Exclusives

  • Road To NAB: RF Vendors Address Station Repack Needs, Next-Gen Details

    The FCC-mandated TV spectrum repack and ATSC 3.0 will be the biggest trends in RF developments at the 2017 NAB Show. However, that simple statement glosses over the complexities involved in making both a reality. This year’s convention will mark the first major industrywide opportunity broadcasters and RF vendors have had to dive into the nitty-gritty of making these major changes a reality. Photo: RFS. For more of TVN's 2017 Tech Hot Topics, click here. More | Add comment
  • Focus: At Scripps, News Breaks On Facebook Live

    Facebook Live has become the preferred platform for video-centric breaking news at Scripps despite some newsroom pushback and concerns about limits on editorial control and the ability to make money from the streams. Above, a story from WFTX Ft. Myers-Naples, Fla., that aired in January. More | Add comment
  • Thomas Named TVN’s Tech Woman to Watch For 2017

    Yvonne Thomas, product manager for Arvato Systems’ Broadcast Solutions division, will be honored during TVNewsCheck’s annual Women in Technology Awards presentation on April 25 during the NAB Show in Las Vegas. She is responsible for the media asset management system VPMS and closely follows new trends in the media landscape. More | Add comment
  • Social Scorecard: WGHP Dominates In Greensboro

    Tribune-owned Fox affiliate WGHP holds a whopping lead among local outlets on social media in the Greensboro-High Point-Winston-Salem DMA according to Shareablee data. Its news director says a deeply involved team of veteran talent is driving it.   More | Add comment
  • Jessell: Big Four May Sit Out Station Consolidation

    Many FCC-watchers expect deregulatory minded FCC Chairman Ajit Pai will raise the station ownership limits, and station groups like Sinclair, Nexstar, Gray and Tegna are good bets to be buying. But what about the Big Four networks? With the possible exception of CBS, I don't see them as ready to pounce on the shopping opportunity that Pai may hand them. More | Comments (4)
  • Road To NAB: IP Tech Tackles Workflow, Wireless Costs

    The bonded cellular technology at the heart of today’s IP newsgathering systems has achieved such a level of maturity that many vendors have begun addressing the finer points, such as how to more closely integrate the workflow of reporters in the field with the newsroom and maintaining network speeds even when working within the confines of a VPN. At the same time, frenemy and outright competitors have arisen and are looking to make headway with stations by offering systems they say will reduce or eliminate ever-rising wireless data bills. For more of TVN's 2017 Tech Hot Topics, click here. More | Add comment
  • Women In Tech: Imagine's Glodina Connan-Lostanlen Sets Pace For IP Transition

    TVNewsCheck’s 2017 Women in Technology Leadership Award honoree spearheaded Imagine’s IP transition strategy while coaxing staffers and customers to embrace momentous change. Her mantra for company insiders: “It’s OK to fail. If you try to protect yourself and focus only on what you know, you’re not going to enjoy what’s coming.” 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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Sat, Mar 25, 2017

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Dow Falls 60, Nasdaq Finishes Up 11
The Associated Press, Mar 24, 2017, 5:14 PM EDT
Stocks wobbled Friday, finishing mixed after the GOP pulled the plug on its health care bill. The health care act became something of a proxy for the rest of the Trump agenda and it dominated the market for most of this week. Full Story | Add comment
Jessell at Large
Challenge: Monetizing Facebook Live
TVNewsCheck, Mar 24, 2017, 3:47 PM EDT
Just over a year ago, Facebook introduced its video streaming service Facebook Live and invited one and all to give it a try. Many broadcasters have accepted the invitation and are using it effectively for breaking news and interactive shows. It brings new dimensions to local TV news, but so far no meaningful additional revenue. Full Story | Add comment
Hearst TV Names Chief Digital Content Exec
TVNewsCheck, Mar 24, 2017, 12:08 PM EDT
In a newly created position, former Twitter exec Andrew Fitzgerald will work with the digital teams at the Hearst Television stations to produce and distribute content on multiple digital platforms. Full Story | Add comment
Dma 42: Norfolk, VA
Nexstar Names Carol Ward Norfolk GM
TVNewsCheck, Mar 24, 2017, 11:20 AM EDT
The broadcasting and sales management executive with more than 25 years of local media experience is promoted to lead its duopoly of WAVY (NBC) WVBT (Fox). Full Story | Add comment
DMA 30: Hartford, CT
Vazquez To Head WTIC-WCCT Marketing
TVNewsCheck, Mar 24, 2017, 1:08 PM EDT
The veteran creative services director will oversee marketing, branding and creative services at Tribune’s Fox-CW duopoly in Hartford, Conn. Full Story | Add comment
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CBS Dominates Thurs. With NCAA Playoffs
Media Life, Mar 24, 2017, 12:10 PM EDT
The network averages a 2.0 in 18-49s, topping closest competitor, ABC, by 54%. ABC's Grey's Anatomy finishes as the night's top scripted show with a 1.9. Link | Add comment
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NAB Among Groups Supporting Copyright Bill
Deadline, Mar 24, 2017, 9:26 AM EDT
A bill introduced in Congress Thursday that would give Donald Trump and all future presidents the authority to appoint the head of the U.S. Copyright Office has received the endorsement of the Directors Guild of America and Motion Picture Association of America as well as the NAB, whose CEO Gordon Smith said: "As representatives of both significant owners and users of copyrighted material, NAB supports passage of this bill and will continue to work with lawmakers on broader efforts to modernize the copyright office." Link | Add comment
ANA Issues YouTube Ad Advisory
MediaPost, Mar 24, 2017, 1:27 PM EDT
In an ironic twist for a company whose corporate motto is “do the right thing,” the Association of National Advertisers issued an advisory warning members about the brand safety of YouTube and reminding its parent Google that the top priority for any platform used by brands is “to do no harm.” The advisory comes after a number of big ANA members pulled their advertising from YouTube when it was discovered that they were being placed adjacent to unsafe content, including hate speech and “terrorist-oriented” Web sites. Link | Add comment

