Exclusives

  • Focus On Sales | Out-Of-Home Not Out Of Reach Anymore

    Nielsen has been using Portable People Meters to track out-of-home viewership in the top 25 markets with an eye to rolling out data shortly. It says it’s seeing increases in both 18-49 and 25-54 demos. More | Comments (3)
  • KCRA Sacramento Leads On Facebook By 2M

    KCRA, Hearst's NBC affiliate in California's capital, is the leader in social media actions in the market over the last six months with more than 4.1 million actions on social, 36% of the total engagement generated by the DMA. The secret sauce to KCRA’s success is its pervasive culture that digital is important, says Devon Armijo, digital media manager. “It allows us not only to produce emotionally relevant content for the Facebook platform, but it also allows us to be creative and innovative and have fun with it and I think that’s a big part of our success.” More | Comments (1)
  • Front Office | How To Offer What Local Advertisers Want

    The majority (74%) of local businesses are using digital and traditional media together. Of the remaining advertisers, 22% are purchasing only traditional media, while just 3% percent purchase only digital, and the outstanding 1% reports using some other method. Stations need to get into the marketing services business. More | Add comment
  • Social Scorecard | Unique Content Puts WJBK First On Facebook In Detroit

    Fox's Detroit O&O led in social media actions in the market over the last six months according to data from audience insight firm Shareablee. Why? Jay Dillon, WJBK’s senior web producer, says “We look for the local news that our audience is interested in. We are very in tune with what our audience is engaged with; what stories will drive traffic. We just push our local content first and foremost.” And besides being local, the focus is on content that's unique to the station. More | Comments (1)
  • Jessell | Viral Video Makes Sinclair Look A Bit Sick

    Deadspin's spot-on video exposed Sinclair's top-down right-wing news agenda for all to see. But Sinclair's problem is not that it has a point a view, but that it is pressing its news pros to join in promulgating it. You don’t create a great news organization by pitting your anchors, reporters and producers against their own ethics. Or, by opening them up to ridicule. This fiasco did both. More | Comments (32)
  • TVN Tech | 3.0's Potential To Be Tested In Phoenix, Dallas

    Both an ATSC 3.0 single-frequency network (SFN) launch in Dallas and a “model market” test in Phoenix have equipment ready to go and are simply awaiting legal approval to turn on, which could come as early as tomorrow. More | Add comment
  • Social Scorecard | WJW Leads Cleveland Facebook Actions

    Andy Fishman, WJW’s news director, and Jessica Bates, the station’s managing editor, attribute most of their success on Facebook to experimentation, selective content and constantly responding to what their followers post. “What worked for us this morning may not be successful for us in the afternoon," says Bates. "We're going to take risks. Maybe it's a graphic. Maybe it's a video.” More | Add comment
  • Students Challenged To ‘Disrupt the News’

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    and the Broadcast Education Association are looking for student journalists who can create the best new approaches or formats for local TV news. The winners will receive monetary prizes to be presented during BEA’s 2019 annual convention in Las Vegas. More | Comments (2)
  • NewsTECHFutures To Feature CNN’s Foreman

    Journalist Tom Foreman will speak about augmented reality in TV reporting at TVNewsCheck’s  May 31 event in Atlanta. The retreat, geared to engineering leaders, will also explore the IP transition and artificial intelligence and will feature a technology tour of CNN led by a trio of Turner’s engineering leaders. More | Add comment
  • Engineers To Gather At NewsTECHFutures

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    The one-day retreat on May 31 in Atlanta will focus on live IP production, AI, AR and news personalization. It will also feature a technology tour of CNN led by Turner’s Bob Hesskamp, Michael Koetter and Matthew Holcombe. More | Comments (2)

