Exclusives

  • TVN Tech: Siegler Juggles Never-Ending Challenges

    Cox Media Group’s tech SVP Dave Siegler is nothing if not nimble. “Just about the time you get a technology figured out, it changes again,” he says. “You’re constantly in a learning mode, and we look for engineers who are in that mode, because when you stop learning, you are going to get frozen in time and the world will pass you by.” More | Add comment
  • Open Mike: Search For Sales Talent Should Never Stop

    Don't wait until your best account executive gives notice to look for a replacement. Scouting for the best sellers in your market should be a regular part of your job so you know where they are when you need them. And don't limit yourself to account execs at other stations. Great sellers are everywhere, maybe even in the local high school. More | Comments (3)
  • Analysis: Ins and Outs of Post-Auction Channel Sharing

    So you want to sell spectrum in the incentive auction, but still remain in the business. The FCC has made that option available by allowing you to contract with another broadcaster to double up on a channel. But the rules of channel sharing are complex and still not settled. Here's the latest from attorney Peter Tannenwald.   More | Comments (15)
  • TVN Q&A: Big Data Might Cure Much That Ails Spot

    BIA/Kelsey media buying veteran Maribeth Papuga examines the health of spot TV and advises station groups to work together to get smarter about who is watching their programs, create more relevant data and seek out new programs that might attract new audiences. She also says Big Data is what broadcasters need to reap the most benefits from programmatic or automated buying. More | Comments (3)
  • Jessell: NBCU Should Tell Donald Trump: You're Fired

    This week's remarks about Mexican immigrants led Univision to cancel its plans to carry the Spanish-language telecast of next month's Miss USA Pageant, a joint venture of Donald Trump and NBCUniversal. Trump's remarks are more than offensive. Such comments are dangerous when espoused by prominent and powerful people. They reinforce prejudices in our culture that can lead to cruel discrimination and, as we saw in Charleston last week, worse — far worse. NBCU now needs to step up and sever all ties with Trump. It won't be easy, but it will be the right thing to do. More | Comments (31)

Special Reports

  • 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.
  • TVN's FCC Watch: A quick briefing on FCC proceedings affecting TV broadcasters from communications attorneys David Oxenford and David O'Connor.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, Jul 6, 2015

