Exclusives

  • Special Report, Pt. 5 | How Stations Use News Topicals On Facebook

    For years, on-air promos were the only way stations had to recruit news viewers with the news of the day, unless they bought time on other media, like radio, print or cable. Then came Facebook. Facebook provides stations with another — and much more mobile — screen to reach potential news viewers. From a marketing perspective, it’s fishing where the fish are. This is the final installment of a five-part series, Building Viewership with News Topicals. Read Part 1 herePart 2 here, Part 3 here and Part 4 here. More | Add comment
  • Jessell | Ergen And Smith: Thing 1 And Thing 2

    What do the two TV entrepreneurs have in common? They are both betting that the future lies in spectrum and the Internet of Things. They just envision different ways of realizing the vast potential. The real question is can they get a return on the hefty investments they will have to make so that they can compete is the space. More | Comments (1)
  • Special Report, Part 4 | Creativity, Flexibility Drive Best News Topicals

    News topicals can take many forms. What works best? That depends on your station, your production capabilities, what materials news can provide, your cellular setup and editing capabilities. But all agree the secret to capturing viewers’ attention is to avoid getting in a rut and becoming formulaic.This is Part 4 of a five-part series, Building Viewership with News Topicals. Read Part 1 herePart 2 here and Part 3 here. More | Add comment
  • TVN Tech | Sinclair Stands To Profit From 3.0 Royalties

    If ATSC 3.0 becomes the de facto standard for TV broadcasting in the coming decade, Sinclair’s One Media could make a small fortune from patent royalties from manufacturers of 3.0 receivers and transmission gear. That’s cause for concern for the FCC’s Jessica Rosenworcel. Sinclair, however, says its primary interest is in the 3.0 tech that it believes will let it enhance its broadcast capabilities and move into new businesses. More | Comments (7)
  • Special Report, Part 3 | How To Find And Keep Valuable News Topical Talent

    Creative services directors are finding it harder and harder to find good news topical writer/producers. Some grow their own, plucking them right out of college, perhaps as interns, and train them. Others look internally, finding someone already at the station who wants to be creative. This is Part 3 of a five-part series, Building Viewership with News Topicals. Read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. More | Comments (3)
  • Special Report, Pt. 2 | How To Create Quality News Topicals

    Being a news topical writer/producer is one of the toughest jobs in local TV news marketing. And to do that job well, the experts say, you need to have a passion for journalism, a thorough knowledge of what news is covering in the newscast, the ability to recognize what stories will resonate with viewers, and the confidence to promote those stories even if they’re not the news department’s top stories. This is Part 2 of a five-part series, Building Viewership with News Topicals. Read Part 1 here. More | Comments (4)
  • Special Report, Pt. 1 | Building Viewership With News Topicals

    News topicals, those ubiquitous promos embedded in programming enticing viewers to watch the next newscast, have been a staple of local TV news since forever. Effective topical news promotion can lead to sampling, and during sweeps, possibly into ratings. This week, in a five-part series, Market Share focuses on TV stations’ news topicals. You’ll hear from veteran creative services directors and writer/producers from across the country. More | Comments (4)
  • 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
  • Nominations Open For TVN's Annual Women In Tech Awards

    The eighth annual awards ceremony and reception for TVNewsCheck’s 2018 Women in Technology Awards will take place at the NAB Show in Las Vegas in April and will benefit the NAB Education Foundation’s Technology Apprenticeship Program. More | Comments (2)

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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Tue, Dec 12, 2017

