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  • TVN Tech | Broadcasters And Vendors Eye A BAS Reboot

    The time is right for a BAS overhaul. Old spectrum is getting new tools with private LTE and mesh networking as engineers and vendors create ways to achieve the same flexibility and two-way connectivity that bonded cell affords within BAS. Above, Silvus Technologies’ StreamCaster radio gives bi-directional IP connectivity for camcorders. Here it’s being used for the New Year’s Eve live webcast from Times Square in New York. More | Comments (1)
  • 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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Denver Post Launches New Paywall
Columbia Journalism Review, Jan 19, 2018, 2:49 PM EST
This week, Denver Post staffers rallied around their paper’s new $11.99-per-month paywall, optimistic that the move might bring more resources to a beleaguered Post newsroom. But the paywall goes up at a rocky time for Colorado’s largest newspaper, in which layoffs, an impending move, and the sudden resignation of its publisher have left some at the paper feeling destabilized. Link | Comments (2)
'West Wing' Cast Reunites For Benefit Reading Of 'All The President's Men'
SPJ, Jan 19, 2018, 2:47 PM EST
LA Times Journalists Vote To Unionize
CNN, Jan 19, 2018, 2:44 PM EST
The newsroom employees of the Los Angeles Times have voted to form a union for the first time amid growing turmoil at the storied paper. The National Labor Relations Board counted the ballots in downtown Los Angeles; the final vote count, according to the union and supporters and observers who were in the room and tweeting during the vote, was 248-44. Link | Add comment
DMA 50: Memphis
Greg Phillips Named WMC News Director
TVNewsCheck, Jan 19, 2018, 2:07 PM EST
Raycom moves him from WVUE New Orleans to oversee news at its NBC affiliate in Memphis beginning Feb. 12. Full Story | Add comment
Q&A with Chris Leonard
There’s An Incoming Missile — Now What?
Radio Ink, Jan 19, 2018, 10:40 AM EST
Chris Leonard is president of The Hawaii Association of Broadcasters. He also owns radio stations in Hawaii and was part of an NAB panel Thursday about the role broadcasters play in times of emergency. Leonard was just waking up when the alert that Hawaii was about to be hit by an incoming ballistic missile came in on his phone. Minutes later he was in his car headed to work when he heard his station air the chilling alert that “this is not a drill.” Link | Comments (4)
Fox News Premiering ‘Scandalous’ On Jan. 21
TVNewsCheck, Jan 19, 2018, 10:29 AM EST
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dma 7: Houston
KHOU Reporter Josh Chapin Leaving For NC
Mike McGuff, Jan 19, 2018, 7:52 AM EST
Market Share | DMA 3: Chicago
After 42 Years, Jerry Taft Retires From WLS
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Jan 19, 2018, 7:43 AM EST
Tronc Names Interim Editor Of NY Daily News
Robert Feder, Jan 19, 2018, 7:21 AM EST
Veteran Chicago journalist Jim Kirk, former publisher and editor-in-chief of the Sun-Times, was appointed interim editor-in-chief of the New York Daily News Thursday. The Daily News has been without an editor-in-chief or publisher since Arthur Browne retired from both jobs at the end of December. Link | Add comment
LA Times Investigating Its Publisher
Los Angeles Times, Jan 19, 2018, 6:32 AM EST
Los Angeles Times’ parent company, Tronc, said Thursday that it had opened an investigation into past conduct of Times Publisher Ross Levinsohn following a detailed report by NPR. NPR’s media writer David Folkenflik reported that Levinsohn has been a defendant in two sexual harassment lawsuits and that the executive engaged in “frat-boy” behavior in work settings before joining the Times in August. Link | Add comment
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 | Comments (9)
Fox News Debuts ‘Cavuto Live’ On Jan. 20
TVNewsCheck, Jan 18, 2018, 4:15 PM EST
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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
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
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Ratings

Overnights, adults 18-49 for January 18, 2018
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Source: Nielsen

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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