• Depp | For Nexstar Digital And Raifman, Size Matters

    Gregory Raifman, Nexstar Digital’s newly-minted president, says the company is well underway with a rollup of its portfolio of technology companies under a single banner. As the company scouts new digital acquisitions, Raifman says it will leverage Nexstar Media Group’s broadcast size and footprint to find its edge in the market. More | Add comment
  • Social Scorecard | In Syracuse, Paper Beats TV On Social

    Advance’s Post-Standard overwhelmingly beats its local television peers in social media performance in Syracuse, N.Y. according to Shareablee data. Its social media lead says a careful video strategy, helped by some viral hits, has lifted it. More | Add comment
  • Jessell | The Three Disparate Visions Of ATSC 3.0

    The Pearl group's stations are betting on targeted advertising and see TV sets with consumer-friendly interfaces as a critical stepping stone to that. Sinclair wants to bring the mobile audience back to broadcasting and explore datacasting. And the Big Four broadcast networks? Their vision is no vision at all.
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  • Front Office | Nexstar’s Perry Sook: An Industry Avatar

    On Monday, May 22, Perry A. Sook, chairman, president and CEO of Nexstar Media Group Inc., becomes MFM’s latest Avatar Award recipient. He joins the associations’ former Avatar honorees as an exemplar of leadership who demonstrates a commitment to the media community as well as someone who has led his or her company to greater success. More | Add comment
  • TVN Tech | WNJU To Kick Off 1 WTC OTA Transmission

    Next week, WNJU is expected to begin over-the-air nighttime transmission testing from One World Trade Center in downtown Manhattan. The station’s fulltime regular broadcasts from the site are expected to commence seven to 10 days later. By the end of 2017, five stations will be on air from the new location. More | Comments (1)
  • Focus | Who Made How Much At TV Pure-Plays In 2016

    Retiring Tegna CEO Gracia Martore was the top earner last year among executives at seven publicly traded, pure-play television station groups at $11.1 million. Next was Peter Ligouri, who left Tribune Media earlier this year. He took home $7.7 million. Here's the rundown of each company, compiled from their proxy statements. More | Comments (2)
  • TVN Webinar | Optimize, Monetize On Facebook

    C-level executives from Graham Media (Emily Barr), Raycom (Pat LaPlatney)  and the Dallas Morning News (Jim Moroney) will discuss the challenges of maintaining brand identity and monetizing inside Facebook’s walled garden during a TVNewsCheck webinar: “Optimize, Monetize Your Facebook Strategy.” Set for Tuesday, June 13, at 2 p.m. ET, the webinar, which will also feature Jason White, Facebook’s manager of U.S. news partnerships, will confront the challenges of migrating audiences from Facebook back to media’s owned and operated platforms. More | Comments (1)

