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  • TVN Tech: Clark’s Quest: Find Next Best Broadcast Tech

    As head of NAB's Pilot program, John Clark is using his background in technology, new media and education to root out people and companies that may have some benefit for broadcasting as it attempts to reinvent itself for the digital age. His mantra: "What are things that we can do that serve our local communities, but at the same time continue to make us have great, growing and viable businesses?" More | Add comment
  • PromaxBDA Station Summit

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    PromaxBDA Station Summit is the only event created exclusively for television station marketing and promotion professionals. Keep up to date on the action in Las Vegas June 21-24 with reports from Market Share's Paul Greeley. More
  • Jessell: The OTT Skinny: Good For Affils, If Money Is

    It's in the network affiliates' interest to nurture some of these new skinny bundles by supplying them with their signals, even if it is on terms dictated by their networks. It's a hedge against cord cutting and it's another avenue into the OTT and mobile world where younger audiences await. Here's the caveat: the affiliates' revenue from the OTT providers — their end of whatever the networks negotiate — must be comparable to the net retrans they are getting from cable and satellite. More | Comments (32)
  • TVN Tech: Hearst Television Gets Serious About OTT

    This week, the station group and Verizon Digital Media Services announced completion of a technology deployment that’s making it simple to put local news and commercial content from the group’s 26 news-producing stations in the hands of viewers on their digital devices.   More | Comments (1)
  • Focus: Local News Use Of Facebook Features Grows

    More and more TV stations and other news producers are turning to Facebook’s Live and Instant Articles features to deliver their content directly on Facebook’s platform and tap into its huge mobile audience. However, that means ceding a lot of control to Facebook, starting with letting original content live natively on its platform. And it remains to be seen how much ad money publishers will get from the arrangement.
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Special Reports

  • 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.
  • TVN's FCC Watch: A quick briefing on FCC proceedings affecting TV broadcasters from Washington communications attorneys David Oxenford and David O'Connor.
  • 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.
  • Multicasting 2015: A four-part examination of the revenue, programming and technology strategies of the diginet business.
  • 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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Latest News

Sat, Jun 25, 2016

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Dow Plunges 611; Nasdaq Tumbles 202
The Associated Press, Jun 24, 2016, 4:58 PM EDT
U.S. stocks gave up all their gains from earlier in the year on Friday following news of Britain's vote to leave the European Union. The British vote brought a massive dose of uncertainty to financial markets, something investors loathe. Traders responded by dumping riskier assets that appeared to have the most to lose from disruptions in financial flows and trade: banks, technology companies and makers of basic materials. Full Story | Add comment
MMTC Floats TV Ownership Diversity Plan
TVNewsCheck, Jun 24, 2016, 3:25 PM EDT
Borrowing from the energy industry, the Multicultural Media,Telecom and Internet Council proposes that the FCC issue diversity credits to "small disadvantaged businesses" and to station groups that do deals that increase diversity. The credits could be bought and sold. Groups in deals that lessen diversity could buy credits they need to win FCC approval.   Full Story | Comments (10)
overnights
‘Big Brother’ Pushes CBS To First On Thurs.
Media Life Magazine, Jun 24, 2016, 12:07 PM EDT
Last night's premiere of the reality show posts a 1.7 rating among viewers 18-49, No. 1 for the night in the demo. Elsewhere, ABC's BattleBots boosts its timeslot. Link | Add comment
Dma 24: Portland, OR
Adrienne Roark Named GM Of KPTV-KPDX
TVNewsCheck, Jun 24, 2016, 2:51 PM EDT
She takes over Meredith’s Meredith Portland, Ore., duopoly, moving across town from the top spot at Media General’s KOIN. Full Story | Comments (3)
dma 1: New York
WNYW Moves Away From Sports Highlights
Newsday, Jun 24, 2016, 12:13 PM EDT
When Russ Salzberg left the role of presenting latenight sports in April, Byron Harmon, the New York Fox O&Os news director, replaced him with ... no one. Many stations around the nation previously had made similar moves, but this was a first for New York. “It gave us an opportunity to look at how we present sports at night, plain and simple,” Harmon said. Link | Add comment
updated 2:58 p.m. et
Stocks Crash Following UK Vote To Leave EU
The Associated Press, Jun 24, 2016, 10:00 AM EDT
Investors rushed to dump European shares as soon as markets opened this morning, following earlier drops in Asia, and Wall Street was set to fall sharply amid concerns about the economic consequences of the vote. The move could drain confidence among companies and business across the EU, which some fear could even face more defections.
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Brexit: Will London Stay Europe's Ad Capital?
MediaPost, Jun 24, 2016, 2:34 PM EDT
Thursday's vote by U.K. voters to leave the European Union has important implications for the advertising industry and was the hot-button issue for attendees at Cannes Friday. Link | Add comment
Brexit Reaction: U.K. Media Stocks Crash
Deadline, Jun 24, 2016, 7:43 AM EDT
U.K. media stocks crashed Friday morning in the wake of the shocking Brexit victory in the EU referendum. Shares in pan-Euro pay TV giant Sky were down almost 8% by noon, while ITV was down by almost 19%. The stock market woes extended to Europe as well, with French media titan Vivendi down 6% by noon London time and Italy’s Mediaset down more than 8%.
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Moonves: Upfront Going 'Phenomenally Well'
MediaPost, Jun 24, 2016, 5:54 AM EDT
Estimates are that networks are getting anywhere from 8.5% to 12% to 13% price increases on the cost per thousand viewers. It hasn't been determined where the overall broadcast TV upfront dollar volume will land. Link | Comments (3)
commentary by Marlena Majoie
How Buyers Can Bridge The New Media Divide
Media Life Magazine, Jun 24, 2016, 6:03 AM EDT
Marlena Majoie, media director at MMI Agency in Houston, says yes, learning all these new terms and technologies can be intimidating for traditional media people, but it is possible. Don't be afraid to experiment. It can help inform your buys. Link | Add comment
Wheeler May Agree To Change STB Plan
Bloomberg, Jun 24, 2016, 6:20 AM EDT
The FCC is considering changes to Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal to break cable companies’ hold on the set-top box market, following a joint counteroffer from cable providers and AT&T Inc., and a nod from their rival Google. Link | Add comment
YouTube Red Buys First Big-Budget TV Drama
The New York Times, Jun 24, 2016, 6:28 AM EDT
YouTube Red, the Google-owned paid streaming service, has acquired its first big-budget, Hollywood-produced television drama, Step Up, moving it into more direct competition with players like Netflix and traditional cable networks. Link | Add comment
Brand Connections
Viacom Asks Court To Order Redstone Exam
Deadline, Jun 23, 2016, 5:10 PM EDT
Viacom and its CEO Philippe Dauman asked two courts today to order an immediate exam of controlling shareholder Sumner Redstone to determine whether the 93-year-old is competent to run his media empire. “The necessity of an immediate mental examination cannot be overstated,” Dauman’s lawyers told the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court. Link | Add comment
Univision Offers Digital News In English
TVNewsCheck, Jun 23, 2016, 5:06 PM EDT
Targeted to digital users who consume news in English, the new “Univision News” section takes Univision’s original content and a Latino perspective to an English-speaking audience.   Full Story | Add comment
YouTube Mobile App Offers Live Streaming
VentureBeat, Jun 24, 2016, 8:30 AM EDT
The feature will likely roll out only to select content creators initially, but will be more widely available soon after. Users will simply tap a red button, take a selfie and begin streaming on the app. All videos streamed will be found on their YouTube channel. Link | Add comment

