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  • TVN Tech | Channel Repack Takes Center Stage At NAB

    TV broadcasters have a lot on their minds this year at the NAB Show in Las Vegas. New efficiencies enabled by IP video transport as well as IT technology and next-gen TV made possible by ATSC 3.0 are near top of mind. But no issue facing over-the-air TV broadcasters at this year’s gathering tops the FCC-mandated repack of the television spectrum. Above: Few transmitter sites will require dealing with logistical issues as complicated as those that had to be overcome at One World Trade Center in New York. More | Add comment
  • Social Scorecard | WKRG Tops In Mobile-Pensacola Social

    Nexstar’s CBS affiliate leads the Mobile, Ala.-Pensacola, Fla. DMA in total social actions over the last six months according to Shareablee data, while Sinclair ABC affil WEAR bypasses the station with slightly more fans/followers. An aggressive adoption of Facebook Live over the past few months has given WKRG the edge, its news director says. More | Add comment
  • Jessell | Lessons Learned From The Trump Campaign

    There is unlikely to be another presidential campaign like the one that made Donald Trump our 45th president last year. But there are lasting lessons for local broadcasters to be derived from it: 1) their lock on the presidential spend may not be as strong as they might think; and 2) as sellers they have to get as smart about Big Data and targeted advertising as the buyers.
    More | Comments (1)
  • Front Office | How Digital Sales Affect Credit, Collections

    In addition to the new demands it places on ad sales teams, selling digital media also requires rethinking the roles by credit and collections departments during the sales process. Tony Pernice, a campaign specialist at Scripps Networks Interactive, explains the company’s comprehensive process for managing digital campaigns. More | Add comment
  • Depp | What's Next In The Media Mix? Voice And AI

    Futurist Amy Webb says the media’s next big disruption will be in voice — how we talk to machines and how machines talk to each other. Media companies don’t have a seat at the table where that infrastructure is being built, she says, and the missed opportunities because of that could be fatal. 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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Fri, Apr 28, 2017