Editor on duty: Mark K. Miller, 301-773-0058
How US Advertisers Are Spending Smarter
Advertising Age, Jul 6, 2015, 6:04 AM EDT
U.S. ad spending for the 200 Leading National Advertisers rose a slim 2.0% in 2014, but the story is not that marketers are pulling back. They are spending smarter. Ad Age's annual LNA report provides more evidence of how blue-chip marketers are getting more bang for their billions of bucks by doubling down on digital and taking unnecessary costs out of marketing. Link | Add comment
The Size, Power Of Hispanic Media Market
The Baltimore Sun, Jul 6, 2015, 6:56 AM EDT
There are media lessons to be learned from the spectacle of bumptious Donald Trump being stripped of multimillion-dollar relationships with Macy's, Serta, NBC and Univision after making derogatory remarks about Mexican immigrants. Beyond the cost of arrogance and insensitivity, the most important one involves the growth and cultural power of the Hispanic audience. Link | Add comment
Q&A with Jon Swallen
Swallen: What’s Ailng The US Media Economy
Media Life, Jul 6, 2015, 6:14 AM EDT
In an off-Olympic and political year, ad spending is expected to fall. That makes it a bit harder to determine whether the media economy is actually becoming sluggish or if the decreases are just due to the tough comparisons from the previous year. This year it appears to be the former. Jon Swallen, chief research officer at Kantar Media, offers his take on why ad spending is down, whether it will rebound later this year, and why some traditional media are faring better than others. Link | Add comment
NBC Cancels 'A.D. The Bible Continues'
The Hollywood Reporter, Jul 6, 2015, 6:02 AM EDT
The series opened to high expectations but was not an out-of-the-box ratings hit like History Channel's record-setting The Bible. From producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, the Universal Television drama is a rare miss for the mega-producers, and came in a season in which religious-themed fare, including CBS's Dovemakers mini, failed to lure live viewers. Link | Add comment
SAG-AFTRA Wants News Crew Protection
Variety, Jul 6, 2015, 6:09 AM EDT
The union is seeking additional security measures for the protection of reporting teams in the aftermath of attacks on TV news teams covering a shooting death in San Francisco last week. Link | Add comment
Discovery CEO Zaslav On Winning Olympics
New York Post, Jul 6, 2015, 6:39 AM EDT
David Zaslav — the president and chief executive officer of Discovery Communications — talks about his deal with the International Olympic Committee to pay $1.4 billion to air four Olympics Games, from 2018 to 2024, across Europe. Link | Add comment
Brand Connections
closing bell
Dow Ends Down 28, Nasdaq Slips 4
TVNewsCheck, Jul 2, 2015, 5:15 PM EDT
Investors bought at the opening of trading Thursday after a Labor Department report on job creation suggested the economy was improving, though not so fast as to raise the specter of inflation and higher interest rates. But the gains vanished after a downbeat report from the International Monetary Fund on Greece's finances as the country heads toward a vote on the country's financial bailout this weekend. Full Story | Add comment
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Two News Crews Robbed in San Francisco
SFGate, Jul 2, 2015, 2:48 PM EDT
News crews from NBC's KNTV and Fox's KTVU were robbed of cameras Thursday morning and a camera operator was pistol-whipped as they reported on a homicide at Pier 14 in San Francisco. Link | Comments (6)
TVN Tech Profile
Siegler Juggles Never-Ending Tech Challenges
TVNewsCheck, Jul 2, 2015, 11:06 AM EDT
Cox Media Group’s tech SVP Dave Siegler is nothing if not nimble. “Just about the time you get a technology figured out, it changes again,” he says. “You’re constantly in a learning mode, and we look for engineers who are in that mode, because when you stop learning, you are going to get frozen in time and the world will pass you by.” Full Story | Add comment
Nets Can't Reach Consensus On Nielsen
MediaPost, Jul 2, 2015, 2:44 PM EDT
As Nielsen prepares to make the biggest changes to its national TV ratings methods since it introduced the people meter in 1987, some of its biggest customers -- broadcast and cable networks -- held a vote to determine whether they should put pressure on Nielsen to delay the move past this fall when it is scheduled to start. The vote failed to reach a consensus so they will continue monitoring the situation as the new ratings begin to impact the marketplace. Link | Add comment
‘The View’ May Cut Perez, Wallace In Revamp
Variety, Jul 2, 2015, 2:39 PM EDT
ABC executives are finalizing a plan to reboot The View next fall, for the second consecutive year, with a flurry of changes that could include the departure of at least one of its regular hosts. While moderator Whoopi Goldberg will remain as the face of the struggling daytime talker, the future of two of her co-hosts, Nicolle Wallace and Rosie Perez, is in doubt. Link | Comments (1)
NBC Renews 'I Can Do That' For 2nd Season
The Hollywood Reporter, Jul 2, 2015, 2:36 PM EDT
The network has renewed the freshmen variety show I Can Do That for a second season, it was announced today. The series, which features six entertainers training and competing to show off old and new talents, will return for eight episodes. Link | Add comment
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‘Extant’ Returns To A Series Low
Media Life, Jul 2, 2015, 12:39 PM EDT
The second season debut at 10 p.m. averaged a series-low 0.7 adults 18-49 rating, 56% below last year’s 1.6 for its series premiere. That’s disappointing considering CBS put promotional muscle behind the show’s revamped second season. Of course, last year the show aired at 9 p.m., when more people are watching television. It also bowed later in the summer, the week after the July 4 holiday. Link | Comments (1)
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July Regulatory Dates For Broadcasters
Broadcast Law Blog, Jul 2, 2015, 3:08 PM EDT
Another month is upon us, with the typical list of FCC dates of importance — and some new issues (including incentive auction developments that will probably be a regular part of our news through a good part of next year). Link | Add comment
Fusion Posted Net Loss Of $35M In 2014
Capital New York, Jul 2, 2015, 3:25 PM EDT
Univision's IPO filing has yielded some interesting information about Fusion, which is jointly owns with The Walt Disney Co. It posted a net loss of $35 million in 2014 based on $28.1 million in revenue and $63.4 million in expenses. Link | Add comment
Will Local News Lose In Distributed Content?
Nieman Journalism Lab, Jul 2, 2015, 3:26 PM EDT
With a range of new off-site distribution initiatives like Facebook's Instant Articles proliferating, Ken Doctor writes, "We're midst of a new volcanic digital movement and we have little idea what an end looks like." Still, he argues, publishers need to take the future into their own hands if they hope to survive it.
Link | Add comment
30 Rock Officially Renamed Comcast Building
Philly.com, Jul 2, 2015, 12:33 PM EDT
