Exclusives

  • Jessell: CBS All Access A Smart Move For Net, Affils

    While all the broadcast networks are working on some form of streaming service, CBS’s version unveiled yesterday is different. It combines its on-demand offerings and station streaming into one service marketed directly to consumers. CBS is creating a whole new revenue stream for itself as well as its affiliates who choose to stream their signals locally on the platform. More | Comments (30)
  • Front Office: Market Data Key For Mapping Your Future

    Demographic trends can be inexorable, with impacts that are powerful and long-lasting. Media companies need to monitor such trends to better understand the populations they serve, and how they are changing. In addition to the role market data can play as part of programming acquisition and network affiliation decisions, market trends factor into the valuation of a station that is being purchased or is part of an asset exchange. More | Add comment
  • Spotlight: Virtual Sets Gain Traction in Station Studios

    A hybrid approach combining a traditional hard set with an oversized green screen area is gaining acceptance at stations. It allows them to integrate virtual elements into their news presentations and gain experience working with virtual technology without risking the entire newscast on a technology long viewed by stations with skepticism. More | Comments (2)
  • Focus: Syndicators Serious About Playing Games

    With growing interest in the genre, Sony Pictures Television is pitching Mind of a Man to stations for fall 2015, while Debmar-Mercury is said to be developing a new version of the classic What’s My Line. Broadcasters see game shows as alternatives for off-net sitcoms, which are in short supply. More | Comments (4)
  • Spotlight: IP, Workflow To Be Highlights At SMPTE 2014

    With all of the convention buzz during the NAB Show and IBC that IP received as an alternative to SDI for transport and routing, it’s little wonder SMPTE 2014 would offer a technical deep dive into the underlying technology making IP routing and transport for broadcasters possible. “File-based workflows are another big topic, especially with the addition of IP as a factor as well as new regulations regarding closed captions,” said Sara Kudrle, one of the conference’s chairs. SMPTE image courtesy of Vizrt. More | Add comment

Special Reports

  • FCC Watch: A quick briefing on 26 FCC proceedings affecting broadcasters from communications attorneys David Oxenford and David O'Connor.
  • 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.
  • 2013—Year In Review: Revisit the year’s top developments in business, programming, journalism, technology, regulation and more.
  • 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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Tue, Oct 21, 2014

