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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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Mediacom, Granite Reach Retrans Agreement
TVNewsCheck, Jun 11, 2015, 4:27 PM EDT
Mediacom Communications announced Thursday that it reached a carriage agreement with Granite Broadcasting Corp. covering KBJR Duluth, Minn.; WISE Fort Wayne, Ind.; and WEEK Peoria, Ill. The Granite stations, which went dark on Mediacom systems on June 1, will be immediately reinstated on the Mediacom channel lineup in the markets where Granite operates the primary network affiliate. “We thank our customers for their patience and continued loyalty as we worked to reach a new contract with Granite Broadcasting,” said Ed Pardini, Mediacom’s SVP of field operations. | Add comment
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Granite Stations Pulled In 3 Mediacom Markets
TVNewsCheck, Jun 1, 2015, 11:01 AM EDT
KBJR (NBC-MNT) Duluth, Minn.; WISE (NBC-MNT) Fort Wayne, Ind.; and WEEK (NBC) Peoria, Ill., go dark on Mediacom systems after a retrans contract expired with no new deal in place. Full Story | Comments (3)
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No Fees, No Wires, Tablet TV Set To Go
SFGate, Aug 26, 2014, 8:04 AM EDT
Since February, engineers have conducted a closed test at Granite Broadcasting's KOFY, but Bay Area television viewers may soon have a service that brings free over-the-air TV to tablet computers. Tablet TV, a 2-year-old joint venture between Granite, a New York company that operates stations in six markets, and Motive Television, a London tech firm, plans a more widespread beta test starting in early September, with the service set to begin Black Friday, the traditional day-after-Thanksgiving kickoff of holiday shopping. Link | Comments (4)
Tablet Television To Launch This Fall
Advanced Television, Apr 8, 2014, 2:54 PM EDT
Tablet Television, a broadcast TV service for tablets, has revealed plans for its first beta market test in San Francisco and start of commercial operations in autumn 2014. Tablet TV, a joint venture of Motive Television and Granite Broadcasting, will let viewers watch and record live broadcast content in HD in every market in the U.S. and, in association with local broadcasting partners, will be able to provide on-demand packages. Additional features such as fully-integrated social television will be available to Internet connected viewers. Link | Add comment
Quincy Buying Stations From Granite, Malara
TVNewsCheck, Feb 11, 2014, 6:02 AM EST
It’s purchasing WEEK Peoria-Bloomington, Ill.; WPTA Fort Wayne, Ind.; KBJR and its satellite, KRII, Duluth, Minn.-Superior, Wis.; and WBNG Binghamton, N.Y. In addition, Quincy will provide operating services to WHOI and WAOE Peoria-Bloomington, Ill., as well as to stations to be acquired by SagamoreHill Broadcasting: WISE Fort Wayne, Ind., and KDLH Duluth, Minn.-Superior, Wis.     Full Story | Comments (2)
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Scripps Buying Granite TVs In Buffalo, Detroit
TVNewsCheck, Feb 10, 2014, 8:14 AM EST
The E.W. Scripps announced this moring that it has a deal to buy two Granite Broadcasting stations -- ABC affiliate WKBW and MNT affiliate WMYD Detroit -- for $110 million in cash. Full Story | Comments (7)
Granite Stations Subject Of Sale Speculation
Buffalo Business First, Dec 11, 2013, 9:58 AM EST
Despite the fact that representatives from E.W. Scripps Co. toured WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.’s operations last week, broadcasting industry insiders say don’t assume anything. Scripps, according to several industry reports, is one of several media groups reportedly interested in Granite Broadcasting Corp.’s eight TV stations, including WKBW. Granite officials declined to comment. The tour, insiders say, was just that — a tour. Link | Comments (3)
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Ft. Wayne Fox Affiliation Returns To WFFT
TVNewsCheck, Feb 6, 2013, 4:18 PM EST
The Nexstar independent station — and the market’s former Fox affil — is back as the market’s Fox home on March 1. The move comes following a settlement of an antitrust lawsuit between Nexstar and Granite Broadcasting, owner of NBC affil WISE, which has been carrying Fox on a subchannel since 2011. Full Story | Comments (1)
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Nexstar Buying KSEE Fresno for $26.5M
TVNewsCheck, Feb 6, 2013, 3:55 PM EST
It’s buying the NBC affiliate from Granite Broadcasting and will run it under a TBA while awaiting FCC approval. Nexstar already owns the market’s CBS affiliate, KGPE. Full Story | Comments (4)
TVNewsCheck Focus on Stations
Stations, Buyers Adjust To A Reset Ft. Wayne
TVNewsCheck, Aug 1, 2012, 8:36 AM EDT
The fallout from the year-ago upheaval in affiliations in the 109th TV market depends on whom you talk to. NBC affil WISE is thrilled with the increase in sports programming it's gotten from adding Fox on a subchannel, while WFFT, now an independent, says its Rentrak numbers are strong and tracking up. But Nielsen numbers and local ad buyers paint a somewhat different story. Full Story | Comments (3)
