Exclusives

  • Social Scorecard | KING Rules Seattle’s Station Social Media

    KING, Tegna's Seattle’s NBC affiliate, is the leader in social media actions among TV stations in the market over the last six months according to data from audience insight firm Shareablee. Evonne Benedict, KING’s audience engagement manager, says the reason KING tops all TV stations in the market on social media is simple: They listen. More | Add comment
  • Jessell | E/I Rule For Diginets Is Unnecessary, Outdated

    The FCC's 1996 requirement that stations air three hours a week of educational or informational programming was well meaning, but its later expansion to each of a station's subchannels has proven to be overreach, rendered moot by the explosion of sources of such programming. It's time the FCC let the diginets stick to their intended brands of programming. More | Comments (11)
  • Special Report | Diginets Should Be Safe In The Transition To ATSC 3.0

    The spirits and bottom lines of broadcasters should be buoyed by the technology and policy cards they are being dealt when it comes to ATSC 3.0. If the simulcast-based channel-sharing proposal before the FCC is adopted, TV broadcasters will have the tools they need to make the transition while continuing to deliver their main channel and popular diginets as legacy DTV channels — if they can cooperate. More | Comments (5)
  • Special Report | Bringing Justice To The Entire Country

    That’s the goal of Steve Schiffman, Lonnie Cooper, John Ford and Barry Wallach who are moving the Justice Network diginet in that direction since its launch in 2015. It’s now at about 60% U.S. coverage. To fill its programming grid, Justice has tapped into a vast reservoir of low-cost "factual" crime shows originally produced for cable over the past decade-and-a-half in addition to two originals. Above, John Walsh, the public face of the network, with Sergeant Ralph Woolfolk of the Atlanta Police Department. More | Add comment
  • Special Report | Optimistic Outlook On Diginets' Prospects

    While diginets still have some hurdles to face — such as rising program license fees — they have captured the attention of general-market advertisers and they are looking forward to the rollout of the upcoming ATSC 3.0 broadcast standard with its expanded capacity. What’s more, the multicast networks are relieved that the FCC's incentive auction and ongoing repack of the TV band isn’t affecting their station carriage deals to any significant extent. More | Comments (4)
  • Social Scorecard | KETV Has Sizable Lead In Omaha Social

    KETV, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Omaha, Neb., leads the market in social media actions over the last six months according to data from audience insight firm Shareablee. KETV has almost 1.8 million actions on social, 39% of the market’s almost 4.5 million actions. More | Add comment
  • NBCU’s Mark Lazarus To Keynote TV2020

    The chairman of NBCUniversal’s Broadcasting and Sports division will highlight TVNewsCheck’s daylong conference about emerging and future revenue streams for the broadcasting industry.
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  • CEOs To Highlight An Expanded TV2020

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    Tegna’s David Lougee, NBC Owned TV Stations’ Valari Staab, Sinclair’s Chris Ripley and Hearst’s Jordan Wertlieb will appear on a panel at the second annual TV2020 conference at NAB Show New York. The focus of the CEO session — and the conference at large — will be monetizing the future.
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Special Reports

  • Multicasting 2017: A three-part examination of the revenue, programming and technology strategies of the diginet business.
  • Spectrum Repack: The estimated cost of moving nearly 1,000 TV stations to new channels in the post-auction repack on the TV band will likely reach $2 billion -- some $250 million more than the $1.75 billion Congress allocated for all relocation-related expenses.
  • Single Frequency Networks: With the spectrum repack and ATSC 3.0 on the horizen, broadcasters failing to think about SFNs now may prove to be quite shortsighted in the future.
  • TVN's Top 30 TV Station Groups: Its pending acquisition of Tribune Media boosts Sinclair from fourth to No. 1 in TVNewsCheck's annual station group ranking by spot revenue. Other groups that advanced multiple slots from a year ago include Univision, Gray, Ion Media Networks, Berkshire Hathaway and News-Press & Gazette.
  • TVN's FCC Watch: A quick briefing on FCC proceedings affecting TV broadcasters from Washington communications attorneys David Oxenford and David O'Connor.
  • 2017 NAB Show Tech Hot Topics: TVNewsCheck’s third annual multi-part series highlighting emerging tech trends in advance of the NAB Show. Topics include IP, virtualization, cameras, workflows, spectrum repack, ATSC 3.0, newsroom systems, graphics and master control.
  • 2016 — Year In Review: Revisit the year’s top developments in business, programming, journalism, technology, regulation and more.
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Latest News

