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KVOA Exposé Of Controversial School Photos Wins Murrow Award

KVOA, Tucson’s NBC affiliate owned by Cordillera Communications, won a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting in the small market television category of Region 3 which comprises Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

Vietnam Vet Story Earns WHO Regional Murrow Award

WHO, Tribune’s NBC affiliate in Des Moines, Iowa, won two Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards in the small market television category in Region 5 which comprises Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.

WREX Wins Two Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

WREX, the NBC affiliate serving Rockford, Ill., that’s owned by Quincy Newspapers, was awarded two Edward R. Murrow Awards for Region 7 which comprises Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

WTAE, WXIA, WMAQ Win Peabody Awards

Stations in Pittsburgh- WTAE-TV, Atlanta- WXIA-TV and Chicago- WMAQ-TV have been named Peabody Award winners, for investigations into fire response times, a failed 911 system, and the police shooting of 17-year-old LaQuan McDonald.

WXYZ Detroit’s Commercial Production Portfolio

Brian Halas is director of commercial production at Scripps-owned ABC affiliate WXYZ Detroit. Here are just a few of the examples he sent.

Who Wins Awards for Journalism Excellence? WHO Does

WHO, Tribune’s NBC affiliate in Des Moines, Iowa, was honored this past weekend by the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association with 16 awards, 10 for first place in the Medium Market-Television category.

WNBC Promises Response To Every Call, Email

One of the most powerful benefits of local TV news is as an advocate for consumers — exposing bad business practices, scams, rip-offs, deadbeat deals and government waste and corruption.

WDIV Investigation Honored With Journalism Award

WDIV Detroit’s NBC affiliate owned by Graham Media, was honored by the Michigan Press Association with the Wade H. McCree Jr. award for the advancement of justice.

WTAE Chronicles Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training

Chronicle: Bucs in Bradenton examines Pittsburgh’s love affair with its beloved “Buccos” and the city of Bradenton. The special airs on WTAE, Hearst’s ABC affiliate there.

WNBC Earns 13 Emmy Awards In New York

The New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences held its 59th annual awards gala last Saturday night and WNBC took home 13 awards.

WISH Celebrating Indiana’s 200th Birthday All Year

WISH, Media General’s CW affiliate in Indianapolis, will be Celebrating Indiana all year long as the official state bicentennial station.

KNOE Stays On Top Of Flooding Coverage

Gray-owned KNOE is the CBS affiliate in Monroe, La., where more than 24 inches of rain have fallen since last week.

WTXF Investigates Contractor Complaints, Lawsuits

Local families are outraged that they're still trying to get their money back from a contractor who calls himself the "godfather. Watch what happens as WTXF invetigates. 

Local Michigan TV Stations Holding Telethon for Flint Tuesday

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

NYC Broadcasters Heading Back To World Trade

The Wall Street Journal reports several broadcasters in the nation's top market, including WCBS and WNBC, have agreed to move their primary broadcast antennas from the Empire State Building to the the new 1,776-foot World Trade Center.

WISN Airs Debates For City, County And State Races

Hearst-owned ABC affiliate WISN Milwaukee is partnering with Marquette University Law School to air debates between candidates for Milwaukee’s mayor, for the offices of Milwaukee County Executive and the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Everything Changed Everywhere All At Once On WNCN

Byrum is the creative services director for WNCN, the new CBS affiliate in Raleigh, N.C., owned by Media General that was an NBC affiliate for 25 years. Changing to a CBS affiliate resulted in a 56% increase in total household viewership.

KVLY Covers Rare Police Killing In Fargo

In the weeks following the shooting of Officer Jason Moszer, KVLY-TV has posted more than 100 stories on its website, everything from the shooting to the funeral to efforts to help support the family of the shooter, who also died in the incident.

KOAA Cleans Up Broadcasting Awards In Colorado

Cordillera Communications’ KOAA, the NBC affiliate in Colorado Springs, was named Station of the Year for the third year in a row at the Colorado Broadcaster’s Associations awards dinner on Saturday night.

WPIX Launches School Funding Essay Contest

Public elementary, middle and high schools in New York City are hoping to cash in on an essay contest conducted by WPIX-TV, Tribune’s CW affiliate. Its Fuel My School initiative will donate $5,000 each to three winning school principals live on WPIX’s morning news.

Scripps And WCPO Expose VA Hospital Wrongdoings

This is an example of television journalism at its best. It’s a tale of how 34 good people came forward to blow the whistle on inappropriate conduct and conflicts of interest involving high-ranking officials at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Cincinnati. The result became a four-month joint investigation by the Scripps Washington Bureau and Scripps’ ABC affiliate, WCPO-TV Cincinnati.

WBTV special focuses on blacks in Civil War

African-Americans comprised about 200,000 of the Union troops during the Civil War (and an unknown number on the Confederate side) and about a quarter of the Union Navy. WBTV

WLS And WGBO Schedule 2 Political Debates

In run-up to the March 15 primary election, ABC O&O WLS Chicago (DMA 3) will present two live debates.

Seattle Station to Debut New Studio Tomorrow

Seattle NBC affiliate KING is almost done with its move in to its new building.

WXYZ Names Detroit Mayor Its ‘Newsmaker Of The Year’

Each year, WXYZ selects one newsmaker it deems to have had the greatest positive impact on the state of Michigan and the Detroit region during the year.

WCAU And WWSI Sponsor White House Exhibit

Philadelphians who want more insight into the electoral process can take an interactive journey thanks to a timely new exhibit at Philadelphia’s National Constitution Center sponsored by WCAU & WWSI.

WGN Celebrating Black History Month

Throughout the month of February, Tribune CW affil WGN Chicago is airing special news segments to celebrate Black History Month.

WLS to Air Live Team Coverage of Pope’s Mexico Visit

WLS, the Chicago ABC-owned station will be live for the Pope's arrival and from the Pope’s mass from the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Super Bowl 50 Breaks Viewing Records On WBTV

Super Bowl 50’s viewing audience reached a 90% share of adults 25-54 between 7:45 and 8 p.m. on WBTV, the Raycom CBS affiliate in Charlotte, N.C.

