Exclusives

  • TVN Tech: Support Growing For SMPTE IP Standard

    The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers committee at work on a new standard for professional video over IP is nearing the stage where its work can be put to the test. Many are hopeful the SMPTE 2110 standard will deliver what’s needed for the industry to coalesce around an IP protocol that broadcasters and others in the industry can support.   More | Add comment
  • Executive Outlook: Can Television Stations Live With Facebook Live?

    The pressure on broadcasters to post their content on Facebook Live is growing and stations are weighing the pros and cons of ceding control over their content to a powerful — and growing — third party. More | Add comment
  • Executive Outlook: Scripps Shines With Commitment To Local News, New Media

    The 138-year-old company with 33 TV stations in 24 markets is moving boldly into the digital universe. Outgoing CEO Rich Boehne (left) says it’s following its audience, but admits it’s risky and that the journey isn’t for the faint of heart. Incoming CEO Adam Symson (right) shares Boehne's enthusiasm, but doesn't see it as quite so radical. In light of this foreward-looking strategy and the company's continued commitment to producing the best in local news, TVNewsCheck named E.W. Scripps its Station Group of Year for 2017. (Collage by Bill Knight) More | Add comment
  • NATPE: Steady As It Goes For Paul Franklin And CTD

    In his first NATPE as president of CBS Television Distribution, Paul Franklin is overseeing a list of some of the longest-running shows in television syndication. His challenge is to hold the line or even grow the license fees for CTD’s stalwart syndication properties in an era when there’s more pressure than ever from stations and station groups to drive down fees. To read all of TVNewsCheck’s NATPE 2017 coverage, click here. More | Comments (1)
  • Jessell: More Reasons Than Syndie To Attend NATPE

    Broadcasters need a place where they can not only obtain programming, but where they can find and share ideas about producing their own by brushing up against the creative community. They should think of NATPE as a hedge against syndicated or network programming either diminishing or becoming prohibitively costly. More | Add comment
  • TVN Tech: Unconventional Show = Creative Workflow

    Lucy Paynter, real-time art director for Vice News Tonight, draws on her traditional TV background to choose the elements and experiences that will best contribute to the workflow that’s needed for a newscast with an avant garde flair. "It really is about striking the balance between speed and style." She explains how it all works. More | Add comment
  • Executive Outlook: Old Syndie Shows Blocking New Ones

    One big reason syndicators aren’t producing first-run shows as they used to is that there is simply not much room for them. The old tried-and-true just won’t go away, like Judge Judy, now in its 21st season. If it weren’t for shows “clogging the pipeline,” says Mort Marcus, co-president of Debmar-Mercury, “six or seven new shows a year would [get a chance to come into syndication] and there would be a robust marketplace." More | Comments (4)
  • Jessell: Good Luck, Megyn. You're Going To Need It

    It's great news that NBC has hired Megyn Kelly from Fox News to host a Monday-Friday daytime show and a Sunday night news magazine. But let's keep in mind that the odds of Kelly succeeding in either role are long. There hasn't been a winner in daytime talk since NBCU's Steve Harvey, which launched in fall 2012. And nobody has come close to being the next 60 Minutes. More | Comments (2)
  • Balloting Opens For Women In Tech Awards

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    's annual Women in Technology Leadership Award and the Technology Women to Watch Awards support the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation’s Technology Apprenticeship Program, which places graduating engineers who are women or people of color in broadcast industry internships. More | Add comment

Special Reports

  • 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.
  • TVN's FCC Watch: A quick briefing on FCC proceedings affecting TV broadcasters from Washington communications attorneys David Oxenford and David O'Connor.
  • 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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Latest News