Special Reports

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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Sinclair Free Chips Offer Key To Mobile Future
TVNewsCheck, May 25, 2017, 11:11 AM EDT
Last week, Sinclair Broadcast Group VP of advanced technology, Mark Aitken, announced at the annual Advanced Television Systems Committee meeting that the station group will give 1 million ATSC 3.0 receiver chips to each mobile phone maker that promises to put them in devices sold in the United States. The offer demonstrates the group’s commitment to moving TV forward. Full Story | Add comment
‘Dirty Dancing’ Flounders Against ‘Survivor’
Variety, May 25, 2017, 11:52 AM EDT
ABC’s remake of the classic film Dirty Dancing failed to make a significant impact in the Wednesday ratings, coming in well below the season finale of Survivor in both key ratings measures. Dirty Dancing averaged a 1.3 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.6 million viewers, airing at 8-11 p.m. Survivor, airing at 8-10, averaged a 1.9 and 8.6 million viewers on CBS, with the after-show at 10 pulling a 1.4 and 6.2 million viewers. Nevertheless, the remake drove ABC to its most watched Wednesday in nearly seven months, since November 2016 with the CMA Awards. Link | Add comment
NBC Moves 'Bye Bye Birdie Live' To 2018
The Hollywood Reporter, May 25, 2017, 2:02 PM EDT
The network has pushed the live musical starring and executive produced by Jennifer Lopez from December to 2018, The delay is due to Lopez's hectic schedule, which includes two other NBC projects. Link | Add comment
Michelle Carey Named Media Bureau Chief
TVNewsCheck, May 25, 2017, 11:47 AM EDT
The bureau’s acting chief gets the nod to continue leading the commission’s work on video and audio policy. Full Story | Add comment
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KCPT Layoffs Include Emmy-Winner
Current, May 25, 2017, 2:34 PM EDT
Noncommercial KCPT has eliminated one part-time and three full-time positions. Two producers, an education coordinator and the executive producer for cultural affairs were cut, said Angee Simmons, VP for TV production and creative services. Link | Add comment
Smartphone Ownership Now 2nd Behind TVs
TVNewsCheck, May 25, 2017, 10:55 AM EDT
An annual CTA study shows smartphones are now the second-most owned tech device, behind TV sets, growing 13% to 238 million last year. Full Story | Add comment
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AccuWeather Launches New Android TV App
TVNewsCheck, May 25, 2017, 10:33 AM EDT
AccuWeather's critical weather updates and information are now available to Android TV viewers through its new hyper-local, customizable TV app. Full Story | Add comment
Twitter Adds Apple TV Integration To iOS App
FierceCable, May 25, 2017, 2:19 PM EDT
As Twitter continues to accelerate its original programming plans, the social media platform is also apparently adding Apple TV support to its iOS app. Link | Add comment
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Why Advertisers Bullish On Addressable TV
MediaPost, May 25, 2017, 8:45 AM EDT
Andy Sippel: "Addressable TV is poised to make a big leap in adoption and spending. It's a simple trial and repeat equation. When advertisers know it, they use it. When they use it, they love it. And then they want more." Link | Add comment
FCC Asked To Remove Fake Comments
The Hill, May 25, 2017, 2:41 PM EDT
Individuals whose identities were used without their permission on comments to the FCC are speaking out to the agency. In a letter to Chairman Ajit Pai signed by 14 people, the group offers support for the principle of net neutrality, after the fake comments under their names called for the end of those rules. They also called for the comments to be removed. Link | Add comment
MeTV, Envision Networks Offer Radio Format
TVNewsCheck, May 25, 2017, 1:15 PM EDT
MeTV FM’s mix of music that has been on the air in Chicago since 2015, will be syndicated to stations beginning next month. Full Story | Comments (1)
How The Internet Is Reshaping Sports TV
Business Insider, May 25, 2017, 2:37 PM EDT
In the digital age, communities rule, and those who want to dominate the next phase of sports media need to understand that. These communities are all about conversation, particularly what’s happening in the swirl of social media. And old-media giants like Turner Sports would do well to react to it. Link | Add comment
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Facebook’s White Joins TVN C-Suite Webinar
TVNewsCheck, May 23, 2017, 8:28 AM EDT
Jason White, Facebook’s manager of U.S. news partnerships, is part of a C-level executive lineup that also features Graham Media’s Emily Barr, Raycom’s Pat LaPlatney and the Dallas Morning NewsJim Moroney III. They will discuss the challenges of maintaining brand identity, monetizing and migrating audiences from Facebook back to media’s owned and operated platforms during a TVNewsCheck webinar: “Optimize, Monetize Your Facebook Strategy.” It’s set for Tuesday, June 13, at 2 p.m. ET. Full Story | Add comment
Top-10 DMA First Quarter Social Review
Share Rocket, May 25, 2017, 8:04 AM EDT
How stations adapted their content and content from their partners to best take advantage of their large social audiences and the ability to stream live video to them determined the levels of success for many stations in the first quarter. Facebook Live video drove levels of engagement that changed the game for some stations — even if it was just a stream of a giraffe not giving birth. The leaders in markets 1-5 are here; 6-10 are here. | Add comment
Golden Age Of TV Shows Signs Of Cracks
Advertising Age, May 24, 2017, 5:11 PM EDT
For some TV networks, the Golden Age of Television is losing its luster. MTV, A&E and WGN are all cutting back on high-end productions after failing to attract big enough audiences in an increasingly crowded landscape. Their decision to retreat from non-reality series suggests a reckoning may loom for other networks and the studios that make shows. Link | Comments (5)
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WSMV Nashville GM Doreen Wade To Retire
TVNewsCheck, May 24, 2017, 3:57 PM EDT
The head of Meredith’s Nashville NBC affiliate will step down next month after 39 years in local TV. From 2002 until 2011, she was president of the Freedom Broadcast Group. A search is underway for her successor in Nashville. Full Story | Comments (3)
DVRs Help Colbert Win Season Ratings Battle
The New York Times, May 25, 2017, 6:57 AM EDT
The ratings spread between CBS’s latenight show and NBC’s is marginal. But that gap is expected to widen, by about a million, once delayed data is collected. Link | Comments (4)
Q&A with Tian Lim
Hulu CTO On Facing Live TV'S Challenges
FierceCable, May 25, 2017, 6:50 AM EDT
Hulu is barely two weeks into the launch of its new live TV product and CTO Tian Lim says that so far, so good. But the process of building the service, taking on all the challenges associated with live TV and redesigning Hulu’s platform has been extremely challenging. Lim talks about the new UI, wrangling an unwieldy world of metadata and getting programmers and broadcasters on board with a new way to present live TV. Link | Add comment
Candidate Cited For Assaulting Reporter
Politico, May 25, 2017, 6:31 AM EDT
Montana Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte was issued a citation late Wednesday after he allegedly “body-slammed” The Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs at a campaign event on the eve of a hotly contested special election. Link | Add comment
'Huckabee' Moving From Fox News To TBN
Variety, May 25, 2017, 6:15 AM EDT
Viewers who liked Mike Huckabee when he held forth on Fox News Channel on Saturday nights are likely to get a super-serving of him very soon on religious broadcaster Trinity Broadcasting Network. The former Republican governor of Arkansas and presidential candidate is taking his show to Nashville, where he hopes to expand interview segments and host musicians and artists while maintaining many of the elements that kept him on Fox News for nearly seven years. Link | Comments (7)
Jerry Perenchio, Mogul Behind Univision, Dies
Variety, May 25, 2017, 6:12 AM EDT
A. Jerrold “Jerry” Perenchio, who amassed a fortune by building a powerhouse TV production company and later the Spanish-language network Univision, and was among California’s most prolific philanthropists and political donors, has died. He was 86. Link | Add comment
Cars.com Pulls Ads From FNC's 'Hannity'
Variety, May 25, 2017, 6:08 AM EDT
Online auto classifieds site Cars.com said it would cease advertising on Fox News Channel’s Hannity after the program’s popular host, Sean Hannity, over several broadcasts promoted a largely discredited story about the murder of a Democratic National Committee staffer, then said he would halt discussion of it for the time being out of concern for the victim’s family. Link | Add comment
Cities Clamor For More Clout At The FCC
Light Reading, May 25, 2017, 8:18 AM EDT
The rules of broadband are changing, and local governments want a say in how they evolve. In an ex parte filing last week with the FCC, several municipal officials, along with a representative of the National League of Cities, "encouraged the commission to work in the direction of partnership with, rather than preemption of, local officials, who share the commission's goal of closing the digital divide." Link | Add comment
WGA Overwhelmingly OKs New Contract
The Associated Press, May 25, 2017, 5:57 AM EDT
The Writers Guild of America announced Wednesday that a new agreement with producers passed by a 99% margin, with only 30 members voting no out of nearly 3,650 ballots cast. The agreement will remain in place until May 2020. Full Story | Add comment
Al Vecchione, 'PBS NewsHour' Producer, Dies
The Washington Post, May 24, 2017, 7:00 PM EDT
Al Vecchione, a television producer who helped broadcast the Senate Watergate hearings to a national audience and who later made crucial contributions that allowed the PBS NewsHour to rival commercial news programs in prestige if not in profit, died May 24. He was 86. Link | Add comment
A Homepage Designed By Algorithm
Reynolds Journalism Institute, May 24, 2017, 5:14 PM EDT
The Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet developed an algorithm guided partially by editors and partially by reader preferences that delivers a personalized homepage for each website visitor. Editor-In-Chief Fredric Karén credits the technology with a significant boost in online traffic and digital subscriptions. Link | Comments (1)

