Local News

Broadcast Meteorologists Praised As Life-Savers At Senate Hearing On Weather Communications

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) thanked broadcast meteorologists for their life-saving public service during a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on weather communications.

Station Profiles: KELO-TVWFOR-TV | WJLA-TV
Markets: Sioux Falls (Mitchell), SD | Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL | Washington, DC (Hagerstown, MD)

KVUE Wins Peabody Award

The Austin ABC affiliate is the first in the city to be honored with the prestigious Peabody award for a 30 minute mental health special which aired in 2014. The winning report, “The Cost of Troubled Minds,” was a seven-month investigation into a crisis in Texas involving the treatment of the mentally ill.

Station Profile: KVUE-TV
Market: Austin, TX

How KSBW Dominates The News Ratings

KSBW, the Hearst-owned NBC affiliate in Monterey-Salinas-Santa Cruz, Calif., continues to have the most-watched newscast in each time period, seven days a week, according to the just completed February 2015 Nielsen ratings. According to the station, watching the news on KSBW has been a tradition for 60 years. 

Station Profile: KSBW-TV
Market: Monterey-Salinas, CA

KTVU News Expands In A.M., Adds 4 P.M.

Fox-owned KTVU San Francisco-Oakland will debut KTVU Fox 2 News at 4 p.m. this summer and expand the weekday morning newscast, Mornings on 2 on April 20, 2015. The station’s morning newscast will now begin a half-hour earlier at 4 a.m.  

Station Profile: KTVU-TV
Market: San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA

News Landscape in Las Vegas Undergoing Historic Shift

In the last year, Las Vegas, Nevada has seen a near-wholesale change in local TV ownership: Sinclair bought up KSNV, Nexstar bought KLAS, E.W. Scripps bought KTNV. And even the traditional broadcast news platform — actual broadcasting — may look different.

Station Profiles: KLAS-TV | KSNV-TV | KTNV-TV
Market: Las Vegas, NV

The First Five: How Did Boston Stations Cover the Bombing Verdict?

After going wall-to-wall covering the guilty verdicts in the trial of Boston Bomber Dzokhar Tsarnaev, Boston’s local stations followed a similar script during their 6:00 p.m. newscasts.

Station Profiles: WBZ-TV | WCVB-TV | WFXT-TV | WHDH-TV
Market: Boston, MA (Manchester, NH)

Amarillo Station to Debut New Look

Amarillo ABC affiliate KVII is changing its name to “ABC 7 News,” but will keep its old slogan of “The Panhandle Spirit.” With the name change, comes a complete overhaul of the station.

Station Profile: KVII-TV
Market: Amarillo, TX

WTVT Celebrates 60 Years Of Broadcasting

60 years ago, in 1955, WTVT, the Fox O&O in Tampa, Fla., began broadcasting as a CBS station. WTVT celebrated its anniversary by airing a special video on its 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts. WTVT ranks No. 1 in every local news time period in adults 25-54 and airs 61 hours of local news programming a week.

Station Profile: WTVT-TV
Market: Tampa-St. Petersburg (Sarasota), FL

Texas Univision Stations Adding AM Newscast

Univision stations in Texas are beefing up their programming schedules with a new two-hour morning show. “Noticias Texas Primera Edición,” based in Houston, will air across Univision stations in Dallas (KUVN), Houston (KXLN), San Antonio (SATX), and Austin (KAWK).

Station Profiles: KAKW-TVKUVN-TV | KWEX-TVKXLN-TV
Markets: Austin, TX | Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX | San Antonio, TX  | Houston, TX

Major Shakeups in Jacksonville TV News Redefining Financial Landscape of Broadcasters

Action News, affiliated with CBS and Fox, grew so weary of its perennial third-place status in local news that it changed its entire lineup of main anchors in 2014 and took a more aggressive, no-nonsense approach to news. Though the moves appeared abrupt, the timing was beneficial for Action News, because of equally significant upheaval behind the scenes at First Coast News.

Station Profiles: WFOX-TVWJAX-TV | WJXT-TVWJXX-TV | WTLV-TV
Market: Jacksonville, FL  

Tornado Hits Moore, Oklahoma During Live TV Broadcast

KFOR Chief Meteorologist Mike Morgan and helicopter pilot Jon Welsh were on the air as a tornado formed and touched down in Moore, Oklahoma on Wednesday. Moments after Morgan pointed to what he called a “gustnado” of debris,  rotating winds from the storm started to cause electrical explosions and other destruction on screen.

Station Profile: KFOR-TV
Market: Oklahoma City, OK

The Washington Post to partner with local TV station WUSA

The Washington Post teams up with Washington TV station WUSA (Channel 9) in a news and video sharing partnership.

Station Profile: WUSA-TV
Market: Washington, DC (Hagerstown, MD)

WMUR GM Urges Newsgathering Drone OK

Jeff Bartlett, GM of Hearst’s ABC affiliate WMUR Manchester, N.H. (Boston), wants a congressional group studying drones, to approve such unmanned aircraft systems by news organizations, saying the technology offers “significant potential benefits” for broadcast news efforts for his station “and others across the country.”

Station Profile: WMUR-TV
Market: Boston, MA (Manchester, NH)

WAFF Finds Gold In North Alabama

WAFF, the Raycom-owned NBC affiliate in Huntsville, Ala., won a Gold Addy Award and Best of Show at the American Advertising Awards of North Alabama (AAF-NA) for a weather spot.

