• Air Check: News Sharing New Normal At NBC, Telemundo

    The NBC O&Os and Telemundo stations cooperate in covering stories, with reporters, anchors and weathercasters evolving into “a culture of one,” especially in markets with heavy Hispanic population. And in markets without an NBC O&O, the cooperation extends to the NBC affiliate. “We have so much competition in Spanish and we have so much competition in English, that it makes no sense for us to compete with each other,” says Ozzie Martinez, the Telemundo group’s VP of news. More | Add comment
  • Jessell: Nets, Affils, NFL And The FCC's Ownership Cap

    The FCC’s 39% cap may be all that is preventing Fox and CBS from acquiring more affiliates and converting them to O&Os. Consider what CBS CEO Les Moonves is saying and Fox is doing in Seattle. Fortunately for network-wary affliates, the current Democratic majority at the FCC is not inclined to loosen the cap and it is under little pressure to do so. More | Comments (14)
  • Spotlight: How To Move More Bits Through TV Channels

    Two spectral efficiency experts, Pablo Angueira in Spain and Frank Herrmann in Germany, told an IBC audience how their work in layer division multiplexing and MIMO antenna technology should make it possible to move more TV and other data through a TV signal — a priority for ATSC 3.0. More | Comments (8)
  • Focus: Cable Retrans Reform Effort Falling Short On Hill

    Broadcast lobbyists have been successful in knocking out two of the provisions from Senate legislation designed to hobble broadcasters' ability to negotiate for retrans payments. And as the legislation is reconciled with the companion House bill and moves toward final passage, it's unlikely to get worse for broadcasters and could become better. More | Comments (26)
  • Front Office: Be Sure To Be Prepared For Disasters

    Here are insights on the types of damages media businesses can experience during a disaster, as well as suggestions of steps to take to ensure your company can continue to provide vital community information during catastrophic events. More | Add comment

Special Reports

  • 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.
  • FCC Watch: A quick briefing on 26 FCC proceedings affecting broadcasters from communications attorneys David Oxenford and David O'Connor.
  • 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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Industry Calendar

October 2014
Arizona Broadcasters Association
Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon
Scottsdale, AZ
Kansas Association of Broadcasters
Annual Convention
Wichita, KS

Latest News

Thu, Oct 2, 2014

Fox Pulls 'Utopia' From Tuesday
Deadline, Oct 1, 2014, 6:39 PM EDT
Faced with low-ratings, Fox is pulling Utopia from Tuesdays effective immediately. The reality series will continue to air on Fridays. Utopia's regular time slot was 8 p.m. Tuesday, with a second original airing on Friday for the first six weeks. MasterChef Junior, which was supposed to succeed Utopia on Fridays will now do the same on Tuesdays starting Nov. 4. Link | Comments (1)
NFL, DirectTV Extend Sunday Ticket Deal
The Wrap, Oct 1, 2014, 5:39 PM EDT
The National Football League and DirecTV have extended the satcaster's exclusive rights to carry NFL Sunday Ticket and its package of every Sunday afternoon out-of-market games through a new multi-year agreement worth an estimated $1.5 billion annually over eight years. Link | Add comment
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Dow Falls 238, Nasdaq Finishes Down 71
The Associated Press, Oct 1, 2014, 5:14 PM EDT

U.S. stocks dropped sharply Wednesday. At first they were driven lower by word that German manufacturing had slowed last month. The selling accelerated after a separate survey indicated U.S. manufacturing slowed as well. Investors were also selling stocks following news that the first case of Ebola had been diagnosed in the U.S. Investors dumped airline stocks and bought a handful of drug companies working on experimental Ebola treatments. Full Story | Add comment