WBIN Partners with Political Interest Groups

WBIN-TV owned by a former Republican candidate for Senate is working closely with conservative interest groups that are pressuring presidential candidates to take more aggressive positions on use of military force, entitlement reform, and tax cuts.

KPIX gets inside scoop on Super Bowl City

Super Bowl Week began 51 weeks ago when KPIX 5 aired a half-hour special the night after Super Bowl XLIX, to instruct viewers to forget all that and get ready for Super Bowl 50.

WFYI Gets Creative To Market Vonnegut Documentary

Take a look at what WFYI, the PBS station in Indianapolis, did to get the word out about a local documentary it was airing.

WJLA Covers Blizzard For 56 Hours

WJLA, Sinclair’s ABC affiliate in D.C., stayed on the air for 56 hours.

WJXT Documentary Answers Questions About Challenger Disaster

WJXT commemorates the disaster by airing an hour-long documentary, Challenger: A Rush to Launch. WJXT spent months researching into little known revelations from that historic day and aims to answer questions from 30 years ago that still remain on everyone’s mind. WJXT is an independent station in Jacksonville owned by Graham Media Group.

Telemundo 47 New York Rebrands Weather Team

Telemundo 47 New York, WNJU-TV is rebranding its weather team as La Autoridad en El Tiempo, which translates to Weather Authority. The team is made up of the market’s only bilingual meteorologists: chief meteorologist Andrea Romero and meteorologist Pedro Montoro. The team also includes weekend weather anchor Janice Bencosme.

WNYW Scores Exclusive With ‘Pharma Bro’ Martin Shkreli

WNYW anchor Steve Lacy scored an exclusive interview with the former pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli, the guy who raised the price of a drug that fights parasitic infections 5,000 percent from $13.50 a pill to $750. A Fox spokesperson said that Lacy used Twitter to contact Shkreli and got the interview together in less than a week.

KVUE Morning Promos Document Viewers’ Routines

Promotions manager Dax Dobbs and his team proposed finding KVUE morning news viewers and be at their house as they woke up and turned on the light to begin their day. “We really wanted to show the city of Austin waking up and how we’re a part of the Austin morning routine.” Dobbs and the team found the people through the station’s Facebook page, and others were fans the morning news team knew would be good. “These are mini-docs on these people, this person’s life in the morning.”

WKMG getting results with new approach

WKMG, owned by Graham Media Group, added a 4 p.m. newscast in September, 2015 and as of January 2016, offers 36 and a half hours of news a week. The station is focused on the 4 p.m. newscast, encouraged by the ratings and happy with the anchor team, Hoffman said. “It’s one of the building blocks of our strategy,” he added.

KELOLand, Covering News In America’s Largest Viewing Area

Welcome to the KELOLand, where a network of television stations covers the news in all of South Dakota, plus parts of North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa. “We call ourselves KELOLand,” said Jay Huizenga, KELOLand’s general manager. “We have KELO in Sioux Falls, northwest of us is a satellite station called KDLO, in the central part of the state near the state capitol of Pierre is KPLO, and then our fourth station, KCLO, is in Rapid City.” KELO is the CBS affiliate in Sioux Falls owned by Media General.

WKAR to stay on air, launch 24/7 children's channel with Detroit Public TV

WKAR, the public television station owned and operated by Michigan State University, is not only staying on the air; it plans to launch a program that offers 24/7 programming for children and families across the state and on multiple platforms.

WXMI Cleans Up With ‘Maid For Moms Giveaway’

In Grand Rapids, Mich., a WXMI Mother’s Day contest provided recognition for a regional restaurant chain and non-traditional revenue for the station.

Drone Footage Shows Tornado Damage In Florida

WINK, the CBS affiliate in Ft. Myers owned by Ft. Myers Broadcasting, aired some drone footage that showed the damage along some 3 miles of a tornado’s path.

KITV Honolulu The Latest Station To Add Rentrak

Rentrak today announced that KITV Honolulu (DMA 66) has signed a local market television ratings agreement covering its two program streams, ABC on its primary channel and MeTV on a subchannel.

NBC Planning To Launch O&O In Boston

The new station would start on Jan. 1, 2017, when NBC's current affiliation with Ed Ansin's WHDH is set to expire.

WREG Celebrates Its 60th Birthday

WREG, Tribune’s CBS affiliate in Memphis, celebrated its 60th birthday on New Year’s Day.

WDSU Starts New Year’s Eve Parade Tradition

WDSU, the Hearst NBC affiliate there, presented the first Allstate Sugar Bowl New Year’s Eve Parade New Year’s Eve, which featured new floats from Kern Studios/Mardi Gras World along with high school marching bands and dance teams.

KRON’s Live And Local New Year’s Eve Show

If you couldn’t watch the fireworks in person, you could have watched on KRON, the MyNetworkTV affiliate in San Francisco owned by Media General.

Local Newscasts Boom as Greenfield Bridge Comes Down

The logistics of covering this blink-or-you’ll-miss-it event involved reporters and cameras from three stations in pretty much the same locations, but what viewers saw on TV and on the stations’ websites was surprisingly varied.

Eleven Stations Partner for Indiana News Network

Eleven Indiana pubcasters will work together as a news network with help from a $609,000 grant from CPB.

WZZM Produces ‘Star War’ Themed Promos

At WZZM, the ABC affiliate in Grand Rapids owned by Tegna, Star Wars-themed promos were featured.

With spectrum auction looming, a community college questions the value of its public TV station

The Delta College Board of Trustees says its doing its due diligence by deciding to initially participate in a national spectrum auction that's going to dramatically change the landscape of the broadcasting industry and potentially see the community college's public television station WDCQ go off the airwaves in exchange for millions of dollars.

Nexstar To Upgrade WZDX News Capabilities

WZDX, the Nexstar Broadcasting Group-owned Fox affiliate serving Huntsville, Ala., will launch locally based news programming in early April, Nexstar announced.