Station Profile: WAFF-TV
Market: Huntsville-Decatur (Florence), AL

WDJT-TV Adds Newscasts at 4 p.m. Weekdays, Sunday Mornings

WDJT-TV (Channel 58) is expanding its news footprint, adding weekday newscasts at 4 p.m. and an hour of local news Sunday mornings.

Station Profile: WDJT-TV
Market: Milwaukee, WI

'Louisiana Purchased' Series is Finalist for Scripps Howard Award

"Louisiana Purchased," the joint investigation of state politics and money by NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune and WVUE Fox 8 News has been named a finalist in a national Scripps Howard Award. The news organizations were honored in the category for in-depth local television coverage.

Station Profile: WVUE-TV
Market: New Orleans, LA

Eyewitness News #1 in 4 Newscasts, Grows in Key Demos

Eyewitness News on WPRI 12 and Fox Providence finished strong in the Feb 2015 ratings period by winning four newscasts, demonstrating significant growth in key demos and consistently growing with Adults 18-49.

Station Profile: WPRI-TV
Market: Providence, RI-New Bedford, MA

Cronkite Awards To Honor Five Stations

KUSA Denver, KXAN Austin, WDSU New Orleans, KPBS San Diego and WITI Milwaukee will receive the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism. Also to be recognized are Hearst TV and investigative journalists at Univision and CNBC.com. Winners were announced today by the Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Station Profiles: KPBS | KUSA | KXAN | WDSU | WITI

WCVB Wins Two 2015 Gracie Award

WCVB Channel 5 awarded two prestigious Gracie Awards by The Alliance for Women in Media (AWM) for “Who Says Roseann Can't Run” and “Breaking the Silence.”

Station Profile: WCVB-TV
Market: Boston, MA (Manchester, NH)

NBC4 WCMH Wins Genesis Award From Humane Society Of United States

The Humane Society of The United States has honored NBC4 WCMH with the Genesis Award, for animal-protection issues after the investigative story on the slaughter of champion horses. NBC4 won the award in the category Local News Feature for the story “Track to Table: The Tragic Trail of Horses.”

Station Profiles: WCMH-TV
Market: Columbus, OH

WGRZ Follows Recipe For Ratings Success

If you’re looking for a recipe to follow to increase news viewership at your station, consider the ingredients WGRZ, the Gannett-owned NBC affiliate in Buffalo, N.Y., has been mixing over the past few years.

Station Profiles: WGRZ-TV
Market: Buffalo, NY

Nexstar Gives WHBF a Makeover

WHBF debuted its new set, new anchors and new graphics package and new brand identity, after Nexstar made an investment of “well over” $1 million for numerous high-definition monitors, expanded areas for weather and sports reports, and a stuffed red bench for interviews, in front of a mural with dozens of Quad-City landmarks pictured behind it.


Station Profile: WHBF-TV
Market: Davenport, IA-Rock Island-Moline, IL


Detroit Free Press: Channel 7 Moving Noon Newscast to Downtown Detroit

WXYZ-TV will broadcast "7 Action News at Noon" from a glass-enclosed studio in the Qube building (the former Chase Bank building) neighboring Campus Martius. Noon anchor JoAnne Purtan calls the concept an evolving one that's set to include outdoor segments with her and other Channel 7 reporters once the weather improves. She also thinks the location could be good for news coverage as well.

Station Profile: WXYZ-TV
Market: Detroit, MI

KMCI Adds Weekday Morning Newscast

E.W. Scripps-owned independent KMCI Kansas City (DMA 31), will broadcast a locally produced morning newscast beginning Monday, April 6, 2015. 41 Action News Today on 38 The Spot, which will air from 7 to 8 a.m., will be produced by co-owned NBC affiliate KSHB.

Station Profiles: KMCI-TV | KSHB-TV
Market: Kansas City, MO

WROC February Sweeps Story Disturbing

In this special report that aired on WROC, the Nexstar-owned CBS affiliate in Rochester, a special report called The Rubber Room revealed how teachers under investigation for misconduct have been sent to an Alternative Work Location (AKA The Rubber Room). This is the kind of report that distinguishes local TV news.

Station Profile: WROC-TV
Market: Rochester, NY

Independent TV, The Rarest Of The Rare

Welcome to independent television as practiced by KUSI San Diego, standing all alone competing with nine network affiliates (including Spanish language stations and PBS). The best part about being independent, according to McKinnon, is “you have to be local, and you control the programming. In prime, if there’s a fire or breaking news, we can stay with it while the network stations have to go back to network programming.”

Station Profile: KUSI-TV
Market: San Diego, CA

WNCN’s Unconventional News Image Campaign

Residents who live in the Raleigh-Durham area make up one of the highest concentrations of advanced degrees in the nation. You could say that people there are just smarter. So why not create a news image campaign called “Smarter” that might appeal to that kind of audience? That’s what the Media General NBC affiliate there, WNCN, did and it earned the station a Midsouth Emmy Award.

Station Profile: WNCN-TV
Market: Raleigh-Durham (Fayetteville), NC

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.”

Broadcast Group Profile: Raycom

WBTV Charlotte Debuts New Real/Virtual Set

Raycom Media CBS affiliate WBTV Charlotte, N.C. (DMA 24) has a new multi-newsplex set, continuing its trend of "embracing the latest technology by incorporating a Hybrid Virtual System. The environment is an extension of their hard set, allowing multiple positions for presentation and lending itself to invention and imagination in producing content beyond regular newscasts.


