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  • FCC Watch | A Broadcaster's Guide To Washington Issues

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    's quarterly quick briefing on the legal and regulatory proceedings affecting broadcasters from communications attorneys David Oxenford and David O'Connor. More | Comments (1)
  • Jessell | End Discriminatory Regs Against Broadcast

    The FCC's tentative $13.4 million fine against Sinclair for allegedly airing news programming that was paid for by a sponsor is just one more example of antiquated rules targeting broadcasting alone. The FCC needs to rid itself of discriminatory rules and the sponsor-disclosure regime would be a fine place to start. More | Comments (29)
  • TVN Tech | Interest In 4K Production Gear Grows Slowly

    The living room in 2018 will increasingly belong to 4K, particularly where the higher-end TV models are concerned. From the broadcasters’ perspective, getting 4K content to the home is still a challenge to be bridged. “Of course, ATSC 3.0 will change all that, but that’s still, I think, going to take a couple years,” says Alec Shapiro, industry consultant and former president of Sony Professional Solutions.
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  • Q&A | Hearst Heads To NATPE As Both Seller And Buyer

    Emerson Coleman, Hearst’s SVP of programming, is going to Miami with a surging Matter of Fact to offer. When he puts on his buyer hat, he will be looking for a few shows, including replacements for the slots now occupied by Harry, whose return seems doubtful. In this wide-ranging interview, he also talks about the stagnant first-run syndication business, station groups' producing their own programming, Hearst’s kids programming subsidiary Litton, multicasting and his continued enthusiasm for NATPE. More | Comments (3)
  • Social Scorecard | 'Lunch Break' Makes KHQ No. 1

    KHQ, the Cowles-owned NBC affiliate in Spokane, Wash., tops the market in social media actions over the last six months according to data from audience insight firm Shareablee. One of the reasons for its success is a regularly scheduled Facebook Live at around noon called Lunch Break, according to Traci Zeravica, KHQ’s news director. More | Add comment
  • Front Office | What Constitutes 'A Person To Watch'

    MFM has choosen its annual “People to Watch" honorees for 2018. They are known for getting out of their office to experience the business first-hand. They also tend to ask good questions and to communicate the right information. For them, it’s not just about getting things done; it’s about getting them right. More | Add comment
  • TVNewsCheck To Honor HBO’s Diane Tryneski

    The veteran media technologist will receive the 2018 Women in Technology Leadership Award at April’s NAB Show in Las Vegas. More | Comments (2)
  • TVN’s NewsTECHForum Offers Cutting-Edge Insights, Info

    The fifth annual conference examined the convergence of technology with news gathering and distribution. It featured keynote speakers, panels and case studies covering topics that included: Evolving to the Newsroom of the Future; The Contribution Revolution; Chasing Millennials in 2018; Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and the State of the Art in TV Graphics; Drones & News Photography; Tech Leaders on the Future of Newsroom Technology; and Conquering the Multiplatform News Jungle.
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  • TVN's TV2020 Explains How Broadcasters Can Monetize Their Future

    Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC Broadcasting and Sports, said the network faces changing sports consumer habits that have affected ratings, but it’s making a full court press with its upcoming Super Bowl and Olympics coverage. He also said ATSC 3.0 presents an opportunity for its stations if it can find “the right balance.” He was just one of many speakers at the second annual TVNewsCheck TV2020 conference. (Photo: Wendy Moger-Bross) More

