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  • TVN Tech: Serious Study Needed To Get Drone License

    The exam for FAA Part 107 certification to fly a commercial drone under 55 pounds, which first became available Aug. 29, covers far more than the drone itself. A mastery of knowledge on aeronautical concepts, charts, airspace and meteorology from an aviation perspective are among the areas emphasized on the initial test. Is it overkill for a media organization that will fly a done no higher than 400 feet? Not really, when seen in the context of maintaining safety, says the FAA. More | Add comment
  • Focus: Many Questions Over Nielsen's Post-Diary Ratings

    Nielsen announced plans last week to replace its paper ratings diaries with a system based on data from cable and satellite set-top boxes. However, many broadcasters still aren't sure how it's going to work. “They haven’t really told us that much about their plan going forward," said Raycom's Billy McDowell. Added Cordillera's Terry Hurley: "I'm hopeful, but skeptical." More | Comments (1)
  • Jessell: Is Your News Tired? Check Out Vice, Newsy

    For the most part, local newscasts were developed a half-century ago. It’s time for a renaissance. The typical newscast no longer resonates with many Americans, especially younger ones. That's why I’m intrigued by Scripps’ Newsy and am deeply curious about the nightly newscast that Vice is cooking up for HBO. All news directors should be, too.
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  • TVN Tech: Innovation, Progress Abound At IBC

    At this year's media tech compendium in Amsterdam, there was greater cooperation among vendors to ensure IP interoperability. On the business front, there was talk of zoned advertising and hyperlocal content delivery over the air with OFDM-based transmission systems such as ATSC 3.0. And on the technology frontier, all of the work to make Ultra HD a reality has begun to pay off with real-world applications, novel 360-degree acquisition (see the Nokia Ozo camera above) and new 8K implementations of OLED display technology. To see all of TVNewsCheck’s IBC 2016 coverage, click here. More | Add comment
  • Jessell: NBCU's 'Harry’ Could Be The Last Of Its Kind

    NBCU has a lot riding on Harry with Harry Connick Jr., but so does the broadcasting business. If it fails, I fear that Hollywood may finally give up on the big-budget, first-run syndicated show. And broadcasters need such shows to prop up their daytime schedules. Along with local news and a smattering of network fare, they distinguish TV stations from the great unwashed masses of cable channels that fill daytime with endless repeats of shows. More | Comments (8)
  • TVN Tech: Short-Form Programming In IBC Spotlight

    During the IBC 2016 opening keynote today in Amsterdam, the chairman of Vivendi Content and chief commercial officer of Vodafone Germany discussed how they are tackling changes in the distribution and consumption of video content. More | Add comment
  • TVN Names Scripps Station Group Of The Year

    In announcing the honor, TVNewsCheck Editor Harry A. Jessell cited the company’s efforts to go beyond broadcasting and establish itself prominently and profitably among national digital media. Led by CEO Rich Boehne, over the past three years Scripps has spent $124 million to acquire Newsy (OTT news), Midroll (podcasting) and Cracked (digital content).  More | Comments (1)
  • Smith, Sook, LaPlatney On Tap For TVN's ATSC 3.0 Confab

    One highlight of TVNewsCheck’s Nov. 9-10 TV2020 conference on the prospects for Next Gen TV will be the CEO panel featuring David Smith of Sinclair Broadcast Group, Perry Sook of Nexstar Broadcasting Group and Pat LaPlatney of Raycom Media. For more information, or to register for TV2020, click here. More | Comments (1)
  • Newsy’s Sabatinelli To Talk On How To Monetize OTT

    The fourth annual NewsTECHForum presented by TVNewsCheck and Sports Video Group will feature an on-stage Q&A with Blake Sabatinelli, the general manager of the Scripps-owned OTT service Newsy, on Dec. 12. For the full NewsTECHForum program, or to register, click here. More | Add comment