closing bell
Dow Closes Up 19, Nasdaq Gains 58
The Associated Press, Oct 20, 2014, 5:34 PM EDT
It was a quiet Monday on Wall Street that came after a wild ride last week. Investors remain concerned that economic weakness in Europe could spread to the U.S. Many investors remain bullish on the U.S. stock market over the long term, especially considering how well the U.S. economy has been doing. Full Story | Add comment
Quarterly report
Acquisitions Boost Gannett 3Q TV Revenue
TVNewsCheck, Oct 20, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT
The 105% increase to $416 million comes from the purchases of Belo and London Broadcasting stations. Minus those deals, revenue rose 19%, driven mostly by higher retransmission consent money. Full Story | Add comment
ABC O&Os Sign On For Tyra Banks Syndie
TVNewsCheck, Oct 20, 2014, 11:47 AM EDT
The station group gives the new lifestyle show 23% U.S. clearance. Chrissy Teigen, Joe Zee, Lauren Makk and Leah Ashley are set to join Banks as co-hosts on The FAB for fall 2015. Full Story | Comments (2)
overnights
‘Sunday Night Football’ Scores For NBC
Media Life, Oct 20, 2014, 12:29 PM EDT
It was a big night for Peyton Manning, who broke the NFL career touchdown pass record Sunday night, leading the Denver Broncos to a 42-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. It was also a big night for NBC, which aired the game on Sunday Night Football and drew the show’s best rating since its season premiere. SNF averaged a 14.8 household rating from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m., peaking with a 17.0 from 9:30 to 10 p.m., when Manning threw his record-breaking pass. Elsewhere Sunday night, Fox’s The Simpsons was the night’s No. 1 scripted series with a 3.5 adults 18-49 rating. Link | Add comment
news analysis
Cablecutters: Cable's Not Going Anywhere
The Associated Press, Oct 20, 2014, 2:15 PM EDT
For all those cable haters out there, sorry: Cutting the cord won't mean cutting out your cable provider. They often own some of your favorite channels (Comcast owns NBC Universal, parent of Bravo and USA) and in most areas they are the gatekeepers to the Internet. Offering popular channels like HBO over streaming could actually help cable companies sell more expensive broadband services to customers. "The cable business is evolving from mainly selling you a pay TV package to mainly selling you a broadband Internet service," says FBR Research analyst Barton Crockett. Full Story | Comments (5)
NBC's Snyderman Faces Credibility Issues
The Associated Press, Oct 20, 2014, 2:10 PM EDT
An admitted lapse in the quarantine, combined with a curiously imprecise explanation, unleashed a furious response. NBC must now decide whether its chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman's credibility is too damaged for her to continue reporting on Ebola or other medical issues and, if so, for how long. Full Story | Comments (4)
Brand Connections
Digital Ad Rev Hits $23B In First Half '14
MediaPost, Oct 20, 2014, 2:46 PM EDT
Internet ad revenue rose 15% to $23.1 billion during the first six months in 2014, compared with the same time period in 2013. Mobile revenue rose 76% to $5.3 billion. Link | Add comment
10 Trends News Orgs Should Not Follow
Journalism.co.uk, Oct 20, 2014, 3:20 PM EDT
Nicholas Becquet, a journalist for L'Echo, offers up 10 trends that news organizations should avoid, from staking everything on video — without having the resources — and rearranging the newsroom to foster print-Web synergies to refusing to think like a brand. Link | Add comment
The Stream Finally Cracks The Dam Of Cable
The New York Times, Oct 20, 2014, 6:39 AM EDT
Netflix, which was supposed to lay waste to traditional media companies, may have saved them instead. Link | Add comment
news analysis
Why Nets Are Suddenly Ready To Unbundle
GigaOM, Oct 20, 2014, 8:05 AM EDT
Not so long ago, people argued that HBO wasn’t going to unbundle anytime soon, or ever. So what changed? Link | Comments (2)
Colorado Viewers A Key Political Ad Target
The Denver Post, Oct 20, 2014, 7:18 AM EDT
The pummeling of Colorado TV viewers by political ads will continue for another two and a half weeks. Colorado is on the national radar as a battleground state for key congressional and gubernatorial races — some of the closest in the country. Denver is among the top media markets by ad volume across all races, according to Kantar Media/CMAG. The market forecast for political TV advertising revenue is $50 million, says a Denver station manager.   Link | Add comment
Judge Rules For Dish In Fox AutoHop Fight
Variety, Oct 20, 2014, 6:13 AM EDT
A federal judge indicated a tentative decision that Dish Network isn’t violating copyright law in its offering of a service that allows subscribers to record primetime programs with commercials automatically deleted. U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee’s tentative ruling in favor of Dish Network’s AutoHop features isn’t a surprise. She has sided with the company in previous court rulings as Fox challenged the legality of the service. Link | Comments (12)
Brand Connections
NFL Stands By Its Digital Push To Reach Fans
The New York Times, Oct 20, 2014, 6:41 AM EDT
NFL Now, a mobile video service, provides game highlights, updates and news reports directly to fans and competes with TV and cable networks. Link | Add comment
Broadcasting Pioneer Honored In Pittsburgh
CBS Pittsburgh, Oct 20, 2014, 8:38 AM EDT
Some 80 broadcasters, politicians and rado buffs gathered last Friday in the close-in Pittsburgh suburb of Wilkinsburg to rededicate an historical marker recognizing the work of Frank Conrad in developing commercial radio and to build support for a National Museum of Broadcasting. The marker will be erected near where Conrad's home and garage/workshop once stood. Among the speakers was local Congressman Mike Doyle (above), who endorsed plans to reconstruct the garage (now disassembled and in storage) as the museum centerpiece. "You have my support in seeing this dream become a reality." Link | Comments (2)
Fox Cuts 'Mulaney' Order To 13 Episodes
TV Line, Oct 20, 2014, 8:02 AM EDT
Fox has trimmed the order for new comedy series Mulaney by three episodes, from 16 to 13. The network made the call after two airings, as the series just wrapped filming Episode 13 and was about to go into production on Episode 14. Link | Add comment
Yahoo's Tumblr Teams Up With TV Shows
The New York Times, Oct 20, 2014, 6:37 AM EDT
In a bid to expand its own audience, the social media and blogging site is reaching out to fans of certain shows through deals with the shows’ creators. Link | Add comment
Snapchat Says That Ads Are Coming
Advertising Age, Oct 20, 2014, 6:11 AM EDT
Snapchat, the ephemeral messaging app, is officially taking the advertising plunge. In a blog post on Friday, the Los Angeles-based company said it was introducing advertising onto its platform. "An advertisement will appear in your Recent Updates from time to time, and you can choose if you want to watch it," the post reads. "No biggie." Link | Add comment
Rick Gevers' Weekly Newsletter
News Director Jobs In The News
Rick Gevers & Associates, Oct 20, 2014, 8:10 AM EDT
Vanna White is known for saying “Big money, big money” as the wheel spins. We’re saying “Big markets, big markets” as all the news director changes in this week’s report involve big markets. There are two new openings, with one position being filled. Those changes leave our count of open ND opportunities at 28. Link | Add comment
Jay Leno Honored With Humor Prize In D.C.
The Associated Press, Oct 20, 2014, 5:59 AM EDT

Jimmy Fallon, Jerry Seinfeld and Wanda Sykes celebrated Leno's famous work ethic and poked fun as he received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Garth Brooks, Kevin Eubanks and Chelsea Handler also paid tribute. The show will be broadcast nationally Nov. 23 on PBS. Full Story | Add comment