Seven Illinois stations start news collaboration

CPB announced Monday a $715,000 grant for a journalism collaboration among seven pubcasters in Illinois, led by Illinois Public Media in Urbana.

6 Stations Win DuPont-Columbia Awards

There were 6 local broadcast TV stations among the winners of broadcast journalism’s highest honor, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award.

NBC dials up heat: Ch. 7 set to lose network affiliation in 2017

Boston television is headed for a seismic shakeup in 2017, when NBC programming moves from Channel 7 to a new station called NBC Boston — which will air on WNEU (Ch. 60).

KCRA November Sweeps Elevator Pitch

KCRA, the Hearst-owned NBC affiliate in Sacramento, Calif., remains the dominant news station in household ratings, taking the top slot in every newscast.

America’s Largest Home Shown On WYFF

WYFF, the Hearst-owned NBC affiliate covering the Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson-Asheville market, spent a year producing a one-hour special covering the vast estate.

WVTM’s November Sweeps Elevator Pitch

There were no special report promos trying to drive tune-in this November on WVTM, Hearst’s NBC affiliate in Birmingham, Ala. Yet the station’s news viewership grew by focusing on image and branding.

ABC Chicago adds ‘Alert Center,’ new WX venue

Chicago’s WLS-TV, the market’s ABC O&O, is continuing to experiment with its new set, including repurposing the traffic area as the “Alert Center” and adding a new weather presentation location.

WTTG GM: Stations ‘Have to Work Backwards’ to Get Viewers Back

TVSpy sat down with Patrick Paolini, gm of WTTG, who came to the Fox-owned station in 2013. We asked him about the innovative approach his Washington, D.C. station takes in choosing stories for its newscast.

WCVB Boston Is Ready For Winter

WCVB’s new winter promo promises viewers that no matter what Old Man Winter throws their way, Hearst’s Boston ABC affiliate is ready.

NAB Selects Best Local TV Sales Idea

Joe Francis, a digital media consultant for WWTV and WFQX came up with an idea, The BrewVine Passport, which recently was named Best-of-the-Best in the National Association of Broadcasters Small Market Television Exchange conference held annually in Austin, Texas.

WAVY-WVBT Add Drone To Aerial News Coverage

WAVY and WVBT, Norfolk’s NBC and Fox affiliates owned by Media General, now boast Drone 10 as another tool to enhance aerial photography previously limited to its helicopter.

WLKY Flies To D.C. To Honor Veterans

WLKY, the Hearst CBS affiliate in Louisville, Ky., is airing a special news program called Honor Flight that follows several veterans who participated in the Bluegrass Chapter’s Honor Flight to Washington.

WCPO Travels 10,000 Miles For Rhino Story

TV stations rarely spend the time and money to travel 10,000 miles for a story. But WCPO photojournalist Emily Maxwell did, all the way to Indonesia, to chronicle the transfer of a 1,800 pound rhino named Harapan back to The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.

How Action News Jax Skyvision will help cover the stories you care about

Action News Jax, (WJAX and WFOX) are the only local stations in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia granted Federal Aviation Administration approval to fly a drone as part of their news coverage.

Presidential Campaign Starting to Fill Up Airtime at WMUR

Manchester, N.H.’s WMUR is, once again, reaping the benefits of being the only game in town during an election. This time it’s seeing an uptick in ad buys for the state’s primary in February.

WYFF Named ‘Best News’ In South Carolina By AP

WYFF, Hearst’s NBC affiliate in Greenville-Spartanburg-Asheville, S.C., took first place in the Associated Press Broadcasters Awards last week as Best Overall News Operation in South Carolina.

KRON Launches Drone Following FAA Approval

Media General-owned independent KRON San Francisco (DMA 6)  has a brand new tool to use for newsgathering and to enhance storytelling — a drone.

WXYZ’s Morning News Promos Start With Coffee

WXYZ, the Scripps-owned ABC affiliate in Detroit, tried a different approach to morning news: having coffee with viewers.

Tornado Coverage Earns WREX A Regional Emmy

For its coverage of the storms and its aftermath, WREX’s morning news received an Emmy award for Outstanding Achievement for News Programming from the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy for Television Arts & Sciences.

Earthshaking Promo From KTVK Phoenix

Here’s how KTVK, an independent station in Phoenix owned by Meredith, promoted and reported on the three small earthquakes felt in the area.

WWL Catches Judges Beaching It On Taxpayers’ Dime

WWL, Tegna’s CBS affiliate in New Orleans, exposes how some court employees are going to school at fancy resorts.

WJXX-WTLV Land On Aircraft Carrier For Veterans Day

Jacksonville, Fla., has the third largest military presence in the country behind Norfolk, Va., and San Diego. So to honor the military on Veterans Day, Tegna’s WJXX (ABC) and WTLV (NBC) there went big.

KNBC Exposes Radioactive Waste Cover-Up

Thousands of kids who went to a popular camp in Los Angeles may have been exposed to radioactive waste and toxic chemicals, according to an investigation by KNBC, the NBC O&O there.

WALA Mobile Adds Real-Time Traffic Reporting

Meredith’s Fox affiliate WALA Mobile, Ala. (DMA 58), has launched what it says is the first real-time, interactive traffic system in its market.

WISH Indianapolis Launches AVI80R Drone

According to WISH, its high-definition drone, named AVI8OR, is the first federally-sanctioned quadcopter aircraft cleared for media use in Indiana.

AP Names WRAL Outstanding News Operation, Again

For the eighth time in 10 years, WRAL received the top honor of Outstanding News Operation at the North Carolina Associated Press awards, taking home a total of 17 awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas.

KNTV Finds Answers To California’s Drought In Israel

Not many TV stations have the vision, let alone the budget, to send an investigative team half way around the world in the hopes of finding solutions to a major problem plaguing its region and, in fact, its entire state.

KHOU Investigations Expose City Housing Troubles

KHOU, the Tegna-owned CBS affiliate in Houston, is shining its investigative light on some housing problems in the city.

WOTH Drops Antenna TV, Adds BUZZR TV Game Shows

Low power WOTH has added the BUZZR game show network on over-the-air Channel 20.3 and dropped Antenna TV.