Fri, Jul 28, 2017

Scaramucci Unloads About WH Leakers, More
The New Yorker, Jul 27, 2017, 6:24 PM EDT
The new White House communications director has become obsessed with leaks and threatened to fire staffers if he discovers that they have given unauthorized information to reporters. He started his conversation with The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza by threatening to fire the entire White House communications staff. It escalated from there. Link | Add comment
closing bell
Dow Advances 86, Nasdaq Closes Down 41
The Associated Press, Jul 27, 2017, 5:03 PM EDT
Stocks had been on track for another quiet day of gains Thursday in a year full of them, but Apple, Microsoft and other technology stocks suddenly changed direction in the afternoon. After being up as much as 0.6% in morning trading, tech stocks in the S&P 500 finished the day down 0.8%. It was the worst performance among the 11 sectors that make up the index. Full Story | Add comment
Facebook Prepares For 6-Second Video Ads
Advertising Age, Jul 27, 2017, 4:31 PM EDT
Facebook is working with some of its advertisers to develop video ads as short as 6 seconds, Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said Wednesday. Video was top of mind for Sandberg and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as they discussed the company's second-quarter earnings on a conference call with Wall Street analysts. Link | Add comment
Quarterly Report
Meredith’s Station Revenue Adds 8%
TVNewsCheck, Jul 27, 2017, 9:13 AM EDT
The increase to $152 million is boosted by non-political advertising and retrans. Full Story | Add comment
TVN Tech
3.0 Offers Intriguing 4K Delivery Possibilities
TVNewsCheck, Jul 27, 2017, 10:00 AM EDT
Not being the first out of the chutes with delivery of 4K UltraHD to viewers isn’t necessarily a bad thing for broadcasters. While the industry awaits FCC authorization of next-gen TV transmission, thinking on the best way to deliver 4K has had time to percolate. Full Story | Add comment
Discovery Nears $12B Deal For Scripps Nets
MediaPost, Jul 27, 2017, 2:25 PM EDT
Discovery Communications is nearing a deal for at least $90 a share to acquire Scripps Networks Interactive, after Viacom's all-cash bid was rejected, according to multiple reports. The deal would be valued at little more than $12 billion and could be completed next week. Link | Comments (1)
Brand Connections
NY Times Hits Digital Milestone In 2Q
Axios, Jul 27, 2017, 2:54 PM EDT
For the first time in New York Times history, digital-only subscription revenue ($82.5 million) has surpassed print advertising revenue ($77 million). Those numbers were revealed during the paper's second quarter earnings call to investors Thursday, when executives also touted an increase in advertising growth from the previous year's quarter — the first time that has occurred in nearly three years. Link | Comments (1)
overnights
‘Big Brother’ Dips in Demo, Still Tops On Wed.
Variety, Jul 27, 2017, 12:24 PM EDT
Big Brother’s Wednesday installment dipped slightly in the key demo this week, but was still the most-watched and highest-rated show of the night. Airing at 8 p.m., the CBS reality series averaged a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 — down approximately 10% from last week — and 6.3 million viewers. Link | Add comment
DirecTV Loses 156K Net Subscribers In 2Q
Satellite Business News, Jul 27, 2017, 9:55 AM EDT
The DBS service ended the quarter with 20.856 million subscribers. DirecTV added a net total of 342,000 subscribers in last year’s second quarter, and the 156,000 net loss in this year’s second quarter was by far the worst quarterly sub result for the DBS service since it was bought by AT&T. Full Story | Comments (2)
Capitol Police Force Journos To Delete Files
RTDNA, Jul 27, 2017, 3:00 PM EDT
The RTDNA Voice of the First Amendment Task Force today expressed concern regarding actions taken Tuesday by the U.S. Senate Sergeant-at-Arms and U.S. Capitol Police officers to prevent journalists from taking photos or videos of officers arresting protesters outside the Senate chamber. Link | Comments (1)
station advisory
August Regulatory Dates For Broadcasters
Broadcast Law Blog, Jul 27, 2017, 2:50 PM EDT
It’s almost August, and despite it being vacation time for many, there are still regulatory dates that must be addressed by the broadcast industry. Routine filing dates this coming month include the need for EEO Public Inspection File Reports to be included in station’s public inspection files. Link | Add comment
Comcast Unveils New Details For ‘Instant TV’
Variety, Jul 27, 2017, 12:26 PM EDT
Comcast executives offered more detail on a plan for a millennial-focused TV service that does not hinge on use of a set-top box. Executives from the Philadelphia entertainment giant suggested during a call with investors that the service, known as “Xfinity Instant TV,” could be launched sometime in the second half of the year. Link | Add comment
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DirecTV No. 1 In Streaming Search Keywords
TVNewsCheck, Jul 27, 2017, 3:23 PM EDT
AdGooroo recently assessed paid search advertising in the category, analyzing U.S. Google desktop text ad activity on 43 non-branded video streaming keywords during the first six months of 2017, including terms such as “streaming television,” “streamed tv,” “streaming movies” and “watch television online.” AT&T’s DirecTV Now led all advertisers in clicks on the non-branded keyword group in the first half of 2017, garnering a 14.9% click share. Full Story | Add comment
Mandala New Univision Marketing Head
Variety, Jul 27, 2017, 12:15 PM EDT
Steven Mandala, whose ties to TV ad sales go back to time he would spend as a boy making rounds with his father as he worked to sell commercials for ABC, is getting some hefty new responsibilities. Spanish-language broadcaster Univision Communications today named Mandala president of advertising sales and marketing, effective immediately. Link | Add comment
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Microsoft's Broadband Plan Is Dangerous
The Hill, Jul 27, 2017, 10:32 AM EDT
Former FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate: Microsoft's white spaces proposal to the FCC means that "a 
 television station or translator will likely be left without a landing slot on the TV dial and forced off the air forever in many markets throughout the country. As someone who has devoted his career to emergency management, I am concerned about any proposal that forces Americans to lose access to local television stations. Local TV is one of the most reliable and trusted ways for the public to get updates during life threatening emergencies." Link | Comments (1)
