• Jessell: Encouraging Words For A Repack Summit

    During an NAB Show panel, it became apparent that both broadcast and wireless interests see value in sitting down together to plan the post-auction spectrum reorganization, with both sides saying a region-by-region approach looks most efficient. T-Mobile’s Steve Sharkey: “Any chance to get together and try to figure out what the right process is is a positive step forward.” I agree; a summit would get further faster than any other method in bridging the gap between broadcasters and carriers. More | Comments (7)
  • TVN Tech: NAB Reveals, And Revels In, 3.0 Progress

    As the push to move TV broadcasting to the more powerful and versatile ATSC 3.0 transmission standard picks up steam almost daily, this week’s NAB Show let attendees get up close and personal with the new tech. The show featured two 3.0 pavilions (one with broadcast gear, the other with consumer tech); more than 15 vendors, universities, researchers and the NAB’s own initiative demoing different pieces of the 3.0 ecosystem. More | Comments (5)
  • TVNewsCheck Celebrates Women In Technology

    On Tuesday evening at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, TVNewsCheck saluted the accomplishments of its annual Women in Technology honorees — Leadership award winner Michelle Munson, CEO of Aspera (second from left), and TVNewsCheck Women to Watch honoree Jennifer Leung, director of product at the National Football League (second from right). They are flanked by Harry Jessell, TVNewsCheck editor, and Kathy Haley, TVNewsCheck Publisher. (Photo by John Staley) More | Add comment
  • FCC Watch: A Broadcaster's Guide To Washington Issues

    's quarterly quick briefing on the legal and regulatory proceedings affecting broadcasters from communications attorneys David Oxenford and David O'Connor. More | Comments (1)
  • Open Mike: The Digital Resurrection Of Ron Burgundy

    We’ve all heard the death knell warnings from the likes of Mary Meeker about the tectonic shifts in consumer media consumption away from TV to mobile, and the clanking sword slices of the cord cutters. I’m here to present a contrarian view that TV is not dead, and that in fact, the local broadcast market is arguably the largest overlooked opportunity in digital today. More | Add comment

Special Reports

  • 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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Fri, Apr 29, 2016

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Dow Gives Up 57, Nasdaq Loses 30
The Associated Press, Apr 29, 2016, 5:06 PM EDT
Stocks opened lower and fell further throughout the morning Friday, extending a downturn from the day before. That followed a rout in European indexes. Late in the day bond prices rose again, sending yields lower and pushing investors to buy utility and phone company stocks. Full Story | Add comment
Jessell at Large
Wireless Cable: It Could Work With ATSC 3.0
TVNewsCheck, Apr 29, 2016, 3:12 PM EDT
The idea that some broadcasters floated about a decade ago to use their then-new subchannels to provide low-cost packages of cable programming never came to fruition. But with the advanced technical capabilities that ATSC 3.0 will provide, it’s an idea worth rethinking. The interest in skinny bundles, which rely on broadband instead of broadcast for distribution, suggest that dissatisfaction with the bloated, expensive bundles of cable and satellite has risen to a point where consumers are ready to act. The demand is there.
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FCC To Auction Off 126 MHz Of Spectrum
TVNewsCheck, Apr 29, 2016, 11:52 AM EDT
The commission says it hit its goal of the amount of TV spectrum being offered up for auction to wireless providers. It lays out the timetable for the processes, including mock auctions, that broadcasters need to know prior to the start of bidding on May 31. Full Story | Comments (7)
Univision Soars With ‘Pasion y Poder’ Finale
Media Life Magazine, Apr 29, 2016, 12:32 PM EDT
The three-hour finale posts a 1.0 rating among 18-49s, helping the network finish third for the night behind CBS and ABC. Telemundo also scores with Billboard Latin Music Awards. Link | Add comment
New For Olympics, Highlights On Snapchat
Media Life Magazine, Apr 29, 2016, 1:37 PM EDT
NBCU will share video of the Summer Games from Rio on social media for the first time in an effort to connect with those all-important millennials. Link | Add comment
Viacom Strikes Advertising Deal With Roku
Adweek, Apr 29, 2016, 1:32 PM EDT
As second-quarter TV ad revenue fell 5%, Viacom is hoping that a new targeted advertising deal with Roku will help resuscitate its advertising business. Viacom and Roku announced a new partnership that will give Viacom access to Roku's audience data and enable the company to deliver targeted advertising to Roku's various audience demos. Link | Add comment
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Former Senator Conrad Burns Dies At 81
The Associated Press/TVNewsCheck, Apr 29, 2016, 9:57 AM EDT
The former member of the Senate Appropriations and Commerce committees had a varied background that included broadcasting. NAB President-CEO Gordon Smith said of Burns: "Broadcasters have lost a great champion and I have lost a good Senate friend with the passing of Conrad Burns." Full Story | Add comment

