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  • Jessell | Pai Should Finish The Job On Local TV Caps

    The FCC chairman has done much to advance his deregulation agenda but there’s one conspicuous exception — the local TV ownership rule that prevents ownership of two top-four stations in a market. To put such combos together, you have to get what amounts to a waiver and that can be costly and time consuming. More | Comments (13)
  • TVN Tech | AI At NAB: From Buzzword To Practical

    Products and services driven by artificial intelligence promise to revolutionize TV production by automating workflows, speeding searches of archives, controling cameras and even editing video. Above, the EVS Xeebra 2.0 system uses AI to calibrate the field of play and virtually place offside lines for soccer refereeing. More | Add comment
  • Focus On Sales | Out-Of-Home Not Out Of Reach Anymore

    Nielsen has been using Portable People Meters to track out-of-home viewership in the top 25 markets with an eye to rolling out data shortly. It says it’s seeing increases in both 18-49 and 25-54 demos. More | Comments (3)
  • KCRA Sacramento Leads On Facebook By 2M

    KCRA, Hearst's NBC affiliate in California's capital, is the leader in social media actions in the market over the last six months with more than 4.1 million actions on social, 36% of the total engagement generated by the DMA. The secret sauce to KCRA’s success is its pervasive culture that digital is important, says Devon Armijo, digital media manager. “It allows us not only to produce emotionally relevant content for the Facebook platform, but it also allows us to be creative and innovative and have fun with it and I think that’s a big part of our success.” More | Comments (1)
  • Front Office | How To Offer What Local Advertisers Want

