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  • TVN's Jessell: Broadcasters Benefit From Net Neutrality

    Without even trying, broadcasters emerged winners from the FCC’s adoption yesterday of tough new rules overseeing Internet access. Why? Because broadcasters are very much in the digital business and that business now has some protection against discriminatory treatement by Internet gatekeepers. More | Comments (7)
  • NAB Hot Topics: 4K Cameras To Get Growing Exposure

    At this year's NAB Show, broadcasters will see an increasing lineup of new cameras that support 4K acquisition for the future while delivering HD imagery for today. It's reminiscent of the changes that took place when the industry prepared for the switch from NTSC to 1080i and 720p HDTV.  More | Add comment
  • Focus: New Media General Set For New Media World

    The combination of the financial acumen of hedge-fund investor Soohyung Kim and the operational expertise of CEO Vincent Sadusky is transforming an old media firm into a forward-looking TV broadcaster.  More | Comments (1)
  • Front Office: Get With The Automated Ad Program

    Automated or "programmatic" advertising has some in spot sales worried that it could be a threat to local account executives. But rather than thinking about how it may threaten job security, you need to realize that selling spot TV isn’t going away. Like the medium itself, it is changing into something new and relevant to today’s media buyers. More | Comments (6)
  • TVN Tech: Media Generally Pleased With Drone Plan

    The FAA on Feb. 15 released proposed rules covering the commercial use of small drones weighing less than 55 pounds. And while the proposed regs — covering everything from operator certification to identifying markings — are not as restrictive as media drone experts worried they might be — there are still plenty of concerns. More | Add comment

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  • TVN's FCC Watch: A quick briefing on FCC proceedings affecting TV broadcasters from communications attorneys David Oxenford and David O'Connor.
  • NewsTECHForum 2014: Complete coverage of the second annual conference from TVNewsCheck and Sports Video Group
  • 2014—Year In Review: Revisit the year’s top developments in business, programming, journalism, technology, regulation and more.
  • Severe Weather 2014: A three-part look at the effects of social media on forecasting; a Q&A with the National Weather Service's Greg Carbin; and the latest on dual polarization radar.
  • Diginets 2014: A three-part examination of the revenue, programming and business strategies of multicasting.
  • 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.
  • ENG 2013: A three-part examination of the state of the art in newsgathering tech, including bonded cellular, wireless mic issues and news vehicles.
  • THE TOP 30 TV STATION GROUPS: A plethora of mega-deals over the last 12 months has reordered TVNewsCheck's annual ranking. While the top three spots remained the same as last year — occupied by Fox, CBS and Sinclair — the rest of the top 10 is much changed with five companies gone through M&A activity.
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Mon, Mar 2, 2015

