Exclusives

  • Focus: Ray Of Hope For Low-Power Proponents

    Advocates of low-power TV stations and translators have been worried that their interests will be ignored in the upcoming FCC incentive auction and spectrum repack. Now, however, the Government Accountability Office is being asked to study the situation and the hope is the results will help them win rights to continue operating in the auction’s wake — similar to the rights full-power broadcasters are already guaranteed. More | Comments (9)
  • Air Check: Interesting Times For Sinclair In Washington

    Since Sinclair bought ABC affiliate WJLA Washington and its NewsChannel 8 cable channel, there have been staff defections. Some sources say the Sinclair’s conservative bent and statements by CEO David Smith of advertiser importance are to blame. But, Sinclair’s News VP Scott Livingston says those charges are overblown and the company has plans to step up “unbiased and aggressive reporting” at the station and expand NewsChannel 8 nationally. More | Comments (17)
  • Jessell: CBS All Access A Smart Move For Net, Affils

    While all the broadcast networks are working on some form of streaming service, CBS’s version unveiled yesterday is different. It combines its on-demand offerings and station streaming into one service marketed directly to consumers. CBS is creating a whole new revenue stream for itself as well as its affiliates who choose to stream their signals locally on the platform. More | Comments (31)
  • Front Office: Market Data Key For Mapping Your Future

    Demographic trends can be inexorable, with impacts that are powerful and long-lasting. Media companies need to monitor such trends to better understand the populations they serve, and how they are changing. In addition to the role market data can play as part of programming acquisition and network affiliation decisions, market trends factor into the valuation of a station that is being purchased or is part of an asset exchange. More | Add comment
  • Spotlight: Virtual Sets Gain Traction in Station Studios

    A hybrid approach combining a traditional hard set with an oversized green screen area is gaining acceptance at stations. It allows them to integrate virtual elements into their news presentations and gain experience working with virtual technology without risking the entire newscast on a technology long viewed by stations with skepticism. More | Comments (2)

Special Reports

  • FCC Watch: A quick briefing on 26 FCC proceedings affecting broadcasters from communications attorneys David Oxenford and David O'Connor.
  • Severe Weather 2014: A three-part look at the effects of social media on forecasting; a Q&A with the National Weather Service's Greg Carbin; and the latest on dual polarization radar.
  • Diginets 2014: A three-part examination of the revenue, programming and business strategies of multicasting.
  • 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.
  • 2013—Year In Review: Revisit the year’s top developments in business, programming, journalism, technology, regulation and more.
  • ENG 2013: A three-part examination of the state of the art in newsgathering tech, including bonded cellular, wireless mic issues and news vehicles.
  • THE TOP 30 TV STATION GROUPS: A plethora of mega-deals over the last 12 months has reordered TVNewsCheck's annual ranking. While the top three spots remained the same as last year — occupied by Fox, CBS and Sinclair — the rest of the top 10 is much changed with five companies gone through M&A activity.
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Latest News