WREX Stages Bullying To Test Kids’ Reactions

WREX, the NBC affiliate in Rockford owned by Quincy Newspapers, recruited 15 students to sit in a room together. Two of the kids were actors, and the cameras rolled as one actor began bullying the other.

CBS O&Os To Serve Doctors' Offices

The CBS Television Stations group and Health Media Network (HMN) today announced under a partnership by which the CBS O&Os will deliver health and wellness news and information and entertainment to more than 12,000 medical locations throughout the U.S.

ABC 7 Unveils New Streetside Studios

WLS-TV/ABC 7 has debuted its brand new news set, filled with more glass, lights, and blue tones than ever before. The news team has been working out of temporary, back-up studios for over two months while the new set was created.

Pittsburgh stations prepare for set debuts

Pittsburgh will see two new sets, as WPXI-TV and KDKA-TV reveal their makeovers.

WKTV bringing CBS affiliation to Utica

Utica, NY viewers are about to have their own CBS affiliate for the first time in more than 50 years.  Heartland Media, owners of WKTV, CW11, and MeTV-Utica, will launch the local, Utica-based CBS Utica 2 from its Deerfield studios next month.

Louisiana Station Pulls Political Ad That Looks Like Newscast

Viewer complaints have prompted Baton Rouge, La. ABC affiliate WBRZ to pull a political ad that looked like a station newscast.

Omaha station to debut from former train station

KETV-TV, the Hearst Television ABC affiliate in Omaha, Neb., will officially debut from its new home in a converted train station.

TV Crew Forced to Take Cover After Shots Fired

A crew from WECT in Wilmington, N.C., was forced to take cover after shots were fired near the area they were reporting.

WCVB Adding Two Weeknight Newscasts

Hearst Television’s ABC affiliate WCVB Boston (DMA 8) will launch two, new half-hour weeknight newscasts at 4:30 and 7 p.m.

FOX25 Launches First Drone Flight For Fall Foliage Story

It’s a historic day at FOX25 News (WFXT)  as the station launched its first drone flight over Autumn Hills Orchard in Groton. FOX25 is now the first Boston television station to receive federal approval to use drones.

WPVI Philadelphia To Host Mayoral Debate

ABC-owned WPVI Philadelphia (DMA 4) will host a debate between the Republican and Democratic candidates for this year’s Philadelphia mayoral election. The candidates are Melissa Murray Bailey (R) and Jim Kenney (D).

WRAL Documentary Examines Life In Cuba

WRAL, Capitol Broadcasting’s CBS affiliate in Raleigh, N.C., is airing, Inside Cuba, a 30-minute documentary. Although Cuba is only 90 miles from the U.S., decades of severed relations, economic sanctions and travel bans make it feel as if it’s on the other side of the planet.

WSAW, WZAW debut new, state-of-the-art Wausau studios

For the first time in more than a decade, NewsChannel 7 is getting an upgrade with two new state of the art studios.

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Cubs Win! WLS Post Game Coverage Wins!

Chicago ABC-owned station WLS rode the Chicago Cubs to a win after the Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals to advance to the National League Championship Series for the first time in 12 years.

WISH Slots Live Indianapolis Mayoral Debate

Media General-owned CW affiliate WISH Indianapolis (DMA 27) will broadcast the city’s only debate between the Indianapolis mayoral candidates.

KHOU To Air Mayoral Debate

Tegna-owned CBS affiliate KHOU Houston (DMA 10), along with Houston Public Media and Free Press Houston are bringing seven of Houston’s mayoral candidates to the stage for HOU Decide: The Final Debate.

New Sci-Fi Comet Channel Lands

The new Comet sci-fi channel will premiere on a new WSTR-TV digital signal, Channel 64.3.

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

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

Milwaukee CBS Teases ‘New Look’

WDJT posted a video that uses natural sound of a director calling shots over what appears to be a still of the corner of a desk or other structural element, ending with the tagline “Everything is changing.”

KWWL Recognized With Regional Emmy Awards

KWWL, the NBC affiliate in Waterloo, Iowa, owned by Quincy Newspapers, was recognized for excellent news coverage  with three Emmy awards at the Upper Midwest regional Emmy awards.

And The Emmy Award Goes To?

When a TV station has its news coverage recognized with an Emmy, either a regional or a national award, that’s worth sharing. We also need to see examples of that excellent news coverage.

WIS And Columbia In Day 5 Of Flood Coverage

WIS, Raycom’s NBC affiliate in Columbia, SC, has been in continuous live news coverage of the historic flooding.

KNTV Exposé Recognized With National Emmy

KNTV’s Inside Sysco: Exposing North America’s Food Sheds, was honored with a national Emmy Award in the News & Documentary category.

NewscastStudio: Roanoke station gives peek at new set

WDBJ-TV, which gained national attention after one of its reporters, Alison Parker, and a videographer, Adam Ward, were shot and killed during a live shot, has been busy prepping a new home it honor of its 60th anniversary.

WISH Indianapolis Lands Chicago Blackhawks

Media General’s CW affiliate WISH Indianapolis (DMA 27) announced a new broadcast partnership with WGN Sports that includes the live broadcast of 19 hockey games during the 2015-16 season.

Orlando station ventures outdoors for WX coverage

WESH, the Hearst NBC affiliate in Orlando, Fla., has created an outdoor weather studio for its forecasters with the help of Z Space Creative.

WFTV Starts Using News Drones

WFTV became the first Orlando market station to use drones in news coverage on Friday.

KOMO Brings Seattle Scenery Into Its Studio

Yesterday, KOMO, Sinclair’s ABC affiliate in Seattle, unveiled a new set designed and built by the Devlin Design Group.

Rentrak Adds NBC O&O KNSD San Diego

Rentrak has signed a TV measurement agreement with KNSD, the NBC-owned station in San Diego (DMA 28).

WYFF, Weather Channel Team In Partnership

Hearst-owned NBC affiliate WYFF Greenville, S.C. (DMA 37), and The Weather Channel have formed an exclusive local partnership to provide audiences expanded local, regional and national weather information.

