Exclusives

  • Jessell: Uncertain Political Is Broadcast Wake-Up Call

    Lower-than expected spending by the Trump campaign is causing some groups to reforecast their political revenue and depressing stock prices. More important, it highlights the need for adoption of ATSC 3.0. The new broadcasting standard will allow stations to offer zoned, targeted and interactive advertising and maintain their lion's share of the political advertising dollars. More | Comments (3)
  • Front Office: How To Invest Best To Grow Revenue

    Don’t you wish you could determine in advance which new ventures are likeliest to become the most profitable? A tough advertising environment has added to the pressure, prompting media leaders to try to accelerate revenue diversification. While no one has a crystal ball, A.T. Kearney’s Greg Portell shares some guidelines that can help planners identify which new revenue opportunities to avoid or seize.   More | Add comment
  • TVN Tech: Serious Study Needed To Get Drone License

    The exam for FAA Part 107 certification to fly a commercial drone under 55 pounds, which first became available Aug. 29, covers far more than the drone itself. A mastery of knowledge on aeronautical concepts, charts, airspace and meteorology from an aviation perspective are among the areas emphasized on the initial test. Is it overkill for a media organization that will fly a done no higher than 400 feet? Not really, when seen in the context of maintaining safety, says the FAA. More | Add comment
  • Focus: Many Questions Over Nielsen's Post-Diary Ratings

    Nielsen announced plans last week to replace its paper ratings diaries with a system based on data from cable and satellite set-top boxes. However, many broadcasters still aren't sure how it's going to work. “They haven’t really told us that much about their plan going forward," said Raycom's Billy McDowell. Added Cordillera's Terry Hurley: "I'm hopeful, but skeptical." More | Comments (1)
  • Jessell: Is Your News Tired? Check Out Vice, Newsy

    For the most part, local newscasts were developed a half-century ago. It’s time for a renaissance. The typical newscast no longer resonates with many Americans, especially younger ones. That's why I’m intrigued by Scripps’ Newsy and am deeply curious about the nightly newscast that Vice is cooking up for HBO. All news directors should be, too.
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  • TVN Names Scripps Station Group Of The Year

    In announcing the honor, TVNewsCheck Editor Harry A. Jessell cited the company’s efforts to go beyond broadcasting and establish itself prominently and profitably among national digital media. Led by CEO Rich Boehne, over the past three years Scripps has spent $124 million to acquire Newsy (OTT news), Midroll (podcasting) and Cracked (digital content).  More | Comments (1)
  • Smith, Sook, LaPlatney On Tap For TVN's ATSC 3.0 Confab

    One highlight of TVNewsCheck’s Nov. 9-10 TV2020 conference on the prospects for Next Gen TV will be the CEO panel featuring David Smith of Sinclair Broadcast Group, Perry Sook of Nexstar Broadcasting Group and Pat LaPlatney of Raycom Media. For more information, or to register for TV2020, click here. More | Comments (1)
  • Newsy’s Sabatinelli To Talk On How To Monetize OTT

    The fourth annual NewsTECHForum presented by TVNewsCheck and Sports Video Group will feature an on-stage Q&A with Blake Sabatinelli, the general manager of the Scripps-owned OTT service Newsy, on Dec. 12. For the full NewsTECHForum program, or to register, click here. More | Add comment

Special Reports

  • Multicasting 2016: A four-part examination of the revenue, programming and technology strategies of the diginet business.
  • TVN's FCC Watch: A quick briefing on FCC proceedings affecting TV broadcasters from Washington communications attorneys David Oxenford and David O'Connor.
  • Employment 2016: In Part I, the challenges facing broadcasters in finding the right people for the rights jobs. Part II: It used to be a given that news managers would readily move it if meant a bigger market and a larger paycheck. Not anymore. Part III, the military may become an even bigger source of talent for station IT and engineering departments.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

Tue, Sep 27, 2016

Dispatch Names Campbell CFO-Treasurer
TVNewsCheck, Sep 26, 2016, 5:10 PM EDT
Bradley Campbell has been with the company since 2001, most recently as VP-corporate controller since 2012. Full Story | Add comment
closing bell
Dow Loses 167, Nasdaq Drops 48
The Associated Press, Sep 26, 2016, 5:04 PM EDT
Stocks fell for the second day in a row on Monday. Banks were hurt by a drop in bond yields, which means lower interest rates and smaller profits on loans. Consumer companies fell as home improvement retailers were affected by a slowdown in sales of new homes. Full Story | Add comment
Trump Campaign Plans $140M Ad Buy
The Associated Press, Sep 26, 2016, 3:09 PM EDT
Of the total, $40 million is slated for national TV and $40 million for digital, according to Trump's senior communications adviser. The plan represents a new approach for the billionaire businessman.Through this week, his campaign has put only about $22 million into TV and radio ads for the general election. Full Story | Add comment
Kim Guthrie Named Cox Media President
TVNewsCheck, Sep 26, 2016, 1:42 PM EDT
The longtime Cox executive is currently EVP of national ad platforms and president of Cox Reps as well as overseeing Videa. She will take over on Jan. 1, following Bill Hoffman’s retirement after 38 years in media. Full Story | Add comment
Cox Media Group Names 2 Multi-Market VPs
TVNewsCheck, Sep 26, 2016, 4:17 PM EDT