TVNewsCheck Focus on Business
More Sellers Than Buyers In Station Market
TVNewsCheck, May 16, 2012, 8:08 AM EDT
With four significant TV station group deals within the past year, there is a growing number of groups up for sale. But right now few buyers are willing to pay the multiples that the sellers are demanding. “Owners are either going to have to take lower prices and come out under water or hold stations for another two years," says broker Larry Patrick. Full Story | Comments (3)
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TWC Drops WKBW Buffalo Over Retrans
FierceCable, Mar 13, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT
Time Warner Cable dropped ABC affiliate WKBW Buffalo, N.Y., from its system in Hornell, N.Y. The MSO already carries the feed for Elmira, N.Y.-based ABC affil WENY in Hornell, and said it refused demands from station owner Granite Broadcasting that it pay for duplicate broadcast channels. Link | Add comment
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Granite To Test New Mobile Tech At KOFY
TVNewsCheck, Feb 15, 2012, 10:32 AM EST
The broadcaster is partnering with Motive Television PLC to test Motive’s mobile service that would deliver signals to smartphones, tablets and other portable devices using a dongle with DTV receiver. Full Story | Comments (4)
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TheCoolTV Adds Detroit To Affilitate Lineup
TVNewsCheck, Sep 15, 2011, 6:42 AM EDT
Multicast music channel TheCoolTV says that it has added Granite Broadcasting's WMYD Detroit to its affiliate roster. The addition increases the channel's coverage to 43% of U.S. TV homes, according to channel parent Cool Music Network LLC. Last week, the channel signed up KQSL San Francisco. | Add comment
Nexstar-Granite Suit Is FCC Retrans Fodder
TVNewsCheck, Aug 3, 2011, 1:08 PM EDT
The American Cable Association is using the Fort Wayne, Ind., antitrust suit by Nexstar against Granite to bolster its contention that the FCC needs to change its rules to limit concentration of station ownership and control. Nexstar says that’s not so, that the situation in Fort Wayne is unique. Full Story | Add comment
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Nexstar Files Antitrust Suit Against Granite
TVNewsCheck, Jul 25, 2011, 4:39 PM EDT
Nexstar claims Granite’s WISE Fort Wayne Ind., is attempting to monopolize ad sales in the market through its shared services agreement with Malara's WPTA and control of the local ad sales of three of the Big Four networks, plus MNT and the CW. Full Story | Comments (9)
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Fox Moves Affils In Springfield, Ft. Wayne
TVNewsCheck, Jun 20, 2011, 2:55 PM EDT
Having reached an impasse with Nexstar Broadcasting on affiliate renewal, Fox has lined up Koplar Communications' KRBK to replace Nexstar's KSFX in Fort Wayne, Ind., and Granite Broadcasting's WISE to replace Nexstar's WFFT in Springfield, Mo. Full Story | Comments (8)
Granite Moves To Harris OSi-Traffic Software
TVNewsCheck, May 4, 2011, 11:26 AM EDT
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WEEK, WHOI Workers Reject Contract Offer
PJStar.com, Apr 26, 2011, 8:16 AM EDT
Members of the Peoria, Ill., local chapter of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists at WEEK and WHOI on Friday rejected what the stations' owner Granite Broadcasting called its "last, best and final offer." Link | Comments (2)
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Outsourcing Worries Peoria TV Employees
Associated Press, Mar 3, 2011, 6:13 AM EST
Employees at WEEK and WHOI say they are prepared to strike over negotiations with the stations' owner, Granite Broadcasting Corp. Employees say Granite's push to be able to "hire out" its news coverage of the Peoria area could mean that the city will eventually be covered from Fort Wayne, Ind. Full Story | Comments (8)
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Tech Layoffs At KOFY San Francisco
RichLiebermanReport, Dec 7, 2010, 10:41 AM EST
The Granite independent in San Francisco has has cut 20% of its technical work force, including half with more than 20 years of service. Link | Add comment
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WKBW Buffalo Lays Off Six Employees
StillTalkinTV.com, Dec 6, 2010, 3:04 PM EST
About a week after the November sweeps ended and three weeks before Christmas, The Granite Broadcasting ABC affiliate gave six employees their walking papers Friday. Gone are three photographers, an assignment editor, a newly-hired producer and a staffer for the station’s website. Link | Comments (1)
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Ratings

Overnights, adults 18-49 for September 28, 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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