Nexstar Completes New Facility In Roanoke

After months of planning and construction, Nexstar Broadcasting Group has opened a new broadcasting and news facility in Roanoke, Va. (DMA 67), for its duopoly of WFXR (Fox) and WWCW (CW) as well as VirginiaFirst.com.

Philly Photographers Talking Strike as Pope Comes To Town

The Pope is about to make an historic visit to the US, with a stop off in Philly. But, the TV coverage might be a bit lacking. The union representing the roughly 75 photographers and technicians at KYW overwhelmingly voted Tuesday to strike over stalled contract negotiations.

What News Marketers Can Learn From A Bank Ad Campaign

Millions of Americans watch local TV news, according to the ratings. Yet, we rarely see or hear from them in local TV news marketing.

New Promos From Markets Large And Small

Sometimes creative services directors or producers send new spots they’ve launched and sometimes they’re posted on station YouTube feeds — KTVT-TV, KOLR-TV, WEWS-TV, WPTA-TV.

Memphis Station Unveils Storm Chase Vehicle

WMC-TV, the Raycom NBC affiliate in Memphis, Tenn., has rolled out its new weather vehicle — StormTracker 5.

KGTV San Diego To Launch 4 P.M. Local

Scripps-owned ABC affiliate KGTV San Diego (DMA 28) will launch a 4 p.m. local newscast.

Hurricane Katrina Diary, Part 2

Hurricane Katrina hit the Louisiana and Mississippi Gulf Coast on Monday, Aug. 29, 2005. At the time, I was the VP of marketing for Nexstar Broadcasting, headquartered in Irving, Texas.

WJXT Spends All Week Covering 450-Year-Old Story

America’s oldest city, St. Augustine, Fla., is turning 450 years old, and Graham Media’s independent, WJXT, in Jacksonville is helping the city celebrate in style.

Local Comedy Show Spreads Laughs Across Pacific Northwest

The bad news for viewers looking for laughs in Seattle is that the locally-produced comedy and variety show, The [206], has concluded its third season on KING, the NBC affiliate owned by Tegna. The good news is that not only will it return for its fourth season on KING, but the rest of the Pacific Northwest will get it, too.

WDRB Expands Midday News To Full Hour

Block Communications-owned Fox affiliate WDRB Louisville, Ky. (DMA 49), will add a second half-hour of midday news to its Monday through Friday schedule with the debut of WDRB News at Noon.

KRON Revamps Daytime, Drops Infomercials

The Media General-owned San Francisco indie, KRON-TV, is adding Bridezillas, Hollywood Today Live and Crime Watch Daily in place of paid programming on weekdays.

Sixth Grader Takes Shot at Anchoring. Nails It.

Viewers of Buffalo CBS affiliate WIVB got a glimpse into the future when sixth grader Nolan Watson filled in for Jordan Williams.

KTVU Expands News With More Morning Show

Mornings on 2 will debut on Fox-owned KTVU San Francisco (DMA 6) and will be hosted by Bay Area natives Gasia Mikaelian, Mike Mibach and Sal Castaneda.

Denver: TV and Radio Spending Are Flat

On TV, pricing is up low single digits versus a year ago, but conditions aren’t tight. Through the first three quarters of the year spending remains about flat to 2014. Buyers expect this to continue in fourth quarter, meaning they shouldn’t have trouble getting their clients on the air.

WVIZ to air Great Museums' documentary on Rock Hall on eve of anniversary

Cleveland's own WVIZ will premiere Great Museums Television's documentary "Sound Tracks: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum."

New Orleans: Looking back at Katrina

It took years for the media market to recover, and a lot has changed in the city sinc then. New Orleans has gone from the nation’s No. 41-ranked DMA to No. 51. The market’s median age has crept up a few years.

WGN To Air Special About Alzheimer’s

WGN, the CW affiliate in Chicago owned by Tribune, will air a half-hour special report, Unforgettable: Living with Alzheimer’s.

WLWT Expands H.S. Football Coverage On Ch. 5.2

WLWT, DMA 36 (Cincinnati) has expanded high school football coverage.

WWL Posts Hurricane Katrina Documentary Online

National networks and local stations will be airing special programs and news coverag about the disastrous storm. Down in New Orleans, WWL, Tegna CBS affiliate, has uploaded its acclaimed documentary Katrina: 10 Days, 10 Years.

Channel 19 Taking Its News Operation In A New Direction

WOIO is saying a formal farewell to the wild and woolly 19 Action News format and rebranding its news operation Cleveland 19 News, focusing more on stories, less on brand.

Telemundo Boston Launching Local News

WNEU-TV will begin airing local news at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m, the first time ever for the Spanish-language station. The addition of the newscasts, Noticiero Telemundo Boston,is the latest in a series of efforts to bolster local news at Telemundo stations across the country.

Texas Investigation Wins Al Neuharth Award

KXAS-TV and the Dallas Morning News have been named the winners of the 2015 Gannett Foundation Al Neuharth Award for Investigative Journalism.

Market Eye: Drilling Deep for Viewers

Cox Media Group is intent on making a mark in the Tulsa market. After acquiring KOKI-TV & KMYT-TV, the station has amped up its news offerings.

KCWI Asks For, And Gets, Viewer Comments

KCWI, the CW affiliate in Des Moines owned by Pappas, wanted to know what viewers were watching specifically. So they created a spot to find answers.

Houston: Strong, With Political To Come

Houston is coming off a very strong 2014, and it remains a healthy media market. Buyers are beginning to gobble up inventory before the political window opens, with significant spending expected for the city’s mayoral race.

Hurricane Katrina Focus All Month Long On WDSU

People who live in southern Louisiana used to talk about what might happen “when the big one hits,” and when it did, it was all televised in shocking horror for all to see. WDSU-TV.

WFTV Goes Big, Bold With New Set

WFTV Channel 9 has unveiled a big, bold and bright set that will have anchors standing more.