Station Profile: WBTV-TV
Market: Charlotte, NC

MediaLife: Phoenix: Super Bowl gives TV a Lift

Phoenix is a unique market in that independent station KTVK is very competitive in the news timeslots, giving advertisers more options beyond the Big Four network affiliates.

Station Profile: KTVK-TV
Market: Phoenix, AZ

High Schoolers Discover Love for Local TV Weather

When Eastern Connecticut schools closed for a few days because of the recent storm, some of the school kids wanted more. A student at Fitch High School in Groton, Ct. didn’t turn to some fancy internet to see if she could extend her snow vacation, she turned to WTIC meteorologist Dan Amarante.

Station Profile: WTIC-TV
Market: Hartford and New Haven, CT

WXIA Adds 5PM Newscast, Drops Noon and 7PM Programs

Atlanta NBC affiliate WXIA has just announced a slew of changes to its programming schedule. The station is adding a 5:00 p.m. newscast, while dropping both its noon and 7:00 p.m. shows.

Station Profile: WXIA-TV
Market: Atlanta, GA

Gannett Begins Reporting Project on Police and Trust

Gannett stations on Wednesday unveiled a reporting project focused on community trust and local police–an effort that grew out of conversations between Gannett news directors who wanted to explore solutions in the aftermath of Ferguson.

Broadcast Group Profile: Gannett

WNYW News Director Wants to Wake Up Local TV News

Byron Harmon, news director for FOX owned WNYW, sat down with TVSpy to talk about his news philosophy, which the station showed off recently during breaking news. While other stations were going wall-to-wall, WNYW broke in to regular programming for a one-minute update.

Station Profile:  WNYW-TV

Market Profile:  New York, NY


On WDIV Detroit, It’s All About Autos, Naturally

WDIV, the NBC affiliate owned by Graham Media Group, will broadcast a one-hour special taking car enthusiasts to the floor of the North American International Auto Show, (NAIAS) starting at 8, Dateline Detroit: All About Autos.

Station Profile:  WDIV-TV

Market Profile:  Detroit, MI


WBAL Moves Up Start of AM News

Baltimore NBC affiliate WBAL is starting its morning news at 4:30 a.m., beginning Monday. “As our viewers’ lifestyles continue to change, we want to be on the air, providing news and weather information as the alarm clock goes off,” said Dan Joerres, president & GM of WBAL.

Station Profile:  WBAL-TV

Market Profile:  Baltimore, MD


San Diego’s XETV Adding 4PM Newscast

“We will be producing stories aimed at the viewers who are home at that time of the day with a good mix of the day’s news but also stories and interviews on health, pocketbook issues that will better prepare our viewers for the future and the latest on the San Diego arts and entertainment scene,” XETV news director Don Shafer explains. “It will be a well-rounded and interesting hour.” In addition to adding a 4:00 p.m. newscast, XETV has announced that their half-hour weekend 10:00 p.m. show will expand to a full hour beginning January 17, 2015.

Station Profile: XETV-TV

Market Profile: San Diego, CA


KNTV Investigation Helps Change California Law

A joint investigation into day care centers by KNTV, the NBC O&O in San Francisco, and The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) has changed the way parents access information about day cares in California.

Station Profile: KNTV-TV

Market Profile: San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA


FOX 17 launches 'Midday' news show today in West Michigan

The new program brings the Tribune Media Company-owned station's daily dose of news and information to 10.5 hours every day, Monday through Friday. “We've been very aggressive when it comes to news expansion recently," said FOX 17 General Manager, Patty Kolb.

Station Profile: WXMI-TV

Market Profile: Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, MI


Nexstar Spends Millions on WOI Makeover

Nexstar owned Des Moines ABC affiliate WOIjust got a million dollar makeover. The station says starting January 5, viewers can expect to see new branding, a full high-definition broadcast airing from a new state-of-the-art facility and some new anchors.

Station Profile: WOI-TV

Market Profile:  Des Moines-Ames, IA


Tampa Stations Grab Dupont Columbia Awards

It’s a historic day in Tampa television, with Scripps’ WFTS and Gannett’s WTSP grabbing prestigious duPont-Columbia awards for their investigative work. It’s a historic day for Gannett Broadcasting as well, with KPNX Phoenix and WLTX Columbia (S.C.) also picking up duPonts.

Station Profiles: KPNX-TV | WFTS-TV | WLTX-TV | WTSP- TV

Market Profiles:  Columbia, SC | Phoenix, AZ | Tampa-St. Petersburg (Sarasota), FL


WFTS Tampa Expands Morning Newscasts

Scripps-owned ABC affiliate WFTS Tampa, Fla. (DMA 13), will expand its morning newscast.The addition of ABC Action News at 4:30 a.m. and ABC Action News at 9 a.m. will create a morning block of local news, weather and traffic, plus national news.

Station Profile: WFTS-TV

Market Profile: Tampa-St. Petersburg (Sarasota), FL


WJLA Establishes Investigative Unit

Sinclair-owned ABC affiliate WJLA Washington has created a new ABC7 On-Your-Side investigative unit. The 7 On-Your-Side team will provide advocacy and investigative reporting for the station and co-owned NewsChannel 8 cable channel as well as wjla.com and newschannel8.net. “ABC7 has had a long history in this market of watching out for the little guy,” says Director of News Mitch Jacob. “Our new investigative team will take this kind of reporting to the next level. We’ll be there for our viewers on matters that are important to them.”

