Broadcaster Briefing

Articles and announcements about Broadcast Television Companies.

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 Cars.com.Continue 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

Philly.com: 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

Gannett.com 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

neworleanssaints.com: 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

TVSpy: KAIT to Launch NBC Affiliate

Raycom-owned ABC affiliate KAIT has announced plans to begin broadcasting NBC. The station has not announced the details yet. KAIT GM Chris Conroy told TVSpy the affiliate would begin broadcasting January 26. …Continue Reading

Yahoo! Finance: Tribune Media Announces Sale of CW Network Affiliation in Indianapolis

Tribune Media Company (TRCO) today announced the sale of its CW network affiliation in Indianapolis to Media General, Inc. As a result of the transaction, Media General will acquire the CW affiliation beginning on January 1, 2015. …Continue Reading

Philly.com: Lights Out for Local Jersey Shore TV Station

Comcast Corp.-owned NBCUniversal has pulled the station's NBC affiliation so it can consolidate viewership in the regional TV market under NBC10 in Philadelphia. …Continue Reading

TV Spy: WISH Picks Up CW Affiliation

Indianapolis soon-to-be-ex CBS affiliate WISH has picked up a new affiliation – the station will air CW programming beginning next month.Continue Reading

B&C: Media General, LIN Marriage Is Official

Media General and LIN Media have closed on their merger, with Vincent Sadusky, longtime LIN president and CEO, taking over that title at the new company.Continue Reading

B&C: Hearst TV Closes on WVTM Birmingham, WJCL Savannah

Hearst Television has closed on its acquisitions of WVTM Birmingham from Media General and WJCL Savannah from LIN Media. Hank Price, WXII Greensboro president and general manager, is taking on the general manager position at WVTM. His successor at WXII will be announced at a later date.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck:Meredith Completes WALA Mobile Purchase

The $86 million buy of the Fox affiliate from Media General was part of a divestiture deal involved in obtaining federal regulatory approval of Media General’s merger with LIN Media. …Continue Reading

MarketWatch: Media General Completes Merger with LIN Media

Commenting on the announcement, Media General’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Vincent L. Sadusky said, “We are pleased to have finalized the merger transaction that delivers numerous strategic and financial benefits, including a strong balance sheet, significant free cash flow, enhanced scale and a diverse geographic footprint that will provide important opportunities to continue growing our business. We look forward to a smooth integration, capitalizing on our new, combined strength and achieving our synergy goals.”…Read More

Ad Age: AwesomenessTV Plans Subscription Business

Hearst is hoping that Awesomeness really is that media brand of tomorrow, and offers the company growth opportunities in new verticals and demos beyond teens and tweens.…Read More

TVNewsCheck: Tribune’s 19 Local TV LLC Stations Join TVB

TVB announced that the former Local TV LLC television stations have joined the almost 700 stations currently counted among TVB’s membership. Local TV LLC is owned by Tribune Broadcasting, a subsidiary of Tribune Media Co., which acquired the 19 stations in 16 markets in late 2013.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Bounce TV Airing Martin Luther King III PSA

The PSA was produced by Bounce TV in the wake of recent protests around the country following court decisions in Ferguson, Mo., and New York. King III is a founder and board member of Bounce TV, the  over-the-air broadcast television network designed for African-American audiences.Continue Reading

Deadline: Fox, Tribune, Univision Team To Address Local Market TV Measurement Deficiencies

Local television broadcasting companies Fox, Tribune Media and Univision have joined forces with Timeline Labs to announce NewCoin LLC, a data venture they say addresses deficiencies in local market television audience measurement.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Nexstar And NBC Sign Affiliation Contract

Nexstar Broadcasting Group has entered into a long-term affiliation agreement with the NBC Television Network which covers 16 of its owned or operated stations.Continue Reading

Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel: Scripps and Journal receive FCC approval

The Federal Communications Commission has approved the applications of The E.W. Scripps Co. and Journal Communications, authorizing a transfer of control of the Journal Communications television and radio station licenses to Scripps. …Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Scripps, ABC Sign New Affiliation Deal

The agreement covers 10 stations and runs through 2019. "Scripps is one of the largest owners of ABC affiliates, and we look forward to continuing our long-time collaboration with them," said John Rouse, SVP of affiliate relations for ABC. Terms were not disclosed.Continue Reading

Reuters: FCC approves merger of Nexstar and Communications Corp

U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday approved the merger between television companies Nexstar Broadcasting Corp and Communications Corp of America (CCA) that received antitrust approval.Continue Reading

Variety: Tribune Media Returns to Wall Street Big Leagues

Tribune Media will see its stock listed on the New York Stock Exchange as of Dec. 5, marking a return to Wall Street’s big leagues two years after the company emerged from a prolonged bankruptcy proceeding. Returning to a major exchange has been a priority for Tribune Media CEO since he took the reins in January 2013.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Scripps Stations Get Options From DC Bureau

“The focus of the company is moving away from newspapers and moving toward serving our television properties more than we ever have,” says Scripps National Investigative Correspondent Mark Greenblatt. “We are constantly trying to be aware of how we can be a service to a lot of TV stations that have different types of news,” he says. “We are trying to operate like a mini-network investing in our affiliates.”Continue Reading

B&C: Telemundo Station Group Launches TeleXitos Multicast Net

It is the first Spanish-language network of its kind, says Barbara Alfonso, who was named TeleXitos director following a 25-year career at NBC O&O WTVJ Miami, most recently as programming and community marketing manager.Continue Reading

NAB Licensed to Serve: A Banner Year For Broadcast Election Coverage

During the 2014 election season, television broadcast stations across the country donated thousands of hours in free airtime to provide voters with critical information about the candidates and issues on the ballot on Election Day. In addition to providing news coverage of races for local, state and federal offices, local broadcasters also produced, aired and streamed scores of debates to help viewers and listeners make informed decisions at the polls.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

TVNewsCheck: Raycom Ups Ken Reiner To Programming VP

Raycom Media today promoted Ken Reiner to vice president of programming. The veteran television industry executive is currently corporate director of programming for the group and will continue to be based out of Raycom’s Los Angeles programming offices. The promotion is effective Sept. 1, 2014.…Continue Reading

Variety: CBS Seeks More Than $500K for Ads in ‘Thursday Night Football’

