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Broadcaster Briefing
Articles and announcements about Broadcast Television Companies.

Traditional sports broadcasters like Turner or CBS may partner with social media companies like Facebook or Twitter in bidding for sports rights in the future.
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It’s only 287 days until the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics, but nearly 100 of the U.S. team’s top athletes have come together this week at a Los Angeles production facility to begin filming promotional material for the 2018 Olympics.
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Broadway Video is best known for its many famous productions. Soon, the production house may gain a reputation for helping NBC’s advertisers as well.
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Meredith Corp. reported that its station group's fiscal third quarter revenue increased 1% to $142 million from $141 million in the same quarter a year ago.
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NBC doubled down on social to drive interest in its shows. That has meant a successful non-linear experience for viewers and advertisers of NBC hits new and old, from The Voice to Saturday Night Live to This Is Us.
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Nexstar CFO Tom Carter is “somewhere between hopeful and confident” about a new era of more favorable regulation under the new administration, but he’s keeping an acquisition target close to the vest.
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The E.W. Scripps Co. is interested in the prospect of building its broadcast portfolio in a more deregulated climate, but it’s not planning a shopping spree.
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Disney|ABC Television Group announced plans to ramp up its commitment to OTT TV distribution, with more than 160 ABC affiliates signed on to launch services through the group’s Clearinghouse initiative.
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Like most media companies, Hearst is having to find new ways of doing business. The privately held magazine publisher, TV station owner, minority owner of cable networks, and new media investor makes a quarter of its profits from business services.
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Attempting to dispel the notion that CBS All Access’ user base is comprised of a bunch of young, urban dwelling cord-cutters, CBS Interactive CEO Jim Lanzone told a packed room full of broadcast-industry folks at NAB that “it’s an early-40s audience—only 30% of the audience is millennial.”
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Fox's sports division would like media buyers to start looking ahead to the fall, when its top-rated national NFL window, beefed-up college football coverage and stewardship of the World Series make the network a must-buy for marketers looking to reach the greatest possible number of consumers at once.
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ABC’s coverage of Game 1 of the NBA playoffs delivered a live audience of 6.624 million total viewers, which the network announced was their most-watched game ever in the opening weekend of the NBA playoffs.
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Telemundo says there’s been big change in the Spanish-language TV landscape, and it wants advertisers to recognize that in this year’s upfront.
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Fox Networks Group will most likely not have a new ad-sales chief in place as it prepares to start TV’s “upfront” negotiations, leaving the company without a key executive during a critical industry period when haggling for billions of dollars of commercial inventory takes place.
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Sinclair Broadcast Group today announced the acquisition of 14 stations in eight markets from Bonten Media for $240 million.
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Telemundo, which is on the heels of longtime Spanish-language leader Univision, has a chance to get a huge ratings kick with its broadcast of the FIFA World Cup in 2018 in Russia.
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Moody’s Investors Service has assigned a “Ba2” rating to The E.W. Scripps Company‘s newly launched offering of $400 million of Senior Unsecured Notes due 2025.
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Entravision Communications Chairman/CEO Walter Ulloa revealed that his company scored $264 million in gross proceeds from the FCC’s reverse auction.
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DirecTV Now, AT&T’s OTT TV service, has expanded its offer of local live TV feeds from Fox after adding 14 Fox-affiliated stations to the service.
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Twenty-six people from 12 different markets drove close to 3,500 miles one-way to attend a news training session at KARK and KLRT, the NBC and Fox affiliates in Little Rock earlier this month.
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“Saturday Night Live” delivered its highest ratings since February with its first-ever episode to air live in all U.S. time zones.
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National TV advertising for the 2016-2017 NBA regular season basketball posted big gains versus the previous season. TV networks pulled in a total of $628.6 million, according to iSpot.tv, with ABC pulling in $93 million.
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Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien, Hearst Television’s weekly political show, has expanded its reach to 85% of the country with the addition of three NBC O&Os, according to Hearst.
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Wall Street analyst Brian Wieser says, “Each of the news operations at CBS, Disney’s ABC and Comcast’s NBCU benefit their parent companies in meaningful ways,” citing not just profits, but “the political influence that follows from these divisions.”
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NBC’s “This Is Us,” and ABC’s “Speechless” are among the 2016 selections for Television Academy Honors.
