• TVN Tech: RF Vendors Prepare For TV Spectrum Repack

    This summer, Phil Kurz, TVNewsCheck’s technology editor, hit the road to visit the manufacturing facilities of Dielectric, Electronics Research Inc. (ERI) and GatesAir (above) to see how each is preparing for the expected spike in demand for antennas, transmitters and other RF components as a result of the TV spectrum repack. This is what he learned.
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  • Open Mike: Stations Should Editorialize, Not Just Inform

    Hearst Television’s Jordan Wertlieb: “Now, more than ever, stations should editorialize and put an added focus and spotlight on the issues that touch their local communities. Editorials highlight community leaders and heroes; hold elected officials accountable; seek to underscore important investigations and truths; and call for legislative changes that better the lives of the viewers they serve.   More | Comments (19)
  • Focus: Trump FCC Point Man Has Broadcasting Ties

    Jeffrey Eisenach, head of President-elect Donald Trump’s FCC transition team and the possible next chairman of the agency, is a free-market economist whose background includes consulting for the NAB, NCTA and Disney. He’s written detailed studies supporting the incentive auction, retrans and deregulation of the FCC’s ownership rules. More | Add comment
  • Jessell: Stations Need More News, Not More Opinions

    Most TV stations don't editorialize. For years I thought this was a mistake. Now I see it as a virtue. That local broadcasters mostly avoid opinion may be one of their strongest attributes, one that they can exploit in a media ecosystem where it is increasingly difficult to distinguish fact from fiction. Surveys confirm that local broadcasters are a widely trusted source of news, at least relative to other media. Given that, they should step up the breadth and depth of their reporting. Crimes, fires, accidents and the five-day forecast are not enough. More | Comments (22)
  • Jessell Bonus Track: David Smith: 3.0 Is Broadcasters' Only Avenue To Growth

    The head of Sinclair Broadcast Group makes a powerful argument for ATSC 3.0. He believes it will spawn many enhancements and businesses that will more than justify the "immaterial" cost of implementation, especially the ability to deliver targeted advertising. There's room for skepticism, but not enough to stop broadcasters from moving briskly ahead with the technology. More | Comments (6)
  • NewsTECHForum: Designing Digital Media Into Newsrooms

    The Dec. 12 opening session of TVNewsCheck’s NewsTECHForum will feature Hearst TV’s Roger Keating; E.W. Scripps’ Sean McLaughlin; CJ&N’s Steve Schwaid; and Dalet’s Frederic Roux who will be "Imaging the Newsroom of the Future." More | Comments (1)
  • NewsTECHForum: Is There A Facebook Dependency Problem?

    Broadcasters have become increasingly reliant on its referral traffic, and Facebook's platform is gobbling up more and more of broadcasters’ resources and original content. A panel discussion on Dec. 12 at NewsTECHForum will also mine how they’re negotiating Facebook Live and monetizing on the platform, featuring input from Tegna, CBS Local Digital Media, News Press & Gazette and more.  More | Add comment
  • Balloting Opens For Women In Tech Awards

    's annual Women in Technology Leadership Award and the Technology Women to Watch Awards support the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation’s Technology Apprenticeship Program, which places graduating engineers who are women or people of color in broadcast industry internships. More | Add comment
  • TVN Names Scripps Station Group Of The Year

    In announcing the honor, TVNewsCheck Editor Harry A. Jessell cited the company’s efforts to go beyond broadcasting and establish itself prominently and profitably among national digital media. Led by CEO Rich Boehne, over the past three years Scripps has spent $124 million to acquire Newsy (OTT news), Midroll (podcasting) and Cracked (digital content).  More | Comments (2)
  • Newsy’s Sabatinelli To Talk On How To Monetize OTT

    The fourth annual NewsTECHForum presented by TVNewsCheck and Sports Video Group will feature an on-stage Q&A with Blake Sabatinelli, the general manager of the Scripps-owned OTT service Newsy, on Dec. 12. For the full NewsTECHForum program, or to register, click here. More | Add comment

