Exclusives

  • Jessell: The More Live TV The Better For Broadcasting

    For a few years now, the broadcast networks have been doubling down on live programming as their hedge against audience fragmentation. They have cooked up additional awards shows as well as popular musicals like Grease Live. But sports is the biggest live genre and NBC and CBS reaffirmed their commitment to it with their deals to air Thursday Night Football over the next two seasons. More | Add comment
  • Front Office: Shared Services Help Advance Gray's Growth

    Here’s a top-line summary of Gray Television’s implementation of shared services into its accounting functions, helping it to not only control expenses, but also to facilitate the integration of newly acquired stations into its operations and improve its advertiser relationships. Use it to help your stations generate the same kinds of results. More | Add comment
  • TVN Tech: CBS Turns Up Tech For Super Bowl Sizzle

    Among the innovations CBS Sports has on tap for Sunday’s game at Levi’s Stadium (the control room is above) is a combination of CBS’s super high-res EyeVision 360 camera system, which gives viewers a 360 degree replay perspective on game action, and its virtual first-down and end-zone lines. “If the situation is right, out of the first-down line or end-zone line we are going to bring up vertically a [virtual] transparent pane of glass,” says Ken Aagaard, engineering EVP. “As you revolve around, you can actually see if the ball or the player broke that pane of glass.” More | Add comment
  • Executive Outlook: Stations Moving Cautiously In Adopting Programmatic

    The widely anticipated use of automated platforms for buying and selling spot TV is developing slowly as some broadcasters remain wary of giving up control. More | Comments (3)
  • Road To IP: Different Visions Emerge For IP-Based TV

    One camp known as ASPEN (Adaptive Sample Picture Encapsulation) is led by Evertz and has the support of more than 30 vendors, OEMs and end users. A second, AIMS (the Alliance for IP Media Solutions), also has serious industry backing. While both have set out in their own direction, each acknowledges that it is the achievement of a performance threshold in the IT world that makes it possible to jettison traditional SDI designs and workflows and transition to IP. More | Add comment

Special Reports

  • TVN's FCC Watch: A quick briefing on FCC proceedings affecting TV broadcasters from Washington communications attorneys David Oxenford and David O'Connor.
  • 2015 — Year In Review: Revisit the year’s top developments in business, programming, journalism, technology, regulation and more.
  • NewsTECHForum 2015: Complete coverage of the third annual conference from TVNewsCheck and Sports Video Group
  • 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.
  • THE TOP 30 TV STATION GROUPS: A scarcity of M&A activity in the last year resulted in few changes in TVNewsCheck's annual ranking of station groups by revenue. The first 11 slots remained the same, with Fox Television Stations on top. The big change was the loss of Journal Broadcast Group, which merged with E.W. Scripps.
  • Multicasting 2015: A four-part examination of the revenue, programming and technology strategies of the diginet business.
  • NAB 2015 HOT TOPICS: A multi-part series highlighting emerging tech trends in advance of the NAB Show. Topics include 4K cameras, IP newsgathering, editing workflow, IP workflow, audio developments, news production automation and master control automation.
  • 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.
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Industry Calendar

February 2016
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16
Media Financial Management Association
Inside the Beltway: A Behind the Scenes Look at Political Advertising
New York, NY
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25-26
Media Financial Management Association
CFO Summit
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
May 2016
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23-25
Media Financial Management Association
Media Finance Focus 2016
Denver, CO

