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  • Social Scorecard | Facebook Live Lifts WGRZ To No. 1

    Strategic and regular use of Facebook Live has helped propel WGRZ, Tegna’s NBC affiliate in Buffalo, N.Y., to first place among the market’s social media, says Kim Degeorge-Pike, WRGZ’s digital director. WGRZ has more than 2.5 million social actions, 31% of the total engagement generated by the DMA, according to data from audience insight firm Shareablee. More | Add comment
  • FCC Watch | A Broadcaster's Guide To Washington Issues

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    's quarterly quick briefing on the legal and regulatory proceedings affecting broadcasters from communications attorneys David Oxenford and David O'Connor. More | Comments (1)
  • Jessell | End Discriminatory Regs Against Broadcast

    The FCC's tentative $13.4 million fine against Sinclair for allegedly airing news programming that was paid for by a sponsor is just one more example of antiquated rules targeting broadcasting alone. The FCC needs to rid itself of discriminatory rules and the sponsor-disclosure regime would be a fine place to start. More | Comments (29)
  • TVN Tech | Interest In 4K Production Gear Grows Slowly

    The living room in 2018 will increasingly belong to 4K, particularly where the higher-end TV models are concerned. From the broadcasters’ perspective, getting 4K content to the home is still a challenge to be bridged. “Of course, ATSC 3.0 will change all that, but that’s still, I think, going to take a couple years,” says Alec Shapiro, industry consultant and former president of Sony Professional Solutions.
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  • Q&A | Hearst Heads To NATPE As Both Seller And Buyer

    Emerson Coleman, Hearst’s SVP of programming, is going to Miami with a surging Matter of Fact to offer. When he puts on his buyer hat, he will be looking for a few shows, including replacements for the slots now occupied by Harry, whose return seems doubtful. In this wide-ranging interview, he also talks about the stagnant first-run syndication business, station groups' producing their own programming, Hearst’s kids programming subsidiary Litton, multicasting and his continued enthusiasm for NATPE. More | Comments (3)
  • TVNewsCheck To Honor HBO’s Diane Tryneski

    The veteran media technologist will receive the 2018 Women in Technology Leadership Award at April’s NAB Show in Las Vegas. More | Comments (2)
  • TVN’s NewsTECHForum Offers Cutting-Edge Insights, Info

    The fifth annual conference examined the convergence of technology with news gathering and distribution. It featured keynote speakers, panels and case studies covering topics that included: Evolving to the Newsroom of the Future; The Contribution Revolution; Chasing Millennials in 2018; Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and the State of the Art in TV Graphics; Drones & News Photography; Tech Leaders on the Future of Newsroom Technology; and Conquering the Multiplatform News Jungle.
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  • TVN's TV2020 Explains How Broadcasters Can Monetize Their Future

    Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC Broadcasting and Sports, said the network faces changing sports consumer habits that have affected ratings, but it’s making a full court press with its upcoming Super Bowl and Olympics coverage. He also said ATSC 3.0 presents an opportunity for its stations if it can find “the right balance.” He was just one of many speakers at the second annual TVNewsCheck TV2020 conference. (Photo: Wendy Moger-Bross) More

