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  • Jessell | TV's Retrans Gravy Train Losing Speed

    Robin Flynn of S&P Global Market Intelligence offered projections Thursday on broadcasting's financial future. Her retrans outlook slide stands as a stark reminder to stations that that revenue stream can no longer be counted on to indefinitely supply the growth station groups have enjoyed. ~~ Plus, NBC's Valari Staab gives a nice plug for ATSC 3.0. More | Comments (2)
  • Front Office | Sizing Up 2018’s Political Ad Challenges

    With more than $8.5 billion predicted to be spent on this year’s midterm elections, TV stations may need to anticipate how to balance demand from political advertisers with the needs of longstanding local advertisers. Another challenge will involve the competition for campaign ad dollars that are expected to be spent on social media and others forms of digital advertising. More | Comments (2)
  • TVN Tech | Gray Is Racing To Expand Coverage Via OTT

    Gray-owned KTUU has been blanketing coverage of Alaska’s storied 1,000-mile dogsled race for years in the face of dwindling national sponsorships. It’s hoping coverage on SBTV, the new Syncbak-powered OTT app, will give it a new audience and ad dollars. More | Add comment
  • Q&A | Scripps: TV News Needs To Break Bad Habits

    Sean McLaughlin, VP of news at the E.W. Scripps Co., says the industry is failing to evolve on the content front with its addiction to fires and shootings. Resources need to be shifted to more investigative and enterprise reporting to stand out from the pack, he says, a pivot that requires “courage and strength” in local newsrooms.  More | Comments (10)
  • Market Share | WBZ's '70 Years' Campaign A Grand Slam

    Tomorrow, Saturday, June 9, WBZ, the CBS O&O in Boston, celebrates 70 years of broadcasting as New England’s first television station. In December 2017, WBZ launched an extensive on air and social media campaign built around its 70 years of service to the city. More | Comments (1)
  • Retreat to Bridge TV’s IT-Engineering Divide

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    ’s Cybersecurity for Broadcasters Retreat will take on the divide between traditional TV engineers and the industry’s growing ranks of IT executives, managers and professionals during a panel session in Atlanta on June 21. Executives from Fox, Disney ABC TV Group, WGBH Boston and KQED San Francisco will share their experience at getting the two groups to collaborate on enhancing security. More | Add comment
  • Students Challenged To ‘Disrupt the News’

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    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 (3)