FNC Spends Big To Poke Fun At NY Times
The Associated Press, Jul 27, 2017, 2:17 PM EDT
Fox ran a full-page advertisement in The New York Times on Thursday, blurbing a recent review that called the Fox & Friends morning show "the most powerful TV show in America." Television critic James Poniewozik's review wasn't exactly complimentary, as it traced the show's close relationship with the nation's tweeter-in-chief, President Donald Trump. Full Story | Add comment
Campbell Brown To Keynote NewsTECHForum
TVNewsCheck, Jul 27, 2017, 7:56 AM EDT
Facebook’s head of news partnerships will highlight a conference gathering news, technology and digital executives to talk about the Facebook Journalism Project and the company’s role in a changing media ecosystem. Full Story | Add comment
TVN’S MEDIA JOBS
Media Management Jobs In KY, OR
TVNewsCheck, Jul 25, 2017, 5:43 AM EDT
Marquee Broadcasting is looking for a news director at its WNKY (NBC-CBS) in Bowling Green, Ky. Heartland Media needs a general sales manager at KDRV (ABC) Medford, Ore. To see all job openings, visit our Media Job Center here.     | Add comment
Quarterly report
NBC 2Q Broadcast TV Rev Climbs 5.3%
TVNewsCheck, Jul 27, 2017, 7:01 AM EDT
Higher retrans fees help drive revenue to $2.2 billion despite lower ad revenue and audience declines. Full Story | Comments (1)
Viacom Out Of Chase For Scripps Networks
Variety, Jul 27, 2017, 6:04 AM EDT
Viacom Inc. is no longer in the bidding for Scripps Networks Interactive, according to people familiar with the situation, leaving the owner of cable’s Food Network and HGTV to negotiate exclusively with Discovery Communications, the other media company pursuing a tie-up. Link | Add comment
quarterly report
Facebook's Mobile Video Ads Boost Sales
Bloomberg, Jul 27, 2017, 7:18 AM EDT
Facebook reported second-quarter sales that beat analysts’ estimates, climbing 45% to $9.3 billion. Mobile advertising generated 87% of total ad revenue, an increase from 84% in the same period a year earlier. Net income rose to $3.9 billion, or $1.32 a share, from $2.3 billion, or 78 cents. Link | Add comment
Senate Bill Would Fully Fund Repack Costs
TVNewsCheck, Jul 27, 2017, 8:43 AM EDT
The Viewer and Listener Protection Act of 2017 introduced by Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas is applauded by NAB President Gordon Smith: "This bill addresses the nearly $400 million shortfall in the $1.75 billion repack fund. It also makes clear that no broadcaster will be forced off the air if it makes a good faith effort to meet FCC deadlines." Full Story | Comments (1)
Megyn Kelly’s Morning Show Gets A Name
New York Post, Jul 27, 2017, 7:35 AM EDT
Megyn Kelly’s upcoming morning program will be called Megyn Kelly Today. The title was to be unveiled at NBC internal meetings Thursday, sources said. Link | Comments (5)
Scaramucci Quickly Gaining Power In WH
The Hill, Jul 27, 2017, 6:29 AM EDT
New White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci has fast become one of the most powerful people in the West Wing, putting allies of White House chief of staff Reince Priebus on edge. Link | Add comment
NBCU’s Mark Lazarus To Keynote TV2020
TVNewsCheck, Jul 24, 2017, 12:15 PM EDT
The chairman of NBCUniversal’s Broadcasting and Sports division will highlight TVNewsCheck’s daylong conference about emerging and future revenue streams for the broadcasting industry.
Full Story | Add comment
ASCAP, BMI Create Musical Works Database
TVNewsCheck, Jul 27, 2017, 8:14 AM EDT
The move is designed to increase ownership transparency in performing rights licensing. Full Story | Add comment
Discovery Reveals Superiority Of TV Platforms
MediaVillage, Jul 27, 2017, 6:15 AM EDT
Do consumers view and process ad content differently depending on the platform? Is television more engaging than other viewing platforms? Discovery thinks so, and to prove it commissioned a study on video perceptions with IPSOS that compared and contrasted viewer engagement, usage and intent by television and social platforms. The result proved that TV reigns supreme with engagement and intent. Link | Add comment
Voice Of Experience: Eight Tips For MMJs
Advancing The Story, Jul 27, 2017, 8:29 AM EDT
If you’re working as an MMJ in your first job and think you won’t do it in your second, think again, says Heidi Wigdahl. She’s been in the business seven years, starting in market 153 at KTTZ Rochester, Minn., and she’s still shooting her own stories in her third job at KAREMinneapolis. Link | Add comment
Commerce Urged To Hold Media Hearing
RTDNA, Jul 27, 2017, 8:26 AM EDT
RTDNA is joining the Society of Professional Journalists and a score of other journalism groups, urging the Senate Commerce Committee to hold a hearing on the state of media in the United States. The groups say an informed public is crucial to democracy and they want to work together to ensure the public has an informed opinion of the press and its role. Link | Add comment
Why You Still Can't Ditch Your Cable Box
The Associated Press, Jul 27, 2017, 7:44 AM EDT
Today, the vast majority of customers still need to rent a box to get full service from cable providers, and often-promised box-replacing apps remain elusive. Here's what happened. Full Story | Comments (6)
quarterly report
Verizon's Rev Up For First Time In 4 Quarters
Reuters, Jul 27, 2017, 7:15 AM EDT
Verizon Communications Inc.'s quarterly revenue rose marginally, its first increase in four quarters, as the No. 1 U.S. wireless carrier attracted more subscribers with its unlimited data plans. Net income attributable to Verizon rose to $4.36 billion, or $1.07 per share, in the second quarter ended June 30, from $702 million, or 17 cents per share, a year earlier. Link | Add comment
June Foray, Voice Of Natasha And Rocky, Dies
Variety, Jul 27, 2017, 5:57 AM EDT
June Foray, the voice of The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show’s Rocky the Flying Squirrel and his nemesis Natasha Fatale of Boris and Natasha fame in the early 1960s and a key figure in the animation industry, died Thursday. She was 99. Link | Add comment
USB Speeds Set To Double Again
CNET, Jul 27, 2017, 8:23 AM EDT
USB 3.2-equipped laptops and external drives could reach speeds of 20 gigabits per second. You'll likely have to wait until 2019, though. Link | Add comment

