Broadcaster Briefing
Articles and announcements about Broadcast Television Companies.

Fox Sports has signed up for Nielsen’s National Out-of-Home reporting service, which counts people watching ballgames on TV in bars, hotels and other locations. Nielsen says Fox NFL regular season games saw a 16% lift from out-of-home viewing last season.
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Fox Networks Group is adopting the six-second, “unskippable” ad, following in YouTube’s footsteps as it tries to cater to its growing number of online viewers.
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Raycom Media announced three new members set to join the new national investigative unit led by Director of Investigations, Lee Zurik. With a passion for investigative journalism, Andy Miller, Jill Riepenhoff, and Megan Luther are positive additions to the award-winning lineup.
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A leading proponent of growth allowed by the UHF discount, ION Media, which owns 60 independent TV stations around the country, has struck deals to buy three more, the company announced Tuesday.
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Univision will be rolling out Edición Digital—the local midday newscast it launched in April—in Chicago and San Antonio on June 26.
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Tribune Broadcasting, in partnership with the digital agency Dose, plans to roll out a new morning show featuring stories fueled by social media on June 29 in six markets.
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After teasing it with a trailer last week, NBC News officially launched its Left Field social video unit. Left Field aims to reinvent storytelling for viewers who primarily get their news from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and is being staffed by journalists from around the world.
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Cox Communications said it has completed the nationwide launch of Panoramic WiFi, a premium-level whole-home WiFi service that starts at $9.99 per month.
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ABC won the Monday ratings race by a mile, riding the final game of the NBA championship, Golden State Warriors over Cleveland Cavaliers, to a decisive 6.3 rating in adults 18-49, per Nielsen’s overnights, and a 23 share.
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Taking ongoing discord about streaming rights up a notch, Fox has rolled out a 24-hour live feed on Hulu in more than 70 markets where affiliates are not on board, according to The Wall Street Journal.
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Fox is turning up the heat in a fight with its TV station affiliates over how to bring its programming to streaming-media consumers. The network has quietly started offering a national, 24-hour feed on Hulu's live-streaming TV service in more than 70 markets.
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In a rare move, the major networks upended their daytime schedules to air live coverage of former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, and it paid off.
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The parent company of WGRZ-TV, TEGNA awards grants every year to various non-profit organizations. On Wednesday, the local TEGNA Foundation Board handed out checks to four organizations.
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Fox Networks Group said it is expanding the availability of its new Fox Now streaming app to additional platforms.
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Add NBC News to the growing list of outlets that will be covering the testimony of former FBI director James Comey live when he testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee June 8.
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The owner of 18 broadcast TV stations in such small markets as Binghamton, N.Y., and Waterloo, Iowa, has turned to GatesAir for transmitters — and related installation and commissioning services — for spectrum repack needs across its group.
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21st Century Fox is getting into the mobile videogame business, acquiring a company called Aftershock that is currently working on an adaptation of the movie "Avatar".
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Media stocks were led by Tribune Media, which saw a 26-cent improvement, to $38.67. Nexstar Media Group also enjoyed a nice gain, climbing 65 cents, to $58.70, to continue a much-needed rebound for the broadcast TV company.
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ABC rolled to an easy win Sunday with Game 2 of the NBA Finals, rating a 4.9 in adults 18-49, per the Nielsen overnights, and an 18 share.
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NBC News has started to roll out two new kinds of display ads that are designed to meet advertisers’ demands for viewability.
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Fox Networks Group is placing an emphasis on its sports content in early-stage “upfront” talks, the latest sign of the growing importance the company sees in NFL and MLB broadcasts and the like.
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Fox Networks Group is placing an emphasis on its sports content in early-stage “upfront” talks, the latest sign of the growing importance the company sees in NFL and MLB broadcasts and the like.
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The traditional television season ended last Wednesday and, for the ninth year in a row, CBS finished as the most popular network in primetime. CBS has won 14 of the last 15 years.
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NBC's "This Is Us" was not only instrumental in handing the network another ratings win, but it was a reminder that stories that are tuned to a certain emotional frequency can still resonate with millions of demographically desirable viewers.
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Nexstar Media Group said that it signed a long-term affiliation agreement with ABC Television Network covering 24 of its owned or operated stations through Dec. 31, 2022.
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Tegna Inc. completed the previously announced spin-off of Cars.com, creating two publicly traded companies. Upon the completion of the spin-off, Dave Lougee, president of Tegna Media, was named president and CEO and joined Tegna’s board.
