• Social Scorecard | WWL-TV Leads New Orleans In Social

    What drives social media engagement in New Orleans? WWL-TV says weather — and sometimes gumbo, of course. WWL has just over 3.3 million actions on social, 25% of the total engagement generated in the market, with more than 13.6 million social actions. WWL also was first in actions per post with 259. More | Comments (1)
  • Jessell | Don't Fret Too Much About Trump NBC Tweets

    You shouldn't get too excited about about President Trump's tweeted threats against NBC's broadcast licenses. He can weaponize the FCC to punish stations and networks for his bad press, but not by using license renewal challenges. He could pressure or cajole FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to act as his enforcer, but I don't see that happening. More | Comments (30)
  • TVN Tech | Tower Deaths Put Repack Schedule In Spotlight

    Broadcasters have long been concerned that all stations may not be able to make the mandated switch to new channels following the spectrum auction on the FCC’s schedule, largely because broadcasters don’t believe there are enough qualified tower crews to get the work done — a concern shared by some tower companies. That fear was exacerbated by the deaths of three tower workers in Miami last month. More | Comments (7)
  • Front Office | Time To Comply With Credit Report Practices

    Following “cooperative discussions” and a 2015 settlement with a group of State Attorneys General, the three major consumer credit reporting agencies agreed to create the National Consumer Assistance Plan. The new practices implemented under NCAP are designed to make it easier for consumers to correct any errors on their reports. Here is what media providers need to know about the new practices.  More | Comments (1)
  • Executive Session | Frontline Recollections Of The Birth Of Retransmission Consent

    Perry Sook, CEO of Nexstar Broadcasting negotiated one of the earliest retrans deals with an MVPD in 2005 Since Sook took his stand, retrans has grown into a powerful second revenue stream, contributing $40 billion to the top line of the industry. It has kept broadcasting in the TV game. Here, Sook talks about how this vital second revenue stream came to be and its prospects for the immediate future. More | Comments (14)
  • TV2020 | Creating Local TV Strategies To Monetize OTT

    Two broadcasters, an ad rep firm CEO and a leading industry consultant will address how TV station groups can profit from licensing their content to skinny bundles and selling advertising over the top during a session to be presented at TVNewsCheck’s TV2020: Monetizing the Future conference.  
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  • Ad, TV Execs To Address Optimizing Spot Revenue

    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. 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 | Comments (1)
  • 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 | Comments (1)
  • 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 (3)
  • 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 (2)

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
Sinclair's Right-Wing Critics Turn Up Volume
Bloomberg, Oct 20, 2017, 8:30 AM EDT
The fiery editorials of Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. chief political analyst Boris Epshteyn will be beamed into seven in 10 American living rooms if the company is allowed to complete a merger that would transform it into a nationwide conservative TV juggernaut. But Sinclair’s proposed $3.9 billion purchase of Tribune Media Co. is encountering opposition from unlikely foes: media stalwarts of the right. Link | Add comment
Reif Cohen: Skinny Bundles Are A 'Big Yawn'
Deadline, Oct 20, 2017, 6:13 AM EDT
Jessica Reif Cohen, longtime media analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, said virtual MVPs (aka “skinny bundles”) from the likes of Dish, DirecTV, Hulu, YouTube and Sony “so far are one big yawn, a big nothing” in terms of penetration and subscribers. Link | Comments (8)
TVN’s Front Office By Mary Collins
Successful Recruitment Requires Budgeting
TVNewsCheck, Oct 20, 2017, 5:41 AM EDT
Now is the time to make sure 2018 budgets include adequate resources for talent recruitment and retention. Here are eight areas to focus on to ensure your company is adequately equipped to meet the challenges ahead. Full Story | Comments (1)
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KFVE Honolulu Gone From DirecTV
TVNewsCheck, Oct 20, 2017, 6:04 AM EDT
The Hawaiian independent station was dropped from the satellite service Thursday following four extensions over the last seven weeks of its carriage deal. Full Story | Add comment
Market Share | DMA 3: Chicago
WLS Names Teresa Rix New Sales Manager
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Oct 20, 2017, 8:12 AM EDT
The former Tribune Media VP of group sales and marketing will head sales at the ABC O&O in Chicago. Link | Add comment
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FCC Lifts Freeze On Unpacked TV Changes
CommLawCenter, Oct 19, 2017, 7:38 PM EDT
The FCC announced late Thursday that the freeze that has been in place since April 2013 that prevents full-power and Class A TV stations from filing applications to expand their coverage areas will be lifted temporarily, likely before the end of this year. The lifting of the freeze allows stations that were not repacked following the Broadcast Incentive Auction to file minor modification applications to expand their signal for the first time in nearly five years. Link | Add comment
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Univision Amps Up Criticism Of Verizon
Deadline, Oct 20, 2017, 6:16 AM EDT
Univision is ratcheting up its criticism of Verizon for deciding to “withhold Univision news, information and services from their Hispanic subscribers” by dropping the network’s signal from its FiOS service in a carriage dispute. Link | Add comment
LAPD Opens Weinstein Assault Investigation
TVNewsCheck, Oct 20, 2017, 6:40 AM EDT
Los Angeles police detectives have interviewed a possible victim who recently reported she was sexually assaulted by film mogul Harvey Weinstein in 2013. Full Story | Add comment
What Does Price's Leaving Mean For Amazon?
Vulture, Oct 20, 2017, 7:16 AM EDT
It would be nice to think that former Amazon Studios chief Roy Price resigned from his job because company founder and CEO Jeff Bezos simply couldn’t tolerate the idea that one of his key executives had sexually harassed a key producer. But something else may have also played a role in the decision to finally make a change: Bezos, it seems, simply wasn’t happy with how Price was running Amazon’s TV business. Now that Price is gone, Hollywood is wondering whether his departure will mark the beginning of an even bigger shake-up at the streamer. Link | Add comment
Management Positions In IA, MI, OR
TVNewsCheck, Oct 17, 2017, 5:46 AM EDT
Hearst is searching for a morning executive producer at its CBS affiliate KCCI Des Moines, Iowa. Merideth is looking for a VP/general manager at its CBS affiliate WNEM Saginaw, Mich. Heartland Media has an opening for a local sales manager at its ABC affiliate KDRV Medford, Ore. To see all job openings, visit our Media Job Center here. | Comments (1)
Disparate Views Of The Future Of ATSC 3.0
TVNewsCheck, Oct 19, 2017, 9:54 AM EDT

