• TVN Tech | CNN Blazing A Trail With Live AR Reporting

    CNN correspondent Tom Foreman is pioneering work in augmented reality reporting. He says pulling off AR convincingly on air isn’t just about the technology but having the right dedicated team who can keep cool heads when things go wrong. More | Comments (5)
  • Focus | NBC Looking For Digital News In Left Field

    NBC’s year-old digital video unit has been pushing the boundaries of what a broadcaster’s news content might look like. Its experimental collaborations with MSNBC and Meet the Press may also soon extend to the network’s O&Os. More | Comments (1)
  • Jessell | TV's Retrans Gravy Train Losing Speed

    Robin Flynn of S&P Global Market Intelligence offered projections Thursday on broadcasting's financial future. Her retrans outlook slide stands as a stark reminder to stations that that revenue stream can no longer be counted on to indefinitely supply the growth station groups have enjoyed. ~~ Plus, NBC's Valari Staab gives a nice plug for ATSC 3.0. More | Comments (2)
  • Front Office | Sizing Up 2018’s Political Ad Challenges

    With more than $8.5 billion predicted to be spent on this year’s midterm elections, TV stations may need to anticipate how to balance demand from political advertisers with the needs of longstanding local advertisers. Another challenge will involve the competition for campaign ad dollars that are expected to be spent on social media and others forms of digital advertising. More | Comments (2)
  • Q&A | Scripps: TV News Needs To Break Bad Habits

    Sean McLaughlin, VP of news at the E.W. Scripps Co., says the industry is failing to evolve on the content front with its addiction to fires and shootings. Resources need to be shifted to more investigative and enterprise reporting to stand out from the pack, he says, a pivot that requires “courage and strength” in local newsrooms.  More | Comments (10)
  • Market Share | WBZ's '70 Years' Campaign A Grand Slam

    Tomorrow, Saturday, June 9, WBZ, the CBS O&O in Boston, celebrates 70 years of broadcasting as New England’s first television station. In December 2017, WBZ launched an extensive on air and social media campaign built around its 70 years of service to the city. More | Comments (1)
  • Students Challenged To ‘Disrupt the News’

    and the Broadcast Education Association are looking for student journalists who can create the best new approaches or formats for local TV news. The winners will receive monetary prizes to be presented during BEA’s 2019 annual convention in Las Vegas. More | Comments (3)

Special Reports

  • TVN's Top 30 TV Station Groups: With approval still pending of Sinclair's merger with Tribune, Sinclair remains No. 1. Spinoffs from that deal push Fox up to No. 2 over CBS.in TVNewsCheck's annual ranking by spot revenue.
  • TVN's FCC Watch: A quick briefing on FCC proceedings affecting TV broadcasters from Washington communications attorneys David Oxenford and David O'Connor.
  • 2018 NAB Show Tech Hot Topics: TVNewsCheck’s annual multi-part series highlighting emerging tech trends in advance of the NAB Show. Topics: IP workflow, audio, MAM/storage, field operations, master control, graphics, cameras, RF, ATSC 3.0.
  • 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.
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Gray To Buy Raycom For $3.6 Billion
TVNewsCheck, Jun 25, 2018, 8:09 AM EDT
The combined company, after spinning off nine stations, will operate 142 stations in 92 markets with a U.S. coverage of 24%. Raycom President-CEO Pat LaPlatney will become Gray’s president and co-CEO, with Hilton Howell becoming executive chairman and co-CEO. Full Story | Comments (5)
Telemundo Sets Another World Cup Record
Deadline, Jun 25, 2018, 6:20 AM EDT
Mexico beat South Korea 2-1 in Saturday’s FIFA World Cup Russia match, but it could be argued that Telemundo was the real winner as it broke records with the most-watched livestream event in Spanish-language history. The match averaged 7.2 million viewers across Telemundo, TelemundoDeportes.com, and the Telemundo Deportes En Vivo and NBC Sports apps. Link | Add comment
Roseanne Opens Up About ABC Firing
The Hollywood Reporter, Jun 25, 2018, 6:11 AM EDT
In a wide-ranging interview with spiritual adviser Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, the disgraced comedian addressed the current controversy stemming from a racist tweet she made weeks ago. Link | Add comment
FCC Opens Door To C-Band Sharing, Auction
Broadcasting & Cable, Jun 25, 2018, 6:00 AM EDT
Driven by an explicit desire to speed 5G and close the digital divide, the FCC has released a draft proposal to free up mid-band (C-band) spectrum (3.7-4.2 GHz) for wireless broadband — and perhaps eve auction it all to the highest and best user — a draft it plans to vote on at the July 12 public meeting. Link | Add comment
Univision, Dish At Odds Over New Deal
Deadline, Jun 23, 2018, 9:14 PM EDT
Univision Communications is locked in a carriage dispute with Dish Network, and Saturday began alerting the satellite service’s subscribers that they may soon lose access. In response, Dish said: “We are actively working to reach a fair deal before the contract between Dish and Univision expires, knowing that only Univision can choose to take its content away from Dish and Sling customers." Link | Add comment
Supreme Court Expands Digital Privacy Rights
MediaPost, Jun 25, 2018, 6:24 AM EDT
In a decision cheered by privacy advocates, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Friday that the police generally must obtain a warrant before acquiring cell tower records that reveal people's locations over time. The digital rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation called the ruling a "major victory." Link | Add comment
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TVNewsCheck, Jun 22, 2018, 7:44 AM EDT
WNBC New York needs a daily hire maintenance engineer (NABET). A large broadcast group is looking for a president and general manager in a growing Southwest market. BIA Advisory Services has an opening for a director, data product sales in Chantilly, VA. To see all job openings, visit our Media Job Center here.   | Add comment
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Wilmer Valderrama Signs To Return To ‘NCIS’
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Complete List Of Winners At BET Awards
The Associated Press, Jun 25, 2018, 6:02 AM EDT
Jonathan Friedland Out As Netflix Communications Chief
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Brian Kilmeade Called Out For ‘These Aren’t Our Kids’ Comment
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  • Hank Stuever

    In 1977, DC Comics unveiled a superhero named Black Lightning, hoping to fill an obvious void with a token character who, inspired somewhat by the characters in blaxploitation cinema, exhibited a lot of street sense on the blighted side of Metropolis. Black Lightning, a wholehearted and energetic live-action revival of the character on CW. It is a fine example of what television might look like once we move past the more ceremonial aspects of diversity. This is a black show on a network filled with white superheroes, and it displays no insecurity or self-consciousness about that.

  • Alexis Soloski

    In Amazon's Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, the creator of Gilmore Girls introduces another brainy, mouthy heroine, this time in the male-dominated comedy world of the 1950s.

  • Hal Boedeker

    A reassuring example of older means getting better, Will & Grace struts back to NBC bolder, brassier and bawdier. Some like it tart, and this frisky frolic delivers. After eight seasons, the beloved sitcom felt faded at its fade-out in 2006. Eleven years later, the revival packs a joyous kick in the first three episodes. Here is an absolutely fabulous return with four irrepressible stars who are at their very best. Will & Grace is no gay dinosaur.

  • 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.

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