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  • Jessell: Broadcast Still Video's Biggest, Best Platform

    For all the talk of erosion, fragmentation and irrelevance, the Big Four remain at the pinnacle of the TV ziggurat. That is worth repeating again and again because marketers, advertisers and media agencies can get distracted by all the digital jiggery-pokery. More | Comments (9)
  • Front Office: Adapting To The Demands Of A Digital World

    Whether it’s the tote board tracking telethon results, appeals from charities and religious ministries, or the advertising messages that drive consumer purchases, television is a medium that can influence consumer behavior. What’s changed is the way people consume the content. That change is leading to discussions about television’s place in a digital world. The combination of TV and digital advertising can increase brand recall and message recall by considerable amounts when compared to results from TV ads alone. More | Add comment
  • TVN Tech: Sutro Tower Gets Serious About The Repack

    Getting the Bay Area transmission facility ready for the spectrum repack that will follow the FCC’s spectrum auction will be one of the trickiest in the country. That’s because of the sheer number of unknowns that must be anticipated and planned for, and the only 39 months the FCC has set in which to complete the work. But the structure's owners and engineers are planning for all contingencies. More | Comments (4)
  • Focus: Broadcasters Wary Of State, Fed Ad Tax Push

    Lawmakers and officials struggling with poor finances in North Carolina, Illinois, Pennsylvania and California are eyeing a tax on advertising as a way to help solve state budget crunches. At the federal level, lawmakers are looking at limiting the advertising tax deduction as part of broader federal tax reform. More | Comments (1)
  • Q&A: Pat Butler Bullish On Public TV’s Prospects

    The president of the Association of Public Television Stations says the financial outlook for his stations is strong thanks, in part, to funding from a Republican-controlled Congress and contributions from a growing number of states. He also talks about his problems with the FCC incentive auction and subsequent repacking of the TV band and why free, universal broadcasting — in the highest possible picture quality — must remain a cornerstone of public media. More | Comments (11)

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  • 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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Dow Climbs 190, Nasdaq Tacks On 49
The Associated Press, Jul 28, 2015, 4:56 PM EDT
Strong earnings reports boosted U.S. stock markets Tuesday. The recovery comes after five straight days of losses for U.S. indexes. It's not uncommon for stocks to reverse course after several days in one direction, and investors say the market is still lacking the foundation for an extended rally. Full Story | Add comment
Weekly syndication ratings roundup
‘Dr. Phil’ Delivers A Winning Ratings Rx
TVNewsCheck, Jul 28, 2015, 12:14 PM EDT
It was one of only a few first-run shows to post week-to-week ratings gains in the session ending July 19. Others that were up include three other talk shows, one courtroom, one magazine and one game show. Full Story | Add comment
Jon Stewart’s Secret White House Visits
Pollitico, Jul 28, 2015, 2:22 PM EDT
To engage privately with the president in his inner sanctum at two sensitive moments — previously unreported meetings that are listed in the White House visitor logs and confirmed by three former Obama aides — speaks volumes about Stewart and his reach, which goes well beyond the million or so viewers who tune into The Daily Show on most weeknights. Love Stewart’s jokes or hate them, he has proven to be a unique voice who is capable of turning in-the-weeds policy discussions into viral video sensations that the country is still talking about the next morning. Link | Add comment
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Big Bump For ‘Bachelorette’ Finale
Media Life, Jul 28, 2015, 12:12 PM EDT
The ABC show spiked to a season high with last night’s ender, posting a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating from 8 to 10 p.m. That was up 20% over last year’s Bachelorette finale. And it topped the show’s premiere in May, its previous season best. Bachelorette was easily the top show of the night and will likely finish as one of the top shows of the week. The long-running reality program’s season average was also up over last year. Link | Add comment
CBS Will Live-Stream Super Bowl Ads
Variety, Jul 28, 2015, 2:37 PM EDT
For nearly half a century, the only way for the average consumer to see all the glitzy commercials that accompanied the Super Bowl was to watch a broadcast of the game on television. In 2016, CBS intends to shake things up, by live-streaming — in as close to real-time as possible — every single national ad that supports its Feb. 7, 2016, telecast of Super Bowl 50. The maneuver is one that could have seismic ramifications for the media business, as it essentially forces the event’s big-spending sponsors to consider online impressions and TV ratings at the same time, not separately, as has been common practice. Link | Add comment
Groups Ask Congress For Govt. Spectrum
Katy on the Hill, Jul 28, 2015, 3:10 PM EDT
Once the FCC wraps up the broadcast incentive auction, now tentatively planned to begin March 29, 2016, there is no other spectrum in the pipeline that can be transferred to commercial mobile services. That’s triggered increasing pressure on Congress to free up government-controlled spectrum to meet the demand for wireless data services. Link | Add comment
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Rentrak Signs Deal With Katz Rep Firm
TVNewsCheck, Jul 28, 2015, 7:23 AM EDT
The new agreement will provide the rep firm with ratings and demographic information for all 210 local markets. Full Story | Add comment
OTT Firms Push Back Against FCC Proposal
Katy on the Hill, Jul 28, 2015, 7:52 AM EDT
The nation’s biggest online video distributors would rather the FCC not do them any favors by regulating over-the-top services like it does cable. Representatives from Microsoft, Amazon and Apple, companies that haven’t been regulated by the FCC, have been increasing their face time at the FCC to keep the agency from advancing a proceeding that would regulate some OTT services like facilities-based multichannel video distributors. Link | Add comment
Summer’s Top Shows Are Mostly Oldies
Media Life, Jul 28, 2015, 5:59 AM EDT
Returning programs dominate the top 10 among 18-49s. In fact, several long-running shows have even seen gains this summer. So much for trying new things. Link | Add comment
Sherri Shepherd To Return To ‘The View’
Deadline, Jul 27, 2015, 4:57 PM EDT
The addition of Shepherd is part of The View overhaul this summer as ABC News is looking to reignite the veteran daytime talk show to its former ratings glory after a turbulent 18th season, the first without co-creator Barbara Walters. Link | Add comment
Fox Sports To Guarantee Views
Adweek, Jul 28, 2015, 5:57 AM EDT
Fox Sports Engage is a multiplatform branded-content distribution program that aims to give advertisers a wider audience. Fox Sports Engage will distribute branded content across a variety of social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. But here's the kicker: Fox Sports will guarantee that a certain amount of people will see the content. Link | Add comment
Need An Expert? Expertise Finder Can Help
Poynter, Jul 28, 2015, 7:47 AM EDT
Expertise Finder is an online tool to help journalists find relevant experts for their stories launched by Stavros Rougas and Ebrahim Ashrafizadeh. Rougas says the tool limits results to academics from accredited universities and four-year colleges across North America, and is free for journalists and the universities listed (the site makes money via custom directories). Link | Add comment
Brand Connections
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TV, Digital Jobs In DC, Little Rock, Medford
TVNewsCheck, Jul 27, 2015, 9:49 AM EDT
Heartland Media’s KDRV (ABC) in Medford, Ore., seeks a digital sales manager for its advertising team. NBCUniversal is looking for an assignment desk editor at WRC Washington. And The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette is seeking an experienced digital director to lead online sales, marketing and development in Little Rock, Ark. To see all job openings on TVNewsCheck, click here. | Add comment