Latest News

Tue, Feb 9, 2016

Quarterly report
21st Century Fox TV Revenue Up 6%
TVNewsCheck, Feb 8, 2016, 5:55 PM EST
The increase is tied to higher retransmission consent and ad revenue but would have been higher except for lower political and World Series money. Full Story | Add comment
Media General Renews Nielsen Contract
TVNewsCheck, Feb 8, 2016, 5:17 PM EST
The long-term agreement provides for audience measurement of all of Media General’s stations. Full Story | Comments (1)
Tvn classifieds
Newsroom Jobs Florida, Iowa and California.
TVNewsCheck, Feb 8, 2016, 5:22 PM EST
Calkins Media is searching for a news director for its ABC affiliate in Sarasota, Fla.  An assistant creative services director is needed for the Hearst CBS affiliate in Des Moines, Iowa.  An executive producer position is open at the ABC O&O in Fresno, Calif.  To see all job openings on TVNewsCheck and NetNewsCheck, click here. | Add comment
closing bell
Dow Closes 178 Lower, Nasdaq Drops 79
The Associated Press, Feb 8, 2016, 5:04 PM EST
Stocks fell sharply Monday as banks and the tech sector took a beating. Investors unloaded materials, financials and other stocks, briefly knocking the Dow Jones industrial average down more than 400 points. Full Story | Add comment
Early Ratings: Second-Best Super Bowl Ever
Media Life, Feb 8, 2016, 10:38 AM EST
The big game scores a 49.0 rating in metered-market households, behind only last year's record-setting contest. More accurate numbers will be released later today. Link | Add comment
news analysis
Super Bowl 50 And Its Lasting Tech Legacy
Sports Video Group, Feb 8, 2016, 2:47 PM EST
Super Bowl 50 is in the books and with it a massive effort that arguably will reshape the nature of Super Bowl operations for years to come. Why? Simply because of the sheer number of firsts at this year’s big game that might be here to stay. Link | Add comment
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‘Pitch Perfect’ Tops Non-Super Bowl Ratings
Media Life, Feb 8, 2016, 12:06 PM EST
The NBC movie draws a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating opposite the year's biggest TV event, lifting the network to a distant second behind CBS. Fox and ABC air repeats. Link | Add comment
station advisory
Start Gathering Station Ownership Info Now
Broadcast Law Blog, Feb 8, 2016, 2:59 PM EST
In an order released last month which has not received much attention, the FCC clarified its requirements for the filing of Biennial Ownership Reports. Certain new information-collection requirements call for broadcasters — both commercial and noncommercial — to start gathering information now from their attributable owners, including members of their governing boards, in order to enable the completion of the forms when they are next due to be filed, on Dec. 1, 2017. Link | Add comment
Viewers May Have To Wait For Online Shows
The Associated Press, Feb 8, 2016, 2:24 PM EST
Some production companies are balking at giving online services timely access to shows. They worry that making streaming TV too pleasant might encourage viewers to cut back or drop their cable service. Cable and satellite companies now pay TV networks billions of dollars a year to carry their channels. In turn, TV production companies make a lot from licensing fees paid by the networks. Full Story | Add comment
Offbeat, Upbeat Ads Dominate Super Bowl
The Associated Press, Feb 8, 2016, 5:51 AM EST
On advertising's biggest night, Chrysler celebrated Jeep with an ad featuring black-and-white portraits of veterans, kids and pop icons. In Audi's spot, a depressed aging astronaut remembers his joy for life by driving an Audi sports car with his son. And in a quirky Doritos ad, a fetus in a sonogram appears to rocket out of the womb to chase a bag of chips the mother angrily tossed away.
Full Story | Comments (2)
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A Broadcaster's Guide To Washington Issues
TVNewsCheck, Feb 8, 2016, 5:43 AM EST
TVNewsCheck
's quarterly quick briefing on the legal and regulatory proceedings affecting broadcasters from communications attorneys David Oxenford and David O'Connor. Full Story | Add comment
NetNewsCheck Social Scorecard (DMA (91)
In Savannah, WTOC Is No. 2 In Social
NetNewsCheck, Feb 8, 2016, 8:04 AM EST
When it come to social actions in Savannah, Ga., Cumulus-owned, urban-formatted WEAS-FM outperforms other media, according to Shareablee. Raycom's CBS affiliate WTOC ranks No. 2 in overall actions, while Media General's NBC affil WSAV is third. Link | Add comment
Brand Connections
Old-Media NBCU Shows Off Some New Tricks
The New York Times, Feb 8, 2016, 6:30 AM EST
Steve+Burke
Steve Burke
With its movie studio, broadcast television network and theme parks, Comcast-owned NBCUniversal sits squarely in the geriatric old-media camp of Disney, Viacom, CBS, 21st Century Fox and Time Warner, all of which are struggling to varying degrees with the digital revolution and innovative upstarts like Netflix. But NBCU CEO Steve Burke has turned his attention to the digital revolution. “It’s my biggest challenge.” Link | Add comment
ABC GOP Debate Draws 13.2M Viewers
Variety, Feb 8, 2016, 6:15 AM EST
The return of Donald Trump to the stage helped lift ratings for Saturday night’s Republican presidential primary debate on ABC, which has drawn the largest audience for a political gathering of either party in 2016 — and the network’s largest non-sports audience on a Saturday in more than 14 years. Link | Add comment
‘The Good Wife’ Will End This Season
The Associated Press, Feb 7, 2016, 11:13 PM EST
CBS ran an ad during the Super Bowl's first half on Sunday saying the series was heading into its final nine episodes, and announced later the finale will be on May 8.
Full Story | Add comment
Q&A with Chet Kanojia
Kanojia On Competing With Cable
The Associated Press, Feb 8, 2016, 6:05 AM EST
The founder of startup TV service Aereo, Chet Kanojia, has a new offering that could shake up the cable industry again. His new Internet service, Starry, would compete with cable companies in big cities. He insists he's not going after the cable industry — but his service would compete directly with cable companies' residential and small-business offerings. Here's what he has to say. Full Story | Add comment
Jennifer Lopez's 'Shades Of Blue' Renewed
The Hollywood Reporter, Feb 8, 2016, 5:59 AM EST
The heavily time-shifted cop drama will see a second season on NBC. Link | Add comment

