Broadcaster Briefing

Articles and announcements about Broadcast Television Companies.

TVNewsCheck: Raycom Scaling Back Its Nielsen Usage

The station group is opting to use ComScore data in 28 smaller markets where Nielsen’s paper diaries have long been the ratings currency.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: N.Y. Broadcasters Names Hall of Fame Inductees

The board of directors of the New York State Broadcasters Association has announced the inductees for its Hall of Fame Class of 2016.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Meredith TV Station Ad Revenue Up 10%

Bolstered also by gains in retransmission consent fees and digital media (up 15%), the company reported total revenue for Local Media Group with its 17 stations increased 14.7% to $140.9 million.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Ex Super Bowl, NBC Bcst. TV Rev. Up 11.4%

First quarter revenue is up 11.4%, not counting Super Bowl windfall for the 1Q 2015.The increase is driven by higher ad rates for NFL games and one additional game compared to last year's first quarter. …Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Tegna 1Q Media Segment Rev Climbs 12%

The increase is due to gains in retrans, online and political ad money, the last of which was up 666.7% to $15.7 million.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Nexstar Intros Simultaneous TV-Digital Ads

Nexstar Broadcasting Group and its subsidiary Yashi Inc., a location-focused video advertising company, today introduced Digital Mirror, what they call “the industry’s first integrated linear television and digital programmatic video advertising technology.”…Continue Reading

Deadline: Univision Becomes Sole Owner Of Fusion As ABC Moves Out Of JV

Univision won’t say how it came to assume the Disney-owned network’s stake in Fusion — which had been a joint venture — or, assuming it’s a sale, how much it paid.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Scripps Pushes Declaration Of Independence

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.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: NAB Asks FCC To OK Next-Gen Broadcasting

TV broadcasters, backed by the consumer electronics industry, asked the FCC to permit them to deploy a more powerful broadcasting standard that will help them keep pace — and interface — with the proliferating digital media.Continue Reading

B&C: Tegna Media Taps Video Call Center for Live Video Call-In Services

New York-based Video Call Center (VCC), which provides live video call-in services to TV shows and networks, has licensed its IP video management and product technologies to Tegna Media and its 46 U.S. TV stations.Continue Reading

WSJ: CBS, Turner Strike $8.8 Billion Deal to Televise NCAA’s March Madness Through 2032

CBS Corp. and Turner have extended their media partnership for the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament, known as March Madness, through 2032.Continue Reading

WSJ: NBCUniversal to Offer Guarantees on Its Data-Driven Ad Targeting

NBCU is enhancing its product that lets advertisers use data to place their messages in front of niche audiences across its TV shows.…Continue Reading

Ad Age: The E.W. Scripps Co. Buys Cracked for $39 Million

In an effort to court millennials and invest further in key content categories, The E.W. Scripps Co. has acquired the iconic humor brand Cracked from Demand Media. The purchase price was $39 million.…Continue Reading

The Verge: Sling TV Launches New $20 Package with Fox Channels, but No Disney, ESPN

Sling is launching a new, second $20-per-month subscription package that includes Fox's broadcast network (in select markets only), Fox Sports, FX, and the YES Network.…Continue Reading

MediaVillage: Fox Takes AIM at Data, Programmatic and Advanced Advertising

There continues to be a myriad of fascinating and creative data-fueled solutions introduced into the sales process this year by media networks. One of the most recent is Fox’s AIM.…Continue Reading

WSJ: NBCU and Vox Will Start Selling Ads on Each Other’s Sites

With a new initiative, dubbed Concert, NBCU will run Vox’s custom ad products on its digital properties, and both companies’ sales teams will start selling packages to marketers that include these ads.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Tegna Doubles Down On Video Call Center

Tegna Media has secured global rights to the Video Call Center's IP video production technology and increased its investment in the company, according to VCC and its managing partner Wolzien LLC.…Continue Reading

MediaPost: NCAA Scores $755 Million For TV Networks

Two weekends worth of the NCAA Men’s Tournament Basketball games posted big ad gains versus the same period a year ago. For five networks - CBS, TNT, TBS, truTV and CBS Sports Network - says national TV advertising took in $755.8 million, versus $551.4 million for the same time period a year ago.Continue Reading

Reuters: NBC sells $1 billion in ads for Rio Olympics

NBC said it had sold $1 billion in national ads for the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, as the network prepares to broadcast a rare Games where some of the most high-profile contests will air live in prime time for U.S. audiences.…Continue Reading

Variety: ‘Empire’ Launches Digital Aftershow

Each week the digital short will run on the official “Empire” YouTube channel and then will be pushed out to local Fox affiliates to run on-air.…Continue Reading

TVWeek: NBCU Announces Strategic Shift, Plans for History-Making Upfront

NBCU’s planned upfront presentation will mark the first time in history that the company will hold a single ad upfront combining its portfolio of broadcast and cable networks.Continue Reading

Variety: ABC Stacks the Deck in Battle for Streaming Rights

In the trench war between TV networks and streaming services over series stacking rights, ABC has broken through enemy lines.…Continue Reading

AdWeek: NBCU's New Studio for Branded Content

The company has launched The NBCU Content Studio. It will develop and produce content for advertising clients utilizing NBCU's creative talent, data, distribution and scale.…Continue Reading

B&C: Univision Starts New Digital Innovation Push

Univision Digital said it launched a new initiative called Univision Beta aimed at accelerating digital innovation. Among Univision Beta’s first projects is to expand Univision News’ coverage of the 2016 presidential election via platforms including Snapchat, Purpole and Slack.…Continue Reading

WSJ: Fox Joins Media’s Programmatic Ad Push

Fox Networks Group said that it will be the latest media company to dip into “programmatic” technology, where advertisers can use software tools and data to target audience segments.…Continue Reading

Ad Age: 'Little Big Shots' Soothes NBC's Post-Football Blues

The 14.8 million viewers who tuned in marked NBC's most-watched regularly-scheduled Sunday night entertainment broadcast since 2005, when an episode of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" scared up 15.7 million viewers.…Continue Reading

B&C: NBC to Promote Olympics During Election Coverage

Six local television stations in Michigan are coming together for the Flint Water Crisis: 4 Our Families telethon Tuesday to raise money for the Flint Child Health and Development Fund.…Continue Reading

THR: NBC Sports, Sky Invest $20 Million in Whistle Sports

Digital media company Whistle Sports has raised $20 million in funding from a group of investors that includes NBC Sports Ventures and Tegna.…Continue Reading

Poynter: Univision Launches First U.S. Fact-Checking Project en Español

As the first U.S.-based Spanish-language fact-checking project, Detector de Mentiras fits into a broader trend to expand the reach of journalism in this country to hispanophone audiences.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Fox Turns Viewers Into Stringers With App

User-generated content has been slowly creeping into newscasts for years, but now Fox Television Stations is aiming to accelerate the practice with an app that lets the station group assign citizen journalists to happenings about town and then pay them for pictures and/or video from the scene.…Continue Reading

Spots N Dots: Moonves: Ad Sales Strongest in Years

The CBS Chairman and CEO told Deutsche Bank that the current quarter is "extremely strong" for ad sales and that the upfront should show pretty big increases in both CPMs and volume.…Continue Reading

Bloomberg: Tribune Said Likely to Sell Assets Rather Than Whole Company

While Tribune would prefer a single buyer for tax purposes, the company is more likely to sell itself in pieces, according to people familiar with the matter.…Continue Reading

TV Week: CBS in Talks for NFL Streaming Rights

CBS, which will split the broadcast rights to Thursday night NFL games with NBC, is in talks to secure digital rights to the games for its online subscription service CBS All Access, CEO Leslie Moonves said.…Continue Reading

Folio: Hearst Partners with Verizon to Target Millennials with Digital Video

Hearst has stepped up its already-aggressive digital strategy for targeting millennials. The company announced it’s reached a partnership agreement with Verizon to create, develop and distribute mobile content for the highly coveted audience segment.…Continue Reading

B&C: Media General Revenue Up 69% But Down 5% Including LIN Stations

Media General reported $366 million in revenue for the fourth quarter of 2015, a 69% increase from its $217 million in Q4 2014.…Continue Reading

TV Week: CBS May Offer Ad-Free Streaming Service

In a move that would represent a significant shift from the standard TV model — in which advertising forms a cornerstone of the business — CBS boss Leslie Moonves revealed that the company may release a version of its All Access streaming service that is free of ads and carries a higher subscription price.…Continue Reading

B&C: Graham Holdings Reports 7% Decrease in TV Broadcasting Q4 Revenue

Graham Holdings Company reported a 7% drop in revenue from its television broadcasting division, collecting $95.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 versus $102.4 million in Q4 2014.…Continue Reading

Media Village: Univision Communications Launches New Campaign

"United We Stand, Together We Grow" aims to reach distribution, ad and marketing partners, highlighting young and influential viewers, massive unduplicated reach and commitment to serving the needs of its multicultural viewers.…Continue Reading

RBR: Gray: Why Trump Will Buy Political

Political advertising on TV will break records this year — both for Gray and the industry at large, according to predictions from Gray executives while explaining fourth quarter earnings.…Continue Reading

B&C: Scripps TV Revenue Down 15% in Fourth Quarter

The E.W. Scripps Company announced a 15% decrease in television group revenue for the fourth quarter, reporting $171 million in the fourth quarter versus $200 million in Q4 2014.…Continue Reading

NetNewsCheck: Nexstar's Perry Sook Named Borrell Award Of Merit Winner

The founder, CEO and chairman of Nexstar received the award in recognition of his aggressive approach to building out Nexstar’s digital operations.…Continue Reading

B&C: Gray TV Q4 Revenue Drops 5%

Gray Television reported $169.5 million in revenue for the fourth quarter, a 5% decrease from Q4 2014’s $177.9 million.…Continue Reading

RBR: How Scripps is Prepared to Use Its Large Political Footprint

E.W. Scripps executives say they’re raking in retransmission revenue and looking for political advertising to break revenue records this year.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Nexstar Posts Flat 4Q Local Core Revenue

An apples-to-apples comparison of quarterly numbers factoring out the stations it added shows net revenue, excluding political, was up 12%; core spot revenue was flat; local spot revenue was up low single digits, retransmission consent income grew 40% and digital was up 10%.…Continue Reading

NY Times: Univision Aims to Make Hispanic Voting Bloc Even More Formidable

The company, including its top-rated Spanish-language network and many subsidiaries, is making an ambitious nationwide effort aimed at registering about three million new Latino voters this year, roughly the same number who have come of voting age since 2012.…Continue Reading

Variety: NBCUniversal Will Allow Programmatic Ad Buys Across TV Networks

NBCUniversal said it would allow advertisers to purchase some of its most expensive advertising inventory through a method that was created with the goal of making the price as cheap as possible.…Continue Reading

LA Times: How Leslie Moonves continues to guide CBS to the top of the TV industry

Moonves has restored CBS' vaunted place in the industry by adapting it to a rapidly changing media landscape, in which viewers have more choice and control over how they watch television.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Raycom, Scripps Partner On Programming

Raycom Media and the E.W. Scripps Co. are forming a development partnership to create and grow new and original programming across daytime, early fringe and access dayparts. …Continue Reading

Variety: Univision Q4 Revenue Grows on Subscriber Fees

In an earnings conference call led by president and CEO Randy Falco and CFO Francisco Lopez-Balboa, the company disclosed a fourth quarter revenue rise of 1.1% to $735.9 million compared to the same time frame in 2014. …Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Tegna Announces Quarterly Dividend

Tegna Inc.’s board of directors declared a dividend of $0.14 per share. …Continue Reading

AdWeek: CBS Claimed All 10 of Broadcast's Most-Watched Shows for Second Week

CBS aired all of the top 11 broadcast shows in total viewers, marking the second consecutive week that the network claimed the 10 most-watched broadcast programs.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Raycom, Scripps Form Program Partnership

