• 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.
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  • 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 | Add comment
  • 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
  • NAB Hot Topics | Media Asset Management For The Masses

    More and more broadcasters are investing in software-based media asset management systems that use metadata to track a piece of content from ingest through production to playout, then archive it in a way that allows easy future access. Above, a Bitcentral Oasis asset management and archive system at Raycom's WFXG Augusta, Ga. 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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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. Full Story | Add comment
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
Ana Ortiz Joins ABC's 'Whiskey Cavalier'
TVLine, Feb 22, 2018, 2:24 PM EST
Tiffany Haddish To Host MTV Movie & TV Awards
The Associated Press, Feb 22, 2018, 2:01 PM EST
Margaret Brennan To Host 'Face the Nation'
TVNewsCheck, Feb 22, 2018, 11:30 AM EST
The CBS News senior foreign affairs correspondent will add moderator of the Sunday morning franchise beginning Feb. 25. She succeeds John Dickerson who moved to CBS This Morning last month to fill the seat formerly occupied by Charlie Rose. Full Story | Add comment
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WPVI Anchor Writes Open Letter To Fla. Shooting Victim
Philly Voice, Feb 22, 2018, 8:36 AM EST
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Michael Ferro's Future: Papers Or Digital?
Nieman Lab, Feb 22, 2018, 7:45 AM EST
After selling the Los Angeles Times, does the Tronc chairman really want to take on becoming the great consolidator of the American press, conquering once-mighty Gannett? Or will he exit the field — richer, but his ambitions humbled? Link | Add comment
Broadcast Exec Helen Sloan Dudman Dies
The Washington Post, Feb 22, 2018, 6:35 AM EST
Helen Sloane Dudman, a former Washington Post editor who held executive positions with the Post’s broadcasting division and PBS and who drew widespread attention to her journalist husband’s 40-day captivity in Cambodia during the Vietnam War, died Feb. 19 at 93. Link | Add comment
Terence Burke Out As CNN’s National News SVP
TVNewser, Feb 22, 2018, 6:17 AM EST
Grace Van Dien To Star In NBC Pilot 'The Village'
Deadline Hollywood, Feb 22, 2018, 6:04 AM EST
'The Simpsons' Casts Ray Liotta As Moe's Dad
Entertainment Weekly, Feb 21, 2018, 2:21 PM EST
'Wendy Williams' To Go On 3-Week Hiatus
Deadline Hollywood, Feb 21, 2018, 2:10 PM EST
Wendy Williams revealed today on her syndicated talk show that she has Graves disease and hyperthyroidism, and the show will go on a three-week hiatus beginning Thursday so Williams can focus on her health. Link | Add comment
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NCTA Extends Powell's Contract For 3 Years
FierceCable, Feb 21, 2018, 2:01 PM EST
The NCTA and the cable industry have gone from “relentless government assault” to seemingly bottomless regulatory deconstruction in just 21 months. With this probably in mind, the cable industry lobbying org has extended the contract of CEO and President Michael Powell for three more years. Powell is a former FCC chairman, a Bill Clinton appointee, who joined the NCTA in 2011. Link | Comments (1)
NBCU Bolsters Advanced Ad Solutions Teams
TVNewsCheck, Feb 21, 2018, 9:47 AM EST
Ed Kozek, Pankaj Kumar and Brian Norris appointed senior vice presidents in company’s advertising sales and client partnerships division. Full Story | Add comment
Evangelist Billy Graham Dies At 99
The Associated Press, Feb 21, 2018, 8:54 AM EST
More than anyone else, Graham built evangelicalism into a force that rivaled liberal Protestantism and Roman Catholicism in the United States. His leadership summits and crusades in more than 185 countries and territories forged powerful global links among conservative Christians, and threw a lifeline to believers in the communist-controlled Eastern bloc. Dubbed “America’s pastor,” he was a confidant to U.S. presidents from Gen. Dwight Eisenhower to George W. Bush.
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Judge Jeanine Pirro Pleads Guilty To Speeding
New York Post, Feb 21, 2018, 7:52 AM EST
Lauren Cohan Lands Lead In ABC Pilot
The Hollywood Reporter, Feb 21, 2018, 6:43 AM EST
Shocking Hollywood Sex Misconduct Findings
USA Today, Feb 21, 2018, 6:40 AM EST
Almost every one of hundreds of women questioned in an exclusive survey by USA Today (94%) say they have experienced some form of sexual harassment or assault during their careers in Hollywood. Worse, more than one-fifth of respondents (21%) say they have been forced to do something sexual at least once. Link | Comments (3)
Jay Hernandez Lands Lead In CBS 'Magnum' Reboot
Variety, Feb 21, 2018, 6:27 AM EST
Tavis Smiley Sues PBS For Dropping Him
The Hollywood Reporter, Feb 21, 2018, 6:21 AM EST
Smiley claims PBS used a sexual misconduct investigation as a pretext to get rid of him, but the network says the decision to suspend his show was justified. Link | Comments (4)
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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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