According to John Bogusz, the network’s executive vice president of sports sales and marketing, CBS has seen good demand for football from automobile manufacturers, movie studios, fast food chains, beverage marketers and telecommunications advertisers.…Continue Reading

NetNewsCheck: For Scripps, Digital Is Destiny

Under the leadership of CEO Rich Boehne and Digital SVP Adam Symson, the company is engaged in an earnest effort at multifront innovation to do a rare thing in local media — proactively getting in front of its destiny. (see also)    …Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Univision Makes Two Executive Appointments

Univision Communications Inc. has made two appointments to its executive team. Kevin Cuddihy has been named president of local media and Jessica Rodriguez was appointed chief marketing officer, effective immediately. Both Cuddihy and Rodriguez will be based in New York and report to Randy Falco, president and chief executive officer of UCI.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Scripps 2Q TV Station Revenue Grows 4%

The E.W. Scripps Co. reported that its television station revenues in the second quarter of 2014 were $116 million, up $4.4 million or 4% from the 2013 quarter. The increase was fueled by higher local, political and digital revenue as well as a 21% rise in retrans money.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Entravision 2Q TV Revenue Climbs 9%

Entravision Communications Corp. reported second quarter television segment revenue of $43.2 million, up 9% from $39.6 million in the same quarter a year ago. Television operating expenses totaled $20.2 million, an increase of 3% from $19.6 million in the 2013 quarter.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gray Television 2Q Rev Climbs 27%

Gray Television total revenue increased $22.9 million, or 27%, to $107.2 million for the second quarter of 2014 compared to the same quarter of 2013. The increase, the company said, was primarily due to increases in the majority of its revenue categories. …Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Nexstar 2Q Net Revenue Up 16.4%

Nexstar Broadcasting Group today reported record second quarter revenue of $146.9 million, up 16.4% from the year-earlier period.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: 2Q TV Revenue At Journal Rises 12.8%

Journal Communications announced results for its second quarter that were powered by a 12.8% increase in television revenue, to $46.9 million, up from $41.6 million in the same period of 2013. Steven J. Smith, Chairman and CEO, said: “Last week, Journal Communications announced an exciting transaction with The E.W. Scripps Company, where together we will create two publicly traded media businesses that will continue to serve their communities with a commitment to integrity, excellence, and enterprise journalism.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Sinclair Names Lipps Springfield-Decatur GM

Sinclair Broadcast Group has appointed Rick Lipps general manager of its ABC affiliate WICS Springfield-Decatur, Ill. (DMA 84). He will also oversee sales and other non-programming related services of WRSP (Fox) and WBUI (CW) in the same market pursuant to joint sales and shared services agreements.…Continue Reading

NetNewsCheck: ABC O&O New Sites Push Video, Mobile

The new websites ABC Owned Television Stations have up and running are designed to keep pace as the media industry — and users’ news consumption habits — change. The new sites are localized for each of the group’s eight TV stations. …Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Sinclair 2Q Revenue Up 45% To $404.2M

Sinclair Broadcast Group reported that in the three months ending March 31 its net broadcast revenues from continuing operations increased 44.7% to $404.2 million, versus $279.3 million in the prior year period.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: LIN 2Q Revenue Climbs 15% To $188.8 Million

Local revenues, which include net local advertising revenues, retransmission consent fee revenues and TV station website revenues, increased 10% to $117.3 million compared to $107.1 million in the second quarter of 2013.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Nexstar Selling WEVV For $18.6 Million

Nexstar Broadcasting Group has entered into a definitive agreement with Bayou City Broadcasting Evansville Inc. (BCBE) for the sale of WEVV, the CBS affiliate in Evansville, Ind. (DMA 104), $18.6 million.…Continue Reading

NetNewsCheck: Gannett Reorganizing, Buying Cars.com

Gannett Co. announced its plan to create two publicly traded companies — one exclusively focused on its broadcasting and digital businesses, and the other on its publishing business.…Continue Reading

JRN News Release: Scripps, Journal Merging Broadcast Operations, Spinning off Newspapers

Transaction will create two focused public companies, one built upon TV, the other newspapers.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Split: Tribune Co. Becomes Tribune Media Co.

With its newspaper division spinoff complete the company redefines itself and launches a new website, www.tribunemedia.com. Tribune Media comprises Tribune Broadcasting, WGN America, Tribune Studios, Tribune Digital Ventures, WGN-AM Chicago and  Tribune  Real Estate.…Continue Reading

LA Times: Univision Ranked No. 1 Network Among Key Demo in July Sweeps

"Our programming keeps getting better because we focus on our community and issues relevant to our community. ... People are engaging more than they ever have before," Alberto Mier y Terán, the executive vice president of Univision Television Group, told the Los Angeles Times.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Graham Media Group 2Q Revenue Rises 10%

Graham Holdings Co. reported second quarter financial results that included a 10% increase in revenue at its television broadcasting division, formerly Post-Newsweek Stations. Revenue rose to $88.3 million.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Meredith Local Media Fiscal 4Q Rev Up 20%

Record digital/mobile advertising revenues and higher retransmission-related money drive the quarter’s revenue to $111 million. For the full fiscal year the Local Media Group’s revenue rose 7% to a record $403 million.…Continue Reading

MediaPost: ABC, 4C Insights Expand Alliance To Enhance Social, Sponsorships

ABC says it will use social data to customize and evaluate big marketing deals in an exclusive arrangement with social media company 4C Insights.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: E.W. Scripps, Journal Merging Broadcast Ops

The E.W. Scripps Co. and Journal Communications have agreed to merge their broadcast operations and spin off and then merge their newspapers, creating two separately traded public companies.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: NBC News Ups Haeringer To Intl. News EP

NBC News has promoted Madeleine Haeringer from executive producer of Richard Engel’s production unit, which produces both short-form and long-form pieces for all NBC News broadcasts and platforms, to executive producer of international news. In this new role, she will manage the editorial agenda for NBC’s foreign news coverage as well as continue to lead Engel’s unit. Haeringer is based in New York.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: KARE’s Eckert Wants Local News With Impact

Steve Eckert, a veteran TV newsman with stations and NBC news, was given the task of building an investigative unit at Gannett's NBC affiliate in Minneapolis-St. Paul.  His plan involves producing stories so compelling that they “make viewers feel the same exhilaration that I felt when I found that smoking-gun document in the dusty basement of the courthouse.”…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: FCC Okays Modified Sinclair-Allbritton Deal