Special Reports

  • Multicasting 2016: A four-part examination of the revenue, programming and technology strategies of the diginet business.
  • TVN's FCC Watch: A quick briefing on FCC proceedings affecting TV broadcasters from Washington communications attorneys David Oxenford and David O'Connor.
  • Employment 2016: In Part I, the challenges facing broadcasters in finding the right people for the rights jobs. Part II: It used to be a given that news managers would readily move it if meant a bigger market and a larger paycheck. Not anymore. Part III, the military may become an even bigger source of talent for station IT and engineering departments.
  • THE TOP 30 TV STATION GROUPS: As a result of its merger with Media General, Nexstar Broadcasting moves up 10 spots and is now No. 3 on TVNewsCheck's 2016 station group ranking behind Fox and CBS. Gray's acquisition of Schurz moved it up to No. 13, Nexstar's old spot. Together, the two deals changed the rank of 21 groups and opened the door to two newcomers.
  • 2016 NAB Show Tech Hot Topics: TVNewsCheck’s second annual multi-part series highlighting emerging tech trends in advance of the NAB Show. Topics include field contribution, audio, cameras, IP transport, transmitters, antennas, newsroom computer systems, broadcast graphics and master control.
  • 2015 — Year In Review: Revisit the year’s top developments in business, programming, journalism, technology, regulation and more.
  • NewsTECHForum 2015: Complete coverage of the third annual conference from TVNewsCheck and Sports Video Group
  • IBC 2015: At the annual tech gathering in Amsterdam, the prominence of IP in everything from production to distribution may have been somewhat of a surprise, but once on the exhibit floor or in the conference rooms there was no mistaking its broad — and still growing — influence.
  • Weather 2015: A three-part look at forecasting: a Q&A with AccuWeather founder Joel Myers; complaints by local weathercasters of network forecasting; and the latest on mobile and augmented reality.
  • Sales Management: A four-part look at the growing importance to stations of mobile viewing platforms; automated spot buying; improving digital sales operations; and a case study of a successful digital sales effort.
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Jessell at Large
Uncertain Political Is Broadcast Wake-Up Call
TVNewsCheck, Sep 23, 2016, 3:57 PM EDT
Lower-than expected spending by the Trump campaign is causing some groups to reforecast their political revenue and depressing stock prices. More important, it highlights the need for adoption of ATSC 3.0. The new broadcasting standard will allow stations to offer zoned, targeted and interactive advertising and maintain their lion's share of the political advertising dollars. Full Story | Comments (3)
2016 To Be Fox News' 'Biggest Sales Year'
TVNewser, Sep 22, 2016, 5:04 PM EDT
For Fox News Channel, the 2016 presidential race has meant that all the industry talk about cord-cutting and move away from appointment viewing is proving wrong for now. “Our ad sales were up a little over 20 percent for [fiscal year 2015], and this quarter is pacing better than that, versus a year ago,” says Paul Rittenberg, the cable network's ad sales EVP. “I don’t think there’s any doubt that this calendar year will be, by far, our biggest sales year ever, certainly through the election.” Link | Comments (14)
Time-Based Selling Isn't Getting Here Quickly
Digiday, Sep 22, 2016, 3:07 PM EDT
Time-based selling is gaining currency in media circles as a way to more meaningfully reach consumers, and the Conference on Time and Attention in New York on Wednesday underscored that. Finding its place in the ad ecosystem is complicated by numerous factors, not least of which is the fact that changing the way ads are bought and sold doesn’t happen overnight. Link | Add comment
Advertisers Flock To Presidential Debates
Variety, Sep 22, 2016, 2:27 PM EDT
The price to take part isn’t cheap – though it is considerably less dear than a Super Bowl berth. CBS is seeking between $200,000 and $225,000 for a 30-second ad during its post-debate coverage, according to people familiar with the matter. The cable news networks, meanwhile, are prodding advertisers who want to run commercials adjacent to the debate to buy larger packages of ad inventory in exchange for the access. Link | Add comment
Hulu's Sales Chief Wants TV's Ad Dollars
The Wall Street Journal, Sep 22, 2016, 8:04 AM EDT
Peter Naylor, Hulu's SVP of ad sales, is clear about who his quarry is: "We’re going after the TV dollars because broadcast and cable ratings points are on this long, slow decline, and marketers are trying to find TV watchers, and they’re watching TV on Hulu," he says. He notes that agencies have dropped the distinction between television buyers and digital video buyers, too. Link | Add comment
Network Morning Shows Lost 350,000 Viewers
TVNewser, Sep 21, 2016, 2:47 PM EDT
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TV Ad Loads Record Uptick In August
MediaPost, Sep 21, 2016, 2:44 PM EDT
Commercial advertising loads per hour continued to rise in August — up 2.4% — with total TV commercial impressions up slightly at just under 1%. The average number of minutes per hour devoted to advertising grew to 10.9 from 10.6 in August 2015, according to Brian Wieser, senior research analyst at Pivotal Research Group. Link | Add comment
