• Front Office | Should You Own The Ad Tech You Use?

    There's a surge of M&A activity in the ad technology markets including firms that provide more effective advertising analytics and customer targeting. Mary M. Collins looks at the trend and the pros and cons broadcasters face in considering whether they should get on board.  More | Add comment
  • IBC 2017: Signs Of A Quickening IP Transition

    The media and entertainment industry, which now ranks as the most disrupted in the world according to the Global Center for Business Transition, more fully embraced IP and virtualized technology at the annual international tech exhibition in Amsterdam this week. Imagine's Charlie Vogt (above) says his company is investing "hundreds of millions" to keep pace. More | Add comment
  • KVUE Leads Austin Social Media By A Million

    Tegna-owned KVUE is the market's social media leader in Austin, Tex. according to Shareablee data with nearly 3 million actions in the last six months. Its marketing director says with its cross-generational draw, "Facebook is the best opportunity that any marketer has ever had before.” More | Comments (4)
  • Jessell | Details On Sinclair-Tribune Merger Overdue

    The FCC has finally gotten around to asking Sinclair how it intends to comply with the national and local ownership rules. The merger puts it in nominal violation of the caps and it will have to do something to get below them. I applaud the FCC move as the public has the right to know just how Sinclair plans to proceed. More | Comments (7)
  • TVN Tech | A News Director's-Eye View Of Hurricane Irma

    Bob Longo, news director of 
    Cox Media’s CBS-Fox (WJAX-WFOX) duopoly in Jacksonville, Fla., explains the challenges his station faced, and overcame, while covering the powerful hurricane.
    More | Comments (2)
  • ATSC 3.0’s Potential Top Of Mind At TV2020

    Accenture’s Mike Chapman, OneMedia’s Jerry Fritz, FTI Consulting’s Mary Ann Halford and Sandhi Kozsuch, chairman of the Pearl group will spell out the opportunities that lie ahead for stations once the new transmission standard is in place at TVNewsCheck’s second annual TV2020 conference at NAB Show New York. More | Add comment
  • Tech To Court Next-Gen At NewsTECHForum

    AP's Andy Carvin, Quartz's John Keefe, The E.W. Scripps Co.'s Rob McCracken and GateHouse Media's Penny Riordan will look at how social platforms, bots and voice-enabled technologies are building audience engagement and loyalty among cord-cutting millennials at TVNewsCheck's sixth annual NewsTECH Forum on Dec. 11-12.   More | Add comment
  • News Tech Leaders To Mine Digital-TV Integration, Production At NewsTECHForum

    At TVNewsCheck’s upcoming NewsTECHForum, engineering, news technology and digital directors from Hearst Television, Cox Media Group, Fox Television Stations and Dalet will look to the newsroom’s evolving future in terms of digital and television production integration. More | Comments (2)
  • 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 (1)
  • NBCU’s Mark Lazarus To Keynote TV2020

    The chairman of NBCUniversal’s Broadcasting and Sports division will highlight TVNewsCheck’s daylong conference about emerging and future revenue streams for the broadcasting industry.
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  • Michael Nathanson To Open TVN's Annual TV2020

    The senior research analyst at MoffettNathanson will be the opening speaker at a daylong conference about emerging and future revenue streams for the broadcasting industry. More | Comments (1)
  • CEOs To Highlight An Expanded TV2020

    Tegna’s David Lougee, NBC Owned TV Stations’ Valari Staab, Sinclair’s Chris Ripley and Hearst’s Jordan Wertlieb will appear on a panel at the second annual TV2020 conference at NAB Show New York. The focus of the CEO session — and the conference at large — will be monetizing the future.
    More | Comments (2)
  • Top Programmers Highlight Expanded TV2020

    Frank Cicha of Fox Television Stations, Sinclair’s Arthur Hasson, Debmar-Mercury’s Mort Marcus, Tegna’s Bob Sullivan and Warner Bros. Ken Werner will look beyond the networks for promising new programming opportunities at TVNewsCheck’s second annual TV2020 conference in October.
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  • Digital Chiefs Will Tackle Multiplatform Production At NewsTECHForum 2017

    Digital executives from Nexstar, Tegna, Graham Media and Raycom will discuss the challenges of integrating digital news production and distribution into traditional television newsroom workflow at the sixth annual NewsTECHForum conference in New York on Dec. 11-12.
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  • WaPo’s Gelman To Keynote NewsTECHForum

    The Washington Post
    ’s director of video and senior editor will highlight a conference gathering news, technology and digital executives to discuss the newspaper’s aggressive video strategy and role as a multiplatform news competitor. More | Comments (1)
  • Campbell Brown To Keynote NewsTECHForum