Station Profile: WJLA-TV

Market Profile: Washington, DC (Hagerstown, MD)


More News is Good News for WGN

The strategy of programming news morning, noon and night keeps paying off for WGN-Channel 9. Results of the November 2014 sweeps show the Tribune Media flagship station dominating morning news viewership among adults between 25 and 54, as the broadcast marked its 20th year on the air. “Chicago’s Very Own” saw its biggest ratings boost between 4 and 6 a.m.

Station Profile: WGN-TV

Market Profile: Chicago, IL


Local TV News Political Spoof Ads

“Every election cycle we’ve done the 'Political Ad Breaks.' With Iowa being a so hotly contested state, especially in this most recent race, we look at it as an effort to provide some relief for the viewers.” – Chris Hussey, Marketing Director, KWWL.

Station Profile: KUSA-TV | KWWL-TV

Market Profile: Denver, CO | Cedar Rapids-Waterloo-Iowa City and Dubuque, IA


WBRE And WYOU Follow Plan To Ratings Growth

When news ratings increase for any newscast at any station, that’s news worth sharing. Especially when it’s the result of planning and execution. WBRE, the Nexstar-owned NBC affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pa., and WYOU, the area’s CBS affiliate operated by Nexstar through a shared services agreement, are experiencing ratings growth. So how did this happen?

Station Profiles: WBRE-TV | WYOU-TV
Market: Wilkes Barre-Scranton, PA

More Live Shots, Less Microwave Truck For Bozeman TV Stations

The CBS affiliatesKBZK (Bozeman) and KXLF (Butte), serving Montana’s Butte-Bozeman market estimates they’re quadrupling the amount of live shots in their newscasts per month thanks to four new JVC cameras. According to the stations’ engineer, Michael Regan, the cameras have essentially replaced the station’s microwave truck for live shots, because they are more versatile and cost effective.

Station Profiles: KBZK-TVKXLF-TV
Market: Butte-Bozeman, MT

Virtual Sets Gain Traction in Station Studios

The top reason for the growing acceptance of virtual sets by broadcasters is believability. FX Design Group commissioned Frank N. Magid Associates to study viewer attitudes toward virtual sets when compared to hard sets. “Among the study’s key findings was a correlation between the set being real enough and allowing the anchors and reporters to be believable and trustworthy,” McLaughlin says. At the 2014 NAB Show, Hybrid presented virtual sets created with the real-world designs of FX Design Group deployed at WCCO, the CBS-owned station in Minneapolis, and WFLA, the Media General NBC affiliate in Tampa, Fla.

Station Profiles: WCCO-TVWFLA-TV
Markets: Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN | Tampa-St. Petersburg (Sarasota), FL

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.

Broadcast Group Profiles: NBCTelemundo
Market: multiple

KNBC Takes Marketing To The Skies And Streets

 KNBC took to the skies over Southern California’s beaches on Labor Day Weekend to deliver a literal over-the-air-message using old fashioned technology, a static banner towed by a single-engine plane that bobbed and weaved its lazy way up and down the coastline. “For four days over that weekend, we flew the banner four times a day up and down the beaches,” says Tim Howick, KNBC’s VP of Brand and Promotion. “We had a captive audience that had to look and see what it says.” Howick estimates the banner was seen by more than 2 million people over the four days.

Station Profile: KNBC-TV
Market: Los Angeles, CA

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

“Research indicates there is a significant appetite for news at 4 o’clock,” says Rappaport. “The challenge is to execute it across eight markets in different time zones by sharing content and resources but yet keep it local.”  Scripps describes The Now as an original program that focuses on the issues of most interest to news consumers. The Now, an hour-long program by E.W. Scripps Co., launched in Cincinnati (WCPO, ABC), Detroit (WXYZ, ABC), Cleveland (WEWS, ABC) and Tampa (WFTS, ABC) according to Jessica Rappaport, Scripps’ VP of Marketing and premiered on other Scripps stations in Denver (KMGH, ABC), Kansas City (KSHB, NBC), Phoenix (KNXV, ABC) and West Palm Beach (WPTV, NBC). The Now airs at 4 p.m. in every market.

Broadcast Group Profile: Scripps Media
Market: multiple

Portland Station Shows Viewers the Work Behind the Newscast

Portland, Maine’s WMTW showed viewers what happens behind the scenes at the ABC affiliate. In a “Day in the Life“, the station said it takes 140 man hours to put together a 90 minute newscast.

Station Profile: WMTW-TV
Market: Portland-Auburn, ME

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.


Broadcast Group Profile: Tribune Media Company
Markets: multiple


Stations Walk Fine Line With Riot Coverage

The logistics of covering the story of the riots in the aftermath of the killing of Michael Brown are difficult for St. Louis stations working 12-hour shifts and using mobile bonded cellular gear for live feeds. In addition, they are factoring in the emotionally charged nature of the story into every decision.

Station Profiles:  KMOV-TV | KSDK-TV
Market: St. Louis, MO

WSYR Syracuse Adds 4 P.M. Newscast

Nexstar’s ABC affiliate WSYR Syracuse, N.Y. (DMA  85), will expand its news lineup with the addition of a 4 p.m. weekday newscast, NewsChannel 9 – First at Four. The broadcast will provide the day’s headlines including developing local and regional news and weather. In addition, the station says First at Four “will feature a highly interactive delivery style, inviting viewers to participate and interact with First at Four anchor Carrie Lazarus” and the station’s reporters.