Raycom Media and the E.W. Scripps Co. are forming a development partnership to create and grow new and original programming across daytime, early fringe and access dayparts. The partnership also will develop content for the companies’ digital products.…Continue Reading

La Times: Shari Redstone will play a key role in what happens to Paramount, MTV and CBS

The feisty 61-year-old former attorney is stepping into the spotlight to exert her influence in the affairs of Viacom Inc. and CBS Corp. — even if it means bucking her father’s wishes for who should lead one of the storied media companies.…Continue Reading

THR: CBS, Showtime Ink Content Deal With Israel's Yes

Israeli satellite TV service yes and CBS Corp.'s CBS Studios International unit on Tuesday unveiled a multi-year content licensing deal for a wide range of CBS and Showtime programs.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gray Television Closes Schurz Acquisition

Gray Television said Tuesday that it has closed its purchase of television stations from Schurz Communications and related station acquisitions and divestitures with other parties. …Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Fox Brings Back ‘TV Everywhere’ Sweepstakes

Fox Networks launched the industrywide promotion to drive awareness to its TV Everywhere services where viewers have the ability to access TV programming on their computer, smartphone, tablet or other internet connected device with their pay-TV subscription.…Continue Reading

AdWeek: Univision Releases Web Series Based on 2016 Election

Univision Digital launched a new web series this week called Heads of Space, a shortform series in English with Spanish subtitles.…Continue Reading

TV Week: CBS Flexes Ratings Muscle, Pulls Off a Feat That Hasn’t Been Accomplished in the Past Decade

In a feat that hasn’t been achieved in at least 10 years, the network swept the top 10 with the 10 most-watched broadcast shows of the week, based on Nielsen data.…Continue Reading

RBR: Tegna Beats Wall Street Predictions

Television station owner Tegna reported net income for the fourth quarter of $155.9 million.…Continue Reading

B&C: Cablevision Streams CBS Live Broadcast Signal

Cablevision Systems became the first cable operator to provide access to live streaming of the broadcaster’s programming on and the CBS app, allowing Optimum TV subscribers to watch CBS online and via mobile devices.…Continue Reading

B&C: Hearst Inks Multiyear Renewal of Nielsen’s Local TV Measurement Service

Nielsen announced a multiyear renewal with Heart Television for Nielsen’s Local Television Measurement. The deal is for Hearst’s 30 stations and the majority of its stations’ digital subchannels in 26 markets nationwide.…Continue Reading

Media Village: Univision and NBCU Still Dominate Hispanic TV Market

MyersBizNet projects Hispanic network television advertising revenues will increase 3.7% in 2016, with local TV ad spend growing 16%, driven primarily by political investments.…Continue Reading

AdWeek: Telemundo Sending Crews to Cover Pope’s Mexico Tour

When Pope Francis arrives in Mexico for a six day trip, some NBCUniversal-owned Telemundo stations will have reporters and anchors on the scene for live reports.…Continue Reading

Reuters: CBS CEO Moonves Sees More Aggressive Move to Digital

CBS CEO Leslie Moonves, who was given the additional title of executive chairman this week, is planning more original content and looking at taking some of his network's shows off the air and putting them exclusively on its subscription-based CBS All Access service.…Continue Reading

MediaLife Magazine: With the big game, CBS surges to No. 1

For the first time this season, a network other than NBC has taken the lead among adults 18-49, thanks to Sunday’s big game.…Continue Reading

TV Technology: Media General Renews Nielsen’s TV Measurement Service

Media General is sticking with its current dance partner when it comes to measuring local TV markets, signing a long-term renewal with Nielsen.…Continue Reading

B&C: NBCU Plans Global Telemundo Enterprises Headquarters

NBCU's Telemundo said it will be combining operations in a new 450,000 square foot, $250 million headquarters in Miami-Dade County.…Continue Reading

AdWeek: CBS This Morning Has Biggest Audience in 22 Years

The only morning show adding viewers, CBS This Morning, just had its biggest week in 22 years.…Continue Reading

RBR: Meredith Raises Stockholder Dividend

The board of Meredith Corporation has increased the company’s regular stockholder dividend 8.2% to $1.98 on an annualized basis, which is an increase of 15/cents per share.…Continue Reading

TVWeek: Why NBC’s Broadcast TV Revenues Are Up

NBCUniversal owner Comcast Corp. announced financial results for 2015 today, with higher revenues reported for the broadcast TV segment in the fourth quarter. TVNewsCheck reports that revenue increased 7% in the fourth quarter to $2.5 billion, up from $2.3 billion for the segment in fourth quarter 2014.…Continue Reading

Deadline: CBS & NBC To Share 'Thursday Night Football' With NFL Network

The NFL has reached a deal with CBS and NBC to share the primetime Thursday package with its NFL Network. Roger Godell, NFL Commissioner, also hinted at search for digital partner.…Continue Reading

WSJ: Fox's 'Grease' Pulls in 12.2 Million Viewers

The three-hour telecast of "Grease:Live!," which was directed by Thomas Kail and featured a star-studded cast led by Julianne Hough and Aaron Tveit, brought in 12.2 million viewers on Sunday, Fox said.…Continue Reading

B&C: Amazon, Fox News, Univision, WWE Join ‘Binge On’ Crew

T-Mobile presented new stats indicating that Binge On is a hit with customers while also announcing a handful of new partners have joined the zero-rated service: Amazon Video, Fox News, Univision NOW (Univision’s recently launched subscription OTT service) and WWE Network. …Continue Reading

RBR: Why Meredith is Eager to Get Back in M&A Hunt

Meredith Chairman and CEO Stephen Lacy isn’t sitting still after the termination of the merger agreement with Media General.Continue Reading

NY Times: Nexstar Clinches Deal to Acquire Media General

After months tangled in a three-way merger drama, the Nexstar Broadcasting Group has agreed to acquire Media General for more than $2.1 billion.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gray Makes Senior Management Promotions

Following the company's recent growth, it promotes its five senior vice presidents — Jim Ryan, Kevin Latek, Bob Smith, Nick Waller and Jason Effinger.Continue Reading

WSJ: TV Broadcasters Take Daytime Talk Shows Into Their Own Hands

Some big broadcasters, including Tegna Inc., Tribune Media Co. and E.W. Scripps Co., are producing their own shows for less money and distributing them nationally.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Cox, Meredith Create Buying Cooperative

The initiative by the two station groups is designed to give the partners extra negotiating leverage with syndicators, as well as a chance to bid on their best shows by delivering 18% of U.S. TV households.Continue Reading

B&C: Meredith Local Media Group Revenue Down 11% in Fiscal Q2

Meredith Corp. reported an 11% decrease in revenue from its local media group, from $157 million in the quarter last year to $140 million in its fiscal second quarter of 2016. …Continue Reading

Massachusetts Broadcasters Association: Paid Internship Program

The MBA Paid internship Program is an educational program designed for students interested in pursuing a career in Over-the-Air Broadcasting or Communications. Deadline for applications is Friday, 2/19/16.…Continue Reading

TVSpy: Sinclair Adds Stations to NewsOn Video App

NewsOn has added 30 Sinclair Broadcast stations to its service. “NewsON is a great way for Sinclair Broadcast Group to deliver on our mission of innovating local news on a large scale,” said Rob Weisbord COO of Sinclair Digital Group. …Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Telemundo Ranked Top Hispanic VOD Network

ComScore says the network’s main social accounts grew 60% year-over-year in fans, adding 4 million to its social footprint.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gray: Strong Stations, Smart Operations

Under the leadership of Hilton Howell and Kevin Latek, the group has flourished with top station acquisitions, savvy business moves and tech innovation.…Continue Reading

AdWeek: NBC Says Netflix Doesn't Yet Pose a 'Consistent' Threat to Broadcasters

While conventional wisdom has it that broadcast TV is on the ropes thanks to Netflix and other SVOD outlets, NBC's Alex Wurtzel made a strong case for his network's continued resiliency, sharing data from Symphony Advanced Media.…Continue Reading

The Wrap: CBS President Defends Network’s Diversity Record

New CBS Entertainment President Glenn Geller thinks the network is doing just fine on diversity — and he points to himself as an example of that.…Continue Reading

MediaVillage: CBS: The Best Way to Build Brand Equity? More Television Advertising

No other outlet can compare to TV when it comes to generating and maintaining brand equity and creating profitable business results. The strength and value of television as an advertising medium has been proven over and over again.…Continue Reading

Bloomberg: CBS, Warner Bros. Said to Consider Online Version of CW Network

CBS Corp. and Time Warner Inc.’s Warner Bros. have discussed creating a paid streaming service for their jointly owned CW network to generate more income from the young fans who already watch shows online.…Continue Reading

B&C: Tegna Media Partnering With CrowdTangle for Social Analytics Boost

Tegna announced a partnership with CrowdTangle, which will allow all its Tegna Media stations to use the social analytics company for monitoring, measurement and engagement.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: NAB Invests in Big Data Startup

The NAB said it’s investing in Baltimore-based Yet Analytics; they provide cutting-edge platforms for multi-source data collection and analysis that could help broadcasters size up their audiences for advertisers.…Continue Reading

B&C: Media General Snags ABC Affiliation in Tri-Cities

Media General announced an affiliation with ABC in Tri-Cities (DMA No. 97) beginning Feb. 1. The station will operate out of Johnson City, Tenn., where Media General already owns and operates CBS affiliate WJHL.…Continue Reading

AdAge: CBS Goes Out of House, Taps ESPN Deportes to Simulcast Super Bowl 50

In a nod to the NFL's ever-expanding Hispanic fan base, CBS announced that ESPN Deportes would present the official Spanish-language simulcast of Super Bowl 50.…Continue Reading With Comcast's Backing, Telemundo Ready To Compete

Philadelphia's Comcast — which acquired the also-ran Telemundo network as part of its $30 billion deal for NBCUniversal in 2011 - is aiming to be a bigger part of Hispanic media. …Continue Reading

Deadline: Yahoo & NBC Sports Group Re-Up

Yahoo and NBC Sports Group are staying in business together. The two entities said they’ve renewed and expanded their digital partnership, bringing more content and extending the reach of digital and on-air experiences beyond the desktop.…Continue Reading

RBR: Tribune to Divest More Chicago Real Estate

Soon after putting the city’s Tribune Tower up for sale, the broadcast owner is now selling the associated real estate for WGN-Channel 9.Continue Reading

B&C: NBC to Drop Affiliation from Sunbeam's WHDH, Launch O&O in Boston

The long-contentious marriage between NBCUniversal and WHDH, the NBC affiliate in Boston, appears to be ending.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: CW and Nexstar Sign new Affiliation Deal

The CW Network and Nexstar Broadcasting Group today reached new long-term affiliation agreements for all nine of Nexstar’s CW affiliates across the country.Continue Reading

The New York Times: NBCUniversal to Team With Data Trackers to Study Olypics Viewing

The Games offer a perfect opportunity every two years to analyze how media habits are changing, said Alan Wurtzel, president of research and media development at NBCU, because they deliver a large audience that tunes in to coverage across a proliferation of screens.…Continue Reading

Deadline: NBC Teams With PolitiFact For Campaign Fact-Checking Project

NBC has teamed with PolitiFact, which calls itself America’s largest fact-checking organization. It will monitor statements made on Meet the Press and other programs, giving selected comments a score on its Truth-O-Meter.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gray Renews, Expands CW Affiliations

Gray Television and The CW Network announced a multi-year extension of their affiliation agreements, covering 23 markets around the country.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Rentrak Signs Multiple Cowles Television Stations