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CBS Corp. chairman-CEO Leslie Moonves spoke with Variety about the whirlwind process of being forced to quickly find a replacement for Glenn Geller, who resigned as CBS Entertainment president for health reasons.
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Among adults under 50, SNL’s ratings during the 2016–17 Nielsen campaign were strong enough to land it among the season’s top-ten regularly scheduled entertainment series, breathing the same rarefied air as prime-time hits like Empire and Grey’s Anatomy.
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With the numbers coming in for the 2016-2017 TV season, CBS tallied up the viewers who tuned in for “CBS This Morning” and announced that the show delivered the network’s best audience for a morning news program in at least 29 years.
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Nexstar Media Group shares were up by 1.7% in mid-afternoon trading on the Friday before Memorial Day weekend. At the same time, TEGNA shares were up 1.5%.
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Nexstar Media Group shares were up by 1.7% in mid-afternoon trading on the Friday before Memorial Day weekend. At the same time, TEGNA shares were up 1.5%.
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NBC and CBS are claiming victory for the 2016-2017 TV season.
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Stephen Colbert’s late-night show on CBS has seen a ratings surge because of an unlikely reason: the DVR.
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Nexstar made a huge play for scale with its acquisitions of LIN Media and Media General. Now it’s sharpening the knives in its digital arsenal.
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NBC has clinched first place in primetime TV ratings for the 2016-2017 season. This “W” marks the third time in four years that the broadcaster has come out on top in the advertiser-sought 18-49 demographic
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Social media juggernaut Snapchat announced new original content that will be available for viewing on its Discover platform this fall. One of the upcoming entries will be the platform’s first daily news show, which will be produced by NBC News
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NBC Sports Group said it acquired the exclusive U.S. media rights to the Rugby World Cup. The seven-year agreement with World Rugby includes media rights on all platforms and in all languages.
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Saturday Night Live has out-rated every prime-time telecast on the broadcast networks so far this week in adults 18-49, while delivering the show's most-watched season finale in six years.
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At its upfront sales presentation Fox Networks Group joined NBC by offering advertisers a new kind of sales arrangement not based on conventional Nielsen ratings.
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Perry A. Sook, chairman, president and CEO of Nexstar Media Group Inc., is MFM’s newest Avatar Award honoree joining the associations’ previous Avatar recipients as an exemplar of leadership.
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Haystack TV, a personalized video news platform, has announced a new partnership with Hearst Television to distribute Hearst-owned stations via the Haystack TV platform. Hearst joins Gray Television and Meredith Corporation as partners with Haystack TV.
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At the end of May 2017, TEGNA's Cars.com will become a stand-alone company. TEGNA revealed what’s ahead for the broadcast TV company after the Cars.com exit, detailing a plan for growth that it says is “closely aligned with the evolution of the media and broadcast industry.”
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Vice Media and Telemundo are partnering on a wide-ranging content agreement that will bring non-fiction Vice content to NBC’s two Spanish-language networks, Telemundo and Universo.
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Following up on NBC’s upfront announcement about using a new video measurement from Moat, a digital advertising analytics measurer, Fox Network Group offered up details of a similar deal with service.
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NBCU’s Robert Greenblatt turned around the network from worst in the adults 18-49 demo to first by overhauling every division and methodically rebuilding the lineup, piece by piece. This season, NBC reclaimed the 18-49 lead under his watch thanks to a mix of new and resurgent hits.
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With the NBA playoffs approaching the business end of the competition, ESPN and ABC are about to take center stage. “The NBA is a sport in ascendancy,” said Eric Johnson, Executive Vice President of Global Advertising Revenue and Sales Operations at ESPN, noting that interest extends beyond the action on the court.
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With hopes of lifting its entertainment ratings, Fox Broadcasting is launching six new series in the 2017-18 season, including shows from producers Seth MacFarlane and Ryan Murphy.
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NBC unveiled a 2017-18 prime time schedule that it hopes will return it to dominance on Thursday, which is considered the most important night to attract advertising dollars.
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CBS and its Affiliates Board are ensuring the network is available to viewers who are increasingly cutting cable and opting for over-the-top skinny bundles of programming like the just-launched services from YouTube and Hulu as well CBS All Access.
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CBS Corp. unveiled a new wide-ranging agreement with the CBS Affiliate Board to expand CBS's network-affiliate partnership into the digital marketplace.