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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Complaining 'Megyn Kelly Today' Writer Fired
Daily Mail, Jan 19, 2018, 5:55 AM EST
Megyn Kelly Today is facing claims it is a "completely toxic" environment where staff including young female assistants are 'abused and harassed' by executives who 'scapegoat' and launch f-word tirades according to an email by Kevin Bleyer. Link | Add comment
Fox News Debuts ‘Cavuto Live’ On Jan. 20
TVNewsCheck, Jan 18, 2018, 4:15 PM EST
HuffPost Ends Unpaid Contributions
The New York Times, Jan 18, 2018, 3:04 PM EST
The site was an early example of amateur journalism online, but it will dissolve its self-publishing platform in an attempt to minimize unverified stories. Link | Add comment
NBC News Promotes 3 Techs In DC Bureau
TVNewser, Jan 18, 2018, 2:44 PM EST
Market Share | DMA 25: Raleigh, NC
WRAL Documentary Examines Hispanic Immigration
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Jan 18, 2018, 8:01 AM EST
dma 27
WSMV Nashville Updates With NBC Look
NewscastStudio, Jan 18, 2018, 7:17 AM EST
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Correspondent Zachary Kiesch Joins ABC News
TVNewser, Jan 18, 2018, 6:19 AM EST
Trump Crashes Site With Fake News Awards
The Hill, Jan 17, 2018, 9:56 PM EST
The Republican National Committee unveiled the "winners" of President Trump's "Fake News Awards" on Wednesday night with a list that includes frequent Trump targets in the media as well as a surprise website crash. The awards list New York Times columnist Paul Krugman as the top winner. Also awarded: CNN, the Washington Post and the New York Times. Link | Comments (14)
Hearst Television Features Winners Named
TVNewsCheck, Jan 17, 2018, 7:10 PM EST
dma 39: Austin, TX
KXAN On How To Promote A TV Investigation
Advancing The Story, Jan 17, 2018, 3:08 PM EST
Curry: Not Surprised By Lauer Allegations
The Associated Press, Jan 17, 2018, 2:40 PM EST
Former Today  anchor Ann Curry says she’s not surprised by the allegations that got former colleague Matt Lauer fired and that there was an atmosphere of verbal sexual harassment at the NBC show when she worked there.
Full Story | Comments (3)
'Today' Changes Its Top Producer
The New York Times, Jan 17, 2018, 2:30 PM EST

Seven weeks after Matt Lauer was ousted from NBC’s Today amid allegations of sexual misconduct, there has been another shake-up at the morning show. NBC said today that Don Nash, the show’s executive producer since 2012, would leave and would be succeeded by Libby Leist, a veteran Today producer, making her the first woman to hold the top producing job for the show’s first two hours. Link | Add comment

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Jeff Flake Defends Press in Senate Speech
TheWrap, Jan 17, 2018, 2:19 PM EST
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) issued a long denunciation of President Donald Trump on the Senate floor Wednesday and defended the American free press. “It is past time to stop excusing, or ignoring, or worse, endorsing these attacks on the truth,” said Flake. “For if we compromise the truth for the sake of our politics, we are lost.” Link | Comments (6)
commentary by John McCain
McCain To Trump: Stop Attacking The Press
The Washington Post, Jan 17, 2018, 9:26 AM EST
Ultimately, freedom of information is critical for a democracy to succeed. We become better, stronger and more effective societies by having an informed and engaged public that pushes policymakers to best represent not only our interests but also our values. Journalists play a major role in the promotion and protection of democracy and our unalienable rights, and they must be able to do their jobs freely. Only truth and transparency can guarantee freedom. Link | Comments (24)
Social Scorecard | DMA 53: Buffalo, NY
Facebook Live Lifts WGRZ To Top Of Social
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Jan 17, 2018, 9:07 AM EST
Strategic and regular use of Facebook Live has helped propel WGRZ, Tegna’s NBC affiliate in Buffalo, N.Y., to first place among the market’s social media, says Kim Degeorge-Pike, WRGZ’s digital director. WGRZ has more than 2.5 million social actions, 31% of the total engagement generated by the DMA, according to data from audience insight firm Shareablee. Link | Add comment
RTNDF Announces 1st Amendment Honorees
RTDNA, Jan 17, 2018, 8:13 AM EST
On March 8, the Radio Television Digital News Foundation will host its 28th annual recognition of First Amendment champions — The First Amendment Awards: Freedom Fails Without A Free Press. This year's honorees include: NBC's Meet the Press, MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, CBS News' David Rhodes, Gretchen Carlson and ABC News' Robin Roberts. Link | Comments (6)
dma 31: San Antonio, TX
Aaron Wright Joins KENS As Noon Anchor
mySA, Jan 17, 2018, 8:00 AM EST
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KSDK St. Louis Adds Reporter Jenn Sullivan
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Jan 17, 2018, 7:57 AM EST
DMA 3: cHICAGO
WTTW Salutes Retiring ‘Chicago Icon’ Joel Weisman
Robert Feder, Jan 17, 2018, 7:53 AM EST
FNC Shelved Story On Trump, Porn Actress
CNN, Jan 17, 2018, 6:41 AM EST
Fox News had a story at the height of the presidential election that detailed an alleged sexual relationship between porn actress Stephanie Clifford — whose stage name is "Stormy Daniels" — and Donald Trump, but opted not to publish it, four people familiar with the matter told CNN. Link | Comments (16)
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Overnights, adults 18-49 for January 17, 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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