Comcast has officially arrived in the city that never sleeps. The iconic "30 Rock" building is now the "Comcast Building" of Manhattan. And it's for all to see. The building at 30 Rockefeller Plaza — known internationally for its Christmas tree, and more recently as the home of Tina Fey's television comedy — has officially been renamed. Link | Add comment
Jobs In Durham, Chicago And Dayton
TVNewsCheck, Jul 2, 2015, 2:26 PM EDT
Disney/ABC O&O WTVD in Raleigh/Durham, N.C., is looking for a news director. Fox Television’s Chicago O&O WFLD needs an executive producer for its morning newscast.  Media General’s Dayton, Ohio, duopoly of WDTN(CBS) and WBDT(CW) is searching for a research director.  To see all job openings on TVNewsCheck, click here. | Add comment
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ABC Holds Out for Higher Upfront Pricing
The Wrap, Jul 2, 2015, 8:20 AM EDT
For ABC, the upfront process has been a slow slog, as the network is holding out for stronger pricing than its apparently gotten across the board, a network insider says. After all, ABC’s ratings have risen year-over-year, as Shondaland Thursdays have become a game-changer towards the week’s end. Link | Add comment
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Gray In 4 New Deals, Closes 3 Earlier Ones
TVNewsCheck, Jul 1, 2015, 5:39 PM EDT
It’s buying two stations in Wausau, Wis., and Laredo, Texas, and moving the programming to LPTVs it already owns in those markets. In Montana, it’s selling KBGF and KTVH to Cordillera Communications and donating KMTF to Montana State University. Full Story | Comments (11)
WDBJ Opposes Its FCC Indecency Fine
TVNewsCheck, Jul 1, 2015, 4:13 PM EDT
The Roanoke, Va., station says the FCC made a number of errors in applying the maximum penalty for just 2.7 seconds of video covering a small portion of the screen. Full Story | Comments (1)
Open Mike by Laurie Kahn
Search For Sales Talent Should Never Stop
TVNewsCheck, Jul 2, 2015, 7:25 AM EDT
Don't wait until your best account executive gives notice to look for a replacement. Scouting for the best sellers in your market should be a regular part of your job so you know where they are when you need them. And don't limit yourself to account execs at other stations. Great sellers are everywhere, maybe even in the local high school. Full Story | Comments (3)
Obama's Overtime Proposal May Affect Media
The Huffington Post, Jul 2, 2015, 8:25 AM EDT
Under a new proposal from the Obama administration, those working under $50,440 would automatically qualify for overtime pay after they work 40 hours a week. That move could have implications for the media's many overworked, low-paid reporters, who earned a median salary of $36,000 last year. Link | Comments (1)
Telemundo Newscast To Use Mobile Devices
Variety, Jul 2, 2015, 6:04 AM EDT
Telemundo’s newscast Noticiero Telemundo will air a special edition that will be shot on mobile devices, making the NBCUniversal-owned network the first national network to air news stories via smartphones and tablets. Journalists will record and file the stories on mobile devices, anchors will be shot on both studio cameras and mobile devices. Link | Add comment
Miss USA Pageant Headed To Reelz
Entertainment Weekly, Jul 2, 2015, 8:06 AM EDT
The Donald Trump co-owned Miss USA pageant has found a new TV partner after being dumped by NBC: Reelz announced this morning that it will air the event on July 12 from Baton Rogue, La. Link | Comments (8)
Car Sales Sizzle, But Higher Loan Rates Loom
Detroit Free Press, Jul 2, 2015, 7:30 AM EDT
Americans are buying new cars and trucks at the strongest rate since 2001 and spending more on pickups, SUVs and luxury models. But there are warning signs on the horizon. "We're entering into uncharted territory," said John Humphrey, of J.D. Power & Associates. "There will likely be an increase in interest rates. Even a 50 basis point move will have an impact on car sales. Link | Add comment
Market Profile
Dallas: TV Builds On Furniture Spending
Media Life, Jul 2, 2015, 6:13 AM EDT
The new Nebraska Furniture Mart pumps millions into the market, and other stores are advertising to stay competitive. But overall pricing slips from last year. Link | Add comment
‘Made In Hollywood’ Has It Made In Rest Of US
TVNewsCheck, Jul 1, 2015, 4:31 PM EDT
Connection III Entertainment’s weekend half-hour Made In Hollywood and its educational/informational spinoff Made In Hollywood: Teen Edition have legs, with both renewed with almost 90% coverage in years 11 and 10, respectively. "We distinguish ourselves with movie coverage and behind-the-scenes access to movie sets,” says Connection III CEO Cleveland O'Neal. (Photo by Michael Q. Martin) Full Story | Add comment
Women’s World Cup On Fox On The Rise
Variety, Jul 2, 2015, 6:08 AM EDT
Ratings continue to rise for the FIFA Women’s Cup, with Tuesday’s semifinal between USA and Germany on Fox drawing 8.4 million viewers — the third largest audience ever for an English-language telecast of women’s soccer in the States. According to Nielsen, the only bigger crowds for women’s soccer have been the USA-China Women’s World Cup Final in 1999 on ABC (17.97 million) and the USA-Japan matchup in the 2011 World Cup Final on ESPN (13.46 million). Link | Add comment
Q&A with Jon Swallen
What’s Ailng The U. S. Media Economy
Media Life, Jul 2, 2015, 6:16 AM EDT
In an off-Olympic and political year, ad spending is expected to fall. That makes it a bit harder to determine whether the media economy is actually becoming sluggish or if the decreases are just due to the tough comparisons from the previous year. This year it appears to be the former. Jon Swallen, chief research officer at Kantar Media, offers his take on why ad spending is down, whether it will rebound later this year, and why some traditional media are faring better than others. Link | Add comment
Univision Files For IPO, Extends Televisa Deal
Deadline, Jul 2, 2015, 8:15 AM EDT
Univision, the biggest Spanish language broadcaster in the U.S., has filed for an IPO of Class A Common Stock with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The IPO has been valued at an initial $100 million, although this figure — used for calculating fees — is likely to rise. The filing is the first step toward the actual initial public offering later this year. Link | Add comment
Lifetime To Launch Movie Streaming Service
The Wall Street Journal, Jul 2, 2015, 8:31 AM EDT
Lifetime will soon launch the Lifetime Movie Club, a Web streaming service of its signature melodramatic movies. The service will feature a rotating pool of 30 movies for $3.99 a month, refreshing the selections every week. Link | Add comment
Ad-Supported Cable Takes A Ratings Hit
MediaPost, Jul 2, 2015, 6:11 AM EDT
Many top cable networks took another decided hit in viewership in the second quarter of 2015 versus the same period of the year before. Only five of the top 20 ad-supported cable networks showed overall primetime viewer gains in the second quarter of this year according to Nielsen, versus the same period a year ago. Link | Add comment