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FCC Details $45 Billion TV Incentive Auction
TVNewsCheck, Oct 1, 2014, 12:23 PM EDT
The agency releases study for broadcasters on how its incentive auction will work and how much they could make from selling their spectrum in the auction in every TV market. Hoping to encourage widespread participation, the study also includes a letter from the IRS providing guidance on the tax implications of selling spectrum in the auction. Full Story | Comments (5)
GAO Asked To Study Auction Impact On LPTV
TVNewsCheck, Oct 1, 2014, 3:23 PM EDT
Reps. Joe Barton and Anna Eshoo especially want to know how many LPTVs and translators — which don’t have the same protections that full-power stations have in the auctions — will be able to continue operating on replacement channels after the FCC auction’s repacking of the TV band. Full Story | Comments (5)
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WISH Expanding News Throughout The Day
TVNewsCheck, Oct 1, 2014, 3:33 PM EDT
Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, the new independent will add 20 hours per week of local news. Full Story | Comments (2)
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O’Shaughnessy Named Graham President
TVNewsCheck, Oct 1, 2014, 3:11 PM EDT
The former CEO of Living Social will oversee investments and acquisiitons at Graham Holdings. Full Story | Add comment
GM, Nissan, Chrysler Sept. Sales Rise 19%
Automotive News, Oct 1, 2014, 2:30 PM EDT
GM, Chrysler and Nissan — fueled by robust demand for light trucks — set the pace among major automakers as each posted U.S. sales gains of 19% in September. Honda followed with a 12% gain. The increases were countered by slight advances at Hyundai and Toyota, while Ford declined. Link | Add comment
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WQED Cutting Staff In Face Of Financial Woes
TribLive, Oct 1, 2014, 3:36 PM EDT
Pittsburgh public television and radio station WQED is laying off some workers, cutting some full-time employees to part time and chopping vacant positions as part of a reorganization starting today, Link | Add comment
Tribune Sees $424M From Cars.com Sale
Variety, Oct 1, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT
Attention TV producers: today’s probably a good day to pitch execs at Tribune on an ambitious series project, or two. Tribune Media is poised to realize a $424 million windfall from the sale of its interest in its joint venture with Gannett Co. that housed Cars.com and a handful of other Web properties. Link | Add comment
NBC’s ‘Voice’ Dominates Another Tues. Night
Media Life, Oct 1, 2014, 12:05 PM EDT
The hit reality show posted a 4.0 adults 18-49 rating from 8 to 10 p.m., equal to last week’s fast national rating and easily the evening’s top show. NBC won all six half hours in primetime in the demo, with Chicago Fire drawing a 2.4 at 10 p.m. Without any lead-in support, ABC’s new comedies premiered to low ratings at 8 p.m., with Selfie bowing to a 1.4 and Manhattan Love Story averaging a 1.3. Link | Add comment
Bounce TV Posts Double-Digit 3Q Gains
NetNewsCheck, Oct 1, 2014, 3:03 PM EDT
Bounce TV  viewership continued to climb in the just-completed third-quarter ratings period — which the network ended with posting its most-watched month ever. In primetime viewership for the quarter, Bounce TV delivered 152,000 households, up 45%; 85,000 adults 25-54, up 21%, and 75,000 adults 18-49, up 15%. Link | Add comment
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FCC Said Considering Helping OTT Services
Bloomberg, Sep 30, 2014, 3:54 PM EDT
The FCC is looking to spur competition in pay TV by considering steps that would give new Internet video services access to cable and broadcast shows, according to a person briefed on the plan. The commissin under Chairman Tom Wheeler, is preparing a proposal to help so-called over-the-top TV — multichannel services that seek to offer live programming via the Web — said the person, who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity. Link | Add comment
TVNewsCheck Profile
DuJuan Is The Real McCoy Station Owner
TVNewsCheck, Oct 1, 2014, 7:46 AM EDT
After DuJuan McCoy paid his dues in local TV sales positions — “I believe sales is the crux of communication,” he says — he is now building a station group of his own, starting with his $18.6 million purchase of WEVV Evansville, Ind. The African-American entrepreneur believes adding news adds value to stations and he thinks he has a responsibility to “lay down groundwork for future minorities so that there’s some type of track record of success with minorities running television stations. That’s a responsibility that I think I have.” Full Story | Comments (4)
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High-Wire Walk Should Mean High Ratings
TVNewsCheck, Oct 1, 2014, 5:46 AM EDT
Discovery Channel is hoping the extensive production, logistics and safety preparations going into Nik Wallenda’s live walk between two buildings in Chicago next month will generate viewership similar to the tightrope walker’s two earlier televised events, including  last year's stroll across a section of the Grand Canyon —  more than 10 million. Full Story | Add comment
Network Ratings Roundup: Sept. 22-28
Strong Premiere Week For CBS, NBC, ABC
The Associated Press, Sep 30, 2014, 8:47 PM EDT
For the sixth year in a row, CBS won premiere week, averaging 10.9 million viewers in prime time. NBC had 10 million, and won among the adults18-to-49 demo. ABC had 8.3 million and said it won among young viewers if football is taken out of the equation. Fox had 5.2 million, Univision 2.9 million, Telemundo 1.4 million, Ion Television 890,000 and the CW 780,000. Full Story | Add comment
CBS Must Pay $10.4 Million In 'NCIS' Death
TMZ, Oct 1, 2014, 6:05 AM EDT
A Los Angeles Superior Court jury has ordered CBS to pay $10.4 million in connection with the death of a security guard who was killed in an freak accident on the set of NCIS in Santa Clarita, Calif. Link | Comments (1)
PBS And CBS Dominate News & Doc Emmys
Deadline, Oct 1, 2014, 7:45 AM EDT
PBS and CBS were the big winners Tuesday evening as the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences unveiled its 35th annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards. The pubcaster walked away with a leading 11 trophies, followed by the Eye with 10. Link | Add comment
Week ending Sept. 29
Station Trading Roundup: 3 Deals, $18.75M
TVNewsCheck, Sep 30, 2014, 8:45 PM EDT
The sale of WTVA Tupelo, Miss., by the Spain Family to Mississippi TV License Co. tops the latest list of TV station transactions submitted to the FCC for its approval, according to BIA Kelsey. Full Story | Comments (3)
More Cable Companies Take TV Off The Menu
The Wall Street Journal, Oct 1, 2014, 8:06 AM EDT
A growing group of small cable TV providers are realizing that both they and their customers can live without expensive TV channels. Faced with rising programming costs, some of those companies have pulled the plug on TV service altogether, preferring to simply focus on Internet and phone service. Others, meanwhile, are dropping major groups of channels to manage their costs. Link | Comments (6)
NBCU Revamps Cable Nets, Berwick To Head
MediaPost, Oct 1, 2014, 6:15 AM EDT
NBCUniversal has realigned cable networks and top executives in the formation of its new lifestyle group of cable networks. Heading up the group will be Frances Berwick, president, Lifestyle Networks, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. Link | Add comment
Cardinals Lead Way In MLB Local TV Ratings
Sports Business Journal, Oct 1, 2014, 7:38 AM EDT
St. Louis Cardinals games on Fox Sports Midwest have proved to be baseball’s top local TV draw this season. Boosted by the Cardinals’ continued on-field success, St. Louis was on pace last week to have the highest local rating among MLB’s teams at season’s end for the first time since 2010. Heading into the final weekend of the season, Cardinals games were averaging a 7.76 rating and 95,000 homes, putting St. Louis ahead of another playoff-bound team, Detroit, which was averaging a 7.62 rating on Fox Sports Detroit. Link | Add comment
Allstate Moving Some TV Dollars To Digital
The Wall Street Journal, Oct 1, 2014, 6:41 AM EDT
Insurance giant Allstate Corp. will shift 10% of its TV dollars to online video buy 2105, said Lisa Cochrane, Allstate's SVP of marketing. “We are following people’s media consumption.” Link | Add comment
Oops, Best News Bloopers Of September
TVNewsCheck, Oct 1, 2014, 8:09 AM EDT