Nexstar Has Booked 2/3 Of Political Target
Reuters, Sep 21, 2016, 2:21 PM EDT
Nexstar Broadcasting Group has already has taken orders for more than two thirds of its 2016 political ad spending target, CEO Perry Sook said on Wednesday, but he stopped short of raising the goal. The company planned to tell investors at an investment conference later in the day that it was standing by the target for $100 million in political revenue for the year. Link | Add comment
TVN Focus on Sales
Lots Of Questions Over Post-Diary Ratings
TVNewsCheck, Sep 21, 2016, 8:54 AM EDT
Nielsen announced plans last week to replace its paper ratings diaries with a system based on data from cable and satellite set-top boxes. However, many broadcasters still aren't sure how it's going to work. “They haven’t really told us that much about their plan going forward," said Raycom's Billy McDowell. Added Cordillera's Terry Hurley: "I'm hopeful, but skeptical." Full Story | Comments (1)
Ad Buyers: First Debate Will Hurt NFL Ratings
TVNewsCheck, Sep 21, 2016, 6:36 AM EDT
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Sept. 26 debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is expected to reduce ratings for ESPN’s Monday Night Football. Ad buyers are predicting about 10.3 million to 11 million viewers, which would be down 15% to 20% from last year’s average Monday Night Football rating. Journal subscribers can read the full story here. | Add comment
Gray Voids Political Ad Guidance For 3Q, 4Q
TVNewsCheck, Sep 20, 2016, 11:03 PM EDT
Recent polling suggests that the presidential race has tightened, the station group says. "Nevertheless, there can be no assurance that increased spending will materialize given the very unusual nature of this year’s late presidential campaign season." Full Story | Add comment
Upfront/Newfronts: High Value, More Spending
MediaPost, Sep 20, 2016, 2:48 PM EDT
Upfront/Newfront presentations continue to be of high value -- in terms of more advertising money and attention, with digital video gaining in particular. One-third of advertisers have committed to more money in upfront spending, according to a study by Advertiser Perceptions, the ad researcher. This comes from a survey that interviewed 310 advertising and media executives during May and June. Link | Add comment
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Sinclair Cuts 3Q Guidance Due To Political
TVNewsCheck, Sep 20, 2016, 11:06 AM EDT
Rather than between $649 million and $663 million as it projected in early August, the station group now says total revenue will come in around $638 million as expected political revenue dips from the projected $58 million-$68 million to just $46 million, due in large part to low spending by the Trump campaign. Full Story | Add comment
Q&A with Howard Shimmel
Problem With Nielsen Numbers: Distractions
Media Life, Sep 20, 2016, 10:42 AM EDT
Distracted viewing is a topic of fervent discussion among media people, who worry over whether their clients’ ads are being seen by viewers who are texting on their phones, checking Facebook on their tablets, and live-tweeting shows, all while simultaneously watching television. A study commissioned by the Council for Research Excellence finds second screens are a significant source of distraction. Howard Shimmel, chair of the CRE’s Neurometrics Committee, talks about what prompted the study, whether buyers should be concerned about the accuracy of ratings, and what the next phase of the study will bring. Link | Comments (1)
Court Rules Against FEC In Ad Case
The Hill, Sep 20, 2016, 8:16 AM EDT
A U.S. District Court judge ruled Monday that the country’s top election watchdog misinterpreted campaign finance law when it dismissed a progressive group’s complaints against two conservative organizations. Link | Add comment
4As Steps Up Transparency Efforts
MediaPost, Sep 20, 2016, 6:06 AM EDT
In an effort to put more teeth into its so-called media "transparency" initiatives, the 4As is calling on its members to put the association's principles into practice, not just treat them as recommendations for best practices. In addition, the 4As unveiled plans to conduct a series of member meetings to discuss how to put the principles into practice. Link | Add comment
Toyota Replaces Nissan As 'Voice' Auto Sponsor
Advertising Age, Sep 20, 2016, 6:00 AM EDT
Entertainment Studios Names SVP Syndication Ads
TVNewsCheck, Sep 19, 2016, 11:04 PM EDT
Media Jobs in GA, TX, FL
TVNewsCheck, Sep 20, 2016, 6:07 AM EDT
Tegna needs a director of marketing for its ABC-NBC duopoly in Jacksonville, Fla. Raycom is looking for a senior account executive at its ABC affiliate in Columbus, Ga.  NBCU is searching for producer at its O&O in Dallas-Fort Worth. To see all job openings, visit our Media Job Center here. | Add comment
Nielsen Targets March 1 For Content Ratings
Adweek, Sep 19, 2016, 2:40 PM EDT
Almost a year after taking the wraps off its multiplatform total audience measurement tool, Nielsen said it has set a release schedule and will complete the rollout of its total content ratings, or TCR, by March 1. Link | Add comment
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  • Rob Owen

