Journalism

Exclusives

  • 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.
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  • 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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Dma 27: Indianapolis
WISH Political Veteran Jim Shella To Retire
TVNewsCheck, Sep 26, 2016, 11:07 AM EDT
RTDNA Urges Release Of North Carolina Video
RTDNA, Sep 26, 2016, 8:08 AM EDT
dma 2: Los Angeles
KVEA Tops At 11 P.M. Regardless Of Language
TVSpy, Sep 26, 2016, 8:06 AM EDT
CNN Hires Director Of Mobile And Off-Platform
Poynter, Sep 26, 2016, 7:59 AM EDT
Gabe Sherman's Dogged Pursuit Of Ailes
The New York Times, Sep 26, 2016, 7:55 AM EDT
A profile of the New York magazine reporter Gabriel Sherman, whose reporting helped solidify the downfall of ex-Fox News chief Roger Ailes. There's no small measure of undaunted tenacity in Sherman's reporting approach. Link | Add comment
NetNewsCheck Social Scorecard: DMA 65
Hawaii News Now Dominates Social Media
NetNewsCheck, Sep 26, 2016, 7:52 AM EDT
Raycom's Hawaii News Now, the digital presence that rolls up its CBS, MyNetworkTV and NBC affiliates, is Honolulu's commanding leader on social media according to Shareablee data. Nicole Bento, its digital content director, says Facebook has become essential as the leading platform for its news brand, and Facebook Live is now a key tool there. Link | Add comment
Brand Connections
dma 36: Cincinnati, OH
WKRC Hires Investigative Reporter Duane Pohlman
John Kiesewetter: Media Beat, Sep 26, 2016, 7:46 AM EDT
dma 53: Buffalo, NY
Bike Accident Has WGRZ's Benigni Off The Air
The Buffalo News, Sep 26, 2016, 7:43 AM EDT
‘Cronkite’s Journey’ Marks Anchor’s Centennial
Robert Feder, Sep 26, 2016, 7:33 AM EDT
Market Share (DMA 12: Phoenix)
Investigative Reporting Wins KNXV National Emmy
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Sep 26, 2016, 7:24 AM EDT
dma 19: Cleveland-Akron, OH
WJW Weatherman Dick Goddard Hospitalized
Cleveland.com, Sep 26, 2016, 6:57 AM EDT
A Moment Of Truth For Debate Moderators
The New York Times, Sep 26, 2016, 6:34 AM EDT
News outlets and fact-checking sites can separate truth from fable after a debate, but it falls to the moderator to interject in the moment when a candidate lies. Link | Comments (2)
Brand Connections
Univision’s Electoral Forecast: Swing Latino
CableFax, Sep 26, 2016, 6:24 AM EDT
To call the 2016 presidential election unpredictable would be an understatement. What can be expected, however, is the importance of the Latino vote on the election’s outcome. To project how US Hispanics will vote and their impact on the election, Univision News created an electoral forecast model called “Swing Latino.” The forecasts are updated every two weeks from Sept. 8 to Election Day (Nov. 8). Link | Add comment
Pauley Follows Osgood On 'Sunday Morning'
TVNewsCheck, Sep 25, 2016, 10:36 AM EDT
Jane Pauley will take over for Charles Osgood as anchor of CBS Sunday Morning beginning with the show's next broadcast on Oct. 9. The news was announced Sunday morning at the end of the show's special tribute to the retiring Osgood. Full Story | Comments (4)
Mabry, Cuestra Join CNN Digital
Fishbowl NY, Sep 23, 2016, 3:04 PM EDT
dma 25
KGW Portland Targeted For Protest Over Story
TVSpy, Sep 23, 2016, 2:50 PM EDT
A group in Portland, Ore., plans to protest outside the street-side studio of Tegna's NBC affiliate KGW over what they say were “inexcusable comments and victim blaming from members of their staff during an interview with a self-admitted sexual predator.” Link | Add comment
Stephanopoulos To Lead ABC Debate Coverage
Deadline, Sep 23, 2016, 2:26 PM EDT
CBS To Donate Osgood's Bow Tie To Smisthsonian
The Associated Press, Sep 23, 2016, 2:09 PM EDT
dma 3: Chicago
Big Sept. Ratings Gains For WFLD 9 P.M. News
Chicagoland Radio and Media, Sep 23, 2016, 2:06 PM EDT
Market Share
Facebook Gives Local TV News National Exposure
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Sep 23, 2016, 8:32 AM EDT
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Ratings

Overnights, adults 18-49 for September 22, 2016
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    4.0/14
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    1.7/6
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    0.9/3
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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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