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To soothe advertisers nervous about the cost of coming up with a Super Bowl commercial, executives are suggesting NBC will work with them to make the glitzy ads work in both the broadcast of the Super Bowl as well as the parent company’s telecast of the Winter Olympics, which is slated to follow just four days later.
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Last year, Nexstar Media Group topped Meredith's bid for Media General and eventually walked away with the prize. Despite that history, don't expect Nexstar to try to steal Tribune away from Sinclair. So said Nexstar CEO Perry Sook on a conference call with securities analysts following release of Nexstar's first quarter earnings.
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The American Veterans Center is proud to announce its partnership with Raycom Media to carry the television broadcast of the 2017 National Memorial Day Parade. The broadcast will be carried in all 44 Raycom Media markets and air worldwide to our service members watching on American Forces Network.
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Nexstar’s net revenue growth of 111% following the Media General merger boosts revenue to $540 million, driving record operating income of $110.1 million. All of the company’s revenue areas are up, except political.
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Newsy, the E.W. Scripps-owned OTT news service, this summer will be launching a live, two-hour nightly newscast on its linear channel, Newsy Live.
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Gray Television is buying CBS affiliate WCAX-TV, which covers the Burlington, Vermont-Plattsburgh, New York, market, from Mt. Mansfield Television for $29 million.
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In a week when media investors are agitated by signs of accelerating decay in pay TV and the growth of skinny bundles, CBS chief Les Moonves assured analysts that “we are not being affected in any way by any changes subscription numbers throughout the industry.”
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CBS Corp. unveiled its first-quarter financial results in a conference call with investors, with boss Leslie Moonves touting strong results even though year-ago comparisons were tough given that the earlier period included Super Bowl 50.
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Shareholders of Tegna Inc. overwhelmingly approved the re-election of board members, an advisory resolution on the compensation of the company’s named executive officers, and holding future advisory votes on executive officer compensation every year.
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Gray Television said that it has reached an agreement with Mt. Mansfield Television to acquire WCAX, the CBS affiliate in the Burlington, Vt.-Plattsburgh, N.Y., market for $29 million.
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Tegna Inc. announced that its board of directors has approved the spin-off of Cars.com, which will create two publicly traded companies: Tegna, a media company with the largest broadcast group among major network affiliates in the top 25 markets; and Cars.com, a leading digital automotive markeplace.
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A confluence on circumstances, technology and vision in early 2008 set Tribune Broadcasting on a path few broadcasters choose to take: develop and maintain its own key television systems, including those in the newsroom and master control. In total, Tribune has developed nine separate software-based systems running on off-the-shelf gaming-level computers.
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Gray Television has reported record 1Q revenue, net income and broadcast cash flow.
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NBCUniversal has joined the other major owners of big TV networks, signing onto a new live, linear TV service from Hulu.
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The E.W. Scripps Co. launched its local television news brands on Alexa, Amazon’s voice-activated virtual assistant. News from 23 Scripps local TV markets can be accessed by voice command for users of Amazon Echo and all Alexa-enabled devices.
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Viewership during the NBA Playoffs rose 12% on ABC, TNT, ESPN and NBA TV. ABC broadcasts averaged 5.5 million views, up 11%, for its most-watched first round in six years.
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At the 44th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, CBS led the way among the networks, winning seven trophies. ABC was close behind with five Emmys.
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Raycom Media’s $68.5 million purchase of WWSB Sarasota, Fla. (DMA 11), and WTXL Tallahassee, Fla. (DMA 107), from Calkins Media Group, has closed. Both stations are ABC affiliates.
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Hulu has finalized a deal with NBCUniversal for carriage of 15 channels as part of its live TV service that will be unveiled soon. The deal covers NBCU-owned cable channels as well as NBC- and Telemundo-owned local stations.
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Tribune Media stock was up again on news of a possible suitor for the company: 21st Century Fox, according to reports. Tribune's stock was sharply up on the news of a potential bid by Fox, along with investment banker Blackstone.
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Traditional sports broadcasters like Turner or CBS may partner with social media companies like Facebook or Twitter in bidding for sports rights in the future.
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It’s only 287 days until the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics, but nearly 100 of the U.S. team’s top athletes have come together this week at a Los Angeles production facility to begin filming promotional material for the 2018 Olympics.
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Broadway Video is best known for its many famous productions. Soon, the production house may gain a reputation for helping NBC’s advertisers as well.
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Meredith Corp. reported that its station group's fiscal third quarter revenue increased 1% to $142 million from $141 million in the same quarter a year ago.
