• NAB Hot Topics | IP Delivering Video From Field To Screen

    New streaming encoders in cameras are delivering HD picture quality good enough to go directly to air. That gives stations new options for IP contribution besides the common bonded cellular workflow. Above, KOAA Colorado Springs uses a JVCKenwood ProHD portable bridge in the field. More | Add comment
  • TVN Focus | Big Data Portends Big Changes To Spot Buys

    Ad sellers — broadcasters and cable networks — are wading deeper into data pools so that they are helping advertisers and their agencies program-target their buys and avoid undervaluing their time.
    More | Comments (1)
  • Social Scorecard | WSVN Tops Facebook With ‘Less Is More’

    Steven Cejas,’s executive producer: “It’s all about interaction now. It’s not just throwing whatever up there. We tailor every post that we do to Facebook so that we feel like we are going to get interactions. On a regular day we try to keep it between somewhere around 20 to 25. So it’s kind of a 'less-ismore' mentality and we have seen that that really has helped out our numbers.” More | Comments (2)
  • Jessell | Can Retrans Keep Up With Rising NFL Costs?

    To come even close to covering the $3.3 billion it agreed to pay the NFL for its Thursday primetime package, Fox is going to have to generate more money from retrans and reverse comp. It can do that by acquiring more stations and putting a tighter squeeze on mVPDs and affiliates. But in doing so, it may eventually test the economic and regulatory limits of retrans. More | Comments (14)
  • Front Office | Blockchain’s ‘Transformative’ Potential

    Blockchain’s ability to help organizations cut costs and improve asset management is already generating a lot of interest. The media industry’s experimentation with blockchain already includes tracking distribution of licensed music as well as the use of digital currencies to execute micro-payments for settlement of license fees. Whether bitcoin becomes a major disruptive force to traditional currencies, there’s no doubting the importance of staying ahead of its adoption curve. More | Comments (1)
  • Women In Tech | For HBO’s Tryneski, It’s All About The New

    Diane Tryneski, HBO’s tech EVP and chief digital officer, has worked for broadcasting and cable networks since 1982 and has been guided by constantly seeking to move her state of the art forward. Right now, that means building out HBO’s IP infrastructure. More | Add comment
  • Dolby’s Pytlarz A TVN Tech Women To Watch

    Jaclyn Pytlarz, Dolby’s senior engineer for applied vision science, will be recognized by TVNewsCheck for developing color mapping and display management algorithms on a wide variety of displays, including HDR and wide color gamut displays. More | Add comment
  • Cox’s Adeogba A TVN Tech Woman To Watch

    The director of news technology for Cox's KIRO Seattle will be recognized by TVNewsCheck for having transformed workflows at several stations and for her ability to lead teams of people through change. She will be honored during April's NAB Show in Las Vegas. More | Add comment
  • Engineers To Gather At NewsTECHFutures

    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)