Rentrak said it has signed a long-term TV measurement agreement with seven television stations comprising 11 program streams owned by Cowles Publishing Co. Under the agreement, the stations will receive Rentrak’s daily demographic and household ratings, as well as Rentrak’s automotive Advanced Demographics. …Continue Reading

NetNewsCheck: Scripps’ Newsy Named To Apple TV Best Of 2015

Apple named OTT service Newsy to its Apple TV Best of 2015 list, which showcases the year’s most innovative apps and games created for Apple TV. Newsy, a millennial-focused journalism outlet that brings perspective and analysis to reporting on world and national news, is a wholly owned subsidiary of E.W. Scripps. …Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Rentrak Adds Nexstar’s Phoenix, Vegas Stations

Rentrak today announced it has added Nexstar Broadcasting Group’s CW affiliate KASW Phoenix (DMA 12) and CBS affil KLAS Las Vegas (DMA 40) to its roster of ratings clients.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Capitol Broadcasting Inks Deal With Newsy

Capitol Broadcasting Co. has entered into an agreement with over-the-top video news service Newsy to publish its daily news videos across three of Capitol Broadcasting’s news websites:, and…Continue Reading

Variety: Leslie Moonves Talks Apple TV, Ad-Free Version of CBS All Access

CBS Corp. chief Leslie Moonves floated the possibility of an advertising free version of CBS All Access and poured cold water on Apple TV’s plans to launch a cable like channel package during his appearance at the Business Insider conference in New York.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Telemundo Stations Revamp Digital Platforms

The Telemundo Station Group launched newly redesigned digital platforms, which include an updated and streamlined look for 15 Telemundo-owned station online properties, including desktop, mobile and station apps.…Continue Reading

B&C: Media General Rejects New Offer by Nexstar

Nexstar made an unsolicited bid for Media General after Media General announced plans to merge with Meredith Corp. Nexstar Broadcasting Group said that it has reached an impasse in its negotiations to buy Media General.…Continue Reading

TVWeek: NBCU Unveils Launch Date, Lineup of Original Programs for New Streaming Comedy Channel

Seeso, the ad-free subscription service will launch Jan. 7 and will be offered for $3.99 per month. The launch will include weekly episodes of five Seeso original series.…Continue Reading

Multichannel News: CBS All Access Sparks Fire TV App

CBS All Access, CBS's subscription OTT service, has added another platform to its lineup with the launch of an app for the Amazon Fire TV box and Fire TV Stick, which feature a voice remote.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Raycom Closes On Drewry TV-Radio

The station group paid $160 million for the collection of TV and radio stations in Texas and Oklahoma.…Continue Reading

Variety: Univision Launches Udisea Short-Form Video Channel

Univision has unveiled its latest effort to expand its digital footprint, this time with a short-form video channel dubbed Udisea. The channel will serve up Spanish-language videos produced by Univision talent and other Latino stars.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Tegna Closes On Sander TV Stations Purchase

Tegna Media has completed its acquisition of three Sander Media TV stations — KGW Portland, Ore. (DMA 24); WHAS Louisville, Ky. (DMA 49); and KMSB Tucson, Ariz. (DMA 70). …Continue Reading

TVWeek: Fox Becomes First Broadcast Net to Scrap Nielsen’s Live+Same Day Ratings

Fox has officially dropped Live+Same Day Nielsen ratings, becoming the first broadcast network to do so. With a larger portion of TV viewing happening beyond series’ original telecasts, via DVR or on-demand, live+3 and live+7 ratings are more relevant. …Continue Reading

DigiDay: How CBS Uses Data to Program its 24-hour Streaming News Network

Last year CBS News launched CBSN, a free, ad-supported streaming news network available online, on mobile and connected TV. To get people to actually watch it, CBS News pulls from its well of viewership data. …Continue Reading

Multichannel News: ‘Seeso’ to Stream Out a Free Preview

Seeso, the subscription OTT comedy channel in the works from NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises, said it will kick off a month-long, Web-only, free Beta period on December 3. The service will cost $3.99 per month.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Nexstar Buys 4 W.Va. TVs For $130M

Nexstar Broadcasting Group announced today that it is buying three CBS affiliates and one NBC affiliates in West Virginia from West Virginia Media Holdings for $130 million. …Continue Reading

Variety: Univision Launches Live Subscription-Video Service, Univision Now

Hispanic media giant Univision Communications is going over-the-top with the launch of Univision Now, a direct-to-consumer Internet video service priced at $5.99 per month.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Antenna TV Adds 26 New Stations

Tribune’s Antenna TV diginet has added 26 new affiliates over the last 6-8 weeks — an increase brought about, at least in part, by the anticipated arrival of vintage Johnny Carson shows on the TV-oldies channel.Continue Reading Scripps Sees Slower Than Anticipated Growth for Newsy

Since the Newsy acquisition in January 2014, it has experienced slower revenue growth than expected in the original revenue models for its website and mobile app as well as its business-to-business video news syndication business.Continue Reading Nexstar: On Pace to Return Some $72M to Shareholders

Nexstar executives say the company is on pace to return about $72M to shareholders this year, or $2 a share.Continue Reading Scripps Q3 TV Revenue Down 3%

E.W. Scripps reported television group revenue was down 3% to $157M compared to the same period a year ago.Continue Reading

B&C: NBCU Telemundo Launches Financial Literacy Campaign

NBCU Telemundo Enterprises today announced "Tu Dinero es Tu Futuro" (Your Money is Your Future), a company-driven financial education initiative designed to support financial literacy among Spanish-language viewers.…Continue Reading

Variety: How CBS, HBO and NBC Are Braving the Digital Waters

As traditional TV networks dive into the SVOD channels business, they’re feeling competitive pressure to make their streaming services something more than merely a new way to view their existing linear programming.…Continue Reading

Media Life Magazine: CBS Hands Colbert Post-Super Bowl Slot

This season CBS is giving the post-Super Bowl slot to Stephen Colbert. It’s the first time a network has showcased a late-night program in the post-Super Bowl spot.…Continue Reading

MediaPost: Univision Digital, 'Atlantic' To Launch 'CityLab Latino'

The Atlantic and Univision Digital are partnering to create a Spanish-language version of The Atlantic’s digital publication, called CityLab Latino.…Continue Reading

B&C: CBS Inks Major Streaming Deal in China

CBS Studios International has negotiated a major programming deal with PPTV, a major online video streaming service in China, that will give it exclusive, multi-year rights to various CBS and Showtime series handled by the distributor.…Continue Reading

AdWeek: NBCUniversal Merges Linear and Digital Ad Sales Teams

Two years after it began transacting all of its advertising under a single, companywide portfolio, NBCUniversal has unveiled another major reorganization of its ad sales teams.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Sinclair Signs Groupwide Rentrak Agreement

Rentrak announced today a groupwide contract expansion with Sinclair Broadcast Group for audience measurement services, including Rentrak’s Advanced Political and Automotive Demographic ratings, for all stations and markets in their portfolio.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Tribune Media Q3 Revenue Up 3%

Tribune Media reported consolidated operating revenue of $488.6 million in the third quarter, a 3% increase over the same quarter last year.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: How Fox Pulled In $100 Million in Ad Revenues in 16 Hours

Fox CEO James Murdoch told investors this week that Fox brought in more than $100 million on a day when the network carried a huge block of sports programming.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Disney Adds ESPN, ABC, More Channels to PlayStation Vue

Disney will offer ESPN, ABC-owned local stations, Disney Channel, ABC Family, which will become Freeform in January, and other networks on PlayStation Vue.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: CBS O&Os To Serve Doctors' Offices

The CBS Television Stations group and Health Media Network (HMN) today announced under a partnership by which the CBS O&Os will deliver health and wellness news and information and entertainment to more than 12,000 medical locations throughout the U.S.…Continue Reading ABC celebrating 50 Years Of ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’

Fifty years? Good grief! “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” first broadcast reluctantly by CBS in 1965, will air twice on ABC before Christmas, along with a one-hour musical salute to the award-winning cartoon.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: CBS All Access To Launch New 'Star Trek’

CBS Television Studios said today a "totally new" series will arrive in January 2017. But it will be available exclusively on CBS All Access, CBS's subscription streaming video service. Only a preview episode will be aired, free of charge, on the broadcast network, CBS said.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gray Reports 3Q Record Revenue, Retrans

Revenue tops $151 million, driven by increased local and national sales, retrans and station acquisitions.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Nexstar 3Q Rev Sets Record With 43% Gain

Nexstar Broadcasting Group today reported its third quarter net revenue rose 42.6% to $224.9 million.…Continue Reading

B&C: Tribune Stations to Air Vietnam Veterans Documentary

Tribune Broadcasting announced Monday that its stations in all 33 of its markets will air hour long documentary Untold Stories: Saluting Our Vietnam Veterans.Continue Reading

Variety: Adele Books NBC Concert Special for One-Night Show in New York

USA Today reports that the network will air “Adele Live in New York City,” a one-night-only event. The performance will be the British singer’s first U.S. concert since 2011, and her largest show yet in New York.…Continue Reading

TVWeek: CBS News to Partner with Twitter for Upcoming Presidential Debate

CBS News will partner with Twitter to offer an “enhanced viewer experience” in connection with the Democratic debate. “Twitter will provide CBS News with real-time data and ‘insights,’ as well as live reaction and questions from voters across the country.”…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Tegna Stations Unite To Make A Difference

When a broadcast group is able to get all of its television stations to devote one day to helping their communities, it’s proof that local TV is making a positive difference in their markets.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Meredith Fiscal 1Q Local Media Rev Up 1%

Meredith Corp.'s Local Media Group — which consists of 17 television stations reaching 11% of U.S. TV households — generated revenue of $126 million in its fiscal first quarter 2016, an increase of 1% from the previous 1Q.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: NBC Broadcast TV Revenue Up 11% In 3Q

Comcast Corp. reported results for the third quarter of 2015. Revenue from its Broadcast Television segment increased 11.3% to $2 billion compared to $1.8 billion in the third quarter of 2014.…Continue Reading

DigiDay: Why NBCU is testing an ad-free streaming service

NBCU created NBCU Digital Enterprises, a startup-like unit with separate offices. Evan Shapiro, EVP of the unit, now oversees a team of almost 20 people that’s preparing for its first launch: an ad-free comedy subscription streaming service called Seeso.…Continue Reading

B&C: Gray’s ‘Year of Great Achievement’ Capped Off With Schurz Acquisition

Hilton Howell calls 2015 a “year of great achievement” for Gray Television, and that’s no hyperbole. Gray had already bought nine stations before inking a deal to acquire Schurz Communications’ TV and radio stations for $442.5 million. …Continue Reading

Multichannel: Apple TV gets More TV

The current-generation Apple TV is getting access to more TV content after extending a bridge to CBS All Access, CBS’s stand-alone OTT subscription service, and the NBC app.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Scripps, PolitiFact Team On Political Coverage

Scripps has formed an exclusive partnership with PolitiFact, a division of the Tampa Bay Times, to provide fact-checking resources for election and government coverage at Scripps television stations leading up to the 2016 elections.Continue Reading

B&C: Raycom Links With Newsy to Provide Video News for Millennials

Raycom Media has partnered with Newsy, the millennial-gear over-the-top video news service owned by The E.W. Scripps Company, and will start publishing Newsy content on its news channel websites.…Continue Reading

TVWeek: National Edward R. Murrow Awards Handed Out, With a Sweep for One Network

One network swept the National Edward R. Murrow Awards, winning the Overall Excellence Award for News in both network television and network radio. The network is ABC, which pulled off the sweep for the second consecutive year.Continue Reading

Bloomberg: CBS's Moonves Says Content Deal With Apple TV Is Likely

CBS Corp.’s discussions with Apple Inc. over TV programming will probably lead to a deal, CBS Chief Executive Officer Les Moonves said. CBS is having similar discussions with other companies including Facebook Inc. and Netflix Inc. about rights to stream TV shows and live broadcasts over the Internet, Moonves said.Continue Reading