Special Reports

  • TV2020: Do you see an ROI in ATSC 3.0? TVNewsCheck’s TV2020 conference was designed to let station personnel gather with other station and network executives, technology chiefs, financial analysts, investors and technology manufacturers to figure out the potential upside and the estimated costs in converting to ATSC 3.0 while also contending with the FCC’s spectrum repack and the industry’s transition to IP technology.
  • News Sets 2016: A four-part examination of the state of the art of set technology and deployment with a focus on: big video displays and monitor arrays; video display controllers; a Q&A explaining how the NBC O&Os have upgraded many of their facilities; and a close-up look at the innovative approach at WTXF Philadelphia and KDKA Pittsburgh.
  • TVN's FCC Watch: A quick briefing on FCC proceedings affecting TV broadcasters from Washington communications attorneys David Oxenford and David O'Connor.
  • Multicasting 2016: A four-part examination of the revenue, programming and technology strategies of the diginet business.
  • Employment 2016: In Part I, the challenges facing broadcasters in finding the right people for the rights jobs. Part II: It used to be a given that news managers would readily move it if meant a bigger market and a larger paycheck. Not anymore. Part III, the military may become an even bigger source of talent for station IT and engineering departments.
  • THE TOP 30 TV STATION GROUPS: As a result of its merger with Media General, Nexstar Broadcasting moves up 10 spots and is now No. 3 on TVNewsCheck's 2016 station group ranking behind Fox and CBS. Gray's acquisition of Schurz moved it up to No. 13, Nexstar's old spot. Together, the two deals changed the rank of 21 groups and opened the door to two newcomers.
  • 2016 NAB Show Tech Hot Topics: TVNewsCheck’s second annual multi-part series highlighting emerging tech trends in advance of the NAB Show. Topics include field contribution, audio, cameras, IP transport, transmitters, antennas, newsroom computer systems, broadcast graphics and master control.
  • 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.
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Kantar: Early Holiday Retail Ad Spending Falls
The Wall Street Journal, Dec 2, 2016, 2:45 PM EST
A new Kantar Media report finds retailers spent $1.2 billion on ads from Oct. 31 through Nov. 27 (Thanksgiving Sunday), down 9% from the same time last year. Steven Perlberg reports the downturn might be because retailers are holding back on spending until later in the season or opening with a bigger digital salvo first with a TV campaign to follow. Link | Add comment
CW’s DC Comics Crossover Finishes Strong
Media Life, Dec 2, 2016, 12:34 PM EST
DC's Legends of Tomorrow sets a series high with 3.33 million total viewers, helping the network to its best Thursday night in four years. NBC wins the night with football. Link | Add comment
TCA Winter Press Tour
Fox Has Change Of Heart About Press Tour
The Wrap, Dec 2, 2016, 2:17 PM EST
Fox executives are back in for a Winter TCA session. “We heard from many TCA members this week about how they value having an executive session twice a year,” the broadcaster said in a statement. “We were focused on presenting our mid-season programming and we underestimated the interest in this panel. We are happy to accommodate the TCA members and we have adjusted our schedule to include an executive session this January. We look forward to seeing you in Pasadena.” Link | Add comment
‘Celebrity Name Game’ Ends After 3 Seasons
TVNewsCheck, Dec 2, 2016, 11:31 AM EST
The Debmar-Mercury syndicated strip hosted by Craig Ferguson will not be back for a fourth season. Full Story | Comments (2)
NAB To FCC: Revisit Station Ownership Rules
TVNewsCheck, Dec 2, 2016, 11:19 AM EST
The traded group says the commission’s decisions retaining, and even making more stringent, “unnecessary local TV station ownership and attribution rules and crossownership restrictions on local radio, TV and print newspapers do not serve the public’s interest in competitive and vibrant local broadcasting, fail to reflect competitive changes, are contrary to statute, and are arbitrary and capricious.” Full Story | Comments (1)
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New Foreign Ownership Rules In Effect In Jan.
CommLawBlog, Dec 2, 2016, 2:41 PM EST
A September FCC order modifying a number of its rules regarding filing and review of foreign ownership in broadcast licensees has now been published in the Federal Register, setting the effective date of at least some of these changes. Many of those rule changes will now go into effect Jan. 30, although some changes regarding “information collections” (i.e. filings with the commission) still require further OMB approval. Link | Add comment
