Exclusives

  • Tech Q&A: Next-Gen TV Tops New NAB Tech's Agenda

    Sam Matheny, the association’s new EVP and chief technology officer, says he’s trying to identify the major trends and threats so broadcasters can stay competitive. Among items on his plate: working with ATSC and broadcasters on the development of a next-generation TV that has to be robust enough and flexible enough to serve the needs of any broadcast business plan. More | Add comment
  • Air Check: ‘Chasing New Jersey’ Chases Viewers In NY

    Fox’s unconventional local newscast that airs on WWOR New York and WTXF Philadelphia has not taken New York by storm at 10 p.m., with ratings down by double digits since its debut last summer. In Philly, it airs at 12:30 a.m. and its 18-49 ratings are up 33% from the time slot’s year-ago numbers. Fox is constantly tweaking its TMZ-like elements and creator Dennis Bianchi says the show has matured, offering a smoother pace, more informative discussions and better stories. TMZ creator Harvey Levin says “they will catch fire.” More | Comments (2)
  • Jessell: For WISH, Life After CBS Should Be News

    With the upcoming loss of its CBS affiliation because it wouldn’t meet the network’s reverse comp demands, LIN’s WISH Indianapolis has to find new programming starting next year. LIN has put together a team with experience at indie operations. Whatever they come up with, a big factor needs to be more and better local news, a tall order in a market that already produces a lot of newscasts, but one that the Peabody-winning WISH should be able to handle. More | Comments (17)
  • Focus: Current Tech, Future Promises Coexist At IBC

    This year’s annual gathering in Amsterdam promises to tackle important issues with a robust conference program, cutting-edge technology displays and a series of keynote speakers offering their perspective on topics ranging from Google’s vision for the future of video to the health of the TV industry. More | Add comment
  • Focus: Rohrs Bets Big On Barter For ‘Pinkertons’

    John Rohrs thinks his first-run syndicated drama will be a hit for stations and his Rohrs Media Group. The barter-only show is low risk for stations, giving them exclusive programming. The question is will it be able to compete during weekends with off-net staples like Law & Order: SVU, Criminal Minds and The Closer.
    More | Comments (2)
  • Air Check: Stations Walk Fine Line With Riot Coverage

    The logistics of covering the story of the riots in the aftermath of the killing of Michael Brown are difficult for St. Louis stations working 12-hour shifts and using mobile bonded cellular gear for live feeds. In addition, they are factoring in the emotionally charged nature of the story into every decision. More | Comments (7)

Special Reports

  • Severe Weather 2014: A three-part look at the effects of social media on forecasting; a Q&A with the National Weather Service's Greg Carbin; and the latest on dual polarization radar.
  • Diginets 2014: A three-part examination of the revenue, programming and business strategies of multicasting.
  • FCC Watch: A quick briefing on 26 FCC proceedings affecting broadcasters from communications attorneys David Oxenford and David O'Connor.
  • 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.
  • 2013—Year In Review: Revisit the year’s top developments in business, programming, journalism, technology, regulation and more.
  • ENG 2013: A three-part examination of the state of the art in newsgathering tech, including bonded cellular, wireless mic issues and news vehicles.
  • THE TOP 30 TV STATION GROUPS: A plethora of mega-deals over the last 12 months has reordered TVNewsCheck's annual ranking. While the top three spots remained the same as last year — occupied by Fox, CBS and Sinclair — the rest of the top 10 is much changed with five companies gone through M&A activity.
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Industry Calendar

September 2014
Mo
Fr
8-12
Alabama Broadcasters Association
ABA Engineering Academy: TV
Hoover, AL
Th
Sa
25-27
Oregon Association of Broadcasters
Annual Convention
Sun River, OR
Fr
Sa
26-27
Maine Association of Broadcasters
Annual Convention
Portland, ME
October 2014
Th
16
Arizona Broadcasters Association
Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon
Scottsdale, AZ
Su
Tu
19-21
Kansas Association of Broadcasters
Annual Convention
Wichita, KS