The FCC approved Sinclair Broadcast Group's  $985 million purchase of eight ABC affiliates in seven markets from Allbritton Communications, saying it was satisfied with changes Sinclair had made to comply with the agency's newly tightened local ownership rules.…Continue Reading

Variety: James Patterson Signs First-Look Deal with CBS TV

James Patterson Entertainment, the bestselling author’s namesake shingle, has closed a first-look deal for a multi-year first look deal with CBS Television Studios.…Continue Reading

MediaPost: NBCU Creates New Sales Research Unit

Following up on what was a successful TV upfront ad sales period, NBCUniversal is creating a new advertising sales research unit.The new Advertising Sales Research and Strategy group will focus on cross-platform media — providing clients with more access to data-focused media analysis for the company’s two broadcast networks, 17 cable channels and more than 50 digital platforms.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gray Buys Stations in Flint, Toledo For $128M

Gray Television is buying ABC affiliates WJRT Flint-Saginaw-Bay City, Mich. (DMA 68) and WTVG Toledo, Ohio (DMA 76) from SJL Holdings for approximately $128 million in cash, the publicly traded station group announced. …Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Media General Taps Andy Alford As WFLA GM

Andy Alford is moving up the Media General ranks, becoming VP/GM of WFLA, the company's NBC affiliate in Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla. (DMA 14) starting Aug. 1. He will also continue in his role as VP of Sales for Media General, a position he's held since June 1, the company says.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Nexstar Names Jon Skorburg WOI GM/VP

Jon Skorburg, a veteran broadcaster will more than 30 years experience, has been named VP/GM of WOI, Nexstar's ABC affiliate in De Moines, Iowa, as well as digital properties including the community site WeAreIowa.com.…Continue Reading

NetNewsCheck: Univision News Expands Focus On Health

Univision News has launched several multiplatform initiatives aimed at giving Hispanic audiences direct access to the most current and reliable health-related information and resources. “Our multiplatform approach to health reporting speaks to our dedication to responsible health journalism and our commitment to keeping our community informed about crucial health issues,” said Isaac Lee, president of Univision News.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Sinclair Launches American Sports Network

Sinclair Broadcast Group unveiled the American Sports Network, a collegiate sports initiative to be broadcast on a number of Sinclair’s television stations, and has entered into comprehensive sports rights agreements with a number of NCAA Division I conferences including Conference USA, the Colonial Athletic Association, Big South Conference, Southern Conference, and Patriot League.…Continue Reading

The New York Times: Biggest Scorer in World Cup? Maybe Univision

The World Cup has been a record-breaking event for Univision, which has dominated its TV rivals in several of America’s largest cities — Los Angeles, Miami and Houston. It even won the New York market for some games.…Continue Reading

MediaPost: ABC Appoints Dean As First VP Of Programmatic And Data-Driven Sales

ABC on Thursday announced the appointment of Mike Dean as its vice president of programmatic and data-driven sales, a new position at the company.…Continue Reading

FTVLive: Match Made in Heaven! Sinclair Hires Sharyl Attkisson

Sinclair Broadcasting has hired former CBS Correspondent Sharyl Attkisson to work as an Investigative Reporter for the company.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: NBCU Taps Juliano as SVP, Consumer Product Strategy

Looking to push more TV Everywhere usage and business, NBCUniversal continues to hire more senior executives. Following the recent hire of Alison Moore, who became executive vice president and general manager of TV Everywhere, NBCU has now appointed Dina Juliano, as senior vice president of consumer product strategy.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Fox Stations Beef Up Local News In 9 Markets

Fox Television Stations will expand its local news offerings in nine markets this year: Los Angeles; Philadelphia; Washington; Atlanta; Minneapolis; Phoenix; Charlotte, N.C.; Memphis; and Austin, Texas. With the additions, which total 29½ hours, FTS will broadcast 885 hours of local news per week.…Continue Reading

WCPO.com: E.W. Scripps Co. Hires Twitter Sales Exec to Run Digital Entrepreneurs-in-Residence Team

The E.W. Scripps Co. is deepening its ties to Cincinnati’s entrepreneurial community by hiring Twitter executive J.B. Kropp as vice president of digital strategy.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Fox and Cox to Swap 4 Stations in 3 Markets

Fox Television Stations and Cox Media Group (CMG) announced an agreement under which FTS will swap its Fox affiliated stations in Memphis (DMA 50) and Boston (DMA 7) for two Cox stations in San Francisco (DMA 6). …Continue Reading

MediaPost: Entravision Buys Pulpo Media, Enhances Digital Ad Capabilities

Spanish-language broadcaster Entravision has acquired Pulpo Media, which offers digital advertising services to reach Hispanics in the U.S. and Latin America, for $15 million plus up to $3 million in performance-based contingent payments, according to a joint announcement.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Media General Buying WHTM For $83.4M

Media General is buying WHTM, the ABC affiliate in Harrisburg, Pa. (DMA 43), that the Sinclair Broadcast Group is spinning off from its $985 million acquisition of Allbritton Communications, it was announced by the parties.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: GetTV Signs Big Affiliation Deal With Sinclair

GetTV, Sony Pictures Television Networks’ multicast network, significantly increased its national distribution footprint announcing a deal with Sinclair Broadcast Group that adds 33 TV markets to the classic movie diginet’s affiliate roster.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Nexstar Completes Buy Of 5 Hoak/Gray TVs

Spun off from Gray's purchase of Hoak Media, the three stations and two satellites are the group’s first in Panama City, Fla., and Grand Junction, Colo. Nexstar got them for $33.5 million. …Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gray Completes Hoak-Prime Station Buy

To comply with the FCC's new local ownership rules, the broadcaster has shut down some stations, moving programming to subchannels, and hired the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council to find new owners for six stations it is giving up. Gray has now closed on all announced transactions, except for three stations in Montana for approximately $2  million.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: NBCU Labs Seeks Future Of TV, Movies, Parks

Sanjay Macwan, head of NBCU’s new Media Labs, says a key to fostering technology innovation across the company's diverse range of holdings is to start by examining the five "anys" of consumer demands: "They expect any content, anytime, anywhere, on any device and by any means necessary." He also talks about where mobility and interactivity fit in and the sharing of technology with others.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Fox O&Os Adding Rentrak’s Local Ratings

