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  • Jessell: Uncertain Political Is Broadcast Wake-Up Call

    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. More | Comments (3)
  • Front Office: How To Invest Best To Grow Revenue

    Don’t you wish you could determine in advance which new ventures are likeliest to become the most profitable? A tough advertising environment has added to the pressure, prompting media leaders to try to accelerate revenue diversification. While no one has a crystal ball, A.T. Kearney’s Greg Portell shares some guidelines that can help planners identify which new revenue opportunities to avoid or seize.   More | Add comment
  • 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.
    More | Comments (1)
  • 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 (2)
  • 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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TVB Forward
Videa Debuts Automated TV Ad Platform
TVNewsCheck, Sep 29, 2016, 11:10 AM EDT
The new marketplace provides stations, agencies and brands a simplified way to sell and buy local television station inventory at scale. Full Story | Add comment
TVN Tech
Crawford Charts New Path To Digital Storage
TVNewsCheck, Sep 29, 2016, 11:02 AM EDT
Crawford Media Services in Atlanta was approaching a decision point when it came to the digital storage it was using for archiving clients’ media assets. If left unchecked, the end-of-life failure rate of disks in its arrays was on track to overtake the time needed to rebuild its RAIDs. To protect its data, lower the cost of storage and position itself for future expansion, the company set off in a new direction to take advantage of erasure code, more efficient data spread policies and object-based storage. Above,Crawford's Engage gives clients a way to search through their digitally archived assets from a web browser. Full Story | Add comment
TVB Forward
Digital To Be Main Driver Of Station Ad Rev
TVNewsCheck, Sep 29, 2016, 10:41 AM EDT
Between now and 2020, linear ad business will be flat, according to BIA/Kelsey’s Tom Buono. Other predictions from the TVB Forward conference include Pivotal’s Brian Wieser, who says spot will grow 4.5% this year in comparison with 2015 when both the Olympics and political ad spend is excluded. Jack Myers of MyersBizNet says the strong CPM growth of between 7% and 12% for national networks during the upfront and continued strength of the scatter market is good news for local TV.   Full Story | Add comment
TVB Forward
Ryvicker Sees Positive Future For Local TV
TVNewsCheck, Sep 29, 2016, 10:26 AM EDT
The Wells Fargo analyst is bullish on net retrans growth, sees spot advertising moving along with single-digit growth, and sees ATSC 3.0 presenting opportunities for new revenue streams. Full Story | Add comment
TVNewsCheck Annual Forecast
Spot TV 2017: Total Down 8%; Core Up 1.3%
TVNewsCheck, Sep 29, 2016, 9:15 AM EDT
That's the consensus of station groups and industry watchers surveyed by TVNewsCheck. The downturn is fully expected as political advertising dries up as it always does in odd-numbered years. However, the reforecast for 2016 is down from the last fall's original prediction because political spending has not been as strong as expected.   Full Story | Add comment
Dma 6: San Francisco
KTVU News Adds Alyana Gomez On Weekends
TVNewsCheck, Sep 28, 2016, 11:12 AM EDT
Dma 182: Bowling Green, KY
WNKY Brings Back Jim Gray As Managing Editor
TVNewsCheck, Sep 28, 2016, 10:59 AM EDT
Tribune Media Closes On Real Estate Deals
TVNewsCheck, Sep 28, 2016, 8:14 AM EDT
Tribune Media today announced the closing of three real estate sales — Tribune Tower, Los Angeles Times Square and the Olympic Printing Plant (Los Angeles) —for $430 million in gross cash proceeds and potential contingent payments of $45 million for total consideration that could reach $475 million. President-CEO Peter Liguori said: “We have made considerable progress toward achieving our goal of realizing at least $1 billion of gross proceeds from the sale of some of our most significant real estate holdings. Real estate sales closed from 2014 through today’s announcement have generated $576 million of gross cash proceeds." He added that its remaining real estate portfolio is worth at least $500 million. | Add comment
Dma 3: Chicago
Bailey To Head Local Programming At WCIU
TVNewsCheck, Sep 28, 2016, 7:56 AM EDT
Steve Bailey joins Weigel’s WCIU Chicago from Media General, where he most recently was director, programming and affiliate marketing. He’s tapped with developing programming on multiple platforms.   Full Story | Add comment
Dma 1: New York
WNJU Names Colum Carey VP Of Sales
TVNewsCheck, Sep 27, 2016, 8:30 PM EDT
The veteran sales exec moves from WNBC to oversee local and national sales and business development at the New York Telemundo outlet. Full Story | Add comment
CBS To Air Tony Awards On June 11
TVNewsCheck, Sep 27, 2016, 8:23 PM EDT
WEEK ENDING SEPT. 26
Station Trading Roundup: 2 Deals, $45,000
TVNewsCheck, Sep 27, 2016, 8:15 PM EDT
The sale by Spirit of Prayer Ministries of Wo4dQ-D Wilmington, N.C., to Morris Multimedia tops the latest list of TV station transactions submitted to the FCC for its approval, according to BIA/Kelsey.    Full Story | Add comment
'Comics Unleashed’ Hits 92% Coverage
TVNewsCheck, Sep 27, 2016, 3:25 PM EDT
Fox Nets Names David Levy Non-Linear Rev EVP
TVNewsCheck, Sep 27, 2016, 1:10 PM EDT
Weekly syndication ratings roundup
Strong Start For Newcomer ‘Harry’
TVNewsCheck, Sep 27, 2016, 12:36 PM EDT
NBCU’s freshman talker scored the most impressive talk debut in three years, tying the long-running Maury at a 1.4 in the week ending Sept. 18. At the top of the overall syndication chart for the seventh straight week, Judge Judy got its 21st season underway, improving 3% to a 7.0 and climbing 6% from last year’s bow. Full Story | Add comment
Dispatch Names Campbell CFO-Treasurer
TVNewsCheck, Sep 26, 2016, 5:10 PM EDT
Bradley Campbell has been with the company since 2001, most recently as VP-corporate controller since 2012. Full Story | Add comment
Cox Media Group Names 2 Multi-Market VPs
TVNewsCheck, Sep 26, 2016, 4:17 PM EDT

Tim Burke and Eric Myers will oversee newspaper and digital strategy across the group.    Full Story | Add comment

Increased Presidential Debate Access From Univision
TVNewsCheck, Sep 26, 2016, 3:28 PM EDT
Dma 3: chicago
Sylvia Perez Joins WFLD As Weekend Anchor
TVNewsCheck, Sep 26, 2016, 3:22 PM EDT
Estrella TV Launches Game Show ‘Tumba Burros’
TVNewsCheck, Sep 26, 2016, 2:37 PM EDT
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Overnights, adults 18-49 for September 27, 2016
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Reviews

  • 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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