Exclusives

  • Jessell: WDBJ Tragedy Is Call For Safety Review

    It's getting dicey out there for TV reporters and photographers especially when they are prepping or doing a live remote. You cannot fully protect them from pranksters, thieves or killers. But you can take precautions like curtailing sending reporters out alone. The one-man band may no longer be a "smart idea," says NewsLab's Deborah Potter. More | Comments (24)
  • TVN Tech: IBC To Offer New Insights For Future Success

    This year’s annual tech gathering in Amsterdam has an ambitious agenda including tackling shifting business models and new viewer behavior; how broadcasters are beginning to adopt the Netflix on-demand, streaming model with their own online offerings; challenges in delivering new mobile broadcast platforms; the latest OTT developments as well as up-to-the-minute status reports on ATSC 3.0 and Ultra HD. More | Add comment
  • Deep Dive: Broadcasters Get Creative To Grow Auto Biz

    More and more stations and groups are taking the initiative in securing and growing the crucial auto category at a time when stations' share of ad marketing dollars are not keeping pace with booming auto sales as they have in the past. One tack is an increasing interest in programmatic buying and selling, while another is to aggressively follow auto dollars into the digital realm. More | Add comment
  • Front Office: Improving Outcomes From Tough Calls

    As C. Robin Szabo, president of media collections professionals Szabo Associates Inc., points out: “Even with all the great technology available today, the telephone is by far the most effective tool in a collector’s arsenal when it’s used correctly.” So here are 10 recommendations for successful collection conversations. More | Comments (1)
  • TVN Tech: MPEG-2 Channel Sharing Just Got Easier

    An Aug. 11 test in Syracuse, N.Y., of the Evertz 3480TXE MPEG-2 encoding and stat-mux platform demonstrates that it’s now possible for a pair of stations to share a channel without giving up existing services that viewers are accustomed to seeing. The test took place at the PBS Member Station Joint Master Control pictured above. More | Comments (3)

Special Reports

  • 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.
  • TVN's FCC Watch: A quick briefing on FCC proceedings affecting TV broadcasters from communications attorneys David Oxenford and David O'Connor.
  • 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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Mon, Aug 31, 2015