WMAR News Coverage Spurs Change In Law

WMAR, the Baltimore ABC affiliate owned by Scripps, focused its news coverage on people who want to profit from pretending to be in the military or embellish their military record. The practice is referred to as “Stolen Valor.”

WPVI Partners In Nation’s Largest Free Music Festival

WPVI, the ABC O&O in Philadelphia, is the official media partner for Musikfest, an 11-day concert event in Bethlehem, just an hour north of the city in the Lehigh Valley.

KMGH Throws Colorado A Birthday Bash

Colorado is celebrating its 139th year of statehood on Aug. 1, 2015, and for the fourth year in a row, KMGH, the Scripps-owned ABC affiliate, is inviting the Denver community to Celebrate Colorado today, a day early.

WEVV Starts News Operation From Scratch

WEVV, the CBS and Fox affiliates in Evansville, is launching a local TV news operation from scratch, going up against already established local TV newscasts from both the NBC and ABC affiliates in town.

Jonesboro Gets New Fox TV Affiliate

The Jonesboro television market just got a little more crowded with the announcement this weekend of a new FOX affiliate in Northeast Arkansas.

Kyle Spends $3 Million on Three Angels Low Power Stations

John Kyle II, president and CEO of DTV America Corporation, has laid down $3 million for 32 low power stations. The seller is Three Angels Broadcasting Network.

Tornado Coverage Makes KFOR National Emmy Finalist

KFOR, Tribune’s NBC affiliate in Oklahoma City has been named a finalist for the National News & Documentary Emmy Awards by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for its coverage of a tornado in Moore, Okla.

New Local News Promos From Around The Country

New local news promos from KHOU Houston, KNBC Los Angeles and WRTV Indianapolis.

New San Antonio Midday TV Newscast to Debut

According to Fox affiliate KABB-TV, the station will launch a half-hour midday newscast. That brings the daily total number of weekday English-language local news hours on S.A. broadcast stations to an astounding 21.

May Ratings Good News And Bad For WAVE

One could say the results of the May, 2015 ratings for WAVE, Raycom’s NBC affiliate in Louisville, Ky., was the best of times and the worst of times.  WAVE was rated fourth in the demo at 6 a.m., and third at 6 p.m., according to Nielsen, but both newscasts were rated No. 1 in the demos and households by Rentrak.

Seattle: It’s a Buyer’s Market for TV

Seattle has gotten increased TV spending from national advertisers this year, but with no Olympics or political spending, as there was in 2014, the market is down low single digits versus a year ago. The exception is sports.

New Local News Promos From Around The Country

Paul Greeley features new local news promos found around the web.

Markets & Stations

Fox46 Abandons Experimental Newscast for More Traditional Formula

Eighteen months after launching a bold corporate initiative to re-engineer the traditional TV newscast, WJZY (Channel 46) has retreated to the formula it once mocked: chasing fire trucks and illustrating the police scanner.

Station Profile: WJZY-TV

WGN Celebrates Lord Stanley In Chicago

WGN, Tribune’s Chicago CW affiliate, aired a live, half-hour special to celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks winning the NHL Stanley Cup this year.

Station Profile: WGN-TV

Denver Channel 7 Hits Pause on First-ever Marijuana Broadcast TV Ads

Denver's ABC affiliate, KMGH-Channel 7, is on the verge of running what are said to be the first marijuana-related TV commercials. The ads are on hold and in the hands of owner E.W. Scripps' lawyers.

Station Profile: KMGH-TV

Tornado Coverage Earns WCVB National Murrow Award

For its coverage of the tornado and aftermath, WCVB earned the National Edward R. Murrow Award for large market newscast.

Station Profile: WCVB-TV

Local TV Takes News To Web In Fight For Cord Cutters

Local TV stations are plugging one of the last major holes in mobile video: streaming their news to phones and tablets. After years of isolated experiments with mobile news, a critical mass of the local TV industry is seizing on the idea.

Markets & Stations

News Drone Goes Live for ABC7 In San Francisco

While the Federal Aviation Agency is still working on final rules for flying commercial drones in U.S. airspace, at least one TV newsroom has figured out how to legally use camera-equipped drones for news.

Market Profile: KGO-TV

Escape, the First Broadcast TV Network for Women, Launches In Detroit

"Escape," the nation’s first over-the-air broadcast television network created for women, has launched in Detroit. Escape will target adult women with a mix of theatrical motion pictures and off-network series that emphasize heroines and heroes who slip away from pursuit or peril.

Station Profile: WXYZ-TV
Market Profile: Detroit, MI

Award-Winning News Marketing From WMAR

WMAR, the Scripps-owned ABC affiliate in Baltimore, recently received Emmy Awards for both news coverage and news marketing from The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter.

Station Profile: WMAR-TV
Market Profile: Baltimore, MD

Texas Station Airing Spanish Language Translation of Newscast

KRGV in Rio Grande Valley, Texas has begun airing a Spanish-language translation of its newscasts on a secondary audio channel.

Station Profile: KRGV-TV
Market Profile: Harlingen-Weslaco-Brownsville-McAllen, TX

ABC Making History With Use Of Drones

In May, 2015, ABC O&O WLS Chicago became one of the first stations in the country to show a live shot from a drone during a regularly scheduled newscast. Other ABC-owned stations including KABC Los Angeles, WABC New York and WPVI Philadelphia have also been pioneers in providing viewers with live footage shot by a drone.

Broadcast Group Profile: ABC Owned Television Stations

WISH To Carry Atlantic Coast Conference

Les Vann, president-GM of Media General’s CW affiliate WISH Indianapolis (DMA 27) has a new broadcast partnership with Raycom Sports to carry the ACC Network, which includes the live broadcast of 13 football games and 24 basketball games during the 2015-16 season.

Station Profile: WISH-TV
Market Profile: Indianapolis, IN

WRAL Deploys Unified News Production Workflow

WRAL, the Capitol Broadcasting-owned CBS affiliate serving Raleigh, Durham and Fayetteville, N.C., has deployed the Bitcentral CORE:news news system that unifies the news production workflow.

