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  • 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 Tech: Innovation, Progress Abound At IBC

    At this year's media tech compendium in Amsterdam, there was greater cooperation among vendors to ensure IP interoperability. On the business front, there was talk of zoned advertising and hyperlocal content delivery over the air with OFDM-based transmission systems such as ATSC 3.0. And on the technology frontier, all of the work to make Ultra HD a reality has begun to pay off with real-world applications, novel 360-degree acquisition (see the Nokia Ozo camera above) and new 8K implementations of OLED display technology. To see all of TVNewsCheck’s IBC 2016 coverage, click here. More | Add comment
  • Jessell: NBCU's 'Harry’ Could Be The Last Of Its Kind

    NBCU has a lot riding on Harry with Harry Connick Jr., but so does the broadcasting business. If it fails, I fear that Hollywood may finally give up on the big-budget, first-run syndicated show. And broadcasters need such shows to prop up their daytime schedules. Along with local news and a smattering of network fare, they distinguish TV stations from the great unwashed masses of cable channels that fill daytime with endless repeats of shows. More | Comments (8)
  • TVN Tech: Short-Form Programming In IBC Spotlight

    During the IBC 2016 opening keynote today in Amsterdam, the chairman of Vivendi Content and chief commercial officer of Vodafone Germany discussed how they are tackling changes in the distribution and consumption of video content. 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 (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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David Cuillier Receives SPJ's Highest Honor
Society of Professional Journalists, Sep 21, 2016, 9:20 PM EDT
Lynn Walsh Installed As 2016-17 SPJ President
Society of Professional Journalists, Sep 21, 2016, 7:50 PM EDT
New Media Jobs in PA, AZ, GA
TVNewsCheck, Sep 22, 2016, 5:40 AM EDT
The Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters is looking for a president/executive director. PBS Arizona State University needs a general manager. Gray Television seeks a programming supervisor at its corporate headquarters. To see all job openings, visit our Media Job Center here. | Add comment
RTNDA Elects 10 Board Members
RTDNA, Sep 21, 2016, 7:43 AM EDT
RTDNA Honors Three For Outstanding Service
RTDNA, Sep 20, 2016, 7:56 AM EDT
4As Steps Up Transparency Efforts
MediaPost, Sep 20, 2016, 6:06 AM EDT
In an effort to put more teeth into its so-called media "transparency" initiatives, the 4As is calling on its members to put the association's principles into practice, not just treat them as recommendations for best practices. In addition, the 4As unveiled plans to conduct a series of member meetings to discuss how to put the principles into practice. Link | Add comment
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IEEE Symposium To Feature Pilot's John Clark
TVNewsCheck/Playout, Sep 19, 2016, 5:34 PM EDT
Broad Agenda At TVB Forward 2016
TVNewsCheck, Sep 19, 2016, 1:31 PM EDT
The conference, which gets underway in New York on Sept. 29, will examine emerging advertising trends, innovations powering television’s evolution and local broadcast TV’s consumer influence. Full Story | Add comment
NCTA Adds Internet, Keeps Initials
TVNewsCheck, Sep 19, 2016, 9:28 AM EDT
The cable trade group rebrands as NCTA – The Internet & Television Association. “We've changed our look but our mission remains the same,” it says, adding that the new brand “projects unity, partnership and energy.”    Full Story | Comments (2)
NAB Joins In Campaign To Curb Opioid Abuse
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Sep 13, 2016, 3:48 PM EDT
The NAB and the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids held a Capitol Hill press conference with lawmakers Tuesday morning to launch a nationwide, multi-faceted campaign to address the country's opioid abuse epidemic. Surrounding Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) at the podium (l-r): Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.); Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J); Ginny Morris, CEO, Hubbard Radio Group (obstructed); Art Brooks, president, Arizona Broadcasters Association; Marcia Lee Taylor, CEO, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids; Rebecca Hanson, SVP, strategy and policy, Sinclair Broadcast Group; and NAB President Gordon Smith. Link | Add comment
ONA Ups Irving Washington To Exec. Director
Online News Association, Sep 12, 2016, 3:00 PM EDT
Irving Washington, the Online News Association's current deputy director, will succeed Jane McDonnell as the organization's executive director on Jan. 1, 2017, ONA said today. Washington currently manages logistics for the group's annual meeting and runs its $1 Million Challenge Fund in Journalism Education, among other initiatives. Link | Add comment
Ad, TV, Video Trades Seek Single Format
MediaPost, Sep 12, 2016, 2:35 PM EDT
In the first advertising industry-wide initiative to tackle technical standards and formats associated with the rapidly changing marketplace, a joint venture of the Association of National Advertisers and its agency counterpart, the 4As, has spearheaded a coalition of the advertising, TV and digital media industry’s leading technical groups to create standards and best practices for managing video assets in a non-linear world. Link | Add comment
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Madonna Badger to Keynote AWM Luncheon
TVNewsCheck, Sep 9, 2016, 10:30 AM EDT
NCTA, MPAA Slam FCC’s Set-Top Do-Over
CableFax, Sep 9, 2016, 6:36 AM EDT
NAA Becomes The News Media Alliance
The New York Times, Sep 6, 2016, 8:24 AM EDT
RTDNF Introduces Permanent Endowment Fund
RTDNA, Sep 2, 2016, 7:47 AM EDT
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Broadcasters Found. Helps TV-Radio Flood Victims
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Aug 24, 2016, 8:01 AM EDT
Kansas Assoc. of Broadcasters Honors Stations
TVNewsCheck, Aug 22, 2016, 12:26 PM EDT
ONA Journalism Awards Finalists Named
Online News Association, Aug 17, 2016, 8:01 AM EDT
NAB 2Q Lobbying Spending Drops To $3.6M
InsideRadio, Aug 16, 2016, 3:03 PM EDT
In addition to Congress, NAB lobbyists were busy at the FCC, Department of Justice and Federal Aviation Administration with a wide array of topics. Also on its government relations team’s agenda were issues related to streaming, the Emergency Alert System, copyright reform, patent reform, pharmaceutical advertising and sponsorship identification rules. Link | Add comment
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Overnights, adults 18-49 for September 22, 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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