Brand Connections
Imagining Local Advertising In 2026
Media Life, Dec 2, 2016, 12:42 PM EST
Ten years ago the iPhone didn’t exist, local advertisers didn’t know what a Facebook page was, and yellow pages were an essential part of any small business’s ad budget. So what changes will the next 10 years bring to local advertising? Here are five predictions based on conversations with analysts, buyers and others. Link | Comments (4)
How Trump Term Could Shape The Internet
The Associated Press, Dec 2, 2016, 2:02 PM EST
Republicans who generally oppose regulation seem likely to take charge at the FCC, the government's primary telecom regulator. That alone could mean the end of rules designed to protect privacy and individual choice on the internet. Those rules were enacted over the past several years under the Obama administration. Full Story | Comments (2)
Auto Sales On Track To Break Annual Record
MediaPost, Dec 2, 2016, 6:20 AM EST
If Santa puts a big red bow on a good number of vehicles in December, automakers will break the all-time record for annual sales. November U.S. auto sales were up 3.7% compared with a year ago, according to Autodata. General Motors and Ford both exceeded analysts' expectations. Even Volkswagen Group had its first good month since the emissions scandal broke a year ago. Link | Add comment
TVN’s Front Office By Mary Collins
Here's How To Find And Keep Top Employees
TVNewsCheck, Dec 2, 2016, 5:39 AM EST
Retention and recruitment experts explain how to keep valuable staff members and offer advice on the best ways to present your company when on the hunt for talented new hires. Full Story | Add comment
Walden To Head House Energy & Commerce
The Hill, Dec 2, 2016, 8:20 AM EST
Republicans have elected Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) the next chairman of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee. Walden defeated Reps. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) and Joe Barton (R-Texas), the former committee chairman, in the race for the gavel. Current chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.), is stepping down from the position due to term limits. Link | Add comment
New Viacom CEO Wants A Piece Of Vice
New York Post, Dec 2, 2016, 6:44 AM EST
Viacom’s new chief executive, Bob Bakish, is joining a conga line of big media companies weighing a plan to acquire an interest in Vice, the millennial-focused news and pop culture destination that has been expanding around the globe. Link | Add comment
Brand Connections
Megyn Kelly Fielding Offers From Rivals
Variety, Dec 2, 2016, 6:05 AM EST
Megyn Kelly has long delivered the news. Now, as her contract talks with Fox News continue, she will be forced to make a major decision about where she ought to be doing it. The popular anchor is entertaining offers from a handful of rival outlets, according to people familiar with the matter. Could one of those places be CNN? Link | Comments (5)
$40 Billion Is Latest Auction Asking Price
TVNewsCheck, Dec 1, 2016, 4:24 PM EST
Stage 3 of the FCC's broadcast incentive spectrum reverse auction closed Thursday with broadcasters seeking $40.3 billion for 108 MHz of spectrum. The FCC had said earlier that the day after Stage 3 of the reverse auction ends, it would announce the start date and initial bidding schedule by wireless companies for Stage 3 of the forward auction, Monday, Dec. 5. If the $40.3 billion total is not met, the process resets with a lower MHz target. | Comments (2)
Netflix 'Gilmore' Revival Looks To Be Big Hit
The Hollywood Reporter, Dec 2, 2016, 5:55 AM EST
Leading Netflix projection house Symphony Advanced Media, which has been leaking numbers on the streamer for more than a year, said in a Thursday release that nearly 5 million viewers between the ages of 18 and 49 have watched all four episodes of the revival Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. By regular broadcast standards, that amounts to a 3.6 rating among adults 18-49. Link | Add comment
How DirecTV Now Stacks Up To Competition
The Associated Press, Dec 2, 2016, 8:17 AM EST
Tali Arbel compares DirecTV Now, the latest entrant to the OTT field offering an alternative to cable bundles, to its major competition, including Sling TV, Playstation Vue and CBS All Access.  Full Story | Add comment
PBS Unveils Its Midseason Lineup
TV Week, Dec 2, 2016, 6:18 AM EST
PBS rolled out a massive set of programming announcements, with highlights including a lineup of Masterpiece productions that includes Sherlock, Dark Angel, Home Fires, King Charles III, “o Walk Invisible: The Bronte Sisters and Victoria. The programs announced will be premiering from January through May, and include dramas, arts programming, nature and history shows. Link | Add comment