TVNewser: Dates Set for Univision, PBS Democratic Debates

Univision and PBS will host the final Democratic debates, now set for Feb. 11 in Wisconsin (PBS) and March 9 in Miami (Univision).Continue Reading

B&C: Sinclair Ups Pair of Execs to Consolidate TV Programming, Reorganize

Sinclair Broadcast Group has announced a pair of moves, effective immediately, that will consolidate all of its television programming functions and reorganize its promotion and publicity efforts.Continue Reading

TVNewser: Dates Set for Univision, PBS Democratic Debates

Univision and PBS will host the final Democratic debates in Wisconsin (PBS) and Miami (Univision). Univision will partner with The Washington Post for the Miami debate.Continue Reading

B&C: Scripps-owned Newsy Partners With Pluto TV

Newsy, the over-the-top video news service owned by The E.W. Scripps Company, is partnering with free Internet television service Pluto TV to deliver 24/7 news coverage.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Wash. State Broadcasters Name Shipman President

Keith Shipman will become the president-CEO of the Washington State Association of Broadcasters, succeeding Mark Allen who is retiring.…Continue Reading

AdWeek ABC Touts the Power of VOD While Decrying Its Inability to Fully Monetize It

ABC unveiled its ABC Unified: Videobiquity Insights, a multiplatform audience analytics tool. The network touted the advantages of video on demand over other platforms while decrying its inability to monetize that audience.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Sinclair Brings Local Newscasts To Congress

Combining broadcast, Internet and social media technologies, a new news segment, Connect to Congress, offers Sinclair’s local market viewers “new ways to get answers to questions from their members of Congress.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: CBS, Amazon Partner for Summer Streaming

CBS and Amazon announced a multi-year agreement today that will give Amazon Prime exclusive streaming rights to three CBS summer shows.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gray Television Sells Some, Buys Some

Gray Television announced today that it has reached agreements to sell or swap TV stations in three markets to comply with FCC rules regarding its recently announced purchase of the television and radio stations owned by Schurz Communications.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Raycom Closes on KNIN Boise Purchase

Raycom Media has closed on its $14.5 million purchase of KNIN, the Fox affiliate in Boise, Idaho (DMA 107). …Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: BFA Raises $235K In Charity Golf Tournament

The Broadcasters Foundation of America raised $235,000 to help others in need at the 2015 Celebrity Golf Tournament in Connecticut.Continue Reading Media General appoints accomplished journalists to Washington, D.C. News Bureau

Media General, one of the nation’s largest connected screen media companies, on Monday announced the team that will lead its Washington, D.C. News Bureau.Continue Reading

WSJ: Hearst Takes Stake in Complex, Pushes Web Video

Hearst Corp. said it has taken a minority stake in Complex, a network of video-driven websites focused on street fashion, music and pop culture founded by former graffiti artist-turned-clothing designer Marc Ecko.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Hearst Launching Sunday Political Talker

Hearst Television today announced that it is launching a Sunday political talker featuring author and radio host Fernando Espuelas, which it plans to roll out across its station group this fall. Hearst execs say the show will offer analysis and perspective on political and socioeconomic issues, and their implications for the country’s younger, and new, demographic groups.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Nexstar Buys 4 North Dakota Stations

It’s paying $44 million for CBS affiliates KXMC, KXMB, KXMA and  KXMD in Minot-Bismarck-Dickinson-Williston and will also provide sales and other services to the market’s two ABC affiliates owned by Forum Communications.…Continue Reading

B&C: Raycom Chief Goes Over The Top

While the mergers and acquisitions that dominated the station group story lines in recent years have slowed down, Raycom Media, under the stewardship of president/CEO Paul McTear, nonetheless has had a blockbuster year in terms of growing the group’s reach. …Continue Reading

B&C: CBS All Access Streams to Android TV

CBS All Access digital subscription service has launched on Google’s Android TV platform that is used by a variety of TV set manufacturers for select models.…Continue Reading

B&C: Gray TV Execs: Mergers Are the 'Essence' of Local TV Now

Gray TV execs shed light this morning on their $442.5 million acquisition of Schurz radio and TV stations, a sizable deal that came on the heels of the Media General-Meredith blockbuster.…Continue Reading

B&C: Media General Signs New ABC Affiliate Deal

Media General said it reached a new affiliation agreement with the ABC Television Network. The deal, which expires in 2021, synchronizes Media General’s expanded portfolio for ABC stations so that their affiliates all come due at the same time.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gray Interested In Continued TV Expansion

Even with its latest purchase of Schurz, CEO Hilton Howell says “we will continue to look for acquisitions that add to what we're doing.”…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Fox-Owned Sites Go Responsive In CMS Shift

Wanting to boost the mobile and desktop experiences, the Fox Television Stations in relaunched all its O&O websites with a responsive design that makes them sharper, more visually appealing and easier to navigate across platforms, execs say.…Continue Reading

B&C: Moonves: All Access Could Get NFL Some Day

CBS CEO Les Moonves said that the network’s OTT service, CBS All Access, could eventually get NFL games, a move that would be a game changer for the service, which subscribers currently use to catch up on certain library shows.Continue Reading

The Wall Street Journal: ABC Starts Selling Ads Alongside Jimmy Kimmel Clips on YouTube

To date, clips from Mr. Kimmel’s show on YouTube have run ad-free because ABC, like many other big media companies, didn’t like the idea that YouTube takes a 45% cut of ad revenue generated by its partners. But a new agreement has been reached; clips will start carrying pre-roll video ads.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Media General Acquiring Meredith For $2.4B

Meredith CEO Stephen M. Lacy will head the merged company as CEO-president. Other senior management to be announced. Combined, the new Meredith Media General will have 88 stations in 54 markets reaching 30% of TV homes. …Continue Reading

RBR: Broadcasters Foundation Works

A decade after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, the Broadcasters Foundation reminds us it helped then. The organization gave out a total of some $250,000 in emergency aid to about 250 radio and television broadcasters who were affected personally by the hurricane.…Continue Reading

B&C: Media General, Fox TV Stations to Debut 'Hollywood Today Live' Nationwide

Media General and Fox Television Stations are debuting entertainment news and talk variety show Hollywood Today Live in major markets nationwide.Continue Reading

RBR: Gray to Buy KCRG(TV)

The television station owner has reached an agreement with The Gazette Company to buy KCRG(TV), Cedar Rapids, Iowa.…Continue Reading

B&C: CBS Renews Affiliation Deal With Tegna Stations

CBS said it signed a new station affiliation deal with Tegna Media, formerly Gannett. As part of the deal, the Tegna stations will participate in CBS’s streaming service CBS All Access. …Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Jankowski, Granath, West Among LAB Giants

The Library of American Broadcasting Foundation’s Giants of Broadcasting and the Electronic Arts luncheon will honor this year’s class of inductees; presented by the International Radio and Television Society Foundation.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: 80%+ U.S. Clearance For 'Woodward Dream Cruise'

Tim Voit's Sewee Entertainment has cleared Scripps-owned WXYZ Detroit's annual summer Woodward Dream Cruise in over 80% of the U.S. for a second consecutive year.Continue Reading

B&C: Univision, Common Sense Team on Broadband Effort

Univision and Common Sense Media teamed up on a broadband access and education campaign to close the so-called homework gap. The campaign will include public service announcements on Univision TV, radio and online platforms..…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: S.D. Broadcasters Honor KELO GM Jay Huizenga

Jay Huizenga, VP-GM of CBS affiliate KELO Sioux Falls, S.D. (DMA 110), has been named the Broadcaster of the Year by the South Dakota Broadcasters Association at its annual leadership conference.Continue Reading

B&C: Conservative Pundit ‘Moderates’ Approach

Armstrong Williams is logging mileage as he hits various markets to moderate issues-based town hall meetings. He’s one of the very few African-American station owners in America, whose Howard Stirk Holdings includes WCIV Charleston, WWMB Myrtle Beach, WBMA Birmingham and WEYI Flint.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Raycom Buying Drewry For $160 Million

Raycom Media's anticipated acquisition of Drewry Communications is now official with the parties filing for FCC approval of a $160 million deal.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: CBS Stations Revenue Up 1% In 2nd

The company as a whole reported revenues of $3.22 billion, an increase of 1%.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Broadcast In Better Shape Than Cable

CBS CEO Les Moonves tells analysts it will top $1 billion in retrans by 2017 and pass $2 billion by 2020. And if he remains bullish on broadcast, his enthusiasm bubbles over when it comes to digital.  "Broadband offerings will continue to drive growth."Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Media General Pro Forma 2Q Rev Up

Media General Inc. reports positive second quarter earnings numbers, even without including the contributions of the stations it added from its merger with LIN Media.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Nexstar Posts Record 2Q Net

Nexstar Broadcasting Group today reported second quarter net revenue shot up 50.6% to $221.3 million.Continue Reading

The Wall Street Journal: Fox Reports Better-Than-Expected Earnings

21st Century Fox Inc. reports better-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings and a new $5 billion stock-buyback program following the media company’s recent leadership transition.…Continue Reading

B&C: Meredith Station Revenue Up 17% in Quarter

The broadcast group’s full fiscal year earnings were $163 million, a record for the company and an increase of 44% over the previous fiscal year. …Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gray Posts 2Q Record Rev, Income, Retrans

Revenue tops $143 million, driven by increased local and national sales and retrans.Continue Reading

B&C: Scripps Networks Cooks Up Higher Profits in Q2

Scripps Networks Interactive, which restructured last year, reported a big jump in earnings despite a small gain in advertising revenues.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Graham TV Revenue Up 3% To $90.8 Million

The gain is pegged to higher retransmission consent revenue minus lower political advertising money.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Sinclair 2Q Revenue Climbs 24% To $502M

Strong advertising and digital revenue, plus higher retransmission consent money are key drivers.Continue Reading

Variety: MundoFox Shuts Down News Division, Changes Name to MundoMax

MundoFox is now MundoMax. In the wake of Fox International Channels’ mid-July decision to sell its stake in the joint venture to its Colombian partner RCN TV Group, MundoFox has taken on a new name.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Hearst To Carry Presidential Forum

Hearst Television Inc. will televise the Voters First Forum, featuring GOP presidential candidates, in the 27 local Hearst markets across the United States. The forum is produced and hosted by the New Hampshires Union Leader newspaper and C-SPAN.…Continue Reading

Variety: CBS Will Live-Stream Super Bowl Ads in Big Move for Media Industry

For nearly half a century, the only way for the average consumer to see all the glitzy commercials that accompanied the Super Bowl was to watch a broadcast of the game on television. In 2016 CBS intends to shake things up by live-streaming — in as close to real-time as possible — every single national ad that supports its telecast of Super Bowl 50. …Continue Reading

B&C: Turner, Vubiquity Sign New VOD Content Deal

Turner Broadcasting has made a new deal to have its TV Everywhere, on demand content packaged and distributed by Vubiquity.…Continue Reading

NetNewsCheck: Podcasts' High CPMs Drive Scripps' Midroll Acquisition

Scripps acquired Midroll Media, a five-year-old Los Angeles-based company that both produces podcasts and runs an advertising network to monetize them. The tv and radio broadcaster sees an opportunity to capture a highly engaged, younger and more affluent audience that advertisers want.…Continue Reading

Current: Commercial TV Owner Gives Helena Station to Montana PBS

Gray Television is giving KMTF in Helena, a CW simulcast channel, to the public TV station, said Eric Hyyppa, director and g.m. of Montana PBS in Bozeman.…Continue Reading

Variety: Telemundo Notches Ratings Milestone in Beating Univision for the Night

Already enjoying its best season ever, the NBCUniversal-owned Telemundo achieved a ratings milestone on Tuesday night when its regular lineup beat Univision head-to-head in adults 18-49 for the first time. …Continue Reading

