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  • TVB Forward 2016

    TVB’s 2016 Broadcast TV Leadership Conference was a confab of more than 550 local broadcast television c-suite leaders, representing over 60 broadcast companies, the TV networks and national rep firms. See TVNewsCheck’s extensive coverage here. More | Add comment
  • TVN Tech: Crawford Charts New Path To Digital Storage

    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. More | Add comment
  • Spot TV 2017 Forecast: Total Down 8%; Core Up 1.3%

    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. More | Add comment
  • 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
  • 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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CBS Sports Live Streaming NBA Draft Tonight
LostRemote, Jun 23, 2016, 2:48 PM EDT
Larry Lafave Of CBS Sports Dies At 65
Sports Video Group, Jun 21, 2016, 6:56 AM EDT
Verne Lundquist Leaving 'SEC On CBS' After 2016
Deadline, Jun 1, 2016, 8:09 AM EDT
ESPN Leads 37th Sports Emmy Nominations
TVWeek, Apr 1, 2016, 6:02 AM EDT
Announcer Jim Ross Joins CBS For Boxing
The Associated Press, Feb 24, 2016, 5:45 AM EST
news analysis
Super Bowl 50 And Its Lasting Tech Legacy
Sports Video Group, Feb 8, 2016, 2:47 PM EST
Super Bowl 50 is in the books and with it a massive effort that arguably will reshape the nature of Super Bowl operations for years to come. Why? Simply because of the sheer number of firsts at this year’s big game that might be here to stay. Link | Add comment
Early Ratings: Second-Best Super Bowl Ever
Media Life, Feb 8, 2016, 10:38 AM EST
The big game scores a 49.0 rating in metered-market households, behind only last year's record-setting contest. More accurate numbers will be released later today. Link | Add comment
CBS Sports Relies on Admiral Video Pylon Cam
TVNewsCheck/Playout, Feb 8, 2016, 10:37 AM EST
TVN Tech
CBS Turns Up Tech For Super Bowl Sizzle
TVNewsCheck, Feb 4, 2016, 10:49 AM EST
Among the innovations CBS Sports has on tap for Sunday’s game at Levi’s Stadium (the control room is above) is a combination of CBS’s super high-res EyeVision 360 camera system, which gives viewers a 360 degree replay perspective on game action, and its virtual first-down and end-zone lines. “If the situation is right, out of the first-down line or end-zone line we are going to bring up vertically a [virtual] transparent pane of glass,” says Ken Aagaard, engineering EVP. “As you revolve around, you can actually see if the ball or the player broke that pane of glass.” Full Story | Add comment
How To Cover A Super Bowl: With 550 Staffers
The Chronicle, Feb 2, 2016, 6:49 AM EST
Super Bowl 50 kicks off at 3:35 p.m. PT Sunday, which means that by 6 that morning the CBS Sports compound of 12 trailers at Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco will be buzzing with all the electricity that 32 miles of cable can carry. There are 70 cameras in the stadium, including eight pylon-cams in the end zones, and maybe 100 cameras in all, topped by a cam on the replica Space Needle at California’s Great America next door. Link | Comments (3)
Lesley Visser Combines Grace, Style, Humor
Sports Business Journal, Jan 27, 2016, 7:01 AM EST
Visser’s résumé as one of the most accomplished sports journalists in the business is well known. She’s the first woman the Boston Globe hired as a sports reporter. She is the first woman to cover the NFL on a regular basis for any media outlet. She is the first woman to be recognized by the NFL Hall of Fame. It’s her role in helping other women grow in the business that is not as publicized. But Visser’s closest friends cite it as quickly and forcefully as any of her many professional accomplishments. Link | Add comment
Fantasy Sports Companies Weigh Leaving US
The Associated Press, Nov 30, 2015, 5:58 AM EST
As industry leaders FanDuel and DraftKings fight to protect their lucrative enterprises, other companies offering daily fantasy sports are taking different approaches to how they operate as their new industry faces increased scrutiny. Full Story | Add comment
CBS Golf Analyst Feherty Moves To NBC
The Hollywood Reporter, Sep 15, 2015, 1:46 PM EDT
CBS To Use Pylon Camera For NFL Coverage
NewscastStudio, Sep 3, 2015, 7:57 AM EDT
CBS Sports Launches Digital, Daily Newscast
LostRemote, May 12, 2015, 3:07 PM EDT
