• Jessell | Pai Should Finish The Job On Local TV Caps

    The FCC chairman has done much to advance his deregulation agenda but there’s one conspicuous exception — the local TV ownership rule that prevents ownership of two top-four stations in a market. To put such combos together, you have to get what amounts to a waiver and that can be costly and time consuming. More | Comments (20)
  • TVN Tech | AI At NAB: From Buzzword To Practical

    Products and services driven by artificial intelligence promise to revolutionize TV production by automating workflows, speeding searches of archives, controling cameras and even editing video. Above, the EVS Xeebra 2.0 system uses AI to calibrate the field of play and virtually place offside lines for soccer refereeing. More | Add comment
  • Focus On Sales | Out-Of-Home Not Out Of Reach Anymore

    Nielsen has been using Portable People Meters to track out-of-home viewership in the top 25 markets with an eye to rolling out data shortly. It says it’s seeing increases in both 18-49 and 25-54 demos. More | Comments (3)
  • KCRA Sacramento Leads On Facebook By 2M

    KCRA, Hearst's NBC affiliate in California's capital, is the leader in social media actions in the market over the last six months with more than 4.1 million actions on social, 36% of the total engagement generated by the DMA. The secret sauce to KCRA’s success is its pervasive culture that digital is important, says Devon Armijo, digital media manager. “It allows us not only to produce emotionally relevant content for the Facebook platform, but it also allows us to be creative and innovative and have fun with it and I think that’s a big part of our success.” More | Comments (1)
  • Front Office | How To Offer What Local Advertisers Want

    The majority (74%) of local businesses are using digital and traditional media together. Of the remaining advertisers, 22% are purchasing only traditional media, while just 3% percent purchase only digital, and the outstanding 1% reports using some other method. Stations need to get into the marketing services business. More | Add comment
  • Students Challenged To ‘Disrupt the News’

    and the Broadcast Education Association are looking for student journalists who can create the best new approaches or formats for local TV news. The winners will receive monetary prizes to be presented during BEA’s 2019 annual convention in Las Vegas. More | Comments (2)
  • NewsTECHFutures To Feature CNN’s Foreman

    Journalist Tom Foreman will speak about augmented reality in TV reporting at TVNewsCheck’s  May 31 event in Atlanta. The retreat, geared to engineering leaders, will also explore the IP transition and artificial intelligence and will feature a technology tour of CNN led by a trio of Turner’s engineering leaders. More | Add comment
  • Engineers To Gather At NewsTECHFutures

    The one-day retreat on May 31 in Atlanta will focus on live IP production, AI, AR and news personalization. It will also feature a technology tour of CNN led by Turner’s Bob Hesskamp, Michael Koetter and Matthew Holcombe. More | Comments (2)