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TV, Film Actor Don Calfa Dies At 76
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CNN Apologizes For Trump Plane Crash Remark
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Raycom Sports Offers Syndicated ACC Special
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WBTV Reporter Pam Escobar Leaves
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Goodwill, Ad Council Shift Focus To Digital
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WOIO Adds Meteorologist Jason Nicholas
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WLRN Filmmaker Alan Tomlinson Dies At 69
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Milt Moss, Actor In Classic Alka-Seltzer Ad, Dies
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Trump Mocks ABC News' Martha Raddatz
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Fox Casting Exec Seth Yanklewitz Departs
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  • Hank Stuever

    Michelle Dockery has made an astonishing career swerve from Downton Abbey on PBS to TNT’s intriguing and impressively seedy crime drama Good Behavior. Dockery throws herself into the role of Letty Raines — a liar, thief and ex-con in North Carolina who sweats long shifts as a waitress and relies on a pleasant-voiced motivational app to keep her off drugs and booze, in between visits with her parole officer. The true accomplishment of Good Behavior is that none of this seems as hokey as it sounds. Dockery digs deep and gives a frenetic and often moving performance.

  • Neil Genzlinger

    The intriguing CW series Frequency starts out looking as if it were going to be a bittersweet, nostalgia-tinged time-travel drama in the Stephen King-Twilight Zone lineage, and that probably would have made for a comfortably satisfying show, the kind you can half-watch while doing something else. In the last third of the premiere, though, things take a joltingly different, more complicated path. Sorry, couch potatoes, but it looks as if you might have to keep both eyes on the screen for this one.

  • Rob Owen

    Easily fall’s best broadcast network comedy pilot, NBC’s The Good Place offers a clever high-concept premise that’s complemented with intelligent, sometimes absurdist humor. Created by Michael Schur, co-creator of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, The Good Place is a highly serialized series that’s essentially set in heaven and stars Kristen Bell and Ted Danson. NBC made five episodes of The Good Place available for review, and the show not only holds up, but also it improves, deepening characters that initially feel one-note and frequently leaving viewers guessing with cliffhanger endings to many of the episodes. The combination of snappy dialogue and winning but flawed characters makes The Good Place a great bet for fans of smart TV comedy.

  • Maureen Ryan

    Pitch has swagger, for good reason. It gets the big things right; the Fox drama about the first female baseball player in the Major Leagues is one of the year’s most assured and exciting debuts. But part of what impresses about the pilot is also the way it confidently strings together so many small but telling details. Ginny (Kylie Bunbury) is the first woman to be called up from the minors to the big leagues, and no show since Friday Night Lights has done a better job of portraying the internal and external pressures that weigh heavily on young athletes asked to do much more than merely succeed on the field. Pitch will likely do a good job of getting viewers to root for it. The hope is that the show won’t be an impressive, short-lived curiosity, but rather a long-term phenomenon.

  • Kevin Fallon

    In a fall TV season that’s already making a splash for championing diverse, distinctive voices in an array of projects that they created, wrote, and starred in, Better Things on FX stands out. The show is created by, written by, and starsPamela Adlon. She plays Sam Fox, the single mother of three daughters modeled after her own reality-show-ready experience raising three girls in Los Angeles following a divorce. Sam is also, like Adlon, a working actress — on shows both raunchy, a la Californication, and animated for children, like her role on Recess. It’s a refreshingly blunt take on single motherhood without sacrificing the warmth of parental love, portraying the dance between selfishness and selflessness that’s at the heart of being a parent — especially one weathering the hormonal fireworks of a household of four women at different ages.

  • David Wiegand

    The fall TV season doesn’t count as much as it used to — we already know that. But no matter how many retreads the broadcast networks throw at viewers in the next few months, this fall will be memorable because of the premiere of Atlanta on Tuesday, Sept. 6, on FX. The half-hour comedy created by and starring Donald Glover (Community), simply and brilliantly recalibrates our expectations of what a TV comedy is and how black lives are portrayed on the medium.

  • Louisa Ada Seltzer

    The second reboot of the 1980s John Candy movie Uncle Buck, bumped by ABC from midseason, has the same tired jokes you'll find on any second-rate sitcom. Too bad, because Mike Epps is appealing and ABC would be wise to keep him around for future shows, but there’s just not enough to this show to suggest it will last past summer. It also airs against NBC’s America’s Got Talent, summer’s No. 1 program on broadcast, which may make it even harder to find an audience.

  • Neil Genzlinger

    Bryan Cranston brings his Tony Award-winning interpretation of President Lyndon B. Johnson to television in an adaptation of the Robert Schenkkan play All the Way, and it’s still quite a sight to behold, just as it was on Broadway in 2014. Nothing beats witnessing this kind of larger-than-life portrayal onstage, of course. But the television version, presented by HBO, offers plenty of rewards, allowing Cranston to work the close-ups and liberating him from the confines of a theater set. Cranston’s performance is a gem — in his hands, this accidental president comes across as an amazing bundle of contradictions, someone who seems at once too vulgar for the job and just right for it.

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