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WeatherNation TV Adds WILX Lansing, Mich.
TVNewsCheck, Oct 1, 2014, 7:28 PM EDT
FX Orders Pariah Pilot From 'Sunny' Scribes
TV Line, Oct 1, 2014, 2:40 PM EDT
PlaceIQ, Rentrak Add Mobile Location To TV Ratings
MediaPost, Oct 1, 2014, 2:23 PM EDT
CW Buys Dramedy 'Bone House' From Bruckheimer
The Hollywood Reporter, Oct 1, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT
Alyssa Milano Exits ABC's 'Mistresses'
The Hollywood Reporter, Oct 1, 2014, 2:09 PM EDT
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New WAVE Louisville CSD Gets Baptism By Gunfire
TVNewsCheck, Oct 1, 2014, 12:34 PM EDT
‘Raw Travel’ Enter Season 2 With Greater Coverage
TVNewsCheck, Oct 1, 2014, 10:07 AM EDT
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WXYZ Adds Justin Rose To Sports Team
TVNewsCheck, Oct 1, 2014, 9:51 AM EDT
JVC Americas, Kenwood U.S.A. Merge
TVNewsCheck/Playout, Oct 1, 2014, 9:37 AM EDT
U.S. Broadcasters Aren’t Alone With Wireless Woes
TVNewsCheck/Playout, Oct 1, 2014, 9:36 AM EDT
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Baseball Legend Chronicled In WYFF Special
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Oct 1, 2014, 8:23 AM EDT
Comcast Launches Cloud DVR In San Francisco
GigaOM, Oct 1, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT
GLAAD: MTV, ABC Fam Get High Marks For Diversity
The Wrap, Oct 1, 2014, 7:57 AM EDT
Suddenlink To Drop Viacom Channels Over Terms
Deadline, Oct 1, 2014, 7:55 AM EDT
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WFTV Apologies For Legal Analyst Connection
Orlando Sentinel, Oct 1, 2014, 7:15 AM EDT
FX Renews Comedies 'Married' & 'You're The Worst'
Variety, Oct 1, 2014, 6:13 AM EDT
Yvette Nicole Brown Leaves 'Community'
The Hollywood Reporter, Oct 1, 2014, 6:04 AM EDT
Soap Opera Writer Sam Hall Dies At 93
The Hollywood Reporter, Oct 1, 2014, 6:02 AM EDT
Iditarod Renews TV Deal With Sportsman Channel
The Associated Press, Oct 1, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
F&F Production Rolls Out GTX-17 Mobile Unit
TVNewsCheck/Playout, Sep 30, 2014, 5:03 PM EDT