Latest News

Mon, Sep 1, 2014

Celebrate Working People: Happy Labor Day
TVNewsCheck, Aug 29, 2014, 9:57 PM EDT
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will not publish Monday, Sept. 1. We will return Tues, the 2nd. All of us at TVNewsCheck hope you enjoy your Labor Day. | Add comment
Jessell at Large
The Sad Unwinding Of Papers & Broadcasting
TVNewsCheck, Aug 29, 2014, 3:24 PM EDT
With a couple of important exceptions, the major publisher-broadcasters have spun off legacy newspapers holdings into separate companies or simply sold them. The moves have been driven by investors and trustees tired of seeing earning and margins dragged down by publishing, and management's inability to achieve any kind of cross-media synergy. One of the bigger blows came in 1975 when the FCC banned new same-market newspaper-broadcast combinations to prevent the publishers from becoming too powerful. Things have changed a little since then, but the prohibition remains. Full Story | Comments (4)
Nielsen: U.S. TV Households Now At 116.4M
Nielsen, Aug 29, 2014, 3:21 PM EDT
According to Nielsen’s National Television Household Universe Estimates, there are 116.4 million TV homes in the U.S. prior to the start of the 2014-15 TV season. The number of homes represents an 0.5% increase from its 2013-14 estimate. The number of persons age 2 and older in U.S. TV households is estimated to be 296 million—also an increase of 0.5% from last year. Link | Comments (1)
CBS Innovates With US Open Tennis
Sports Video Group, Aug 29, 2014, 2:36 PM EDT
On Saturday, CBS Sports will begin its broadcasts of the US Open tennis tournament, culminating with the men’s singles championship on Monday Sept. 8. It’s the beginning of the end — ESPN will take over the rights and production duties next year — but that has not prevented the CBS Sports team from ensuring that its role at the center of the production action is anything but top notch. Link | Add comment
Betsy Fischer Martin Leaving NBC News
Politico, Aug 29, 2014, 2:32 PM EDT
Former Meet the Press executive producer Betsy Fischer Martin is leaving NBC after 23 years with the network, she announced Friday. Martin served as EP of Meet for 11 years until last summer, when she transferred to senior executive producer role amid the show's decline under moderator David Gregory. Her departure comes just weeks after Gregory's, and one week before Chuck Todd takes over as host. Link | Add comment
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‘Jeopardy,’ ‘Wheel’ Move To KDVR In Denver
TVNewsCheck, Aug 29, 2014, 12:59 PM EDT
The switch from KMGH to Fox’s KDVR takes effect on Sept. 8. Full Story | Comments (5)
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'Big Brother' Win Boosted By Football
The Hollywood Reporter, Aug 29, 2014, 12:37 PM EDT
Big Brother will take home another victory, even with NFL preemptions on CBS for a portion of the country. Boosted by preseason football, early numbers — subject to some adjustment — indicate Big Brother averaged 7.5 million total viewers and a 2.5 rating among adults 18-49 at 9 p.m. Thursday. CBS was preempted in 27% of the U.S. in the 8 p.m. hour, 23% at 9 p.m. and 13% at 10 p.m. CBS will likely win the evening in viewership and 18-49. Link | Add comment
Chelsea Clinton Leaving NBC News
The Associated Press, Aug 29, 2014, 11:33 AM EDT
She says she will focus on her Clinton Foundation work and the upcoming birth of her first child. Full Story | Comments (3)
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WLNE To Broadcast R.I. Gubernatorial Debate
TVNewsCheck, Aug 29, 2014, 11:06 AM EDT
The Providence ABC affiliate will present 2014 the debate a week after primary elections from Roger Williams University, with support from Cox Communications. Full Story | Add comment
CBS Radio Rejects ATVA 'Local Choice' Ads
FierceCable, Aug 29, 2014, 8:51 AM EDT
CBS radio stations around the country have refused to air a new ad from the American Television Alliance that supports the retrans reform proposal called "local choice" that was recently proposed by Sens. Jay Rockefeller and John Thune. Link | Comments (2)
The Danger To Journalism Of Chasing Clicks
Nieman Journalism Lab, Aug 29, 2014, 7:35 AM EDT
Journalism has a double nature. It is both a public good and a commodity. With the multiplication of Web metrics, good and bad, new strategies are needed to protect editorial independence from market forces. The need to find workable arrangements between editorial ambitions and economic realities is as old as journalism itself. It is also the only possible way to secure the future of the media, online. Link | Comments (1)
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KCCI, Paper To Host Senate Race Debate
TVNewsCheck, Aug 29, 2014, 8:29 AM EDT

The Hearst Des Moines, Iowa, CBS affil and The Des Moines Register will sponsor the Sept. 28 debate between Senate candidates Joni Ernst and Bruce Braley. Full Story | Comments (1)

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Obama Taps WREG’s Ron Walter For TVA
TVNewsCheck, Aug 28, 2014, 6:52 PM EDT
The president-GM of Tribune's Memphis CBS affiliate has been named by President Obama to the board of directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority. Full Story | Comments (1)
Daughter: Joan Rivers Resting Comfortably
The Associated Press, Aug 28, 2014, 2:02 PM EDT
In a statement, Melissa Rivers said her mother was "resting comfortably" with family. She did not elaborate on the 81-year-old comedian's condition. The comedian was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital just after 9:30 a.m. Thursday. The entertainer has logged a half-century in show business and gave rise to red carpet commentary — and the snarky criticism that often accompanies it. Full Story | Comments (1)
Why Mashable Focuses Strategy On YouTube
Digiday, Aug 29, 2014, 8:07 AM EDT
Most publishers pushing into video try get people to their sites and then use YouTube for marketing. Not so for Mashable, which is centralizing its video strategy firmly around YouTube. Over the last year, the tech news and Web-culture publisher has aggressively built a bigger presence on the Google video hub, allocating a substantial chunk of its recent $14 million funding round to video production efforts. In recent months, Mashable has tailored its editorial video content strategy around the young YouTube community. Link | Add comment