Station Profiles:  WSYR-TV
Market: Syracuse, NY


Stations Ramping Up For Campaign Coverage

Debates, roundtables, aggressive campaign beat reporting and political fact-checking will be more prevalent on-air between Labor Day and Election Day than they have in the past, they say. Station groups will also be populating the digital world with election-related content, testing the power of platforms like You Tube and Twitter to both enhance and supplement on-air coverage.


Station Profiles:  KSDK-TV | WBBM-TV | WFAA-TV | WRC-TV | WVIT-TV | WWL-TV
Markets: St. Louis, MO | Chicago, IL | Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX | Washington, DC |  Hartford and New Haven, CT | New Orleans, LA


TV Stations Investigate Helmet Safety at Local Middle Schools and High Schools

Television stations across the country have been investigating students' football helmet safety after growing concerns that the sport could cause head injuries. Learn more about the stations' reporting, investigations and results, including an interactive map that shows the manufacturers and models of more than 12,000 helmets used by middle school and high school football players.
 

Station Profiles: WDIV-TV  | WISH-TV | WTHR-TV
Markets: Detroit, MI | Indianapolis, IN


25 Years Of ‘Louisiana Made, Louisiana Proud’ At WWL

WWL, Gannett’s CBS affiliate in New Orleans, is uniquely qualified to sustain a 25-year non-traditional sales campaign called Louisiana Made, Louisiana Proud that has generated millions of dollars for the station. It’s a legacy station, enjoying news ratings dominance in every time period over decades and through generations. WWL has won many major awards for excellent news coverage


Station Profile: WWL-TV
Market: New Orleans, LA


WMAR-TV Launches New Investigative News Program in Baltimore

Scripps' ABC affiliate WMAR-TV Baltimore recently announced the station has launched a new, original news program, "ABC2 In Focus," during its 6 p.m. newscast. The program features original, in-depth community reports from WMAR-TV's team of investigative journalists and producers. "We've noticed a thirst in the market for in-depth stories," said WMAR-TV's News Director Kelly Groft.


Station Profiles:  WMAR-TV
Market: Baltimore, MD


Honolulu Stations in Hurricane Mode as Twin Storms Approach Hawaii

Stations in Hawaii are in extended coverage mode, with islands preparing for a pair of storms believed to be the worst to hit Hawaii in 22 years.  Honolulu MyNetworkTV affiliate KFVE continued their morning shows into rolling coverage, which can be watching via streaming. “Hawaii News Now,” seen on both NBC affiliate KHNL and CBS affiliate KGMB, is streaming its wall-to-wall coverage. Fox station KHON devoted its entire homepage to hurricane news and preparations. ABC station KITV has a live blog on its Pacific Hurricane Tracker page.


Station Profiles: KFVE-TV, KGMB-TV, KHNL-TV, KITV-TV
Market: Honolulu, HI


Viewers Use New App To Track Weather

The StormPins weather crowdsourcing app turns viewers into “junior meteorologists” by letting them mark, or “pin,” severe weather, as well as the damage it leaves behind, with photos and video on neighborhood maps so other folks know what’s heading their way. Emily Barr, CEO of the station’s owner Graham Media, is such a big believer in StormPins that the company invested in the app. “It really allows local television stations to build a kind of sense of community and reinforce the idea that viewers get to contribute.”


Broadcast Group Profile: Graham Media Group
Markets: Multi


KGO and KDTV Launch News Collaboration

Two San Francisco stations, ABC-owned KGO and Univision’s KDTV will collaborate on stories of interest to both of their distinct audiences, saying the move represents the only alliance of its kind between English- and Spanish-language stations in the Bay Area.


Station Profiles: KDTV-TV, KGO-TV
Market: San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA


WZZM Expands Weekend, Weekday News

The Grand Rapids, Mich., Gannett owned ABC affiliate is adding news on Sunday morning and at 4:30 a.m. weekdays. “Our goal is to provide a better overall viewer experience on Sunday mornings linking programming during the hour between GMA and This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” said Janet Mason, WZZM president-GM.


Station Profile: WZZM-TV
Market: Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, MI


Another Coffee Shop-Themed Morning News Promo

Gene Steinberg, general manager of KMIZ, News-Press and Gazette’s ABC affiliate in Columbia, Mo. shares his station’s morning ‘coffee house’ theme news promo, along with some ratings news.

Station Profile: KMIZ-TV
Market: Columbia-Jefferson City, MO

New Morning News Promos From KTVT Dallas

KTVT, the CBS O&O in Dallas, just launched these new morning news promos, all shot at a local coffee shop.

Station Profile: KTVT-TV
Market: Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX

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.”

Station Profile: KARE-TV
Market: Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN

News Anchors Doing Commercials? An ‘Experiment’ at KTXL

Sacramento station KTXL news director Ed Chapuis recently approved the use of his two morning anchors in commercial spots airing on the station. “While this is not the television industry norm, there are many examples within TV and Radio of anchors doing endorsements,” he said.

Station Profile: KTXL-TV
Market: Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto, CA

Anchors Get Ice Desk for Newscast

How do you keep the news crew cool during a live TV newscast outside on a hot day? You make their desk out of ice, of course.

Station Profile: KNAZ-TV
Market: Phoenix, AZ

WWL-TV announces new newscasts for weekend mornings, 6:30 p.m. weeknights on WUPL

WWL-TV will add weekend-morning newscasts starting Aug. 9, 2014 and a weeknight newscast on sister station WUPL starting September 9, 2014, according to the New Orleans CBS affiliate.

Station Profiles: WWL-TV, WUPL-TV
Market: New Orleans, LA

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.

Broadcast Group Profile:  Univision Television Group, Inc.
 