Fri, Oct 24, 2014

Closing Bell
Dow Jumps 127, Nasdaq Finishes Up 30
Associated Press, Oct 24, 2014, 4:30 PM EDT
Earnings reports from Microsoft and others pushed the market to a stroing finish for the week — its best week in nearly two years. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 127 points and the Standard & Poor's 500 index was up 13 points. The Nasdaq ended the day up 30 points. Full Story | Add comment
FCC Delays Incentive Auction To Early 2016
Reuters, Oct 24, 2014, 3:31 PM EDT
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission expects a major auction of low-frequency airwaves to be pushed back to early 2016 from mid-2015 because of its complexity and a pending court challenge, an FCC official said in a blog post on Friday. Link | Comments (3)
Jessell at Large
Burke's Surprise At HBO, CBS Is Surprising
TVNewsCheck, Oct 24, 2014, 2:21 PM EDT
NBCU CEO Steve Burke's statement that he was surprised at the moves by HBO and CBS to offer streaming services is a bit surprising for a few reasons, one being that neither service came completely out of left field. And contrary to Burke, HBO and CBS aren't likely to cannabalize their cable revenue or find the online distribution business particularly tough. Full Story | Comments (3)
thursday overnights
CBS Wins With 'Thursday Night Football'
Media Life Magazine, Oct 24, 2014, 4:35 PM EDT
A highly anticipated matchup between the San Diego Chargers and the Denver Broncos, two of the NFL’s top teams, boosted ratings for the final Thursday Night Football game on CBS and NFL Network. CBS was first for the night among households with an 8.9 average overnight rating and a 15 share. ABC was second at 6.5/11, NBC third at 2.8/5, Fox fourth at 2.5/4, Univision fifth at 1.5/3, CW sixth at 1.0/2, and Telemundo seventh at 0.8/1. Link | Add comment
NARAS, CBS Shuffle Grammy Noms Plan
Variety, Oct 24, 2014, 3:08 PM EDT
The Recording Academy and CBS are shaking up the Grammy nominations process, returning to the traditional early morning unveiling of most categories — other than the top prize of album of the year — after announcing key categories as part of a primetime special for the past six years. This year, album of the year nominees will be revealed during the Dec. 5 “A Very Grammy Christmas” special. The nominees in the 82 other categories will be released that morning. Link | Add comment
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Philly TV News: Many Poli Ads, No Stories
TVSpy, Oct 24, 2014, 1:24 PM EDT
The Sunlight Foundation, a nonpartisan nonprofit that advocates for open government, took a look at 30 minutes of local television — specifically, Philadelphia’s CBS-owned KYW. Researchers watched the station’s 6:00 p.m. newscast and found plenty of politics — in the form of nasty political ads — but absolutely no news coverage of the political races themselves. Link | Comments (3)
Brand Connections
Marketshare by Paul Greeley
WMAR Baltimore Putting Focus on 6PM News
TVNewsCheck/Marketshare, Oct 24, 2014, 9:46 AM EDT
With many stations around the country moving the start time of their local newscasts to 4 p.m., WMAR, the Scripps-owned ABC affiliate in Balitmore (DMA 26), made the bold and brave move in April of changing the format and focus of its 6 p.m. news, and signaled the change by renaming it In Focus. Link | Comments (1)
News Orgs Can Learn From MLB's Mobile
Nieman Journalism Lab, Oct 24, 2014, 3:24 PM EDT
Running a sports league and running a news operation aren’t the same thing. But there are lessons to be learned from baseball’s success in navigating mobile, says media analyst Ken Doctor. Link | Add comment
Commentary By Jay Rosen
Rosen: Journos Need POV To Stay Relevant
The Conversation, Oct 24, 2014, 3:24 PM EDT
New York University Professor Jay Rosen about how journalists can handle polarization when covering politics: "Instead of trying to stay in the middle between polarized extremes and avoid criticism, political journalists and their bosses could recognize that there is no escape from charges of bias because these charges are just a further aspect of polarization." Link | Add comment
Nielsen Latest Diary Fix Still Work In Progress
TVNewsCheck, Oct 24, 2014, 8:59 AM EDT
