• 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)
  • TVN Tech | Stations Tower Over NYC From Atop 1WTC

    On the roof of the 104-floor World Trade Center is a massive 408-foot broadcast tower outfitted with two UHF and one VHF antennas. It brings the total height of the building to a symbolic 1,776 feet. In the not-too-distant future WCBS, WNBC, Telemundo’s WNJU, Fox’s WNYW and WWOR, Ion’s WPXN and noncommercial WNET will all be broadcasting from there. The facility is designed for unmanned operation.   More | Comments (6)
  • CBR To Spotlight C-Suite’s Cybersecurity Role

    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?

    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’

    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

    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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Market Share | DMA 20: Sacramento, CA
KXTV Reporter Finds The Offbeat On Backroads
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, May 23, 2018, 8:25 AM EDT
Savannah Guthrie Shuts Down Pregnancy Rumors
New York Post, May 23, 2018, 7:52 AM EDT
dma 31: San Antonio, TX
KSAT Ups Adam Caskey To Chief Meteorologist
TVSpy, May 23, 2018, 6:52 AM EDT
dma 10: Boston
WCVB's Holmes Ward To Get Honorary Doctorate
TVNewsCheck, May 22, 2018, 6:57 PM EDT
'Cheyenne' Star Clint Walker Dies At 91
The Associated Press, May 22, 2018, 5:10 PM EDT
Fox News Hires Digital Sales Chief From CNN
TVNewser, May 22, 2018, 2:44 PM EDT
Brand Connections
Peter Lenkov Renews Deal With CBS TV Studios
The Hollywood Reporter, May 22, 2018, 2:25 PM EDT
Bill Whitaker To Receive Paul White Award
TVNewsCheck, May 22, 2018, 11:13 AM EDT
Whitaker, a correspondent on the CBS News program 
60 Minutes, will be presented with this year’s Paul White Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association on Friday, Sept. 28, in Baltimore. Full Story | Add comment
dma 31: San Antonio, TX
KSAT Names Caskey New 10 P.M. Meteorologist
mySA, May 22, 2018, 7:48 AM EDT
Charlize Theron To Play Megyn Kelly In Ailes Biopic
The Hollywood Reporter, May 22, 2018, 6:18 AM EDT
Amazon Names Sanders Co-Head Of TV
Variety, May 22, 2018, 6:07 AM EDT
Veteran TV exec Vernon Sanders has joined Amazon Studios as co-head of television. He will oversee creative and production units for Amazon Prime Video. Link | Add comment
Astros TV Analyst Apologizes For Slavery Remark
The Hollywood Reporter, May 22, 2018, 6:00 AM EDT
Brand Connections
MFM Honors Two Rising Finance Stars
TVNewsCheck, May 21, 2018, 3:25 PM EDT
NBC News Names Stacey Klein Senior White House Producer
TVNewser, May 21, 2018, 2:32 PM EDT
DMA 3: Chicago
Mike Janssen Named WGN Weekend Forecaster
TVNewsCheck, May 21, 2018, 2:17 PM EDT
Netflix Signs Barack And Michelle Obama
The Associated Press, May 21, 2018, 1:53 PM EDT
The streaming service said Monday, in a tweet, that the former president and first lady will produce films and series for it, potentially including scripted and unscripted series, documentaries and features.
Full Story | Comments (8)
dma 3: Chicago
Danielle Robay Leaves WCIU's 'The Jam'
Robert Feder, May 21, 2018, 7:21 AM EDT
NYPD Probing Sex Allegations Against Batali
The Associated Press, May 21, 2018, 6:06 AM EDT
The NYPD confirmed the probe following a 60 Minutes broadcast Sunday night in which an unnamed woman accused celebrity chef Mario Batali of drugging and sexually assaulting her in 2005. Full Story | Add comment
Trump Can't Delay 'Apprentice' Lawsuit
The Associated Press, May 18, 2018, 5:55 AM EDT
The ruling by the New York state Supreme Court's appellate division means former "Apprentice" contestant SummerZervos' lawyers can press ahead with a demand for Trump campaign documents and other records while they await another appeals court decision that is likely months away. Full Story | Add comment
Neil Cavuto Hosts 17 Hours Of Live TV A Week Despite Physical Challenges
NPR, May 17, 2018, 8:07 PM EDT
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