Tim Burke and Eric Myers will oversee newspaper and digital strategy across the group.    Full Story | Add comment

Disney Working On Potential Bid For Twitter
Bloomberg, Sep 26, 2016, 2:23 PM EDT
The Walt Disney Co. is working with a financial adviser to evaluate a possible bid for Twitter Inc., according to people familiar with the matter. After receiving some inbound interest, Twitter started a process to evaluate a potential sale. Link | Comments (1)
Brand Connections
‘This Is Us,’ ‘Bull’ See Solid L3 Gains
Variety, Sep 26, 2016, 2:15 PM EDT
Two of this season’s high-profile new dramas — NBC’s This Is Us and CBS’s Bull — pulled in notable gains over three days of delayed viewing, according to Nielsen’s just released live-plus-3 ratings for the Tuesday premieres. Link | Add comment
sunday overnights
Ouch: Big Declines For ABC, Fox On Sun.
Media Life, Sep 26, 2016, 12:31 PM EDT
New cartoon Son of Zorn loses half its debut rating, falling to a 1.2 in 18-49s. Quantico and Secrets and Lies'plunge by more than a third. NBC wins the night with football. Link | Comments (2)
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WCPO Hit With Complaint Over Issue Ad IDs
TVNewsCheck, Sep 26, 2016, 10:54 AM EDT
The Campaign Legal Center reiterates its charge that many stations are not complying with rules to make available online information about their political advertising, including who is paying for the spots. It adds the Scripps-owned Cincinnati ABC affiliate to its earlier list and urges the FCC to move before the election “to ensure transparency in our electoral system and to protect voters’ right to know by whom they are being persuaded.” Full Story | Add comment
Roku Unveils New Streaming Players
Variety, Sep 26, 2016, 2:59 PM EDT
Roku dropped five new players on the market today starting at $30, a move likely to counter incursions from Apple, Google and Amazon in the OTT market with lower entry-level pricing. Three of them come with 4K streaming. Link | Add comment
The Story Of Summer: Olympic TV Advertising
Media Life, Sep 26, 2016, 11:48 AM EDT
It injects renewed life in the medium, with broadcast and cable spending up 40% or $1 billion, over the previous August. Biggest ad categories: Auto, telecom and entertainment. Link | Add comment
FCC STB Plan May Hinge On Rosenworcel
The New York Times, Sep 26, 2016, 2:42 PM EDT
When the FCC announced a plan this year that would free people from having to rent cable set-top boxes, the cable and television industries balked and lobbied hard to forestall the proposal. But it turns out the biggest threat to the plan, which the commission is expected to vote on Thursday, is a low-profile Democratic commissioner within the agency itself, Jessica Rosenworcel, Link | Add comment
Brand Connections
Balloting Opens For Women In Tech Awards
TVNewsCheck, Sep 26, 2016, 5:41 AM EDT
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's annual Women in Technology Leadership Award and the Technology Women to Watch Awards support the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation’s Technology Apprenticeship Program, which places graduating engineers who are women or people of color in broadcast industry internships. Full Story | Add comment
TVN's TV2020
Chapman To Kick Off ATSC 3.0 Conference
TVNewsCheck, Sep 23, 2016, 8:37 AM EDT
The Accenture consultant will set the stage for TVN's TV2020, a day-long discussion on the challenges and opportunities of Next Gen TV with a clear-eyed look at the expanding TV ecosystem and broadcasting's place in it. Full Story | Add comment
A Moment Of Truth For Debate Moderators
The New York Times, Sep 26, 2016, 6:34 AM EDT
News outlets and fact-checking sites can separate truth from fable after a debate, but it falls to the moderator to interject in the moment when a candidate lies. Link | Comments (2)
Are Presidential Election Spots Still Effective?
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sep 26, 2016, 7:27 AM EDT
With a 24/7 news cycle and the ability to take messages to the electorate through social media, TV ads can still have impact, experts say. Link | Comments (1)
NetNewsCheck Social Scorecard: DMA 65