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Mar 23, 2017, 11:03 AM EDT
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TVNewsCheck, Mar 22, 2017, 7:31 AM EDT
Tegna’s NBC affiliate in St. Louis is looking for a director of marketing. Nexstar’s ABC affiliate in Memphis has an opening for a local sales manager. Videolicious, a mobile video creation company in New York City, needs a customer success manager. To see all job openings, visit our Media Job Center here. | Add comment
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Newsroom Jobs In CA, TX And SC
TVNewsCheck, Mar 21, 2017, 7:14 AM EDT
Fox O&O KTVU is searching for a VP-news director in Oakland-San Francisco. Tegna ABC affiliate WFAA Dallas is looking for an assistant news director. Raycom’s CBS affiliate in Charleston, S.C., needs an executive producer. To see all job openings, visit our Media Job Center here. | Add comment
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Pivotal Changes Are Coming To Local TV
TVNewsCheck, Mar 24, 2017, 5:41 AM EDT
Basketball players must pivot for tasks like squaring to the basket, blocking out for a rebound or getting away from defensive pressure. In a similar way, TV stations and other media need to keep one foot rooted in the core business while making calculated and strategic changes in position. The bottom line is that daily content planning must encompass both linear and digital platforms. Digital cannot be an afterthought if it’s to succeed. Full Story | Comments (3)
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FCC’s Pai Remains Mum On Fake News
RTDNA, Mar 24, 2017, 8:01 AM EDT
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Thursday sidestepped questions from reporters about the Commission’s position on so-called “fake news.” Calling it a “political debate,” Pai said, “I will not wade into that. I will be focused on the core values of the First Amendment and protecting them." Link | Comments (3)
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Politics Everywhere, But Not In Upfronts
Advertising Age, Mar 24, 2017, 6:06 AM EDT
Donald Trump's presidency may be seeping into every other part of media, but it's not expected to meaningfully impact TV upfront negotiations. Link | Add comment
Big Bidders For NFL's Thursday Streaming
Recode, Mar 23, 2017, 9:54 PM EDT
The NFL is selling the rights to stream its Thursday Night Football games next season, and at least four big tech companies are interested. Facebook, Amazon, Twitter and Google’s YouTube have all submitted proposals to the NFL in the hope of streaming the games, according to two sources familiar with the process. Link | Comments (1)
Senate Votes To Block FCC Privacy Regs
The Hill, Mar 24, 2017, 8:10 AM EDT
The Senate passed a resolution Thursday in a 50-48 party-line vote that would dismantle a set of internet privacy rules approved by the FCC last year. The rules, which the FCC passed in a party-line vote in October, require internet service providers such as AT&T and Verizon to obtain customers’ permission before using their personal information for advertising purposes. Link | Comments (2)
Is Exiting NBC Exec Lukasiewicz A Fall Guy?
The Wrap, Mar 24, 2017, 6:04 AM EDT
Emmy-winning NBC News executive Mark Lukasiewicz stepped down this month because of an internal “purge” tied to NBC’s handling of the 2016 election — including the September “Commander in Chief Forum” where Matt Lauer was accused of taking it too easy on Donald Trump, a knowledgeable insider tells TheWrap. Lukasiewicz strongly denies that is the case. Link | Add comment
Comcast Said to Get Nationwide Cable Rights
Bloomberg, Mar 23, 2017, 9:51 PM EDT
Comcast Corp. has acquired rights from cable network owners to offer their channels nationwide, according to people familiar with the negotiations, giving the biggest U.S. cable operator a backup plan if rival online-TV services catch on with consumers. The rights allow Comcast to sell video service for the first time outside its regional territories, which include Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing private information. Link | Add comment
Justice Settles Suit Against AT&T, DirecTV
The Hollywood Reporter, Mar 23, 2017, 10:00 PM EDT
The U.S. Department of Justice filed court papers on Thursday indicating that it has reached a deal with AT&T and DirecTV to resolve an antitrust lawsuit that accused the companies of sharing information during negotiations to carry SportsNet LA, the regional sports network holding the exclusive rights to telecast live Los Angeles Dodgers games in the L.A. area. The proposed deal contemplates future restrictions on what MVPDs are allowed to exchange with each other. Link | Add comment
NAB Show 2017
Tim Wu to Address NAB Show Tech Luncheon
TVNewsCheck, Mar 24, 2017, 7:38 AM EDT
The best-selling author is slated to discuss technology and cultural trends as well as the evolution of the internet. Full Story | Add comment
Scripps Nominates Three New Board Members
TVNewsCheck, Mar 23, 2017, 4:41 PM EDT
At the May 2 Scripps shareholder annual meeting, Adam Symson, R. Michael Scagliotti and Peter B. Thompson will stand for election by Scripps family members as holders of the common voting shares. Full Story | Add comment
Conservative Outlets Find Spotlight Gets Hot
The Washington Post, Mar 24, 2017, 6:35 AM EDT
These should be high times for conservative news outlets, what with like-minded officials and operatives in control of virtually every important office in Washington. And yet the news about conservative news organs lately has been a parade of dysfunction, a messy portrait in pixels. Link | Add comment
Twitter Adds Live Video API For Broadcasters
FierceCable, Mar 24, 2017, 6:24 AM EDT
Twitter has officially announced the Periscope Producer application program interface aimed at adding new ways of sharing live video on Twitter for media companies and broadcasters. The move emphasizes its push toward increased live video ahead of its NewFronts appearance. Link | Add comment
The Perks And Pitfalls Of Quitting Facebook
The New York Times, Mar 24, 2017, 6:28 AM EDT
Closing your social media accounts can help protect your privacy, but it can also mean cutting yourself off from friends, family and opportunity. Link | Add comment
YouTube's Ad Bid Imperiled By Brand's Revolt
Reuters, Mar 24, 2017, 6:13 AM EDT
The decision by a handful of high-profile consumer brands to pull advertising from Google’s YouTube over offensive content could threaten the site’s long-term strategy of stealing ad dollars from television, analysts and ad industry professionals said Thursday. Link | Add comment
Pricetag On Digital Ad Fraud: $16.4 Billion
Media Life, Mar 24, 2017, 6:10 AM EDT
That's how much advertisers stand to lose in 2017, says a new report, which notes programmatic sees a disproportionate share of fraud. Link | Add comment

