Exclusives

  • Second Quarter Spot Recap: Total +8.8%, Core +0.8%

    Political spending came to the rescue in the quarter, soaring 640% from the previous year's quarter. Auto advertising also was a strong contributor. Matrix Solutions President D.J. Cavanaugh said:  "We have seen steady year-over-year growth in automotive spending each quarter for the past few years." More | Add comment
  • Q&A: New Showrunner Has Big Plans For ‘Latifah’

    Going into its second season, the Sony Pictures Television daytime talker has brought in latenight TV veteran Todd Yasui to help grow the ratings. He plans on loosening things up with more spontaneous, less produced segments while adding scripted comedy skits and more music performances, among other elements. More | Add comment
  • Air Check: KARE’s Eckert Wants Local News With Impact

    Steve Eckert, a veteran TV newsman with stations and NBC news, was given the task of building an investigative unit at Gannett's NBC affiliate in Minneapolis-St. Paul. He's adding staff and equipment as part of a plan that involves more than rooting out the corruption, flawed systems and stupidity on which journalists thrive. He wants KARE to produce stories so compelling that they “make viewers feel the same exhilaration that I felt when I found that smoking-gun document in the dusty basement of the courthouse." More | Comments (4)
  • Open Mike: Viewer Safety Or Soccer? That’s A No-Brainer

    Every GM and news director I know who oversees a local newsroom has taken severe weather very seriously. We spend millions of dollars on early warning equipment, radars and other software to make sure we can get the information on the air as quickly as possible. We are local broadcasters. We are the only source of instantaneous information showing the storm, explaining where it is heading and what viewers need to know right now to protect themselves.  This is what a local TV station does. It focuses on your community. Your home. More | Comments (18)
  • ABC: Ka-band Making IP Newsgathering Work

    The ABC Owned TV Stations report early success with vehicles that rely on a combination of bonded-cellular and Ka-band satellite IP links. The group's Jim Casabella says used together the technology puts IP on par with point-to-point microwave. More | Add comment
  • Jessell: To Warn Or Not To Warn Is Weather Question

    Of course, WENY Elmira, N.Y., last Sunday did the right thing when it pre-empted the final minutes of the World Cup to warn the public of life-threatening tornadoes in the area, despite the nasty carping of soccer fans. But stations have a parallel duty not to sensationize its servere weather reporting or issue unwarranted warnings. Crying wolf is its own danger. More | Comments (14)

Special Reports

  • 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

August 2014
We
Th
13-14
Nebraska Broadcasters Association
Annual Convention
Lincoln, NE
Fr
Sa
15-16
Annual Conference
Alabama Broadcasters Association
Birmingham-Hoover, AL
Su
Tu
24-26
Summer Celebration & Annual Meeting
Michigan Association of Broadcasters
Mackinac Island, MI
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