Fox Television Stations signed a long-term agreement with Rentrak to acquire the ratings firm’s local market television ratings services for all Fox-owned television stations. This represents 28 stations across 18 markets.…Continue Reading

NetNewsCheck: Auburn-Raycom Team For Real-Time Training

Auburn University is in the middle of the competitive Columbus, Georgia DMA (127), which helped inspire a new partnership between its journalism school and Montgomery-based broadcaster Raycom Media. Raycom invested about $350,000 in equipment and expertise to create a studio near the Auburn campus. …Continue Reading

MediaPost: PointRoll To Add Video Viewability Tool

PointRoll, a Gannett company, announced plans to release a video viewability tool for marketers. The tool will report whether in-stream videos were viewable and will also capture the size of the publisher’s video player.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Paul Perozeni Tapped To Head WJW Cleveland

Tribune Broadcasting has named Paul Perozeni the VP-general manager of its Fox affiliate WJW Cleveland (DMA 19).  Perozeni's promotion is effective immediately and he will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the station, including strategic planning and day-to-day operations. …Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Nexstar Broadcasting Enters Into Definitive Agreements With Marshall Broadcasting Group For Sale Of Three Full-Powered Network Affiliated Stations

— Marshall to Launch New Local News and Sports Programming at the Stations as well as Minority Oriented Public Affairs Programming in Each Market —
Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc.  announced that it entered into definitive agreements with Marshall Broadcasting Group, Inc. (“MBG”) for the sale of three network affiliated stations (“the stations”) in three markets for $58.5 million. MBG intends to fund the station acquisitions through borrowings which Nexstar has agreed to guarantee.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: NBC Boosts Buildup For Belmont Stakes

Viewership interest in the Belmont essentially doubles when there's a horse entered with the chance of becoming the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: ABC Plunges Into TV Upfront Market

Add ABC to the list of TV networks getting started in this year's upfront market. The Walt Disney outlet has begun conversations with advertisers and may even be doing a little business, according to an ad buyer and another person with knowledge of the pace of negotiations.…Continue Reading

NetNewsCheck: Cox Dayton Spawns Print-TV-Digital Reporter

The all-media journalist is the fastest-growing job in a newsroom that brought Cox Media Group’s print, television, radio and digital operations into one space and converged workflow in 2010. The AMJ also may have the widest ramifications for the profession at large as jobs disappear and individual responsibilities proliferate within newsrooms. …Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Sinclair Plan Shot Down By FCC Fine Print

The FCC has all but slammed the door on a broadcast industry proposal that could have made it easier for TV station groups to introduce a new advanced television standard in the U.S., broadcast industry.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gannett: Social Plus TV To Drive Programming

“There’s an opportunity for us and other broadcasters to take advantage of the organic relationship between social media and television. The majority of our viewers have an Internet-enabled device within three feet of them when they are watching television.” -Gannett President David Lougee…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Steep Workflow Challenges At Cox Dayton

A recent reorganization of the newsroom has 70% of Cox Media Group’s staff working together on multimedia, just three years after newspaper, TV, radio and digital operations were combined. This Digital Deep Dive special report looks at the bold steps CMG has taken.…Continue Reading

TV by the Numbers: Bounce TV Grows Primetime Adults 25-54 Delivery by 74%, and Adults 18-49 by 67% in May

Bounce TV, the nation’s fast-growing and only broadcast television network for African Americans, continued to rack up massive ratings and viewership gains in all key demographics across all dayparts in the just-completed May ratings period.…Continue Reading

LIN Media: LIN Media Announces 2014 Minority Broadcast and Digital Scholarship Recipients

LIN Media LLC announced N’Deea Lee as the recipient of its 2014 Minority Broadcast Scholarship and Training Program and Preston Yeung as the recipient of its 2014 Minority Digital Scholarship and Training Program. LIN Media's Minority Scholarship and Training Program is an integral part of the Company's strategy to strengthen its talent base and deepen connections within its local communities by building on the cultural diversity of its workforce.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Media General Training Brings Social Uptick

Putting photos on Facebook posts and linking to stories in tweets may seem like Intro to Social Media for a newsroom, but Media General is finding that giving staffers a bit of formal training in those kind of site-specific maneuvers is paying off big.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Big Deals = Big Changes In Station Groups

The past 12 months have seen a frenzy of station acquisitions among the biggest television station group owners that resulted in five of last year’s top 25 companies leaving the list through mergers. They are Allbritton, Belo, LIN, Local TV and Young.…Continue Reading

HispanicAd.com: 2014 Post HISPANIC Upfront Television Guide [Report]

The fastest growing Spanish language portfolio in the U.S.…Continue Reading

Spots 'n Dots: Nexstar Expands Digital Portfolio

Nexstar Broadcasting Group has acquired the stock of Enterprise Technology Group (ETG), a provider of cloud-based content management, engagement and monetization solutions. …Continue Reading

B & C: ABC Owned Stations Launch New Websites

In another illustration of the growing importance of mobile traffic, Disney/ABC Television Group has unveiled new web sites at its owned TV stations that offer a much better experience for users accessing the sites from a variety of different devices.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: CBS Working On 24-Hour Digital News Ch.

CBS Corp. Chairman-CEO Leslie Moonves says his company is in the “early stages” of developing a 24-hour digital news network, an effort being overseen by David Rhodes. Moonves announced that the digital channel would be “an exciting alternative to cable news.”…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gannett Buys 6 London Broadcasting Stations

The $215 million deal for the Texas stations breaks down to two ABC and Fox affils and one each from CBS and NBC, with an additional NBC affil on a subchannel. After closing, London COO Phil Hurley will continue to run the stations.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Kimberley Harris Named To NAB TV Board

Kimberley Harris, NBCUniversal executive vice president and general counsel, has been chosen to assume the NBC network seat on the NAB TV Board of Directors effective immediately, NAB announced on Tuesday. The seat was previously held by Meredith Baker, who was recently named president-CEO of CTIA-The Wireless Association.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: ABC Pitches Disney Synergy For Turnaround

ABC plans to begin testing a new level of data-driven ad sales for its online video inventory this summer, according to the network, in the latest step by TV networks toward programmatic ad selling and buying.…Continue Reading

AdWeek: Telemundo Boosts World Cup Rights, New President in Upfront Presentation

NBCUniversal's Telemundo is taking a victory lap for its World Cup acquisition back in 2011 during the upfront this season. Sitting in the driver's seat during that lap is newly announced network president Luis Silberwasser.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Making Bigger Better For Nexstar's News

