• 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
  • Focus: Many Questions Over Nielsen's Post-Diary Ratings

    Nielsen announced plans last week to replace its paper ratings diaries with a system based on data from cable and satellite set-top boxes. However, many broadcasters still aren't sure how it's going to work. “They haven’t really told us that much about their plan going forward," said Raycom's Billy McDowell. Added Cordillera's Terry Hurley: "I'm hopeful, but skeptical." More | Comments (1)
  • Jessell: Is Your News Tired? Check Out Vice, Newsy

    For the most part, local newscasts were developed a half-century ago. It’s time for a renaissance. The typical newscast no longer resonates with many Americans, especially younger ones. That's why I’m intrigued by Scripps’ Newsy and am deeply curious about the nightly newscast that Vice is cooking up for HBO. All news directors should be, too.
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  • 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 (1)
  • 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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'Jeopardy,' 'Wheel' Producer Earns Guinness Record
Variety, May 31, 2016, 5:54 AM EDT
'Wheel of Fortune,' 'Jeopardy' Salute US Vets
The Associated Press, Nov 9, 2015, 2:10 PM EST
The syndicated game shows, in cooperation with the veterans' support campaign Got Your 6, are using this week's episodes to spotlight those who have served. Full Story | Add comment
Why Is ‘Jeopardy!’ Suddenly Going Viral?
The Washington Post, Nov 2, 2015, 8:25 AM EST
‘Wheel,’ ‘Jeopardy’ Renewed Through 2017-18
TVNewsCheck, Apr 9, 2015, 2:12 PM EDT
The next run of the syndicated game kingpins from CBS Television Distribution has been set for 80% of the U.S. on groups including the ABC Owned Television Stations, Sinclair, Media General and Gray Television. Full Story | Comments (1)
Trebek, Sajak, White Reup Through 2017-18
The Hollywood Reporter, Mar 11, 2015, 2:14 PM EDT
Alex Trebek, the man with one of the sweetest deals in TV, is not throwing in the towel just yet. Despite hints in recent years that he was ready to retire, the 74-year-old Jeopardy host just signed on to stay through at least the 2017-18 season — as have Wheel of Fortune's Pat Sajak and Vanna White. Link | Add comment
'Family Feud' on a Record Ratings Roll
TVNewsCheck, Feb 10, 2015, 2:06 PM EST
Ratings for the Steve Harvey hosted game show continue to surge, setting new record highs in three of the past four weeks. Feud has already surpassed Wheel Of Fortune and Jeopardy in several key demos.
Full Story | Add comment
NAB's Ahmed Zamir To Appear On 'Jeopardy'
TVBR, Dec 23, 2014, 12:35 PM EST
Trebek Threatened To Quit ‘Jeopardy’: Sony Emails
New York Post, Dec 17, 2014, 6:31 AM EST
'Jeopardy!' Champs Tournament Starts Next Week
The Associated Press, Nov 4, 2014, 5:55 AM EST
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‘Jeopardy,’ ‘Wheel’ Move To KDVR In Denver
TVNewsCheck, Aug 29, 2014, 12:59 PM EDT
The switch from KMGH to Fox’s KDVR takes effect on Sept. 8. Full Story | Comments (5)
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KMGH Drops 'Jeopardy,' 'Wheel' In Denver
The Denver Post, Aug 27, 2014, 7:17 AM EDT
The E.W. Scripps ABC affiliate will replace the two syndicated hits as of Sept. 8 with a 6 p.m. newscast and a half-hour newsmagazine, The List, a national program with local inserts. Link | Comments (9)
'Jeopardy' Host Trebek Sets Guinness Record
TVNewsCheck, Jun 16, 2014, 5:59 AM EDT
The game show host was presented with a Guinness World Record on June 13 for “most gameshow episodes hosted by the same presenter.” As of Friday, he’s hosted 6,829 episodes. “I want to continue for a few more years,” he said in this video commemorating the honor, released by the Guinness Book of World Records. | Comments (1)
Julia Collins' 'Jeopardy' Win Streak Ends
Associated Press, Jun 3, 2014, 6:15 AM EDT
Julia Collins Wins 20th Victory On 'Jeopardy!'