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‘Veep,’ ‘Silicon Valley’ Renewed By HBO
Variety, May 25, 2017, 2:05 PM EDT
Hulu Nabs Streaming Rights To Starz 'Power'
The Hollywood Reporter, May 25, 2017, 2:03 PM EDT
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Meteorologist Byron Miranda Joins WPIX
TNewsCheck, May 25, 2017, 9:52 AM EDT
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Comcast To Drop WKBN In Lawrence County
WKBN, May 25, 2017, 8:14 AM EDT
Utah Rejects Tighter Court Record Restrictions
RTDNA, May 25, 2017, 7:44 AM EDT
Senate Votes To Name Courthouse After Fred Thompson
The Associated Press, May 25, 2017, 7:34 AM EDT
Leslie Jones To Host 2017 BET Awards
New York Post, May 25, 2017, 7:12 AM EDT
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In Syracuse, How Newspaper Tops TV In Social
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, May 25, 2017, 6:43 AM EDT
‘The Get Down’ Canceled By Netflix
Variety, May 25, 2017, 6:10 AM EDT
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  • Gail Pennington

    A sweet little show, low key and more smile-worthy than hilarious, ABC's Downward Dog won't be for everyone. Animal lovers are likely to find it adorable; cynics, unless they really, really love dogs, probably should stay away.

  • 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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