Fri, Jan 20, 2017

closing bell
Dow Falls 72, Nasdaq Gives Up 16
The Associated Press, Jan 19, 2017, 5:17 PM EST
On Thursday, losses were widespread, with three stocks falling on the New York Stock Exchange for every one that rose. Utilities, real-estate investment trusts and others that pay big dividends were among the hardest hit because their payouts look less attractive when bond yields are rising. Small company stocks took outsize losses. Full Story | Add comment
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Patrick Nevin To Lead Nexstar’s KOIN Portland
TVNewsCheck, Jan 19, 2017, 5:03 PM EST
The station group moves him from its KASW Phoenix to oversee the Portland CBS affiliate. Full Story | Add comment
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WZZM Promotes Chris Legg To Sales Director
TVNewsCheck, Jan 19, 2017, 3:46 PM EST
The 19-year veteran of Tegna’s ABC affiliate in Grand Rapids, Mich., has worked his way up from account executive.   Full Story | Add comment
Wheeler: Auction 'Delivered' On Its Promise
TVNewsCheck, Jan 19, 2017, 3:03 PM EST
The FCC chairman, who will be gone by tomorrow, praised the incentive spectrum auction, but cautioned that "there is still a long road ahead," meaning the necessary repack. "This will be an extremely important task for my successor and the new commission," he said. Full Story | Comments (7)
Comcast, Univision Renew Carriage Deal
Deadline, Jan 19, 2017, 2:15 PM EST
Comcast and Univision have renewed their distribution agreement for carriage of Univision’s Spanish-language broadcast and cable networks as well as its owned-and-operated stations. The deal covers Univision, UniMás and Galavisión as well as the O&Os. Link | Add comment
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Nexstar Names Graziano VP-GM In Hartford
TVNewsCheck, Jan 19, 2017, 12:27 PM EST
The group owner taps Richard Graziano, a veteran broadcast and digital executive, to run its Connecticut ABC-MNT duopoly of WTNH-WCTX . Full Story | Add comment
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New Sitcom ‘Speechless’ Tops A Slow Wed.
Media Life, Jan 19, 2017, 12:16 PM EST
The freshman ABC show posts a 1.6 in 18-49s, the first time it's led, on a night without an original Modern Family. CBS's People's Choice Awards draws 6.7 million total viewers. Link | Add comment
TVN Tech's Road To IP
Support Growing For SMPTE IP Standard
TVNewsCheck, Jan 19, 2017, 10:14 AM EST
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers committee at work on a new standard for professional video over IP is nearing the stage where its work can be put to the test. Many are hopeful the SMPTE 2110 standard will deliver what’s needed for the industry to coalesce around an IP protocol that broadcasters and others in the industry can support.   Full Story | Add comment
Rise In Broadband-Only Homes With Antennas
MediaPost, Jan 19, 2017, 2:25 PM EST
Broadband-only homes are increasingly using antennas to receive TV. In the third quarter of 2016, Parks Associates says 15% of those homes use antennas for TV reception. This percentage has been steadily rising since the second quarter 2013, when it was under 9% of those broadband-only homes. Link | Add comment
Pondering The Future Of Niche Cable Nets
Media Life, Jan 19, 2017, 2:30 PM EST
In the wake of Esquire's shutdown, it's ripe for discussion. As cable carriers push skinny bundles, these networks get left behind. It's harder to make carriage deals. Link | Add comment
TVNewsCheck/Executive Outlook
Can TV Stations Live With Facebook Live?
NetNewsCheck, Jan 18, 2017, 10:04 PM EST
The pressure on broadcasters to post their content on Facebook Live is growing and stations are weighing the pros and cons of ceding control over their content to a powerful — and growing — third party. Full Story | Add comment
NATPE 2017
Testing, Ownership Key To Better Syndication
TVNewsCheck, Jan 18, 2017, 8:31 PM EST
A NATPE panel of station and syndication execs says that while time slots are tight with so many shows being renewed, there’s a need to extensively test new offerings before rolling them out. In addition, new shows have a better chance to succeed if station groups have an ownership stake in them. Full Story | Add comment
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Tegna Looking To Grow Its Own Syndie Hits
TVNewsCheck, Jan 18, 2017, 7:52 PM EST
Tegna Media President Dave Lougee challenged his stations to come up with new ideas for first-run shows that it could take group-wide — and possibly nationally. That yielded five pilots and, of those, two from WXIA Atlanta and WWL New Orleans were deemed worthy to produce locally.    Full Story | Comments (4)
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Tartikoff Awards Celebrate TV’s Innovators
Variety, Jan 19, 2017, 6:18 AM EST
Among those honored at Wednesday's ceremony in Miami Beach were AMC Networks' Josh Sapan, YouTube’s Susanne Daniels, Univision’s Randy Falco, multihyphenate Eva Longoria and Fox’s Gary Newman and Dana Walden. Link | Add comment
Incentive Auction Ending At $18 Billion
TVNewsCheck, Jan 18, 2017, 5:47 PM EST
The FCC said that with the results of today’s rounds of the forward auction, the bidding has satisfied the requirements of the incentive auction’s Final Stage Rule, meaning that the auction will successfully conclude in Stage 4. Outgoing FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said: "The auction will provide $10.05 billion to broadcast television licensees who participated and billions towards deficit reduction." Full Story | Comments (8)
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Memo Says Charter-NBC Have Retrans Deal
TVPredictions, Jan 19, 2017, 6:42 AM EST
Charter has sent a memo to employees that says it has reached a new carriage agreement with NBCUniversal. No official announcement yet. Link | Add comment
Flicks TV Diginet Ready To Go To The Movies
TVNewsCheck, Jan 19, 2017, 5:53 AM EST