Eight Stations Land News & Doc Emmy Noms

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences unveiled nominations for the 35th annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards. Regional nominees are WTHR, WFAA, WISN, KXTX, WNBC, KING, KNXV and KXAS. The awards will be presented Sept. 30, 2014 during a ceremony at Frederick P. Rose Hall at New York's Lincoln Center.

Station Profiles: WTHR, WFAA, WISN, KXTX, WNBC, KING, KNXV and KXAS
Markets: Multiple

WLNY Expanding 9 P.M. News to Weekends

“WLNY’s 9 p.m. newscast addresses viewers’ needs to have their local news at an earlier time in the evening and the newly expanded broadcast will now allow audiences to do that on the weekend as well,” said David Friend, SVP, news, CBS Television Stations, and news director of WLNY and WCBS New York.

Station Profile: WLNY-TV
Market: New York, NY

KCPQ Seattle To Add 11 P.M. Newscast

Tribune-owned Fox affiliate KCPQ Seattle (DMA 13) announced an expansion of its news operation with the upcoming launch of Q13 Fox News at 11 p.m. The new broadcast will begin Sunday, Aug. 17, with anchors David Rose and Marni Hughes, chief meteorologist Walter Kelley and sports director Aaron Levine.

Station Profile: KCPQ-TV
Market: Seattle-Tacoma, WA

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.

Broadcast Group Profile: Fox Television Stations, Inc.

Md. Governor's Race, Early Primary Drive Up Spending on Political TV Ads

Maryland's open race for governor is causing political advertising money to flood into Baltimore television stations. Candidates, political action committees and individuals are spending at much greater levels than they did in 2010 as several candidates vie to succeed term-limited Gov. Martin O’Malley while also alerting voters to a primary election that is months earlier than normal.

Station Profile: WBAL-TV, WBFF-TV, WJZ-TV, WMAR-TV
Market: Baltimore, MD

WGN Adding 5 P.M. Weekend Newscast

The expansion of the station’s news programming was announced in a memo to staffers Monday from assistant news director Jennifer Lyons. “Over the past year we’ve seen more and more major newsworthy events happening on weekends from serious weather to major construction projects,” Lyons said in the memo. “It will be a good thing to be in the Saturday and Sunday afternoon time slot.”

Station Profile: WGN-TV
Market: Chicago, IL

WMBD-TV Wins National Honor for Tornado Coverage

WMBD-TV has been honored by the Radio Television Digital News Association with the prestigious 2014 National Edward R. Murrow Award in the Breaking News category for coverage of the November 2013 tornado.

Station Profile: WMBD-TV
Market: Peoria-Bloomington, IL

WESH Examines Hurricane Forecasting in Special

The station will offer a special to prepare for hurricane season, which officially begins June 1. The special is called "Hurricane 2014: A WESH 2 First Alert Weather Survival Guide." WESH meteorologists Jason Brewer, Amy Sweezey and Eric Burris will help explain how the weather technology has changed.

Station Profile: WESH-TV
Market: Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, FL

WGN Channel 9 to Add 4pm Newscast

The busiest television newsroom in Chicago is about to get busier. Tribune's CW affiliate WGN, which leads the market in producing 54 hours of local news each week, plans to add another hour of news — from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday — starting in September.

Station Profile: WGN-TV
Market: Chicago, IL

Comparing Milwaukee TV's Morning News Shows

The Pew Research Center reported that morning shows were the fastest-growing segment of local news, up 6% in 2012. With half of the May sweeps rating period completed, all four morning shows in Milwaukee have also increased audience over this time last year.


Station Profiles: WISN-TV, WTMJ-TV
Market: Milwaukee, WI

WZZM Grand Rapids Expands Noon Newscast

Gannett-owned ABC affiliate WZZM Grand Rapids, Mich. (DMA 39) will add a half hour to its weekday noon news, extending it to 1 p.m. beginning Tuesday, May 27. “We are thrilled about expanding this extremely popular newscast,” says Janet Mason, WZZM president- GM. WZZM streams the news live at noon on www.wzzm13.com.

Station Profile:  WZZM-TV
Market: Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, MI

WMAR Improvises To Cover Its Own Story

The biggest story in Baltimore Tuesday happened inside the headquarters of the city's ABC affiliate, WMAR, but for more than five hours, the reporters at the Scripps station couldn't get on the air to cover it. They could only relay information via Twitter and the station's website. As its rivals covered the story, WMAR aired network and syndicated programming until it went black at around 4 p.m. for more than an hour.

Station Profile:  WMAR-TV
Market: Baltimore, MD

LA’s KABC Reaches A Million Facebook Followers

ABC-owned KABC Los Angeles, became the first U.S. TV station to attract more than a million followers on Facebook. “Just like our on-air newscasts,” said Wendy McMahon, KABC’s VP of programming and creative services, “people are choosing to like us, and that’s special and satisfying.”

Station Profile:  KABC-TV
Market: Los Angeles, CA

Stations Expand Scope Of Tornado Warnings

TV stations in the path of recent deadly tornados in the plains and the South used a variety of media — not just their broadcast signal — to warn the public of the impending danger. Social media like Facebook and Twitter, station websites and even robotic telephone calls to registered viewers supplemented the traditional on-air, real-time forecasting and reporting.

