Exclusives

  • Jessell: Sinclair May Be On The Wrong News Path

    Sinclair is building a national TV news organization and there is a lot to like about that. Unfortunately, what's emerging is one with a conservative bent. If Sinclair wants to give its stations a push to the right that is certainly its prerogative, but I would hope it would not go that route.
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  • Front Office: Mobile’s Growing Importance To TV’s Future

    Smartphones have moved well beyond simple communication devices becoming a hub, enabling overall connectivity for consumers and opening doors to internet-of-things, mobile payments, virtual reality and beyond. This underscores the importance of including mobile content delivery platforms in TV station business plans.  More | Comments (3)
  • Road To NAB: IP, Virtualization To Drive Workflows At NAB

    With broad industry support for the SMPTE ST 2110 IP standard for professional video, which is expected to be finalized soon, the TV industry has a solid foundation to build more flexible, agile workflows to meet future broadcast and live production requirements. At the 2017 NAB Show, IP and the virtualization of broadcast functions will take center stage as enablers of new efficiencies and even new revenue sources made possible by ATSC 3.0. Click here to access TVNewsCheck’s NAB 2017 Resource Guide listing of IP vendors and products. More | Add comment
  • TVN Tech: New Telemundo HQ Preps For Future

    The shell of the new 475,000-square-foot NBCU Telemundo headquarters in Miami is up and its completion is about a year away. When done, the new facility will position the various broadcast and cable entities in the division for a future in 4K HDR thanks in large part to the core IP infrastructure planned for the facility. More | Comments (4)
  • TVN To Honor Imagine’s Glodina Connan-Lostanlen

    Imagine Communications CMO and veteran television technologist and marketer Glodina Connan-Lostanlen will receive TVNewsCheck's 2017 Women in Technology Leadership Award, which will be presented during the NAB Show in Las Vegas in April. More | Add comment
  • Executive Outlook: Affiliates, Networks In OTT Tug-Of-War

    As consumer interest in OTT streaming services grows, it’s crucial that TV stations be included to maintain OTA TV’s big advantage over cable and satellite: complete coverage. But carriage deals with streamers have become entangled in network-affiliate disagreements over control and how to split the revenue. More | Comments (5)
  • Executive Outlook: Cox’s Kim Guthrie Personifies The Quintessential Team Player

    The new president of Cox Media Group got her start in TV news before moving into sales and management, where she’s had a history of success, creativity and passionate support of her team members. More | Comments (1)
  • Executive Outlook: Can Television Stations Live With Facebook Live?

    The pressure on broadcasters to post their content on Facebook Live is growing and stations are weighing the pros and cons of ceding control over their content to a powerful — and growing — third party. More | Add comment
  • Executive Outlook: Scripps Shines With Commitment To Local News, New Media

    The 138-year-old company with 33 TV stations in 24 markets is moving boldly into the digital universe. Outgoing CEO Rich Boehne (left) says it’s following its audience, but admits it’s risky and that the journey isn’t for the faint of heart. Incoming CEO Adam Symson (right) shares Boehne's enthusiasm, but doesn't see it as quite so radical. In light of this foreward-looking strategy and the company's continued commitment to producing the best in local news, TVNewsCheck named E.W. Scripps its Station Group of Year for 2017. (Collage by Bill Knight) 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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Nexstar 4Q Revenue Up 23% To $310 Million
TVNewsCheck, Feb 28, 2017, 7:38 AM EST
The big driver for a record fourth quarter was political of $60 million, plus a 23% gain in retrans money and $25.7 million in digital revenue.The earnings report is the first since Nexstar closed on its purchase of Media General in January. The station group says that Media General shareholders will get $479 million from the sale of spectrum in the incentive auction. Nexstar sold no spectrum of its own. Full Story | Add comment
Hearst Warns Of Possible Dish Blackout
FierceCable, Feb 28, 2017, 6:36 AM EST
The broadcaster, which owns 33 stations in 26 media markets across 39 states, began telling Dish customers over the weekend that it might remove its signals from the satellite service “if negotiations between representatives of Hearst Television and Dish Network are unsuccessful in reaching a conclusion before March 1. Link | Add comment
CEO: AT&T's Relevance Rests On Content
The Hollywood Reporter, Feb 28, 2017, 6:31 AM EST
John Stankey, the CEO of telecom giant AT&T's AT&T Entertainment Group, told the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, on Monday that "content that is compelling matters" and that the company wants to fully participate in the programming business and not just treat it as "a hobby." Link | Add comment