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 2017: A three-part examination of the revenue, programming and technology strategies of the diginet business.
  • Spectrum Repack: The estimated cost of moving nearly 1,000 TV stations to new channels in the post-auction repack on the TV band will likely reach $2 billion -- some $250 million more than the $1.75 billion Congress allocated for all relocation-related expenses.
  • Single Frequency Networks: With the spectrum repack and ATSC 3.0 on the horizen, broadcasters failing to think about SFNs now may prove to be quite shortsighted in the future.
  • TVN's Top 30 TV Station Groups: Its pending acquisition of Tribune Media boosts Sinclair from fourth to No. 1 in TVNewsCheck's annual station group ranking by spot revenue. Other groups that advanced multiple slots from a year ago include Univision, Gray, Ion Media Networks, Berkshire Hathaway and News-Press & Gazette.
  • 2017 NAB Show Tech Hot Topics: TVNewsCheck’s third annual multi-part series highlighting emerging tech trends in advance of the NAB Show. Topics include IP, virtualization, cameras, workflows, spectrum repack, ATSC 3.0, newsroom systems, graphics and master control.
  • 2016 — Year In Review: Revisit the year’s top developments in business, programming, journalism, technology, regulation and more.
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Thu, Jan 18, 2018

Trump Crashes Site With Fake News Awards
The Hill, Jan 17, 2018, 9:56 PM EST
The Republican National Committee unveiled the "winners" of President Trump's "Fake News Awards" on Wednesday night with a list that includes frequent Trump targets in the media as well as a surprise website crash. The awards list New York Times columnist Paul Krugman as the top winner. Also awarded: CNN, the Washington Post and the New York Times. Link | Add comment
NATPE 2018
Tribune's Wert: Local TV M&A Risks Problems
Deadline Hollywood, Jan 17, 2018, 5:45 PM EST
Tribune Broadcasting president Larry Wert began his appearance on a panel at NATPE’s Station Summit by joking that this would likely be his last time ever at the conference. Technically that could be true — Sinclair Broadcast Group is weeks or even days away from final regulatory approval of its long-anticipated takeover of Tribune. But Wert ended the session on a more serious note, warning of the significant risk that comes with the consolidation wave swallowing up his company. Link | Add comment
Murdoch Recuperating After Yacht Accident
Deadline Hollywood, Jan 17, 2018, 4:03 PM EST
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch is home recuperating from a back injury suffered in a sailing accident, according to a person familiar with the matter. Murdoch sent an email today to 21st Century Fox’s senior leadership, informing them of the accident. He said that he would be working from home in the coming weeks, while he recovers from the painful injury. Link | Add comment
'Today' Changes Its Top Producer
The New York Times, Jan 17, 2018, 2:30 PM EST

Seven weeks after Matt Lauer was ousted from NBC’s Today amid allegations of sexual misconduct, there has been another shake-up at the morning show. NBC said today that Don Nash, the show’s executive producer since 2012, would leave and would be succeeded by Libby Leist, a veteran Today producer, making her the first woman to hold the top producing job for the show’s first two hours. Link | Add comment