Newstechforum 2017
The Skies Are Clearing For News Drones
TVNewsCheck, Dec 12, 2017, 7:44 PM EST
Looser rules plus technology improvements should spur broader adoption of the newsgathering tool. Full Story | Add comment
network ratings roundup: Dec. 4-10
Football Powers NBC To Another Ratings Win
The Associated Press, Dec 12, 2017, 8:30 PM EST
Behind two football games, NBC won the week in primetime, averaging 8.1 million viewers. CBS had 6.8 million viewers, Fox had 4.6 million, ABC had 4.1 million, Univision had 1.7 million, the CW had 1.3 million, Ion Television had 1.27 million and Telemundo had 1.1 million. Full Story | Add comment
WEEK ENDING DEC. 11
Station Trading Roundup: 3 Sales, $81.2M
TVNewsCheck, Dec 12, 2017, 5:28 PM EST
The sale of nine stations by ZGS Communications to Comcast/NBC tops the latest list of TV station transactions submitted to the FCC for its approval, according to BIA/Kelsey. Full Story | Add comment
closing bell
Dow Moves Up 119, Nasdaq Closes Down 13
The Associated Press, Dec 12, 2017, 5:31 PM EST
U.S. stocks closed mostly up Tuesday. Banks and other financial stocks led the gainers as the Federal Reserve met to discuss interest rates. The central bank is expected to raise rates for the third time this year on Wednesday, which allows banks to charge more to lend money. Full Story | Add comment
NEWSTECHFORUM 2017
WaPo Sees Monitization Promise In YouTube
TVNewsCheck, Dec 12, 2017, 12:02 PM EST
Micah Gelman, the paper’s director of video: “YouTube is a place that people come to watch video specifically. People are much more accepting of a pre-roll experience there....We can sell [YouTube] in a way that we cannot sell Facebook."  (Photo: Jack Pagano, Ariana Television Network) Full Story | Comments (4)
Weekly syndication ratings roundup
Magazines Shine In First Post-Sweep Outing
TVNewsCheck, Dec 12, 2017, 12:19 PM EST
Not only are many in the genre up in the session ending Dec. 3, several post double-digit rises on coverage of the Matt Lauer firing. Full Story | Add comment
Brand Connections
Stations Could Drive Fox In Post-Disney World
Deadline, Dec 12, 2017, 2:12 PM EST
As Disney and 21st Century Fox continue negotiations on the acquisition of a group of prized Fox divisions in a deal that could be announced soon, one of the assets left behind has largely been overlooked in reports on the mega-merger: the 28 Fox O&Os. The stations could be key to Rupert Murdoch’s growth plans for s trimmed-down 21st Century Fox, industry insiders say. Link | Add comment
Fox O&Os To Air 'Caught In Providence'
TVNewsCheck, Dec 12, 2017, 11:28 AM EST
Fox Television Stations acquire Debmar-Mercury and Citylife Productions’ syndicated strip for fall 2018 national syndication launch.   Full Story | Comments (1)
Market Share Social Scorecard | DMA 79: Portland, ME
Facebook Live Pushes WMTW To Social Win
TVNewsCheck, Dec 12, 2017, 10:02 AM EST
WMTW, Hearst's ABC affiliate in Portland, Maine, leads its market in social media actions over the last six months according to data from audience insight firm Shareablee. Amy Beveridge, WMTW’s news director, says the station’s use of Facebook Live during breaking news and severe weather is one reason for its success. Link | Add comment
overnights
‘Better Late Than Never’ Debuts Down
Variety, Dec 12, 2017, 12:23 PM EST
Airing at 10 p.m in a special preview, the NBC travelogue series averaged a 1.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 5.6 million viewers. That is down approximately 31% in the key demo and 24% in total viewers from the Season 1 premiere. Nevertheless, it won its timeslot in the key demo and is NBC’s most-watched show in the timeslot since September. Season 2 will resume in January. Link | Add comment
Post-Lauer 'Today' Ratings Continue Surge
Variety, Dec 12, 2017, 2:08 PM EST
For the second consecutive week, the first two hours of the NBC morning program surged ahead of the show’s main rival, Good Morning America — not only capturing its usual lead among people 25-54, the demographic most coveted by advertisers — but among overall audiences as well. It’s the first time the venerable A.M. show has done so since late 2016, when it beat GMA among total viewers for the weeks of Dec. 12 and Dec. 19, 2016. Link | Comments (1)
Disney-Fox On 'Glide Path' For Thurs. Deal
CNBC, Dec 12, 2017, 9:28 AM EST
21st Century Fox and Disney are on a "glide path" for a Thursday deal announcement, sources familiar with the deal say. Disney became the sole suitor after Comcast dropped its bid for the majority of Fox assets on Monday. Link | Add comment
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NBC To Air Primetime Emmys On Sept. 17