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Feb 27, 2017, 10:17 AM EST
Live-streaming services like Facebook Live, Periscope and Instagram Live have turned citizens with smartphones and Wi-Fi into broadcasters. News organizations that can rapidly navigate the vast number of user generated content streams emanating from breaking news events will be able to deploy crews more efficiently and get news to their audiences more quickly.
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People Watch YouTube 1 Billion Hours A Day
Media Life, Feb 28, 2017, 6:17 AM EST
Viewing is up 10-fold since 2012, and you can bet Google will be using all these stats as it tries to woo advertisers from TV to digital video. Link | Add comment
Roberts: NBCU Biz To Offset Lower Ratings
Deadline, Feb 28, 2017, 6:09 AM EST
Streaming video services such as DirecTV Now may have “scary implications” for some programmers, who could see some channels left behind, and operators, who might lose subscribers. But they shouldn’t take a big bite out of Comcast, says CEO Brian Roberts. “Our view was that scale matters,” he says. “When we just owned E! and Golf Channel and Comcast SportsNet, it wasn’t enough. Now we have MSNBC, CNBC, USA, Syfy, Bravo — that’s a hell of a footprint.” Link | Add comment
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'Modern Family' In Contract Limbo With Actors
The Hollywood Reporter, Feb 28, 2017, 6:01 AM EST
ABC and studio 20th Century Fox TV are said to be fighting over the top-rated series' costs. Link | Add comment
RTDNF Honoring Hubbards With Award
RTNDA, Feb 27, 2017, 6:27 PM EST
When RTDNF holds its 27th annual First Amendment Awards on March 14, it will honor Stanley S. and Stanley E. Hubbard of Hubbard Broadcasting with its First Amendment Leadership Award. Link | Add comment
TVN Classifieds
Newsroom Jobs In IL And VA
TVNewsCheck, Feb 28, 2017, 5:49 AM EST
Sinclair is looking for a news director at its ABC-Fox duopoly in Springfield, Ill. Raycom needs a photojournalist at its NBC affiliate in Richmond, Va. To see all job openings, visit our Media Job Center here. | Add comment
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John Kiesewetter: Media Beat, Feb 28, 2017, 8:03 AM EST
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WMAQ Ups Siafa Lewis To Lead Sports Anchor
Robert Feder, Feb 28, 2017, 7:55 AM EST
Dma 50: New Orleans
WWL Reporter Bill Capo Signing Off After 36 Years
Nola.com, Feb 28, 2017, 7:51 AM EST
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WRAL Adds Squadron Of Drones To News Coverage
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Feb 28, 2017, 7:47 AM EST
dma 18: Orlando, FL
Electrical Accident Preempts WKMG Newscast
Orlando Sentinel, Feb 28, 2017, 7:13 AM EST
'Biggest Loser's Bob Harper 'Better' After Heart Attack
The Associated Press, Feb 28, 2017, 6:59 AM EST
FNC Distances Itself From Swedish Guest
The New York Times, Feb 28, 2017, 6:39 AM EST
'Star Trek: Discovery' Debut 'Late Summer/Early Fall'
The Wrap, Feb 28, 2017, 6:13 AM EST
Stephen Moyer To Topline Fox Marvel Pilot
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Ratings

Overnights, adults 18-49 for February 26, 2017
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    0.6/2
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    0.2/1
Source: Nielsen

Reviews

  • 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.

  • Hank Stuever

    Michelle Dockery has made an astonishing career swerve from Downton Abbey on PBS to TNT’s intriguing and impressively seedy crime drama Good Behavior. Dockery throws herself into the role of Letty Raines — a liar, thief and ex-con in North Carolina who sweats long shifts as a waitress and relies on a pleasant-voiced motivational app to keep her off drugs and booze, in between visits with her parole officer. The true accomplishment of Good Behavior is that none of this seems as hokey as it sounds. Dockery digs deep and gives a frenetic and often moving performance.

  • Neil Genzlinger

    The intriguing CW series Frequency starts out looking as if it were going to be a bittersweet, nostalgia-tinged time-travel drama in the Stephen King-Twilight Zone lineage, and that probably would have made for a comfortably satisfying show, the kind you can half-watch while doing something else. In the last third of the premiere, though, things take a joltingly different, more complicated path. Sorry, couch potatoes, but it looks as if you might have to keep both eyes on the screen for this one.

  • Rob Owen

    Easily fall’s best broadcast network comedy pilot, NBC’s The Good Place offers a clever high-concept premise that’s complemented with intelligent, sometimes absurdist humor. Created by Michael Schur, co-creator of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, The Good Place is a highly serialized series that’s essentially set in heaven and stars Kristen Bell and Ted Danson. NBC made five episodes of The Good Place available for review, and the show not only holds up, but also it improves, deepening characters that initially feel one-note and frequently leaving viewers guessing with cliffhanger endings to many of the episodes. The combination of snappy dialogue and winning but flawed characters makes The Good Place a great bet for fans of smart TV comedy.

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