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  • 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.
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Sinclair Spins Off 23 TVs To Grease Trib Deal
TVNewsCheck, Apr 24, 2018, 6:27 PM EDT
To win approval of FCC and DOJ regulators for its Tribune merger, Sinclair on Tuesday announced deals to sell 23 Tribune stations in 18 markets. Nine stations will go to Standard Media, a new group backed by Soohyung Kim and headed by Deb McDermott, for $442 million, while Meredith is getting KPLR St. Louis for $65 million. Sinclair is selling six to affiliated companies and will operate them under SSAs and JSAs. Sinclair did not name the buyer of the other seven, including six Fox affliates, but all eyes are on Fox. Full Story | Comments (8)
network ratings roundup: April 16-22
ABC's 'Roseanne' Again Week's Most-Watched
The Associated Press, Apr 24, 2018, 5:35 PM EDT
CBS easily won the week in primetime among the broadcast networks, averaging 6.7 million viewers. NBC had 4.8 million viewers, ABC had 4.4 million, Fox had 3 million, Univision had 1.6 million, Ion Television had 1.3 million, the CW had 1.2 million and Telemundo had 1.1 million. Full Story | Add comment
Station Trading Roundup: 1 Sale, $225,000
TVNewsCheck, Apr 24, 2018, 5:25 PM EDT
The sale of KCEB Longview, Colo., by London Broadcasting to HC2 Holdings tops the latest list of TV station transactions submitted to the FCC for its approval, according to BIA/Kelsey. Full Story | Add comment
closing bell
Dow Tumbles 425, Nasdaq Falls 121
The Associated Press, Apr 24, 2018, 4:46 PM EDT
Stocks climbed in early trading Tuesday as companies like Caterpillar, appliance maker Whirlpool, and Fifth Third Bancorp posted strong quarterly results. Then Caterpillar executives told analysts on a conference call in the late morning that they don’t expect the company to report a larger per-share profit for the rest of 2018. Other industrial, technology and basic materials companies also took sharp losses.
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2018 Political Ad Spend Grows, Digital Dips
MediaPost, Apr 24, 2018, 2:29 PM EDT
TV will still command the biggest share of ad dollars for the midterms, but digital will drop. Blame the social media scandals at Facebook. Link | Add comment
Weekly syndication ratings roundup
Syndies Flat Or Down In Week Ending April 15
TVNewsCheck, Apr 24, 2018, 12:29 PM EDT
None of the top shows in all the first-run genres posted gains from the previous frame, but some showed advances from a year ago. Full Story | Add comment
Brand Connections
'American Idol' Nearly Ties 'The Voice'
Variety, Apr 24, 2018, 12:25 PM EDT
American Idol
came close to tying The Voice for the first time this season in the Monday overnight ratings. Idol drew a 1.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.6 million viewers, up slightly in both measures from last Monday. Voice, meanwhile, slipped to a 1.5 and 8.3 million viewers. That is the NBC show’s lowest numbers this season thus far. Link | Add comment
Analyst: TV Net Profits To Fall 41% By 2025
MediaPost, Apr 24, 2018, 2:20 PM EDT
Financial profit projections for traditional TV networks will be getting much worse, according to a senior media analyst. Todd Juenger, senior analyst of U.S. media for Bernstein Research, says cash flow will sink from $38 billion to a collective $22 billion by 2025. This equates to 7.3% decline on compounded annual growth rate — a total drop of 41.2%. Link | Comments (4)
Social Scorecard | DMA 23: Charlotte, NC
Meteorologist A Big Part Of WCNC Social Win
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Apr 24, 2018, 9:12 AM EDT
Tegna's NBC affiliate in Charlotte, N.C., has more than 3.5 million actions on social, 26.5% of the total engagement generated by the DMA, with more than 13.3 million social actions. It's No. 1 on Facebook, helped by Brad Panovich,the station's chief meteorologist. “I believe he has the most followers on social media of any one of our meteorologists in the company," says News Director Matt King. Link | Comments (3)
YouTube Deleted 8M Videos For Violations
The Hill, Apr 24, 2018, 2:56 PM EDT
YouTube deleted over eight million videos during the fourth quarter of 2017 for violating their content policies, according to numbers released by the company on Tuesday. Over six million of these videos were deleted automatically before any viewers saw them. The company said that most of the deleted videos were spam or adult content. Link | Comments (1)
ATVA To FCC: ATSC 3.0 Error Requires Fixing
B&C, Apr 24, 2018, 2:22 PM EDT
Cable and satellite operators want the FCC to dismiss broadcaster objections and rethink its approach to the ATSC 3.0 advanced broadcast transmission rollout. That came in comments by the American Television Alliance in reply to broadcaster oppositions to a petition to reconsider several key elements of the rollout plan. Link | Add comment
Truth And Integrity Made Murrow A Model
RTDNA, Apr 24, 2018, 3:22 PM EDT
Dan Shelley, RTDNA executive director: On this occasion of the 110th anniversary of the birth of Murrow – to many, the Father of Broadcast Journalism, and to RTDNA, the legendary figure for whom we name our annual regional and national awards for excellence in broadcast and digital journalism – I’d like to share some little-known facts about the man. Link | Add comment
Brand Connections
News, Radio, Public Service Peabody Winners
TVNewsCheck, Apr 24, 2018, 9:04 AM EDT
Honorees represent superior investigative reporting at the local and national levels, profiles from Rohingya to Russia, and vital, life-saving public service reports on women’s health. In addition, an institutional award goes to 60 Minutes. Full Story | Add comment
Netflix Raises $1.9 Billion In Debt Financing
Variety, Apr 24, 2018, 8:15 AM EDT
Netflix priced a junk-bond offering of $1.9 billion — the streamer’s biggest round of debt financing to date — as it looks to fuel its continued content binge-spending. The $1.9 billion debt offering, announced Monday evening, was increased from Netflix’s plan announced earlier in the day to issue $1.5 billion in debt. Shares of Netflix had closed down 2.8% Monday, to $318.69 per share, as investors reacted to the company’s plan to take on additional debt. Link | Comments (1)
LinkedIn CEO: No Cheap Fix For Fake News
Axios, Apr 24, 2018, 8:07 AM EDT
LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner says that "arguably the most important" way LinkedIn stays ahead of fake news and platform abuse is "manual curation and the role of editors." Link | Add comment
Facebook Finally Spells Out What It Forbids
The Associated Press, Apr 24, 2018, 8:03 AM EDT
For the first time, the social network is publishing detailed guidelines to what does and doesn’t belong on its service — 27 pages worth of them, in fact. Full Story | Comments (1)
Investigations Begin In Tower Collapse
TVTechnology, Apr 24, 2018, 7:56 AM EDT
OSHA and the local sheriff are examining how and why the KOZK Springfield, Mo., tower fell, killing one and injuring three. Link | Add comment
Improving Newsroom Post-Disaster Plans
RTDNA, Apr 24, 2018, 7:51 AM EDT
Kuba Wuls interviewed 10 Missouri journalists, representing five television stations and one newspaper, who covered the devastating May 22, 2011, Joplin tornado for the master’s thesis “Resources For Tackling Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder In Local Newsrooms,” presented at the Journalism School at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Here Wuls shares a few highlights of the research news managers need to know. Link | Add comment
Stations Take A New View Of Weather
B&C, Apr 24, 2018, 5:55 AM EDT
The content value of weather coverge — in both disasters and good times — is being affirmed by growing investments in new digital strategies to deliver better weather news, faster. Link | Add comment
CBS All Access Launches In Canada
FierceCable, Apr 24, 2018, 8:12 AM EDT
All Access is now available across Canada for $5.99 CAD per month. It is available via cbsallaccess.ca on iOS and Android mobile devices, and on Apple TV and Chromecast. CBS All Access will be launching on other connected devices in Canada in the coming months. Link | Add comment
quarterly report
Ad Sales Boost Alphabet’s 1Q Earnings
The Associated Press, Apr 23, 2018, 5:07 PM EDT
The Google parent's net income surged 73% to $9.4 billion, or $13.33 per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring gains including those from the accounting change, were $9.93 per share. The results beat Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 13 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $9.21 per share. Full Story | Add comment
Management Jobs In MD, OH
TVNewsCheck, Apr 24, 2018, 5:41 AM EDT
Nexstar is looking for a vice president/general manager at WDVM serving the Washington, DC/Hagerstown, MD market.  WBNS Columbus, OH needs a director of news and digital content. To see all job openings, visit our Media Job Center here. | Add comment