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Univision, College Set Digital Internship Program
TVNewsCheck, Jul 27, 2017, 3:12 PM EDT
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NewscastStudios, Jul 27, 2017, 3:07 PM EDT
CNN Newsource Adds Staff From KIRO, WBAL
TVSpy, Jul 27, 2017, 2:31 PM EDT
TNT Renews ‘Animal Kingdom’ For Season 3
Deadline, Jul 27, 2017, 2:20 PM EDT
BBC Pay Crisis Shakes U.K. Television Industry
Variety, Jul 27, 2017, 2:18 PM EDT
TBS Renews 'Angie Tribeca' For Season 4
Variety, Jul 27, 2017, 12:13 PM EDT
DMA 1: New York
WNJU Expands Public Affairs Programming
TVNewsCheck, Jul 27, 2017, 10:07 AM EDT
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KTLM Telemundo 40 To Host School Supply Drive
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Jul 27, 2017, 8:36 AM EDT
AT&T's DirecTV Now Nears 500K Users
Axios, Jul 27, 2017, 8:20 AM EDT
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WKBW Buffalo Adds Multicast Network Grit TV
The Buffalo News, Jul 27, 2017, 8:02 AM EDT
Charter To End Spectrum Sports Channels
Orlando Sentinel, Jul 27, 2017, 7:40 AM EDT
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WRC To Air Jim Vance Special On July 28
TVSpy, Jul 27, 2017, 6:19 AM EDT
'Shooter' To Be Cut Short After Ryan Phillippe's Injury
TV Guide, Jul 27, 2017, 6:17 AM EDT
Ann Curry To Host PBS Series ‘We’ll Meet Again’
Variety, Jul 27, 2017, 6:02 AM EDT
Jon Stewart Sets HBO Stand-Up Specials
The Hollywood Reporter, Jul 27, 2017, 6:00 AM EDT
DMA 136: Columbia-Jefferson City, Mo
KMIZ Promotes Ashley Strohmier, Lindsey Berning
TVNewsCheck, Jul 26, 2017, 6:49 PM EDT
DMA 6: San Francisco
Marcus Washington New KNTV Morning Anchor
TVNewsCheck, Jul 26, 2017, 4:58 PM EDT
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Ratings