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Stepping up its upfront efforts around mobile advertising, NBCUniversal has struck a deal with Kargo, an advertising technology company.
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CBS and Fox networks have the best multiyear investor outlook, Wall Street research firm MoffettNathanson said in a report for investors today.
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NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt will participate in a keynote conversation with comedian Chris Hardwick at the NAB Show, where Hardwick will lead Greenblatt in a discussion that will provide insight into the mind of a network chief, focusing on success in a digital age.
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Comcast Corp. plans to introduce an online video service offering hit shows from its NBCUniversal TV networks in the next 12 to 18 months, an effort to compete with rivals Netflix Inc. and CBS Corp.
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Anyone who watches “Saturday Night Live” on NBC knows the late-night program’s antics stop when the show goes to a commercial break. In at least one coming “SNL” broadcast, that won’t be the case.
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At the 4As Transformation Conferenc, NBCUniversal's Linda Yaccarino discussed with OMD's Monica Karo how the impact of investment and partnerships shape how NBCUniversal targets shifting audiences at scale.
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In markets both big and small, tweets still made up the majority of social media posts for local broadcasters in the fourth quarter of 2016 despite Facebook’s huge advantages in both audience size and ability to drive engagement on social media, according to Share Rocket data.
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In an unusual move for a TV company looking to sell advertising, NBCUniversal will air commercials touting its programming aimed at media buyers this upfront season.
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NBCUniversal said that Cadillac will be the first marquee advertiser on Apple News. NBCU represents Apple News and works with Apple to develop advertising products to take advantage of the premium news environment.
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While almost all of the TV media companies have been rolling out their own data platforms to transact more advertising based on metrics outside of the traditional age and gender demos, NBCUniversal is making the biggest push yet to transition brands into making targeted audience buys.
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CBS’ coverage of Monday night’s March Madness closer saw a big viewership spike in overnight ratings compared to the 2016 championship game that aired on Turner cable networks.
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Through its sales agreement with NBCUniversal, Apple News will not only support tags from rich media ad servers including Kargo and Celtra, but also third-party measurement services like comScore and Moat, and expects to add additional measurement providers and other third-party ad partners to that list.
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In a move made in deference to the digital age, NBC will present all of its coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games live across all U.S. time zones, ending its long-standing practice of tape-delayed presentations to the Mountain and Pacific regions.
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CBS is excited about its late-night numbers, including an achievement it hasn’t pulled off in seven years.
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NBC expects ad sales for next year’s Winter Olympic in PyeongChang, South Korea, to exceed those for the 2014 winter games in Sochi, Russia.
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When the Olympics are held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in 2018, NBC will be broadcasting the Winter Games live across all time zones for the first time, the network announced.
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The Raycom Media Investigative Unit will partner with local investigative units across Raycom Media. It will be headed by investigative journalist Lee Zurik.
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4C Insights launched 4C TV, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) suite of tools for planning, buying and measurement of TV advertising that aims to look beyond traditional demographics to a more involved understanding of consumers.
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According to the FCC, public safety officials used broadcasters to keep the public connected during AT&T's recent nationwide 911 outage, which lasted up to five hours in some parts of the country.
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CBS’ doubleheader coverage of the 2017 “March Madness” NCAA Basketball Tournament scored big on social media, helping set the stage for the tournament’s Final Four weekend.
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NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations launched the NBC and Telemundo stations’ first-of-its-kind Live Radar in-app feature that allows app users direct access to real-time weather information, based on their location.
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CBS topped Daytime Emmy Awards nominations, racking up a total of 71. Other shows nabbing multiple nominations include ABC’s General Hospital (23) and NBC’s Days of Our Lives (22).
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Gray Television’s annual shareholder meeting will seek the approval — on a non-binding advisory basis — of 2017 compensation for its top 3 executive. The shareholder meeting is also set to see the election of nine members of the TV company’s board of directors.
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Facebook’s live streaming platform has become principal means of breaking stories at E.W. Scripps stations over the past six to nine months, a paradigm shift that has shaken up stations' news workflow.
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The National Association of Broadcasters announced that Fox Television and the CW Network will host meetings with their affiliated television station representatives at the NAB Show in Las Vegas. Also, the affiliate boards of directors of ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox Television will once again hold meetings during the NAB Show.