Jobs In New York, Texas And Minnesota
TVNewsCheck, Aug 31, 2015, 9:24 PM EDT
NDN (News Distribution Network) seeks a local broadcast manager based in New York City. NBC Universal’s Fort Worth O&O is searching for a manager, brand marketing. Graham Media Group needs a news operations manager for its NBC affiliate in Houston. Hubbard Broadcasting is looking for an executive producer/investigations/special projects. To see all job openings on TVNewsCheck, click here. | Add comment
Gray Brings Its National Rep Biz In-House
TVNewsCheck, Aug 31, 2015, 6:14 PM EDT
It is canceling its contracts with reps Katz Media Group and CoxReps to take the business in-house. It has hired former Katz execs Becky Meyer and Mike Jones to head the effort, which it expects will save it $8 million-$9 million next year in commission costs. Full Story | Comments (1)
closing bell
Dow Closes Down 115, Nasdaq Drops 52
The Associated Press, Aug 31, 2015, 5:25 PM EDT
Monday's declines in the stock markets were relatively modest compared to earlier in August. The losses had been deeper, but oil prices, which were solidly lower earlier in the day, jumped after the U.S. Energy Department cut its estimate for the country's oil production. The news sent energy stocks higher, making energy the only industry in the S&P 500 to close with a gain. Full Story | Add comment
TVB Boosts PR Push For Political Ad Money
TVNewsCheck, Aug 31, 2015, 4:37 PM EDT
TVB President Steve Lanzano says that Washington PR firm The Herald Group will answer claims by digital media that TV is wasteful and inefficient as digital goes after a larger share of the mounting political advertising dollars. Full Story | Add comment
WEVV Evansville Sues Dish Over Retrans
TVNewsCheck, Aug 31, 2015, 4:17 PM EDT
The owner of the Evansville, Ind., CBS affiliate, DuJuan McCoy, files a lawsuit alleging the satellite operator, by prorating retrans payments, is depriving him of "significant revenues." Full Story | Add comment
Community Remembers Slain Cameraman
The Associated Press, Aug 31, 2015, 3:25 PM EDT
Adam Ward, the 27-year-old cameraman for WDBJ Roanoke, Va., who was murdered last week was remembered today at a commemoration at Salem High School. Salem High School Principal Scott Habeeb said Ward "loved life and he was truly kind to people." Habeeb was the offensive line coach when Ward played middle school football, was one of his teachers as a high school freshman and was an assistant principal for Ward's final three years of high school. Full Story | Add comment
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‘Big Brother’ Grows On Sunday Night
Media Life, Aug 31, 2015, 2:00 PM EDT
The CBS reality show posted a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating, according to Nielsen overnights, up a tenth from last week and finishing as the night’s top-rated show. Brother also posted a Sunday season high among adults 18-34, a 1.7. NBC won the night among 18-49s as usual with preseason NFL coverage. Link | Add comment
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WKMG Makes Allison McGinley News Dir.
Orlando Sentinel, Aug 31, 2015, 2:27 PM EDT
Allison McGinley, who has worked at the Graham Media CBS affiliate in Orlando, Fla., for 21 years, has been named news director. She had been acting news director since Steve Hyvonen resigned July 21. Link | Comments (1)
NAB Labs Invests In Online Engagement
TVNewsCheck, Aug 31, 2015, 10:48 AM EDT
It’s putting money behind startup Antenna, which builds an online engagement platform and measures mobile and Web audience sentiment. Full Story | Add comment
ANA: Connected TV Viewing Rises Sharply
MediaPost, Aug 31, 2015, 2:12 PM EDT
Viewing with over-the-top streaming devices on connected TV sets is rising sharply — 380% in the first quarter of this year — yet engagement in ads on these platforms remains low, according to a recent study by Freewheel cited by the ANA/BrightLine research. Link | Add comment
MGM TV Adds Sloane As Development Exec
Variety, Aug 31, 2015, 2:10 PM EDT
MGM Television is expanding its content team with the appointment of Lindsay Sloane as EVP of production and development. Sloane will focus on generating new projects, reporting to Steve Stark, president of production and development for MGM’s TV Group. She comes to the company from TriStar Prods. Link | Add comment
Big Challenges As Univision Readies IPO
The New York Times, Aug 31, 2015, 6:12 AM EDT
More troubling than its battle with Donald Trump, the Spanish-language broadcaster is dealing with a mixed bag of concerns — the same faced by most TV-based media companies — as it decides to go public. Link | Add comment
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Soul Searching Over TV's New Golden Age
The New York Times, Aug 31, 2015, 8:24 AM EDT
With the number of shows approaching 400 this year, John Landgraf of FX Networks says the cluttered TV landscape is challenging viewers and the industry. Link | Comments (6)
Social Scorecard
Videos Push WTHR To Top Social Spot
NetNewsCheck, Aug 31, 2015, 7:45 AM EDT
Dispatch-owned NBC affiliate WTHR has nearly lapped the social local media competition in Indianapolis (DMA 27) with over 10.4 million social actions in the last six months according to Shareablee data. Ramping up video posts has helped widen the lead, but Tribune-owned WXIN still edges the station out on fans/followers with nearly 564,000 in this week’s Social Scorecard. Link | Add comment
With Auction, FCC Faces Monumental Test
The Hill, Aug 31, 2015, 7:39 AM EDT
The agency is being asked to do something that has never before been tried: a two-step auction of American airwaves that is intended to shift resources from broadcasters to wireless companies. If all goes according to plan, the sale could be a cash cow that earns billions of dollars for the federal treasury while helping wireless carriers meet a growing demand for data from smartphones and other devices. Success, however, is far from guaranteed. Link | Comments (1)
Hackers Up Attacks On Media, Showbiz
Deadline, Aug 31, 2015, 7:27 AM EDT
Computer hackers’ efforts to penetrate and disrupt media and entertainment networks were up sharply in the quarter that ended June 30, major Internet security company Verisign reported. Media and entertainment companies represented 20% of Verisign’s work in the quarter to thwart or minimize attacks such as the 2014 assault on Sony Pictures Entertainment. Link | Add comment
More Miley Controversy At MTV's VMAs
The Associated Press, Aug 31, 2015, 5:39 AM EDT
The 22-year-old wild child flashed one of her breasts, wore outfits that showed most of her skin and traded words with Nicki Minaj. She closed the Sunday show with a performance of a new song about marijuana. Full Story | Comments (10)
TV Remains King In Political Ad Spending
TVNewsCheck, Aug 31, 2015, 6:10 AM EDT
The Wall Street Journal reports that television still is far and away the dominant platform for groups trying to reach the biggest-possible audience of voters, but online ads are coming on strong. WSJ subscribers can read the full story here. | Add comment
Epix Movies To Jump From Netflix To Hulu
Los Angeles Times, Aug 31, 2015, 6:17 AM EDT
Hulu will expand its library in October as part of a new deal with cable network Epix. For Epix, the deal is an opportunity to attract more consumers who are wary of paying more than $100 for a package of cable channels. Link | Add comment
Next Apple TV To Sell For Less Than $200
9to5Mac.com, Aug 31, 2015, 8:19 AM EDT
With the official debut of the next-generation Apple TV less than two weeks away, sources have provided additional details on Apple’s pricing, availability and product lineup plans for its set-top devices. According to sources, the fourth-generation Apple TV will be priced below $200, and is on track to become available in October. Link | Add comment
The Internet Of Things, Demystified
Media Life, Aug 31, 2015, 5:56 AM EDT
This buzzy term is being thrown around everywhere, from fashion to football to footwear. What it is, how much it will grow and why it matters to media buyers and planners. Link | Add comment
FTC To Convene Privacy Conference
MediaPost, Aug 31, 2015, 5:54 AM EDT
The Federal Trade Commission is calling for original research into privacy and security issues, including how "vulnerabilities" might be exploited to harm consumers. The agency will address the research on Jan. 14 at a conference about privacy. “We want to increase the FTC’s engagement with the technology community in order to more effectively encourage innovation that is protective of consumer privacy and security,” FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez said. Link | Add comment
Horror Movie Director Wes Craven Dies
The Associated Press, Aug 31, 2015, 5:46 AM EDT
The prolific writer-director, who died Sunday at age 76, ushered in two distinct eras of suburban slashers, first in the 1980s with his iconic Nightmare on Elm Street and its indelible, razor-fingered villain Freddy Krueger. He did it again in the 1990s with the self-referential Scream. He was active up until his death. Craven had numerous television projects in development, including a new Scream series for MTV. Full Story | Add comment

