• 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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DMA 18: Orlando, FL
WTMO Adds Carlos Rausseo To Anchor Staff
TVNewsCheck, Apr 23, 2018, 12:16 PM EDT
Ex-Sinclair Reporter Reveals Inner Workings
BuzzFeed, Apr 23, 2018, 8:42 AM EDT
For three years, Suri Crowe worked for a TV station owned by Sinclair. She clashed with management — including over stories about climate change and guns. Her account, detailed in company documents, offers a glimpse at the inner workings of a media giant that has sought to both ingratiate itself to President Donald Trump and cast itself as an apolitical local news provider — a position the documents undermine. Link | Comments (4)
Market Share | DMA 48: Greensboro, NC
WGHP Raises Over $70K For Tornado Victims
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Apr 23, 2018, 7:53 AM EDT
Market Share | DMA 3: Chicago
WGN Brands Tuesday's Cubs/White Sox Games
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Apr 23, 2018, 7:49 AM EDT
Market Share | DMA 12: Seattle
KING’s New Newscast Leaves Positive Feeling
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Apr 23, 2018, 7:46 AM EDT
dma 7: Houston
Meteorologist Lisa Vaughn No Longer At KRIV
Mike McGuff, Apr 23, 2018, 7:41 AM EDT
Brand Connections
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
DMA 24: Pittsburgh
KDKA-WPCW GM Chris Pike To Retire
TVNewsCheck, Apr 20, 2018, 1:10 PM EDT
The broadcast veteran of 39 years has been in charge of CBS Television Stations’ properties in Pittsburgh since 2004. “Under Chris’s leadership, KDKA has consistently been the market leader in Pittsburgh and one of the truly great TV stations in the country,” said CBS Television Stations President Peter Dunn. Full Story | Comments (3)
Service To America Award Winners Named
TVNewsCheck, Apr 20, 2018, 10:19 AM EDT
The National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation will honor these winners June 12 at a dinner in Washington. Full Story | Add comment
WOLO Adds Claire Richardson, Curtis Wilson
TVNewsCheck, Apr 20, 2018, 9:01 AM EDT
Market Share | DMA 23: Charlotte, NC
WJZY Remodels House Of Vet With 3 Purple Hearts
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Apr 20, 2018, 8:22 AM EDT
Market Share | DMA 1
WPIX’s Creative Team Wins 4 NY Emmy Awards
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Apr 20, 2018, 8:18 AM EDT
Brand Connections
Market Share | DMA 6
Picture Yourself In DC As A Promo Producer
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Apr 20, 2018, 8:15 AM EDT
dma 3: Chicago
New WGN Anchor Joe Donlon Debuts Monday
Robert Feder, Apr 20, 2018, 7:38 AM EDT
Dma 96: South Bend, Ind.
WBND Names Breanne Palmerini Evening Anchor
TVNewsCheck, Apr 19, 2018, 6:46 PM EDT
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
dma 75: Springfield, MO
One Dead Following KOZK Tower Collapse, Apr 19, 2018, 12:41 PM EDT
A crew of seven were working at the tower of Missouri State University's PBS station in Springfield, Mo., when it fell. One crew member has died. KOZK is being repacked from ch.23 to ch. 16 and is in phase 1. The tower was approximately 2,000 feet tall and was constructed in 2003. Link | Comments (9)
dma 3: Chicago
Two New Co-Hosts Join WGN's 'Chicago's Best'
Robert Feder, Apr 19, 2018, 7:37 AM EDT
dmas 51 & 6
WGNO Anchor Anne Cutler Moving To WTTG, Apr 19, 2018, 7:34 AM EDT
Market Share: DMA 1
WNBC Wins 15 Emmys In New York
TVNewsCheck | Market Share, Apr 18, 2018, 11:20 AM EDT
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