• Jessell: NBC A Downer At Broadcast Upfront Party

    With all the broadcast TV networks celebrating the announcement of their 2016-17 schedules, NBC was alone in throwing a wet blanket on the power of the medium. It combined its presentation with those of all its cable networks that deliver far fewer viewers to advertisers than the Peacock mothership. All to save some cab fare. More | Comments (10)
  • TVN Tech: Five Technologies Reshaping TV News

    Whether it’s virtual or hybrid sets, Ka-band satellite contribution or tools to make story-centric workflows a reality, the shape of TV news production, presentation and even publishing — not just to air, but to multiple platforms — is changing. Here’s a look at five important technologies that are helping to transform television news. Above, a virtual set in use at Raycom's WBTV Charlotte, N.C. More | Add comment
  • Jessell: Facebook Needs To Stand Up For 1st Amendment

    After news of how Facebook compiles its "Trending" stories broke, Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune sent Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg a letter in which he tries to probe deeply into Facebook editorial processes. Zuckerberg needs to put on his publisher hat and decline. Thune has no more business making such demands of Zuckerberg than he does making them of New York Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger. Thune's letter is an affront to all First Amendment speakers.
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  • Front Office: Who Will Protect The Protectors?

    Stations are at risk every day — from natural disasters to cyber attacks. Here are valuable tips on how you should prepare to ensure you remain on the air when your viewers need you the most.   More | Add comment
  • TVN Tech: ERI Expanding Antenna Facilities, Workforce

    Antenna and RF component manufacturer Electronics Research Inc. is on track to increase its antenna production capacity by 800% before the end of the year after entering into an agreement with wireless provider T-Mobile to facilitate the expansion. Above, an aerial view of ERI’s Chandler, Ind., antenna manufacturing facility. The company plans to add three new buildings and more than 100 employees by year’s end. (ERI photo) More | Comments (3)