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Former WJBK Detroit Anchor Rich Fisher Dies
WJBK, Mar 24, 2017, 3:41 PM EDT
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dma 39: Austin, TX
KXAN Adds Half-Hour To Local Lifestyle Show
TVSpy, Mar 24, 2017, 1:50 PM EDT
DePaul To Honor NBC's Lester Holt
TVNewser, Mar 24, 2017, 1:45 PM EDT
Univision’s ‘El Chapo’ Series Premiere Date Set
The Wrap, Mar 24, 2017, 1:23 PM EDT
Sharon Lawrence Joins CBS's ‘Me, Myself & I’ Pilot
Deadline, Mar 24, 2017, 1:21 PM EDT
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On The NAB Exhibit Floor: Amagi
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On The NAB Exhibit Floor: Quantum
TVNewsCheck, Mar 24, 2017, 11:54 AM EDT
Dma 1: New York
WNBC Names Olabanji New Weekend Anchor
TVNewsCheck, Mar 24, 2017, 10:29 AM EDT
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WJLP Airing Town Hall Meeting On Heroin Crisis
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Mar 24, 2017, 8:25 AM EDT
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UPDATE: WTAE Heroin Special Wins Time Period
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Mar 24, 2017, 8:17 AM EDT
Campbell Brown On Filters, Fake News, Facebook
Poynter, Mar 24, 2017, 7:54 AM EDT
dma 76: Rochester, NY
Reporter Deanna Dewberry Joins WHEC
Uncle Barky's Bytes, Mar 24, 2017, 7:22 AM EDT
Ga. Files $770K In Tax Liens Against 'Chrisley' Duo
WSB, Mar 24, 2017, 7:17 AM EDT
ABC News Says 3 Of Its Twitter Accounts Hacked
The Associated Press, Mar 24, 2017, 6:49 AM EDT
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On The NAB Exhibit Floor: Pronology
TVNewsCheck, Mar 24, 2017, 6:18 AM EDT
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On The NAB Exhibit Floor: Sonnet Technologies
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On The NAB Exhibit Floor: Shotoku Broadcast
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On The NAB Exhibit Floor: Cineo Lighting
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On The NAB Exhibit Floor: BroadStream Solutions
TVNewsCheck, Mar 24, 2017, 6:18 AM EDT
Fox Reviving 'Love Connection' In May
The Associated Press, Mar 23, 2017, 6:50 PM EDT
Mario Lopez To Host CBS's 'Candy Crush'
The Hollywood Reporter, Mar 23, 2017, 6:48 PM EDT
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Ratings

Overnights, adults 18-49 for March 23, 2017
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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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