Exclusives

  • TVN Tech | AI At NAB: From Buzzword To Practical

    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. More | Add comment
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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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closing bell
Dow Slides 202, Nasdaq Closes Down 92
The Associated Press, Apr 20, 2018, 5:46 PM EDT
Slumping tech companies weighed down U.S. stocks on Friday. Losses among retailers, packaged food and beverage makers and other consumer goods companies also contributed. Full Story | Add comment
FCC Court Loss Could Quash Consolidation
Bloomberg, Apr 20, 2018, 5:39 PM EDT
Television broadcast stocks are lower Friday on concern that a potential FCC loss in an ownership-limit case could tie up future deals or stop them in their tracks. D.C. Circuit appeals court judges grilled the FCC today about an ownership rule change that’s needed for Sinclair to acquire Tribune Media. The national holdings limit rests at 39%, but that rule -- the UHF discount -- lets some companies count only part of their audience, skirting the threshold. Link | Comments (3)
Jessell at Large
Pai Should Finish The Job On Local TV Caps
TVNewsCheck, Apr 20, 2018, 3:39 PM EDT
The FCC chairman has done much to advance his deregulation agenda but there’s one conspicuous exception — the local TV ownership rule that prevents ownership of two top-four stations in a market. To put such combos together, you have to get what amounts to a waiver and that can be costly and time consuming. Full Story | Comments (12)
overnights
‘Scandal’ Rises With Series Finale
Variety, Apr 20, 2018, 12:58 PM EDT
The series finale of Scandal on ABC was up significantly week-to-week in the Thursday overnight ratings but failed to top previous Season 7 highs. Airing at 10 p.m., Scandal drew a 1.3 rating in adults 18-49 and 5.4 million viewers. That is up over 40% in the demo and approximately 29% in total viewers over last week. Scandal was also the top-rated show of the hour at 10 and narrowly edged out its timeslot competition in total viewers. Link | Add comment
FCC Disses Philly DBS Dish Restrictions
B&C, Apr 20, 2018, 2:01 PM EDT
In a victory for DBS distributors and potentially broadcasters and broadband distributors, the FCC's Media Bureau has ruled that a Philadelphia city ordinance violates the Over-the Air Reception Devices Rule by imposing requirements "regarding certification, notification, painting, and removal" of satellite dishes and limits their placement on facades of homes and buildings. Link | Add comment
DMA 24: Pittsburgh
KDKA-WPCW GM Chris Pike To Retire
TVNewsCheck, Apr 20, 2018, 1:10 PM EDT
The broadcast veteran of 39 years has been in charge of CBS Television Stations’ properties in Pittsburgh since 2004. “Under Chris’s leadership, KDKA has consistently been the market leader in Pittsburgh and one of the truly great TV stations in the country,” said CBS Television Stations President Peter Dunn. Full Story | Comments (2)
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DMA 10: Boston
Sales Management Changes At WHDH-WLVI
TVNewsCheck, Apr 20, 2018, 1:28 PM EDT
Moving up on July 1 following former sales director Jim Rogers' promotion to GM are Jennifer Howe MacDermott, now director of sales; Morgan Guthrie, now local sales manager; and Tim O'Brien, now national sales managers. Full Story | Add comment
Service To America Award Winners Named
TVNewsCheck, Apr 20, 2018, 10:19 AM EDT
The National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation will honor these winners June 12 at a dinner in Washington. Full Story | Add comment
Hulu Lands All Eps Of 'Friday Night Lights'
Variety, Apr 20, 2018, 2:09 PM EDT
Hulu has planted its flag in Dillon, Texas, grabbing streaming rights to all five seasons of the beloved NBC/DirecTV drama Friday Night Lights. The series’ 76 episodes went live on Hulu Friday morning. FNL episodes also became available for streaming earlier this month on Amazon Prime Video under a deal with NBCUniversal. Link | Add comment
AT&T To Offer No-Sports, $15/Month Service
MarketWatch, Apr 20, 2018, 6:30 AM EDT
AT&T Inc. plans to launch a “skinny bundle” of TV channels without sports that will cost $15 a month, one of the lowest prices available for a nationwide streaming live TV plan. The service, called AT&T Watch, was announced Thursday by CEO Randall Stephenson, who used his time on the witness stand in a high-profile antitrust case to pitch the new plan. Link | Comments (3)
Murdochs Land $206M Golden Parachutes
TheWrap, Apr 20, 2018, 6:09 AM EDT
The Murdochs have a lot of money, and once Disney’s $52.4 billion acquisition of the bulk of 21st Century Fox goes through, Fox’s top executives will have even more. According to a lengthy Disney SEC filing on Wednesday, Rupert Murdoch stands to get a golden parachute of $66.7 million. Rupert’s eldest son, Lachlan — an executive chairman of 21st Century Fox — could get $69.1 million, while Fox CEO James Murdoch actually receives the most of the bunch: $70.6 million. Link | Comments (4)
Court Hearing Challenge To UHF Discount
B&C, Apr 20, 2018, 5:50 AM EDT
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is hearing oral arguments today in the Free Press v. FCC challenge to the FCC's reinstatement of the UHF discount. Link | Add comment
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'Living Biblically' Basically Dead At CBS
The Hollywood Reporter, Apr 20, 2018, 5:54 AM EDT
'The freshman comedy, from executive producer Johnny Galecki, has been pulled from the schedule. Link | Comments (1)
Magnes Succeeds Leider At Sunbeam Stations
TVNewsCheck, Apr 19, 2018, 4:30 PM EDT
Paul Magnes takes over management of Sunbeam's stations in Miami (WSVN) and Boston (WHDH and WLVI) as EVP and GM, replacing Bob Leider, who held those same titles. Magnes has been with Sunbeam for 11 years as director of sales and VP-GM of the Boston stations. Leider plans to stay on as a consultant. Full Story | Add comment
ABC Journalist's Secret Liaison With Castro
Politico, Apr 20, 2018, 6:42 AM EDT
The untold story of how Lisa Howard’s intimate diplomacy with Cuba’s revolutionary leader changed the course of the Cold War. Link | Comments (2)
Byron Allen May Bid For Landmark Theatres
Deadline Hollywood, Apr 20, 2018, 6:14 AM EDT
It’s very early in the process, but Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios is taking a look at Landmark Theatres which is on the sales block. Should Allen acquire Landmark, it would add a keen distribution arm to his media empire which includes his theatrical feature division Entertainment Studios, Freestyle Releasing, The Weather Channel as well as seven 24-hour HD television networks. Link | Comments (2)
New OTT, Virtual Pay Ramp Up TV Spend
MediaPost, Apr 20, 2018, 6:18 AM EDT
With more big sporting events coming up, new OTT and virtual pay TV platforms have kicked up TV marketing spending. Since the first of the year through April 18, Hulu has spent $60 million on national TV programs and Netflix is not far behind, spending $45.7 million over the same period. Link | Add comment
TVN’S MEDIA JOBS
Media Jobs In VT, GA, DC
TVNewsCheck, Apr 20, 2018, 8:27 AM EDT
Nexstar is looking for a vice president/general manager at WFFF Burlington, VT/Plattsburgh, NY.  WSAV, also part of the Nexstar group, is searching for a director of sales in Savannah, GA. NBCUniversal O&O WRC Washington needs a promotion producer. To see all job openings, visit our Media Job Center chere.   | Add comment