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TVNewsCheck, Jul 28, 2015, 12:21 PM EDT
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KBAK-KBFX Anchor Kurt Rivera Arrested
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John Wallace Joining Deluxe As President-CEO
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Ratings

Overnights, adults 18-49 for July 27, 2015
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Reviews

  • Hank Stuever

    Whether its star intends it this way or not, TV Land’s The Jim Gaffigan Show will correctly be perceived as a sunnier answer to the cloudy-day tendencies of FX’s Louie. Gaffigan’s world is much less artful, more straight-on and also culled from his real life. Gaffigan has perfected his shtick, mixing deep sarcasm and negativity with a fine-line inoffensiveness. It works as a stage presence, but not so much as a TV character.

  • David Wiegand

    Denis Leary’s new FX sitcom, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, would have been everything he hopes it could be if he’d made it 20 years ago. Maybe even earlier. S&D&R&R has several things going for it that make it passably enjoyable, including some funny dialogue, good performances and, of course, Leary’s trademark grumpy charm. But many viewers are right to expect something more and fresher from Leary.

  • Rob Owen

    CBS’s Zoo will fit nicely in the pantheon of TV’s most ridiculous TV series’ premises (think: Manimal, My Mother the Car, Homeboys From Outer Space, The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer). Zoo may not be as awful as most of these programs, but it’s also not good. Viewers may cheer on the animals once they see the silliness humans have wrought by making the inane Zoo.

  • Jeff Jensen

    USA's Mr. Robot is a worldview-challenging psychological thriller that’s steeped in new-century punk politics, nervy with digital-age anxiety, and made with slick, smart panache. Rami Malek is riveting as lead character Elliot. He finds the vulnerable humanity in his prickly character without sentimentalizing him. Mr. Robot echoes Fight Club in its interest in how we live within ourselves—and live with ourselves—as people of conscience, and negotiate our relationship to society’s flawed, corrupt operating systems.

  • Alessandra Stanley

    In The Right Stuff, Tom Wolfe writes that the first astronauts’ wives were presented as “seven flawless cameo-faced dolls sitting in the family room with their pageboy bobs in place, ready to offer any and all aid to the brave lads.” That was the image that NASA created, and that’s what ABC's The Astronaut Wives Club seeks to debunk. This show applies the Mad Men formula to the women who stood behind the heroes of the conquest of space. It’s an amused but gauzy look back at a prefeminist era when women deferred to their husbands, wore gloves to church and took one another potluck dishes like Tater Tot Surprise and Jell-O salad.

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