Exclusives

  • IP ENG Reinforces WFAA Shooting Coverage

    With the help of bonded cellular, two photographers from Tegna's Dallas outlet were able to provide live coverage of the July 7 shootings that took the lives of five police officers. During the melee, says news ops chief Bill Fesh, "we were still getting good HD quality pictures streaming back with only a second to a second and half of latency." More | Add comment
  • Focus: NC Campaign Ad Spend Picks Up The Pace

    With a political trifecta that includes close races for president, U.S. senator and governor, TV stations in the state, especially in markets west of I-95, could see record political ad revenue this year after a slow-ish start. Kantar Media’s Steve Passwaiter, says predictions of $100 million-plus aren’t crazy. More | Comments (2)
  • FCC Watch: A Broadcaster's Guide To Washington Issues

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    's quarterly quick briefing on the legal and regulatory proceedings affecting broadcasters from communications attorneys David Oxenford and David O'Connor. More | Comments (1)
  • Jessell: FCC Crossownership Ban Doesn’t Reflect Reality

    With FCC chief Tom Wheeler proposing to continue the decades-old ban on TV-newspaper common ownership, one has to ask in the light of modern media makeup, Why? Does he want to drive the final nail in the print media’s coffin? Ban supporters say its removal would lead to less news in local markets.That's 1975 thinking and, even if it were true then, it's not true now.
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  • TVN Tech: Sinclair Readies Retooled ATSC 3.0 Lab

    In a couple of weeks, Sinclair Broadcast Group will open an upgraded ATSC 3.0 testing lab in Baltimore to design and test a national network based on the next-generation standard and the services that will run on it. More | Add comment
  • Focus: Leverage Worries Batter TV Groups Stock

    Stock prices of six publicly-traded TV station groups had a rocky first half due to concerns over leverage as well as political, automotive and overall sustainability of the television business model. The companies bounced back a bit in the second quarter, but were still well below where they were on Jan. 1. Analysts, however, see signs for optimism. More | Comments (6)
  • IP ENG Reinforces WFAA Shooting Coverage

    With the help of bonded cellular, two photographers from Tegna's Dallas outlet were able to provide live coverage of the July 7 shootings that took the lives of five police officers. During the melee, says news ops chief Bill Fesh, "we were still getting good HD quality pictures streaming back with only a second to a second and half of latency." 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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Sat, Jul 23, 2016

Closing bell
Nasdaq Rises 26, Dow Up 54
The Associated Press, Jul 22, 2016, 5:15 PM EDT
Telecom stocks rose 1.3% on Friday, leading the markets to another record high. The Dow closed up 53.62 points, while the Nasdaq rose 26.26. Full Story | Add comment
Jessell at Large
FCC's Wheeler Proves To Be No Cable Shill
TVNewsCheck, Jul 22, 2016, 4:21 PM EDT
When Tom Wheeler took the reins at the FCC, the thought was that he would side with the cable operators he used to represent. Well, Wheeler didn't on retrans, opting not to put in place regulations that would have hobbled broadcasters' ability to negotiate for fees. Yes, Wheeler was chief spokesman for cable in the 1980s, but he has proven to be no cable guy. Full Story | Comments (1)
Will Fox News Influence On Politics Change?
The New York Times, Jul 22, 2016, 3:27 PM EDT
Now that Roger Ailes has stepped down as head of Fox News, the television news industry is bracing for a seismic shift. But the impact on the nation’s political discourse may be just as significant. Without Ailes guiding the network, conservatives and Republican politicians are left wondering whether the talk might soften under new leadership. Link | Add comment
Advertising Absent From Most OTT Services
MediaPost, Jul 22, 2016, 3:31 PM EDT
Some 55% of current over-the-top services don’t have advertising as part of their business model, selling to consumers just on a fee-only basis, according to Parks Associates. Netflix, Amazon, HBO Now, and Hulu’s non-advertising option, are major factors contributing to this result. Link | Add comment
Overnights
NBC Completes Sweep Of RNC Coverage
Media Life Magazine, Jul 22, 2016, 12:51 PM EDT
NBC's completed a political sweep for the week with its coverage of the Republican National Convention, leading competition during Thursday night's 10 p.m. hour with a 1.1 rating, according to Nielsen. On the night, CBS finished first overall, led by Big Brother. Link | Add comment
Earnings
DirecTV 342K Sub Gain Offset By U-verse Slip
Reuters, Jul 22, 2016, 11:53 AM EDT
DirecTV during the second quarter added 342,000 subscribers, but the gain was offset by the loss of 391,000 subscribers at corporate sister AT&T U-verse.   Link | Add comment
Brand Connections
Doctor: The Big Questions Facing Fox
Nieman Journalism Lab, Jul 22, 2016, 12:04 PM EDT
Does it need "a tweak or a transformation"? Might Megyn Kelly be its younger, more feminist-seeming new face? Is it just a tonal shift that's in order, or does the whole news product have to change? These are among the questions that media analyst Ken Doctor surmises Fox News must be asking itself post-Ailes as James and Lachlan Murdoch look to how far they will fashion their company's golden goose. Link | Add comment
Time Warner, Viacom, A&E Cut Ad Time
MediaPost, Jul 22, 2016, 3:27 PM EDT
Ad time on A&E was down 10% during the second quarter, while AMC Networks was down 7.4%, Time Warner networks were down 5% and Viacom outlets trimmed 3%, according to Bernstein Research, in its analysis of TiVo Research & Analytics data. Link | Add comment
Fox News' Big Problem: Its Graying Audience
The Associated Press, Jul 22, 2016, 7:26 AM EDT
While Fox has been the top-rated U.S. cable-news channel for 14 years, overall cable news audiences have been shrinking outside of presidential elections. More than half of Fox's viewers are over 65 and the network is lagging in the digital efforts that many analysts consider key to attracting young people. Full Story | Comments (4)
Murdoch: Fox News Without Ailes Is Still Fox
The Associated Press, Jul 22, 2016, 7:26 AM EDT
Fox News is heading into a general election campaign in its customary spot at the top of the ratings, but without the man who sets its editorial tone every day. For now, Rupert Murdoch will fill the spot left vacant by Ailes departure. "I am personally committed to ensuring that Fox News remains a distinctive, powerful voice," Murdoch says. "Our nation needs a robust Fox News to resonate from every corner of the country," Full Story | Add comment
Fox Now Turns To Hunt For Ailes Successor
The Associated Press, Jul 22, 2016, 7:26 AM EDT
Though Rupert Murdoch has stepped in to run Fox News in the interim, the search is on for a permanent replacement for Roger Ailes. But Murdoch, the 85-year-old executive chairman of 21st Century Fox who hired Ailes to invent Fox News two decades ago, is no long-term solution, and Ailes groomed no obvious successor.Among the names thought to be in the mix: current Fox managers Bill Shine, Jay Wallace and Mark Kranz and Michael Clemente, as well as The New York Post's Jesse Angelo. Full Story | Add comment
RNC Media Row Offers Convention Sideshow
The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Jul 22, 2016, 8:30 AM EDT
If the Republican National Convention is a political circus, Media Row is definitely the can't-miss sideshow. In a parking garage next to Quicken Loans Arena, Republican politicians, convention speakers, delegates and (mostly B-list) celebrities have made the rounds this week along a long, winding line of more than 160 TV, radio, and online media outlet booths. Link | Add comment
Brand Connections
Ergen: Dish, Tribune 'Tens Of Millions' Apart
FierceCable, Jul 22, 2016, 8:41 AM EDT
Entering the second month of a blackout that has kept 42 Tribune-owned network affiliates in 33 markets off Dish Network, Charlie Ergen, chairman and CEO of the satellite TV service, said his company is "tens of millions of dollars apart" with the broadcaster, and didn't sound hopeful about one of the largest ever retrans-related blackouts ending soon. Link | Add comment
Salem's Terry Fahy Named CBA Board Chair
TVNewsCheck, Jul 22, 2016, 6:06 AM EDT
The California Broadcasters Association tapped Terry Fahy, VP/GM of Salem Media Group Los Angeles, to be the chair of its board of directors. Full Story | Add comment
NBA Pulls All-Star Game From North Carolina
The New York Times, Jul 22, 2016, 7:26 AM EDT
The National Basketball Association on Thursday announced it was pulling next February’s All-Star Game from Charlotte to protest a state law that eliminated anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. All-Star weekend is one of the flashiest and most lucrative events on the league’s annual schedule. Link | Comments (3)

