Local News

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

Telemundo’s WWSI Gets Ready To Make News

The Comcast-owned Spanish-language station in Philadelphia will launch its news operation on Jan. 6. With the debut, WWSI will join Telemundo’s other 15 stations in offering local news. The new 6 and 11 p.m. broadcasts will enjoy synergies with co-owned NBC O&O WCAU.

Station Profile: WCAU-TV, WWSI-TV
Market: Philadelphia, PA

A Record Number of New Yorkers Watch Marathon Weekend on ABC7

The 2013 ING NewYork CityMarathon, the signature event of the New York Road Runners, drew a record number of viewers across several programs on ABC7 this past weekend. An average of 582,000 people watched the five-hour race broadcast on ABC7.

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

Stranger Makes a Single Mom's Day with a Free Meal

A single mother wrote to ABC11 to share a story of what happened to her family at a Pizza Hut in Durham. With all the hardship life can bring you, this story shows that good things can happen to you just as easily!

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

KNBC-TV Playing To Viewers On L.A. County Buses

KNBC-TV Channel 4 is taking the bus A special L.A. newscast is part of an hour long program that plays on monitors in nearly 1,800 MTA buses throughout the day before a captive audience.


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


ABC Launches News App For iPhone, Android

ABC said the app features a light, clean design, a “News Inbox,” and enhanced navigation built around three areas of interest: “Top Stories,” “Best Reads” and “Daily Rewind,” which features the day’s top stories and unique news stories from the day.

Broadcast Group Profile:  ABC Owned Television Stations, Inc.
Markets: Multi

WHEC Takes its Watchdog Role Seriously

The Hubbard-owned NBC affiliate in Rochester, N.Y., focuses its news coverage on stories that expose the warts of New York State. WHEC “wanted a direction and focus that supersedes slogans,” says Marketing Director Steven Patrick. “We wanted to be known for something; maybe we can make New York a little better place.”


Station Profile: WHEC-TV
Market: Rochester, NY


NBCU's KXAS Preps New Texas-Size Facility

KXAS in Dallas introduces brand new 75,000-square-foot complex.

Station Profile: KXAS-TV
Market: Dallas, TX

KTXL Set to Expand Early Evening Newscasts

Sacramento Fox affiliate KTXL will add a 5 p.m. newscast next month, expanding its early evening news from 60 to 90 minutes.

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

Tulsa’s KOKI-TV FOX23 News Expands Weekday Evening Newscast

KOKI-TV, property of Cox Media Group (CMG) and  FOX affiliate serving the Green Country of Oklahoma, announced today that adding a half hour to its hour-long evening newscast FOX23 News at 5.

Station Profile: KOKI-TV
Market: Tulsa, OK

Traffic and Weather Now Go Hand-In-Hand

New technology from AccuWeather and Weather Services International make it possible for TV stations to combine weather data and traffic maps. The new systems can show a storm rolling in over the real-time traffic map, pull up live Department of Transportation camera feeds capturing the backup and even display Twitter and Facebook updates from drivers stuck in the mess.

Station Profile: multi including: KNBC-TV | KTRK-TV | KUSA-TV
Market: multi including: Denver, CO | Los Angeles CA | Houston, TX

WCAU SkyForce 10 Features All The Bells And Whistles

One of the most tech-savvy ENG helicopters in the news business today flies over the streets of Philadelphia. NBC’s O&O WCAU recently ended an agreement it had to share a helicopter with the local Fox O&O in the market, deciding they needed their own helicopter that they solely controlled.

Station Profile: WCAU-TV
Market: Philadelphia, PA

News Finds A New Home Among Diginets

Stations say they expect the practice of inserting newscasts into their diginet subchannels to become more pervasive as more stations recognize the revenue and promotional potential.

Station Profile: Multi
Market: Multi

Green Screen Not Just For Weather Anymore

Hybrid sets that combine real and virtual elements are rapidly finding adoption by TV stations news operations due to their versatility and cost-effectiveness.

Station Profile:  KOLD-TV
Market: Tucson (Sierra Vista), AZ

Stations, Networks Break News Together

More and more, when big news breaks, networks turn to affiliates for local expertise. And the stations benefit from network tech resources as well as reporting that includes national and federal news sources.