Hawaii News Now Dominates Social Media
NetNewsCheck, Sep 26, 2016, 7:52 AM EDT
Raycom's Hawaii News Now, the digital presence that rolls up its CBS, MyNetworkTV and NBC affiliates, is Honolulu's commanding leader on social media according to Shareablee data. Nicole Bento, its digital content director, says Facebook has become essential as the leading platform for its news brand, and Facebook Live is now a key tool there. Link | Add comment
Friday overnights
‘MacGyver’ Makes A Splash For CBS On Fri.
Media Life, Sep 26, 2016, 6:13 AM EDT
The new drama draws a 1.7 in 18-49s, outpacing every other show by a wide margin and marking the network's best 8 p.m. Friday bow in four years. ABC's Shark Tank falls. Link | Comments (1)
Nielsen: Live TV Declines Have Slowed
Adweek, Sep 26, 2016, 6:10 AM EDT
Even with more outlets and devices competing for audiences' attention, viewers aren't moving away from live TV as much as they did a year ago, according to Nielsen's second-quarter 2016 Total Audience Report released today. The report found that live TV declines are starting to level off. In the second quarter of this year, adults spent an average of four hours, nine minutes watching live TV, which is down two minutes from the same period a year ago. But there was an eight-minute decrease from 2Q 2014 to 2Q 2015. Link | Add comment
DVR Ratings Offer Premiere Week Winners
TVLine, Sep 26, 2016, 6:04 AM EDT
The DVR playback numbers are in for fall TV premiere week’s Monday and Tuesday offerings, and CBS’s The Big Bang Theory as usual got much bigger, while NBC’s This Is Us solidified its position as a breakout hit. Link | Add comment
Pauley Follows Osgood On 'Sunday Morning'
TVNewsCheck, Sep 25, 2016, 10:36 AM EDT
Jane Pauley will take over for Charles Osgood as anchor of CBS Sunday Morning beginning with the show's next broadcast on Oct. 9. The news was announced Sunday morning at the end of the show's special tribute to the retiring Osgood. Full Story | Comments (4)
Univision Said To Delay Public Offering
New York Post, Sep 26, 2016, 6:42 AM EDT
Tipsters say that Univision Communications won’t conduct its public offering in 2016 as expected. Univision’s board is said to have met last week and decided that market conditions aren’t ideal. Link | Add comment
Gabe Sherman's Dogged Pursuit Of Ailes
The New York Times, Sep 26, 2016, 7:55 AM EDT
A profile of the New York magazine reporter Gabriel Sherman, whose reporting helped solidify the downfall of ex-Fox News chief Roger Ailes. There's no small measure of undaunted tenacity in Sherman's reporting approach. Link | Add comment
Golf Icon Arnold Palmer Dies At 87
The Associated Press, Sep 25, 2016, 10:07 PM EDT
Golfing legend Arnold Palmer ranked among the most important figures in golf history , and it went well beyond his seven major championships and 62 PGA Tour wins. His good looks, devilish grin and hard-charging style of play made the elite sport appealing to one and all. And it helped that he arrived about the same time as television moved into most households, a perfect fit that sent golf to unprecedented popularity. Full Story | Comments (1)
Univision’s Electoral Forecast: Swing Latino
CableFax, Sep 26, 2016, 6:24 AM EDT
To call the 2016 presidential election unpredictable would be an understatement. What can be expected, however, is the importance of the Latino vote on the election’s outcome. To project how US Hispanics will vote and their impact on the election, Univision News created an electoral forecast model called “Swing Latino.” The forecasts are updated every two weeks from Sept. 8 to Election Day (Nov. 8). Link | Add comment
Some Earliest And Fondest TV Memories
Paste, Sep 25, 2016, 4:44 PM EDT
Perhaps because TV comes into our home, we form a more intimate relationship with it than with other entertainment mediums. Beloved characters become part of our lives. Shocking plot twists linger in our memory. And the communal nature of watching bonds us with family and friends. It’s an emotional experience a great series like Mad Men managed to capture often, with countless, memorable images of our favorite characters, captivated by the TV. Here are some favorites. Link | Add comment