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  • 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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Stage, Screen, TV Star Nanette Fabray Dies
The Associated Press, Feb 25, 2018, 9:40 AM EST
Fabray, who died Thursday at age 97, started in show business at age 3 in Vaudeville. Her television career began with Sid Caesar's pioneering Caesar's Hour on NBC, which brought her three Emmy awards. She also appeared in such popular 1950s television anthologies as Playhouse 90 and The Alcoa Hour. Other TV appearances included Laramie, Burke’s Law,The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. and Love, American Style. Later TV roles included that of Bonnie Franklin’s mother in the hit 1980s sitcom One Day at a Time. And in the 1990s Fabray played mother to Shelley Fabares, her real-life niece, in the hit sitcom Coach. Full Story | Add comment
Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against John Oliver
The Associated Press, Feb 25, 2018, 9:24 AM EST
‘Vicar Of Dibley’ Actress Emma Chambers Dies
The Associated Press, Feb 25, 2018, 9:22 AM EST
FCC's Pai Receives NRA Award For Courage
The Hill, Feb 23, 2018, 2:25 PM EST
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai received the National Rifle Association's “Charlton Heston Courage Under Fire Award” at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday. The NRA-sponsored award was given to Pai in recognition of months of heavy criticism over his successful push to repeal the agency’s net neutrality rules last December. Link | Comments (9)
Stephen Fry Reveals He Has Prostate Cancer
The Associated Press, Feb 23, 2018, 2:01 PM EST
Longtime Radio Broadcaster Don LeBrecht Dies
TVNewsCheck, Feb 23, 2018, 1:55 PM EST
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Vonn Jones Named KETV News Director
TVNewsCheck, Feb 23, 2018, 1:46 PM EST
The assistant news director is promoted to succeed the retiring Rose Ann Shannon at Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Nebraska. Full Story | Add comment
April Carty-Sipp Joins NAB As TV SVP
TVNewsCheck, Feb 23, 2018, 12:14 PM EST
The 20-year television industry executive will oversee the trade association’s day-to-day television operations starting on March 1. Full Story | Comments (2)
Gray's Howell On The Changing TV Business
NewscastStudio, Feb 23, 2018, 9:14 AM EST
The local television business continues to rapidly change with acquisition, consolidation and a push towards new digital streams. With 100 stations across 57 television markets and over 7,200 hours of monthly original local content, Gray Television’s Hilton Howell is no stranger to these shifts. Link | Comments (1)
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Former WXIX Puppeteer Larry Smith Dies At 79
John Kiesewetter: Media Beat, Feb 23, 2018, 7:57 AM EST
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Weekend Anchor Bofta Yimam Leaves WTAE
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Feb 23, 2018, 7:43 AM EST
Mleczko To Do Color Analysis For NHL Game
The Associated Press, Feb 23, 2018, 7:41 AM EST
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Steve Wilkos Faces Drunken Driving Charge
The Associated Press, Feb 23, 2018, 7:35 AM EST
CW Taps Taye Diggs For Football Drama Pilot
The Wrap, Feb 23, 2018, 6:13 AM EST
Natalie Morales To Star In NBC 'Abby's' Pilot
Deadline Hollywood, Feb 23, 2018, 6:08 AM EST
Snap CEO Evan Spiegel Earned $638M In 2017
The Hollywood Reporter, Feb 23, 2018, 6:02 AM EST
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Dave Davis Retiring As WABC New York GM
TVNewsCheck, Feb 22, 2018, 5:33 PM EST
He’s stepping down after a long career, much of it with the ABC Owned Station Group. Davis started his career in broadcast news as a news photographer in 1977 at KTRK, the ABC O&O in Houston. He was first named president-GM of WABC in 2003. From 2007 to 2010, he was EVP of ABC News. In 2010, he returned to WABC as president-GM. Full Story | Comments (3)
Lifetime Programming Chief Gateley Exits
Deadline Hollywood, Feb 22, 2018, 5:09 PM EST
Liz Gateley, who had served as Lifetime’s EVP and head of programming for the past three years, is leaving the company. She had taken a temporary leave to deal with personal issues. Gena McCarthy, currently EVP of programming for sister A+E network FYI, has been upped to EVP, head of programming, Lifetime Unscripted & Head of Programming, FYI, adding oversight of Lifetime’s reality portfolio. Link | Add comment
Tegna Board Elects Chairman, Adds Director
TVNewsCheck, Feb 22, 2018, 3:30 PM EST
Howard Elias has been elected as non-executive chairman of the board while Evolution Media’s Stuart Epstein joins the board. At the same time, the company declared a dividend of 7 cents per share, payable on April 2 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on March 9. Full Story | Comments (1)
Michele Wolf Tapped For WHCA Dinner
The New York Times, Feb 22, 2018, 2:29 PM EST
Michelle Wolf, a stand-up comic and contributor to The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, takes on one of the most prominent — and perilous — gigs in comedy. Link | Add comment
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  • 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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