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‘Big Bang’ Hits Series Low In Key Demo
Variety, Apr 28, 2017, 12:39 PM EDT
The Big Bang Theory
posted a new series low in the key adults 18-49 demographic on Thursday night, yet it remained easily the highest-rated show of the night in both the demo and total viewers. The latest Season 10 episode of the megahit sitcom averaged a 2.4 rating and 12.1 million viewers. ABC edged out CBS for a win in the demo with a 1.3, though CBS finished first in viewers with 6.5 million Link | Comments (1)
NBCU Starts Marketing For '18 Olympics
Variety, Apr 28, 2017, 11:26 AM EDT
It’s only 287 days until the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics, but nearly 100 of the U.S. team’s top athletes have assembled this week at a Los Angeles production facility. Welcome to "WeHo," the conglomerate's hush-hush weeklong event that brought together 96 top athletes — 10 months before the 2018 Winter Games. Link | Add comment
PTC Urges Indecency Inquiry On ‘The Mick’
TVNewsCheck, Apr 28, 2017, 11:06 AM EDT
The watchdog group says this Tuesday's episode of the Fox sitcom, which centered on 17-year-old Sabrina and her desire to get breast implants, included graphic sexual dialogue and double-entendres. Full Story | Comments (1)
NAB 2017
ATSC 3.0 Achieves Mainstream Status At NAB
TVNewsCheck, Apr 28, 2017, 6:27 AM EDT
ATSC 3.0 was everywhere at the NAB Show this week, and it’s no longer simply an interesting technical exercise. Broadcasters are serious about building their future on the next-gent TV standard, and the annual industry gathering in Las Vegas gave them ample opportunity to see how. Full Story | Comments (2)
NAB 2017
Cloud, AI Are Reshaping News Production
TVNewsCheck, Apr 28, 2017, 5:57 AM EDT
Top technologists at Al Jazeera, Sinclair and Nexstar predict the cloud will help producers break news more quickly, while artificial intelligence and Big Data will help them mine their archives for information, not just about news trends, but about how to shape stories for different audiences and distribution channels including mobile, social and OTT. Full Story | Add comment
NAB 2017
TV, Social Move To Partner On Sports Rights
FierceCable, Apr 28, 2017, 7:18 AM EDT
In the future, traditional broadcasters and social platforms that are emerging as key video destinations could team up on bidding for sports rights. That was the vision that emerged at the NAB Show during a panel discussion featuring Craig Barry, chief content officer at Turner Sports; Chris Granger, president of the Sacramento Kings; Todd Goldstein, chief revenue officer at AEG; and Keith Wachtel, chief revenue officer for the NHL. Link | Add comment
Brand Connections
Pai Proposes To Drop Main Studio Rule
Wiley on Media, Apr 28, 2017, 8:21 AM EDT
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai formally unveiled two proposals on Thursday to remove outdated broadcast regulations. First, the commission released a draft Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would eliminate the main studio rule for all services (including the associated minimum staffing requirements). Second, it released a draft Public Notice seeking comment on media-related rules to modify or repeal. Link | Comments (5)
Federal Probe Of Fox News Expands
CNN, Apr 27, 2017, 10:56 PM EDT
The U.S. Justice Department's investigation of Fox News has widened to include a second law enforcement agency. Financial crimes experts from the United States Postal Inspection Service are now involved, according to four sources connected to the investigation. Mail fraud and wire fraud cases are part of the USPIS purview. Link | Add comment
DMAs
LocusPoint Selling Two TVs For $3.5M
TVNewsCheck, Apr 27, 2017, 5:30 PM EDT
KFTL-CD Palo Alto, Calif., and WMKE-CD Milwaukee are going to companies owned by Terence E. Crosby and Randy E. Nonberg. Full Story | Comments (3)
What The Press Still Doesn’t Get About Trump
Politico, Apr 28, 2017, 6:55 AM EDT
He’s not unprecedented. He’s not going to change. And 11 other lessons the media still haven’t learned about the president. Link | Comments (5)
FCC Makes Auction Task Force Staff Changes
TVNewsCheck, Apr 27, 2017, 4:18 PM EDT
Jean Kiddoo has been named chair of the Incentive Auction Task Force, succeeding the retiring Gary Epstein, while Hillary DeNigro is appointed deputy chair. Full Story | Add comment
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Sony Reports Soft 4Q, Full-Year Earnings
The Wrap, Apr 28, 2017, 6:47 AM EDT
Late Thursday night Los Angeles time, Sony reported revenue of $17 billion and earnings of 19 cents a share for the three months ended March 31, which the company classifies as its fiscal fourth quarter. For the full year, the Japanese conglomerate hauled in $67.9 billion in revenue — a 6% dip from last year — and reported earnings of 51 cents a share — a 52% slide. Link | Add comment
Brand Connections
TVN Classifieds
Creative Services Dir. Positions In 5 States
TVNewsCheck, Apr 26, 2017, 7:01 AM EDT
Creative services directors are needed in the following markets: Memphis, Miami, Des Moines, Houston and Wichita To see all job openings, visit our Media Job Center here. | Add comment
NAB 2017
CBS All Access Audience Only 30% Millennial
FierceCable, Apr 27, 2017, 6:14 AM EDT
Attempting to dispel the notion that CBS All Access’ user base is composed of a bunch of young, urban-dwelling cord cutters, CBS Interactive CEO Jim Lanzone told a packed room full of middle-aged broadcast-industry folks at the NAB Show that the average viewer of the SVOD platform is just like them. “It’s an early-40s audience — only 30% of the audience is millennial,” said Lanzone, who wears the dual hat of CBS Corp. chief digital officer. “And the vast majority are pay-TV subscribers.” Link | Comments (1)
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How A Backpack Revolutionized Live Shots
TVSpy, Apr 27, 2017, 7:53 AM EDT
Ten years ago, as he was getting his company off the ground, Avi Cohen wrangled an NBC News executive to a suite at the Renaissance Hotel near the Las Vegas Convention Center where the NAB Show was under way. Cohen didn’t have the money, or credibility, to take out space on the exhibit floor, but he was confident that if just one TV executive saw his product, LiveU, it would take off. Link | Add comment
NAB 2017
New IMT Solution Extends Newsroom To Field
TVNewsCheck, Apr 26, 2017, 10:55 AM EDT
This year’s NAB Show is the first since IMT’s parent company xG Technology acquired Vislink in February. The combined company is tackling how to more closely integrate ENG crews with the newsroom via an IP network set up on BAS channels. Above, at the show, IMT unveiled NewsNet, which leverages BAS channel connectivity and IP networking to extend TV newsrooms to ENG crews in the field. Full Story | Add comment
NAB 2017
TVN Celebrates Women In Technology
TVNewsCheck, Apr 26, 2017, 2:11 PM EDT
Glodina Connan-Lostanlen of Imagine Communications and Yvonne Thomas of Arvato Systems' Broadcast Solutions division were presented with the annual Women in Technology Leadership Award and Technology Women to Watch Award, respectively. Above, Connan-Lostanlen (left) receives her award from TVNewsCheck Publisher Kathy Haley. (John Staley photo) Full Story | Add comment
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TVN’s Jessell Receives Ward Quaal Award
TVNewsCheck, Apr 26, 2017, 1:47 PM EDT
TVNewsCheck
Editor Harry A. Jessell was a recipient of a 2017 Ward L. Quaal Leadership Awards today presented by Broadcasters Foundation of America in recognition of career contributions to the broadcast industry and the community at large (the complete list of winners is here, The awards were handed out at the group’s annual luncheon during the NAB Show in Las Vegas. L-r: Jim Thompson, Broadcasters Foundation president; Jessell; and Dan Mason, Broadcasters Foundation chairman. | Comments (3)
NAB Show
Advertiser Interest Is Growing Addressable TV
TVNewsCheck, Apr 25, 2017, 6:55 PM EDT
Driving the addressable TV market’s growth, which some estimates put at 50% this year, is advertisers’ satisfaction with their campaigns there. Michael Bologna, president of One2one Media, estimates about 54 million U.S. TV households currently have the necessary technology for such ad insertion. Another 30 million-40 million televisions are expected by year’s end. Full Story | Add comment
NAB 2017
Data Is The Key To The Future Of Video
TVNewsCheck, Apr 25, 2017, 8:58 PM EDT
As more and more new platforms emerge, the importance of user data grows in guiding programming and advertising strategies. Full Story | Comments (1)
NAB 2017
Pai Moves To Overhaul, 'Modernize' FCC Regs
TVNewsCheck, Apr 25, 2017, 2:27 PM EDT
NAB Show attendees liked what they heard from the new FCC chairman today, the introduction next month of an overarching review of the commission's broadcasting, cable and satellite rules. “Broadcasting remains an indispensable part of America’s communications landscape. And under my chairmanship, broadcasting won’t be seen as a speed bump. We’ll want to hear which rules you think should be modified or repealed as part of this review, and why.” Full Story | Comments (5)
NAB 2017
Scripps: Chance Of Acquisitions Possible
TVNewsCheck, Apr 25, 2017, 3:46 PM EDT
The E.W. Scripps Co. says its balance sheet is well positioned to make more acquisitions in a deregulated environment if potential stations meet its criteria. But the company also isn’t clamoring to build up to the new cap, wherever that may be, its COO says. Full Story | Add comment
NAB 2017
Nexstar Sees More Acquisitions Ahead
TVNewsCheck, Apr 25, 2017, 3:01 PM EDT
Nexstar CFO Tom Carter is optimistic that a more deregulated era is dawning and the company will be acquiring more stations, though he won’t pin down a growth target. He’s also bullish on ATSC 3.0, and sees the repack as a kickstarter to get it in place. Full Story | Comments (2)
NAB 2017
TV's Future Arrives With NextGen TV Hub
TVNewsCheck, Apr 25, 2017, 12:05 PM EDT
At an 8:15 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday at the NAB Show, ATSC board members officially opened the NextGen TV Hub powered by ATSC 3.0 to show the entire television industry that the future of TV has arrived. Above: Mark Richer, ATSC president (center); NAB EVP-CTO Sam Matheny (right); Brian Markwalter, SVP, research and standards at CTA; flanked by ATSC board members officially open the hub. Full Story | Add comment
NAB 2017 Q&A with John Lyons
Durst’s Lyons On Bringing TV To One WTC
TVNewsCheck, Apr 25, 2017, 10:47 AM EDT
NAB is honoring The Durst Organization’s John Lyons with its 2017 Television Engineering Achievement Award on Wednesday during its technology luncheon. Lyons spoke with TVNewCheck Tech Editor Phil Kurz about what it means to receive the honor, the effort to bring TV broadcasting to One World Trade Center and what broadcasters and tower crews will face when they begin mounting new antennas to meet their TV spectrum repack obligation. Full Story | Add comment
NAB 2017
O’Rielly Sees Leaner FCC, Fewer Regs Ahead
TVNewsCheck, Apr 24, 2017, 6:54 PM EDT
FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly had tough words for his agency’s regulatory history and high praise for its new leadership on Monday. He sees an update of current media ownership rules forthcoming under the Trump administration, along with intense scrutiny of the agency’s entire regulatory regime. Full Story | Comments (4)