    The majority (74%) of local businesses are using digital and traditional media together. Of the remaining advertisers, 22% are purchasing only traditional media, while just 3% percent purchase only digital, and the outstanding 1% reports using some other method. Stations need to get into the marketing services business. More | Add comment
  • 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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Viacom, Comcast Ink Advanced Ad Deal
MediaPost, Apr 23, 2018, 2:34 PM EDT
Viacom and Comcast have struck a mutually beneficial deal. Viacom can now use Comcast’s anonymized set-top-box data from cable subscribers and technology from Comcast Freewheel's video ad management unit. In turn, Comcast will share Viacom’s targeted advertising tools. Link | Add comment
Sorrell Exit Raises Questions About Ad Future
The New York Times, Apr 23, 2018, 6:39 AM EDT
The recent resignation of WPP’s Martin Sorrell shocked the industry and also highlighted the question of what‘s next for advertising companies in a dynamic era. Link | Add comment
ComScore Names Bryan Wiener CEO
The Wall Street Journal, Apr 23, 2018, 6:36 AM EDT
ComScore has tapped board member and digital agency veteran Bryan Wiener as its new chief executive, as the media-measurement company tries to move past years of accounting irregularities. Wiener is currently executive chairman of Dentsu-owned ad and media agency 360i, and he has been on comScore’s board since October 2017. ComScore has been without a CEO since November, when co-founder Gian Fulgoni retired from the position. Link | Add comment
DMA 10: Boston
Sales Management Changes At WHDH-WLVI
TVNewsCheck, Apr 20, 2018, 1:28 PM EDT
Moving up on July 1 following former sales director Jim Rogers' promotion to GM are Jennifer Howe MacDermott, now director of sales; Morgan Guthrie, now local sales manager; and Tim O'Brien, now national sales managers. Full Story | Add comment
Media Jobs In VT, GA, DC
TVNewsCheck, Apr 20, 2018, 8:27 AM EDT
Nexstar is looking for a vice president/general manager at WFFF Burlington, VT/Plattsburgh, NY.  WSAV, also part of the Nexstar group, is searching for a director of sales in Savannah, GA. NBCUniversal O&O WRC Washington needs a promotion producer. To see all job openings, visit our Media Job Center chere.   | Add comment
Chrome Now Blocks Autoplay Video By Default
MediaPost, Apr 20, 2018, 6:20 AM EDT
Brand Connections
New OTT, Virtual Pay Ramp Up TV Spend
MediaPost, Apr 20, 2018, 6:18 AM EDT
With more big sporting events coming up, new OTT and virtual pay TV platforms have kicked up TV marketing spending. Since the first of the year through April 18, Hulu has spent $60 million on national TV programs and Netflix is not far behind, spending $45.7 million over the same period. Link | Add comment
Magnes Succeeds Leider At Sunbeam Stations
TVNewsCheck, Apr 19, 2018, 4:30 PM EDT
Paul Magnes takes over management of Sunbeam's stations in Miami (WSVN) and Boston (WHDH and WLVI) as EVP and GM, replacing Bob Leider, who held those same titles. Magnes has been with Sunbeam for 11 years as director of sales and VP-GM of the Boston stations. Leider plans to stay on as a consultant. Full Story | Add comment
NBCU Joins OpenAP TV Ad Consortium
TVNewsCheck, Apr 19, 2018, 6:49 AM EDT
It is joining Viacom, Turner and Fox in their push to boost automated ad buying. Beyond linear optimization, the companies will accelerate their joint development of API-based self-service tools, standardized measurement and attribution capabilities, addressable offerings and cross-platform advertising technology. Full Story | Add comment
YouTube Promises More Monetization Opps
TechCrunch, Apr 18, 2018, 1:28 PM EDT
TVN Focus on Sales
Out-Of-Home Not Out Of Reach Anymore
TVNewsCheck, Apr 18, 2018, 6:06 AM EDT
Nielsen has been using Portable People Meters to track out-of-home viewership in the top 25 markets with an eye to rolling out data shortly. It says it’s seeing increases in both 18-49 and 25-54 demos. Full Story | Comments (3)
Sales Management Jobs In LA, TX
TVNewsCheck, Apr 18, 2018, 5:44 AM EDT
Hearst NBC affiliate WDSU New Orleans has an opening for a local sales manager.  Tegna’s KIII Corpus Christi, Texas, is also looking for a local sales manager. To see all job openings, visit our Media Job Center here. | Add comment
Brand Connections
First Quarter Social Rankings, DMAs 1-5
Share Rocket, Apr 17, 2018, 3:24 PM EDT
Fox: Better Games, Ad Placement For 'TNF'
Sports Business Journal, Apr 17, 2018, 2:36 PM EDT
Fox Sports is telling advertisers to expect a stronger Thursday Night Football schedule and more impactful ad placements for its NFL games this fall. Link | Add comment
CBS Launches Cross-Platform Ad Group
Variety, Apr 17, 2018, 2:20 PM EDT
CBS today unveiled a new ad sales unit, CBS Eye Max, that will be devoted to striking branded-entertainment partnerships and other types of advertising innovations with sponsors. It will be led by Linda René, EVP of primetime sales and innovation, who will continue to oversee primetime sales for CBS. Link | Comments (1)
Last Democratic FTC Commissioner Steps Down
The Hill, Apr 17, 2018, 6:43 AM EDT
GOP House Super PAC Sets $48M In Fall Ads
The Hill, Apr 17, 2018, 6:40 AM EDT
A major super PAC with ties to House GOP leadership is reserving about $48 million in general election ads as it looks to protect Republicans' majority during a tough cycle. The Congressional Leadership Fund announced that $38 million of that investment will be for television spots on both broadcast and cable, while the other $10 million will be used for digital ads. Link | Add comment
WPP CEO Martin Sorrell Steps Down
The Associated Press, Apr 16, 2018, 6:02 AM EDT
Sorrell, who built WPP into a global brand during his 33 years at the helm, had been accused of misusing company assets. He has denied any wrongdoing. Sorrell resigned Saturday night as WPP announced that an investigation into the matter had concluded, with the firm saying only that “the allegation did not involve amounts that are material.” Full Story | Add comment
NBA Wraps Most-Watched Season In 4 Years
The Hollywood Reporter, Apr 13, 2018, 2:09 PM EDT
On the eve of the NBA Finals, a ratings postmortem on the regular season reveals that it was professional basketball's most-watched season in four years. Across the four networks with broadcast rights for the NBA, coverage was up an average 8% for the 2017-18 season — pulling nearly 1.3 million viewers to each game.  Link | Add comment
NAB 2018
Automated Selling Coming, But Who Pays?
TVNewsCheck, Apr 13, 2018, 7:55 AM EDT
Broadcasters and agencies agree on the need to automate ad buying and selling, but problems persist, including incompatible automation platforms. The biggest roadblock, however, seems to be figuring out how to pay for it. “It is an unfortunate truth that neither side wants to pay for this,” said Videa’s Shereta Williams. “It is also an unfortunate truth that this is an expensive business. Full Story | Comments (7)
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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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