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  • 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.
  • TVN's FCC Watch: A quick briefing on FCC proceedings affecting TV broadcasters from Washington communications attorneys David Oxenford and David O'Connor.
  • 2015 — Year In Review: Revisit the year’s top developments in business, programming, journalism, technology, regulation and more.
  • NewsTECHForum 2015: Complete coverage of the third annual conference from TVNewsCheck and Sports Video Group
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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network ratings roundup: May 16-22
CBS Caps Off TV Season With Another Win
The Associated Press, May 24, 2016, 5:44 PM EDT
CBS averaged 6.9 million viewers last week. ABC had 5.9 million and, with the help of the Billboard Music Awards, won among viewers 18-49. NBC averaged 5 million viewers, Fox had 3.2 million, Univision had 1.9 million, the CW had 1.5 million, Telemundo had 1.4 million and Ion Television had 1.3 million. Full Story | Add comment
Station Trading Roundup: 1 Deal, $350,000
TVNewsCheck, May 24, 2016, 5:48 PM EDT
The sale of KREG Glenwood Spring, Colo., by Nexstar Broadcasting Group to Marquee 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 Rises 213, Nasdaq Surges 95
The Associated Press, May 24, 2016, 5:38 PM EDT
Stocks opened higher Tuesday following hefty gains in Europe. Tech stocks made their biggest gain in almost three months, which erased their losses from earlier this year. Banks rose as interest rates continued to inch higher, which lets banks make more money on lending. Stocks have alternated between gains and losses in recent days following a four-week-long string of losses. Full Story | Add comment
Thanks Super Bowl: CBS To Sweep TV Season
Deadline, May 24, 2016, 2:30 PM EDT
The 2015-16 TV season doesn’t officially wrap until mid-week, but CBS will finish No. 1 in the 18-49 demographic for the second time in the last four years which, coincidentally, is the last time it had the Super Bowl, as it did this soon-to-wrap season.  Link | Add comment
Weekly syndication ratings roundup
‘Dr. Phil’ Tops The Talkers Once Again
TVNewsCheck, May 24, 2016, 12:27 PM EDT
In the second full week of the May sweep ending May 15, the good doctor climbs 6% for both the week and year. It was one of the few shows not finishing flat or down in the session. Full Story | Add comment
Surprise: ABC Surges Past NBC On Final Mon.
Media Life Magazine, May 24, 2016, 12:25 PM EDT
The May sweeps leader posts a 2.0 in 18-49s, comfortably ahead of usual leader NBC at 1.7, with The Bachelorette the night's top show with a 2.0, edging Voice and Dancing with the Stars. Link | Add comment
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House Passes FCC Transparency Bill
The Hill, May 24, 2016, 3:18 PM EDT
The House cleared a trio of communications bills, including one that supporters say makes the FCC more transparent. It requires the commission to publish the content of rules it approves within 24 hours of the last dissent on the item being submitted. Link | Add comment
Netflix Getting Exclusive This Summer
LostRemote, May 24, 2016, 2:40 PM EDT
It feels like it’s been forever since Netflix and Disney inked an exclusive licensing agreement, but it wasn’t until Monday that viewers got a better idea of what that will mean for them. On Monday, Chief of Content Ted Sarandos wrote in a blog post that come September 2016, all new theatrical releases from Disney, Pixar and LucasFilms will have a streaming home on Netflix. Link | Add comment
Chewbacca Mom Drives James Corden
TVNewsCheck, May 24, 2016, 3:13 PM EDT
When James Corden loses his patience with Chewbacca Mom in the car,  Star Wars director J.J. Abrams has some notes for Candace Payne and gets James in on the fun. | Add comment
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Nets Feel Pressure From Affils To Deliver At 10
TVNewsCheck, May 24, 2016, 5:51 AM EDT
Chief among the concerns of affiliates at the broadcast networks’ upfront presentations last week was what was being slotted at 10 p.m. (or 9 for the Fox affils). Having hits there makes a world of difference in the local news ratings that follow. One of ABC’s aspiring 10 o'clock newcomers for fall is Designated Survivor starring Kiefer Sutherland (above). Full Story | Comments (2)
ABC Sets 'People's List' For Summer Run
TVWeek, May 24, 2016, 5:56 AM EDT
People’s List, a new weekly primetime series from ABC News and People is set for a limited summer run starting Saturday, June 11. Actor Jerry O’Connell and SuChin Pak, former MTV news correspondent, will host, and will be joined by a team of “all-star insiders” from ABC News and People. Link | Comments (4)
Summer 2016 TV, Cable, Streaming Highlights
The Denver Post, May 24, 2016, 6:43 AM EDT
Television has been unleashed from the calendar — who cares about time slots or premiere dates when you can binge entire seasons anytime, anywhere? Still, there’s anticipation of cool diversions during the hot summer. The season begins on Memorial Day with a four-night event across three networks, a reprise of the historic miniseries Roots. Link | Add comment
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dma 34: Salt Lake City
KSL Taps Leona Wood As News Director
TVSpy, May 23, 2016, 4:47 PM EDT
She left KPHO Phoenix last November and now takes over news operations at Bonneville International's NBC affiliate in Salt Lake City. Link | Add comment
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Big Trends Of The Spanish-Language Upfront
Media Life Magazine, May 24, 2016, 6:10 AM EDT
The telenovela certainly is far from dead but it's no longer the only programming format. Telemundo has expanded well beyond it. Plus: The rise of programmatic and emphasis on sports. Link | Add comment
Casey Bloys Named HBO Programming Prez
The Hollywood Reporter, May 24, 2016, 5:45 AM EDT
Michael Lombardo, whose abrupt exit was announced Friday, will segue into a producer deal with the premium network. Link | Add comment
Grassley Worried About FCC STB Proposal
The Hill, May 24, 2016, 7:35 AM EDT
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley joined several other high-ranking colleagues on Monday in hitting FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s plan to open up the market for television set-top boxes. Link | Add comment
NBC Sports Unveils Live Streaming Service
Mashable, May 24, 2016, 7:31 AM EDT
It's called Playmaker Media, and the International Olympic Committee is its first client. The service will launch in competition with MLB Advanced Media in the sports live streaming space, and the move could arm it with technology that could help with future sports rights negotiations and to be sold as a service to other partners. Link | Add comment
Imagine, Cable TV Brought To You By Hulu
Media Life Magazine, May 24, 2016, 6:12 AM EDT
As cord shaving spikes, digital video providers eye a new stream of revenue as distributors of OTT services. It's a way to distinguish themselves and diversify. But there are hurdles. Link | Add comment
Redstone Is About To Shake Up Viacom
New York Post, May 24, 2016, 6:34 AM EDT
The Viacom board might want to lawyer up. The next move by Sumner Redstone, the 92-year-old controlling shareholder of the media giant, could be to shake up the 10-member board. Link | Add comment
TVN Classifieds
Newsroom Jobs In MI, TX, IA And IL
TVNewsCheck, May 24, 2016, 5:39 AM EDT
E.W. Scripps has a news director opening at its Detroit ABC affiliate. Graham Media is searching for a senior web editor at its Houston NBC affiliate. Hearst Television needs a meteorologist at its Des Moines, Iowa, CBS affiliate. NBCUniversal’s Chicago O&O is on the hunt for a daypart manager. To see all job openings, visit our Media Job Center by clicking here. | Add comment