More News

DMA 89: Colorado Springs-Pueblo, CO
Teen Files Defamation Suit Against KOAA
Colorado Springs Gazette, Feb 8, 2016, 2:34 PM EST
ABC Orders Game Show ‘Big Fan’ From Jimmy Kimmel
Variety, Feb 8, 2016, 2:28 PM EST
Syfy Renews 'The Magicians' For Second Season
The Hollywood Reporter, Feb 8, 2016, 2:26 PM EST
Epix Names Ian Puente Business/Legal SVP
TVNewsCheck, Feb 8, 2016, 11:21 AM EST
NBCU Appoints New Network Partnerships EVP
TVNewsCheck, Feb 8, 2016, 11:17 AM EST
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CBS Sports Relies on Admiral Video Pylon Cam
TVNewsCheck/Playout, Feb 8, 2016, 10:37 AM EST
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New NAB Pilot Chief Has Passion For Innovation
TVNewsCheck/Playout, Feb 8, 2016, 10:34 AM EST
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An Uncurbed Larry David Drives 'SNL'
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Feb 8, 2016, 8:16 AM EST
Market Share (DMA 19: Orlando, FL)
Lottery Murder Sweeps Story No Gamble For WESH
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Feb 8, 2016, 8:13 AM EST
dma 3: Chicago
Anchor Ron Magers Set To Retire From WLS
TVSpy, Feb 8, 2016, 7:32 AM EST
dma 53: Buffalo, NY
WIVB's George Richert Leaving After 17 Years
The Buffalo News, Feb 8, 2016, 7:21 AM EST
Ray Colcord, ‘Simpsons’ Composer, Dies At 66
Variety, Feb 7, 2016, 11:18 PM EST
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Video Call Center Names Larry Thaler CEO
TVNewsCheck/Playout, Feb 5, 2016, 8:21 PM EST
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intoPIX Ships TICO FPGA IP Cores
TVNewsCheck/Playout, Feb 5, 2016, 8:19 PM EST
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Broadcast Pix Joins ASPEN Community
TVNewsCheck/Playout, Feb 5, 2016, 8:17 PM EST
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Ratings

Overnights, adults 18-49 for February 7, 2016
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    32/70
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    0.5/1
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    0.4/1
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    0.4/1
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    0.3/1
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    0.2/0
Source: Nielsen

Reviews

  • Gail Pennington

    The world is ending. How funny is that? Pretty darn funny, at least as depicted in You, Me and the Apocalypse, a British import making its U.S. debut Thursday on NBC. But this isn't a flat-out comedy. In classic British style, it's also weird and dark, with an uncomfortable premise and characters who are quirky at best, horrible at worst.

  • Hank Stuever

    In the past two years, the WGN America cable channel, which was forever known to basic cable subscribers for baseball games and sitcom reruns, redefined its business plan and ordered up some of them fancy-style original drama series to add to its schedule. Outsiders is a notable leap forward for the network, as taut and intriguing and artfully conceived as any of the pretty-good series I’ve reviewed in the past year. You could proudly serve it alongside Sons of Anarchy, Rectify or Justified, and your guests might not taste the difference. With this show, WGN America is asserting its right to make provocative television. The fight for viewers’ attention is getting bloodier.

  • Ed Bark

    FX’s male-centric misery index remains very much alive and suffering, even without Rescue Me. The network and its offshoot, FXX, still provide homes for Louie, You’re the Worst, Man Seeking Woman and Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. But all are pre-serpent Gardens of Eden compared to FX’s Baskets, in which Zach Galifianakis (it’s bad enough having to repeatedly type his name) plays perhaps the saddest sack in TV series history. Baskets shows no signs of melting into anything close to gooey sentimentality. Its trials and tribulations pole vault over those on HBO’s Girls, but without getting all whiny and preachy about it. Zach Galifianakis, Louie Anderson and Martha Kelly fit their roles like the thick rubber gloves used in emptying human waste from portable johns. What fine messes they’re in.

  • Tom Conroy

    Angel from Hell is a goofy new sitcom from CBS starring Jane Lynch. It’s reminiscent of the wacky premises of the supernatural sitcoms of the ’60s, and it clashes with the PG-13 humor required in the ’10s. But the decent jokes, fast pace and hard-working cast — with Lynch doing most of the heavy lifting — make the half hour pass quickly. Although it’s unlikely that the comedy’s situation has what it takes to power a full season, the show is probably worth watching at least once, if only as an oddity.

  • Maureen Ryan

    Given the critical and creative success of Mr. Robot, one would be forgiven for hoping USA’s next high-profile offering, the sci-fi drama Colony, would be similarly bracing and mold-breaking. Colony does have a few things going for it, most notably Lost veteran Josh Holloway as the patriarch of a family in post-invasion Los Angeles. But in general, this series is frustratingly patchy and generic — unwilling to grapple in any consistent way with the moral and political implications of its premise — and key elements of the story remain disappointingly underdeveloped.

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