Variety, Dec 12, 2017, 2:02 PM EST
The 2018 Emmy Awards are scheduled for Monday, Sept. 17, NBC and the Television Academy announced today. Airing live coast-to-coast (8-11 p.m. ET / 5-8 p.m. PT) on the Peacock from the Microsoft Theater at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles, the host and producers for the 70th Annual Primetime ceremony will be announced at a later date. Link | Add comment
DMA 6: Washington
Three New Execs At Telemundo’s WZDC
TVNewsCheck, Dec 12, 2017, 3:38 PM EST
Janette Luviano will lead the Washington station’s newsroom as news director; Will Hildebrandt has been named VP of sales; and Nestor Alvarenga will oversee community affairs strategies as community manager. Full Story | Add comment
Cord Cutters May Get To Watch NFL, Too
Fortune, Dec 12, 2017, 2:38 PM EST
People with services like Sling TV and DirecTV Now may get access for the 2018 football season. Link | Add comment
Ion Reports Results, Future Plans
TVNewsCheck, Dec 12, 2017, 9:10 AM EST
Financial and operating results drive upgraded performance outlook from financial ratings agencies. It extends Chairman-CEO Brandon Burgess’ contract and he says the company is looking to expand original content, large-market station holdings and wants to innovate with its inventory of spectrum. Full Story | Add comment
McCaskill Raises Sinclair-Tribune Concerns
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Dec 12, 2017, 1:57 PM EST
Sen. Claire McCaskill has written FCC Chairman Ajit Pai voicing concerns about the “negative impact” on the St. Louis media market from the proposed merger of Sinclair Broadcast Group and Tribune Media. “If the Sinclair-Tribune transaction is approved as proposed it would leave three stations in the hands of one company, including two of the top four stations in the market,” she wrote. Link | Add comment
station advisory
The FCC Is Still Enforcing EEO Rules
Broadcast Law Blog, Dec 12, 2017, 2:57 PM EST
The FCC’s Media Bureau has levied a $20,000 fine for a licensee operating a five-station cluster in South Carolina that allegedly did not keep good EEO records and, when subject to a random EEO audit, was unable to identify any recruitment sources for other than word-of-mouth recruiting for six of 11 hires over a two-year period. Link | Add comment
Last-Minute Appeal To Stop Net Neutrality Vote
The Hill, Dec 12, 2017, 2:27 PM EST
Democrats are trying to pressure the at the 11th hour to call off its planned Thursday vote to scrap its net neutrality regulations. Today, 39 senators sent a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai urging him to call off his “reckless” proposal to eliminate the Obama-era regulations. Link | Comments (1)
NewsTechForum 2017
Bonded Cell Matures In Reliability, Acceptance
TVNewsCheck, Dec 12, 2017, 6:09 AM EST
Bonded cellular — using IP over the wireless network — is the
go-to medium for TV reporters in the field, while microwave and satellite are secondary, though still important, alternatives. However, some predict a resurgence in microwave as those vendors rise to meet the challenges of bonded cellular. And bonded is not sitting still, it’s moving ahead with 5G wireless technology. Full Story | Add comment
Newstechforum 2017
Making News Millennials Will Want To Watch
TVNewsCheck, Dec 11, 2017, 11:41 PM EST
One of the biggest challenges for news operations is stopping young consumers’ thumbs from moving from a new story to other distractions on mobile devices. Techniques that news organizations are testing to attract and retain millennials include fresh presentations, voice interfaces, automation, augmented reality and creating chat-like apps. Full Story | Comments (2)
Newstechforum 2017
How To Align Traditional TV And News
TVNewsCheck, Dec 11, 2017, 11:23 PM EST
The needs of both digital and legacy news teams are progressively being aggregated into one system at many stations. But there still plenty of pain points to go around. Full Story | Comments (1)
NewsTechForum 2017
VR And AR Becoming Standard News Tools
TVNewsCheck, Dec 11, 2017, 11:53 PM EST
NewsTECHForum panelists agree that virtual sets and AR are the next step in news production. They've become practical because computing power has increased to the point where it can render “photo-realistic” backgrounds and graphics. Full Story | Add comment
NewsTECHForum 2017 | updated
Station Monetization A Key Goal For Facebook
TVNewsCheck, Dec 11, 2017, 3:41 PM EST