Latest News

Thu, Jul 31, 2014

closing bell
Dow Plunges 317, Nasdaq Falls 93
The Associated Press, Jul 31, 2014, 4:55 PM EDT
Stocks started the day lower after a dose of bad earnings news, and the losses accelerated throughout the day. The stock market has been on a bull run for more than five years, with the most recent leg of that surge pushing the Standard & Poor's 500 index to an all-time high a week ago. Investors are now getting concerned that stocks may have climbed too far and reflect too much optimism on the outlook for growth. Full Story | Add comment
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Scripps-Journal Deal Called ‘A Natural Fit’
TVNewsCheck, Jul 31, 2014, 1:52 PM EDT
That’s how Rich Boehne, Scripps president-CEO, described the agreement that will combine the two companies’ broadcast operations and spin off the newspapers, creating two companies. Investors and analysts were bullish too, with both companies’ stock up by double digits today. With the deal, Scripps becomes the fifth largest independent station group in terms of reach, covering 22 million U.S. television households — roughly 18 % —  with 34 stations in 24 markets, including 14 in top 50 DMAs. Full Story | Add comment
Tech Q&A with Michael Koetter
Koetter Prepping CNN For The Future Of News
TVNewsCheck, Jul 31, 2014, 11:25 AM EDT
The cable news operation’s SVP of media technology and development is busy these days overseeing enhancements to CNN’s Media Source media asset management system with the integration of the Adobe Anywhere collaboration platform. He’s also looking at the importance of metadata, the evolution of cellular bonded systems and the potential of 4K and drones. Full Story | Add comment
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TV In Phoenix Is Hot And Getting Hotter
Media Life, Jul 31, 2014, 2:27 PM EDT
Demand for local ad inventory in Phoenix has been on the rise since March. A great deal of political spending is expect this fall, which will help keep the market tight through the end of the year. On TV, retail and automotive ad categories led the surge at the end of first quarter, and that has continued through spring and summer. Link | Add comment
Katie Couric Bids Farewell To Daytime TV
The Hollywood Reporter, Jul 31, 2014, 2:30 PM EDT
On the last episode of Katie, the host looked back at memorable guests and segments over the show’s two-year history. Link | Comments (1)
ABC Vet Sara Just Named 'PBS NewsHour' EP
The New York Times, Jul 31, 2014, 2:55 PM EDT
The former Washington deputy bureau chief for ABC News, says she wants to modernize the venerable public broadcasting news program. Link | Add comment
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‘Extant’ Holds Steady In New Later Timeslot
Media Life, Jul 31, 2014, 12:36 PM EDT
CBS's new Halle Berry drama maintained last week’s rating despite moving away from its strong lead-in, Big Brother. Extant averaged a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating at 10 p.m., flat to last week, when it aired at 9 p.m. It tied NBC’s Taxi Brooklyn as the No. 2 show in the hour, both finishing behind Univision’s Que Pobres Tan Ricos, which posted a 1.4. Link | Add comment
CBS TV Studios Adds To Drama Development
The Hollywood Reporter, Jul 31, 2014, 2:17 PM EDT
Meghan Lyvers and Brianna Bennett have joined the department after roles at Management 360 and Fox, respectively. Link | Add comment
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World Cup Helps DirecTV Top Estimates
Bloomberg, Jul 31, 2014, 2:42 PM EDT
DirecTV reported second-quarter profit that topped analysts’ estimates as the World Cup lured Latin American customers. Earnings of $1.59 a share, excluding one-time items, beat analysts’ estimates for $1.53 a share on average. Profit was buoyed by 543,000 additional Latin American customers, who flocked to the World Cup offerings. U.S. subscribers, by contrast, fell by 34,000. Link | Add comment
Apple’s TV Push Stalls As Partners Hesitate
Business Insider, Jul 31, 2014, 3:01 PM EDT
Those waiting for Apple to start selling its long-discussed, all-in-one box for accessing live and on-demand television are going to have to keep waiting. Cable companies are "dragging their heels" on Apple's plans to incorporate their content into a set-top box and have signaled their apprehension over Apple's ambition for TV.   Link | Add comment
Report: Cord-Cutting Hits European Makets
The Hollywood Reporter, Jul 31, 2014, 2:19 PM EDT
The traditional pay TV market declined across 12 European markets in the first quarter of this year, as online services such as Netflix advance, according to a new study by IHS Technology.. Link | Comments (10)
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Meredith Local Media Fiscal 4Q Rev Up 20%
TVNewsCheck, Jul 31, 2014, 8:17 AM EDT
Record digital/mobile advertising revenues and higher retransmission-related money drive the quarter’s revenue to $111 million. For the full fiscal year the Local Media Group’s revenue rose 7% to a record $403 million. Full Story | Add comment
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E.W. Scripps, Journal Merging Broadcast Ops
TVNewsCheck, Jul 30, 2014, 8:55 PM EDT
The merged broadcast and digital media company, based in Cincinnati, will retain The E.W. Scripps Co. name. Both companies' newspapers will be spun off into a new company to be called Journal Media Group, which will be headquartered in Milwaukee. The new Scripps will operate 34 TV stations reaching 18% of TV homes and 35 radio stations in eight markets. Current Scripps shareholders will end up with majority stakes in both companies. More on this story after the companies' conference call with reporters at 9 a.m. ET. Full Story | Add comment
Miniseries Maven Robert Halmi Sr. Dies At 90
The Associated Press, Jul 30, 2014, 8:28 PM EDT
Veteran TV movie and miniseries producer Robert Halmi Sr. died Wednesday afternoon in his New York home. At 90, he was still active well into the new millennium, he produced the TV miniseries Neverland in 2011, and a year later a new version of Treasure Island, starring Donald Sutherland and Elijah Wood. Full Story | Add comment
LocusPoint Buys LPs In Milwaukee, Erie
TVNewsCheck, Jul 30, 2014, 5:05 PM EDT
LocusPoint Networks has added two more stations to its growing portfolio. It’s purchasing WMKE-CA Milwaukee (DMA 34) and WLEP-LD Erie, Pa.  (DMA 152) for $2.5 million each. WMKE is being sold by KM LPTV of Milwaukee (Myoung Hwa Bae, president) and WLEP has been sold by Hapa Media Properties (Kevin Joel Bae). Headed by William deKay and Ravi Potharlanka, LocusPoint in an investment firm that is acquiring stations with plans to participate in the FCC's incentive auction. That two-step auction aims to buy spectrum from broadcasters and resell it to wireless carriers. Greg Guy of Patrick Communications was the broker of both deals. | Comments (3)
Newsrooms Need To Know About Google+
NetNewsCheck, Jul 31, 2014, 7:37 AM EDT
If you’re among those with more questions than answers about Google+, Kim Wilson explains this new social platform from the search giant. Social platforms come and go and Google is still the new kid on the block, she notes, but with rumors of SEO influence swirling, most newsrooms are taking G+ seriously.
Link | Add comment
quarterly report
Sony Surprises With First Quarter Profit
The Associated Press, Jul 31, 2014, 5:57 AM EDT
Sony's April-June profit soared to 26.8 billion yen ($261 million) from 3.1 billion yen a year earlier. Analysts had forecast a loss. Quarterly sales climbed nearly 6% to 1.81 trillion yen ($17.6 billion). The Japanese electronics and entertainment conglomerate, which has been trying to reshape its business after years of losses, did well in its video games, movie and camera businesses, offsetting restructuring costs. Under an overhaul announced earlier this year, Sony has sold its Vaio computer business and is splitting off its TV division to run as a wholly-owned subsidiary. Full Story | Add comment
AMC Nets In Talks To Buy BBC America Stake
Bloomberg, Jul 31, 2014, 6:11 AM EDT
AMC Networks Inc., the cable programmer controlled by the Dolan family, is in talks to acquire almost 50% of BBC America, BBC Worldwide’s U.S. channel, people with knowledge of the matter say. Link | Add comment