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FAIR Criticizes MSNBC Comcast Cares Promos
FAIR, Apr 24, 2018, 5:12 PM EDT
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Roger Cornish To Retire From KWCH After 40 Years
TVSpy, Apr 24, 2018, 2:42 PM EDT
Nissa Diederich Promoted At Fox 21
The Hollywood Reporter, Apr 24, 2018, 2:24 PM EDT
Public Affairs TV Co-Founder Joan Konner Dies
Current, Apr 24, 2018, 7:40 AM EDT
dma 98: Fort Smith, AR
KHBS-KHOG Upgrades Set, Graphics
NewscastStudio, Apr 24, 2018, 7:37 AM EDT
Gretchen Carlson To Produce/Host Lifetime Docs
Los Angeles Times, Apr 24, 2018, 6:42 AM EDT
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WFMY Telethons Raise $100K For Tornado Victims
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Apr 24, 2018, 6:33 AM EDT
KGO Sports Reporter Mike Shumann Under Fire
The Athletic, Apr 24, 2018, 6:19 AM EDT
Paramount TV Ups Goldman To Biz Ops President
Deadline Hollywood, Apr 24, 2018, 6:03 AM EDT
Netflix Lands 'Fast And Furious' Animated Series
Variety, Apr 24, 2018, 5:59 AM EDT
Apple Buys Ed Sheeran 'Songwriter' Documentary
The Hollywood Reporter, Apr 24, 2018, 5:56 AM EDT
Bob Dorough Of ‘Schoolhouse Rock!’ Dies At 94
TheWrap, Apr 23, 2018, 9:29 PM EDT

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