Exclusives

  • NAB Hot Topics | IP Delivering Video From Field To Screen

    New streaming encoders in cameras are delivering HD picture quality good enough to go directly to air. That gives stations new options for IP contribution besides the common bonded cellular workflow. Above, KOAA Colorado Springs uses a JVCKenwood ProHD portable bridge in the field. More | Add comment
  • TVN Focus | Big Data Portends Big Changes To Spot Buys

    Ad sellers — broadcasters and cable networks — are wading deeper into data pools so that they are helping advertisers and their agencies program-target their buys and avoid undervaluing their time.
    More | Comments (1)
  • Social Scorecard | WSVN Tops Facebook With ‘Less Is More’

    Steven Cejas, WSVN.com’s executive producer: “It’s all about interaction now. It’s not just throwing whatever up there. We tailor every post that we do to Facebook so that we feel like we are going to get interactions. On a regular day we try to keep it between somewhere around 20 to 25. So it’s kind of a 'less-ismore' mentality and we have seen that that really has helped out our numbers.” More | Comments (2)
  • Jessell | Can Retrans Keep Up With Rising NFL Costs?

    To come even close to covering the $3.3 billion it agreed to pay the NFL for its Thursday primetime package, Fox is going to have to generate more money from retrans and reverse comp. It can do that by acquiring more stations and putting a tighter squeeze on mVPDs and affiliates. But in doing so, it may eventually test the economic and regulatory limits of retrans. More | Comments (14)
  • Front Office | Blockchain’s ‘Transformative’ Potential

    Blockchain’s ability to help organizations cut costs and improve asset management is already generating a lot of interest. The media industry’s experimentation with blockchain already includes tracking distribution of licensed music as well as the use of digital currencies to execute micro-payments for settlement of license fees. Whether bitcoin becomes a major disruptive force to traditional currencies, there’s no doubting the importance of staying ahead of its adoption curve. More | Comments (1)
  • Women In Tech | For HBO’s Tryneski, It’s All About The New

    Diane Tryneski, HBO’s tech EVP and chief digital officer, has worked for broadcasting and cable networks since 1982 and has been guided by constantly seeking to move her state of the art forward. Right now, that means building out HBO’s IP infrastructure. More | Add comment
  • Dolby’s Pytlarz A TVN Tech Women To Watch

    Jaclyn Pytlarz, Dolby’s senior engineer for applied vision science, will be recognized by TVNewsCheck for developing color mapping and display management algorithms on a wide variety of displays, including HDR and wide color gamut displays. More | Add comment
  • Cox’s Adeogba A TVN Tech Woman To Watch

    The director of news technology for Cox's KIRO Seattle will be recognized by TVNewsCheck for having transformed workflows at several stations and for her ability to lead teams of people through change. She will be honored during April's NAB Show in Las Vegas. 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

  • 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.
  • 2017 NAB Show Tech Hot Topics: TVNewsCheck’s third annual multi-part series highlighting emerging tech trends in advance of the NAB Show. Topics include IP, virtualization, cameras, workflows, spectrum repack, ATSC 3.0, newsroom systems, graphics and master control.
  • 2016 — Year In Review: Revisit the year’s top developments in business, programming, journalism, technology, regulation and more.
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Sun, Feb 25, 2018

