Executive Outlook Winter 2015

Exclusives

  • Road To NAB: RF Vendors Address Station Repack Needs, Next-Gen Details

    The FCC-mandated TV spectrum repack and ATSC 3.0 will be the biggest trends in RF developments at the 2017 NAB Show. However, that simple statement glosses over the complexities involved in making both a reality. This year’s convention will mark the first major industrywide opportunity broadcasters and RF vendors have had to dive into the nitty-gritty of making these major changes a reality. Photo: RFS. For more of TVN's 2017 Tech Hot Topics, click here. More | Add comment
  • Focus: At Scripps, News Breaks On Facebook Live

    Facebook Live has become the preferred platform for video-centric breaking news at Scripps despite some newsroom pushback and concerns about limits on editorial control and the ability to make money from the streams. Above, a story from WFTX Ft. Myers-Naples, Fla., that aired in January. More | Add comment
  • Thomas Named TVN’s Tech Woman to Watch For 2017

    Yvonne Thomas, product manager for Arvato Systems’ Broadcast Solutions division, will be honored during TVNewsCheck’s annual Women in Technology Awards presentation on April 25 during the NAB Show in Las Vegas. She is responsible for the media asset management system VPMS and closely follows new trends in the media landscape. More | Add comment
  • Social Scorecard: WGHP Dominates In Greensboro

    Tribune-owned Fox affiliate WGHP holds a whopping lead among local outlets on social media in the Greensboro-High Point-Winston-Salem DMA according to Shareablee data. Its news director says a deeply involved team of veteran talent is driving it.   More | Add comment
  • Jessell: Big Four May Sit Out Station Consolidation

    Many FCC-watchers expect deregulatory minded FCC Chairman Ajit Pai will raise the station ownership limits, and station groups like Sinclair, Nexstar, Gray and Tegna are good bets to be buying. But what about the Big Four networks? With the possible exception of CBS, I don't see them as ready to pounce on the shopping opportunity that Pai may hand them. More | Comments (4)
  • Road To NAB: IP Tech Tackles Workflow, Wireless Costs

    The bonded cellular technology at the heart of today’s IP newsgathering systems has achieved such a level of maturity that many vendors have begun addressing the finer points, such as how to more closely integrate the workflow of reporters in the field with the newsroom and maintaining network speeds even when working within the confines of a VPN. At the same time, frenemy and outright competitors have arisen and are looking to make headway with stations by offering systems they say will reduce or eliminate ever-rising wireless data bills. For more of TVN's 2017 Tech Hot Topics, click here. More | Add comment
  • Women In Tech: Imagine's Glodina Connan-Lostanlen Sets Pace For IP Transition

    TVNewsCheck’s 2017 Women in Technology Leadership Award honoree spearheaded Imagine’s IP transition strategy while coaxing staffers and customers to embrace momentous change. Her mantra for company insiders: “It’s OK to fail. If you try to protect yourself and focus only on what you know, you’re not going to enjoy what’s coming.” More | Add comment

Special Reports

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 March 23, 2017
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Source: Nielsen

Reviews

  • 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.

  • Hank Stuever

    Michelle Dockery has made an astonishing career swerve from Downton Abbey on PBS to TNT’s intriguing and impressively seedy crime drama Good Behavior. Dockery throws herself into the role of Letty Raines — a liar, thief and ex-con in North Carolina who sweats long shifts as a waitress and relies on a pleasant-voiced motivational app to keep her off drugs and booze, in between visits with her parole officer. The true accomplishment of Good Behavior is that none of this seems as hokey as it sounds. Dockery digs deep and gives a frenetic and often moving performance.

  • Neil Genzlinger

    The intriguing CW series Frequency starts out looking as if it were going to be a bittersweet, nostalgia-tinged time-travel drama in the Stephen King-Twilight Zone lineage, and that probably would have made for a comfortably satisfying show, the kind you can half-watch while doing something else. In the last third of the premiere, though, things take a joltingly different, more complicated path. Sorry, couch potatoes, but it looks as if you might have to keep both eyes on the screen for this one.

  • 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.

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