Broadcasters have different ideas on how best to proceed with ATSC 3.0. Some advocate an initial rollout of 4K Ultra-HD programming followed by a gradual move into targeted advertising. Another faction touts the near-term potential of a nationwide datacasting business that will first seek B-to-B customers like auto makers and content delivery networks. In any event, 2018 will be crucial. Full Story | Comments (4)
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Publicis Agency Sets All-Automated Spot Buy
TVNewsCheck, Oct 18, 2017, 9:37 PM EDT
Publicis Media is making a $50 million local TV buy for one of its most challenging clients using an automated platform system, involving 90 markets across the country. This is just one of the strategies to improve the automated ad buying process to increase the relevance of local spot discussed at TV2020 on Wednesday. Full Story | Comments (3)
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Marcus, Sullivan Wrestle Over DIY Programs
TVNewsCheck, Oct 19, 2017, 8:28 AM EDT
Mort Marcus, co-president of Debmar-Mercury (center), says that station groups that produce their own shows and, in some cases, leave them on the air longer than they deserve, are making the tough syndication business even tougher. Fellow panelist Bob Sullivan, the chief of programming for Tegna, one of the do-it-yourself station groups, saw thing differently. The full TV2020 panel (l-r): Frank Cicha of Fox, Ken Werner of Warner Bros., Marcus, Arthur Hasson of Sinclair and Bob Sullivan of Tegna. (Photo: Erica Keane). Full Story | Comments (3)
TVNewsCheck's TV2020
Broadcasters Mull OTT Possibilities, Payouts
TVNewsCheck, Oct 18, 2017, 10:58 PM EDT
Unique content and targeted ads may yield future revenues, but stations are urged to not delay any longer. Full Story | Comments (4)
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CEOs Talk Ratings, Automated Ad Biz, NFL
TVNewsCheck, Oct 18, 2017, 3:37 PM EDT
The top executives of four TV station groups assessed the state of the TV broadcasting business (l-r: Hearst’s Jordan Wertlieb, NBC’s Valari Staab, Tegna’s Dave Lougee and Sinclair’s Chris Ripley). Among their topics were the future of audience measurement including specific-device measurement built into the ATSC 3.0 standard; why automated buying and selling of TV ads has been so slow to be adopted; and the changing value of sports programming, especially NFL games. (Photo: Wendy Moger-Bross) Full Story | Comments (6)
TVNewsCheck's TV2020
Nathanson: Sports, News B’Casters Strength
TVNewsCheck, Oct 18, 2017, 12:10 PM EDT
Analyst Michael Nathanson says broadcasters’ biggest weapon against SVODs is their live sports and news content. That gives them a key edge against cable, which can no longer compete with the aggressive scripted content investments coming from the likes of Netflix, Hulu and Amazon. (Photo: Wendy Moger-Bross) Full Story | Add comment
TVNewsCheck's TV2020
Lazarus: Sports Challenged, But Resilient
TVNewsCheck, Oct 18, 2017, 1:33 PM EDT
Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC Broadcasting and Sports, said the network faces changing sports consumer habits that have affected ratings, but it’s making a full court press with its upcoming Super Bowl and Olympics coverage. He also said ATSC 3.0 presents an opportunity for its stations if it can find “the right balance.” (Photo: Wendy Moger-Bross) Full Story | Comments (1)
TVNewsCheck's TV2020
Lazarus ‘Confident’ In NBC License Renewals
TVNewsCheck, Oct 18, 2017, 11:14 AM EDT
NBC Chairman of Broadcasting and Sports Mark Lazarus said the network isn’t worried about its broadcast licenses facing revocation following President Trump’s threatening tweets. “We feel very confident … that the FCC will support the First Amendment,” he said. Full Story | Add comment

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Gurvir Dhindsa Joining WGCL, For Now
AJC.com, Oct 20, 2017, 7:41 AM EDT
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Nielsen Data Proves Pittsburghers Love TV
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Oct 20, 2017, 7:37 AM EDT
Fox's Chris Wallace Doesn't Like Colleagues Echoing Press Attacks
The Associated Press, Oct 20, 2017, 7:31 AM EDT
‘Breaking Bad’ Actors To Host Puerto Rico Fundraiser
The Associated Press, Oct 20, 2017, 6:43 AM EDT
CW Developing Another Comic Book TV Show
Variety, Oct 20, 2017, 6:32 AM EDT
Facebook Gives Publishers Instant Articles Paywall
AdAge, Oct 20, 2017, 6:23 AM EDT
Nickelodeon's Savino Fired Over Harassment
TVLine, Oct 20, 2017, 6:19 AM EDT
DMA 135: Columbia-Jefferson City, MO
KOMU Adds Three Account Execs To Sales Team
TVNewsCheck, Oct 19, 2017, 10:35 PM EDT
KAB Elects Chairman And New Board
TVNewsCheck, Oct 19, 2017, 10:29 PM EDT
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  • 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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