In September, Nielsen told broadcasters that it had come up with an alternative to the much maligned diaries for measuring viewership in small and medium markets and was rolling it out in 14 markets. But a key component of the system for determining demos is still being tested, it was revealed yesterday at a CRE meeting in New York.   Full Story | Comments (5)
Nielsen, Adobe To Shake Up Ratings System
Fortune, Oct 24, 2014, 4:07 PM EDT
For the first time, digital devices and streaming services (and the viewers that embrace them) will be incorporated into Nielsen’s industry standard ratings system. Link | Add comment
So Far, World Series Not A Huge TV Draw
New York Times, Oct 24, 2014, 8:51 AM EDT
This week, more people watched NCIS: New Orleans and The Big Bang Theory, and — for that matter — The Walking Dead, the AMC show about zombies. The audience for Sunday Night Football, a regular season game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Denver Broncos, was almost twice that of the first two games of the series. Link | Add comment
Brand Connections
Nets Show Patience With Fall's New Shows
Media Llife, Oct 24, 2014, 7:33 AM EDT
Through the first five weeks of the season, not one new show has been canceled. By this time last year, three programs had already been axed. But this fall the broadcast networks are showing a lot more patience with their new programs. The reasons: time-shifted viewing and weak midseason replacements. Link | Comments (3)
Judge To Aereo: No To Streaming, Yes To DVR
MediaPost, Oct 23, 2014, 7:21 PM EDT
A federal judge barred online video distributor Aereo from streaming over-the-air TV shows in real time to subscribers' smartphones and tablets, but cleared the way for the company to resume offering its remote DVR service.  The order, issued Thursday by U.S. District Court Judge Alison Nathan in New York, marks the latest turn in a two-year battle over the online service. Link | Comments (5)
PBS Hits Ratings Milestone With 'Roosevelts'
Associated Press, Oct 24, 2014, 7:10 AM EDT
PBS said last month's seven, two-hour episodes of The Roosevelts from documentary filmmaker Ken Burns had an average audience of 9.2 million viewers, giving PBS its highest weekly viewer average since 1994, when Burns' series Baseball aired. Full Story | Add comment
ABC Expands Orders For Seven Series
The Hollywood Reporter, Oct 24, 2014, 7:46 AM EDT
The network has ordered extra episodes for dramas Grey's Anatomy, Castle and Resurrection, as well as comedies Modern Family, The Middle, Black-ish and The Goldbergs. Link | Add comment
SVOD Syndie To Bring Studios $6.8B In '15
Variety, Oct 24, 2014, 6:42 AM EDT
Cash from Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime will still be dwarfed by the expected $18.4 billion projected next year for off-network domestic syndication spending from cable, but the gap between digital and TV dollars may close in the future given cable channels likely aren’t going to grow as dramatically 5-10 years from now. Link | Add comment
AMC Buys 49.9% Of BBC America For $200M
The Wrap, Oct 23, 2014, 7:02 PM EDT
AMC Networks Inc. is buying a 49.9% stake in BBC America for $200 million, the companies announced on Thursday. he deal is structured as a longterm equity joint venture, with BBC Worldwide maintaining the majority 50.1% stake. That said, AMC will have operational control of BBC America, including affiliate and advertising sales. Link | Comments (1)
Quarterly Report
Acquisitions Provide Uptick For Nielsen Rev
MediaPost, Oct 24, 2014, 7:33 AM EDT
Nielsen N.V.’s third-quarter financial results showed healthy gains, due to Arbitron and Harris acquisitions — and more moderate rises for its core business. At its Watch unit, revenue climbed 29% to $694 million. For its big Buy business unit, revenue improved 3.5% to $878 million. Overall revenue was up 13% to $1.57 billion — and without factoring in Arbitron and Harris, increased 2.5%. Link | Add comment
News Corp Mulls Senior U.S. Post For Brooks
Guardian, Oct 24, 2014, 6:57 AM EDT
Rebekah Brooks, the former editor of News Corp's British newspapers who resigned in 2011 amid the phone-hacking scandal and was later cleared of wrongdoing, is being considered for a senior job in New York. Link | Add comment