Deadline: PBS And CBS Dominate News & Documentary Emmys

PBS and CBS were the big winners at the 35th annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards. The pubcaster walked away with a leading 11 trophies, followed by the Eye with 10. ABC picked up three wins, the only other network with more than two.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: WTHR, WBNS Return To Dish

Dispatch Broadcast Group and Dish Network have reached a multi-year agreement, restoring Dispatch’s WBNS Columbus, Ohio, and WTHR Indianapolis to the Dish Network channel lineup.Continue Reading

TVSpy: NBC Owned Stations Want to Clear the Animal Shelters

Twenty-eight NBC-owned stations along with regional news network NECN will team up with 300 animal shelters across the U.S. to try to find homes for a whole lot of homeless animals.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Dish Customers May Lose Graham Stations

Graham Media's television stations — WDIV Detroit; KPRC Houston; WKMG Orlando, Fla.; KSAT San Antonio, Texas; and WJXT Jacksonville, Fla. — are about to go dark for all Dish Network subscribers.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Tegna 2Q Broadcast Revenue Up 4.8%

The increase at the former Gannett station group to $417.4 million comes from strong retrans and digital increases.…Continue Reading

B&C: CBS All Access Expands Access

Recent affiliate agreements have significantly expanded the availability of the CBS All Access subscription streaming service. Currently about 40 affiliate groups as well as CBS’s owned stations are participating in the service. …Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Tegna’s Mayman Named Media Institute Trustee

Todd A. Mayman of Tegna Inc. has been elected to the board of trustees of The Media Institute.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Cox Media Group Makes Leadership Changes

Cox Media Group today made senior leadership changes in its national ad platforms, digital and radio businesses.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: GetTV Adds WADL Detroit To Affiliate

GetTV, Sony Pictures Television Networks’ multicast network, has added Adell Broadcasting’s independent WADL Detroit (DMA 12) to its growing affiliate roster.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: WSWF-LD Orlando Adding Luken

Luken Communications announced a multi-network affiliation agreement with WSWF-LD Orlando, Fla. (DMA 18). WSWF is owned and operated by Specialty Broadcasting Corp.Continue Reading

Variety: CBS, AT&T Reach Carriage Deal After All-Night Negotiations

CBS Corp. has struck a carriage agreement with AT&T’s U-verse service that covers all of the company’s broadcast and cable TV outlets, including distribution of cabler Pop for the first time.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Tegna To Create Shows With Video Call Center

Tegna Inc. (formerly Gannett Co.) announced it has invested in The Video Call Center, LLC (VCC), a video technology and content company that uses patented television workflow technology to create live, original content from video callers. Tegna Media plans to use the VCC’s technology to create innovative, original, lower cost programming across broadcast, social, mobile and online.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gannett Completes Broadcasting, Print Split

The broadcasting and digital arm, now called Tegna Inc., will run the company's television stations and websites such as CareerBuilder. It will also include Reading

TVNewsCheck: Dave Lougee New NAB Joint Board Chairman

The Tegna Media exec succeeds Charles Warfield. Brian Lawlor elected TV chair and José Valle elected Radio chair.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Staab Among New Broadcasters Foundation

The Broadcasters Foundation of America has elected four broadcast industry leaders to board of directors. The new members were voted into office during last week’s board of directors meeting in New York.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Nexstar Renews CBS Affiliation At 5 Stations

A new long-term agreement extends affiliation for five stations owned or operated by Nexstar: KGPE Fresno, Calif.; KREX Grand Junction, Colo; KLAS Las Vegas; WTAJ Altoona, Pa.; and WYOU Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pa.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Cox Creates Digital Solutions Alliance in Tulsa

Heather Boethin has been named manager of Cox Local Solutions and will oversee Tulsa’s digital sales and fulfilment efforts in concert with the company’s two TV and six radio stations there.Continue Reading

B&C: ExtendTV Gets New Cash, Rebrands as ZypMedia

ExtendTV, which helps TV stations sell digital programmatic advertising to local businesses, has secured additional funding and is changing its name to ZypMedia. Sinclair Broadcast Group led the $4.4 million round of Series B funding.Continue Reading

B&C: Gannett Sets June 29 for Separation Date

Gannett’s board of directors has approved completion of the previously announced company separation, which will create the broadcast and digital company Tegna, with the publishing properties doing business as Gannett Co. Gannett expects to have the separation completed June 29, 2015.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gannett Board OKs Completion Of Spinoff

Gannett Co. announced that its board of directors has approved completion of the previously announced separation transaction which will create two publicly traded companies: a broadcasting and digital company named Tegna and new Gannett, which will retain the name Gannett Co. Inc. and will include its publishing properties and affiliated digital assets.Continue Reading

The LA Times: Moody's Upgrades Univision Credit Rating, Easing Path to IPO

The media giant, which owns the fifth-largest TV network in the U.S., has long been considered a jewel on Wall Street because of the growing influence of Latinos in the U.S.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Status Quo Rules Rop 30 Station Groups

A scarcity of M&A activity in the last year resulted in few changes in TVNewsCheck's annual ranking of station groups by revenue. The first 11 slots remained the same, with Fox Television Stations on top. The big change was the loss of Journal Broadcast Group, which merged with E.W. Scripps.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Rentrak Adds WBBZ Buffalo To Ratings Roster

Rentrak has signed a TV measurement agreement with Me TV affiliate WBBZ Buffalo, N.Y. (DMA 52). The station becomes the first in the market to use Rentrak’s massive and passive measurement system, including Rentrak’s daily Advanced Demographics ratings.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Sinclair, iHeartmedia Join In UNCF Fundraiser

Sinclair will air UNCF An Evening of Stars in all of its 78 television markets, reaching almost 40% of the country, beginning on June 6. 2015. In addition, in each of Sinclair’s news markets where there is a historically black college or university (HBCU), Sinclair will produce a news feature on that school leading up to the show. iHeartMedia will begin promoting Sinclair’s broadcast of the UNCF television show on 156 of its radio stations in Sinclair’s markets starting the week of June 1, 2015.Continue Reading

Variety: Univision Buys The Root from Graham Holdings’ Slate Group

Hispanic media company Univision Communications has acquired The Root, a top online destination for African-American news and commentary, in a bid to expand its reach to a new audience.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gray Buying KOSA Odessa For $33.6 Million

Gray Television said it is buying CBS affiliate KOSA Odessa-Midland, Texas (DMA 146), from Investment Company of America for $33.6 million in cash. According to the most recent Nielsen and BIA data, KOSA has achieved the highest all-day ratings of any station in the Odessa-Midland DMA over the past year as well as the largest share of advertising revenue. Between 2014 and 2015, the Odessa-Midland DMA grew by four market ranks, more than any other market in the country.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Scripps In Multi-Net Deal For Katz Diginets

Katz Broadcasting has boosted distribution of its upstart digital over-the-air networks Grit, Escape and LAFF with a multimarket deal with E. W. Scripps television stations covering 18 markets.Continue Reading

B&C: NBCU Gets Access to Comcast Data

“We will use Comcast set-top box data to power ATP,” Yaccarino said, referring to NBCU’s Audience Targeting Platform announced last year. “We’ll marry viewer data and consumer data at scale,” she said.Continue Reading

B&C: Sinclair Inks Deal With Video Provider Chideo

Sinclair Broadcast Group has partnered with the charity-minded content provider Chideo to feature its “inspirational and entertaining content,” according to Chideo, on Sinclair stations and websites. A neologism combining “charity” and “video”, Chideo draws attention to worthwhile worldwide causes through its celebrity-starring videos.Continue Reading Telemundo Lands Historic CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier Rights Deal

Telemundo and NBC Universo have won Spanish-language broadcast rights to all CONCACAF World Cup qualifying matches played outside of the United States and Mexico in the 2018 and 2022 cycles.Continue Reading

MediaPost: Cadreon, TubeMogul Partnering On TV Automation Platform

Cadreon, the IPG Mediabrands trading desk, is partnering with TubeMogul, the programmatic video ad-buying platform to build an automation system for buying TV ads. It is being designed for exclusive use by IPG clients. The new platform will utilize data from IPG’s Audience Measurement Platform including data related to targeting, purchases, and TV viewership. TubeMogul will supply the technology including enterprise software.Continue Reading

B&C: Upfronts 2015: Univision Focusing on ‘Billennials’

Hispanic network Univision plans to highlight content aimed at what it is calling “billennials,” consumers who are in the millienial age group and bilingual, during its upfront presentation next week.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Entravision TV Revenue Up 5% in 1Q

Entravision Communications Corp. reported first quarter television segment revenue of $39.5 million, a 5% increase over $37.7 million in the same period a year ago.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Tribune TV-Entertainment 1Q Rev Up 2.1%

Core advertising declined by $6 million, or 2.1%, primarily as a result of an approximate $10 million decline in revenues associated with airing the Super Bowl on two NBC-affiliated stations in 2015 as compared to 14 Fox-affiliated stations in 2014. Excluding this impact, core advertising revenues increased 1.4%. Retrans money grew 24%.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: CBS Stations Revenue Dip 3% In First Quarter

Lower advertising revenue was the culprit. For the company as a whole, reverse comp was up 11% and CEO Leslie Moonves said: “Our online news channel, CBSN, and our over-the-top service, CBS All Access, are exceeding expectations. We have already expanded CBS All Access to more than half of the country, and we expect it to be offered to 75% of all households by year’s end.”Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Scripps 1Q Same-Station TV Rev Climbs 11%

The E.W. Scripps Co. reported that its television station revenue in the first quarter of 2015, on a same-station basis, increased 11% and total costs and expenses increased 13%. Minus the impact of the 2014 Olympics and $1 million of 2015 Super Bowl spending, local and national advertising revenue decreased 1.5%.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Nexstar 1Q Revenue Climbs 52% To $203M

The TV station group’s record first quarter local and national ad revenue growth, aided by station acquisitions, was complemented by a 90% rise in retransmission fee revenue and a 208% increase in digital media revenue.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Media General Pro Forma 1Q Rev Up 3%

Media General President-CEO Vincent L. Sadusky: “We launched the new year as a newly merged company delivering record first quarter results. On a comparable basis to the prior year, despite the absence of political and Olympic advertising, net revenues increased 3% to $297 million and adjusted EBITDA grew by 7% to $72 million.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Sinclair 1Q Revenue Climbs 24%

With strong core advertising and retransmission consent money plus higher digital revenue being key drivers, Sinclair Broadcast Group reported that in the three months ending March 31, 2015, its net broadcast revenues from continuing operations increased 24.1% to $464.2 million versus $412.6 million in the prior year period.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gray Reports 1Q Record Revenue, Income

Revenue tops $133 million, driven by increased  local and national sales and retrans. Net income hits $5.6 million. On a pro forma basis, revenue grew 10%.Continue Reading

MarketWatch: Media General's LIN Digital Makes Major Debut at Digital Content NewFronts 2015

During the invite‚Äźonly presentation for top agencies and brands, LIN Digital will introduce its fully owned and operated offerings that leverage both digital and linear channels.Continue Reading

The New York Times: AOL and NBCUniversal Announce Partnership to Share and Develop Content

AOL and NBCUniversal will share content and develop programming together as part of a licensing and distribution agreement.Continue Reading

The Wall Street Journal: CW Looks To Turn Its Digital Studio Seed Into Standalone Network

In addition to building out CW Seed as a digital content network, the CW is also trying to create a new Web franchise tied to its current primetime shows.Continue Reading

AdWeek: Gray Television Acquires WAGM for $10.25 Million

Gray Television announced that it had acquired WAGM, the NEPSK-owned CBS and Fox affiliate in Presque Isle, Maine, for $10.25 million in cash.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: 20th TV To Offer Second-Screen Engagement