Overnights, adults 18-49 for July 26, 2017
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Source: Nielsen

Reviews

  • Gail Pennington

    A sweet little show, low key and more smile-worthy than hilarious, ABC's Downward Dog won't be for everyone. Animal lovers are likely to find it adorable; cynics, unless they really, really love dogs, probably should stay away.

  • Neal Justin

    Tina Fey will inevitably let down her legions of TV fans with a real stinker. But not yet. The comic maestro, whom Rolling Stone recently ranked as the third greatest player in Saturday Night Live history, is following 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt with NBC’s Great News, yet another fast-paced, perfectly absurd sitcom about a single woman trying to maintain a personal and professional life with Mary Richards-like spunk.

  • Jeanne Jakle

    Don’t go into the new round of Fargo expecting the grab-’em-by-the-throat shocks that opened previous seasons of TV’s chilliest crime anthology. The latest incarnation of the FX series from Noah Hawley takes its time worming into your mind and getting you hooked. Season three establishes its characters at a much more leisurely pace: the central quartet, the unscrupulous locals who surround them and the sinister interlopers who make these drab Minnesota lives more complicated and, eventually, scary as heck.

  • Daniel Fienberg

    In Brockmire, Hank Azaria's Funny or Die sportscaster works surprisingly well as a regular series lead on the new IFC show, costarring the excellent Amanda Peet. Over the course of the eight episodes, Brockmire moves through a trio of arcs, delivering underdog sports shenanigans, a relationship that makes more sense as it progresses and Brockmire's sad and probably doomed search for redemption. That's all propped up with enough low-brow jokes, raunchy baseball references and disreputable hijinks that the show never wallows. I reached the finale and was surprised at how much I wanted to see more from a character I initially thought couldn't sustain more than five minutes.

  • Maureen Ryan

    It’s appropriate that The Good Fight on CBS All Access has a slightly more jagged and splintered atmosphere than The Good Wife, the long-running CBS drama that starred Julianna Margulies. In the opening minutes of the first episode, Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski), watches as Donald Trump is sworn in as the nation’s 45th president. Before the 50-minute pilot is over, the jarring changing of the guard in Washington is the least of her troubles. Baranski brings a heartbreaking rawness to her performance as Diane, who never got enough meaningful screen time on The Good Wife. Diane’s plight is thus personal but also metaphorical: She likens the collapse of every pillar of her supposedly solid and trustworthy world to a nightmare.

  • David Wiegand

    It’s hard to say which is more excessive in the new CBS crime thriller, Training Day: the action or the dialogue. But in either case, the series from Jerry Bruckheimer and Anthony Fuqua goes a long way toward waking up broadcast TV’s mid-season. There is plenty of action, enhanced by fast-paced editing, in the three episodes made available to critics. And there’s violence. But most of all, there is dialogue so rich and colorful, it almost evokes the stuff of guys like Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, or at least Sgt. Joe Friday. Training Day just may get away with murder on Thursday nights when the numbers are counted.

  • 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.

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