Special Reports

  • TVN's Top 30 TV Station Groups: With approval still pending of Sinclair's merger with Tribune, Sinclair remains No. 1. Spinoffs from that deal push Fox up to No. 2 over CBS.in TVNewsCheck's annual ranking by spot revenue.
  • TVN's FCC Watch: A quick briefing on FCC proceedings affecting TV broadcasters from Washington communications attorneys David Oxenford and David O'Connor.
  • 2018 NAB Show Tech Hot Topics: TVNewsCheck’s annual multi-part series highlighting emerging tech trends in advance of the NAB Show. Topics: IP workflow, audio, MAM/storage, field operations, master control, graphics, cameras, RF, ATSC 3.0.
  • 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.
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Disney Ups Its Bid For Fox To $71.3B
Deadline, Jun 20, 2018, 8:56 AM EDT
The Walt Disney Co. today announced that it signed an amended acquisition agreement with 21st Century Fox for $71.3 billion in cash and stock. Link | Add comment
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NBC Looking For Digital News In Left Field
TVNewsCheck, Jun 20, 2018, 5:39 AM EDT
NBC’s year-old digital video unit has been pushing the boundaries of what a broadcaster’s news content might look like. Its experimental collaborations with MSNBC and Meet the Press may also soon extend to the network’s O&Os. Full Story | Add comment
network ratings roundup: June 11-17
'60 Minutes' Gathers Audience Week By Week
The Associated Press, Jun 19, 2018, 5:09 PM EDT
CBS won last week in primetime, averaging 4.4 million viewers. NBC had 4.2 million, ABC had 3.3 million, Fox had 2.3 million, Ion Television had 1.39 million, Univision had 1.35 million, Telemundo had 1.2 million and the CW had 770,000.
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WEEK ENDING JUNE 18
Station Trading Roundup: 2 Deals, $10.7M
TVNewsCheck, Jun 19, 2018, 5:31 PM EDT
The sale of KILM Barstow, Calif., by TV Plus to Ion Media Networks tops the latest list of TV station transactions submitted to the FCC for its approval, according to BIA Advisory Services.
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More Hollywood Condemnation Of Fox News
The Associated Press, Jun 19, 2018, 7:04 PM EDT
Fox News Channel faces a growing backlash among Hollywood creators that intensified Tuesday following Laura Ingraham's description of "zero tolerance" detention facilities for children separated from their parents as "essentially summer camps." Among those speaking out were Steve Levitan, Seth MacFarlane, Judd Apatow and Paul Feig. Full Story | Comments (3)
Roku Developing An OTT Marketplace
Variety, Jun 20, 2018, 8:07 AM EDT
Roku plans to launch a marketplace for video subscription services in the coming months that will allow consumers to sign up for and watch subscription services without the need to download separate apps on Roku devices, Variety has learned from multiple sources familiar with the company’s plans. The marketplace is said to be similar to Amazon Channels, a popular à la carte offering available on Fire TV devices. Link | Add comment
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AT&T In Talks To Buy AppNexus Ad Platform
Cheddar, Jun 20, 2018, 8:19 AM EDT
Privately-held AppNexus operates one of the largest independent ad exchanges, which facilitates the buying and selling of digital ads. The purchase by AT&T would signal the telecom giant’s ambition to challenge the dominance of Google and Facebook in online advertising. Link | Add comment
T-Mobile Seeks OK For Foreign Ownership
Broadcasting & Cable, Jun 20, 2018, 6:05 AM EDT
T-Mobile has asked the FCC to declare that it would be OK for Netherlands-based T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telecom to have up to 100% of indirect ownership in a merged T-Mobile-Sprint combo. The move is likely pro forma, since the foreign entities involved have already been cleared by the FCC to own U.S. wireless licenses. Link | Add comment
TVN’S MEDIA JOBS
Newsroom Jobs In TX And DC
TVNewsCheck, Jun 19, 2018, 5:49 AM EDT
Gray Television is looking for a news director at its CBS57 (KOSA) in Odessa-Midland, TX and a photojournalist/studio manager at its Washington, DC bureau. To see all job openings, visit our Media Job Center here. | Add comment
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Music And Fireworks, WJXT To Air July 4 Special
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Jun 20, 2018, 7:53 AM EDT
FNC Remains No. 1 In Primetime Viewers
TVNewser, Jun 20, 2018, 6:34 AM EDT
Disney Names New Animation, Pixar Chiefs
The Associated Press, Jun 20, 2018, 6:31 AM EDT
Universal TV Ups Robinson To Current SVP
The Hollywood Reporter, Jun 20, 2018, 6:09 AM EDT
No Assault Charges Filed Against Scott Baio
The Associated Press, Jun 20, 2018, 5:57 AM EDT
Maddow Breaks Down Reading Story On 'Tender Age' Shelters
The Associated Press, Jun 20, 2018, 5:54 AM EDT
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Ratings

Overnights, adults 18-49 for June 18, 2018
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Source: Nielsen

Reviews

  • Hank Stuever

    In 1977, DC Comics unveiled a superhero named Black Lightning, hoping to fill an obvious void with a token character who, inspired somewhat by the characters in blaxploitation cinema, exhibited a lot of street sense on the blighted side of Metropolis. Black Lightning, a wholehearted and energetic live-action revival of the character on CW. It is a fine example of what television might look like once we move past the more ceremonial aspects of diversity. This is a black show on a network filled with white superheroes, and it displays no insecurity or self-consciousness about that.

  • Alexis Soloski

    In Amazon's Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, the creator of Gilmore Girls introduces another brainy, mouthy heroine, this time in the male-dominated comedy world of the 1950s.

  • Hal Boedeker

    A reassuring example of older means getting better, Will & Grace struts back to NBC bolder, brassier and bawdier. Some like it tart, and this frisky frolic delivers. After eight seasons, the beloved sitcom felt faded at its fade-out in 2006. Eleven years later, the revival packs a joyous kick in the first three episodes. Here is an absolutely fabulous return with four irrepressible stars who are at their very best. Will & Grace is no gay dinosaur.

  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    Wonderstruck, overstuffed, corny and stirring, Star Trek: Discovery stands tall alongside the best-regarded incarnations of the Trek franchise even as it raids elements from all of them (including the recent J.J. Abrams film series, which Paramount says is set in an alternate timeline that has nothing to do with this one). Though handsomely produced, the show’s imagination seems to have been slightly reined in by commercial mandates — namely, reinvigorating Trek as a TV property and serving as a marquee title that would lure customers to CBS All Access, the network’s subscription-only service.

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