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

Derek Carr Joins ABC30

Raiders Quarterback will join ABC30 Sports Director Tommy Tran weekly as a special contributor for the upcoming football season. The segment will cover everything from Carr’s second professional season, other National Football League news, and his thoughts on the Fresno State Bulldogs.

Station Profiles: KFSN-TV
Market: Fresno-Visalia, CA

WSNS Chicago Launches Consumer Unit

WSNS is the ninth Telemundo-owned station to launch a Telemundo Responde unit charged with speaking up for consumers who have been wronged.

Station Profile: WSNS-TV
Market Profile: Chicago, IL

WDSU New Orleans To Air Special On Cuba

WDSU, the Hearst-owned NBC affiliate in New Orleans, will soon air The Cuban Experience. The program also takes a hard look at the politics enveloping this effort, with passionate arguments both for and against the normalization of relations.

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

PromaxBDA Local Awards Presented At Station Summit

KXTV Sacramento, Calif., was the top individual station this year, with the Gannett-owned ABC affiliate winning three Gold awards, more than any other finalist.

Station Profile: KXTV-TV
Market Profile: Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto

KXAS Dallas, WVUE New Orleans Rack Up Trio of Murrows Apiece

KXAS Dallas-Fort Worth claimed three National Edward R. Murrow awards, for continuing coverage, investigative reporting and for news series among large market stations.

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

KMSP Now Home of the Vikings

Minneapolis FOX-owned station KMSP is now the official TV home of the Minnesota Vikings professional men’s football team.

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

Gray TV Takes Aim At Hybrid News Sets

Gray Television began a serious evaluation of a hybrid of hard and virtual sets, augmented reality and immersive graphics about 18 months ago. The station group wanted to find new, flexible ways to customize local content in a way that engages viewers. Now it’s preparing to introduce the technology at some of its stations.

Broadcast Group Profile: Gray Television

Major Media Companies Unite to Test 'News Drones'

The coalition includes Univision, Fusion, Getty Images, Advance Publications, and several owners of local TV stations: Sinclair, Belo, Scripps, Gannett, Capitol Broadcasting.

Broadcast Group Profiles: Capitol Broadcasting | Gannett | Scripps | Sinclair

Local Reality Show? TV Stations Create Their Own Programming

It’s not unusual for TV stations to create their own programming. Mostly, these special programs are produced by the news department. Sometimes, it’s light-hearted, like a special in Jackson, Miss., that focused on unusual town names in the state. Many markets air investigative specials regularly.

Station Profiles: KING-TV | KNBC-TV | KNTV-TV | KTVI-TV | WBDT-TV | WGAL-TV | WLKY-TV | WRAL-TV | WTVO-TV | WVBT-TV  | WYFF-TV

Market Profiles: Seattle-Tacoma, WA | Los Angeles, CA | San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA | St. Louis, MO | Dayton, OH | Harrisburg-Lancaster-Lebanon-York, PA | Louisville, KY | Raleigh-Durham (Fayetteville), NC | Rockford, IL | Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, VA | Greenville-Spartanburg, SC-Asheville, NC-Anderson, SC

WGCL Atlanta Embraces Change In A Big Way

New GM Mark Pimentel and News Director Larry Perret have revamped the station in a way that nobody in local TV news has seen before in such a short time.

Station Profile: WGCL-TV
Market: Atlanta, GA

Spanish Newscasts Slated by Telemundo Boston

Telemundo Boston plans to launch its first local Spanish-language newscasts this summer 2015, the latest step in a push by parent company NBC Universal to add programming for Hispanic viewers. NBC Universal’s investment in local news at Telemundo Boston follows its unveiling of Spanish-language newscasts in 14 other media markets last fall.

Broadcast Group Profile: Telemundo

Stations Band Together for Streaming News App

In an effort to boost the popularity of local news on digital platforms, ABC, Cox, Hearst, Media General and Raycom stations will provide live and on-demand newscasts to consumers via apps on mobile and some connected TV devices.

Broadcast Group Profiles: ABC | Cox Media | Hearst Television | Media General | Raycom Media

KTVU Debuts Weekly Sports Show

San Francisco Bay Area FOX owned station KTVU premiered a new weekly sports show called Sports Wrap. Sports anchor Joe Fonzi said, “In one of only two markets in the entire United States that has two professional baseball and football teams, I’m thrilled to be part of a station that’s committed to covering sports in the way viewers’ expect and deserve.”

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

WTHI Receives 11 Regional Emmy Nominations

The 51st Annual Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Award nominations were announced this week, with WTHI-TV/Terre Haute receiving 11 nominations, including the Emmy’s highest honor — Overall Excellence.

Station Profile: WTHI-TV
Market: Terre Haute, IN

WABC Promo Shows Eyewitness News Is Everywhere

In a spot to demonstrate that ABC O&O WABC’s Eyewitness News is everywhere, within 30 seconds the promo shows reporters’ actual sig outs from more than 25 locations. The spot is a great example of how one can use evidence to recruit news viewers. It’s very convincing.

Station Profile: WABC-TV
Market: New York

Local TV Station’s ALEC Takedown

The Washington, D.C.-based Media Matters for America posted onto the social media a clip from a news show aired last week by the Atlanta TV station WXIA, Channel 11, that blew the lid off the utter deception and corruption surrounding an organization known as ALEC (the so-called “American Legislative Exchange Council”) as it held a secretive national conference in Savannah. Media Matters, one of the nation’s most important watchdog efforts against the excesses of right-wing news organizations, entitled its report on the WXIA investigative journalism job, “Local TV Station Airs Incredible ALEC Takedown.”

Station Profile: WXIA-TV
Market: Atlanta, GA

All Hands On Deck For Flood At Houston’s KPRC

When disasters or catastrophes happen, manmade or natural, local TV news operations serve their markets the best. Paul Greeley of Market Share caught up with Mike Guerrieri, the creative services director for KPRC, Graham Media’s NBC affiliate in Houston, to see how his station was handling the flooding there.

Station Profile: KPRC-TV
Market Profile: Houston, TX

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.