‘Millionaire,’ ‘Right This Minute’ Renewed
TVNewsCheck, Jan 17, 2018, 2:02 PM EST
The game show and the viral video showcase are greenlit by the ABC Owned Television Stations for the 2018-19 season. Full Story | Add comment
Weekly syndication ratings roundup
Syndies Start The New Year With A Bang
TVNewsCheck, Jan 17, 2018, 11:48 AM EST
All the first-run genres feature big gainers in the first week of January, topped by Ellen (up 30% from the previous frame), Dr. Phil (up 23%) and Entertainment Tonight (up 22%). Full Story | Add comment
Brand Connections
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Kate Morris Named GM Of Tegna Idaho Duo
TVNewsCheck, Jan 17, 2018, 3:28 PM EST
She is promoted from executive news director to succeed Doug Armstrong who is retiring as president and general manager of its KTVB Boise and KTFT Twin Falls. Full Story | Add comment
Social Scorecard | DMA 53: Buffalo, NY
Facebook Live Lifts WGRZ To Top Of Social
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Jan 17, 2018, 9:07 AM EST
Strategic and regular use of Facebook Live has helped propel WGRZ, Tegna’s NBC affiliate in Buffalo, N.Y., to first place among the market’s social media, says Kim Degeorge-Pike, WRGZ’s digital director. WGRZ has more than 2.5 million social actions, 31% of the total engagement generated by the DMA, according to data from audience insight firm Shareablee. Link | Add comment
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‘Black Lightning’ Debut Stands Strong On CW
Variety, Jan 17, 2018, 11:57 AM EST
Airing at 9 p.m., the series premiere of Black Lightning drew a 0.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 2.3 million viewers. It retained all of its lead in in the key demo and more than 90% in total viewers from The Flash (0.8, 2.5 million), which aired at 8 p.m. Link | Add comment
Jeff Flake Defends Press in Senate Speech
TheWrap, Jan 17, 2018, 2:19 PM EST
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) issued a long denunciation of President Donald Trump on the Senate floor Wednesday and defended the American free press. “It is past time to stop excusing, or ignoring, or worse, endorsing these attacks on the truth,” said Flake. “For if we compromise the truth for the sake of our politics, we are lost.” Link | Comments (5)
Top 10 DMA 4Q Social Review: DMAs 1-5
Share Rocket, Jan 17, 2018, 3:19 PM EST
With 2017 behind us, Share Rocket is taking a look back on our data from the top 10 markets in the country to track the performance of the top local broadcasters for our fourth quarter social review. Compared to the third quarter, in which natural disasters around the country helped contribute to huge spikes in engagement, the fourth quarter saw reductions in total engagement in most of the top 10 markets as the spike subsided. Here are markets 1-5. Link | Add comment
Curry: Not Surprised By Lauer Allegations
The Associated Press, Jan 17, 2018, 2:40 PM EST
Former Today  anchor Ann Curry says she’s not surprised by the allegations that got former colleague Matt Lauer fired and that there was an atmosphere of verbal sexual harassment at the NBC show when she worked there.
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Verizon Adds Streaming to NBA Relationship
Deadline Hollywood, Jan 17, 2018, 2:15 PM EST
Verizon and the NBA have set an expanded, multi-year partnership that will allow U.S. fans to buy and stream live, out-of-market games via NBA League Pass on Yahoo Sports and other Verizon media platforms. Link | Add comment
TCA Winter Press Tour
PBS Is Eyeing New Latenight Fare
Current, Jan 17, 2018, 3:04 PM EST
PBS President Paula Kerger told journalists Tuesday at the annual TV critics’ winter press tour that the network has tightened its policies for preventing and reporting sexual harassment. In addition, PBS announced a five-part series starting Feb. 2 that will consider changes that need to be made in every American workplace. Meanwhile, Kerger said, PBS will take a long look at possible programs to fill the time slots previously held by Charlie Rose and Tavis Smiley. No deadline has been set for a decision, she said, but options include retaining Christiane Amanpour. Link | Add comment
CBS Digital Makes Executive Changes
The Hollywood Reporter, Jan 17, 2018, 2:07 PM EST
Among them, Christy Tanner has been promoted and will now work more closely with CBS News President David Rhodes. Link | Add comment
Katie Couric To Co-Host Olympics Opening
Variety, Jan 17, 2018, 2:12 PM EST
Katie Couric will return to NBC next month as co-host of the Winter Olympics opening ceremony from PyeongChang, South Korea, giving the former Today co-anchor her fourth stint in a unique TV event. Couric will co-host the live broadcast with NBC Sports’ Mike Tirico on Feb. 9. Link | Comments (2)
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McCain To Trump: Stop Attacking The Press
The Washington Post, Jan 17, 2018, 9:26 AM EST
Ultimately, freedom of information is critical for a democracy to succeed. We become better, stronger and more effective societies by having an informed and engaged public that pushes policymakers to best represent not only our interests but also our values. Journalists play a major role in the promotion and protection of democracy and our unalienable rights, and they must be able to do their jobs freely. Only truth and transparency can guarantee freedom. Link | Comments (19)
YouTube Tightens Monetization Rules
MediaPost, Jan 17, 2018, 2:24 PM EST
YouTube is officially taking steps to to tighten the rules for channels monetized through its video platform — a move it announced earlier this week. Link | Add comment
CES 2018: The Final Word
CNET, Jan 17, 2018, 3:14 PM EST
Wall-sized TVs. Connected everything. Smart mirrors. Autonomous electric vehicles. The world's thinnest laptop. This is everything that mattered at CES 2018. Link | Add comment
Lawsuits Filed To Block Net Neutrality Repeal
The Associated Press, Jan 16, 2018, 4:52 PM EST
A group of attorneys general for 21 states and the District of Columbia sued Tuesday to block the rules. So did Mozilla, the maker of the Firefox browser, public-interest group Free Press and New America’s Open Technology Institute. Others may file suit as well, and a major tech-industry lobbying group has said it will support litigation. Full Story | Comments (23)
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KLCS Adds Aveco Master Control Automation
TVNewsCheck, Jan 17, 2018, 6:01 AM EST
The four-channel platform includes integrated media asset management, the industry’s first BXF 5.0 system and a range of unique high-end automation features. Full Story | Add comment
ABC Reportedly Bidding On 'TNF' Rights
FierceCable, Jan 17, 2018, 8:24 AM EST
ABC will reportedly be among the networks submitting bids for Thursday Night Football television rights during the 2018 season. ABC could go up against CBS and NBC for the rights which, along with ESPN’s current Monday Night Football deal, would give parent company Disney a substantial stake in NFL distribution. Link | Comments (1)
Fox Renews ‘9-1-1’ For Second Season
Deadline Hollywood, Jan 16, 2018, 5:07 PM EST
Just two episodes in, Fox has renewed hit drama series 9-1-1 for a second season. Written and executive produced by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear, 9-1-1 is coming off record ratings for its series premiere. The debut episode has drawn more than 15 million viewers in seven-day multi-platform viewing for Fox’s largest premiere since Empire in 2015, excluding post-Super Bowl premieres, according to the network. Link | Add comment
RTNDF Announces 1st Amendment Honorees
RTDNA, Jan 17, 2018, 8:13 AM EST
On March 8, the Radio Television Digital News Foundation will host its 28th annual recognition of First Amendment champions — The First Amendment Awards: Freedom Fails Without A Free Press. This year's honorees include: NBC's Meet the Press, MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, CBS News' David Rhodes, Gretchen Carlson and ABC News' Robin Roberts. Link | Comments (5)
What Once Was Spike Is Now Paramount
The New York Times, Jan 17, 2018, 6:56 AM EST
Paramount Network replaces the former home of Baywatch reruns with shows that have cinematic roots, like Heathers and Yellowstone (above), starring Kevin Costner. The rebranded channel, which launches Thursday, will showcase original programming (about a third of the schedule), supplemented by TV series and feature films culled from the Viacom and Paramount vaults (Pitch Perfect, The Devil Wears Prada). Link | Comments (2)
MPAA: TV, Digital Content Surge Adding Jobs
Los Angeles Times, Jan 17, 2018, 7:01 AM EST
Hollywood is adding jobs and giving a boost to small businesses around the country as studios continue to ramp up production of TV series and digital content, according to a report released Tuesday by the Motion Picture Assn. of America. Link | Add comment
WEEK ENDING JAN. 15
Station Trading Roundup: 1 Deal, $1.75 Million
TVNewsCheck, Jan 16, 2018, 5:13 PM EST
The sale of WNYZ-LP New York by Island Broadcasting to K Media Inc. tops the latest list of TV station transactions submitted to the FCC for its approval, according to BIA/Kelsey. Full Story | Add comment
FNC Shelved Story On Trump, Porn Actress
CNN, Jan 17, 2018, 6:41 AM EST
Fox News had a story at the height of the presidential election that detailed an alleged sexual relationship between porn actress Stephanie Clifford — whose stage name is "Stormy Daniels" — and Donald Trump, but opted not to publish it, four people familiar with the matter told CNN. Link | Comments (15)
YouTube Plans To Vet Content, Ch. Partners
The Hollywood Reporter, Jan 17, 2018, 6:07 AM EST
After months of complaints from advertisers over their messages appearing alongside inappropriate or exploitative videos, YouTube has announced a new set of policies designed to improve how it vets content. Link | Comments (1)