More News

Dma 36 (Cincinnati)
Kara Sewell named WXIX Morning Co-Anchor
TVNewsCheck, Oct 20, 2014, 11:29 PM EDT
‘Chrisley Knows Best’ Renewed By USA
The Wrap, Oct 20, 2014, 3:12 PM EDT
Fox Gives Series Order to 'Scream Queens'
Variety, Oct 20, 2014, 2:43 PM EDT
Simon Dumenco Named Ad Age Editorial Director
Advertising Age, Oct 20, 2014, 2:33 PM EDT
Frankel Returning To 'Real Housewives Of New York'
The Hollywood Reporter, Oct 20, 2014, 2:25 PM EDT
Jimmy Fallon Writes Children's Book
The Associated Press, Oct 20, 2014, 2:21 PM EDT
Dma 51 (New Orleans)
Charles Divins Joins WDSU News
TVNewsCheck, Oct 20, 2014, 2:09 PM EDT
Market Share (dma 25: Raleigh, NC)
WRAL Corn-Structs Ear-Resistable News Desk
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Oct 20, 2014, 8:20 AM EDT
Playout
Report: Media Tech Market To Reach $44B By 2017
TVNewsCheck/Playout, Oct 20, 2014, 8:17 AM EDT
CNN Withdraws Its Support Of NABJ
TVNewser, Oct 20, 2014, 7:54 AM EDT
dma 33 (San Antonio, TX)
KENS Off Air For Several Hours Sunday
MySanAntonio.com, Oct 20, 2014, 7:48 AM EDT
Market Share (dma 7: Boston)
WCVB Sets The Right Tone With Murrow Promo
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Oct 20, 2014, 7:39 AM EDT
dma 18 (Orlando, FL)
WESH To Produce Two Debates This Week
Orlando Sentinel, Oct 20, 2014, 7:27 AM EDT
dma 1 (New York)
WPIX Halts Broadcast Of Village Halloween Parade
New York Daily News, Oct 20, 2014, 6:58 AM EDT
Netflix Goes On Wild Ride With Buyout Rumors
New York Post, Oct 20, 2014, 6:52 AM EDT
Lifetime Cancels 'The Lottery'
Variety, Oct 20, 2014, 6:17 AM EDT
BBC To Launch 'Doctor Who' Online Game For Kids
The Hollywood Reporter, Oct 20, 2014, 6:08 AM EDT
'New Girl,' 'Cosmos' Win Environmental Award
The Associated Press, Oct 20, 2014, 5:57 AM EDT
'Letterman' Cue Card Man Fired For Colleague Clash
The Associated Press, Oct 20, 2014, 5:55 AM EDT
Univision Revamps Puerto Rico TV Operation
TVNewsCheck, Oct 17, 2014, 2:37 PM EDT

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Ratings

Overnights, adults 18-49 for October 20, 2014
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    3.6/10
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Reviews
Opinions
Features
  • Brian Lowry

    Despite a few problematic aspects with the premise, Jane the Virgin contains a secret ingredient that is in short supply, perhaps especially on many of the CW's recent soaps: Charm. Much of that comes from Gina Rodriguez in a star-making turn as the title character, who through a series of unexpected mix-ups — one a real doozy — finds her life beginning to resemble the telenovelas she watches with her doting grandmother, who has cajoled her to remain chaste. There's a lot going on in the pilot, almost all of it fun and frothy, bringing genuine effervescence to CW's soap bubbles.

  • Rob Owen

    A winning star turn can make a big difference in a comedy. It certainly does in ABC’s Cristela, a fairly standard family sitcom that rises above its pedestrian premise thanks to star Cristela Alonzo, a comedian who makes a favorable impression in this series about an Hispanic Texas family. The show leans into humor that’s about life in a Latino family and life for a Hispanic woman in a predominantly Caucasian workplace. What makes the latter go down easily are Cristela’s reactions to her law firm boss’s offensive jabs.

  • Mark Dawidziak

    Pace shouldn't be a problem with a show called The Flash. And it isn't. The CW's high-octane series featuring the super-speedy DC Comics superhero moves briskly along, racing through a pilot episode that charts giddily high on the fun scale. Is some of the dialogue a bit on the heavy-handed side? Well, sure. Are a couple of the supporting characters as thin as a page from a 1950s comic book? OK, yeah. Do a few clunky moments register as overly familiar? All right, yes. Yet it works, mostly because the producers fully and joyfully embrace the comic-book conventions rather than battle against them.

  • Tim Goodman

    Normally the reaction one hears when critics say that there's really no need for an American remake of the eight-episode British gem Broadchurch is that only critics watched it and thus the general public might as well watch the Fox version, called Gracepoint. But that doesn't make a lot of sense. For starters, the original Broadchurch is a brilliant, taut and emotionally devastating portrayal of a child murder in a remote seaside town and the American remake is flat-out inferior, despite maintaining most of the same plot until the seventh (of 10) episodes. There will be a different killer in Gracepoint, but it could be that the real crime was the idea to redo it in the first place.

  • Tom Conroy

    Are there a lot of single women on the far side of 30 who are professionally successful and capable but have chaotic sex lives that bleed into their workdays? Are they yearning to see someone they can relate to on TV? Well, they’re going to have to keep waiting. The title character in NBC’s new sitcom Bad Judge matches that description but is so implausible that no one could identify with her. But she’s not so implausible that the show becomes an outrageous farce. Although some moments can be recognized as jokes, they can’t be enjoyed as such.

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