20th Television is partnering with WiOffer, a New York-based cross-platform mobile company, to deliver television advertisers second-screen engagement experiences.Continue Reading

Yahoo! Finance: Media General to Announce First Quarter 2015 Earnings Results on May 7, 2015

The Company will host a conference call to discuss the earnings release that morning at 9:00 a.m. (ET).…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Meredith Local Media Revenue Up 26%

Meredith Corp.'s Local Media Group — which consists of 17 television stations reaching 11% of U.S. TV households — generated revenue of $123 million in its fiscal third quarter, an increase of 26% from the previous 3Q. Operating profit grew 18% to $31 million.Continue Reading Press Release: Gannett Announces TEGNA as Name of New Broadcasting and Digital Company

Gannett Co., Inc. has chosen TEGNA as the name for the new Broadcasting and Digital company. Gannett is in the process of creating two publicly traded companies: one exclusively focused on its Broadcasting and Digital businesses, and the other on its Publishing business and affiliated digital assets.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gray Launches Five Affils On CBS All Access

Gray Television has launched five of its CBS affiliated stations on CBS All Access, CBS's subscription video on-demand and live-streaming service, including KKTV Colorado Springs, Colo.; KBTX Waco-Bryan-College Station, Texas; WCAV Charlottesville, Va.; WTVY Dothan, Ala.; and KXII Sherman, Texas. More launches are coming soon, Gray says.Continue Reading

Spots 'n Dots: Nexstar Launches Tactive In 18 Markets

Broadcast and cable television companies have been offering online digital products to local advertisers for quite a few years now—but some media companies are going beyond selling spots on digital properties to offer advertisers a full menu of digital services. The latest to launch a digital marketing agency is Nexstar Broadcasting, which has fired up Tactive Digital in 18 markets where the group also owns network affiliate television station…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gannett To Build Digital Sports Video Service

Gannett will partner with video applications provider ViewLift to develop a new service that will focus on streaming unique sports-related content and select movies across multiple devices.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Raycom Stations Adding Livestream For News

Livestream for News allows stations to dynamically insert online ads into the broadcasts’ commercial breaks, creating a new online revenue stream for broadcasters.Continue Reading

B&C: NAB: ABC, Affiliates Board Hash Out TV Everywhere Particulars

Like its competition, ABC and its affiliates are working out the framework for a TV Everywhere product, and are taking small steps as they figure out the nuances of over-the-top TV.Continue Reading

B&C: NAB: Fox Affiliates Up for ‘Empire’ Building

Local outlets are key to making TV Everywhere a reality. Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Affiliates Get Summer Schooling From NBC

The network outlines its summer programming plans and status of development for the 2015 fall schedule in a Las Vegas meeting with its affiliates. Nearly three-quarters of NBC’s summer lineup will likely be new programming.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: CBS Affils Seem All Aboard For All Access

Reactions from affiliates after a briefing on the CBS All Access streaming service show recognition that the move into program streaming is inevitable, and not unwelcome, in their view, despite the many challenges still to be overcome.Continue Reading

Variety: Watchup Streaming-News Startup Expands Local TV Reach in Deals with Meredith, E.W. Scripps and Others

Watchup, a Tribune Media-backed startup with a service that personalized newscasts to Internet-video devices, has expanded its reach to about 80% of the local markets in the U.S. through deals with Meredith, E.W. Scripps Co. and three other TV broadcast groups.Continue Reading

B&C: NAB: WideOrbit Officially Opens Programmatic TV Marketplace

With new advertising technologies becoming a particularly hot topic at this year’s NAB Show, WideOrbit is launching its programmatic TV marketplace for local broadcast TV stations. The WO Programmatic TV market was operating in beta for the last few months at a number of stations and was used to buy ads in both the Super Bowl and the Oscars.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Rentrak Adds WUSA Washington

Rentrak has signed a multi-year TV measurement agreement with the Gannett-owned CBS-affiliate WUSA Washington, D.C. (DMA 8).Continue Reading

MediaPost: CBS All Access Signs 12 Station Groups

CBS’ digital Web-based TV service, CBS All Access, has signed a number of deals with its traditional TV affiliates. Twelve TV station groups in 56 markets -- amounting to 55% of U.S. TV homes -- have signed on to the over-the-top TV platform. CBS’ 14 owned-and-operated TV stations signed on for the launch of CBS All Access in October.Continue Reading

TV Spy: Nexstar Digital Ad Agency Expands to 18 Local Markets

Nexstar Broadcasting says its digital ad agency Tactive Digital has set up shop in 18 markets.Continue Reading

TV Technology: Technicolor and Sinclair Demo HDR UHD Live Over-the-Air Broadcast

Technicolor and Sinclair Broadcast Group have announced a successful demonstration of UltraHD with high dynamic range live broadcast based on proposed ATSC 3.0 technologies.Continue Reading

B&C: Sinclair to Aggregate Audience Impressions

Sinclair Broadcast Group and advertising technology firm Visible World have partnered to create what they are calling the Audience Network for Local Broadcast TV.Continue Reading

MediaPost: Scripps Taps SpotXchange To Sell Digital Video Via Programmatic

The E.W. Scripps Company, an independent TV broadcaster, has tapped SpotXchange to sell its digital video ad inventory across desktop and mobile devices programmatically. SpotXchange is a video supply-side platform (SSP).Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Scripps Completes Journal Merger, Spinoff

Scripps and Journal simultaneously spun off and merged their newspaper operations to form Journal Media Group and immediately thereafter merged their broadcast operations, making Scripps one of the nation’s largest independent TV station owners.Continue Reading New Orleans Saints, Raycom Media Announce Partnership

The New Orleans Saints have announced a new multi-year agreement with Raycom Media to produce and broadcast the team’s preseason games throughout the Gulf South Region. The new agreement, which begins with the 2015 preseason, calls for Raycom to broadcast the games on a network of Raycom Media owned or operated stations in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. The agreement extends an existing partnership between Raycom Media and WVUE Fox-8. WVUE Fox-8 is owned by Saints owner Tom Benson and is managed by Raycom Media.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Digital A Growing Force In Nexstar’s Future

CEO Perry Sook believes there is far more potential for growth in digital than in spot advertising so his company has been expanding its digital footprint through acquisitions. And more are likely to come. He’s on the lookout for specialized or "vertical" websites and tech companies that would help Nexstar exploit social media and native advertising.Continue Reading

Poynter: The New York Times, ‘PBS Newshour’ strike video-sharing agreement

The New York Times and “PBS NewsHour” have entered into an agreement to share video journalism, including news reports and longer documentaries, on a regular basis. The deal specifies that both news organizations will begin to offer each other footage for use on their websites and social channels. The agreement does not include a provision for sharing revenue, according to a spokesperson for The New York Times.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Sinclair Launched Digital Ventures Division

Sinclair Broadcast Group has launched Sinclair Digital Ventures, a division that will invest in emerging digital technologies and digital content companies and “focus on companies with products or services that support and expand Sinclair’s digital capabilities and non-linear footprint.”Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gray Television Prices Common Stock Offering

Gray Television Inc. announced that it has priced its previously announced public offering of 12 million shares of its common stock at $13 per share. Gray has also granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 1.8 million shares of common stock.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Media General OKs $120M Share Repurchase

Media General Inc. has authorized a share repurchase program of up to $120 million. The  company said itexpects  to  fund  the  share  repurchase  by  using  the  approximately  $120  million  of  cash proceeds  from  the  sale  of  WJAR Providence, R.I., that  was  completed  in  connection  with  the  merger  with  LIN  Media.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Cozi TV Diginet Adds Eight Stations

The classic TV multicast channel owned by NBC Owned Television Stations has signed seven stations owned by Meredith Corp. as well as one owned by Morning Star Broadcasting.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gray Announces Common Stock Offering

Gray Television Inc. has commenced an underwritten public offering, subject to market and other conditions, of 12 million shares of its common stock. Wells Fargo Securities is serving as the book-running manager for the offering.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Meredith To Add Three Katz Diginets

The broadcast group will introduce Grit, Escape and Laff in five major markets, bringing U.S. coverage of the networks to 78% for Grit, 58% for Escape and 50% for Laff, which premieres next month.Continue Reading

B&C: CBS Affiliates Board, Network Agree on All Access OTT Terms

Following three months of negotiations, the CBS affiliates board and the CBS network have come to terms related to CBS All Access, the network's $5.99 a month over-the-top service. Participating affiliates get what Michael Fiorile, CBS affiliates board chairman, called a "piece" of the subscription monies, with the percentage ramping up as the subscription rolls increase.Continue Reading

B&C: CBS Jumps Into Data With New Ad Product

CBS is throwing its hat into the big data TV advertising ring. The network introduced its Campaign Performance Audit, an approach that uses performance-based metrics to help advertisers maximize their television spending and improve return on investment.Continue Reading

MediaPost: Empower Partners With Scripps, Adds Local TV To Programmatic Repertoire

Empower has partnered with the E.W. Scripps Company and invested in Savveo, an ad tech startup, to allow advertisers to buy local broadcast TV inventory via programmatic channels.…Continue Reading

Variety:Tribune to Stream Local TV News Reports to Watchup Internet Apps

Tribune Broadcasting will deliver online video reports from 30 of its TV stations to users of Watchup, a startup whose service delivers personalized newscasts to Internet-video devices.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Digital, Retrans Growth Engines For Quincy

Quincy CEO Oakley says he remains confident that small-market broadcasting can continue to thrive with growth coming from retransmission consent and digital.…Continue Reading

MediaPost: Nexstar Expands Digital, Buys Internet Broadcasting Systems For $20M

Moving to enlarge its digital business efforts, growing TV station company Nexstar Broadcasting Group has agreed to buy digital publishing platform Internet Broadcasting Systems for $20 million.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Double-Digit Gains For Journal TV Revenue

Retransmission consent money was the big driver, climbing 66% in the fourth quarter and 78% for full-year 2014.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gray Buying Twin Falls Duopoly For $17.5M

Gray Television Inc. has reached an agreement with Neuhoff Corp. to acquire CBS affiliate KMVT and Fox affil KSVT Twin Falls, Idaho (DMA 192), for $17.5 million in cash.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Scripps, Journal Shareholder OK Mergers

Upon closing of the transactions, Scripps and Journal will merge their broadcast operations, creating an expanded Scripps, while simultaneously spinning off and merging their newspaper operations to form a new publicly traded company called Journal Media Group.…Continue Reading

Talking New Media: E.W. Scripps Co. Reports a 28% Jump in Broadcast Revenue, While Newspaper Revenue Falls 8%

The gain was attributed by the company to $32.6 million of political advertising recorded in the quarter, as well as incremental revenue from two stations acquired from Granite in the second quarter.…Continue Reading

Deadline: Nielsen Reasserts Its Local TV Ratings Clout With New Tribune Deal

Tribune Media’s renewal with Nielsen comes about a month after the broadcaster surprised some in the industry by also agreeing to use Rentrak audience measurement data at its 42 TV stations.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Media General Pro Forma Rev Up 17% In 4Q

Media General Inc.’s net operating revenue in the fourth quarter grew 97% to $217 million compared to $110 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. For full-year 2014, net operating revenue increased 150% to $675 million, compared to $270 million in 2013.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Nexstar 4Q Revenue Up 40%, Year Up 26%

The TV station group’s strong fourth quarter television ad revenue growth was complemented by a 64.6% rise in retransmission fee revenue and a 114.9% increase in digital media revenue.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Nexstar 4Q Revenue Up 40%, Year Up 26%

The TV station group’s strong fourth quarter television ad revenue growth was complemented by a 64.6% rise in retransmission fee revenue and a 114.9% increase in digital media revenue.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Telemundo Launches Immigration Info Site