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Bounce Announces Trumpet Award Winners
TVNewsCheck, Jan 17, 2018, 7:17 PM EST
Hearst Television Features Winners Named
TVNewsCheck, Jan 17, 2018, 7:10 PM EST
dma 40: Las Vegas
Entravision Closes On Purchase Of KMCC
TVNewsCheck, Jan 17, 2018, 3:38 PM EST
CBS Hires Cesar Rocha As Casting Executive
Deadline Hollywood, Jan 17, 2018, 3:10 PM EST
dma 39: Austin, TX
KXAN On How To Promote A TV Investigation
Advancing The Story, Jan 17, 2018, 3:08 PM EST
How TV Changed Our Definition of ‘Housewife’
Vulture, Jan 17, 2018, 2:57 PM EST
Battery Charge Against ‘Glee’ Actress Dismissed
The Associated Press, Jan 17, 2018, 2:36 PM EST
Freeform Adds Programming Exec Lynn Barrie
Variety, Jan 17, 2018, 2:09 PM EST
dma 31: San Antonio, TX
Aaron Wright Joins KENS As Noon Anchor
mySA, Jan 17, 2018, 8:00 AM EST
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KSDK St. Louis Adds Reporter Jenn Sullivan
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Jan 17, 2018, 7:57 AM EST
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WTTW Salutes Retiring ‘Chicago Icon’ Joel Weisman
Robert Feder, Jan 17, 2018, 7:53 AM EST
DirecTV To Air 'Blue Planet II' In 4K
TV Answer Man, Jan 17, 2018, 6:32 AM EST
Paula Deen Hosting New Show On RFD-TV
Entertainment Weekly, Jan 17, 2018, 6:30 AM EST
'WKRP' Creator Hugh Wilson Dies At 74
Deadline Hollywood, Jan 17, 2018, 6:17 AM EST
J.J. Abrams Working On New Drama Series
Deadline Hollywood, Jan 17, 2018, 6:15 AM EST
Ann Curry On Leaving 'Today': 'It Hurt Like Hell'
People, Jan 17, 2018, 6:12 AM EST
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Ratings