Over the past five years, Nexstar has poured $78 million into improving its expanding TV news operations, which today comprise 39 newsrooms producing for 70 stations. …Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Scripps 1Q TV Station Revenue Grows 5.4%

The E.W. Scripps Co. today reported that its television station revenues in the first quarter of 2014 were up 5.4% to $102 million, driven by strong local advertising, retransmission revenue growth and higher-than-expected political advertising revenue of $2.7 million as well as $1.7 million in incremental 2014 Winter Olympics advertising on its three NBC-affiliated stations.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Entravision TV Revenue Up 8% In 1Q

 Entravision Communications Corp. reported first quarter television segment revenue of $37.7 million, an increase of 7.9% from the same period in 2013.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: CBS TV Stations’ 1Q Rev Dips 5% To $626M

CBS Corp.’s Local Broadcasting (which includes TV and radio stations) revenues for the first quarter of 2014 decreased 2% to $626 million from $638 million for the same prior-year period.
The drop was due, in part, to comparisons that included revenue from CBS’s broadcast of Super Bowl XLVII in 2013 (this year’s game was on Fox), as well as two fewer NCAA Tournament games on CBS during the first quarter of 2014 versus the same prior-year period. However, the decline was partially offset by growth in retransmission revenues.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gray Television 1Q Rev Climbs 17% To $91M

Gray Television total revenue increased $13.1 million, or 17%, to $91.3 million for the first quarter of 2014 compared to the first quarter of 2013. The increase, the company said, was primarily due to increases in local advertising revenue and retransmission consent revenue, as well as an expected increase in political advertising revenue.…Continue Reading

The Hill: Broadcast Giant Forms PAC

Broadcast industry giant Sinclair Broadcasting Group is forming a PAC, according to paperwork recently filed with Federal Election Commission.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Nexstar 1Q Net Rev Up 19% to Record $134M

Nexstar Broadcasting Group reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31 that included a 19.3% gain in net revenue to $133.8 million, up from $112.2 million a year earlier — a record, according to Nexstar.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Block Seeks Limited FCC Retrans Intervention

The FCC should crack down on larger broadcasters and cable operators alike when they abuse their power by making unreasonable demands during retransmission consent negotiations — or so says Block Communications Inc.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gray Buys Three Montana Stations

Gray Television Inc. announced that it is buying three network-affiliated television stations in Montana for approximately $2,000,000.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Sinclair 1Q Revenue Climbs 47.8%

Sinclair Broadcast Group reported today that in the three months ended March 31 its net broadcast revenues from continuing operations increased 47.8% to $373.9 million, versus $252.9 million in the prior year period.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: LeDuff Gets National Beat For Fox Stations

Charlie LeDuff was named national news correspondent for Fox Television Stations (FTS). In addition to leading a series of national news reports on all Fox O&Os called The Americans with Charlie LeDuff, he will continue his role as investigative reporter for Fox’s WJBK Detroit.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Post-Newsweek TV Stations' Revs Grow 24%

Higher winter Olympic TV advertising, retransmission fees and political advertising boosted Graham Holdings' Post-Newsweek TV stations in the first quarter. Revenues grew 24% to $85.7 million.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gray Adds North And South Dakota TVs

Gray Television Inc. closed previously announced transactions that add television stations in North and South Dakota to its portfolio — KEVN and its satellite station KIVV from Mission TV. These stations serve as the Fox affiliate for the Rapid City, S.D., market.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Journal 1Q TV Revenue Up 12.6% To $46M

Journal Communications today announced results for its first quarter that were powered by a 12.6% increase in television revenue, to $46 million, up from $40.8 million in the same period of 2013. …Continue Reading

TVSpy: Hearst Television VP of Sales Kathleen Keefe to Retire

Kathleen Keefe, the vice president of sales at Hearst Television, will retire at the end of the year. “Kathleen has provided great leadership and mentorship not only to our sales efforts, but our company,” said Hearst Television president Jordan Wertlieb said in a statement. …Continue Reading

MediaPost: Media General Revs Spike To 16%, Digital Soars 33%

Bolstered by its merger with Young Broadcasting last year, Media General witnessed sharply higher first-quarter financial results. The combined company's net operating revenue improved 16% to $147 million, with operating income rising to $19.3 million from $12.8 million. Net income almost doubled to $5.4 million from $3.0 million.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: A Broadcaster's Guide To Washington Issues

Here's a quick briefing on the legal and regulatory proceedings affecting broadcasters from communications attorneys David Oxenford and David O'Connor. …Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: LIN 1Q Revenue Climbs 18% To $166M

LIN Media today reported results for its first quarter that included an 18% gain in net revenue to $166.2 million, compared to $141 million in the first quarter of 2013.…Continue Reading

MediaPost: Retrans, Ads Send Meredith TV Revs Soaring 14.5%

Strong core TV station advertising revenue as well as higher retrans fees-related revenues helped contribute to double-digit gains for Meredith Corp.'s Local Media Group, its television stations and a video content creation group during its fiscal 2014 third-quarter period.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Nexstar To Issue Quarterly Cash Dividend

Nexstar Broadcasting Group’s board of directors today declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per share of its Class A common stock. …Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Sinclair Hires Moelis To Help Sell Stations

Sinclair Broadcast Group announced that it has engaged Moelis & Co. as its financial adviser in connection with the company’s potential sale of CBS affiliate WHP (CBS) in Harrisburg, Pa., together with the right to provide services to WLYH (CW) Harrisburg, WMMP (MNT) Charleston, S.C., and WABM (MNT) Birmingham, Ala.…Continue Reading

MediaPost: Gray Television Launches LocalX Marketing, Helps Ad Clients Utilize Digital

Gray is launching LocalX Marketing in two phases. The first phase will bring digital marketing services to 19 markets, with a second phase extending to the rest of the company’s markets by the end of this year.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Pete Marquardt Named GM Of WGBA-WACY

The former GM of WJFW Wausau-Rhinelander, Wis., succeeds Joe Poss as head of Journal’s NBC and MNT Wisconsin duopoly.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Crafting The Rebirth Of NBC’s TV Stations