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Dow Climbs 156, Nasdaq Adds 45 To Top 5,000
The Associated Press, Mar 2, 2015, 6:06 PM EST
Major U.S. indexes rose from the start Monday, with the Nasdaq passing the milestone number shortly before noon. The tech-heavy index then dropped, but rose again toward the close of trading to end at 5,008.10 on Monday, just 40 points from its March 2000 record. Merger news and an encouraging economic report drove the gains. Full Story | Add comment
Betting Big On The Prospects For Local TV
Virginia Business, Mar 2, 2015, 4:08 PM EST
Will cord-cutting and new technologies affect the prospects of network affiliates? Link | Add comment
'Judge Judy' Staying In Session Till 2020
TVNewsCheck, Mar 2, 2015, 2:14 PM EST
Judy Sheindlin  has extended her contract with CBS Television Distribution for three more years. The new deal also includes a first-look production deal with Sheindlin’s company Queen Bee Productions Inc., which produces Hot Bench, the top-rated new show in syndication this season.
Full Story | Comments (1)
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Strong Start For Fox’s ‘Last Man On Earth’
Media Life Magazine, Mar 2, 2015, 12:15 PM EST
Fox’s new sitcom Last Man on Earth looks promising. The comedy debuted with back-to-back episodes. Not only did it post much better numbers than the other two new shows that bowed last night, ABC’s Secrets & Lies and CBS’s Battle Creek, but it also finished as the night’s No. 1 show in adults 18-49, a tenth ahead of ABC’s Once Upon a Time. Earth drew a 2.3 18-49 rating for each episode, growing on lead-in Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which posted a 1.8 at 8:30 p.m., by 28%. Link | Add comment
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Net Neutrality's Biggest Winner: Netflix
Inside Sources, Mar 2, 2015, 3:11 PM EST
Netflix has acted to subtly reframe the debate in Washington over the FCC’s proposed Title II public utility regulation of the Internet in the name of “net neutrality.” Netflix, known for its innovation in reshaping the entertainment industry, worked to add unprecedented regulations to new net neutrality rules that will cement its power, eliminate its current costs and, in turn, pass those costs onto all Internet users to benefit its bottom line. Link | Add comment
Tribune Signs New Ratings Deal With Nielsen
Deadline, Mar 2, 2015, 3:07 PM EST
Tribune Media’s renewal with Nielsen comes about a month after the broadcaster surprised some in the industry by also agreeing to use Rentrak audience measurement data at its 42 TV stations — including for its TV Everywhere streaming efforts. Link | Add comment
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Gannett: Icahn Has Dropped Board Nominees
The New York Times, Mar 2, 2015, 2:47 PM EST
Gannett said the activist investor had also withdrawn his corporate governance proposals that would have made it easier to sell the media company. Link | Add comment
GMC Launches Major Ad Campaign
Advertising Age, Mar 2, 2015, 2:23 PM EST
GMC will roll out its broadest advertising campaign in 15 years today, as General Motors seeks to raise awareness of its low-profile truck brand by polishing its reputation for craftsmanship. Link | Add comment
Vega, Llamas To Be ABC Weekend Anchors
The Associated Press, Mar 2, 2015, 2:19 PM EST
The network said Monday that Cecilia Vega, who has worked for ABC since 2011 after working in local news in San Francisco, will work on Saturdays. Tom Llamas, who came to ABC from NBC's New York affiliate, will work Sunday night. Full Story | Add comment
Pop Bringing Daytime Emmys Back To TV
The Associated Press, Mar 2, 2015, 2:17 PM EST
Pop, formerly the TV Guide Network, will air this year's Daytime Emmy ceremony live on Sunday, April 26. Full Story | Add comment
Entravision Ups Maria Lopez-Knowles To CMO
TVNewsCheck, Mar 2, 2015, 10:47 AM EST
The promoted Pulpo Media executive will lead Entravision's integrated marketing across its television, radio and digital properties. Full Story | Add comment
Market Values Digital, Not Legacy, In Media
NetNewsCheck, Mar 2, 2015, 3:01 PM EST
James Dolan, managing partner at Cherry Tree Companies, told attendees at Borrell Associates’ Local Online Advertising Conference that local media need to face the truth that if it isn’t digital, the market just doesn’t care. “Valuations are subjective,” Dolan says, but that doesn’t matter. “The market thinks digital has a future. The market thinks legacy media doesn’t have a future.” Link | Add comment
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Executive Session with Paul Karpowicz
Meredith Sees Local TV's Upside In Digital
TVNewsCheck, Mar 2, 2015, 8:18 AM EST
The company's Local Media Group President Paul Karpowicz says its stations, and TV broadcasting in general, can grow long-term only by taking their hard-earned reputation for local TV news and carrying it forward onto digital platforms and, perhaps, delivering it in new ways via a new broadcasting standard to handheld devices. Full Story | Comments (3)
NBC Wins The February Sweep Once Again
Media Life Magazine, Mar 2, 2015, 6:29 AM EST
NBC won the February sweep for the second straight year, and for the second straight year it got a huge boost from sports. The Super Bowl sparked the network to a big advantage over second-place ABC, though it was down from last year, when it carried the Winter Olympics. NBC averaged a 3.1 adults 18-49 Nielsen rating during the four weeks used to set local ad rates, which ended Feb. 25. That was off 23% from last year’s 4.0. Link | Add comment
Q&A with Dana Walden
Walden Rebuilds Fox Slate, One Hit At A Time
Adweek, Mar 2, 2015, 6:18 AM EST
As co-chairman and co-CEO of Fox Television Group, Dana Walden, alongside partner Gary Newman, now oversees both Fox Broadcasting Co. and 20th Century Fox Television, which Walden (who started there in 1992) has run with Newman since 1999. But when she and Newman took over the network last summer, they received a baptism by fire. Aside from Gotham, audiences rejected all of Fox's new fall shows. Then, hip-hop drama Empire, from Walden's studio, wiped the slate clean in January, becoming the biggest new series in decades. Walden talks about surviving Fox's fall to forget and how she'll capitalize on Empire's success. Link | Add comment
Solid Ratings For NBC's Lester Holt
Advertising Age, Mar 2, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
The Chicken Littles who squawked that the sky was falling after Lester Holt's first week filling in for Brian Williams behind the NBC Nightly News desk have fallen silent, as the Feb. 16 to Feb. 20 newscasts put up huge ratings. Holt's second week as the Nightly News anchor averaged 10.1 million viewers, per Nielsen figures, only the fourth time this season that NBC has reached that milestone. No other nightly newscast has hit that mark in eight seasons. Link | Comments (4)
Inability To Skip Ads Frustrates VOD Owners
MediaPost, Mar 2, 2015, 6:21 AM EST
Although video on demand is a big benefit to many TV viewers, one element of VOD activity remains a frustration: Not being able to skip through commercials. A new report reveals that 41% of those surveyed say having the fast-forward function disabled on VOD is a major "frustration," according to Hub Entertainment Research. Link | Comments (11)
Who Will Succeed Warren Buffett?
Reuters, Mar 2, 2015, 6:37 AM EST
Speculation has been mounting among Berkshire investors as to who will succeed the 84-year-old Buffett. It seems Ajit Jain and and Greg Abel are the front-runners.
Link | Comments (1)
Rebekah Brooks Returns To The Murdoch Fold
Bloomberg, Mar 2, 2015, 6:39 AM EST
Rebekah Brooks, the former CEO of News Corp.’s U.K. subsidiary, will return to work under Rupert Murdoch eight months after being cleared of phone-hacking charges. Brooks, 46, will rejoin Murdoch-controlled News Corp. to take a senior role with Dublin-based Storyful, a startup that helps newsrooms find and vet video content from across the Web, according to a person familiar with the matter. Link | Add comment
Oops, Best News Bloopers Of February
TVNewsCheck, Feb 28, 2015, 9:07 AM EST

