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Exclusives

  • Social Scorecard | Meteorologist A Big Part Of WCNC Social Win

    Tegna's NBC affiliate in Charlotte, N.C., has more than 3.5 million actions on social, 26.5% of the total engagement generated by the DMA, with more than 13.3 million social actions. It's No. 1 on Facebook, helped by Brad Panovich,the station's chief meteorologist. “I believe he has the most followers on social media of any one of our meteorologists in the company," says News Director Matt King. More | Comments (4)
  • Jessell | Pai Should Finish The Job On Local TV Caps

    The FCC chairman has done much to advance his deregulation agenda but there’s one conspicuous exception — the local TV ownership rule that prevents ownership of two top-four stations in a market. To put such combos together, you have to get what amounts to a waiver and that can be costly and time consuming. More | Comments (20)
  • TVN Tech | AI At NAB: From Buzzword To Practical

    Products and services driven by artificial intelligence promise to revolutionize TV production by automating workflows, speeding searches of archives, controling cameras and even editing video. Above, the EVS Xeebra 2.0 system uses AI to calibrate the field of play and virtually place offside lines for soccer refereeing. More | Add comment
  • Focus On Sales | Out-Of-Home Not Out Of Reach Anymore

    Nielsen has been using Portable People Meters to track out-of-home viewership in the top 25 markets with an eye to rolling out data shortly. It says it’s seeing increases in both 18-49 and 25-54 demos. More | Comments (3)
  • KCRA Sacramento Leads On Facebook By 2M

    KCRA, Hearst's NBC affiliate in California's capital, is the leader in social media actions in the market over the last six months with more than 4.1 million actions on social, 36% of the total engagement generated by the DMA. The secret sauce to KCRA’s success is its pervasive culture that digital is important, says Devon Armijo, digital media manager. “It allows us not only to produce emotionally relevant content for the Facebook platform, but it also allows us to be creative and innovative and have fun with it and I think that’s a big part of our success.” More | Comments (1)
  • Front Office | How To Offer What Local Advertisers Want

    The majority (74%) of local businesses are using digital and traditional media together. Of the remaining advertisers, 22% are purchasing only traditional media, while just 3% percent purchase only digital, and the outstanding 1% reports using some other method. Stations need to get into the marketing services business. More | Add comment
  • Students Challenged To ‘Disrupt the News’

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    and the Broadcast Education Association are looking for student journalists who can create the best new approaches or formats for local TV news. The winners will receive monetary prizes to be presented during BEA’s 2019 annual convention in Las Vegas. More | Comments (2)
  • NewsTECHFutures To Feature CNN’s Foreman

    Journalist Tom Foreman will speak about augmented reality in TV reporting at TVNewsCheck’s  May 31 event in Atlanta. The retreat, geared to engineering leaders, will also explore the IP transition and artificial intelligence and will feature a technology tour of CNN led by a trio of Turner’s engineering leaders. More | Add comment
  • Engineers To Gather At NewsTECHFutures

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    The one-day retreat on May 31 in Atlanta will focus on live IP production, AI, AR and news personalization. It will also feature a technology tour of CNN led by Turner’s Bob Hesskamp, Michael Koetter and Matthew Holcombe. More | Comments (2)

Special Reports

  • 2018 NAB Show Tech Hot Topics: TVNewsCheck’s annual multi-part series highlighting emerging tech trends in advance of the NAB Show. Topics: IP workflow, audio, MAM/storage, field operations, master control, graphics, cameras, RF, ATSC 3.0.
  • 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.
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How Much Station Facebook Posts Are Local?
NiemanLab, Apr 26, 2018, 3:17 PM EDT
Stations in a NiemanLab sample posted an an average of just over 50% local content, using an an extremely generous threshold for “local” content. Link | Add comment
Project Aims To Bring Investigative Journalism Back To Local Newsrooms
Poynter, Apr 26, 2018, 3:14 PM EDT
DMA 51: New Orleans
WDSU To Launch Weekday Noon Newscast
TVNewsCheck, Apr 26, 2018, 12:15 PM EDT
CPB Names Jan Schaffer Ombudsman
TVNewsCheck, Apr 26, 2018, 11:29 AM EDT
dma 3: Chicago
Evelyn Holmes Of WLS Learning To Play Hockey
Chicago Tribune, Apr 26, 2018, 8:56 AM EDT
Market Share
Tribune Stations Win 19 Regional Murrow Awards
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Apr 26, 2018, 7:55 AM EDT
Brand Connections
Market Share | DMA 39: Austin, TX
KXAN Investigation Uncovers Police Loophole
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Apr 26, 2018, 7:53 AM EDT
Market Share | DMA 51: New Orleans
WVUE Wins Two National Journalism Awards
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Apr 26, 2018, 7:47 AM EDT
dma 51: New Orleans
WGNO Anchor Jacki Jing Is Latest To Leave
Nola.com, Apr 26, 2018, 7:17 AM EDT
U.S. Slides In Press Freedom Rankings
The Washington Post, Apr 26, 2018, 6:28 AM EDT
The watchdog organization Reporters Without Borders on Wednesday released its annual World Press Freedom Index, which ranks 180 countries from highest to lowest levels of press freedom. The United States fell in the ranking, as it did last year — this time, two places down to 45th. Norway remained on top, with North Korea as its polar opposite. Link | Add comment
NBC’s Failing Bet On Megyn Kelly
TVNewsCheck, Apr 26, 2018, 6:22 AM EDT
The Wall Street Journal reports the former Fox News star was supposed to bring a bigger audience for Today. Instead, ratings declines and high production costs have been a drag on a critical franchise, an expensive reminder of how the heyday of the star network anchor has passed. Journal subscribers can read the full story here. | Comments (7)
Joy Reid To Stay On Air At MSNBC Amid Outcry
Politico, Apr 26, 2018, 6:10 AM EDT
Brand Connections
dma 40: Las Vegas
Veteran Newsman Steve Wolford Out At KTNV
Las Vegas Review-Journal, Apr 26, 2018, 6:05 AM EDT
First Quarter Social Rankings, DMAs 6-10
Share Rocket, Apr 25, 2018, 3:19 PM EDT
News Orgs Ask Court For Manafort Docs
CNN, Apr 25, 2018, 3:09 PM EDT
Five national news organizations — CNN, The Associated Press, Politico, The New York Times and The Washington Post — are asking a federal court to unseal records from the criminal case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and the investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 election. Link | Add comment
RTDNA Unveils Regional Murrow Winners
RTDNA, Apr 25, 2018, 11:05 AM EDT
More than 700 regional awards in 16 categories will be presented to local news outlets. Link | Comments (1)
dma 33
KMBC Kansas City Gets Updated Logo Design
NewscastStudio, Apr 25, 2018, 7:56 AM EDT
dma 31: San Antonio, TX
KENS Ups Deborah Knapp To 10 P.M. Anchor
mySA, Apr 25, 2018, 7:41 AM EDT
Fox Loses Bid To Stop Bias Lawsuit
Los Angeles Times, Apr 25, 2018, 6:30 AM EDT
A federal judge has ordered 21st Century Fox to face a lawsuit by a former Fox News panelist who claimed that Fox Business Network host Charles Payne raped her and that the company ignored her complaint. Link | Comments (1)
Joy Reid Blames Hackers For Anti-Gay Blog Posts
The New York Times, Apr 25, 2018, 6:20 AM EDT
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Ratings

Overnights, adults 18-49 for April 25, 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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