Telemundo has launched its new digital immigration website, Participar es Progresar (Participation is Progress), available in Spanish and English. The website provides the latest news and information on immigration and related topics produced by Noticias Telemundo.…Continue Reading

The Wall Street Journal: Cox Media Partners With TubeMogul For Web Video Ad Sales

Cox’s local ad sales force will use TubeMogul’s tools and software to help local advertisers in markets like San Diego, Phoenix and Las Vegas reach larger audiences by coupling TV ads with local Web video ads. …Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: NBC Broadcast TV Rev Up for 4Q, Full Year

Increased ad sales and retransmission consent money push 4Q revenue up almost 4% to $2.3 billion and full year revenue up 8% to $8.5 billion.…Continue Reading

Multichannel: ABC News Launches on Xbox One

ABC News has launched on the Xbox One, becoming the first U.S. news app to take residence on the gaming console.…Continue Reading

B&C: NBC Owned Stations Add Live Streams to TV Everywhere App

NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations has launched live viewing on its local apps, allowing consumers in the group’s owned markets with a cable, satellite or telco subscription to watch their NBC station on a computer, tablet or smartphone.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Sinclair 4Q Revenue Rises 43.5%

The quarterly increase to $614 million is due to acquisitions, political advertising, retransmission consent fees and the group’s digital platform. For the full year, revenues increased 45% to $1.977 billion.…Continue Reading

BizBuzz: WTVA sale complete; new general manager named

WTVA‘s sale to Atlanta-based Heartland Media was completed today, and a new general manager also was named.  New GM Dan Modisett is a 40-year television  industry veteran. He spent his last 30 years as GM at Jackson’s WLBT, where he retired in December. …Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Raycom: Succeeding By Evolving, Innovating

“We think that a lot of the people watching us on TV are on those other screens,” [Joe Fiveash, head of Raycom’s Digital Media innovation unit] says. “We want to cement the relationship with them on the other screens they use. We want to go after additional people with new content. But it goes back to that local mission. We think we can program locally better than anybody else.”…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gannett Moving To Produce Own Programs

CEO Gracia Martore says that “with 43 stations covering 30% of the country ... there's quite a bit on the drawing board." Dave Lougee, president of Gannett Broadcasting, adds that the company is looking at not only home-grown programming but also pursuing cooperative ventures with other broadcasters.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gannett 4Q TV Rev Up 117% (25% Pro Forma)

Gannett Co. released fourth quarter and full year earnings that include Broadcasting Segment revenues 117% percent higher compared to the fourth quarter last year at a highest ever $495.3 million. The increase was fueled by the expansion of the TV station portfolio (Belo and London Broadcasting stations), as well as significant increases in politically related advertising and retransmission revenues.…Continue Reading

NetNewsCheck: Even Small TV Markets Need Big Digital Push

In an era of broadcaster consolidation, Bonten Media Group is an increasingly rare creature, operating in only five of the nation’s smaller markets. But even in Abilene, Texas (KTXS), orMissoula, Mont. (KECI), the company’s digital chief says it’s important to have a robust online and mobile platform, especially since over 60% of its users connect with its stations on the latter. Generally locally media groups have their digital revenue coming in at between 2% and 5% of overall revenue. However, from a content generation perspective and how users in general interact with our stations — that has been changing. You need to be in the game in order to capitalize on that because we’re in the midst of a revolution.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Nexstar Raises Quarterly Dividend By 26.7%

Nexstar Broadcasting Group announced that its board of directors approved a 26.7% increase in the quarterly cash dividend to $0.19 per share of its Class A common stock beginning with the dividend declared for the first quarter of 2015. …Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Meredith TV Stations Fiscal 2Q Rev Up 50%

Meredith Corp.'s Local Media Group of 17 television stations generated $157 million in total revenue in its second quarter of fiscal 2015, up 50% from the same period a year ago. …Continue Reading

TV Technology: NBC Resets With New Tech for Super Bowl XLIX

NBC will put its broadcast sports prowess to the test on Feb. 1 when it takes on the task of covering Super Bowl XLIX, and it will do so with a new slate of production trucks, 4K cameras and graphics technology designed to showcase the sport’s biggest moment of the year. …Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Tribune Renews Its ABC Affiliations

Tribune Broadcasting says it has reached a comprehensive, long-term agreement with ABC Television to renew the existing affiliations of WGNO New Orleans and WQAD Davenport, Iowa.  In addition, ABC has renewed its affiliation agreement with Dreamcatcher Broadcasting's WNEP Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pa., to which Tribune Broadcasting provides operational support under a shared services agreement.Continue Reading

Indianapolis Business Journal: TV Sports Programming to Give Tribune a Huge Boost

WTTV and sister station WXIN-TV Channel 59, a Fox affiliate, can now deliver more sports to viewers than any other local broadcaster, by a wide margin. Those offerings could be used to raise revenue directly—especially if Tribune decides to sell ad packages across both stations—but also as a springboard to boost ratings and sell advertising across all its programs. While it’s not uncommon for a broadcaster to have two stations—a duopoly—in one market, Berkovitz said, it is unusual for one company to have two stations in one market with major network affiliations.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Heartland Adds WBQC Cincinnati

Luken Communications Heartland diginet has added a new affiliate: WBQC-LD Cincinnati (DMA 36). Heartland airs over-the-air on ch. 25.5 and on Cincinnati Bell Fioptics ch. 293. WBQC, owned and operated by Block Broadcasting Co., is also an affiliate of Luken’s Retro TV.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: WFXT Boston Adds Nine Anchors, Reporters

Cox Media Group’s Fox affiliate WFXT Boston (DMA 7) today announced nine new on-air hires. The station said the new anchors and reporters are part of its goal to increase local newsgathering resources across all broadcast and digital platforms. Cox took over the station last October.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Nexstar And Charter Reach Retrans Deal

Nexstar Broadcasting Group announced that it signed a new distribution agreement with Charter Communications before the expiration of the prior contract on Dec. 31, 2014 enabling Charter subscribers in 15 markets to enjoy uninterrupted access to network, local news and other programming.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Nexstar Buying KLAS Las Vegas For $145M

The purchase of the CBS affiliate from Landmark Media Enterprises will boost Nexstar’s holdings to 110 stations with coverage of 18% of U.S. TV households.Continue Reading

Media Biz Bloggers: CBSN: An Interactive Streaming News Network

“It's day one of the new world order. CBS News has created an online live/on-demand 15 hour per day news service targeting consumers who prefer to consume video news on connected devices…Everyone should take note of today's date. It's an important day in history for Television the platform (not the art form).” —Shelly PalmerContinue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Tribune Sets Programmatic, Data Revenue VP

Tribune Broadcasting named William Ammerman vice president of programmatic and data driven revenue. Ammerman will have responsibility for programmatic direct, private exchanges and yield optimization on the station group’s mobile, desktop and video platforms.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Media General 3Q Net Revenue Up 11.8%

Media General’s President-CEO George L. Mahoney said: “Our strong year-over-year growth in the third quarter of all key financial metrics further demonstrates the value of our merger with Young Broadcasting last November. Comparing the results of the combined company, net operating revenue increased 21%. This growth reflected higher political, retransmission, digital and local advertising revenues along with our purchase of WHTM in Harrisburg on Sept. 1."Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Nexstar 3Q Net Revenue Climbs 25%

The boost to $154.7 million is driven by increases in every area except national, with big percentage gains from political, digital and retrans.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Scripps 3Q TV Station Revenue Grows 22%

The increase to $121 million was fueled by higher local, political and digital revenue as well as a 46% rise in retrans money.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Tribune TV-Ent. Adjusted 3Q Revenue Up 7%

Tribune Media reported third quarter 2014 results that included Television and Entertainment segment revenues of $417.2 million, an increase of $169 million, or 68%, as compared to $248.2 million in the third quarter of 2013.Continue Reading

B & C: Network Aims To Capture Viewers And Bring Bad Guys to Justice

A new multicast network that melds crime and mystery programming with public service messages about catching bad guys and finding lost children is being launched by a group of TV industry veterans.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Scripps Extends CEO Boehne’s Contract

The E.W. Scripps Co. has extended the employment contract for its chairman, president and CEO, Rich Boehne, to Aug. 7, 2016, followed by successive one-year renewals until either Boehne or the company gives at least 90 days’ notice of non-renewal. Financial terms of the agreement remain the same.Continue Reading

MediaPost: Sinclair, Media General Soar On Acquisitions, Political

Local broadcast TV operators Sinclair Broadcast Group and Media General both enjoyed substantial revenue growth in the third quarter of the year, powered by acquisitions and political advertising ahead of the recent midterm elections.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: CBS TV Stations' 2Q Revenue Rises 10%

CBS Corp.’s Local Broadcasting (which includes TV and radio stations) revenues for the third quarter of 2014 were $680 million compared with $641 million in the same prior-year period. CBS Television Stations revenues increased 10%, while CBS Radio revenues were up 2%. The increase in Local Broadcasting revenue, the company said, was driven by higher political spending as a result of midterm elections and higher affiliate and subscription fee revenues.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: LIN 3Q Revenue Rises 18% To $192 Million

Local revenues, which include net local advertising revenues, retransmission consent fee revenues and TV station website revenues, increased 6% to $111.9 million compared to $105.5 million in the third quarter of 2013.Continue Reading

B & C: Sinclair Revenue Up 48% in Quarter

Sinclair reported third quarter earnings of $448.1 million, up 47.9% from the same quarter a year ago. Operating income was $101.7 million, 39.6% better than the prior year period. Political revenues were $33.8 million versus $2.7 million in the third quarter of 2013. Local net broadcast revenues, which include local time sales and retransmission, were up 43.4% versus the third quarter of 2013, while national increased 64.2%.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gray Television 3Q Revenue Sets A Record

Gray Television total revenue increased $43.4 million, or 49%, to $131.7 million for the third quarter of 2014 compared to the same quarter of 2013. The increase was primarily due to increases in the majority of its revenue categories. Recently acquired eight full- or low-power television stations (plus various satellite stations) accounted for approximately $8.9 million of total revenue.Continue Reading

TVSpy: NBC Owned Stations Names Sarah Glover Head of Social Media

Glover comes to NBC OTS from WCAU in Philadelphia. She will help the station group’s 11 stations “build and engage” their social media audiences.Continue Reading

MediaPost: NBCU Invests In Telemundo Local News Ops

NBCUniversal is moving to expand the local news operations at 17 Telemundo stations across the U.S. The investments at the Telemundo Station Group include launching new Spanish-language newscasts, updating journalists’ equipment, and adding consumer units that will represent consumers’ rights with investigations of products and services.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: At Last, FCC OKS Nexstar Buy Of Grant TVSs

Nexstar Broadcasting Group and Marshall Broadcasting Group announced that the FCC has approved the license transfer of seven stations they bought from Grant Co. in an $87.5 million deal originally announced in September 2013. Of the seven, six stay with Nexstar and one — KLJB Quad Cities-Davenport, Iowa — is spun off to Marshall.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Graham Media Group 3Q Revenue Rises 19%

Graham Holdings Co. today reported third quarter financial results that included a 19% increase in revenue at its television broadcasting division Graham Media Group (formerly Post-Newsweek Stations). Revenue rose to $87.4 million.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gannett And ABC Set New Affiliation Deal

The new agreement puts the recently expanded Gannett ABC portfolio under a common, long-term affiliation agreement.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Raycom Tapped As TVN’s Top Station Group

With 53 stations covering more than 13% of U.S. households, Raycom Media Group will be honored by TVNewsCheck as the 2015 Station Group of the Year. "Under the bold direction of CEO Paul McTear for the past 13 years, the group has grown considerably and emerged as an industry leader,” says TVN Editor Harry A. Jessell.…Continue Reading

