Add comment
CenturyLink Nears Deal To Merge With Level 3
Reuters, Oct 28, 2016, 6:21 AM EDT
CenturyLink and Level 3 Communications are in advanced talks to merge, according to people familiar with the matter, in a deal that would create an enterprise telecommunications player worth more than $50 billion, including debt. Link | Add comment
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Tegna Announces Quarterly Dividend
TVNewsCheck, Oct 27, 2016, 4:35 PM EDT
Tegna Inc.’s board of directors on Thursday declared a dividend of 14 cents per share, payable on Jan. 3, 2017, to stockholders of record as of the close of business on Dec. 9. “Tegna consistently returns capital to our shareholders while continuing to innovate, invest in and grow our businesses,” said Gracia Martore, the company’s president-CEO. “We remain well-positioned to capitalize on market demand for our business and continue to deliver outstanding value to our shareholders.” | Add comment
Alphabet Reports Stronger Earnings, Sales
CNBC, Oct 27, 2016, 4:30 PM EDT
Google parent Alphabet reported quarterly earnings that topped analysts' estimates and revenue that beat expectations, and announced a more than $7 billion stock buyback authorized this month. Link | Comments (1)

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WTVD Food Drive Collects A Million Meals In A Day
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Oct 28, 2016, 7:38 AM EDT
Peters, Guilfoyle Join Cast Of 'Good Wife' Spinoff
TVLine, Oct 28, 2016, 6:16 AM EDT
Kevin James Producing CBS Comedy Project
Deadline, Oct 28, 2016, 6:08 AM EDT
NBCU, Comcast Hit With Age Discrimination Suit
Deadline, Oct 27, 2016, 10:33 PM EDT
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  • 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.

  • Maureen Ryan

    Pitch has swagger, for good reason. It gets the big things right; the Fox drama about the first female baseball player in the Major Leagues is one of the year’s most assured and exciting debuts. But part of what impresses about the pilot is also the way it confidently strings together so many small but telling details. Ginny (Kylie Bunbury) is the first woman to be called up from the minors to the big leagues, and no show since Friday Night Lights has done a better job of portraying the internal and external pressures that weigh heavily on young athletes asked to do much more than merely succeed on the field. Pitch will likely do a good job of getting viewers to root for it. The hope is that the show won’t be an impressive, short-lived curiosity, but rather a long-term phenomenon.

  • Kevin Fallon

    In a fall TV season that’s already making a splash for championing diverse, distinctive voices in an array of projects that they created, wrote, and starred in, Better Things on FX stands out. The show is created by, written by, and starsPamela Adlon. She plays Sam Fox, the single mother of three daughters modeled after her own reality-show-ready experience raising three girls in Los Angeles following a divorce. Sam is also, like Adlon, a working actress — on shows both raunchy, a la Californication, and animated for children, like her role on Recess. It’s a refreshingly blunt take on single motherhood without sacrificing the warmth of parental love, portraying the dance between selfishness and selflessness that’s at the heart of being a parent — especially one weathering the hormonal fireworks of a household of four women at different ages.

  • David Wiegand

    The fall TV season doesn’t count as much as it used to — we already know that. But no matter how many retreads the broadcast networks throw at viewers in the next few months, this fall will be memorable because of the premiere of Atlanta on Tuesday, Sept. 6, on FX. The half-hour comedy created by and starring Donald Glover (Community), simply and brilliantly recalibrates our expectations of what a TV comedy is and how black lives are portrayed on the medium.

  • Louisa Ada Seltzer

    The second reboot of the 1980s John Candy movie Uncle Buck, bumped by ABC from midseason, has the same tired jokes you'll find on any second-rate sitcom. Too bad, because Mike Epps is appealing and ABC would be wise to keep him around for future shows, but there’s just not enough to this show to suggest it will last past summer. It also airs against NBC’s America’s Got Talent, summer’s No. 1 program on broadcast, which may make it even harder to find an audience.

  • Neil Genzlinger

    Bryan Cranston brings his Tony Award-winning interpretation of President Lyndon B. Johnson to television in an adaptation of the Robert Schenkkan play All the Way, and it’s still quite a sight to behold, just as it was on Broadway in 2014. Nothing beats witnessing this kind of larger-than-life portrayal onstage, of course. But the television version, presented by HBO, offers plenty of rewards, allowing Cranston to work the close-ups and liberating him from the confines of a theater set. Cranston’s performance is a gem — in his hands, this accidental president comes across as an amazing bundle of contradictions, someone who seems at once too vulgar for the job and just right for it.

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