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dma 19: Orlando, FL
Erick Weber Joins WOFL As Morning Anchor
TVNewsCheck, Jun 24, 2016, 3:19 PM EDT
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Mike Sugerman Is Leaving KPIX San Francisco
TVSpy, Jun 24, 2016, 3:03 PM EDT
Judge Blocks Sale Of Whitney Houston's Emmy
The Associated Press, Jun 24, 2016, 2:27 PM EDT
Market Share: PromaxBDA Station Summit
Stephen Arnold Music Gives Away Guitars
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Jun 24, 2016, 10:33 AM EDT
Market Share (DMA 23: Pittsburgh)
WTAE Examines Medical Marijuana In Primetime
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Jun 24, 2016, 10:03 AM EDT
IL PTV Network Cuts Airtime To Save Money
Current, Jun 24, 2016, 7:34 AM EDT
Post Office To Issue ‘Star Trek’ Forever Stamps
Chicago Sun-Times, Jun 24, 2016, 6:46 AM EDT
NeuLion Reorganizes Execs, Buys Saffron Digital
Devoncroft, Jun 24, 2016, 6:11 AM EDT
Hulu Renews Dramady 'Casual' For A Third Season
The Hollywood Reporter, Jun 24, 2016, 5:46 AM EDT
Market Share: PromaxBDA Station Summit
Who Won The Battle Of Promo Superstars? You Decide
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Jun 23, 2016, 10:54 PM EDT
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Connick Wows Tough Crowd At Station Summit
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Jun 22, 2016, 3:37 PM EDT
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First Notes From The PromaxBDA Station Summit
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Jun 22, 2016, 10:46 AM EDT

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Ratings

Overnights, adults 18-49 for June 23, 2016
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Reviews

  • 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.

  • Dominic Patten

    There are a lot of good things to say about the near-perfect The Night Manager. But it’s best to cut to the core and say that the Susanne Bier-directed miniseries is simply great television. Now, co-production already played in the UK earlier this year where it was a ratings hit and cultural phenomenon. No doubts as to why. The six-part series airing in the U.S. on AMC starring Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Colman and Elizabeth Debicki is worthy of all of the accolades and adjectives with which one can praise a show – and this in an era of TV excellence. The actors are all consistently at their very best here, with Oscar winner Bier never better behind the camera. Watch Night Manager week by week or in one DVR’d binge, but don’t miss the excellence that is this adaptation of John le Carré’s 1993 novel — you will be the lesser for it if you do.

  • Mark Dawidziak

    From the first frame, it's clear that Jackie Robinson is a genuine labor of love. The warmly crafted two-part, four-hour PBS documentary from filmmaker Ken Burns positively glows with its admiration for the man and his accomplishments. Unabashedly positive in its overall approach? Yes, and Burns is somewhat old-fashioned in that regard. He believes that admiration is a good and legitimate reason to compose a biography of someone. He's not going to apologize for that. That doesn't mean you ignore the flaws and frailties. But Burns, like historian David McCullough, maintains that biographies can celebrate worthy American lives, not merely tear them down.

  • Robert Bianco

    NBC is clearly betting a show that’s merely pleasant can survive in a crowded TV universe. And who knows, with Crowded, NBC could be right. Certainly pleasant is in short supply these days. Admittedly, “undemanding” is not exactly a strong endorsement, and NBC is unlikely to build an ad campaign around the show freeing you from weekly commitment pressure. But it’s something. And here’s something else, and something better, Crowded has to offer: Patrick Warburton and Carrie Preston, two of TV's most skilled and appealing actors. Put them together, and you have the strongest inducement to make room for their sitcom. Two may not count as a crowd, but these two just may be enough for Crowded.

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