Executive Outlook Winter 2015

Exclusives

  • Jessell | The Road To An FCC 3.0 Order Could Be Bumpy

    Cable and satellite operators want nothing to do with ATSC 3.0 and are staking out positions at the FCC squarely at odds with broadcasting's 3.0 proponents.They want to regulate the transition to 3.0 and block broadcasters from using retrans to force them to carry 3.0 signals. But the broadcasters have strong counterarguments and an FCC chairman who is disinclined to regulate anything.
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  • TVN Tech | Sinclair Free Chips Offer Is Key To Mobile Future

    Last week, Sinclair Broadcast Group VP of advanced technology, Mark Aitken, announced at the annual Advanced Television Systems Committee meeting that the station group will give 1 million ATSC 3.0 receiver chips to each mobile phone maker that promises to put them in devices sold in the United States. The offer demonstrates the group’s commitment to moving TV forward. More | Add comment
  • Depp | For Nexstar Digital And Raifman, Size Matters

    Gregory Raifman, Nexstar Digital’s newly-minted president, says the company is well underway with a rollup of its portfolio of technology companies under a single banner. As the company scouts new digital acquisitions, Raifman says it will leverage Nexstar Media Group’s broadcast size and footprint to find its edge in the market. More | Add comment
  • Social Scorecard | In Syracuse, Paper Beats TV On Social

    Advance’s Post-Standard overwhelmingly beats its local television peers in social media performance in Syracuse, N.Y. according to Shareablee data. Its social media lead says a careful video strategy, helped by some viral hits, has lifted it. More | Add comment
  • Front Office | Nexstar’s Perry Sook: An Industry Avatar

    On Monday, May 22, Perry A. Sook, chairman, president and CEO of Nexstar Media Group Inc., becomes MFM’s latest Avatar Award recipient. He joins the associations’ former Avatar honorees as an exemplar of leadership who demonstrates a commitment to the media community as well as someone who has led his or her company to greater success. More | Add comment
  • Facebook’s Jason White Joins TVN's C-Suite Webinar

    Jason White, Facebook’s manager of U.S. news partnerships, is part of a C-level executive lineup that also features Graham Media’s Emily Barr, Raycom’s Pat LaPlatney and the Dallas Morning NewsJim Moroney III. They will discuss the challenges of maintaining brand identity, monetizing and migrating audiences from Facebook back to media’s owned and operated platforms during a TVNewsCheck webinar: “Optimize, Monetize Your Facebook Strategy.” It’s set for Tuesday, June 13, at 2 p.m. ET. More | Add comment

Special Reports

  • 2017 NAB Show Tech Hot Topics: TVNewsCheck’s third annual multi-part series highlighting emerging tech trends in advance of the NAB Show. Topics include IP, virtualization, cameras, workflows, spectrum repack, ATSC 3.0, newsroom systems, graphics and master control.
  • TVN's FCC Watch: A quick briefing on FCC proceedings affecting TV broadcasters from Washington communications attorneys David Oxenford and David O'Connor.
  • NewsTECHForum 2016: Complete coverage of the fourth annual conference from TVNewsCheck and Sports Video Group
  • TV2020: Do you see an ROI in ATSC 3.0? TVNewsCheck’s TV2020 conference was designed to let station personnel gather with other station and network executives, technology chiefs, financial analysts, investors and technology manufacturers to figure out the potential upside and the estimated costs in converting to ATSC 3.0 while also contending with the FCC’s spectrum repack and the industry’s transition to IP technology.
  • News Sets 2016: A four-part examination of the state of the art of set technology and deployment with a focus on: big video displays and monitor arrays; video display controllers; a Q&A explaining how the NBC O&Os have upgraded many of their facilities; and a close-up look at the innovative approach at WTXF Philadelphia and KDKA Pittsburgh.
  • Multicasting 2016: A four-part examination of the revenue, programming and technology strategies of the diginet business.
  • 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.
  • 2015 — Year In Review: Revisit the year’s top developments in business, programming, journalism, technology, regulation and more.
  • 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.
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TVN Tech
What’s Next From Next-Gen Vendors
TVNewsCheck/Executive Outlook, Apr 3, 2015, 9:27 AM EDT
TVN Tech
What Makes The Perfect ENG Camera?
TVNewsCheck/Executive Outlook, Apr 3, 2015, 9:30 AM EDT
Some station groups want a field camera to be able to switch from HD to 4K. Others put a high priority on IP connectivity, workflow integration or weight (low) and size (small). And some want a little bit of everything. Full Story | Add comment
TVN Focus On Sales
Automated Sales Could Revolutionize Spot TV
TVN/Executive Outlook, Feb 10, 2015, 6:01 AM EST
Sales people won’t be replaced by robots anytime soon, but automation could lead to massive change at stations and rep firms. There's a growing interest among broadcasters in automated selling that has evolved from wary to cautiously optimistic over the past year. This story originally appeared in the winter edition of TVNewsCheck's Executive Outlook. Full Story | Comments (8)
Contenders in Automated Selling
TVNewsCheck, Feb 6, 2015, 11:23 AM EST
Paul McTear: Raycom’s Transformative Leader
TVN/Executive Outlook, Feb 3, 2015, 3:58 PM EST
Jessell At Large
Big Data Has To Be TV’s Big Priority
TVNewsCheck, Jan 28, 2015, 8:37 AM EST
TVN Focus On Advertising
Big Data Remakes Texas Campaign Ad Spend
TVNewsCheck, Jan 28, 2015, 5:43 AM EST
Republican Texas gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott’s team assembled a winning strategy featuring an integrated media marketing machine that included more for digital, less for TV. This story first appeared in TVNewsCheck's Executive Outlook winter edition. Full Story | Comments (2)
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Ratings

