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  • 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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Scripps To Debut Political Show 'The Race'
TVNewsCheck, Sep 9, 2016, 2:57 PM EDT
The Race, which begins Monday on most Scripps stations throughout the nation, will feature interviews with leading political experts and those seeking office. It will air in a number of battleground markets, including Tampa, Cincinnati and Cleveland. Full Story | Add comment
Sales Boosts Coverage Of ‘The List’ To 25%
TVNewsCheck, Sep 9, 2016, 12:30 PM EDT
The syndicated news mag from Scripps, which is starting its fifth season, has been sold to stations from other station groups.   Full Story | Add comment
Scripps’ Midroll Unveils New Podcasts
TVNewsCheck, Sep 7, 2016, 4:47 PM EDT
E.W. Scripps-owned Midroll will distribute new podcasts from Rosie O'Donnell and Neil DeGrasse Tyson, along with a series on the Boston Strangler killings and new offerings from Entertainment Weekly and American Public Media, the podcaster said at the IAB Podcast Upfront on Wednesday. Full Story | Add comment
Jessell at Large
Diversification: Broadcasting's New Alter Ego
TVNewsCheck, Aug 5, 2016, 2:58 PM EDT
TV station groups are realizing that broadcasting is no longer enough — that, while it may be a solid business, it is no longer a great growth business. So they are looking to reinvent themselves by moving into new businesses like digital media and programming that can provide some upside.
Full Story | Comments (10)
Escape, Grit And Laff Add More Markets
TVNewsCheck, Jul 26, 2016, 1:48 PM EDT
E.W. Scripps and Cox Media are among the five station groups launching the Katz Broadcasting diginets. Full Story | Comments (2)
TVN Focus on Business
Leverage Worries Batter TV Groups Stock
TVNewsCheck, Jul 7, 2016, 8:19 AM EDT
Stock prices of six publicly-traded TV station groups had a rocky first half due to concerns over leverage as well as political, automotive and overall sustainability of the television business model. The companies bounced back a bit in the second quarter, but were still well below where they were on Jan. 1. Analysts, however, see signs for optimism. Full Story | Comments (6)
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WRTV Drops Local Sports Net For Grit Diginet
TVNewsCheck, Jun 8, 2016, 9:47 AM EDT
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Scripps Pushes Declaration Of Independence
TVNewsCheck, Apr 20, 2016, 5:25 AM EDT
The station group’s executives spell out how they are bucking the syndication system with their five-year-old strategy to develop home-grown programming like The List and Right This Minute. “Many in the industry thought we were nuts … and five years later, all of our peers are starting their own programming divisions based on the success that we’re having,” said Brian Lawlor, Scripps SVP, broadcast. Full Story | Comments (2)
Scripps, Raycom Seeking Multiplatform Fare
TVNewsCheck, Feb 29, 2016, 5:43 AM EST
The new programming partnership between the two station groups is open to anything as long as it has a digital dimension. "I don’t like to box shows into a genre,” says Scripps' Cater Lee. “What it does have to have — first and foremost — is a multiplatform strategy. Anyone who doesn’t think about programming that way is very short-sighted." Full Story | Add comment
Quarterly report
Scripps Pro Forma 4Q TV Revenue Down 5%
TVNewsCheck, Feb 26, 2016, 8:06 AM EST
The dip to $171 million was due to lower national and political dollars that weren’t offset by a 45% increase in retrans revenue. Full Story | Comments (1)
Raycom, Scripps Partner On Programming
TVNewsCheck, Feb 22, 2016, 7:44 AM EST

The companies say their new consortium will develop shows for daytime, early fringe and access. It will offer a combined reach of 29% of U.S. households — including 12 of the top 40 DMAs. Scripps' Brian Lawlor: “Partnering with other broadcast groups rather than competing against them is a dynamic new way to succeed in this industry.” Paul McTear of Raycom Media: “The strength of our two companies with a rich history in local broadcasting will bring a financial and creative strength to this development consortium.” Full Story | Comments (1)

‘The List’ Makes Digital Syndication Deal
TVNewsCheck, Feb 15, 2016, 12:49 PM EST
Under new arrangement, segments from The List will have their own dedicated channel on OwnZones.com. Full Story | Add comment
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Stations Becoming DIY Program Believers
TVNewsCheck/Executive Outlook, Jan 26, 2016, 5:41 AM EST
A determined cadre of station groups remains intent on replacing pricey Hollywood syndication shows with programming of its own. Among the upcoming do-it-yourself offerings is a talk show from Tegna Media hosted by T.D. Jakes set to debut this fall. Full Story | Comments (3)
Scripps Adds Marketing Dir. For 'The List'
TVSpy, Jan 18, 2016, 2:48 PM EST