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Panama Also Drops Out Of Miss Universe Pageant
The Associated Press, Jul 6, 2015, 7:28 AM EDT
HGTV Relies On Relationships For Good TV
The Associated Press, Jul 6, 2015, 6:47 AM EDT
Marisa Tomei Joins Fox's 'Empire'
USA Today, Jul 6, 2015, 6:44 AM EDT
'Sesame Street' Filmmaker Jane Aaron Dies At 67
The New York Times, Jul 6, 2015, 6:30 AM EDT
Politicians On TV: The Best Cameos From DC
Politico, Jul 6, 2015, 6:25 AM EDT
Longtime CBS Correspondent David Jackson Dies
CBS News, Jul 6, 2015, 6:16 AM EDT
ITV, Netflix Vie To Sign ‘Top Gear’ Trio For New Show
Variety, Jul 6, 2015, 6:06 AM EDT
Actor Diana Douglas Dies At 92
The Associated Press, Jul 6, 2015, 5:58 AM EDT
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Arvato Systems Hires Rob Fox
TVNewsCheck/Playout, Jul 2, 2015, 3:35 PM EDT
Louis J. Horvitz To Direct Fox Emmy Telecast
Deadline, Jul 2, 2015, 3:19 PM EDT
'Shark Week' Back For 28th Year With Cuban Visit
The Associated Press, Jul 2, 2015, 2:31 PM EDT
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Q&A With Cox Media Group's Dave Siegler
TVNewsCheck/Playout, Jul 2, 2015, 11:58 AM EDT
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Happy Independence Day
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Jul 2, 2015, 10:13 AM EDT
WFXT Boston Adding Weekend Morning News
New England 1, Jul 2, 2015, 10:10 AM EDT
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A Powerful PSA From WJBF Augusta, GA
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Jul 2, 2015, 8:38 AM EDT
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Reflections Of Retired Fox VP Leslie Lyndon
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Jul 2, 2015, 8:36 AM EDT
BBC Cuts More Than 1,000 Jobs In Restructuring
Deadline, Jul 2, 2015, 8:17 AM EDT
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Meteorologist Carol Erickson Leaves KYW
TVSpy, Jul 2, 2015, 8:09 AM EDT
dma 33 (San Antonio, TX)
Barry Davis Adds Heft To Hurting KENS Newscast
MySanAntonio.com, Jul 2, 2015, 7:49 AM EDT
dma 8 (Washington)
WJLA Adds Kidd O'Shea As Social Media Anchor
The Dudek Abides, Jul 2, 2015, 7:42 AM EDT
NeNe Leakes, Betty White Join 'To Tell the Truth'
The Wrap, Jul 2, 2015, 7:01 AM EDT
Newseum Considered Trading Building Stake For Cash
The Washington Post, Jul 2, 2015, 6:32 AM EDT
Manzano Retiring After 44 Years On ‘Sesame Street’
Variety, Jul 2, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
TV Producer David Kennedy Dies At 73
Variety, Jul 2, 2015, 5:58 AM EDT
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KTNV Adds Karla Huelga As Meteorologist
TVNewsCheck, Jul 1, 2015, 5:06 PM EDT
‘Suits’ Renewed For Season 6 By USA
Deadline, Jul 1, 2015, 4:15 PM EDT