Overnights, adults 18-49 for May 25, 2017
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Reviews

  • Gail Pennington

    A sweet little show, low key and more smile-worthy than hilarious, ABC's Downward Dog won't be for everyone. Animal lovers are likely to find it adorable; cynics, unless they really, really love dogs, probably should stay away.

  • Neal Justin

    Tina Fey will inevitably let down her legions of TV fans with a real stinker. But not yet. The comic maestro, whom Rolling Stone recently ranked as the third greatest player in Saturday Night Live history, is following 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt with NBC’s Great News, yet another fast-paced, perfectly absurd sitcom about a single woman trying to maintain a personal and professional life with Mary Richards-like spunk.

  • Jeanne Jakle

    Don’t go into the new round of Fargo expecting the grab-’em-by-the-throat shocks that opened previous seasons of TV’s chilliest crime anthology. The latest incarnation of the FX series from Noah Hawley takes its time worming into your mind and getting you hooked. Season three establishes its characters at a much more leisurely pace: the central quartet, the unscrupulous locals who surround them and the sinister interlopers who make these drab Minnesota lives more complicated and, eventually, scary as heck.

  • Daniel Fienberg

    In Brockmire, Hank Azaria's Funny or Die sportscaster works surprisingly well as a regular series lead on the new IFC show, costarring the excellent Amanda Peet. Over the course of the eight episodes, Brockmire moves through a trio of arcs, delivering underdog sports shenanigans, a relationship that makes more sense as it progresses and Brockmire's sad and probably doomed search for redemption. That's all propped up with enough low-brow jokes, raunchy baseball references and disreputable hijinks that the show never wallows. I reached the finale and was surprised at how much I wanted to see more from a character I initially thought couldn't sustain more than five minutes.

  • Maureen Ryan

    It’s appropriate that The Good Fight on CBS All Access has a slightly more jagged and splintered atmosphere than The Good Wife, the long-running CBS drama that starred Julianna Margulies. In the opening minutes of the first episode, Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski), watches as Donald Trump is sworn in as the nation’s 45th president. Before the 50-minute pilot is over, the jarring changing of the guard in Washington is the least of her troubles. Baranski brings a heartbreaking rawness to her performance as Diane, who never got enough meaningful screen time on The Good Wife. Diane’s plight is thus personal but also metaphorical: She likens the collapse of every pillar of her supposedly solid and trustworthy world to a nightmare.

  • David Wiegand

    It’s hard to say which is more excessive in the new CBS crime thriller, Training Day: the action or the dialogue. But in either case, the series from Jerry Bruckheimer and Anthony Fuqua goes a long way toward waking up broadcast TV’s mid-season. There is plenty of action, enhanced by fast-paced editing, in the three episodes made available to critics. And there’s violence. But most of all, there is dialogue so rich and colorful, it almost evokes the stuff of guys like Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, or at least Sgt. Joe Friday. Training Day just may get away with murder on Thursday nights when the numbers are counted.

  • Hank Stuever

    Well, they only had to remake a jillion TV shows from yesteryear to finally get one exactly, perfectly right. Not only is Netflix’s reimagined One Day at a Time a joy to watch, it’s also the first time in many years that a multicamera sitcom (the kind filmed on a set with studio-audience laughter) has seemed so instinctively comfortable in its own skin. It doesn’t try to subvert or improve on the sitcom format; it simply exhibits faith that the sitcom genre can still work in a refreshing and relevant way.

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