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  • TVN Tech | Getting Down To Business With ATSC 3.0

    While the mood was celebratory at Wednesday’s ATSC Next-Gen TV Conference, the focus was on what still needs to be done to broadcast robust 3.0 signals and create viable applications and businesses. Stations testing the new standard outlined their expansion plans for this year and beyond, while other participants said more work is needed on product development as well as interoperability testing. More | Comments (1)
  • Focus | More News Doesn't Curb Fox's Syndie Appetite

    The Fox station group is adding more than 45 additional hours of news in 11 markets this year, but, say group execs, that doesn't mean its interest in first-run shows is waning. On the contrary, says CEO Jack Abernethy (above), the group is depending on first-run more than ever and will be testing a "full slate" of new shows this summer and fall, including a dating show, a game show developed in house and a video clip show from Warner Bros. More | Comments (2)
  • Jessell | End Of Repack? Would You Believe 2025?

    The 957 stations moving to new channels in the FCC repack of the TV band might get up and running on those channels in two years as the agency has mandated, but many may have to settle for temporary side-mount antennas and loss of coverage for three to five years because there aren't enough tower rigging crews to go around. What can be done? More | Comments (3)
  • TVN Q&A | AI Promising More, Better Reporting From AP

    The Associated Press is more than three years into using automation to produce thousands of earnings reports stories each quarter and is now expanding into sports. And, says the AP’s Lisa Gibbs, that’s just the start of what automation and AI will do to speed the production of text and video stories and make its reporters better. More | Comments (1)
  • Social Scorecard | WAFB Rules Social Media In Baton Rouge

    Raycom’s CBS affiliate in the Louisiana capital has dominated social media actions on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram over the past six months. Making sure social is a team effort across the station and paying attention to was users want is key. The station's marketing department is also using Facebook to create specially edited messages to recruit news viewers to its television broadcasts. More | Add comment
  • Front Office | Forecasting The Future For Retrans Revenue

    While this second revenue stream will keep rising, probably at a slower rate, there is at least one development that could cause trouble — the decline in subscriptions to traditional multichannel bundles will challenge the gross retrans revenue stations collect. More | Comments (11)
  • CBR To Spotlight C-Suite’s Cybersecurity Role

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    Executives from E. W. Scripps, NABA and NAB will offer a step-by-step approach for gaining support for investing in security from top company executives. More | Add comment
  • Is The FBI Part Of Your Station Security Effort?

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    Jeff Gaynor, director of Infragard’s National Member Alliance, will be interviewed by Sinclair’s Ben Moreland about how an FBI-private enterprise collaboration advances security at TV stations and other media companies. They will appear at TVNewsCheck’s Cybersecurity for Broadcasters Retreat on June 21 in Atlanta. More | Comments (2)
  • 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 (3)
  • 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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ATSC Honors Triveni Digital's Mark Corl
TV Technology, May 25, 2018, 8:13 AM EDT
dma 35: Milwaukee
Chamraz Now WTMJ's 5 And 10 P.M. Anchor
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 25, 2018, 7:40 AM EDT
dma 26: Baltimore
Ashley Hinson Joins WBAL Anchor Desk
The Baltimore Sun, May 25, 2018, 7:28 AM EDT
Elon Musk Takes To Twitter To Blast Media
The Washington Post, May 25, 2018, 6:58 AM EDT
What began as frustrated swipes at the press during earnings calls last year blossomed into full-blown fury on Wednesday when Musk attacked the “holier-than-thou” media on Twitter for a litany of perceived abuses. Link | Add comment
Debra Lee Steps Down As BET CEO
Deadline Hollywood, May 25, 2018, 5:44 AM EDT
Another veteran top executive at a Viacom cable network is leaving the company. After a career at BET spanning three decades, Debra Lee is stepping down from her position as chairman and CEO of BET Networks, effective Monday, May 28. Lee, who began her career with the company as its first VP and general counsel in 1986, was elevated to president and COO in 1996 and became chairman and CEO in 2005. Link | Add comment
DMA 146
NPG Ups Jerry Upham To Palm Springs GM
TVNewsCheck, May 24, 2018, 6:55 PM EDT
News-Press Gazette Co. moves him up from sales director to oversee its CBS, ABC, Fox, CW and Telemundo affiliates. Full Story | Comments (2)
Brand Connections
John Avlon Leaves The Daily Beast For CNN
TVNewser, May 24, 2018, 2:38 PM EDT
Women Accuse Freeman Of Harassment
The Hollywood Reporter, May 24, 2018, 2:18 PM EDT
Eight women alleged to CNN that they were subjected to actor Morgan Freeman's inappropriate behavior during film and television productions. Link | Add comment
'Arrested Development' Co-Stars Apologize To Jessica Walter
The Associated Press, May 24, 2018, 2:12 PM EDT
‘Arrested Development’ Men Accused Of Gaslighting Jessica Walter To Defend Jeffrey Tambor
The Wrap, May 24, 2018, 5:57 AM EDT
Ryan Guzman Joins Cast Of Fox's '9-1-1'
Deadline Hollywood, May 24, 2018, 5:50 AM EDT
Danica Patrick To Host The ESPYS In July
The Associated Press, May 24, 2018, 5:35 AM EDT
Brand Connections
DMA 84: Harlingen-Weslaco-Brownsville-McAllen, TX
Jasmina Gonzalez Joins KTLM News
TVNewsCheck, May 23, 2018, 4:40 PM EDT
dma 2
New Anchor Lineup At KVEA Los Angeles
TVNewsCheck, May 23, 2018, 4:33 PM EDT
DMA 42: Jacksonville, FL
Mark Brunell To Join WJXT Sports Department
TVNewsCheck, May 23, 2018, 4:25 PM EDT
House Dems: Pai Trying To Avoid Oversight
The Hill, May 23, 2018, 2:45 PM EDT
A group of House Democrats on Wednesday accused FCC Chairman Ajit Pai of trying to evade congressional oversight of his agency. The 13 Democrats on the House Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, which oversees the FCC, sent a letter to Pai calling him out for failing to respond to oversight letters or fully answering questions during congressional testimony. Link | Add comment
Hunter King Returns To 'Young And The Restless'
TVLine, May 23, 2018, 2:25 PM EDT
Jeffrey Tambor Back In Emmy Race For 'Arrested'
Deadline Hollywood, May 23, 2018, 2:24 PM EDT
Cattrall To Star In 'Tell Me A Story' On CBS All Access
Variety, May 23, 2018, 2:18 PM EDT
Univision Set To Name Vincent Sadusky CEO
Bloomberg, May 23, 2018, 2:09 PM EDT
Univision Holdings Inc. is planning to name industry veteran Vince Sadusky as the Spanish-language broadcaster’s next chief executive officer, according to a person with knowledge of the move, filling a role that’s being vacated by Randy Falco. Sadusky was CEO of Media General until last year and put in a long stint as chief financial officer of Telemundo Communications Group. Link | Add comment
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Ratings

Overnights, adults 18-49 for May 23, 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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