Stage, Screen, TV Star Nanette Fabray Dies
The Associated Press, Feb 25, 2018, 9:40 AM EST
Fabray, who died Thursday at age 97, started in show business at age 3 in Vaudeville. Her television career began with Sid Caesar's pioneering Caesar's Hour on NBC, which brought her three Emmy awards. She also appeared in such popular 1950s television anthologies as Playhouse 90 and The Alcoa Hour. Other TV appearances included Laramie, Burke’s Law,The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. and Love, American Style. Later TV roles included that of Bonnie Franklin’s mother in the hit 1980s sitcom One Day at a Time. And in the 1990s Fabray played mother to Shelley Fabares, her real-life niece, in the hit sitcom Coach. Full Story | Add comment
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Graham 4Q Same-Station Rev Dips 4%
TVNewsCheck, Feb 24, 2018, 7:19 AM EST
Excluding revenue from two stations acquired on Jan. 17, revenue declined 4% due to a $15.3 million decrease in political ad revenue and lower network revenue, partially offset by $5.9 million in higher retransmission revenues and an increase in ad revenue in several key sectors. Full Story | Add comment
closing bell
Dow Picks Up 348, Nasdaq Gains 127
The Associated Press, Feb 23, 2018, 5:04 PM EST
Technology companies, banks and health care stocks accounted for much of the market’s gains. Energy companies also rose along with crude oil prices. The rally came as bond yields pulled back for the second day in a row after reaching four-year highs earlier in the week. Full Story | Add comment
Jessell at Large
Scapegoat? Better Social Media Than TV
TVNewsCheck, Feb 23, 2018, 3:41 PM EST
It’s nice to see that TV has been displaced by Facebook, Twitter et al. as the villain du jour when it comes to social ills. It wasn’t long after TV became ubiquitous, sometime in the 1950s, that  “experts” decided that TV was making America dumber, more violent, too sexy, fatter, materialistic, less sociable and generally unhappier. Now social media are the bad guys. Full Story | Comments (16)
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Gray's Howell On The Changing TV Business
NewscastStudio, Feb 23, 2018, 9:14 AM EST
The local television business continues to rapidly change with acquisition, consolidation and a push towards new digital streams. With 100 stations across 57 television markets and over 7,200 hours of monthly original local content, Gray Television’s Hilton Howell is no stranger to these shifts. Link | Comments (1)
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Vonn Jones Named KETV News Director
TVNewsCheck, Feb 23, 2018, 1:46 PM EST
The assistant news director is promoted to succeed the retiring Rose Ann Shannon at Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Nebraska. Full Story | Add comment
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FCC Wants To Drop EEO Mid-Term Report
Broadcast Law Blog, Feb 23, 2018, 3:15 PM EST
At its meeting yesterday, the FCC adopted a notice suggesting the abolition of the EEO Mid-Term Report, FCC Form 397. That form is filed at the mid-point of the renewal term of TV stations with five or more fulltime employees and radio clusters with 11 or more fulltime employees. As the content of the report is principally made up of the broadcaster’s last two EEO Public Inspection File Reports, and those reports are available in a broadcasters online public inspection file, the FCC concluded that there is no real reason that these reports need to be separately submitted, and thus proposed its elimination. Link | Comments (1)
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Olympics Slides Week To Week On Thurs.
Variety, Feb 23, 2018, 12:03 PM EST
In metered market households, this Thursday’s coverage of the Olympics drew a combined 12.0 rating on NBC and NBC Sports Network. This Wednesday’s coverage drew an 11.1 rating, the second-worst for the 2018 Olympics thus far. So Thursday was up approximately 8% night-to-night. But last Thursday’s coverage drew a 13.0, meaning this week was down approximately 8% from last week. Univision came in second with its awards show Premio Lo Nuestro. Link | Comments (3)
RTDNA Answers NRA's Media Claim
RTDNA, Feb 23, 2018, 11:06 AM EST
Yesterday, National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch, speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference, said: "Many in legacy media love mass shootings." RTDNA condemn her remarks and said today, in part: "We cannot make our communities better if we do not understand them, and as journalists we have dedicated our lives to uncovering challenges, understanding issues and uplifting each other’s voices. We are journalists and we do what we do because you have a need to know and understand the world around you." Link | Comments (13)
April Carty-Sipp Joins NAB As TV SVP
TVNewsCheck, Feb 23, 2018, 12:14 PM EST
The 20-year television industry executive will oversee the trade association’s day-to-day television operations starting on March 1. Full Story | Comments (2)
YouTube Struggles To End Fake News Crisis
Vanity Fair, Feb 23, 2018, 3:07 PM EST
Eliminating conspiracy videos in the wake of the Parkland shooting is like a game of content moderation whack-a-mole. Link | Comments (4)
FCC's Pai Receives NRA Award For Courage
The Hill, Feb 23, 2018, 2:25 PM EST
