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  • TVN Tech: Crawford Charts New Path To Digital Storage

    Crawford Media Services in Atlanta was approaching a decision point when it came to the digital storage it was using for archiving clients’ media assets. If left unchecked, the end-of-life failure rate of disks in its arrays was on track to overtake the time needed to rebuild its RAIDs. To protect its data, lower the cost of storage and position itself for future expansion, the company set off in a new direction to take advantage of erasure code, more efficient data spread policies and object-based storage. More | Add comment
  • Spot TV 2017 Forecast: Total Down 8%; Core Up 1.3%

    That's the consensus of station groups and industry watchers surveyed by TVNewsCheck. The downturn is fully expected as political advertising dries up as it always does in odd-numbered years. However, the reforecast for 2016 is down from the last fall's original prediction because political spending has not been as strong as expected. More | Add comment
  • 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
  • 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 (2)
  • 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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Scripps Stations Get Options From DC Bureau
TVNewsCheck, Dec 2, 2014, 11:51 AM EST
“The focus of the company is moving away from newspapers and moving toward serving our television properties more than we ever have,” says Scripps National Investigative Correspondent Mark Greenblatt. “We are constantly trying to be aware of how we can be a service to a lot of TV stations that have different types of news,” he says. “We are trying to operate like a mini-network investing in our affiliates.” Full Story | Add comment
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Social Media Rescues Snow-Bound Stations
TVNewsCheck, Nov 25, 2014, 11:53 AM EST
Social media has proved an invaluable tool to Buffalo, N.Y., TV news operations throughout the week-long ordeal that started last Tuesday when early-season storms dumped seven feet of snow in some areas. As the snow piled up, the stations went wall-to-wall with their coverage, but were short-staffed and sometimes unable to put ENG vehicles on snow-clogged streets. Reports from viewers started pouring in as soon as the storm hit, providing a bounty of user-generated content. Full Story | Add comment
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TV News Photogs No 'Nightcrawlers'
TVNewsCheck, Nov 18, 2014, 11:20 AM EST
While a new movie portrays TV stations as eager clients of renegade photogs peddeling gory footage, the reality is most crime coverage is restrained. And the decisions that go into determining where the line take into account viewer sensibilities. “I think the boundaries of good taste are set by the audience as much as anybody. If you really started showing abhorrent images, I don’t think you’d have viewers for a very long time,” says RTDNA's Mike Cavender. Full Story | Add comment
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Some Question Mixing Reality TV, TV News
TVNewsCheck, Nov 11, 2014, 11:48 AM EST
Breaking Greenville, is an eight-episode “character-driven docu-soap” scheduled to debut in December on Turner’s TruTV. It follows the people reporting and producing the news at co-owned ABC affiliate WABG and CBS affiliate WXVT in the country’s 190th market, Greenville, Miss. While some observers are critical of the concept, producer Adam Paul says: “These are real people who value their jobs and go after them, and care about the people they’re serving.” Full Story | Comments (3)
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Investigation Drives WTHR’s Bob Segall
TVNewsCheck, Oct 28, 2014, 11:05 AM EDT
The award-winning reporter for Dispatch Broadcast Group’s Indianapolis NBC affiliate believes local TV can have a far greater impact on communities than network news. But, he emphasizes, stations have to make a commitment to investigative journalism “in good times and bad,” versus the more widespread practice of building I-Teams and the like only to dismantle them when money gets tight. Full Story | Comments (3)
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Interesting Times For Sinclair In Washington
TVNewsCheck, Oct 21, 2014, 11:58 AM EDT
Since Sinclair bought ABC affiliate WJLA Washington and its NewsChannel 8 cable channel, there have been staff defections. Some sources say the Sinclair’s conservative bent and statements by CEO David Smith of advertiser importance are to blame. But, Sinclair’s News VP Scott Livingston says those charges are overblown and the company has plans to step up “unbiased and aggressive reporting” at the station and expand NewsChannel 8 nationally. Full Story | Comments (17)
Brand Connections
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McCreery Wants News, Marketing In Sync
TVNewsCheck, Oct 7, 2014, 11:38 AM EDT
Formerly a Meredith station news director and GM, Patrick McCreery now is overseeing the expanding company's broadcast news and marketing in an unusual paring. "I think those departments need to be in lock step. It’s critical. If your marketing department is not properly marketing your news product, and 10 hours of your product is news, you’ve got a problem." Full Story | Comments (2)
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News Sharing New Normal At NBC, Telemundo
TVNewsCheck, Sep 30, 2014, 12:02 PM EDT
The NBC O&Os and Telemundo stations cooperate in covering stories, with reporters, anchors and weathercasters evolving into “a culture of one,” especially in markets with heavy Hispanic population. And in markets without an NBC O&O, the cooperation extends to the NBC affiliate. “We have so much competition in Spanish and we have so much competition in English, that it makes no sense for us to compete with each other,” says Ozzie Martinez, the Telemundo group’s VP of news. Full Story | Add comment
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Raycom Looks To Expand Web News Service
TVNewsCheck, Sep 23, 2014, 12:38 PM EDT