CBS Sports Legend Charles D'Onofrio Dies At 92
Sports Video Group, Dec 29, 2014, 2:32 PM EST
CBS Analyst Phil Simms To Avoid Saying 'Redskins'
The Associated Press, Sep 25, 2014, 2:13 PM EDT
CBS Innovates With US Open Tennis
Sports Video Group, Aug 29, 2014, 2:36 PM EDT
On Saturday, CBS Sports will begin its broadcasts of the US Open tennis tournament, culminating with the men’s singles championship on Monday Sept. 8. It’s the beginning of the end — ESPN will take over the rights and production duties next year — but that has not prevented the CBS Sports team from ensuring that its role at the center of the production action is anything but top notch. Link | Add comment
CBS, NFL Net Prepping For Thurs. Football
Sports Video Group, Aug 21, 2014, 2:38 PM EDT
If your TV is ever tuned into CBS it doesn’t take long to see the massive effort being put into promoting the new Thursday Night Football broadcast TV franchise. And the combined production efforts being put forth by CBS Sports and the NFL Network behind the scenes is shaping up in such a way that it will arguably be the largest week-in-week-out regular season production the NFL has ever seen. Link | Add comment
CBS, Pro Bull Riders Sign Long-Term Deal
MarketWatch, Jul 21, 2014, 10:25 AM EDT
The multiyear deal between CBS and the Professional Bull Riders calls for airing 14 bull riding events a year on the regular broadcast network, as well as another 36 on the CBS Sports Network. The PBR will get its most time ever on national TV under the agreement. Link | Add comment
Marv Albert Gives Up NFL, To Focus On Basketball
Sports Business Daily, May 30, 2014, 12:55 PM EDT
Sports TV Director Sandy Grossman Dies
Hollywood Reporter, Apr 2, 2014, 10:59 PM EDT
The eight-time Emmy winner directed 21 seasons of NFL coverage hosted by John Madden and Pat Summerall for CBS and Fox. He came to Fox from CBS with Madden and Summerall for the 1994 season, when Fox first got NFC rights — a major boon for the network. He was 78. Link | Add comment
CBS Broadcaster Calls Gonzaga Player A 'Polack'
Associated Press, Mar 24, 2014, 6:59 AM EDT
CBS's McManus Outlines Succession Plan
Sports Video Group, Jun 25, 2013, 3:02 PM EDT
CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus discussed succession plans, the relationship with Turner Sports, and the continued strength of live-sports programming in a TV era dominated by DVRs and binge viewing during the B&C Sports Business and Technology Summit in New York City today. Link | Add comment
David Berson Named CBS Sports President
Deadline, Jun 4, 2013, 9:58 AM EDT
David Berson has been promoted to president, CBS Sports. He will continue to report to CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus and will be involved in all aspects of CBS Sports' day-to-day management and will also continue to lead the CBS Sports Network. Link | Add comment
NBC's Bob Costas Slams CBS Sports
The Wrap, Apr 12, 2013, 2:28 PM EDT
He says the Augusta National Golf Club's dark history is "the elephant in the room" and CBS ought to acknowledge the club's “history of racism and sexism.” Link | Comments (2)
CBS: No Regrets On Ware Injury Coverage
Associated Press, Apr 2, 2013, 5:50 AM EDT
The network received praise for restraint in showing the gruesome leg injury of Louisville's Kevin Ware, although CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus said he knew people would say CBS should have shown it more because the network was in a position to document history. "We documented it, we described it and we showed it, and I think that was enough," he said. Full Story | Comments (1)
Tech Spotlight
Getting Up To (High) Speed On Super Slo Mo
TVNewsCheck, Jan 24, 2013, 11:05 AM EST
For the big game, CBS will take advantage of recent developments in 4K high-speed and high-resolution videography to not only slow down action in replays without noticeable motion blur or pixilation, but also to zoom in closely to see if a player’s foot is out of bounds or if the football breaks the plane of the end zone. Other networks are also working to push the envelope with high-speed, high-res cameras and Sony is working on next-generation sports production technology. Full Story | Add comment
Previewing Super Bowl XLVII Advertisers
Ad Age, Dec 3, 2012, 1:54 PM EST
Aresco Exits CBS For Big East Conference
MediaPost, Aug 15, 2012, 6:01 AM EDT