Valari Staab, the president of the NBC Owned Television Stations, took over management of the 10 stations a few years back. Her bosses also gave her the charge of improving the group and money to do so. She talks about how her investment in investigative reporters, helicopters, additional newscasts, new facilities and other resources has paid off. …Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Jane Pauley To Join CBS News

Bob Schieffer broke the news during his annual Schieffer Symposium on the News at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth that longtime NBC journalist Jane Pauley will join CBS News Sunday Morning as a contributor.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: James Goldston To Head ABC News

The former SVP for content and development at ABC News is promoted to succeed Ben Sherwood who recently was upped to co-president, Disney/ABC Television Group.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Tribune Names Geiger GM Of Hartford Duo

Tribune Co.  announced the appointment of Chris Geiger as VP-GM of its WTIC (Fox) and WCCT (CW) in Hartford, Conn. (DMA 30). He succeeds Richard Graziano, who left to become GM of Tribune’s WPIX New York.…Continue Reading

TVSpy: Granite Broadcasting to Launch OTA Broadcast Service for Tablets

Granite Broadcasting and Motive Television have teamed up to bring over the air TV to tablets. The new venture, called Tablet Television, will launch as a beta test at Granite’s San Francisco Bay Area station KOFY summer 2014 with a full launch planned in the fall.…Continue Reading

MediaPost: NBCU Mulls Programmatic TV/Digital Upfront Deals

NBCU would be the biggest TV-media content company to consider using programmatic/automated systems — where advertisers can purchase target audiences across multiple media platforms, TV networks and digital TV platforms.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: NBC Affils Get Briefed On TV Everywhere Plan

A day after NBCUniversal announced the rollout of its TV Everywhere platform, affiliates are starting to ramp up for getting onboard in the fall. The logistics and costs associated with participating in the network’s TV Everywhere initiative topped discussion at a closed-door affiliates meeting in Las Vegas, according to Hearst Television President Jordan Wertlieb, chairman of the NBC Affiliates Board.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Fox Affils Like What They Hear From Network

“There were things that they showed us today that I think makes us optimistic and confident that Fox is going to get this thing turned around and we’ll get back to a position of dominance that they and we have enjoyed for so long,” said Jeff Rosser, chairman of the Fox affiliates board,  after the closed-door session during the NAB Show. He is also group VP of television at Raycom Media.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: NBC Sets Online Talent Search For Comedy Writers

NBC is launching a national talent search for comedy writers. The initiative dubbed "NBC Comedy Playground" will give up to 10 finalists the chance to create pilots and a formal presentation.…Continue Reading

MediaPost: Hearst Taps Anvato For Streaming Ad Insertion

The technology will allow Hearst stations to insert user-targeted ads via their existing digital ad servers, including local and national spots. This means they can automatically replace original broadcast ads throughout their live video streams with broadcast-style ad pods specific to local markets.…Continue Reading

MediaBistro: Nexstar Names Derek Jeffery GM of KGET

“Localism is our top priority at Nexstar and Derek brings a unique home town understanding of the local Bakersfield community to his new role at KGET-TV. His efforts and initiatives have fostered long-term relationships with local advertisers and community businesses and he has been a key contributor to the station’s success in the market,” Nexstar COO Brian Jones said in a statement.…Continue Reading

TVSpy: Media General Names Don Pratt GM of WCBD

“We are delighted to attract such a talented broadcast leader to WCBD,” Bob Peterson, VP of broadcast markets for Media General said in a statement. “Don understands the Charleston market from a news perspective and what drives its audience.”…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gray Revises Hoak Buy, Gets Partial FCC OK

Gray Television has received FCC approval to acquire six full-power TV stations and one low-power station (along with five satellite stations) in six markets from Hoak Media, the publicly traded Gray announced last night.…Continue Reading

Wisdom Digital Media: Hearst Television Rolls Out Anvato's Digital Ad Insertion Technology for Live Streaming

Hearst Television has deployed new digital ad insertion (DAI) technology for live streaming at more than 20 of its TV stations. Unveiled in March, Anvato's unique server-side technology enables broadcasters to use the same live linear adaptive bitrate (ABR) streams on every screen, while allowing them to insert unique, user-targeted ads via their existing digital ad server. …Continue Reading

MediaPost: Broadcasters Debut Pearl, Interactive TV Tested In 3 Trial Market

Major TV broadcasters are starting up a locally based interactive TV trial in three markets which will deliver enhanced content and advertising during local TV newscasts.Stations participating in the trial include WSB (Cox), WGCL (Meredith) and WXIA (Gannett) in Atlanta; WOIO (Raycom), WEWS (Scripps) and WKYC (Gannett) in Cleveland; WKMG (Post-Newsweek), WFTV (Cox) and WESH (Hearst) in Orlando.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Two New Diginets To Launch This Summer

The new Katz Broadcasting plans to launch Escape, aimed at women, and Grit, which will target men. Both will debut on the Univision Television Group, covering 30% of the U.S.…Continue Reading

Variety: Longtime Univision Host Raul Gonzalez to Host Variety Show for Telemundo

“We are thrilled to have one of the top TV personalities in Spanish language television join Telemundo’s exclusive talent roster,” said Jesus Torres Viera, exec VP of programming for Telemundo Network. …Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Hearst Television Expands Political Coverage

Hearst Television Inc. announced it is renewing and expanding its biennial pledge to devote extensive coverage of elections in 25 TV markets this year under a “Commitment 2014” banner.…Continue Reading

Robert Feder: WGN Gets New TV Boss From Cleveland

Moving up from the 19th largest market to the third is Greg Easterly, a 17-year veteran of WJW-TV, Cleveland’s Fox affiliate. Tribune Co. picked up WJW last December as part of its $2.7 billion acquisition of 16 stations owned by Local TV Holdings. Easterly spent his first 10 years at the station as news director before he was named general manager in 2007. His promotion to WGN was announced  by Larry Wert, president of Tribune Broadcast Media. …Continue Reading

The Wrap: Cynthia McFadden Jumps From ABC to NBC News, Juju Chang to Replace Her on ‘Nightline’

“Nightline” has appointed Juju Chang as co-anchor, replacing Cynthia McFadden, who is exiting the ABC News series in order to join NBC News. ABC News president Ben Sherwood announced Chang's elevation in a note to the news division, saying that the “vital member of the ‘Nightline’ team for many years” will assume the co-anchor role effective immediately.…Continue Reading