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  • 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.

  • David Wiegand

    The new CBS suspense series Stalker is like a PSA for the paranoid. Stalker” works hard to milk the kind of culture-wide paranoia that also fuels other shows like Homeland and Person of Interest. The world is a scary place in the 21st century, and we’ve become a nation of people waiting for other shoes to drop. The leads, Maggie Q and McDermott are competent, if not terribly interesting actors, and that about sums up the series as well.

  • Rob Owen

    Fans of Scandal, ABC's unhinged guilty pleasure soap, will likely revel in its new companion series, How to Get Away With Murder, the season's most enjoyably ludicrous, fast-moving new drama. The pilot  grabs viewers by their lapels and sprints forward, introducing a wealth of characters and plots. Murder is not by any stretch transcendent TV, but it is great, gonzo fun, a breakneck-paced, well-made primetime soap that, if future episodes are as entertaining as the pilot, may easily become viewers' new TV addiction.

  • Robert Bianco

    As is almost always the case, there are some good shows arriving this fall. Few, however, seem special — and fewer still appear to have the potential to change the TV landscape. ABC's Black-ish is one of those few. A throwback to the All in the Family days when sitcoms linked saying something funny with saying something meaningful, Black-ish explores what it means to be black in America today. Perfection is rare in a sitcom pilot and Black-ish doesn't achieve it. While the big set pieces are very funny, there are too many lulls between them. But odds are you'll come away believing the show will get better and hoping it does — because TV will be all the better for it. And that would be great.

  • Joanne Ostrow

    Our latest week-long national history lesson begins as PBS star filmmaker Ken Burns schools us in The Roosevelts: An Intimate History. Make room on the DVR, this one's addicting. The entire 14-hour, seven-night experience of Burns' latest opus is an engaging and at times surprising marathon, running through the chronology of Theodore, Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt, and touching on social movements, technological changes and, not least, wars and methods of warfare that shaped their lives. And vice versa. The trove of photographs is so engaging, the family dynamics so curious, the overall story so epic in nature, it's a rewarding investment of time.

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