Media Bistro: Meredith’s Local Media Group Revenue Up 39% to $125 Million in Fiscal First Quarter

Meredith Corp.’s Local Media Group has reason to celebrate. According to a new report, the company’s 15 local television stations generated $125 million in total revenue in the first quarter of fiscal 2015, which is up 39% from the same period a year ago.…Continue Reading

USAToday: Broadcast Networks Feel Hopeful About Fall Ratings

CBS has solid starters in new dramas Scorpion, Madam Secretary and spinoff NCIS: New Orleans. ABC has a hot Thursday trio of Shonda Rhimes dramas, including newcomer How to Get Away With Murder. NBC has The Voice and Sunday Night Football and The Blacklist. DC Comics characters are buoying Fox, with Batman origin series Gotham, and CW, where The Flash is the biggest new hit in years. (And a third series, NBC's Constantine, set to air.)…Continue Reading

B&C: Gannett Broadcast Revenue Up 105%

With an expanded TV station portfolio, Gannett reported third quarter operating revenues of $1.44 billion, an increase of 15.2% compared to the third quarter of 2013. Broadcasting Segment showed revenue growth of almost 105%. Due primarily to the acquisition of Belo Corp. Digital Segment, revenue grew 4.4% while Publishing revenue was down 3.6%.…Continue Reading

B&C: Awards Lunch Fit for a 'Giant'

Several broadcast giants were feted at the Giants of Broadcasting luncheon in New York, which is hosted by the Library of American Broadcasting. The list of  inductees included Pablo Raul Alarcon Sr., Raul Alarcon Jr., David Barrett, Gwen Ifill, Regis Philbin,  Chuck Scarborough, Fred Silverman, Peter Smyth, Virginia Pate Wetter, Judy Woodruff and Sylvester Weaver.…Continue Reading

Deadline: CBS Launches $5.99-A-Month Subscription Streaming Service

“CBS All Access is another key step in the company’s long-standing strategy of monetizing our local and national content in the ways that viewers want it,” says CEO Les Moonves. “This new subscription service will deliver the most of CBS to our biggest fans while being additive to the overall ecosystem. Across the board, we continue to capitalize on technological advances that help consumers engage with our world-class programming, and we look forward to serving our viewers in this new and exciting way.”…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: ‘Monopoly Millionaires’ Club’ Set To Pass Go

Scientific Games Corp. says that its Monopoly Millionaires’ Club, a weekly syndicated lottery game show hosted by Billy Gardell (Mike & Molly), will be aired on stations owned by Tribune, Sinclair, Hearst, CBS, Gannett, LIN, Graham Holdings,and other station groups covering more than 95% percent of the U.S. lottery television homes.…Continue Reading

acrossplatforms: Last Week Over $23 Million Flowed Into Sinclair Markets From Special Interest Groups and Nashville Pull in Big Awards as Well

From September 23 to October 6 over $23 million flowed into Sinclair TV Markets from special interest groups in some key battleground states as we countdown to the November 4, 2014 election. …Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: McCreery Wants News, Marketing In Sync

For the first time in about a decade, Meredith Corp. has a broadcast group level VP of news, naming Patrick McCreery to the job in May. A Meredith man since 2003, McCreery says the creation of his position reflects the growth of Meredith, which, thanks to recent acquisitions, currently owns 15 TV stations.…Continue Reading

TVWeek: ABC News Brings Home National Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence. TV Stations in Boston and Nashville Pull in Big Awards as Well

ABC News won the overall excellence award in the network television category at the 2014 National Edward R. Murrow Awards, presented by the Radio Television Digital News Association.  ABC won a total of five National Murrow Awards, with CBS winning five in television and three in radio, while NBC took home two TV awards. ESPN claimed three Murrows in radio and television.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Sinclair, Nexstar Tops In Spectrum Worth

An analysis from Wells Fargo's Marci Ryvicker says that Sinclair, Nexstar and Media General have the highest median spectrum values as a percentage of enterprise value at 52%, 49% and 27%, respectively.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gannett Taps Byron Wilkinson As KTHV GSM

Gannett-owned CBS affiliate KTHV Little Rock, Ark. (DMA 56) named Byron Wilkinson general sales manager. Wilkinson joins the station from co-owned KHOU in Houston where he has been local sales manager. Prior to that was national sales manager for KRIV-KTXH Houston.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: News Sharing New Normal At NBC, Telemundo

The NBC O&Os and Telemundo stations cooperate in covering stories, with reporters, anchors and weathercasters evolving into “a culture of one,” especially in markets with heavy Hispanic population. And in markets without an NBC O&O, the cooperation extends to the NBC affiliate.…Continue Reading

TV By The Numbers: Telemundo News Shows on Track to Deliver Best Season Ever

Telemundo announced today its news properties “Al Rojo Vivo con María Celeste,” “Noticiero Telemundo,” “Un Nuevo Día” and “Enfoque con José Díaz-Balart” are on track to deliver their best season ever among total viewers this 2013- 2014 broadcast season, according to Nielsen.…Continue Reading

Broadcasting & Cable: Nissan Becomes Automotive Sponsor of NBC’s ‘The Voice’

“This new three-year partnership with NBC is another way that Nissan is going beyond traditional sponsorships to provide innovation to our consumers with exciting experiences,” Fred Diaz, senior VP, Nissan sales & marketing and operations, Nissan North America, said in a statement. “Between the on-air broadcast, The VoiceOfficial App and 'The Voice Tailgate,' we’re adding a new dimension to big cultural experiences like The Voice – far beyond what has been available in previous seasons.”…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Scripps’ ‘The Now’ Is News, But Not A Newscast

Broadcast groups and TV stations are increasingly experimenting with news and local programming. In a press release, Brian Lawlor, VP of Scripps, describes The Now as the “type of programming audiences on multiple platforms crave.”…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gray Closes On Flint, Toledo Station Buys

Gray Television said that it has closed on its previously announced $128 million acquisition of WJRT and WTVG from affiliates of SJL Holdings. …Continue Reading

CBS Corporation: CBS and Media General Sign Deal to Renew All Affiliation Agreements

“We are excited to continue working with Media General to serve millions of viewers throughout the country,” said Ray Hopkins, President, Television Networks Distribution, CBS Corporation. “Nearly all of Media General’s CBS affiliates are #1 in their markets, and we are glad to see that they recognize the value our programming brings to their business.” …Continue Reading

B&C: Broadcasters Celebrate Hill Choice To Pull Local Choice

NAB President Gordon Smith thanks the Senate Commerce Committee members “for recognizing the unintended negative consequences this (Local Choice) measure would have had on localism, broadcasters and our millions of viewers.”…Continue Reading

TVNewser: Steve Capus: ‘I’m Very, Very Happy To Have This Be My Professional Home These Days’

Capus, one of only a few people to have overseen flagship newscasts on two networks, says the evening news is alive and well: “I’m so sick of seeing articles written about how these broadcasts are going to die off.”…Continue Reading

AdWeek: Gannett Ramps Up Its Viewability Data as New Gravity Ad Units Soar

Partnering with tech vendor Moat, Gannett will employ stats such as viewability, reader interactions and exposure time to sell its Gravity units, which are full-screen video ads.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Katz To Rep California-Oregon Broadcasting

California Oregon Broadcasting Inc. has appointed Katz Television Group as its national TV rep. They currently are repped by Petry. The stations are owned by Patsy Smullin who is very involved in the NAB small market group and has been a long-time member of the NBC affiliate board.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Scripps Taps Beck as a Group News Exec

Cameryn Beck, a veteran television journalist, has been hired as a senior director of news strategy for the television division of The E.W. Scripps Co. Beck is now executive news director at KTVK Phoenix. She will remain based in Phoenix and will work closely with Lana Durban.Continue Reading

across platforms: Hubbard Broadcasting’s Most Distributed Properties Are Subchannel Networks

Antenna TV announced the addition of eleven classic series to the network’s lineup for 2015! Antenna TV, which airs in 89 markets across the U.S. reaching 71% of TV households, will add Newhart, The Jeffersons, Mork & Mindy, One Day at a Time, Family Ties, Evening Shade, Leave it to Beaver, Doogie Howser MD, Mr. Belvedere, Dear John, and Small Wonder to its existing lineup in 2015. Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Green On Reinventing Local News At Tribune

Tribune flagship WGN Chicago and KSWB San Diego launched 4 p.m. newscasts, the latest of the group’s 42 stations to expand news programming since Katherine Green came onboard as SVP of news. The expansion, which has also included the addition of 11 p.m. newscasts in Los Angeles, Seattle and Indianapolis, is at the forefront of Green’s effort to develop more engaging and "exhilarating" news programming.Continue Reading

across platforms: Gray Television Markets Give More To Republican Candidates

Senate races in Omaha for Republican Benjamin Sasse and Sid Dinsdale help to put Republican fundraising at the top of Gray’s markets.Continue Reading

TVSpy: Dayton Station to Air Local Reality Show About Teens

WBDT, the LIN Media owned Dayton CW affiliate, has announced it’s airing a reality show about local teens called The Valley. The locally produced show follows six local high school grads “preparing for the next big step in their lives and tackling important issues along the way…”Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Telemundo To Host Gubernatorial Debates

The Telemundo Station Group announced a series of statewide political debates that will be co-hosted and aired across various Telemundo-owned stations in the United States. Telemundo-owned stations in Los Angeles, Dallas-Fort Worth, Miami and McAllen, Texas, will co-host, broadcast and provide on-line streaming of gubernatorial debates for statewide races taking place in California, Florida and Texas.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Tribune's Gracenote Acquires Baseline For Video Info

The deal also gives Gracenote control of Baseline’s The Studio System platform, a subscription service offering business intelligence data for entertainment industry professionals.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: NBC’s Bob Greenblatt To Keynote LiveTV:LA

Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, has been named keynote speaker of the inaugural LiveTV:LA conference, Nov. 7 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Sinclair Buying KSNV Las Vegas for $120M

The addition of Intermountain West’s NBC affiliate will give Sinclair three stations in the market. One will be sold, with the programming moved to subchannels of the remaining two.Continue Reading

Bloomberg: CBS Renews Affiliation Deal for 12 Lin Media TV Stations

CBS agreed to renew affiliation agreements for 12 stations owned by Lin Media LLC, helping the local-TV chain cement the terms of its takeover by Media General Inc.  Marci Ryvicker will deliver the Financial Keynote at TVB’s Forward Conf on 9/9.Continue Reading

MediaBizBloggers: Sinclair Broadcasting Rewrites TV Station Business Model

America's biggest owner of television stations stands ready to leap three bounds into being a big content force for those stations and beyond.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: WBIR Partnership A Win-Win, Win-Win In Knoxville

WBIR, the NBC affiliate in Knoxville, TN is partnering with GoVols247, an independent digital sports media company covering University of Tennessee football.Continue Reading

SFGate: No Fees, No Wires. Just TV on a Tablet, Startup Promises

Tablet TV, doesn't require Wi-Fi, a cellular connection or a subscription fee. All customers need is the startup's antenna device to watch broadcast TV on a tablet.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Sinclair Names James Killen Group Manager

Sinclair Broadcast Group has appointed James Killen group manager responsible for the oversight of its stations in Tulsa, Okla.; Little Rock, Ark.; Roanoke-Lynchburg, Va., and others markets to be determined.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Sinclair Starts Original Programming Division

Sinclair Broadcast Group launched Sinclair Original Programming, a division that will develop and create original content. SOP’s focus, Sinclair said, will be on entertainment content and business-to-consumer content such as infomercials and direct response commercials.  …Continue Reading

Press Release: Media General and LIN Media Announce Agreements to Divest Television Stations in Five Markets

Media General, Inc. and LIN Media LLC, both local broadcast television and digital media companies, announced definitive agreements to divest television stations in five markets.…Continue Reading


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