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This Week’s Top 5 Viral TV Clips
Lost Remote, Aug 29, 2014, 2:40 PM EDT
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WLNE Providence Ups LaCrosse To Weekend Anchor
TVNewsCheck, Aug 29, 2014, 11:21 AM EDT
Dma 8 (Washington)
NewsChannel 8 To Host Md. Gubernatorial Debate
WJLA, Aug 29, 2014, 8:22 AM EDT
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Bounce TV Sponsors 11-City Music Fest
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Aug 29, 2014, 8:17 AM EDT
Ann Biderman Out As 'Ray Donovan' Showrunner
The Wrap, Aug 29, 2014, 7:47 AM EDT
NBC Buys Drama From Greg Berlanti & Martin Gero
Deadline, Aug 29, 2014, 7:45 AM EDT
ABC Nabs David Marshall Grant Medical Drama
Deadline, Aug 29, 2014, 7:43 AM EDT
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KMOV Reporter-Anchor Chris Stanford Out
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Aug 29, 2014, 7:18 AM EDT
dma 18 (Orlando, FL)
Former WESH Anchor Chioji's Cancer Returns
Orlando Sentinel, Aug 29, 2014, 6:48 AM EDT
dmas 19 (Cleveland) & 30 (Hartford, CT)
WJW Anchor Mark Zinni Leaving For WFSB
The Plain Dealer, Aug 29, 2014, 6:46 AM EDT
Infomercial Creator Beryl Wolk Dies At 85
Philly.com, Aug 29, 2014, 6:38 AM EDT
Anonymous Critics Pull Back On Nikki Finke Attack
New York Post, Aug 29, 2014, 6:32 AM EDT
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KSTP Photojournalist Russ Brown Dies
KSTP, Aug 29, 2014, 6:08 AM EDT
David Hyde Pierce Back To TV With 'Good Wife'
The Hollywood Reporter, Aug 29, 2014, 6:02 AM EDT
Johnny Knoxville Signs Deal With ABC Studios
The Hollywood Reporter, Aug 29, 2014, 5:59 AM EDT
BET Suspends Producer After Blue Ivy Joke
The Associated Press, Aug 29, 2014, 5:57 AM EDT
TNT, TBS Program Chief Michael Wright Leaving
Deadline, Aug 28, 2014, 6:38 PM EDT
Dma 4 (Philadelphia)
Colleen Wolfe Out, Keith Russell In At WTXF
Philly.com, Aug 28, 2014, 4:47 PM EDT
A&E Axes 'Longmire,' Will Be Shopped Elsewhere
Deadline, Aug 28, 2014, 4:45 PM EDT

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Overnights, adults 18-49 for August 28, 2014
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Reviews
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Features
  • Michelle Stark

    Starz's new series Outlander isn't merely a feminist Game of Thrones. In fact, it's refreshingly hard to pin down, a vibrant concoction of rollicking adventure, passionate romance and strikingly beautiful history lesson. Throw in a bit of sci-fi and the show becomes its own captivating genre.

  • Mark Dawidziak

    TNT's Legends is a leaden cable drama that is every bit as clumsy as it is familiar. Relentlessly formulaic, Legends is cookie-cutter stuff manufactured from stale dough.

  • Joanne Ostrow

    Visually stunning, at first WGN America's Manhattan seems a dreamy trip to the past with a range of engaging characters and a Big Band soundtrack. Below the surface, it is a nightmarish accounting of the moral dilemmas of the scientists at the time, the top-secret Manhattan Project, moving us to ask the same profound questions. It's a well-crafted, historically based drama that conveys the anxieties of the U.S. during World War II, the bias against women and minorities in general and female scientists in particular, the super secrecy of the project and the runaway egos at war in an unnatural little village, "Harvard with sand" — in the New Mexico desert. The first two episodes left me craving more.

  • Tom Conroy

    The title character of USA’s new dramedy Rush — a disgraced L.A. doctor who makes cash-only house calls for clients who have something to hide — both behaves and allows other people to behave in reprehensible ways, but we’re supposed to think of him as a lovable scamp. Since the creators clearly haven’t thought through the show’s ethics, viewers who just want to have a good time shouldn’t either. The attractive cast and glossy cinematography provide enough distraction.

  • Mark Dawidziak

    While FX's The Strain is pretty much a cauldron churning with familiar ingredients, the dark brew bubbling inside is served up with a great deal of panache. No there's nothing terribly profound or original here, but The Strain gets off to a robust start and moves at a lighting pace. It keeps thundering along, packed with fun performances and nifty visual treats (and tricks, for that matter).

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