More News

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WJBK Detroit Says Goodbye To Alan Lee
WJBK, Jul 31, 2014, 3:18 PM EDT
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Anchor Martha Sugalski leaves WESH Orlando
Orlando Sentinel, Jul 31, 2014, 2:59 PM EDT
Fox Business Net's Kevin Magee Stepping Down
TVNewser, Jul 31, 2014, 2:52 PM EDT
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Luken Signs Multi-Network Affiliation With KPHE
TVNewsCheck, Jul 31, 2014, 12:09 PM EDT
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KNBC Los Angeles Promotes Its Global Coverage
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Jul 31, 2014, 9:43 AM EDT
Market Share (DMA 138)
Another Coffee Shop-Themed Morning News Promo
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Jul 31, 2014, 7:43 AM EDT
NBCNews.com Promoting New Homepage
NewscastStudio, Jul 31, 2014, 7:32 AM EDT
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Prissila Sánchez Joins KWEX San Antonio News
TVSpy, Jul 31, 2014, 7:14 AM EDT
Laura Benanti Joining 'Nashville' In Season 3
TV Guide, Jul 31, 2014, 6:59 AM EDT
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Three Chicago Sportscasters Open Restaurant
Robert Feder, Jul 31, 2014, 6:50 AM EDT
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Pittsburgh: Walsh In At KDKA, Costanzo Out At WPXI
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Jul 31, 2014, 6:45 AM EDT
Cumulus Buys CNN News Content For Radio
New York Post, Jul 31, 2014, 6:31 AM EDT
Man Arrested For Stalking GMA’s Robin Roberts
New York Post, Jul 31, 2014, 6:27 AM EDT
quarterly report
Strong MAM Sales Drive 23% 2Q Rev Rise For Dalet
Devoncroft, Jul 31, 2014, 6:21 AM EDT
Simon Cowell Is MIPCOM Personality Of The Year
The Hollywood Reporter, Jul 31, 2014, 6:10 AM EDT

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Reviews
Opinions
Features
  • 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).

  • Hank Stuever

    If you guide your hopes to a slightly lower orbit, CBS’s futuristic summer series Extant, starring Oscar-winner Halle Berry, isn't the space disaster one might have feared — especially if you supply your own oxygen in the form of harmless mockery. As with nearly every piece of sci-fi television programming that lands on my desk, Extant quickly runs up its credit cards when it comes to borrowing imagery and ideas from other classics.

  • David Wiegand

    HBO should consider adding an advisory to the start of each of the 10 episodes of The Leftovers. It might read something like, "Viewers who have had suicidal thoughts strongly cautioned." Or: "Drink plenty of coffee before you begin watching this. Keep the pot percolating." Or: "Hogwash alert." The show moves at a glacial pace with virtually no explanation of what is happening. It's confusing, slow-moving and often excruciating. With The Leftovers, we know very little and care less and less as the story slouches along.

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