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Technology leaders on the IP transition
Apr 5, 2016, 7:26 AM EDT
How will Turner Broadcasting, NBCUniversal’s CNBC and Sinclair Broadcast Group navigate television’s transition from baseband SDI to an IP environment? Senior engineering executives at all three companies participated in a roundtable interview
about how they are making the move. Matthew Holcombe, VP, Turner Production Broadcast Engineering; Del Parks, SVP and CTO of the Sinclair Broadcast Group; and Steve Fastook, SVP of technical and commercial operations at CNBC, revealed how they’re currently deploying IP, why they are doing so and where they hope IP-based technologies will take their operations in the future. Highlights of that interview, produced for Grass Valley by NewsCheckStudio, are here. Full interview here. 
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Police Shoot Man In Costume Outside WBFF
The Baltimore Sun, Apr 29, 2016, 6:00 AM EDT
A man dressed in an animal costume and wearing what police suspected was an explosive device strode into Baltimore Fox affiliate WBFF Thursday afternoon and, after a standoff, was shot three times by city police officers. The 25-year-old man was in serious condition at a hospital Thursday night. The suspicious device turned out to be chocolate bars, wrapped in foil and attached to wires and a computer circuit board. (WBAL photo) Link | Comments (2)
Charter Set To Close On TWC Acquisition
FierceCable, Apr 29, 2016, 6:23 AM EDT
Charter Communications expects to finally close its acquisitions of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks "within a few days" of the California Public Utilities Commission's May 12 approval vote of the deals. The combined company will be named simply "Charter." Link | Add comment
SVG's NAB Review: Seeing Through The Haze
Sports Video Group, Apr 29, 2016, 7:31 AM EDT
NAB 2016 is in the books and, for the 103,000 people in attendance, it’s time to pull together notes taken from across the show floor and hopefully be able to answer a simple question from management: what was the big trend at the show this year? As is often the case with simple questions, there is a not-so-simple answer. Link | Add comment
Editor’s Notebook – Collision 2016
VR’s Imminence Comes Into Sharp Focus
NetNewsCheck, Apr 29, 2016, 7:36 AM EDT
Virtual reality was a major strand of the tech/media/marketing conference Collision this week, and one of its most breathtaking media applications came via The Guardian’s new “6X9” project. NetNewsCheck Editor Michael Depp susses out the strong signals pointing to VR’s coming mass adoption, along with the pressures of platform publishing and ad blocking that have surfaced as more immediate — and unabating — issues for publishers. Link | Add comment
Brand Connections
Dma 167: Billings, MT
Shawn Wilcox Named Pres.-GM Of KTVQ
TVNewsCheck, Apr 28, 2016, 5:00 PM EDT
The former GM of KPVI Idaho Falls succeeds John Hurley as head of Cordillera Communications’ CBS affiliate in Billings, Mont. Full Story | Add comment
TVN’s Front Office By Mary Collins
Be Prepared To Manage A Cyber Attack
TVNewsCheck, Apr 29, 2016, 5:38 AM EDT
Cyber breaches come with their own financial and operational considerations. A cyber-attack can mean significant and costly interruptions to business. Here’s a multi-pronged strategy for developing an incident response plan in the increasingly likely event your station suffers a data breach/hack. Full Story | Add comment
station advisory
FEMA Sets Date For Nationwide EAS Test
CommLawBlog, Apr 29, 2016, 7:48 AM EDT
If you participate in the Emergency Alert System, it’s time to get out your calendars and circle Wednesday, Sept. 28 — because we now know that that’s the day on which our friends at the Federal Emergency Management Agency are planning on conducting the second-ever nationwide test of the EAS. Link | Add comment
Rovi Buying TiVo For $1.1 Billion
The Wrap, Apr 29, 2016, 7:54 AM EDT
Entertainment technology company Rovi has purchased original DVR service TiVo for $1.1 billion, or $10.70 per share. Talks of such an acquisition heated up last month, and now it’s official. That $10.70 price represents a premium of approximately 40 percent over TiVo’s closing stock price of $7.66 on March 23 — the last trading day prior to media speculation about a possible transaction. Link | Add comment
quarterly report
Viacom's U.S. Ad Revenues Sink 5%
MediaPost, Apr 29, 2016, 6:02 AM EDT
 A declining supply of ratings and reduced advertising loads pushed Viacom's advertising revenues down for its fiscal second quarter, despite a strong scatter TV marketplace. Link | Add comment
Closing Arguments For CBS's 'The Good Wife'
The New York Times, Apr 29, 2016, 6:27 AM EDT
As the CBS drama ends after seven years, Julianna Margulies and the show’s creators discuss their journey, and the increasing scarcity of network serialized dramas. Link | Add comment
A Media Buyer’s Guide To The Newfronts
Media Life Magazine, Apr 29, 2016, 6:06 AM EDT
The Digital Content Newfronts open Monday with more than three dozen video companies ready to make their case for ad dollars at a time when spending is surging. Link | Comments (1)