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Reviews

  • Rob Owen

    CBS’s Zoo will fit nicely in the pantheon of TV’s most ridiculous TV series’ premises (think: Manimal, My Mother the Car, Homeboys From Outer Space, The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer). Zoo may not be as awful as most of these programs, but it’s also not good. Viewers may cheer on the animals once they see the silliness humans have wrought by making the inane Zoo.

  • Jeff Jensen

    USA's Mr. Robot is a worldview-challenging psychological thriller that’s steeped in new-century punk politics, nervy with digital-age anxiety, and made with slick, smart panache. Rami Malek is riveting as lead character Elliot. He finds the vulnerable humanity in his prickly character without sentimentalizing him. Mr. Robot echoes Fight Club in its interest in how we live within ourselves—and live with ourselves—as people of conscience, and negotiate our relationship to society’s flawed, corrupt operating systems.

  • Alessandra Stanley

    In The Right Stuff, Tom Wolfe writes that the first astronauts’ wives were presented as “seven flawless cameo-faced dolls sitting in the family room with their pageboy bobs in place, ready to offer any and all aid to the brave lads.” That was the image that NASA created, and that’s what ABC's The Astronaut Wives Club seeks to debunk. This show applies the Mad Men formula to the women who stood behind the heroes of the conquest of space. It’s an amused but gauzy look back at a prefeminist era when women deferred to their husbands, wore gloves to church and took one another potluck dishes like Tater Tot Surprise and Jell-O salad.

  • David Hinckley

    Complications shows USA is figuring out how to go dark. After years of successful, high-quality dramas with a light, breezy touch, the network has decided to cast its lot with the more somber and complex dramas popularized by rivals like AMC. Complications plunges deep into a shadowy world where laughs are as scarce as cuddly gangbangers. It's a complex story sorted out cleanly, with flawed and compelling characters.

  • Brian Lowry

    Proof explores the mother of all mysteries — what happens after we die? — in the most uninspired and banal of ways. Filled with cliches, the TNT series benefits from the casting of Jennifer Beals in the central role, but handcuffs her with a drab character and dead-end (pardon the pun) concept, which, as executed, demonstrates what would happen if a medical procedural and The X-Files had a baby. In theory, there’s an interesting and provocative show here; it’s just not the one that’s been made.

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