Deadline: Incoming Disney/ABC TV Group President Ben Sherwood On Getting The Big Job, His Learning Curve & ABC Topper Paul Lee

It has been a whirlwind of three months for Ben Sherwood. In December, he signed a new long-term contract with ABC News, which he had led since December 2010. Now he has been given the keys to a much bigger Disney TV kingdom, named the successor to Anne Sweeney as co-chairman, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Media Gen/LIN To Sell Or Swap In 5 Markets

Before they can close their proposed $1.6 merger, Media General and LIN Media will have to sell or swap stations in five markets to comply with FCC rules limiting common ownership of more than one station in a market, Media General CEO George Mahoney told securities analysts following the announcement of the mega-deal.…Continue Reading

Reuters: Media General To Buy Broadcaster LIN Media For $1.6 Bln

Media General Inc said it would buy LIN Media LLC for $1.6 billion to create a broadcaster reaching nearly a quarter of U.S. households with a television.…Continue Reading

The Hollywood Reporter: Fox Networks Promotes Two Executives

Jessica Fang will oversee relationships and negotiating agreements with distributors covering all of the company's platforms, including Fox's 44 O&O's. David Espinosa's new role includes negotiation, implementation and administration of affiliation and retransmission consent agreements.…Continue Reading

MediaPost: Telemundo, Chevy Bow Sports Reality Web Show

Chevrolet and Telemundo are producing a new digital sports reality series, “La Cueva de la Fiera” (“Cave of the Beast”) hosted on the Telemundo Web site.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Nexstar Buys Internet Broadcasting Systems

The television station group is paying $20 million to acquire the digital services provider. Its products include websites, a digital publishing platform, original and syndicated content, as well as one of the largest digital advertising agencies.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Warren Buffett Buys Post-Newsweek’s WPLG

Graham Holdings Co. and Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. today announced that they have reached an agreement in principle for Berkshire to acquire Graham’s WPLG Miami (DMA 16).…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Gray Reports Strong 4Q, Full-Year Results

In the quarter, local ad revenue increased 13%, to $57 million; national was up 7%, to $16.2 million; Internet ad revenue grew 6%, to $7.0 million; while retransmission consent revenue increased 35%, to $11.5 million.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Scripps 4Q Core TV Station Rev Down 24.2%

Political disparity is the big culprit. Core local and national television advertising revenue rose 17%, retrans grew 42% and digital revenue was up 7.9%.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Journal’s 4Q TV Rev -13%, +9% For Year

Excluding political and Olympics revenue, same-station core revenue increased 11% in the quarter. Same-station local was up 2%, while same-station national grew 0.7%. 4Q Retrans grew from $2.9 million to $5.9 million.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Nexstar Names Dir. Of Local Content In East

Former news director Christopher Berg will to lead cross-platform content development in Nexstar’s West region markets. Jerry Walsh has the same responsibilities for the company’s Eastern markets.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Sinclair Makes Two Executive Appointments

Sinclair Broadcast Group promoted David B. Amy to executive vice president and chief operating officer from executive vice president and chief financial officer, and named Christopher Ripley chief financial officer, effective April 2.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Media Gen: Digital Rev Growth Everyday Job

Andy Lobred, Media General's VP of digital media, is on a mission to boost digital to 10% of his company's overall revenue. His solution: Staffing stations with digital-only sellers and diversifying digital products. In an interview with NetNewsCheck, Lobred explains how he holds on to effective digital sellers, weighs in on programmatic buying and talks about expanding digital marketing services business into all of its markets.…Continue Reading

MediaPost: Nexstar Broadcasting Rockets Local Advertising, Retrans Revs

After a big year of TV station acquisitions, mid-size TV station group Nexstar Broadcasting posted a nearly 20% rise in revenue in the fourth quarter. Revenue was $138.1 million for the Irving, Texas-based company. Nexstar results came from realizing benefits from TV station acquisitions that were completed in 2013.…Continue Reading

MediaPost: NBC News Goes Native, Produces And Airs :30s For Xerox

NBCU described the content as “original video” featuring “30-second snapshots of the day’s headlines, produced by and curated for each network audience, including ‘Why does the price of gas fluctuate?,’ ‘Are Black Holes dangerous?’ and ‘How should you analyze your golf round?  People today consume content on the go. They want easy, digestible information to become better informed about wide-ranging topics,” said Seth Winter, executive vice president, News and Sports Advertising Sales Group, NBCUniversal. …Continue Reading

TV NewsCheck: Sinclair Broadcast Group: Big Plans, Big Role

The Baltimore super group grows dramatically in size and industry influence. With the great expansion, Sinclair has moved to the top ranks of TV broadcasting and earned its recognition as TVNewsCheck’s Station Group of the Year for 2014. …Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Scripps Developing Live 4 P.M. Show For Fall

Station group E. W. Scripps is developing an original daytime program for fall 2014 to air on eight of its stations.The news-oriented program will have nationally focused content and some local content. It will air on ABC affiliate KNXV Phoenix and NBC affiliate KSHB Kansas City, Mo. and six other Scripps stations.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: LIN Expands Minority Training Program

LIN Media has expanded the eligibility for its Minority Scholarship and Training Program to both sophomores and juniors, and is now accepting applications until March 31. The company will award one broadcast television scholarship/internship and one digital media scholarship/internship in May, to commence this summer.…Continue Reading

SportTechBlog: NBC-owned Stations Step Up Sochi Presence, Tie Into NBC News Channel And Network News, Share Content

The 10 NBC-owned news properties have about 25 people on-site and are sharing an Avid Interplay server system, making it easy for everyone to share interviews, clips, and other content without having to use drives and tapes (although a couple of stations are using Grass Valley Edius, which requires content to be dumped on a drive for transfer the good old-fashioned way). And, once packages are completed and ready to be shipped home, the Latakoo file-transport system is used to compress and transfer the content.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Journal Names Joe Poss GM Of WTMJ

Journal Broadcast Group has named Joe Poss vice president and general manager of NBC affiliate WTMJ Milwaukee (DMA 34). The appointment is effective Feb. 17.…Continue Reading

The Daily Record: Sinclair Has A Shot At Gold

Sinclair has never benefited from Olympics-related revenue in the past, but has acquired multiple NBC stations since the 2012 Olympic Games and now expects $3.6M in revenue related to the air of 2014 Winter Olympics.…Continue Reading