Longtime CBS Sports executive Mike Aresco, who has negotiated TV contracts with many sports rights holders, is moving to the other side of the table. Aresco has been tapped as the commissioner of the troubled Big East Conference, which is set to begin TV negotiations. Link | Add comment
Doug Gottlieb Leaving ESPN For CBS Sports
The Big Lead, Aug 1, 2012, 6:24 AM EDT
Woods Win Has CBS Pumped For Masters
The Wrap, Mar 26, 2012, 7:52 AM EDT
After his first PGA Tour win since 2009, Tiger Woods will bring momentum —  and ratings juice for CBS — into the upcoming Masters tournament. Link | Add comment
CBS Sports Opens Site To App Makers
Wall Street Journal, Jan 17, 2012, 6:30 AM EST
CBS Corp., in a move aimed at boosting its share of the nearly billion-dollar fantasy-sports business, is opening up its CBS Sports website so outside developers can create apps geared toward fantasy enthusiasts. The site will offer free and paid apps, with keeping a 30% share of sales of paid ones. Link | Add comment
Bravo, Com. Central, Oxygen, CBS Sports Add VPs
Hollywood Reporter, Dec 5, 2011, 3:35 PM EST
CBS, NBC Extend PGA Deals Through 2021
TVNewsCheck, Sep 1, 2011, 1:29 PM EDT
With the current contract running through 2012, the new nine-year agreements with CBS and NBC will extend from 2013 through the 2021 season, coinciding with the remaining years of the PGA Tour's exclusive 15-year cable television agreement with Golf Channel that began in 2007. Full Story | Add comment
CBS News Promotes Two PR Executives
TVNewsCheck, Jun 6, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT
Sonya McNair is upped to senior vice president, communications, CBS News, while Kelli Raftery is named vice president, communications. Full Story | Add comment
Questions in CBS, Turner 'Madness' Deal
Sports Video Group, Mar 9, 2011, 7:56 AM EST
Next week, CBS and Turner Sports will unveil a new way to watch the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, using two companies, two production teams, two sales forces, and four networks to air every game in the 68-team tournament. Although a plan may be in place, the playbook is by no means carved in stone, as even the top executives at CBS and Turner are not sure how quickly viewers will grasp the new broadcast schedule. Link | Comments (1)
CBS Sports Legend Frank Chirkinian Dies At 84
Sports Video Group, Mar 7, 2011, 7:24 AM EST
'March Madness' Ads Nearly Sold Out
Advertising Age, Mar 2, 2011, 6:00 AM EST
Commercial time during the NCAA men's college basketball tournament is virtually gone, despite the complications introduced by showing games on four channels instead of one. March Madness, as the NCAA tournament is more commonly known, is nearly sold out of TV and digital inventory on CBS and Turner's TNT, TBS and TruTV. That's the earliest the event has sold so much inventory in recent memory. Link | Add comment
CBS Moves News From McManus To Fager
TVNewsCheck, Feb 8, 2011, 12:48 PM EST
Sean McManus is stepping down as president of the news division to become chairman of CBS Sports. CBS News will now be headed by Jeff Fager, as chairman, and David Rhodes, as president. Full Story | Comments (2)
Infiniti Revs Up March Madness Sponsorship
Brandweek, Jan 26, 2011, 3:04 PM EST
CBS Sports and Turner Sports have teamed up with automaker Infiniti in a pact that extends well beyond the margins of March Madness. Having signed on as an official NCAA corporate partner, Nissan’s Infiniti marque will run a multiplatform campaign on CBS, and throughout the regular season. Once the the newly expanded 68-team tourney tips off on Turner’s truTV, Infiniti will begin running its spots in each March Madness broadcast. Link | Add comment
CBS Sports Promotes Sabreen
TVNewsCheck, Jan 13, 2011, 3:59 PM EST
CBS Sports Ups Two Communciations Execs
TVNewsCheck, Dec 20, 2010, 2:12 PM EST
Jennifer Sabatelle promoted to VP of Communications and Gerard Caraccioli named executive director. Full Story | Add comment
Berson To Run CBS's College Sports Network
TVNewsCheck, Dec 2, 2010, 10:58 AM EST
ESPN executive David Berson gets a strategic role in CBS Sports operations and will also run the company’s CBS College Sports cable channel as president. Full Story | Add comment
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  • 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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