Special Reports

  • 2018 NAB Show Tech Hot Topics: TVNewsCheck’s annual multi-part series highlighting emerging tech trends in advance of the NAB Show. Topics: IP workflow, audio, MAM/storage, field operations, master control, graphics, cameras, RF, ATSC 3.0.
  • TVN's FCC Watch: A quick briefing on FCC proceedings affecting TV broadcasters from Washington communications attorneys David Oxenford and David O'Connor.
  • Multicasting 2017: A three-part examination of the revenue, programming and technology strategies of the diginet business.
  • Spectrum Repack: The estimated cost of moving nearly 1,000 TV stations to new channels in the post-auction repack on the TV band will likely reach $2 billion -- some $250 million more than the $1.75 billion Congress allocated for all relocation-related expenses.
  • Single Frequency Networks: With the spectrum repack and ATSC 3.0 on the horizen, broadcasters failing to think about SFNs now may prove to be quite shortsighted in the future.
  • TVN's Top 30 TV Station Groups: Its pending acquisition of Tribune Media boosts Sinclair from fourth to No. 1 in TVNewsCheck's annual station group ranking by spot revenue. Other groups that advanced multiple slots from a year ago include Univision, Gray, Ion Media Networks, Berkshire Hathaway and News-Press & Gazette.
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TVN Tech | nab 2018
AI At NAB: From Buzzword To Practical
TVNewsCheck, Apr 19, 2018, 10:53 AM EDT
Products and services driven by artificial intelligence promise to revolutionize TV production by automating workflows, speeding searches of archives, controling cameras and even editing video. Above, the EVS Xeebra 2.0 system uses AI to calibrate the field of play and virtually place offside lines for soccer refereeing. Full Story | Add comment
'Good Morning America' Launching Newsletter
Variety, Apr 19, 2018, 11:40 AM EDT
ABC and NBC are marching to new kinds of screens in the eternal battle between Good Morning America and Today for A.M. viewers. GMA is revamping the digital extensions of the flagship ABC morning program, said Michael Corn, the show’s senior executive producer. Link | Add comment
Local News Not As Moribund As You Think
Nieman Reports, Apr 19, 2018, 8:05 AM EDT
To attract young viewers, stations are going digital-first, crowdsourcing reporting, experimenting with augmented reality, and injecting more personality into the news. Link | Comments (6)
Comcast Bid 16% More Than Disney For Fox
The New York Times, Apr 19, 2018, 6:52 AM EDT
Although its rebuffed proposal was higher on a per-share basis, Comcast didn’t offer protection if a deal was blocked, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Link | Add comment
NBCU Joins OpenAP TV Ad Consortium
TVNewsCheck, Apr 19, 2018, 6:49 AM EDT
It is joining Viacom, Turner and Fox in their push to boost automated ad buying. Beyond linear optimization, the companies will accelerate their joint development of API-based self-service tools, standardized measurement and attribution capabilities, addressable offerings and cross-platform advertising technology. Full Story | Add comment
CBS Renews 11 Series, Including 'Bull'
Variety, Apr 19, 2018, 6:06 AM EDT
The new renewals are: Blue Bloods, Bull, Hawaii Five-O, Madam Secretary, MacGyver, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, Survivor, The Amazing Race, 48 Hours and 60 Minutes. That brings CBS up to 17 renewed shows total. Link | Add comment
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Lionsgate In Talks To Acquire 3 Arts
Deadline Hollywood, Apr 19, 2018, 6:14 AM EDT
Lionsgate Entertainment is in advanced negotiations to acquire top management/production company 3 Arts Entertainment, sources say. Lionsgate is in talks to buy 50% of 3 Arts with an option to acquire the remaining 50% in five years. Link | Comments (1)
Spotlight Turns To CEOs In AT&T Trial
CNNMoney, Apr 19, 2018, 5:59 AM EDT
Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes made the case for his company to be acquired by AT&T as he took the stand on Wednesday in the antitrust trial over the proposed $85 billion merger. Link | Add comment
Sports Illustrated Joining SVOD Competition
Deadline Hollywood, Apr 19, 2018, 7:58 AM EDT
In a spring season that has already seen Disney launch ESPN+ and Turner announce Bleacher Report Live, a new sports challenger is entering the subscription video on demand scrum: Sports Illustrated TV. Link | Add comment
FuboTV Raises $75 Million From Investors
Recode, Apr 19, 2018, 7:54 AM EDT
FuboTV, a startup that sells a cable-TV-like “bundle” of live TV you can stream to your laptop, phone or TV, has raised $75 million from a group of investors that includes AMC Networks, 21st Century Fox and Discovery. Traditional VC investors Northzone and Luminari Capital are also in this round. Link | Add comment
'Taken' Reboot Basically Dead At NBC
The Hollywood Reporter, Apr 19, 2018, 6:02 AM EDT
NBC has yanked the second-year drama — a reboot of the Liam Neeson film — from its home on Fridays, effectively canceling the show starring Clive Standen and Jennifer Beals. The handful of episodes remaining will be burned off on Saturdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT starting May 26 (AKA after the May sweep). Link | Add comment
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Ratings

Overnights, adults 18-49 for April 18, 2018
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Reviews

  • Hank Stuever

    In 1977, DC Comics unveiled a superhero named Black Lightning, hoping to fill an obvious void with a token character who, inspired somewhat by the characters in blaxploitation cinema, exhibited a lot of street sense on the blighted side of Metropolis. Black Lightning, a wholehearted and energetic live-action revival of the character on CW. It is a fine example of what television might look like once we move past the more ceremonial aspects of diversity. This is a black show on a network filled with white superheroes, and it displays no insecurity or self-consciousness about that.

  • Alexis Soloski

    In Amazon's Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, the creator of Gilmore Girls introduces another brainy, mouthy heroine, this time in the male-dominated comedy world of the 1950s.

  • Hal Boedeker

    A reassuring example of older means getting better, Will & Grace struts back to NBC bolder, brassier and bawdier. Some like it tart, and this frisky frolic delivers. After eight seasons, the beloved sitcom felt faded at its fade-out in 2006. Eleven years later, the revival packs a joyous kick in the first three episodes. Here is an absolutely fabulous return with four irrepressible stars who are at their very best. Will & Grace is no gay dinosaur.

  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    Wonderstruck, overstuffed, corny and stirring, Star Trek: Discovery stands tall alongside the best-regarded incarnations of the Trek franchise even as it raids elements from all of them (including the recent J.J. Abrams film series, which Paramount says is set in an alternate timeline that has nothing to do with this one). Though handsomely produced, the show’s imagination seems to have been slightly reined in by commercial mandates — namely, reinvigorating Trek as a TV property and serving as a marquee title that would lure customers to CBS All Access, the network’s subscription-only service.

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