Station Profiles: KARK-TV | KATV-TV | KOAM-TV
Markets: Little Rock-Pine Bluff, AR | Joplin, MO-Pittsburg, KS

Denver’s KMGH Markets Morning News as Not Typical

No one wants their morning news to be thought of as typical. Typical implies predictable, formulaic, rigid. In other words, boring. See morning news image spots from KMGH, the ABC affiliate in Denver, that say its newscasts are not typical, that “it’s not scripted, written hours ahead of time.”


Station Profile: KMGH-TV
Market: Denver, CO


WNYW Beefs Up News Lineup For Summer

“Our new summer schedule continues our mission to bring unconventional local news to New York. We intend to give our viewers something different and solidify WNYW as the destination for relevant, unexpected and fun content.” – Byron Harmon, Fox New York O&O news director.

Station Profile:  WNYW-TV
Market: New York, NY

Louisville’s WDRB Slots New 6 P.M. Newscast

Beginning Monday, Sept. 14, Block Communications-owned Fox affiliate WDRB Louisville, Ky. (DMA 49), will add yet another half-hour of weeknight news to its Monday through Friday schedule with the debut of WDRB Local Evening News at 6. This expansion of WDRB News will increase the station’s local news product to a full nine hours each weekday.

Station Profile:  WDRB-TV
Market: Little Rock-Pine Bluff, AR

Black-Oriented TV News: Has Its Time Come?

While its past success rate is poor and its viability is uncertain, television news targeted to African-American viewers is an idea that’s being tried — both locally and nationally — once again. WBTV Charlotte, N.C., is producing three hours a day of news that airs on its Bounce network subchannel. Other diginets, including Soul of the South and the Black Television News Channel are also working on daily national newscasts.

Station Profile:  WBTV-TV
Market: Charlotte, N.C.

WTVA Tupelo Evacuated On Live TV

The Tupelo, Miss., NBC affiliate was evacuated as an apparent tornado bore down on the city and the tense seconds leading up to the evacuation were broadcast out to the station's viewers.

Station Profiles:  WTVA-TV | KLTV-TV
Markets: Columbus-Tupelo-West Point, MS | Tyler-Longview, TX

WXIN Adds 7 And 11 P.M. Newscasts

Tribune Broadcasting-owned Fox affiliate WXIN Indianapolis (DMA 26) is expanding news operations to include 7 and 11 p.m. newscasts. The 11 p.m. news, Fox59 NewsPoint at 11, is scheduled to premiere on Monday, June 30, with Fox59 News at 7PM scheduled to launch later in the fall.

Station Profile: WXIN-TV
Market: Indianapolis, IN

WRC Launches News Service For 1,000+ Taxis

The Washington NBC-owned station’s new feature with Taxi TV delivers passengers news, weather and entertainment updates as well as an interactive ticker.

Station Profile: WRC-TV
Market: Washington, DC (Hagerstown, MD)

WMAR Goes In-Depth To Shake Up 6 P.M.

The Scripps Baltimore ABC affiliate debuted its new ABC2 In Focus that it hopes will be an attractive alternative to the competiton. The half-hour newscast is more “in-depth” than “investigative,” featuring fewer but lengthier stories than typically appear on traditional newscasts.

Station Profile: WMAR-TV
Market: Baltimore, MD

Boston’s WCVB Promo Puts Face on Bombing Anniversary

One year later, on Tuesday, April 15, WCVB, Boston’s ABC affiliate, will televise the commemorative events surrounding the anniversary in day-long, special coverage called, Boston Strong: One Year Later.

Station Profile: WCVB-TV
Market: Boston, MA (Manchester, NH)

How Viewers Help Sales at WHEC Rochester

WHEC, the NBC affiliate in Rochester, N.Y., is continuing its New York State Exposed series. “The station took a chance”, WHEC Marketing Director Steven Patrick said. “We decided to go seamless into our late news following the Olympic opening ceremony with a 10-minute piece on why we’re so committed to this series and why it’s so important. The response was fantastic.”

Station Profile:  WHEC-TV
Market: Rochester, NY

Four TV Stations Land Prestigious Peabodys

What WTVF, WBZ, KING and WVUE did to win the coveted broadcasting award.

Station Profiles:  KING | WBZ | WTVF | WVUE
Markets: Seattle-Tacoma, WA | Boston, MA (Manchester, NH) | Nashville, TN | New Orleans, LA

NewsCenter 5 Honored With 7 National Headliner Awards

WCVB-TV Channel 5 has won seven National Headliner Awards, winning top marks, including two first-place finishes, in more categories than any other local television broadcaster in the country.

Station Profile: WCVB-TV
Market: Boston, MA (Manchester, NH)

Got a Minute? 60-Second News Marketing

Not many TV advertisers air 60-second commercials on local television. If you do see a 60-second spot, it’s usually in network programming, especially the network news. And the majority of those are pharmaceutical ads, with the first 15 seconds usually extolling the benefits of taking the drug while the remaining 45 list the possible side effects.

One of the very few local advertisers who can afford to produce and air 60-second spots are local TV stations. They have the production capabilities and they own the air-time.


Station Profiles | Markets


Locals Beating Nets In Top 3 Markets In A.M.

Local morning newscasts on Fox's WNYW New York and Tribune's KTLA Los Angeles and WGN Chicago have a winning formula that includes personality, news, localism, as well as some fun — growth that “comes from taking the shackles off and experimenting.”


Station Profiles: KTLA, WGN, WNYW
Markets: Los Angeles, CA | Chicago, IL | New York, NY


How Charlotte’s WCNC Broke the City’s Biggest Story

It wasn’t luck that put Senior Reporter Rad Berky from the Gannett-owned NBC affiliate at the courthouse at that moment giving WCNC a bona fide scoop on the story. It was the result of the trust established by the news department with a high-ranking source, according to the station’s creative services director, Luanne Stuart.