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NBC doubled down on social to drive interest in its shows. That has meant a successful non-linear experience for viewers and advertisers of NBC hits new and old, from The Voice to Saturday Night Live to This Is Us.
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Nexstar CFO Tom Carter is “somewhere between hopeful and confident” about a new era of more favorable regulation under the new administration, but he’s keeping an acquisition target close to the vest.
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The E.W. Scripps Co. is interested in the prospect of building its broadcast portfolio in a more deregulated climate, but it’s not planning a shopping spree.
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Disney|ABC Television Group announced plans to ramp up its commitment to OTT TV distribution, with more than 160 ABC affiliates signed on to launch services through the group’s Clearinghouse initiative.
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Like most media companies, Hearst is having to find new ways of doing business. The privately held magazine publisher, TV station owner, minority owner of cable networks, and new media investor makes a quarter of its profits from business services.
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Attempting to dispel the notion that CBS All Access’ user base is comprised of a bunch of young, urban dwelling cord-cutters, CBS Interactive CEO Jim Lanzone told a packed room full of broadcast-industry folks at NAB that “it’s an early-40s audience—only 30% of the audience is millennial.”
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Fox's sports division would like media buyers to start looking ahead to the fall, when its top-rated national NFL window, beefed-up college football coverage and stewardship of the World Series make the network a must-buy for marketers looking to reach the greatest possible number of consumers at once.
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ABC’s coverage of Game 1 of the NBA playoffs delivered a live audience of 6.624 million total viewers, which the network announced was their most-watched game ever in the opening weekend of the NBA playoffs.
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Telemundo says there’s been big change in the Spanish-language TV landscape, and it wants advertisers to recognize that in this year’s upfront.
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Fox Networks Group will most likely not have a new ad-sales chief in place as it prepares to start TV’s “upfront” negotiations, leaving the company without a key executive during a critical industry period when haggling for billions of dollars of commercial inventory takes place.
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Sinclair Broadcast Group today announced the acquisition of 14 stations in eight markets from Bonten Media for $240 million.
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Telemundo, which is on the heels of longtime Spanish-language leader Univision, has a chance to get a huge ratings kick with its broadcast of the FIFA World Cup in 2018 in Russia.
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Moody’s Investors Service has assigned a “Ba2” rating to The E.W. Scripps Company‘s newly launched offering of $400 million of Senior Unsecured Notes due 2025.
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Entravision Communications Chairman/CEO Walter Ulloa revealed that his company scored $264 million in gross proceeds from the FCC’s reverse auction.
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DirecTV Now, AT&T’s OTT TV service, has expanded its offer of local live TV feeds from Fox after adding 14 Fox-affiliated stations to the service.
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Twenty-six people from 12 different markets drove close to 3,500 miles one-way to attend a news training session at KARK and KLRT, the NBC and Fox affiliates in Little Rock earlier this month.
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“Saturday Night Live” delivered its highest ratings since February with its first-ever episode to air live in all U.S. time zones.
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National TV advertising for the 2016-2017 NBA regular season basketball posted big gains versus the previous season. TV networks pulled in a total of $628.6 million, according to iSpot.tv, with ABC pulling in $93 million.
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Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien, Hearst Television’s weekly political show, has expanded its reach to 85% of the country with the addition of three NBC O&Os, according to Hearst.
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Wall Street analyst Brian Wieser says, “Each of the news operations at CBS, Disney’s ABC and Comcast’s NBCU benefit their parent companies in meaningful ways,” citing not just profits, but “the political influence that follows from these divisions.”
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NBC’s “This Is Us,” and ABC’s “Speechless” are among the 2016 selections for Television Academy Honors.
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Stepping up its upfront efforts around mobile advertising, NBCUniversal has struck a deal with Kargo, an advertising technology company.
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CBS and Fox networks have the best multiyear investor outlook, Wall Street research firm MoffettNathanson said in a report for investors today.
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NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt will participate in a keynote conversation with comedian Chris Hardwick at the NAB Show, where Hardwick will lead Greenblatt in a discussion that will provide insight into the mind of a network chief, focusing on success in a digital age.
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Comcast Corp. plans to introduce an online video service offering hit shows from its NBCUniversal TV networks in the next 12 to 18 months, an effort to compete with rivals Netflix Inc. and CBS Corp.
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Anyone who watches “Saturday Night Live” on NBC knows the late-night program’s antics stop when the show goes to a commercial break. In at least one coming “SNL” broadcast, that won’t be the case.
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