    Easily fall’s best broadcast network comedy pilot, NBC’s The Good Place offers a clever high-concept premise that’s complemented with intelligent, sometimes absurdist humor. Created by Michael Schur, co-creator of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, The Good Place is a highly serialized series that’s essentially set in heaven and stars Kristen Bell and Ted Danson. NBC made five episodes of The Good Place available for review, and the show not only holds up, but also it improves, deepening characters that initially feel one-note and frequently leaving viewers guessing with cliffhanger endings to many of the episodes. The combination of snappy dialogue and winning but flawed characters makes The Good Place a great bet for fans of smart TV comedy.

  • Maureen Ryan

    Pitch has swagger, for good reason. It gets the big things right; the Fox drama about the first female baseball player in the Major Leagues is one of the year’s most assured and exciting debuts. But part of what impresses about the pilot is also the way it confidently strings together so many small but telling details. Ginny (Kylie Bunbury) is the first woman to be called up from the minors to the big leagues, and no show since Friday Night Lights has done a better job of portraying the internal and external pressures that weigh heavily on young athletes asked to do much more than merely succeed on the field. Pitch will likely do a good job of getting viewers to root for it. The hope is that the show won’t be an impressive, short-lived curiosity, but rather a long-term phenomenon.

  • Kevin Fallon

    In a fall TV season that’s already making a splash for championing diverse, distinctive voices in an array of projects that they created, wrote, and starred in, Better Things on FX stands out. The show is created by, written by, and starsPamela Adlon. She plays Sam Fox, the single mother of three daughters modeled after her own reality-show-ready experience raising three girls in Los Angeles following a divorce. Sam is also, like Adlon, a working actress — on shows both raunchy, a la Californication, and animated for children, like her role on Recess. It’s a refreshingly blunt take on single motherhood without sacrificing the warmth of parental love, portraying the dance between selfishness and selflessness that’s at the heart of being a parent — especially one weathering the hormonal fireworks of a household of four women at different ages.

  • David Wiegand

    The fall TV season doesn’t count as much as it used to — we already know that. But no matter how many retreads the broadcast networks throw at viewers in the next few months, this fall will be memorable because of the premiere of Atlanta on Tuesday, Sept. 6, on FX. The half-hour comedy created by and starring Donald Glover (Community), simply and brilliantly recalibrates our expectations of what a TV comedy is and how black lives are portrayed on the medium.

  • Louisa Ada Seltzer

    The second reboot of the 1980s John Candy movie Uncle Buck, bumped by ABC from midseason, has the same tired jokes you'll find on any second-rate sitcom. Too bad, because Mike Epps is appealing and ABC would be wise to keep him around for future shows, but there’s just not enough to this show to suggest it will last past summer. It also airs against NBC’s America’s Got Talent, summer’s No. 1 program on broadcast, which may make it even harder to find an audience.

  • Neil Genzlinger

    Bryan Cranston brings his Tony Award-winning interpretation of President Lyndon B. Johnson to television in an adaptation of the Robert Schenkkan play All the Way, and it’s still quite a sight to behold, just as it was on Broadway in 2014. Nothing beats witnessing this kind of larger-than-life portrayal onstage, of course. But the television version, presented by HBO, offers plenty of rewards, allowing Cranston to work the close-ups and liberating him from the confines of a theater set. Cranston’s performance is a gem — in his hands, this accidental president comes across as an amazing bundle of contradictions, someone who seems at once too vulgar for the job and just right for it.

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