Station Profile: WCNC-TV
Market: Charlotte, NC


WKRC Remodels Its 'HomeWoRx' Franchise

After years of helping homeowners solve problems, Gary Sullivan did some remodeling on his “HomeWoRx” TV program. He’s moved out of his WKRC-TV (Channel 12) half-hour Sunday morning home in favor of doing about 50 sponsored one-minute tips that air in commercial breaks during Channel 12 newscasts.


Station Profile: WKRC-TV
Market: Cincinnati, OH


Viewers Help WBIR Do The Right Thing

When Gannett's NBC affliate in Knoxville must make a tough ethical call or simply decide what's appropriate, it uses Facebook to see what its viewers think. “Instead of us all pretending we know what the viewers are thinking, we should ask them,” says News Director Christy Moreno.


Station Profile: WBIR-TV
Market: Knoxville, TN


New Technology Gives WRAL News a Touch of Glass

WRAL debuted the technology—which it defines as a "wearable, voice-controlled computer with an optical head-mounted display and built in video camera"—in its morning news Feb. 11, 2014.  The studio crew chief, news producer and traffic anchor will each take a turn on a different day, giving viewers "a never before viewpoint of the news," says the Capitol Broadcasting station, via a live stream.

Station Profile: WRAL-TV
Market: Raleigh-Durham (Fayetteville), NC

The Broadway Channel Expands Into Local New York Broadcasting

The Tribune Broadcasting station will team with the Broadway Channel to produce a quarterly series of 30-minute primetime specials, “Broadway Profiles,” with the first of them airing on PIX11 in May ahead of the Tony Awards. They’ll also co-produce a weekly seg covering Main Stem news and events, “What’s Hot on Broadway,” for PIX11 News.


Station Profile: WPIX-TV
Market: New York, NY


KYW Philly Combines TV, Radio Newsrooms

The CBS-owned radio station will move into its TV sister's headquarters on Sunday. The move will combine the operations and resources of CBSPhilly.com, the TV and the radio stations under one roof.

Station Profile: KYW-TV
Market: Philadelphia, PA

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.

Broadcast Group Profile: Scripps Media, Inc.

Underdog Channel 41 Shakes Up News Ratings

In the last big sweeps period, the perennial last-place station in Kansas City did something it had apparently never done before. One of its daily newscasts finished No. 1. This month, with NBC’s wall-to-wall coverage of the Winter Olympics, the good news has just kept on coming for KSHB.

Station Profile: KSHB-TV
Market: Kansas City, MO

News And Spots Share Screen Time At KMGH

The Scripps-owned ABC affiliate in Denver has been airing news tickers in commercials during its early morning newscasts since 2011. It's proving to be a win-win for the station and advertisers, GM Byron Grandy says, with viewers knowing there's always information for them and advertisers benefitting from not having viewers clicking away during their spots.

Station Profile: KMGH-TV
Market: Denver, CO

WBZ’s Fisher Keeps Weather Eye On Weather

Between reporting on almost nonstop snow this winter for both his station, contributing reports to CBS network newscasts and keeping the public informed via social media, Eric Fisher has been busy. “With weather,” he says, “you can’t just stop providing information. Your job is to be there when you’re needed.” In this Q&A, he talks about the tech involved, what broadcasters can do to improve forecasting and the relationship between weather and ratings.

Station Profile: WBZ-TV
Market: Boston, MA (Manchester, NH)

Mobile News Gathering Works for Covering Winter Storms

Reporter Margaret Ann Morgan and some of her colleagues at Raycom-owned WDAM in Hattiesburg, Miss. got serious about newsgathering with their smartphones during their recent encounter with winter.

Station Profile: WDAM-TV
Market: Hattiesburg-Laurel, MS

Atlanta Stations Ready for Ice Storm with Mix of Old and New Technology

Atlanta viewers need to make sure the batteries in their laptops, mobile devices and radios are ready to go. All the stations plan on utilizing their live streaming ability and radio partners to keep viewers up-to-date in case the power goes out.

Market Profile: Atlanta, GA

WJZY News Takes Local To A New Level

The newly acquired Fox O&O in Charlotte, N.C. has developed unconventional changes that reflect Fox Television Stations President Jack Abernethy’s determination to come up with new approaches to local news.

Station Profile: WJZY-TV
Market: Charlotte, NC

KDOC To Air KABC News At 8 P.M.

Ellis Communications’ independent KDOC Los Angeles will begin airing a live, one-hour newscast at 8 p.m. produced by ABC O&O KABC beginning Jan. 13, 2014.

Station Profile: KABC-TV, KDOC-TV
Market: Los Angeles, CA

WPVI, WUVP In Hispanic News Collaboration

ABC O&O WPVI Philadelphia (DMA4) is teaming up with the market’s Univision O&O WUVP to collaborate on newsgathering and content sharing, with the goal of improving coverage of the Latino communities across the region.

Station Profile: WPVI-TV, WUVP-TV
Market: Philadelphia, PA

WCVB Boston Connects With Its Communities

Hearst's ABC affiliate lights up hearts and screens in Boston with the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, an event it's been broadcasting for 16 years. And it finds time every weeknight at 7:30 to highlight PSA for various local, grassroots nonprofit organizations.

Station Profile: WCVB-TV
Market: Boston, MA
 
 
 

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