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DMA 89: Colorado Springs-Pueblo, CO
KOAA Adds Amber Oppeau As Local Sales Manager
TVNewsCheck, Jul 22, 2016, 3:30 PM EDT
dma 120: Macon, GA
WMGT Anchor Taylor Terrell, 24, Dies In Accident
WMGT, Jul 22, 2016, 2:25 PM EDT
DMA 16: Miami
WFOR Meteorologist John Gerard Resigns
TVSpy, Jul 22, 2016, 2:25 PM EDT
Amazon's Bezos Passes Buffett On Richest List
The Associated Press, Jul 22, 2016, 11:57 AM EDT
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NBC, Telemundo Seek Homes For Sheltered Pets
TVNewsCheck/Marketshare, Jul 22, 2016, 10:14 AM EDT
dma 23: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh TV Legend 'Chilly Billy' Cardille Dies
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Jul 22, 2016, 8:48 AM EDT
dma 9: Atlanta
Alyse Eady Joins WAGA's 'Good Day Atlanta'
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jul 22, 2016, 8:36 AM EDT
Election 2016
Jon Stewart Fires Back At Trump Speech
The Associated Press, Jul 22, 2016, 8:33 AM EDT
Panama City
Former WJHG Meteorologist Jason Kelley, 45, Dies
al.com, Jul 22, 2016, 8:31 AM EDT
9 Lessons From Watching Trump's 'Apprentice'
Variety, Jul 22, 2016, 8:31 AM EDT
Netflix Unveils Marvel Series In Its First Comic-Con
The Associated Press, Jul 22, 2016, 8:30 AM EDT
Fox Remakes 'Rocky Horror' For The Small Screen
The Hollywood Reporter, Jul 22, 2016, 8:30 AM EDT
Facebook To Stream US Olympics Bball Exhibitions
Variety, Jul 22, 2016, 7:26 AM EDT
Al Jazeera Returns To US As Digital Stream
Reuters, Jul 22, 2016, 7:26 AM EDT
Snowden To Help Develop Safer Phone For Journos
The New York Times, Jul 22, 2016, 6:13 AM EDT
Why Is Facebook Still Full Of Gun Sales?
New York Times, Jul 22, 2016, 6:06 AM EDT
Verizon Close To Buying Yahoo For $5B
Recode, Jul 22, 2016, 12:41 PM EDT
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Ratings

Overnights, adults 18-49 for July 21, 2016
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Reviews

  • Louisa Ada Seltzer

    The second reboot of the 1980s John Candy movie Uncle Buck, bumped by ABC from midseason, has the same tired jokes you'll find on any second-rate sitcom. Too bad, because Mike Epps is appealing and ABC would be wise to keep him around for future shows, but there’s just not enough to this show to suggest it will last past summer. It also airs against NBC’s America’s Got Talent, summer’s No. 1 program on broadcast, which may make it even harder to find an audience.

  • 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.

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