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai received the National Rifle Association's “Charlton Heston Courage Under Fire Award” at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday. The NRA-sponsored award was given to Pai in recognition of months of heavy criticism over his successful push to repeal the agency’s net neutrality rules last December. Link | Comments (9)
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Amazon To Spend $5B On Video Content In '18
MediaPost, Feb 23, 2018, 2:16 PM EST
In the battle for video content, Amazon appears poised to up the stakes. According to estimates from JPMorgan’s Doug Anmuth, Amazon is expected to invest approximately $5 billion in video content this year, with an emphasis on big-budget original shows and sports rights. Link | Add comment
Danish Station Takes A Break From Facebook
NiemanLab, Feb 23, 2018, 1:58 PM EST
Danish regional TV station TV Midtvest did the company equivalent of deleting the Facebook app from your phone and took a 15-day Facebook break. Spoiler: It was so great that Nadia Nikolajeva, the digital director at TV Midtvest, compared the two-weeks to going to a spa and also called them “marvelous,” “exciting,” and “eye-opening.” Link | Add comment
TVNewsCheck To Host Cybersecurity Retreat
TVNewsCheck, Feb 22, 2018, 5:41 AM EST
The June 20-21 event, designed to address the specific needs of the broadcasting industry, will open with a Cybersecurity Tour of CNN, led by Pete Chronis, SVP and chief information and security officer at Turner. Full Story | Add comment
Devoncroft Executive Summit Set For April 8
TVNewsCheck, Feb 22, 2018, 5:41 AM EST
Now in its seventh year, the gathering at the Wynn Las Vegas during the NAB Show offers proprietary research on the market, coupled with analysis and a series of executive panels. The agenda will review significant industry developments affecting industry participants and provide a concise look at how company leaders plan to move their enterprises forward. Full Story | Add comment
Fox Finalizing Deal With Sinclair For 6 Stations
Variety, Feb 23, 2018, 6:05 AM EST
21st Century Fox is closing in on an agreement with Sinclair Broadcast Group to buy at least six TV stations, a transaction that stems from Sinclair’s pending $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media. The deal is understood to encompass Tribune-owned Fox affiliates in five markets — Seattle, Denver, Salt Lake City, Sacramento and Cleveland — as well as Tribune’s Miami CW affiliate. The pact also ensures the Sinclair will lock in long-term Fox affiliation deals for dozens of its other Fox affiliates. Link | Comments (13)
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Dave Davis Retiring As WABC New York GM
TVNewsCheck, Feb 22, 2018, 5:33 PM EST
He’s stepping down after a long career, much of it with the ABC Owned Station Group. Davis started his career in broadcast news as a news photographer in 1977 at KTRK, the ABC O&O in Houston. He was first named president-GM of WABC in 2003. From 2007 to 2010, he was EVP of ABC News. In 2010, he returned to WABC as president-GM. Full Story | Comments (3)
ABC Has Sold Out Academy Awards Inventory
MediaPost, Feb 23, 2018, 6:16 AM EST
ABC says it is now sold out of TV commercials avails for all of its Academy Awards telecast — scheduled two weeks from now — the fastest ever in its history. The price for a 30-second advertising unit in the show has climbed by "high single-digit" percentages versus last year. Link | Comments (5)
NBA Beats Odds, Sees Gain In Local Ratings
Sports Business Journal, Feb 23, 2018, 6:27 AM EST
The NBA continues to buck the television ratings trend, with both national and local viewership showing impressive gains as the league headed into the All-Star break. Nationally, NBA games on ABC, ESPN, NBA TV and TNT are showing double-digit viewership increases. The combined 15% jump puts the league’s TV viewership at its best mark heading into All-Star weekend since the 2012-13 season. Link | Comments (3)
Conservative Anger At News Media Runs Deep
The New York Times, Feb 23, 2018, 6:36 AM EST
The first panel of this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference took aim at the press, and the attacks did not let up from there. Link | Comments (26)
TV Academy Sets New Conduct Standards
The Hollywood Reporter, Feb 23, 2018, 5:59 AM EST
It is the latest Hollywood body to institute new workplace practices in the wake of the harassment allegations that have roiled the industry. Link | Add comment
Lifetime Programming Chief Gateley Exits
Deadline Hollywood, Feb 22, 2018, 5:09 PM EST
Liz Gateley, who had served as Lifetime’s EVP and head of programming for the past three years, is leaving the company. She had taken a temporary leave to deal with personal issues. Gena McCarthy, currently EVP of programming for sister A+E network FYI, has been upped to EVP, head of programming, Lifetime Unscripted & Head of Programming, FYI, adding oversight of Lifetime’s reality portfolio. Link | Add comment
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Will Films Be Allowed To Stick To Their Guns?
The Washington Post, Feb 23, 2018, 6:45 AM EST
One measure of the leadership of the Stoneman Douglas generation might be convincing Hollywood that glib, cynical violence no longer sells, and teaching the rest of us that guns are anything but a game. Link | Comments (4)