The new multicast network from Seals Entertainment will focus on a wide variety of original films with theme nights geared towards specific audiences with specials and live events.  Full Story | Add comment

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New Nexstar GMs In San Fran., Indianapolis
TVNewsCheck, Jan 19, 2017, 8:24 AM EST
Christopher McDonnell will oversee KRON San Francisco and Randy Ingram will head the Indianapolis duopoly of WISH-WNDY.   Full Story | Add comment
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KFMB San Diego Adding CW Affiliation
TVNewsCheck, Jan 18, 2017, 6:13 PM EST
Midwest Television’s CBS affiliate KFMB San Diego (DMA 28) is adding the The CW on a subchannel, beginning Sept. 1. “We are thrilled to be adding the CW to the KFMB family,” said Alberto Mier y Terán, the station’s president-GM. “It enhances our strong multimedia platform in San Diego and helps us to better serve all San Diegans with compelling programming and award-winning local news." | Comments (1)
Pai On Track To Be Interim FCC Chairman
Inside Radio, Jan 18, 2017, 6:06 PM EST
Expectations are FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai will be named interim chairman of the agency later this week when Tom Wheeler steps down on Inauguration Day. The clearest signal that’s likely to happen came when incoming White House spokesman Sean Spicer confirmed on a call with reporters that Pai met with the president-elect in Trump Tower on Monday. Link | Comments (2)
TCA Winter Press Tour
NBC Renews 'This Is Us' For Seasons 2 & 3
TVLine, Jan 18, 2017, 4:00 PM EST
NBC has renewed This Is Us for a second and third season, NBC announced Wednesday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. Each season will consist of 18 episodes. The freshman family drama was an out-of-the-gate smash for the network, commercially and critically. Link | Add comment
At Midseason, What The Networks Need To Do
Media Life, Jan 19, 2017, 6:34 AM EST
ABC and CBS must stabilize their declining veteran shows. Fox needs to revive its Tuesday and Thursday nights. The CW needs a new midseason hit. And NBC? It's doing just fine. Link | Add comment
Greenblatt Offers Hope For 'Days Of Our Lives'
TVLine, Jan 19, 2017, 6:23 AM EST
The long-running NBC daytime soap was rumored to be on the chopping block earlier this month after the network signed Fox News alum Megyn Kelly and offered her a daytime news program. But on Wednesday, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt cautioned soap fans that the fate of Days hasn’t been settled yet. Link | Add comment
Ellen Takes Home 3 People's Choice Awards
The Associated Press, Jan 19, 2017, 6:07 AM EST
The three new trophies make Ellen DeGeneres the winningest entertainer in the show's history. Full Story | Add comment
Hyundai To Shoot Super Bowl Ad In Game
Advertising Age, Jan 19, 2017, 6:29 AM EST
Director Peter Berg will film, edit and produce the 90-second spot in real time during the game, the automaker says. Link | Add comment
Fox Rejects Super Bowl Ad With Border Wall
New York Post, Jan 19, 2017, 6:54 AM EST
Fox has asked for changes to a 90-second commercial from building supply company 84 Lumber because the ad featured a border wall. Link | Add comment
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Fox News, Trump Is Biggest Political Romance
The Washington Post, Jan 19, 2017, 6:48 AM EST
When Donald Trump takes the oath of office Friday, becoming the 45th president, two factors will have helped in a big — no, huge — way. He had one dominant message and one dominant messenger. A new Pew Research study shows that Trump voters coalesced around a single primary news source: Fox News. Link | Comments (8)
Facebook Hit With New Ad Metrics Lawsuit
MediaPost, Jan 19, 2017, 6:32 AM EST
The bankrupt tech incubator Quirky, known for selling smart-home devices, has sued Facebook for providing incorrect data about the length of time users spent watching video ads. Link | Add comment
Netflix Has No Plans to Show Live Sports
The Wrap, Jan 19, 2017, 6:26 AM EST
CEO Reed Hastings acknowledged that a lack of sports is a big factor preventing his streaming service from matching cable in subscribers. Link | Add comment