Overnights, adults 18-49 for January 16, 2018
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Reviews

  • Hank Stuever

    In 1977, DC Comics unveiled a superhero named Black Lightning, hoping to fill an obvious void with a token character who, inspired somewhat by the characters in blaxploitation cinema, exhibited a lot of street sense on the blighted side of Metropolis. Black Lightning, a wholehearted and energetic live-action revival of the character on CW. It is a fine example of what television might look like once we move past the more ceremonial aspects of diversity. This is a black show on a network filled with white superheroes, and it displays no insecurity or self-consciousness about that.

  • Alexis Soloski

    In Amazon's Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, the creator of Gilmore Girls introduces another brainy, mouthy heroine, this time in the male-dominated comedy world of the 1950s.

  • Hal Boedeker

    A reassuring example of older means getting better, Will & Grace struts back to NBC bolder, brassier and bawdier. Some like it tart, and this frisky frolic delivers. After eight seasons, the beloved sitcom felt faded at its fade-out in 2006. Eleven years later, the revival packs a joyous kick in the first three episodes. Here is an absolutely fabulous return with four irrepressible stars who are at their very best. Will & Grace is no gay dinosaur.

  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    Wonderstruck, overstuffed, corny and stirring, Star Trek: Discovery stands tall alongside the best-regarded incarnations of the Trek franchise even as it raids elements from all of them (including the recent J.J. Abrams film series, which Paramount says is set in an alternate timeline that has nothing to do with this one). Though handsomely produced, the show’s imagination seems to have been slightly reined in by commercial mandates — namely, reinvigorating Trek as a TV property and serving as a marquee title that would lure customers to CBS All Access, the network’s subscription-only service.

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