More News

Ex-Assistant To FNC Host Laura Ingraham Sues, Alleging Pregnancy Discrimination
The Washington Post, Apr 20, 2018, 2:28 PM EDT
Wendy Mericle Inks ABC Studios Overall Deal
Deadline Hollywood, Apr 20, 2018, 2:13 PM EDT
CBS All Access Gets Muhammad Ali Event Series
Deadline Hollywood, Apr 20, 2018, 2:11 PM EDT
Sue Reiner, Veteran TV Producer, Dies At 69
The Hollywood Reporter, Apr 20, 2018, 2:03 PM EDT
DMA 77: COLUMBIA, SC
WOLO Adds Claire Richardson, Curtis Wilson
TVNewsCheck, Apr 20, 2018, 9:01 AM EDT
Market Share | DMA 23: Charlotte, NC
WJZY Remodels House Of Vet With 3 Purple Hearts
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Apr 20, 2018, 8:22 AM EDT
Market Share | DMA 1
WPIX’s Creative Team Wins 4 NY Emmy Awards
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Apr 20, 2018, 8:18 AM EDT
Market Share | DMA 6
Picture Yourself In DC As A Promo Producer
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Apr 20, 2018, 8:15 AM EDT
To Succeed, TV Anchors Need Resilence
RTDNA, Apr 20, 2018, 8:01 AM EDT
Branch Davidian Standoff Remembered By Texas TV Journalists Who Were There
Mike McGuff, Apr 20, 2018, 7:47 AM EDT
dma 3: Chicago
New WGN Anchor Joe Donlon Debuts Monday
Robert Feder, Apr 20, 2018, 7:38 AM EDT
NFL Field To NFL Booth: Ranking The 25 Best
SFGate, Apr 20, 2018, 7:35 AM EDT
Reddit Hires Ex-Time Inc. Exec Wong As COO
New York Post, Apr 20, 2018, 7:29 AM EDT
Chrome Now Blocks Autoplay Video By Default
MediaPost, Apr 20, 2018, 6:20 AM EDT
NFL's 2018 Schedule Is Out
Deadline Hollywood, Apr 20, 2018, 5:59 AM EDT
'Murphy Brown' Revival Adds Tyne Daly
Variety, Apr 20, 2018, 5:58 AM EDT
Former Audience Network Exec Bart Peters Launches Big Branch Productions
Variety, Apr 20, 2018, 5:56 AM EDT
Dma 96: South Bend, Ind.
WBND Names Breanne Palmerini Evening Anchor
TVNewsCheck, Apr 19, 2018, 6:46 PM EDT

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Ratings

Overnights, adults 18-49 for April 19, 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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