Michel Pelletier has been named director of marketing for The List, Scripps’ half-hour daily news magazine show. Link | Add comment
‘The Security Brief’ Adds More Test Stations
TVNewsCheck, Nov 24, 2015, 1:02 PM EST
The true-crime talk show that has already lined up a test run on Sinclair stations now adds tests on some Tegna and Scripps stations as well. Full Story | Add comment
Ross Jones Joins Scripps Washington Bureau
TVNewsCheck, Sep 1, 2015, 11:29 AM EDT
Newsy Sees Higher Engagement Via OTT
NetNewsCheck, Jun 24, 2015, 7:49 AM EDT
Newsy, a video news provider owned by the E.W. Scripps Co., has been expanding the breadth of its over-the-top offerings, including a completely revamped (and home built) Roku channel. Its consumers are spending more time with Newsy on OTT than other channels, and are more likely to let its story stream run than users on desktop or mobile. Link | Add comment
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Scripps Doing ‘Minor Restructuring’ At KNXV
TVSpy, Jun 3, 2015, 2:42 PM EDT
When asked about rumors of layoffs at the company's Phoenix ABC affiliate, a Scripps spokesperson said the group is "restructuring some positions and eliminating others in an on-going effort to meet the needs of our Phoenix audiences. New jobs also will be created." Link | Add comment
Watchup App Adds Scripps, Meredith, More
TVNewsCheck, Apr 13, 2015, 10:19 AM EDT
With the new station groups, 80% of U.S. homes can watch streaming local news anytime, anyplace. The announcement follows a similar deal with Tribune Media announced last month, which gave Watchup access to video content from 30 of Tribune’s broadcast stations. Full Story | Add comment
Quarterly report
Scripps 4Q TV Station Revenue Grows 28%
TVNewsCheck, Mar 4, 2015, 7:49 AM EST
The increase to $147 million was fueled by higher political and digital revenue as well as a 41% rise in retransmission consent money. Full Story | Add comment
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Scripps' KMGH Denver: A Station Adrift
The Denver Post, Mar 3, 2015, 8:26 AM EST
With neither general manager nor news director in place, The Denver ABC affiliate is rudderless. The station has floated through two ratings sweeps periods on auto pilot. Link | Comments (6)
Cuts Said To Be In Works At Scripps Stations
FTVLive, Mar 3, 2015, 6:43 AM EST
Sources tell FTVLive that it appears cuts are happening at Scripps properties. They also say that Scripps will be putting a digital content person in the news director's chair at some stations. It is first expected to happen at KNXV Phoenix before spreading to others. Link | Comments (1)
Scripps, ABC Sign New Affiliation Deal
TVNewsCheck, Dec 10, 2014, 8:13 AM EST
The agreement covers 10 stations and runs through 2019. "Scripps is one of the largest owners of ABC affiliates, and we look forward to continuing our long-time collaboration with them," said John Rouse, SVP of affiliate relations for ABC. Terms were not disclosed. Full Story | Comments (3)
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Scripps Stations Get Options From DC Bureau
TVNewsCheck, Dec 2, 2014, 11:51 AM EST
“The focus of the company is moving away from newspapers and moving toward serving our television properties more than we ever have,” says Scripps National Investigative Correspondent Mark Greenblatt. “We are constantly trying to be aware of how we can be a service to a lot of TV stations that have different types of news,” he says. “We are trying to operate like a mini-network investing in our affiliates.” Full Story | Add comment
Scripps Hires Twitter Exec For Digital Strategy
WCPO, Jun 25, 2014, 8:27 AM EDT
The E.W. Scripps Co. is deepening its ties to Cincinnati’s entrepreneurial community by hiring Twitter executive J.B. Kropp as vice president of digital strategy. Kropp led Twitter’s sales initiatives with Procter & Gamble for the last three years. Link | Add comment
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Hearst's News VP Opts For KC GM Spot
TVNewsCheck, Dec 2, 2012, 11:17 AM EST
Brian Bracco is giving up his job as group VP of news at Hearst to become GM of Scripps' ABC-Indie duopoly in Kansas City, KSHB-KMCI. In the corporate post, Bracco has been based in Kansas City and he earlier worked in the market as news director of Hearst's KMBC. Full Story | Comments (2)
Scripps Stations Survive Without Top Syndies
TVNewsCheck, Nov 14, 2012, 7:11 AM EST
The group owner's execs say they are pleased with the ratings of the two home-grown shows it developed to replace syndication powerhouses Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. Plus it gets to keep all the inventory in the new Let's Ask America and The List. Full Story | Comments (2)
Bounce TV To Become Nielsen-Rated Net
TVNewsCheck, Sep 24, 2012, 2:15 PM EDT
African-American broadcast network Bounce TV is one year old this week. It is adding affiliates and advertisers for year two. Also, it is preparing to become a Nielsen-rated network before this year is out. Full Story | Comments (1)
TVNewsCheck Focus on Programming
Raycom Picks Up Program Production Pace