More News

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against John Oliver
The Associated Press, Feb 25, 2018, 9:24 AM EST
‘Vicar Of Dibley’ Actress Emma Chambers Dies
The Associated Press, Feb 25, 2018, 9:22 AM EST
Public Radio Stations To Relaunch Shuttered DCist, Gothamist Local News Sites
Washington Post, Feb 23, 2018, 2:41 PM EST
Broadcast Series Renewals & Cancellations
Deadline Hollywood, Feb 23, 2018, 2:09 PM EST
Stephen Fry Reveals He Has Prostate Cancer
The Associated Press, Feb 23, 2018, 2:01 PM EST
Longtime Radio Broadcaster Don LeBrecht Dies
TVNewsCheck, Feb 23, 2018, 1:55 PM EST
CNN Denies Scripting Town Hall Questions
Deadline Hollywood, Feb 23, 2018, 10:00 AM EST
CenturyLink To Shutter OTT Bundle
MediaPost, Feb 23, 2018, 9:09 AM EST
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TVN’s Harry Jessell Talks TV On Kreiner’s Korner
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Feb 23, 2018, 9:03 AM EST
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Picture Yourself In Toledo As Promotions Manager
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Feb 23, 2018, 8:58 AM EST
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KUSA News Campaign Authentic In Every Way
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Feb 23, 2018, 8:47 AM EST
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Former WXIX Puppeteer Larry Smith Dies At 79
John Kiesewetter: Media Beat, Feb 23, 2018, 7:57 AM EST
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Weekend Anchor Bofta Yimam Leaves WTAE
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Feb 23, 2018, 7:43 AM EST
Mleczko To Do Color Analysis For NHL Game
The Associated Press, Feb 23, 2018, 7:41 AM EST
Steve Wilkos Faces Drunken Driving Charge
The Associated Press, Feb 23, 2018, 7:35 AM EST
Tronc Looking Into Buying TheStreet
New York Post, Feb 23, 2018, 7:27 AM EST
Someone Turned ‘Jerry Springer’ Into An Opera
New York Post, Feb 23, 2018, 7:25 AM EST
Netflix Adding 118 New Titles In March
TV Answer Man, Feb 23, 2018, 6:25 AM EST
CW Taps Taye Diggs For Football Drama Pilot
The Wrap, Feb 23, 2018, 6:13 AM EST
Natalie Morales To Star In NBC 'Abby's' Pilot
Deadline Hollywood, Feb 23, 2018, 6:08 AM EST
'Nashville' Sets Series Finale Date On CMT
Variety, Feb 23, 2018, 6:06 AM EST
Snap CEO Evan Spiegel Earned $638M In 2017
The Hollywood Reporter, Feb 23, 2018, 6:02 AM EST
NPR Sets Harassment Measures After Investigation
The Associated Press, Feb 23, 2018, 5:54 AM EST
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Ratings

Overnights, adults 18-49 for February 22, 2018
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Source: Nielsen

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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