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Ratings

Overnights, adults 18-49 for March 1, 2015
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    1.8/5
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    1.6/5
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Source: Nielsen

Reviews

  • Mark Perigard

    ABC’s Secrets and Lies is the second network TV series adapted from an Australian hit to focus on violence against a child in a month. NBC’s The Slap is self-explanatory and rich in character. With a title such as Secrets and Lies, ABC’s newest limited series is going for something a bit more salacious, but anyone hoping for a Desperate Housewives vibe (ABC’s last big Sunday hit) will be disappointed. This story unfolds as if it were told by someone overdosing on Ambien.

  • Rob Owen

    It's hard to imagine Fox's funny, entertaining and pretty original Last Man on Earth becoming a hit, but the same could have at one time been said about The Lego Movie and the screen version of 21 Jump Street, so you never can tell. Writers Chris Miller and Phil Lord had a hand in all three, and it's fair to say if you liked their movies, you'll probably dig this new TV comedy, too. Creatively, there's no question Last Man on Earth is a winner, a unique comedy in a sea of sitcoms viewers have seen before. But being original is also risky.

  • Tom Conroy

    CBS’s new crime dramedy Battle Creek is yet another detective series featuring two mismatched partners who are destined to achieve a grudging respect. Battle Creek might be able to survive on the strengths of its two charismatic lead actors, but the perfunctory mystery in the premiere suggests that the lack of creativity will do them in. That lack is all the more surprising because the writers of the episode are Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad, and David Shore, the creator of House, both of which were innovative series.

  • David Hinckley

    When they  talk about the great folk music troubadours and carriers of the 20th century, too often they mention Woody Guthrie and A.P. Carter and the Lomaxes, then leave out Lead Belly. Huddie Ledbetter, grandson of slaves, is described in Smithsonian Channel's new documentary Legend of Lead Belly as a "human jukebox," an artist who listened to all the music around him, absorbed it and distilled it into an enormous body of his own work.

  • Brian Lowry

    With Two and a Half Men signing off, CBS will try to fill the void by shrinking the formula to two admittedly very familiar men, named Felix and Oscar. Matthew Perry completes his potentially dubious post-Friends hat trick — having starred in comedies for NBC and ABC as well — with this reboot of The Odd Couple, a beloved series that still derives some kick from Neil Simon’s blueprint, but also feels especially dated in this day and age, what with Felix as the nonsexual spouse, essentially, to Oscar’s slovenly husband. Good casting provides some hope, but this still feels oh-so-20th century.

  • Alessandra Stanley

    AMC's Better Call Saul revolves around Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk), the shady lawyer of Walter White, the hero of Breaking Bad, and is set roughly six years before the two men meet. It’s common to dread a spinoff; some succeed, but plenty disappoint. There is absolutely no need to worry about this prequel to the Breaking Bad canon. Better Call Saul traces in loving, if corrosive, detail how Jimmy McGill, a debt-ridden, ambulance-chasing loser, changed his name to Saul Goodman and became a drug-lord consigliere. Better Call Saul is better than good: It’s delightful — in a brutal, darkly comic way, of course.

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