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DMA 4 (Philadelphia)
Rahel Solomon Joins KYW News As Reporter
TVNewsCheck, Aug 31, 2015, 3:00 PM EDT
Obama To Appear On 'Running Wild With Bear Grylls'
UPI, Aug 31, 2015, 2:40 PM EDT
ESPN’s Midnight 'SportsCenter' Launches Sept. 7
TVNewser, Aug 31, 2015, 2:23 PM EDT
MTV’s 'VMA' Awards Set Nielsen Twitter Record
Variety, Aug 31, 2015, 2:07 PM EDT
'SNL' Adds Jon Rudnitsky To Cast For Season 41
The Hollywood Reporter, Aug 31, 2015, 2:05 PM EDT
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Need A Weather Department? Call WeatherVision
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Aug 31, 2015, 8:00 AM EDT
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Hurricane Katrina Diary, Part 1
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Aug 31, 2015, 7:55 AM EDT
dmas 33 & 10
Mayra Moreno Leaving KENS For KTRK
mySA, Aug 31, 2015, 7:02 AM EDT
dma 5 (Dallas)
KDFW Celebrates 20 Years Of Anchor Tim Ryan
Uncle Barky's Bytes, Aug 31, 2015, 6:47 AM EDT
PBS Explores Life Of Tennis Great Althea Gibson
Detroit Free Press, Aug 31, 2015, 6:32 AM EDT
Steve Harvey On His Cross-Genre Success
New York Post, Aug 31, 2015, 6:20 AM EDT
Dma 8 (Washington)
Sources: Longo To Replace McGinty At WUSA
FTVLive, Aug 31, 2015, 6:07 AM EDT
No Season 2 For VH1's 'Hindsight'
Deadline, Aug 31, 2015, 5:50 AM EDT
USA Cancels' Complications' After One Season
The Hollywood Reporter, Aug 31, 2015, 5:43 AM EDT

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Ratings

Overnights, adults 18-49 for August 31, 2015
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Source: Nielsen

Reviews

  • Mark Perigard

    In the dog days of August, just a few weeks before the fall season begins, NBC sneaks in an un­heralded sitcom. You, the savvy viewer, are expecting the primetime equivalent of a turkey surprise. But The Carmichael Show on NBC is something different, a show about an African-­American family that manages to draw on and update the bite of All in the Family and the silli­ness of its spinoff, The Jeffersons.

  • Mike Hale

    Edward Burns’s new series, Public Morals on TNT, is set in Hell’s Kitchen in the 1960s and filmed in New York, at Silvercup Studios and at locations like the Russian Tea Room, the Park Lane Hotel and Barrow’s Pub in Greenwich Village. It doesn’t seem to take place anywhere in the real world, though. That wouldn’t be a bad thing if Burns had the imagination to pull it off, but the 10-episode Public Morals is a mess. Written by, directed by and starring Burns, it’s an even stronger argument than the second season of True Detective against the auteur impulse in television.

  • Mark Perigard

    Maybe Craig Robinson owes money to the head of NBC programming. Or maybe Craig Robinson is being blackmailed by NBC for some nefarious reason. There must be a rational explanation for why he’d agree to star in Mr. Robinson, a dreary show that has all the edge of a doughnut hole and comes slathered with an astonishing amount of sexual innuendo for a network sitcom.

  • Hank Stuever

    Whether its star intends it this way or not, TV Land’s The Jim Gaffigan Show will correctly be perceived as a sunnier answer to the cloudy-day tendencies of FX’s Louie. Gaffigan’s world is much less artful, more straight-on and also culled from his real life. Gaffigan has perfected his shtick, mixing deep sarcasm and negativity with a fine-line inoffensiveness. It works as a stage presence, but not so much as a TV character.

  • David Wiegand

    Denis Leary’s new FX sitcom, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, would have been everything he hopes it could be if he’d made it 20 years ago. Maybe even earlier. S&D&R&R has several things going for it that make it passably enjoyable, including some funny dialogue, good performances and, of course, Leary’s trademark grumpy charm. But many viewers are right to expect something more and fresher from Leary.

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