In addition to servicing its stations, Raycom's 14-person digital newsroom provides stories and other content for the websites of other groups using the WorldNow platform. Right now, the clients are Meredith and Media General, but Raycom would like to recruit more. Full Story | Add comment
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Green On Reinventing Local News At Tribune
TVNewsCheck, Sep 9, 2014, 11:09 AM EDT
The station group’s new news chief, Katherine Green, has a mandate to improve and expand local news. With expansion underway in a number of markets, she says her goal now is “to create the profound consumer experience. What would I love for the Tribune stations? I would love for them to begin connecting in ways we haven’t done before to really move forward and advance information. I don’t want people to think news is dead. I want people to think news is alive and it’s shifting and it’s becoming an exhilarating experience.” Full Story | Comments (6)
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Easy Doesn't Mean Better With Story Sources
TVNewsCheck, Sep 2, 2014, 11:33 AM EDT
Reporters need to be wary of the time-saving temptation to rely on online sourcing services and others who promote themselves as experts. “I don’t have anything against the whole idea, but you have to know who you are talking to and what makes them an expert,” says Poynter’s Al Tompkins. Without doing so, journalists run the risk of using only sources “with a certain voice, and those voices are represented by publicity agents. Full Story | Add comment
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Stations Walk Fine Line With Riot Coverage
TVNewsCheck, Aug 19, 2014, 12:07 PM EDT
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. Full Story | Comments (7)
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Viewers Use New App To Track Weather
TVNewsCheck, Aug 5, 2014, 11:38 AM EDT
The StormPins weather crowdsourcing app turns viewers into “junior meteorologists” by letting them mark, or “pin,” severe weather, as well as the damage it leaves behind, with photos and video on neighborhood maps so other folks know what’s heading their way. Emily Barr, CEO of Graham Media, is such a big believer in StormPins that the company invested in the app. “It really allows local television stations to build a kind of sense of community and reinforce the idea that viewers get to contribute.” Full Story | Add comment
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Scripps Puts WMYD To Work Airing News
TVNewsCheck, Jul 22, 2014, 10:12 AM EDT
The Detroit MyNetwork affiliate, which Scripps bought from Granite earlier this year, has launched a 10 p.m. newscast that goes head-to-head with Fox O&O WJBK, and plans to debut a local morning show later this summer.  "We are providing people with choice," says GM Ed Fernandez. Full Story | Add comment
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Arsenio’s Loss Is Tribune News Viewers’ Gain
TVNewsCheck, Jul 8, 2014, 11:08 AM EDT
With the upcoming departure of the latenight syndicated talk show, at least five Tribune Broadcasting stations will fill the 11 p.m. slot with local news, and more may follow. It’s also an opportunity to experiment with formats in the hopes of winning over younger viewers, says new Tribune news chief Katherine Green. Full Story | Comments (14)
IRE 2014
Enterprise Reporting: Do It And Do It Well
TVNewsCheck, Jul 1, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT
How to do just that was what many in the record crowd of journalists at the Investigative Reporters & Editors conference were eager to learn. And they weren't disappointed. Session participants say the strong interest among TV reporters reflects a widespread resurgence in watchdog and investigative journalism. Full Story | Comments (1)
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Three Different Takes On Local TV News
TVNewsCheck, Jun 24, 2014, 10:57 AM EDT
 A national Murrow Award-winning investigative report in a large market — from college students; the remaking of an old-school city wire service into a video news source; and scholarly research into who watches local TV news and why; whether sensationalism rules; and studying if, and how, TV news content is influenced by Facebook. Full Story | Add comment
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IRE Confab Aims To Sharpen Reporting Skills
TVNewsCheck, Jun 17, 2014, 10:54 AM EDT
Next week's Investigative Reporters and Editors conference in San Francisco has increased the number of broadcast-specific sessions to 15. They will cover topics including visual storytelling, interviewing techniques, going undercover on a budget and how to select stories. IRE's Mark Horvit expects to see large numbers of broadcast news people taking advantage of the speakers and panel sessions.. Full Story | Add comment
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Charlie LeDuff’s Tough Take On TV News
TVNewsCheck, Jun 10, 2014, 9:48 AM EDT
The former New York Times reporter turned Detroit TV newsman turned Fox Stations investigator on the state of The Americans, Charlie LeDuff is producing pieces for the station group that he describes as “a little 60 Minutes, a little Charles Kuralt and a little Jackass.” He says he’s looking for “some human explanation… some commonality” in his stories and believes that done correctly, “TV journalism can be a service and not a scorecard. We try to be fair, limber and muscular in shape and do some digging.” Full Story | Comments (2)
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KOMO Ups Pressure To Unseat KING In News
TVNewsCheck, May 27, 2014, 11:42 AM EDT
With Sinclair's new ownership of Seattle's KOMO, there's a big drive to dethrone Gannett's KING from the No. 1 news spot. But the NBC affil KING isn't resting on its laurels. And while KIRO's news leadership is in flux, it's also got a stake in the ratings race. Full Story | Comments (7)
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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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