According to the social platform’s Campbell Brown, “we want to get monetization products out there — especially if publishers have a subscription business where you’re trying to get direct connections with your audience.” Above, Brown with TVNewsCheck Editor Harry Jessell at NewsTECHForum. (Photo: Jack Pagano, COO, Ariana Television Network) Full Story | Comments (3)
Disney Deal For Fox Coming Within Days
Bloomberg, Dec 11, 2017, 4:38 PM EST
Walt Disney Co. may announce a deal as soon as this week to acquire a large piece of 21st Century Fox, according to a person familiar with the matter, transferring legendary Hollywood properties to new owners. A trust belonging to Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch and his family would end up with a small stake in Disney in the transaction, the person said. Link | Comments (1)
Disney-Fox Deal May Drive Away Fox Execs
Los Angeles Times, Dec 12, 2017, 6:51 AM EST
Walt Disney Co.’s planned acquisition of much of Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox media company — a deal that is expected to be completed as early as this week — could prompt a brain drain of high-level Fox executives in the coming months. Link | Add comment
Comcast Fights Entravision On Must-Carry
CableFax, Dec 12, 2017, 8:23 AM EST
Here’s a situation at the FCC worth watching as we could see similar requests down the line. Entravision has asked the agency to modify the TV market of WJAL after receiving $25.5 mlllion in the incentive auction to vacate the station’s original channel allocation in Hagerstown, Md. Link | Add comment
station advisory
Political Broadcasting, Programatic Issues
Broadcast Law Blog, Dec 12, 2017, 8:03 AM EST
While most of the principles governing the FCC rules on political broadcasting are relatively established, new advertising practices and opportunities always raise questions as to how those established rules are to be applied. Programmatic buying of ad time is one of those areas where these questions have arisen in recent years. In the last few years, programmatic buying has become the buzzword in broadcast ad circles. Here are some answers. Link | Add comment
Women Increasingly Calling The Shots On TV
Star Tribune, Dec 12, 2017, 7:35 AM EST
While Hollywood has a long way to go, there are more female directors in television. Last season 262 female directors worked in episodic TV, a 45% increase from the previous year, according to the Directors Guild of America. That’s roughly one in five of all the directors employed. Above, Emmy winner Reed Morano directs Elisabeth Moss in an episode of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Nine of the show’s 10 episodes were directed by women. Link | Comments (4)
Why Are TV Execs Being Replaced By Men?
The Hollywood Reporter, Dec 12, 2017, 6:11 AM EST
The industry touts female empowerment, but a slew of new hirings proves there's a long way to go before women share control. Link | Comments (1)
FCC, FTC To Partner To Police Internet
The Hill, Dec 12, 2017, 6:45 AM EST
The Federal Trade Commission and the FCC announced an agreement on Monday to coordinate their efforts to police the internet once the latter agency has repealed its net neutrality rules set for a vote on Thursday.. Link | Comments (1)
NFL Net Suspends Analysts Over Harassment
The Wrap, Dec 12, 2017, 6:24 AM EST
NFL Network has suspended analysts Marshall Faulk, Heath Evans and Ike Taylor while it investigates accusations of sexual harassment made in a lawsuit filed by a former network stylist. Link | Add comment
Journos Consider Response To Trump Attacks
The Associated Press, Dec 11, 2017, 4:51 PM EST
The president tweeted six attacks on what he calls “fake news” over the weekend, saying the “out of control” media puts out purposely false and defamatory stories. That led to a contentious exchange at Monday’s White House press briefing between press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and CNN’s Jim Acosta. Full Story | Comments (2)
TV Nets Buy Original Digital Shows For Apps
Digiday, Dec 12, 2017, 8:17 AM EST
In a tenuous market for short-form video content, digital video creators might have a new, but old friend: TV networks. Discovery Communications has aired nine original digital series since August on its nine TV Everywhere apps for its TV networks that include Discovery Channel, TLC and Investigation Discovery. Link | Add comment
Twitter Starts Displaying Video Views
AdAge, Dec 12, 2017, 6:28 AM EST
Video clips shared on the service will have running tally of people who watched, if even for only a couple seconds. Though it's a minor change to the platform — Twitter never counted video views before — every tweak is part of the company's mission to make the service more attractive for users. Link | Add comment