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WTIU Updates Automation, Storage Management
TVNewsCheck/Playout, May 24, 2016, 5:52 PM EDT
dma 10: Houston
KPRC Sports Reporter-Anchor Simone Eli Leaving
Mike McGuff, May 24, 2016, 3:02 PM EDT
NBC Sports Lands US Rights For Royal Ascot
Sports Business Daily, May 24, 2016, 2:56 PM EDT
dma 40: Las Vegas
KLAS Reups Dave Courvoisier For 3 More Years
TVSpy, May 24, 2016, 2:47 PM EDT
Caitlin Conant Joins CBS News PR Team
TVNewser, May 24, 2016, 2:41 PM EDT
Pioneering CBS Correspondent Jeanne Parr Dies
People, May 24, 2016, 1:55 PM EDT
dmas 60 & 5
KTUL Anchor Kristin Dickerson Moving To KXAS
Tulsa World, May 24, 2016, 1:53 PM EDT
Zylight Inks Distribution Deal With Aladdin
TVNewsCheck/Playout, May 24, 2016, 1:45 PM EDT
Lifetime To Focus On BrandStar Facility Makeover
TVNewsCheck/Playout, May 24, 2016, 12:10 PM EDT
Market Share (DMA 136: Rockford, IL)
Fired Anchor Resurfaces On Competition
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, May 24, 2016, 8:01 AM EDT
Market Share (DMA 4: Philadelphia)
330,000 Facebookers Watch Meteorologist Give Away Umbrellas
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, May 24, 2016, 7:54 AM EDT
Vice Media Ups Ciel Hunter To Head Of Content
Deadline, May 24, 2016, 7:26 AM EDT
Univision Draws 100,000 To Voter Registration Drives
The Washington Post, May 24, 2016, 6:30 AM EDT
Clinton Declines Fox News Debate With Sanders
Politico, May 24, 2016, 6:16 AM EDT
dma 57
KATV Little Rock Adding Anchor Chris May
Arkansas Business, May 24, 2016, 6:02 AM EDT
'Biggest Loser' Producers Deny Drug Charges
Variety, May 24, 2016, 5:49 AM EDT
VSF Issues Call For Presentations
TVNewsCheck/Playout, May 23, 2016, 6:44 PM EDT
dma 3: Chicago
WBBM Anchor/Reporter Mike Parker To Retire
Chicagoland Radio and Media, May 23, 2016, 4:55 PM EDT
Dma 101: Davenport, IA
KWQC Ups Tim Stinson To Local Sales Manager
TVNewsCheck, May 23, 2016, 4:53 PM EDT

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  • Neil Genzlinger

    Bryan Cranston brings his Tony Award-winning interpretation of President Lyndon B. Johnson to television in an adaptation of the Robert Schenkkan play All the Way, and it’s still quite a sight to behold, just as it was on Broadway in 2014. Nothing beats witnessing this kind of larger-than-life portrayal onstage, of course. But the television version, presented by HBO, offers plenty of rewards, allowing Cranston to work the close-ups and liberating him from the confines of a theater set. Cranston’s performance is a gem — in his hands, this accidental president comes across as an amazing bundle of contradictions, someone who seems at once too vulgar for the job and just right for it.

  • Dominic Patten

    There are a lot of good things to say about the near-perfect The Night Manager. But it’s best to cut to the core and say that the Susanne Bier-directed miniseries is simply great television. Now, co-production already played in the UK earlier this year where it was a ratings hit and cultural phenomenon. No doubts as to why. The six-part series airing in the U.S. on AMC starring Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Colman and Elizabeth Debicki is worthy of all of the accolades and adjectives with which one can praise a show – and this in an era of TV excellence. The actors are all consistently at their very best here, with Oscar winner Bier never better behind the camera. Watch Night Manager week by week or in one DVR’d binge, but don’t miss the excellence that is this adaptation of John le Carré’s 1993 novel — you will be the lesser for it if you do.

  • Mark Dawidziak

    From the first frame, it's clear that Jackie Robinson is a genuine labor of love. The warmly crafted two-part, four-hour PBS documentary from filmmaker Ken Burns positively glows with its admiration for the man and his accomplishments. Unabashedly positive in its overall approach? Yes, and Burns is somewhat old-fashioned in that regard. He believes that admiration is a good and legitimate reason to compose a biography of someone. He's not going to apologize for that. That doesn't mean you ignore the flaws and frailties. But Burns, like historian David McCullough, maintains that biographies can celebrate worthy American lives, not merely tear them down.

  • Robert Bianco

    NBC is clearly betting a show that’s merely pleasant can survive in a crowded TV universe. And who knows, with Crowded, NBC could be right. Certainly pleasant is in short supply these days. Admittedly, “undemanding” is not exactly a strong endorsement, and NBC is unlikely to build an ad campaign around the show freeing you from weekly commitment pressure. But it’s something. And here’s something else, and something better, Crowded has to offer: Patrick Warburton and Carrie Preston, two of TV's most skilled and appealing actors. Put them together, and you have the strongest inducement to make room for their sitcom. Two may not count as a crowd, but these two just may be enough for Crowded.

  • Mark Perigard

    WGN America’s new drama Underground might be about the Underground Railroad, but its makers, including executive producer John Legend, aren’t content to coast on a bit of riveting 19th century history. They’ve crafted a caper show with fascinating characters. This is Prison Break on a Georgia plantation, with a dollop of Scandal-size surprises. Underground looks to be the most addictive new show of spring.

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