Exclusives

  • Social Scorecard | Meteorologist A Big Part Of WCNC Social Win

    Tegna's NBC affiliate in Charlotte, N.C., has more than 3.5 million actions on social, 26.5% of the total engagement generated by the DMA, with more than 13.3 million social actions. It's No. 1 on Facebook, helped by Brad Panovich,the station's chief meteorologist. “I believe he has the most followers on social media of any one of our meteorologists in the company," says News Director Matt King. More | Comments (4)
  • 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 (20)
  • 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’

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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 (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

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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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TVN TECH | Executive Session With Ethan Dreilinger
Will AI End Up Poaching Broadcast Jobs?
TVNewsCheck, Apr 26, 2018, 10:52 AM EDT
Artificial intelligence is making inroads into broadcast TV newsrooms, helping to enhance metadata and provide closed captioning. But it’s also starting to learn the roles of an editor and may soon help suss out fake news. IBM Watson’s Ethan Dreilinger lays out AI’s current newsroom roles and where it could conceivably be deployed to play a bigger part in the editing room. Full Story | Add comment
LG’s OLED TV Bet Starts To Pay Off
The Verge, Apr 26, 2018, 8:03 AM EDT
ATVA To FCC: ATSC 3.0 Error Requires Fixing
B&C, Apr 24, 2018, 2:22 PM EDT
Cable and satellite operators want the FCC to dismiss broadcaster objections and rethink its approach to the ATSC 3.0 advanced broadcast transmission rollout. That came in comments by the American Television Alliance in reply to broadcaster oppositions to a petition to reconsider several key elements of the rollout plan. Link | Add comment
Investigations Begin In Tower Collapse
TVTechnology, Apr 24, 2018, 7:56 AM EDT
OSHA and the local sheriff are examining how and why the KOZK Springfield, Mo., tower fell, killing one and injuring three. Link | Add comment
dma 98: Fort Smith, AR
KHBS-KHOG Upgrades Set, Graphics
NewscastStudio, Apr 24, 2018, 7:37 AM EDT
NAB Seeks Intl. Recognition Of Chs. 14-36
B&C, Apr 23, 2018, 2:20 PM EDT
The NAB wants to make sure the world knows which spectrum remains in the hands of broadcasters following the incentive auction and TV station repack. While it says the FCC has modified the allocations table to reflect the fact that chs. 14-36 remain in broadcaster hands and unavailable for other services after the incentive auction, NAB says the FCC's International Bureau has not made it explicitly clear that it will recommend the International Telecommunications Union make the same changes to its allocations table. Link | Add comment
Brand Connections
LED Video Wall Debuts at First L.A. Theater
The Hollywood Reporter, Apr 19, 2018, 2:03 PM EDT
dma 75: Springfield, MO
One Dead Following KOZK Tower Collapse
KY3.com, 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)
TVN Tech | nab 2018
AI At NAB: From Buzzword To Practical
TVNewsCheck, Apr 19, 2018, 10:53 AM EDT
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. Full Story | Add comment
KTVK Phoenix Moves To Temporary Set
NewscastStudio, Apr 19, 2018, 8:24 AM EDT
YouTube Promises More Monetization Opps
TechCrunch, Apr 18, 2018, 1:28 PM EDT
Qligent Wins TV Technology's 'Best Of Show'
Apr 18, 2018, 10:15 AM EDT
Brand Connections
FCC To Launch 5G Spectrum Auctions
B&C, Apr 17, 2018, 2:14 PM EDT
Market Share
Create A PSA, Win A Canon 5D Camera Kit
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Apr 17, 2018, 8:45 AM EDT
CNBC’s New Middle East Hub Is Up And Running
TVNewser, Apr 17, 2018, 6:28 AM EDT
Best Of Show Awards For NAB 2018
TV Technology, Apr 16, 2018, 3:08 PM EDT
Best of Show Awards are judged by a panel of engineers and industry experts on the criteria of innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry. Link | Add comment
NAB To FCC: Reject Cable 3.0 Recon Petitions
B&C, Apr 16, 2018, 2:00 PM EDT
Broadcasters have asked the FCC to dismiss cable operator petitions to reconsider parts of its framework for allowing broadcasters to roll out the new ATSC 3.0 transmission standard, saying cable ops are simply rehashing rejected positions in order to get different results. 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)
Arvato Names Grute Sales Manager for UK, Ireland, Nordics
TVNewsCheck, Apr 13, 2018, 5:57 AM EDT
LPTVs Want More Time To Find New Channels
B&C, Apr 12, 2018, 3:39 PM EDT
In a public notice issued Feb. 9, the FCC's Media Bureau and Incentive Auction Task Force said the "special displacement window" for LPTV and translator stations filing applications for channels opened April 10 and closes May 15. But LPTV Spectrum Rights Coalition Director Michael Gravino says the FCC just changed its guidance on how those should be filed and his members need another two weeks to digest the change and respond accordingly. Link | Add comment
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Ratings

Overnights, adults 18-49 for April 25, 2018
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Source: Nielsen

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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