More News

Marketshare by Paul Greeley
Dying Army Captain To Appear On MSNBC
TVNewsCheck/Marketshare, Oct 24, 2014, 3:34 PM EDT
Mother Of Diane Sawyer Dies At Age 94
The Courier-Journal, Oct 24, 2014, 2:55 PM EDT
Ex-Cable News Anchor Terry Keenan Dies At 53
TVNewser, Oct 24, 2014, 2:46 PM EDT
TLC's 'Honey Boo Boo' Dropped After Scandal
Associated Press, Oct 24, 2014, 2:18 PM EDT
Headland: Comedy Is Best Weapon Against Sexism
Huffington Post, Oct 24, 2014, 10:45 AM EDT
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Lawyer Sues KENS For Defamation And Libel
San Antonio Express-News, Oct 24, 2014, 8:31 AM EDT
Mayor Grateful CBS 'Late Late Show' Staying In LA
Los Angeles Times, Oct 24, 2014, 8:21 AM EDT
Weir, Lipinski Elevated to NBC’s Top Skating Booth
Sports Video Group, Oct 24, 2014, 8:10 AM EDT
How Cable News Nets Covered NY's Ebola Case
The Hollywood Reporter, Oct 24, 2014, 7:48 AM EDT
Tax Trial For 'The Situation' Set For December
Associated Press, Oct 24, 2014, 7:15 AM EDT
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WNBC Slots Climate Change Weather Special
TVNewsCheck, Oct 23, 2014, 4:53 PM EDT
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KTLM Promotes Yulieth Botello To Video Journalist
TVNewsCheck, Oct 23, 2014, 4:45 PM EDT

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Overnights, adults 18-49 for October 22, 2014
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Reviews
Opinions
Features
  • Brian Lowry

    Despite a few problematic aspects with the premise, Jane the Virgin contains a secret ingredient that is in short supply, perhaps especially on many of the CW's recent soaps: Charm. Much of that comes from Gina Rodriguez in a star-making turn as the title character, who through a series of unexpected mix-ups — one a real doozy — finds her life beginning to resemble the telenovelas she watches with her doting grandmother, who has cajoled her to remain chaste. There's a lot going on in the pilot, almost all of it fun and frothy, bringing genuine effervescence to CW's soap bubbles.

  • Rob Owen

    A winning star turn can make a big difference in a comedy. It certainly does in ABC’s Cristela, a fairly standard family sitcom that rises above its pedestrian premise thanks to star Cristela Alonzo, a comedian who makes a favorable impression in this series about an Hispanic Texas family. The show leans into humor that’s about life in a Latino family and life for a Hispanic woman in a predominantly Caucasian workplace. What makes the latter go down easily are Cristela’s reactions to her law firm boss’s offensive jabs.

  • Mark Dawidziak

    Pace shouldn't be a problem with a show called The Flash. And it isn't. The CW's high-octane series featuring the super-speedy DC Comics superhero moves briskly along, racing through a pilot episode that charts giddily high on the fun scale. Is some of the dialogue a bit on the heavy-handed side? Well, sure. Are a couple of the supporting characters as thin as a page from a 1950s comic book? OK, yeah. Do a few clunky moments register as overly familiar? All right, yes. Yet it works, mostly because the producers fully and joyfully embrace the comic-book conventions rather than battle against them.

  • Tim Goodman

    Normally the reaction one hears when critics say that there's really no need for an American remake of the eight-episode British gem Broadchurch is that only critics watched it and thus the general public might as well watch the Fox version, called Gracepoint. But that doesn't make a lot of sense. For starters, the original Broadchurch is a brilliant, taut and emotionally devastating portrayal of a child murder in a remote seaside town and the American remake is flat-out inferior, despite maintaining most of the same plot until the seventh (of 10) episodes. There will be a different killer in Gracepoint, but it could be that the real crime was the idea to redo it in the first place.

  • Tom Conroy

    Are there a lot of single women on the far side of 30 who are professionally successful and capable but have chaotic sex lives that bleed into their workdays? Are they yearning to see someone they can relate to on TV? Well, they’re going to have to keep waiting. The title character in NBC’s new sitcom Bad Judge matches that description but is so implausible that no one could identify with her. But she’s not so implausible that the show becomes an outrageous farce. Although some moments can be recognized as jokes, they can’t be enjoyed as such.

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