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Increased Presidential Debate Access From Univision
TVNewsCheck, Sep 26, 2016, 3:28 PM EDT
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Sylvia Perez Joins WFLD As Weekend Anchor
TVNewsCheck, Sep 26, 2016, 3:22 PM EDT
The 21st Century's 12 Most Iconic TV Presidents
The Daily Beast, Sep 26, 2016, 3:12 PM EDT
dma 17: Denver
KCNC Creative Dir. Arrested For Internet Luring Of Child
TVSpy, Sep 26, 2016, 2:51 PM EDT
Estrella TV Launches Game Show ‘Tumba Burros’
TVNewsCheck, Sep 26, 2016, 2:37 PM EDT
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WTKR Norfolk Debuts New News Set
NewscastStudio, Sep 26, 2016, 2:09 PM EDT
Dma 27: Indianapolis
WISH Political Veteran Jim Shella To Retire
TVNewsCheck, Sep 26, 2016, 11:07 AM EDT
Snapchat Is Just 'Snap' Now
Mashable, Sep 26, 2016, 8:13 AM EDT
RTDNA Urges Release Of North Carolina Video
RTDNA, Sep 26, 2016, 8:08 AM EDT
dma 2: Los Angeles
KVEA Tops At 11 P.M. Regardless Of Language
TVSpy, Sep 26, 2016, 8:06 AM EDT
CNN Hires Director Of Mobile And Off-Platform
Poynter, Sep 26, 2016, 7:59 AM EDT
dma 36: Cincinnati, OH
WKRC Hires Investigative Reporter Duane Pohlman
John Kiesewetter: Media Beat, Sep 26, 2016, 7:46 AM EDT
dma 53: Buffalo, NY
Bike Accident Has WGRZ's Benigni Off The Air
The Buffalo News, Sep 26, 2016, 7:43 AM EDT
‘Cronkite’s Journey’ Marks Anchor’s Centennial
Robert Feder, Sep 26, 2016, 7:33 AM EDT
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Investigative Reporting Wins KNXV National Emmy
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Sep 26, 2016, 7:24 AM EDT
dma 19: Cleveland-Akron, OH
WJW Weatherman Dick Goddard Hospitalized
Cleveland.com, Sep 26, 2016, 6:57 AM EDT
NBC's 'Superstore' Gets Season 2 Back-Nine Order
The Hollywood Reporter, Sep 26, 2016, 5:54 AM EDT
Matt LeBlanc In 2-Series Deal To Host 'Top Gear'
The Associated Press, Sep 26, 2016, 5:51 AM EDT
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Ratings

Overnights, adults 18-49 for September 25, 2016
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Source: Nielsen

Reviews

  • Rob Owen

    Easily fall’s best broadcast network comedy pilot, NBC’s The Good Place offers a clever high-concept premise that’s complemented with intelligent, sometimes absurdist humor. Created by Michael Schur, co-creator of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, The Good Place is a highly serialized series that’s essentially set in heaven and stars Kristen Bell and Ted Danson. NBC made five episodes of The Good Place available for review, and the show not only holds up, but also it improves, deepening characters that initially feel one-note and frequently leaving viewers guessing with cliffhanger endings to many of the episodes. The combination of snappy dialogue and winning but flawed characters makes The Good Place a great bet for fans of smart TV comedy.

  • Maureen Ryan

    Pitch has swagger, for good reason. It gets the big things right; the Fox drama about the first female baseball player in the Major Leagues is one of the year’s most assured and exciting debuts. But part of what impresses about the pilot is also the way it confidently strings together so many small but telling details. Ginny (Kylie Bunbury) is the first woman to be called up from the minors to the big leagues, and no show since Friday Night Lights has done a better job of portraying the internal and external pressures that weigh heavily on young athletes asked to do much more than merely succeed on the field. Pitch will likely do a good job of getting viewers to root for it. The hope is that the show won’t be an impressive, short-lived curiosity, but rather a long-term phenomenon.

  • Kevin Fallon

    In a fall TV season that’s already making a splash for championing diverse, distinctive voices in an array of projects that they created, wrote, and starred in, Better Things on FX stands out. The show is created by, written by, and starsPamela Adlon. She plays Sam Fox, the single mother of three daughters modeled after her own reality-show-ready experience raising three girls in Los Angeles following a divorce. Sam is also, like Adlon, a working actress — on shows both raunchy, a la Californication, and animated for children, like her role on Recess. It’s a refreshingly blunt take on single motherhood without sacrificing the warmth of parental love, portraying the dance between selfishness and selflessness that’s at the heart of being a parent — especially one weathering the hormonal fireworks of a household of four women at different ages.

  • David Wiegand

    The fall TV season doesn’t count as much as it used to — we already know that. But no matter how many retreads the broadcast networks throw at viewers in the next few months, this fall will be memorable because of the premiere of Atlanta on Tuesday, Sept. 6, on FX. The half-hour comedy created by and starring Donald Glover (Community), simply and brilliantly recalibrates our expectations of what a TV comedy is and how black lives are portrayed on the medium.

  • 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.

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