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Ratings

Overnights, adults 18-49 for April 27, 2017
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Source: Nielsen

Reviews

  • Neal Justin

    Tina Fey will inevitably let down her legions of TV fans with a real stinker. But not yet. The comic maestro, whom Rolling Stone recently ranked as the third greatest player in Saturday Night Live history, is following 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt with NBC’s Great News, yet another fast-paced, perfectly absurd sitcom about a single woman trying to maintain a personal and professional life with Mary Richards-like spunk.

  • Jeanne Jakle

    Don’t go into the new round of Fargo expecting the grab-’em-by-the-throat shocks that opened previous seasons of TV’s chilliest crime anthology. The latest incarnation of the FX series from Noah Hawley takes its time worming into your mind and getting you hooked. Season three establishes its characters at a much more leisurely pace: the central quartet, the unscrupulous locals who surround them and the sinister interlopers who make these drab Minnesota lives more complicated and, eventually, scary as heck.

  • Daniel Fienberg

    In Brockmire, Hank Azaria's Funny or Die sportscaster works surprisingly well as a regular series lead on the new IFC show, costarring the excellent Amanda Peet. Over the course of the eight episodes, Brockmire moves through a trio of arcs, delivering underdog sports shenanigans, a relationship that makes more sense as it progresses and Brockmire's sad and probably doomed search for redemption. That's all propped up with enough low-brow jokes, raunchy baseball references and disreputable hijinks that the show never wallows. I reached the finale and was surprised at how much I wanted to see more from a character I initially thought couldn't sustain more than five minutes.

  • 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.

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