Broadcast Group Profile: Sinclair Broadcast Group

KHOU Airs Compelling Helicopter Video of Houston Flooding

Gannett-owned KHOU Houston aired helicopter footage Tuesday that helped illustrate the expanse of flooding in area bayous.

Station Profile: KHOU-TV
Market: Houston, TX

WMAR Reporter Wins 3rd Murrow Award In 4 Years

WMAR’s Brian Kuebler won a 2015 regional Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in writing, giving him a hat trick since he also won in 2013 and 2012. WMAR is Baltimore’s ABC affiliate owned by Scripps.

Station Profile: WMAR-TV
Market: Baltimore, MD

KRON Makes Itself the Story with The BackStory

San Francisco Bay Area MyNetworkTV affiliate KRON has turned the cameras on itself with a series called The BackStory. The show makes use of live sound without a narrator. It’s interesting to see major market reporters — in some cases veterans like Vicki Liviakas — lugging gear around to shoot their own stories.

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

FOX Sports Detroit, FOX2 Become Lions' Official TV Partners

FOX Sports Detroit is teaming up with FOX2 (WJBK-TV) to televise Detroit Lions preseason games, along with additional Lions coverage during the regular season. The preseason games, which had been aired on the ABC affiliate in recent years, will be carried first on FOX2 and then replayed on FOX Sports Detroit. FOX Sports Detroit will be responsible for producing the game broadcasts.

Station Profile: WJBK-TV
Market: Detroit, MI

WNCN Wins Murrows For Pollution And School Bus Stories

WNCN, Media General’s NBC affiliate in Raleigh, N.C., won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award in the TV News Series category for its coverage of the disaster.

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

How One Locally Owned TV Station Does Statehouse Coverage Right

WRAL-TV, the CBS station in Raleigh, unveiled a new feature on its website: Hover over the name of a sitting state lawmaker mentioned in any story, and you’ll see the top five donors to the legislator’s most recent campaign. But here’s what’s most interesting: 'Donor Reveal' was developed not by some online startup or good-government nonprofit, but by WRAL.

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

WLS-TV/ABC 7 Becomes First Local Newscast To Use Drones

To make the drone technology happen for their newscasts, ABC 7 partnered with local photographer Colin Hinkle. The FAA has given Hinkle permission to conduct commercial drone flights, which are tightly restricted. Hinkle is the first in Chicago to receive this permission.

Station Profile: WLS-TV
Market: Chicago, IL

WPIX Opens Brooklyn Bureau at Barclays Center

Tribune’s New York CW affiliate WPIX has opened its Brooklyn Bureau, called the PIX11/Hyundai Studio at the Barclays Center. As part of a multi-year marketing partnership with the NBA Brooklyn Nets and the NHL’s New York Islanders, WPIX built a street level in-arena studio that will serve as the Brooklyn-based hub for broadcasts.

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

WYFF Chronicles Shoeless Joe Jackson For Murrow Award

WYFF, the NBC affiliate owned by Hearst in the Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C.-Asheville-Anderson, N.C., television market received two 2015 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, presented by the Radio Television Digital News Association. “WYFF News 4 strives for the very best in broadcast journalism,” said John Soapes, WYFF’s president in a press release.

Station Profile: WYFF-TV
Market: Greenville-Spartanburg, SC-Asheville, NC-Anderson, SC

WDIV Honored With Edward R. Murrow Awards

WDIV, Detroit’s NBC affiliate owned by Graham Media, was honored with two first place Edward R. Murrow Awards for Breaking News and News Documentary.

Station Profile: WDIV-TV
Market: Detroit, MI

WVIT’s New Jeep Is One Mean Weather Machine

Transmitting weather data to and fro and then on air isn’t the only advantage this formidable 4-wheeler gives viewers. It can provide a live view of whatever conditions exist outside the Jeep through its four cameras. “The real headline,” says Keith Barbaria, WVIT’s technology and engineering director, “is that we mounted a weather radar to the roof of the vehicle — that is a first.”

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

During Baltimore’s Painful Week, Local TV Reporters Shine

“I never think about which TV networks or anchors I trust to break news to me in times of crisis, until I’ve been parked in front of the television for hours, scared to move or to break eye contact with the screen. I don’t realize it’s the anchor’s soothing voice or the on-the-ground reporter’s empathetic interviewing style that’s tethering me to their coverage, until I feel my heart rate steadying. So it didn’t immediately occur to me that I was favoring local news networks, rather than cable ones, in the aftermath of Freddie Gray’s death and Baltimore’s ongoing response to it. But since Monday, when the city’s unrest reached a boiling point, Baltimore’s WJZ and WBAL have been the only networks I’ve trusted.”

Station Profiles: WBAL-TV | WJZ-TV
Market: Baltimore, MD

WPIX (And Viewers) Likes The Way It Looks

The new on-air look, including new sets and on-air graphics, debuted a few weeks ago and some viewers noticed and like what they see.

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

Spanish Language Station ‘Most Watched’ in Phoenix Market

Noticiero Telemundo Arizona was the most watched local news in the market in April, 2015 for the first time in 25 years. KTAZ was number one in English and Spanish speaking Adults 18 to 34 and Adults 18 to 49. Among Spanish speakers, the Telemundo owned station’s 6:00 p.m. was also number one in Adults 18 to 49 and 25 to 54.

Station Profile: KATZ-TV
Market: Phoenix, AZ

KWQC Wins Big At Iowa Broadcast News Awards

KWQC, the NBC affiliate owned by Media General in Davenport, (KWQC serves the Quad Cities of Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa, and Rock Island and Moline, Ill.), earned the Overall Excellence award, as well as first-place awards for Political Coverage, Best Investigative/In-depth, and Spot News Coverage.

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

KWWL Displays Quality And Quantity With Iowa News Awards

KWWL announced that it has been honored with 11 awards at the annual Iowa Broadcast News Association (IBNA) 2015 Conference.

Station Profile: KWWL-TV
Market: Cedar Rapids-Waterloo-Iowa City and Dubuque, IA

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

 
 
 

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