Feature Commentary

A column where industry thought leaders share their POVs on issues that affect the broadcast media industry. (Feature commentaries do not necessarily reflect the opinions of TVB.) We welcome your feedback to: commentary@tvb.org.

The Power of Local TV

Bruce Goerlich, CRO, Rentrak discusses the power of local TV in its localness—its ability to connect and unite communities. The best example of this is the reaction of TV viewers to traumatic events.More>>

Who Are They Kidding?

Dennis Wharton of The NAB discusses Time Warner Cable's urging of "reform" of retransmission consent laws and their "concern" over rising cable rates.More>>

Helicopters Bring Viewers Vivid Images of Tornado

Our hearts go out to the people of Moore, Oklahoma who suffered unspeakable losses in the wake of this week's tornado. We are proud of the critical role local broadcast television played in the lives of Moore citizens and "friends of Moore" that tuned in from across the country. In this featured article, Brian Stelter of The New York Times discusses this latest tragedy, and how local TV news professionals rose up in the face of utter devastation. "The live pictures and reporting...reminded some of the enduring value of local broadcasters at a time when apps and social networks tend to get more attention."More>>

Mister Rogers: No Tattoos, But Wisdom To Spare

Karen Herman, director of the TV Academy Foundation's Archive of American Television reflects on her 1999 interview with Fred Rogers and his thoughts on the power of television to educate.More>>

Over-The-Air And Streaming Outweigh Cable, Sat Bill

Andrew Dodson of TVNewsCheck expresses a deeper appreciation for the magic of broadcasting.More>>

Ad Economy Update
By Brian Wieser, CFA, Senior Research Analyst, Pivotal Research Group

We recently conducted a survey of media industry participants, cutting across different functions to gather a broad perspective on the state of advertising. We heard almost universally that uncertainty in the macro-economy is having no impact on advertising budgets. More >

Making The Strong Case For Local TV News

In response to commentary by Ed Rabel critical of local TV news, the president-GM of WXII Greensboro/Winston-Salem, N.C., rebuts: "We live in a new golden age of over-the-air television. Leading stations with strong newscasts find themselves offering more services to more people than ever before."More>>

Peter Dunn, CBS Stations President, Sounds Off On Pew Study

B&C guest poster, Peter Dunn, president of CBS Television Stations, disagrees with some findings in Pew’s “The State of the News Media 2013.”More >>

The Triumph Of Disinformation
By Bob Hoffman, The Ad Contrarian

In the 3rd quarter of 2012, television continued to dominate video viewing. According to Nielsen's 3rd quarter 2012 Cross-Platform ReportMore >

Assessing TV Networks: Reaching For The Right Metrics
By Brian Wieser, CFA, Senior Research Analyst, Pivotal Research Group

While ratings remain an important metric for media industry observers to monitor, they are only one variable involved in determining how valuable a TV network is to advertisers. As ratings converge between broadcast and cable networks in particular, the insights that ratings provide on the health of a network will also diminish. By contrast, reach – and a network’s incremental reach in context of the rest of a marketer’s plans – has become more important in recent years, because it becomes harder to cost-effectively aggregate reach. To the extent that fragmentation continues, the importance of reach will only grow into the future.More >

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