    Facebook’s head of news partnerships will highlight a conference gathering news, technology and digital executives to talk about the Facebook Journalism Project and the company’s role in a changing media ecosystem. 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.
  • 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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Editor on duty: Mark Miller, 301-773-0058
Sunday Night Football Down In Week 3
Variety, Sep 25, 2017, 11:55 AM EDT
The Sunday Night Football matchup between the Washington and Oakland delivered a one-sided game for viewers and a weakened ratings return for NBC. With Washington dominating throughout and ultimately winning 27-10, Sunday Night Football averaged an 11.6 rating in Nielsen’s metered-market household numbers. That’s down 11% from early numbers for the third week of the season last year. Link | Add comment
Raycom Media Buys Newspaper Group
TVNewsCheck, Sep 25, 2017, 9:42 AM EDT
The deal will add Community Newspaper Holdings’ 110 newspapers and other publications to Raycom’s portfolio. It will spin off papers in seven markets with an overlap with Raycom stations.   Full Story | Comments (6)
Disney: Altice Retrans Talks Could Hit Wall
Variety, Sep 25, 2017, 5:35 AM EDT
Disney and the cable company once known as Cablevision are at it again. The two companies, whose fractious carriage negotiations in 2010 resulted in viewers in New York and Connecticut missing 13 minutes of ABC’s broadcast of the Oscars awards ceremonies, are heading for an impasse in current discussions, according to Disney. Link | Comments (1)
Why TV Execs Keep Rebooting Classic Shows
Star Tribune, Sep 25, 2017, 7:18 AM EDT
It’s easy to gripe that writers should be spending more time generating original ideas, but it’s a lot harder to successfully pitch, say, a new series about a high school chemistry teacher who morphs into a terrorizing drug dealer (the once-in-a-lifetime Breaking Bad) than a tried-and-true formula that serves up nostalgia. Link | Comments (1)
Oprah Leads Heated Debate On Trump
The Hollywood Reporter, Sep 25, 2017, 5:29 AM EDT
In her 60 Minutes debut as a special correspondent, she talked to 14 Americans about how they feel about the president — the results were decidedly mixed. Link | Comments (4)
'Discovery' Fuels Record CBS All Access Subs
Deadline, Sep 25, 2017, 5:43 AM EDT
Sunday's premiere of Star Trek: Discovery on CBS All Access drove a record number of single day sign-ups for CBS’ digital streaming subscription service. While no specific numbers were reported, the network claims that today’s record outstrips the previous one spurred by the 2017 Grammy Awards back in February. Link | Add comment
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The Politicization of Latenight TV
TheNew York Times, Sep 25, 2017, 8:29 AM EDT
Unlike Carson and Leno, Steve Colbert and and Jimmy Kimmel, the reigning latenight hosts at CBS and ABC, respectively, are not hesitating to take on the sitting president and his policies. And in the case of Colbert, his fans have now have an expectation that he will lead the anti-Trump resistance. Link | Comments (2)
Reminder: EAS National Test Set for Wed.
CommLawBlog, Sep 25, 2017, 8:16 AM EDT
Assuming that it is not delayed due to a real national emergency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the FCC are still scheduled to conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System on Sept. 27 at 2:20 p.m. ET. Link | Add comment
Nielsen Sues comScore Over PPM Deal
MediaPost, Sep 25, 2017, 5:56 AM EDT
A 2014 agreement between Nielsen and comScore only gave comScore the ability to use Nielsen's technology measurements for online and TV audiences, as a "cross-platform" service. The deal, according to Nielsen, did not allow comScore to use the data for an individual "standalone" TV service. Link | Add comment
Trump Boycott Would Hurt More Than The NFL
Fortune, Sep 25, 2017, 6:35 AM EDT
Sunday morning, President Trump essentially called for a boycott of the NFL in response to players using the national anthem to protest police profiling of African-Americans. Should Trump’s supporters respond to that call, the medium-term effects could be serious for the NFL. But the impact would be at least as bad, and much more immediate, for the broadcasters who pay to air games. Link | Comments (9)
Amazon Launching New Kids Channel
Los Angeles Times, Sep 25, 2017, 6:26 AM EDT
As streaming competition heats up over the coveted kids’ demographic, Amazon Studios is teaming up with Genius Brands International, a prominent maker of animated entertainment, to launch a new channel that will target youngsters ranging in age from toddlers to tweens. Link | Comments (1)
DirecTV Now Has Another Meltdown
TV Answer Man, Sep 25, 2017, 6:01 AM EDT
DirecTV Now, the AT&T-owned live streaming service which has experienced recurring technical issues since its debut, suffered another major meltdown last night while viewers were watching Sunday Night Football and other primetime programming. Link | Comments (1)
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How Marketers Are Missing A Generation
The Wall Street Journal, Sep 25, 2017, 6:18 AM EDT
Top ad buying executive Scott Hagedorn argues that the media consumption habits of consumers ages 22 to 45 aren’t being captured effectively by the TV measurement currency. Link | Comments (1)
Social Giants Under Scrutiny Over Russia
The Hill, Sep 25, 2017, 6:15 AM EDT
Social media companies, including giants Facebook and Twitter, are in the spotlight over Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 campaign. Twitter will brief the Senate Intelligence Committee next week over Russian influence on its platform. So far, the company has been publicly tight-lipped about whether it even found any evidence of Russian activity. Link | Add comment
Ad, TV Execs To Address Optimizing Spot Rev.
TVNewsCheck, Sep 25, 2017, 8:08 AM EDT
Publicis’ Frank Friedman, GroupM’s Ed Gaffney, Gray Television’s Becky Meyer and Hubbard Broadcasting’s Val Napolitano will debate the impact of automation, big data and targeting during a session at TVNewsCheck’s TV2020: Monetizing the Future. Full Story | Add comment

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NBC Creates New Vision For 'Megyn Kelly' Set
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TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Sep 25, 2017, 7:21 AM EDT
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WYCC Chicago Signing Off The Air On Oct. 25
Robert Feder, Sep 25, 2017, 7:14 AM EDT
Bill Clinton Upcoming Thriller Novel To Be TV Series
Deadline, Sep 25, 2017, 6:53 AM EDT
NBC News Names Gains Pentagon Producer
TVNewser, Sep 25, 2017, 6:03 AM EDT
'Idol' Revival Near Judge Deal With Luke Bryan
Deadline, Sep 25, 2017, 5:44 AM EDT
David Lyle, Pioneering Reality TV Exec, Dies At 67
The Hollywood Reporter, Sep 25, 2017, 5:32 AM EDT
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  • 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.

  • 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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