TVNewsCheck, Aug 8, 2012, 8:42 AM EDT
The station group schedules a third season for its America Now newsmagazine and is working with production company My Tupelo Entertainment to create more shows, including two weekday strips. “Our goal is to raise the bar again for our television stations,” says Raycom CEO Paul McTear. “We want to produce content that we know folks will like and come back to. We want to increase our ratings and advertising.” Full Story | Comments (2)
TVNewsCheck Focus on Business
Scripps Co.: Old Media Dog Full Of New Tricks
TVNewsCheck, Mar 28, 2012, 7:18 AM EDT
The 134-year-old media company, led by CEO Rich Boehne (r), is moving away from newspapers to television with the recent purchase of the McGraw-Hill stations. With Brian Lawlor (l), television SVP, leading the charge, the near-term mission is to rebuild the stations’ cash flow margins. At the same time, Scripps has a long-range plan that focuses on investing in homegrown programming to reduce its reliance on syndicated fare; bulking up investigative news efforts; reorganizing and centralizing digital operations; and even sticking its toes in the social gaming pool. And it’s not ruling out buying more stations. “You’d definitely consider Scripps an investor going forward,” says Lawlor. Full Story | Comments (4)
Scripps Adds Duties To 3 General Managers
TVNewsCheck, Mar 22, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT
Ed Fernandez, Sam Rosenwasser and Steve Wasserman get additional group station oversight responsibilities while retaining their GM slots at WXYZ Detroit, WEWS Cleveland and WPTV West Palm Beach, respectively. Full Story | Comments (5)
TVNewsCheck Focus on Programming
‘Right This Minute’ Hopes Its Time Has Come
TVNewsCheck, Feb 29, 2012, 8:21 AM EST
E.W. Scripps, Cox Media Group and Raycom Media are betting other stations will want to air its syndicated video clip show, in which five TV news vets riff and report on whatever the producers can find of interest on the Web and elsewhere. The mix of news and entertainment is produced as two back-to-back half-hours, giving stations the option of splitting up the episodes into different time slots or buying the show as a single half-hour. Full Story | Comments (2)
Jessell at Large
Many Winners In The Scripps Station Buy
TVNewsCheck, Oct 14, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT
With its purchase of McGraw-Hill’s stations in Denver, Indianapolis, San Diego and Bakersfield, Scripps is benefiting three constituencies: Itself, the viewers in those markets and the industry at large. Itself  and viewers because its plan to boost the new stations’ value stems from investing in news to raise ratings (and ad rates), giving viewers better news options; and the industry because the deal finally sets a price for stations that could get the station trading market rolling again. A lot of potential sellers have been sitting on the sidelines because they don't know what their stations are worth. Now they do. Full Story | Comments (4)
Scripps Sees Good Fit For Its New Stations
TVNewsCheck, Oct 10, 2011, 7:08 AM EDT
Last week’s $212 million purchase of the McGraw-Hill TV group will boost Scripps’ U.S. coverage to 13% and make it the country’s largest owner of ABC affiliates. And it also gives it five low-power Spanish-language stations. Brian Lawlor, Scripps’ SVP of the TV division, says his company made the deal because the new stations are “a really comfortable fit” in terms of culture, geography and size. He talks about the plans to make the most of this new opportunity, the company’s first major station purchase in 20 years. Full Story | Comments (1)
ABC's Live Well Signs Up 9 Scripps Stations
TVNewsCheck, May 26, 2011, 1:09 PM EDT
With the addition of the Scripps outlets that reach 10% of TV homes, the lifestyle channel has boosted its coverage to more than 40%. The channel counts 16 other affiliates: eight ABC-owned, five Belo, two Lilly Broadcasting and one LKK Group. Full Story | Comments (2)
Jessell At Large
Creating Your Own Shows Won't Be Easy
TVNewsCheck, Apr 22, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT
A few words of caution for those enterprising station groups deciding to produce their own programming rather than buy syndicated fare. Think beyond just news; be merciless — if it doesn't work, kill it and move on; and stay focused on building a strong, sustainable show for your own markets before even thinking about offering it to stations elsewhere. Full Story | Comments (9)
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WPTV In Expanded SSA Deal With WFLX
TVNewsCheck, Mar 11, 2011, 4:46 PM EST
Scripps-owned WPTV West Palm Beach, Fla., which has been producing news for Raycom's WFLX, will now also be responsible for technical, promotional and online operations at the Fox affil. Full Story | Comments (3)
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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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