Stations: WDHN-TV | WVIT-TV | KXXV-TV | WEWS-TV | KIRO-TV | KOCO-TV | KWTV-TV
Markets: Dothan, AL | Hartford and New Haven, CT | Waco-Temple-Bryan, TX | Cleveland-Akron (Canton), OH | Seattle-Tacoma, WA | Oklahoma City, OK

WCAU Hopes To Fly High With New News

As part of parent NBC's push to beef up news at its owned stations, its WCAU Philadelphia has upped its game. With new people and tools, including SkyForce 10, a state-of-the-art Bell helicopter with four HD cameras, there's a new approach to reporting news, one that involves expanding the station’s geographical coverage, heightening investigative and enterprise work and putting news in better context.

Station Profile: WCAU-TV
Market: Philadelphia, PA

WeatherNation Launches On KUSA Denver

WeatherNation TV, which operates in cities including Chicago, Boston, Minneapolis and Seattle, offers hyper-local, regional and national weather news all day, every day.

Station Profile: KUSA-TV
Market: Denver, CO

Nexstar Taps Syndicaster For Online Video

The Nexstar Broadcasting Group will be using the Syndicaster platform for online video at its 61 television station in 41 markets, the companies announced on Monday, signaling a move to more aggressive digital video production.

Broadcast Group Profile: Nexstar Broadcasting Group

WMAQ Wins Two Peter Lisagor Awards

WMAQ NBC 5/Chicago has received two Peter Lisagor Awards for its coverage of the NATO summit last May. The Chicago Headline Club, the largest Society of Professional Journalists chapter in the country, announced the winners of the 2012 Lisagor Awards at its annual awards dinner.

Station Profile: WMAQ
Market: Chicago, IL

KUSA Goes For A Live Ride With Tiny GoPro Camera

KUSA Denver went live using the tiny camera for a consumer report story about how the camera designed for action sports makes its way into the NBC affiliate’s broadcast.

Station Profile: KUSA-TV
Market: Denver, CO

Honolulu Digital Arena Pits Three Against One

Hawaii’s two leading online news outlets have undergone plenty of changes recently, but they remain fiercely competitive when it comes to breaking news, building mobile traffic and wooing advertisers. It’s been about four years since three of Honolulu’s TV stations joined forces to form Hawaii News Now. Two of those stations, KHNL and KGMB, are owned by Raycom Media. They share a newsroom, a building and a sales department, which offers an array of digital ad services. The third station in the partnership, KFVE, shares in the news operation but maintains its own website and its own sales staff.

Station Profile: KHNL-TV, KGMB-TV, KFVE-TV
Market: Honolulu

WXIN Indianapolis Tackles School Violence

Tribune-owned Fox affiliate WXIN Indianapolis (DMA 26) is making addressing violence in schools a priority with four days of extended news coverage and an hour-long televised forum.

Station Profile: WXIN-TV
Market: Indianapolis

WMAQ Web Newscast Pushes Speed, Brevity

With the launch of its Web-only newscast the Daily 5 on NBCChicago.com, NBC-owned WMAQ Chicago hopes to break ground among viewers with precious little time and a huge appetite for social media.

Station Profile: WMAQ-TV
Market: Chicago

Collaboration Lets KUSA, Post Expand Reach

A team of reporters from the Digital First Media-owned Denver Post and Gannett-owned NBC affiliate KUSA worked side-by-side on a project that took advantage of both news organization's journalistic and digital strengths.

Station Profile: KUSA-TV
Market: Denver

WBZ, Boston Globe Begin Comprehensive Content-Sharing Partnership

The Boston Globe and CBS Boston’s WBZ-TV are joining together to showcase exclusive, breaking news and video – on television, in print, and on the web.

Station Profile: WBZ-TV
Market: Boston

CBS Mobilizes to Cover Hurricane Sandy and Aftermath

CBS News and Northeast-based television stations led CBS’s coverage of Hurricane Sandy with compelling first-hand accounts from anchors and correspondents at various positions in the northeast region impacted by the storm.

Station Profile: Multi
Market: Multi

MundoFox Triggers Explosion In Local News

The commitment to air local news by affiliates of Fox's new Hispanic-targeted broadcast network is creating 48 new TV news departments at stations across the United States.

Station Profile: Multi
Market: Multi

ABC App Wakes Up Users To Local News

TV stations have exhorted viewers to wake up with their news for decades, but thanks to a new iPhone alarm app, followers of ABC’s owned-and-operated stations can now do so literally.