Associated Press, Jun 2, 2014, 5:58 AM EDT
Julia Collins Extends 'Jeopardy' Win Streak To 19
Associated Press, May 30, 2014, 6:50 AM EDT
Chicago Woman Goes For 18th 'Jeopardy' Win
Associagted Press, May 28, 2014, 5:52 AM EDT
'Jeopardy!' At 50: The Show Through The Years
Hollywood Reporter, May 14, 2014, 3:12 PM EDT
'Family Feud' Top Game Show In Demo
Medialife, Mar 20, 2014, 7:32 AM EDT
The Steve Harvey-hosted show was the top game show among 18-49 year olds during the week ending March 9, but Wheel and Jeopardy had the most total viewers.   Link | Add comment
'Jeopardy' Champ Chu Unseated After 12-Day Run
Associated Press, Mar 13, 2014, 6:16 AM EDT
'Jeopardy' Gives Broadway A Boost
Associated Press, Nov 26, 2013, 6:16 AM EST
Boy: I Was Cheated Over 'Jeopardy' Spelling
Associated Press, Aug 4, 2013, 3:20 PM EDT
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‘Jeopardy’ Looking At Lauer As Next Host
New York Post, Mar 15, 2013, 2:15 PM EDT
Matt Lauer, the beleaguered host of the Today show is at the top of the list to take over the brainy game show when Alex Trebek steps down, as expected, in 2016, knowledgeable sources say. Link | Comments (1)
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)
ABC O&Os Reup ‘Wheel,’ ‘Jeopardy’
TVNewsCheck, Oct 29, 2012, 12:47 PM EDT
Syndication’s top two game shows renewed for two years beyond current run, taking them through 2015-16. Full Story | Add comment
Aleve Outmaneuvers The DVR On 'Jeopardy'
MediaPost, Jul 13, 2012, 8:24 AM EDT
Alex Trebek Out Of Hospital After Heart Attack
The Wrap, Jun 28, 2012, 8:14 AM EDT
Alex Trebek 'Up And About' After Heart Attack
Associated Press, Jun 26, 2012, 5:59 AM EDT
'Jeopardy' Host Trebek Has Mild Heart Attack
Associated Press, Jun 24, 2012, 5:14 PM EDT
Alex Trebek was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Saturday. The 71-year-old Trebek is expected to fully recover and be back giving answers when Jeopardy resumes production on a new season in July. Full Story | Comments (2)
'Jeopardy's Alex Trebek 'Thinking About Retiring'
The Wrap, May 7, 2012, 3:27 PM EDT
Alex Trebek Injured After Chasing Burglar In SF
Associated Press, Jul 27, 2011, 10:46 PM EDT
Weekly syndicated ratings roundup
Watson Is Elementary To ‘Jeopardy’ Success
TVNewsCheck, Mar 2, 2011, 1:15 PM EST
The supercomputer vs. human contests powered the game show to an 11% week-to-week ratings boost in the week ending Feb. 20. Academy Awards coverage drives Entertainment Tonight to a new season high. Full Story | Add comment
Watson Computer Beats 'Jeopardy' Champs
Los Angeles Times, Feb 17, 2011, 5:58 AM EST
Jeopardy! has a new champion, and its name is Watson. During the Wednesday finale of the three-day Jeopardy! challenge that pitted all-stars Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter against an IBM supercomputer, the machine beat the men. Watson finished with $77,147, Jennings with $24,000 and Rutter with $21,600. Link | Add comment
Computer Crushes The Competition On 'Jeopardy'
Associated Press, Feb 16, 2011, 5:49 AM EST
Computer Taking On 'Jeopardy!' Champs For $1M
Associated Press, Jan 13, 2011, 5:52 AM EST
'Jeopardy' To Pit Humans Against IBM Machine
Associated Press, Dec 14, 2010, 5:59 AM EST
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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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