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  • 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
  • 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.
    More | Comments (1)
  • 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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WEEK ENDING SEPT. 26
Station Trading Roundup: 2 Deals, $45,000
TVNewsCheck, Sep 27, 2016, 8:15 PM EDT
The sale by Spirit of Prayer Ministries of Wo4dQ-D Wilmington, N.C., to Morris Multimedia tops the latest list of TV station transactions submitted to the FCC for its approval, according to BIA/Kelsey.    Full Story | Add comment
closing bell
Dow Jumps 133, Nasdaq Closes Up 48
The Associated Press, Sep 27, 2016, 5:04 PM EDT
The market opened lower after two days of losses but quickly recovered. The consumer confidence report gave major indexes a boost and they locked in a big gain by early afternoon. Full Story | Add comment
Microsoft May Enter Twitter Bidding
CNBC, Sep 27, 2016, 2:58 PM EDT
Twitter has yet to enter a formal sale process, but that hasn't stopped speculating — and leaks — accelerating. A source now tells CNBC that Facebook isn't interested in submitting a bid, but Microsoft is a "potential suitor." Neither Facebook nor Microsoft are commenting. Meanwhile, the potential sale could happen within the next 30-45 days, sources say.  Link | Add comment
Fox Nets Names David Levy Non-Linear Rev EVP
TVNewsCheck, Sep 27, 2016, 1:10 PM EDT
station advisory
The Importance Of Trademark Searches
Broadcast Law Blog, Sep 27, 2016, 8:25 AM EDT
Identifying marks that you may use must be a key feature of your branding strategy. The reason is simple: you don’t want to invest thousands of dollars in a mark — building websites and social media campaigns around it, promoting it on air, creating bumper stickers, calendars, t-shirts, and other swag — only to get slapped with a demand letter from someone claiming that it owns the rights to that mark. Here are steps can you take to stay out of legal hot water. Link | Add comment
Disney's Rumored Twitter Bid Raises Doubts
Los Angeles Times, Sep 27, 2016, 6:53 AM EDT
One is an entertainment giant famous for exacting tight control over its content. The other is a tech firm whose commitment to free speech has earned it a reputation as a hub for news and a haven for online harassment. Together, they make for a brow-raising pairing. But stranger things have happened. Link | Add comment
Brand Connections
Wanda Group In Talks For Dick Clark Prods.
Deadline, Sep 27, 2016, 6:17 AM EDT
China’s Wanda Group is contemplating a deal that could give it control of Dick Clark Productions, which broadcasts the Golden Globes, the American Music Awards, Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest and other splashy events. Link | Add comment
Dispatch Names Campbell CFO-Treasurer
TVNewsCheck, Sep 26, 2016, 5:10 PM EDT
Bradley Campbell has been with the company since 2001, most recently as VP-corporate controller since 2012. Full Story | Add comment
closing bell
Dow Loses 167, Nasdaq Drops 48
The Associated Press, Sep 26, 2016, 5:04 PM EDT
Stocks fell for the second day in a row on Monday. Banks were hurt by a drop in bond yields, which means lower interest rates and smaller profits on loans. Consumer companies fell as home improvement retailers were affected by a slowdown in sales of new homes. Full Story | Add comment
Cox Media Group Names 2 Multi-Market VPs
TVNewsCheck, Sep 26, 2016, 4:17 PM EDT

Tim Burke and Eric Myers will oversee newspaper and digital strategy across the group.    Full Story | Add comment

Disney Working On Potential Bid For Twitter
Bloomberg, Sep 26, 2016, 2:23 PM EDT
The Walt Disney Co. is working with a financial adviser to evaluate a possible bid for Twitter Inc., according to people familiar with the matter. After receiving some inbound interest, Twitter started a process to evaluate a potential sale. Link | Comments (1)
Kim Guthrie Named Cox Media President
TVNewsCheck, Sep 26, 2016, 1:42 PM EDT
The longtime Cox executive is currently EVP of national ad platforms and president of Cox Reps as well as overseeing Videa. She will take over on Jan. 1, following Bill Hoffman’s retirement after 38 years in media. Full Story | Add comment
Brand Connections
Snapchat Is Just 'Snap' Now
Mashable, Sep 26, 2016, 8:13 AM EDT
Univision Said To Delay Public Offering
New York Post, Sep 26, 2016, 6:42 AM EDT
Tipsters say that Univision Communications won’t conduct its public offering in 2016 as expected. Univision’s board is said to have met last week and decided that market conditions aren’t ideal. Link | Add comment
closing bell
Dow Closes Down 131, Nasdaq Slides 34
The Associated Press, Sep 23, 2016, 5:11 PM EDT
Stocks moved lower Friday on news of falling energy and technology issues. Several technology stocks made big moves as investors worked through company-specific news on Facebook, Twitter and Yahoo. Full Story | Add comment
% Of TV Chs. Viewed Falls To Single Digits
MediaPost, Sep 23, 2016, 2:33 PM EDT
The hyper-fragmentation of consumer choice across all screens is reducing the share of choices they make to watch a TV channel. That’s among the top findings coming out of the latest edition of Nielsen’s Total Audience Report. The report, which was released to clients Thursday, is the first to publish shares of channels received and viewed by the average American household in a while, and it shows the average number viewed has fallen to less than 10% of the channels they receive. Link | Comments (2)
The Murdoch's Compensation Grew In 2015
Deadline, Sep 23, 2016, 2:23 PM EDT
21st Century Fox Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch saw his annual compensation rise almost 25% compared with fiscal-year 2015, with a total package of $34.6 million. He made $27.9 million in 2015, when he also was CEO. His son James Murdoch, in his first year as the new CEO, was at $26.4 million. That’s a big bump from a year ago's $15.1 million. Link | Add comment
TVN's TV2020
Chapman To Kick Off ATSC 3.0 Conference
TVNewsCheck, Sep 23, 2016, 8:37 AM EDT
The Accenture consultant will set the stage for TVN's TV2020, a day-long discussion on the challenges and opportunities of Next Gen TV with a clear-eyed look at the expanding TV ecosystem and broadcasting's place in it. Full Story | Add comment
Trump TV Won't Be Easy Plan B If He Loses Election
Los Angeles Times, Sep 23, 2016, 7:58 AM EDT
Inside The Final Days Of Ailes's Reign At Fox
Vanity Fair, Sep 23, 2016, 6:51 AM EDT
For 20 years, Roger Ailes did as he pleased at Fox News. Then former anchor Gretchen Carlson sued him for sexual harassment — and suddenly Rupert Murdoch, who’d long had his back, wasn’t there. How the most powerful man in cable news was toppled in 16 whirlwind days. Link | Add comment
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Ratings

Overnights, adults 18-49 for September 26, 2016
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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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