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HRTS Elects New Officers
TVNewsCheck, Dec 12, 2017, 7:08 PM EST
FBN Tops CNBC In Full-Year 9:30-5 Viewers
The Wrap, Dec 12, 2017, 5:03 PM EST
Video = 30%+ Of Station Facebook Engagement
Share Rocket, Dec 12, 2017, 3:11 PM EST
Univision's Ramos Writing Book On Immigration
The Associated Press, Dec 12, 2017, 3:05 PM EST
Storify Shutting Down, Will Delete All Posts In May
The Verge, Dec 12, 2017, 3:02 PM EST
Fox News ‘Owns The Mornings’ In New Promo
NewscastStudio, Dec 12, 2017, 1:52 PM EST
Tegna Board Adds Melinda Witmer
TVNewsCheck, Dec 12, 2017, 10:19 AM EST
DMA 2: Los Angeles
KNBC Upgrades Studio With LED Video Wall
NewscastStudio, Dec 12, 2017, 8:35 AM EST
Hulu Live Tops 440 Stations, Leads vMVPD Local Race
FierceCable, Dec 12, 2017, 8:25 AM EST
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Let’s Welcome Experts To Our Journalism Schools
Monday Note, Dec 12, 2017, 8:19 AM EST
Descript App Edits Audio Files Directly From Text
The Verge, Dec 12, 2017, 8:14 AM EST
‘CBS Weekend News’ Gets Graphics Update
NewscastStudio, Dec 12, 2017, 8:10 AM EST
Ex-Gawker Employees Crowdfunding A Relaunch
Nieman, Dec 12, 2017, 8:07 AM EST
Is Your Newsroom Crisis Plan Up To Date?
RTDNA, Dec 12, 2017, 8:06 AM EST
dma 27: Nashville
WZTV A.M. Meteorologist Craig Edwards Retiring
Tenneassean, Dec 12, 2017, 7:54 AM EST
Market Share | DMA 2
L.A. Wildfires Drive Local News Viewership
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Dec 12, 2017, 7:48 AM EST
Market Share | DMA 7: Houston
KHOU's Police Investigation Wins duPont Award
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Dec 12, 2017, 7:44 AM EST
dma 18
WESH Orlando Adds Anchor Sanika Dange
Orlando Sentinel, Dec 12, 2017, 7:29 AM EST
King Says He'll Sue 'Daily Mail' Over Allegations
New York Post, Dec 12, 2017, 7:24 AM EST
CAA Forms Harassment Victims Defense Fund
The Associated Press, Dec 12, 2017, 6:40 AM EST
dma 1: New York
WPIX News Names New Executive Producer
TVSpy, Dec 12, 2017, 6:37 AM EST
Alec Baldwin Lands Family Comedy At ABC
The Hollywood Reporter, Dec 12, 2017, 6:34 AM EST
CNN Suspends Ryan Lizza After New Yorker Firing
Deadline, Dec 12, 2017, 6:18 AM EST
Jenna Coleman Returning For Season 3 Of ‘Victoria’
Variety, Dec 12, 2017, 6:15 AM EST
dma 2: Los Angeles | updated
Longtime KTTV Anchor Steve Edwards Fired
TVSpy, Dec 11, 2017, 5:07 PM EST
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Ratings

Overnights, adults 18-49 for December 11, 2017
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Source: Nielsen

Reviews

  • 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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