More News

WHCA's Charitable Giving Under Scrutiny
Washingtonian, Apr 29, 2016, 2:10 PM EDT
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Anchor Cindy Klose Retiring From KWCH Wichita
KWCH, Apr 29, 2016, 1:43 PM EDT
dma 65
KAKE Wichita Anchor Susan Peters Leaving
The Wichita Eagle, Apr 29, 2016, 1:41 PM EDT
Dma 6: San Francisco
News Anchor Steve Aveson Joins KRON
TVNewsCheck, Apr 29, 2016, 9:49 AM EDT
dma 3
WCIU Morning Segment To Salute Chicago Communities
Chicagoland Radio and Media, Apr 29, 2016, 8:19 AM EDT
Market Share (DMA 170: Quincy, IL)
Windstorm Coverage Wins WGEM Regional Murrow
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Apr 29, 2016, 8:08 AM EDT
Market Share (DMA 13: Detroit)
WXYZ Goes Digital With Gun Documentary
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Apr 29, 2016, 8:04 AM EDT
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Old News Promos Live Forever On YouTube
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Apr 29, 2016, 7:59 AM EDT
ASCAP Eclipses $1 Billion In Revenue
The Tennessean, Apr 29, 2016, 7:19 AM EDT
'Idol' Production Company Files For Bankruptcy
USA Today, Apr 29, 2016, 6:44 AM EDT
quarterly report
M&A Drives Net Insight 1Q Revenue Up 25%
Devoncroft, Apr 29, 2016, 6:11 AM EDT
Ron Howard To Direct NatGeo’s First Scripted Series
Variety, Apr 29, 2016, 5:46 AM EDT
dma 18: Cleveland
WKYC Garners 28 Regional Emmy Nominations
WKYC, Apr 28, 2016, 5:43 PM EDT

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  • 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.

  • Jeff Jensen

    He huffs, he puffs, he snorts yards of blow up his nose. He’s Richie Finestra, flailing founder of an imploding record company, American Century, and he’s exactly what TV doesn’t need right now — one more anguished, toxic, middle-aged male anti-hero raging against the dying light of his powers. Played by Bobby Cannavale with a ferociousness that sucks you in even as it wears you down, Richie is the black hole center of HBO's Vinyl, a drama set in ‘70s New York at the dawn of punk and hip-hop, produced by the super-group of Martin Scorsese, Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire), Rich Cohen and Mick Jagger. It’s a sometimes thrilling period piece dulled by new century Bleak TV blah blah blah.

  • Mark Perigard

    With thanks to "sweet baby Jesus" for allowing her to premiere during a "deranged" election season, veteran Daily Show correspondent Samantha Bee launched her own comedy news show Full Frontal with Samantha Bee on TBS. In the closing segment, she sent a “foreign exchange producer” to gauge the level of support for Jeb Bush, who can’t get voters to clap for him. When asked what kind of drink Jeb would be, one supporter said milk — “a normal drink.” “He’s a little meek,” another supporter said. Not Bee. If there’s one complaint: Once a week is just not enough for Samantha Bee. Do something about that, will you, TBS?

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