Hollywood Reporter: Leslie Moonves Predicts Soaring CBS Retrans Revenue, Long-term Football Prospects

In announcing record results for CBS Corp. in the final quarter of 2013 and for the full year, an ebullient CEO Leslie Moonves pointed to two $2 billion announcements.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Sinclair Posts Gain In 4Q, 2013 Revenue

Sinclair Broadcast Group today reported fourth quarter net broadcast revenues from continuing operations rose 33.2% to $382.3 million, versus $287.1 million in the prior year period.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Quincy Buying Stations From Granite, Malara

Quincy Newspapers Inc., a private, family-owned media company headquartered in Quincy, Ill., will be adding nine stations in four markets to its broadcasting portfolio.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Media General Moving KRON Operations

Media General plans to move the operations of KRON, its MyNetworkTV affiliate in San Francisco (DMA 6), to another building in San Francisco. Media General said that it has reached agreement with ABC-owned KGO to sublease space for KRON’s operations.…Continue Reading

LIN Media Press Release: LIN Media Appoints Jordan Hoffner as Chief Executive Officer of Federated Media

Digital and Content Marketing Leader to Strategically Direct Next Chapter of Innovation and Growth.…Continue Reading

NetNewsCheck: Raycom Eyes Diversification With Digital Biz

The broadcaster, with its new Raycom Innovation Group, is using digital solutions to confront new challenges to its core business. …Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Scripps Buying Granite TVs In Buffalo, Detroit

The E.W. Scripps Co. reaffirmed its commitment to broadcasting, acquiring ABC affiliate WKBW Buffalo (DMA 52) and MNT affiliate WMYD Detroit (DMA 11) from Granite Broadcasting for $110 million.…Continue Reading

NetNewsCheck: Post-Newsweek Hones Digital Targeting

Project Identity has the station group's digital team collecting more data about online and mobile subscribers with a plan to use it to better target content and advertising.…Continue Reading

Multichannel News: Univision Steps Up Its TV Everywhere Presence With TWC, Bright House

Bolstering its TV Everywhere affililiate and content roster, Univision is making fare from its suite of networks available to Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks digital subscribers.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: LIN Media 4Q Net Rev -6%, Full Year +18%

Local revenues, which include net local advertising revenues, retransmission consent fee revenues and TV station website revenues, increased 14% in the fourth quarter to $115.8 million, while national revenue rose 10% to $36 million. Those gains were offset by a plunge in political from $46 million to $3 million.…Continue Reading

MediaPost: Meredith Magazine Revenues Slip, TV Jumps

Meredith Corp. is moving to expand its local TV portfolio, with the acquisition of KTVK and KASW in Phoenix and KMOV in St. Louis. …Continue Reading

NetNewsCheck: IB Signs Agency Deal With Journal Broadcast

Internet Broadcasting Systems Inc. will provide digital advertising operations impacting Journal Broadcast Group’s 13 television and 35 radio stations across the United States in a gradual rollout.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Meredith Bullish On Buying StationsNBC TV Rev +11.5% In 4Q, -13% For Year

CEO Stephen Lacy tells analysts that it intends to "continue to grow its television footprint" and would not be put off by a negative Supreme Court decision in the Aereo case.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: NBC TV Rev +11.5% In 4Q, -13% For Year

The full-year drop is primarily due to the lack of Super Bowl and Olympics revenue. Factor that out and 2013 was up 5%, due mostly to increased retrans money.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Ibra Morales Named President Of MundoFox

Fox International Channels (FIC) and the RCN Television Group (RCN) today named Ibra Morales as president of MundoFox, effective immediately.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Debra O’Connell To Head ABC National Sales

ABC executive Debra O’Connell has been promoted to president of ABC National Television Sales, it was announced today by Rebecca Campbell, president of the ABC Owned Television Stations Group. She succeeds John Watkins, who previously announced that he will retire at the end of January.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Nexstar Increases Quarterly Dividend by 25%

Nexstar Broadcasting Group announced today that its board of directors approved a 25% increase in the quarterly cash dividend to $0.15 per share of its Class A common stock beginning with the dividend declared for the first quarter of 2014.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Raycom, Bellum Plan Two New Strips

Raycom Media and Bellum Entertainment have announced two new weekly series for 2014: Fix It & Finish It and Flip My Food. …Continue Reading

The New York Times: NBC’s News Unit Teams With Video Start-Up NowThis News

Broadcasting executives realize that viewers increasingly get their news by glancing on their smartphones instead of spending a half-hour in front of the television.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Tribune Names Clements COO, Broadcasting

Former Belo media executive Kathy Clements will work with Lynda King and report to Larry Wert in overseeing the station group.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Journal Broadcast Reaches Retrans Deals

“We are very pleased that subscribers in these nine markets (Milwaukee (WTMJ); Green Bay/Appleton, Wis. (WGBA and WACY); Lansing, Mich. (WSYM); Nashville (WTVF), Boise and Twin Falls, Idaho (KIVI, KNIN, and KSAW); Omaha, Neb. (KMTV); Tucson, Ariz. (KGUN/KWBA); and Las Vegas (KTNV) will continue to receive our stations’ great network programming, as well as the important local news, weather and sports programming we provide in each of our markets,” said Andre Fernandez, president-CFO of Journal Communications.…Continue Reading

Gannett Names New Broadcasting Team

David Lougee, president of Gannett Broadcasting, welcomed the newly acquired Belo stations to his company’s fold and announced a new executive team. The company closed on the $2.2 billion deal on Dec. 23.…Continue Reading

NetNewsCheck: Hubbard Makes Measured Moves In Digital

In an interview with NetNewsCheck,  Paul Anderson,, director of corporate IT for Hubbard Broadcasting’s TV group, talks about his goals for 2014 and hedging the company's bets in a changing media world.…Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Hearst's Barrett Passes Baton To Wertlieb

In a state-of-the-corporation memo to employees, Hearst Corp. CEO Steven Swartz unceremoniously announced that the transition already took place at the end of 2013.Continue Reading

TVNewsCheck: Tribune Closes Local TV Holdings Purchase

Tribune Company announced that it has completed the final steps necessary to close its $2.73 billion acquisition of Local TV Holdings LLC, the single biggest TV station transaction of 2013. The deal creates the largest combined independent broadcast group and content creator in the country, according to Tribune.Continue Reading

 
 
 

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