Station Profile: Multi
Market: Multi

ABC Owned Television Stations Group Rolls Out Free Alarm Clock App for iPhone and iPod Touch, Featuring News, Weather and Traffic

Locally customized alarm clock app, available through iTunes Store, debuts in Houston as “ABC13 Houston Alarm Clock” and will be waking Up audiences in all eight markets by mid-June.

Station Profile: Multi
Market: Multi

KMOV App Upgrade Keeps Users In Mind

Belo-owned TV station KMOV in St. Louis has taken the advice of its audience and is rolling out the latest version of its core news app — one of 17 apps in the station's roster — with a reorganized interface and flow geared toward user friendliness.

Station Profile: KMOV
Market: St. Louis, MO

WXIN Adding Hour Of News At 6 P.M.

With the addition of Fox59 News @ Six, the Tribune Indianapolis Fox affil will produce 50 hours of live, local news Monday through Friday.

Station Profile: WXIN
Market: Indianapolis, IN

Nexstar Launches Statewide Ark. Newscast

Nexstar Broadcasting Group is harnessing its extensive news platform and technical resources throughout Arkansas to launch the first daily statewide newscast, Arkansas Today.

Station Profile:
KARK-TV Little Rock (DMA 56)
KTAL-TV Shreveport, La.-Texarkana, Ark. (83)
KNWA-TV Fayetteville (101)
KTVE-TV El Dorado, Ark.-West Monroe, La. (137)

A Soldier’s Unusual Deployment: WTOC

U.S. Army Capt. Frank Razzano Jr. is spending a year as an intern in the news department of Raycom’s Savannah, Ga., CBS affiliate.

Station Profile: WTOC-TV
Market: Savannah, GA

KCBS-KCAL Launch Weekend Morning News

KCBS and KCAL Los Angeles have increased their local news lineup with the addition of three hours each Saturday and Sunday morning, effective immediately.

Station Profiles: KCBS-TV, KCAL-TV
Market: Los Angeles, CA

Social Embed Makes Houston News Stickier

KHOU’s iPad app seems to have anticipated a Nielsen report on social media that came out the following month and delivered sobering, if unsurprising, news to the online media business: Americans are spending 22.5% of their time online visiting social networks and blogs as opposed to just 2.6% of their time on sites for current events and global news.

Station Profile: KHOU-TV
Market: Houston, TX

KPIX Producing KBCW Sunday Morning News

The San Francisco CBS O&O is producing a new hour newscast for its sister CW affiliate beginning Jan. 8.

Station Profiles: KBCW-TV, KPIX-TV
Market: San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA

WFMY Expands Morning News To 4:30

Gannett-owned CBS affiliate WFMY Greensboro, N.C. (DMA 46), has expanded its morning news program, The Good Morning Show, by a half hour; it now begins at 4:30 a.m. and runs until 8 each weekday.

Station Profile: WFMY-TV
Market: Greensboro-High Point-Winston Salem, NC

WPRI Expands Morning Newscast

WPRI-TV viewers indicated their mornings are starting earlier than ever before. In response to the increased need for local news and weather coverage, the CBS-affiliate's morning show will start at 4:30 a.m. beginning Monday, November 28, 2011.

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

WBAL-TV Adding an Hour of Local News Weekday Mornings

Baltimore viewers will have an extra hour of locally produced news available starting Oct. 3 when WBAL-TV adds 60 minutes to its weekday morning newscast.

Station Profile: WBAL-TV
Market: Baltimore, MD

WUVC Brings Spanish Language News to Raleigh

Univision's WUVC Raleigh-Durham kicks off a 30 minute weekday newscast called Noticias 40 August 29.

Station Profile: WUVC-TV
Market: Raleigh-Durham (Fayetteville), NC
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Local TV Newscasts Expanding

KSDK, the local NBC affiliate, is adding newscasts to the 4 am, 10 am, and 4 pm time slots next month, giving it six and a half hours of local news each weekday, its highest count to date.

Station Profile: KSDK-TV
Market: St. Louis, MO

WCAU Adds News to Foursquare

The NBC-owned station in Philadelphia has teamed up with Foursquare to bring local news reporting to the check-in service.

Station Profile: WCAU-TV
Market: Philadelphia, PA

New Vision Debuts Topeka News Triopoly

Three Topeka, Kansas stations form a virtual triopoly called Kansas First News.

Station Profile: KTKA-TV
Market: Topeka, KS
 
 
 

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