More News

DMA 7: wASHINGTON
Hadas Gold Joins WTTG As Political Contributor
WTTG, Jan 19, 2017, 6:03 PM EST
'NCIS: Los Angeles' Star Miguel Ferrer Dies At 61
The Associated Press, Jan 19, 2017, 5:14 PM EST
CW Ups Chris Brooks To Distribution EVP
TVNewsCheck, Jan 19, 2017, 5:11 PM EST
dma 10: Atlanta
WGCL Anchor Tries To Prove Pizzagate Is Real
TVSpy, Jan 19, 2017, 2:54 PM EST
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Anchor Chris Hurst Leaving WDBJ Roanoke
TVSpy, Jan 19, 2017, 2:32 PM EST
Lionsgate Names Two TV Business Affairs EVPs
Deadline, Jan 19, 2017, 2:13 PM EST
Stephanopoulos’ Presence On ABC To Grow
Variety, Jan 19, 2017, 2:09 PM EST
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Bystander Rescues Passengers From Flooded Bus
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Jan 19, 2017, 8:32 AM EST
Market Share (DMA 8: Houston)
KHOU Flooded Bus Facebook Video Goes Viral
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Jan 19, 2017, 8:30 AM EST
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UPDATE: 9-Year-Old Weather Kid On National News
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Jan 19, 2017, 7:24 AM EST
Market Share (DMA 54)
Why Is KFSN Fresno’s News Leader?
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Jan 19, 2017, 7:19 AM EST
Market Share (DMA 8: Houston)
KRIV’s New Set Is A 'Storytelling Environment'
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Jan 19, 2017, 7:16 AM EST
'American Crime Story' To Take On Lewinsky Scandal
The Hollywood Reporter, Jan 19, 2017, 6:59 AM EST
Netflix Sees Dramatic 4Q Subscriber Growth
Los Angeles Times, Jan 19, 2017, 6:50 AM EST
DMA 47
WJXT Jacksonville To Add 4 P.M. Newscast
TVNewsCheck, Jan 18, 2017, 10:53 PM EST
DMA 13: Detroit
Ameera David Joins WXYZ-WMYD News
TVNewsCheck, Jan 18, 2017, 7:23 PM EST
Netflix's Shrinking DVD Service's Future Uncertain
The Associated Press, Jan 18, 2017, 5:09 PM EST
Esquire Network To Move From Cable To Online
The Associated Press, Jan 18, 2017, 5:04 PM EST
NBC Names Jackson White House Correspondent
TVNewser, Jan 18, 2017, 5:02 PM EST
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Ratings

Overnights, adults 18-49 for January 9, 2017
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    1.7/5
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    1.0/3
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    0.7/2
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    0.7/2
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    0.3/1
Source: Nielsen

Reviews

  • 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.

  • Maureen Ryan

    Pitch has swagger, for good reason. It gets the big things right; the Fox drama about the first female baseball player in the Major Leagues is one of the year’s most assured and exciting debuts. But part of what impresses about the pilot is also the way it confidently strings together so many small but telling details. Ginny (Kylie Bunbury) is the first woman to be called up from the minors to the big leagues, and no show since Friday Night Lights has done a better job of portraying the internal and external pressures that weigh heavily on young athletes asked to do much more than merely succeed on the field. Pitch will likely do a good job of getting viewers to root for it. The hope is that the show won’t be an impressive, short-lived curiosity, but rather a long-term phenomenon.

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