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Nielsen has renewed its long-term deal with Fox Television Stations to provide audience measurement across the group.
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"This is Us" has proved that there's still no matching broadcast television when it comes to finding the best chance of reaching the biggest audience.
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The annual ranking of the world’s most valuable media brands by Brand Finance is dominated by brands based in the U.S., with the Americans claiming all of the top seven spots—including all of the Big Four networks
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TEGNA is launching a live multi-platform they say “will be the industry’s first live multi-daypart syndicated show, spotlighting the day’s essential stories, information and trending social media content in real-time across multiple screens.”
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ABC News is rolling out an updated Apple TV application, live today, which makes the news division the first to offer a simultaneous multi-stream viewing experience in its tvOS application.
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For the first time in its 42-year history, “Saturday Night Live” will actually be live across the entire country. In a move aimed at boosting the audience for sketch show as its television season winds down, NBC said “SNL” will be time-zone agnostic for its final four episodes
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Nexstar Media and Sinclair Broadcast Group are setting up a spectrum consortium ahead of the finalization of ATSC 3.0 next-generation TV transmission standards.
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Turner, Viacom and Fox Networks Group have announced the launch of OpenAP, a web-based platform where advertisers can mix and match data sets to create ad targeting criteria that can be used for multiple TV buys.
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Fox Networks Group launched a new version of its video app that gives users access to content from the Fox broadcast network, FX and National Geographic Channel. By making more content available and making it easier for viewers to find what they want, traditional media companies like Fox will better be able to compete with streaming competitors like Netflix.
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NBC announced that "Saturday Night Live" is "having its best season in a quarter of a century," and that the network will be airing the sketch show's "Weekend Update" in prime time in the form of four NBC specials.
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With reporters, news media and even the truth under assault, the winners of the 2017 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism, station groups Hearst and Scripps​, demonstrate that the legacy of the longtime CBS anchor is alive and well.
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After a brief period last year where Telemundo pulled ahead, Univision has regained its lead among adults 18-49 over its rival, but the NBCUniversal Spanish-language network continues to inch closer among total viewers.
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The Local Media Consortium (LMC), a nationwide alliance of local multiplatform media and technology companies, said today that Nexstar Media Group, the second-largest TV station operator in the U.S., has become its latest member.
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The Broadcasters Foundation of America will honor six recipients of the 2017 Ward L. Quaal Leadership Awards and the Chairman’s Award at the foundation’s on April 26 in Las Vegas during the NAB Show.
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Les Moonves, the CBS Corp. chairman, president and CEO, said that while a battle with the cash-rich digital overlords is all but inevitable, the NFL will very much remain a TV staple.
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The Scripps Howard Awards celebrate excellence in journalism during 2016 in 17 categories, with prize money totaling $180,000. WVUE in New Orleans, Louisiana was among those winners.
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A new study from TiVo-owned Digitalsmiths shows that TV viewers would pick ABC and CBS above other channels if given the chance to buy TV service a la carte.
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The Fox TV Group's chair Dana Walden says broadcast “is still a healthy and vibrant business."
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Using the Wirecast technology, Des Moines, Iowa’s Meredith stations are now able to stream breaking news and news-related content directly to Facebook Live.
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Rohde & Schwarz today published a survival guide to help broadcasters successfully navigate relocating to a new channel assignment as part of the FCC’s TV spectrum repack.
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CBS released Nielsen-backed “total content ratings” that measure not only linear TV watching but also viewing by DVR playback and through video on demand. The network said it intends to add viewing done through online and mobile streaming at a later date.
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NBC Universal invested $500 million in Snap Inc. on Thursday as part of the social-media company's initial public offering.
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While 66% of millennials’ total time viewing is still done on a TV set, 23% is via streaming on a TV-connected device and 11% on a PC, smartphone or tablet.
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NBCUniversal is expanding its data-driven advertising business, earmarking $1 billion worth of inventory for targeted campaigns.
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During its fourth quarter earnings call, Nexstar CEO Perry Sook talked about what the station group did immediately after its $4.6 billion acquisition of Media General and what the company has in the works for the coming year.
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The sale by Time Warner of WPCH Atlanta to Meredith Corp. tops the latest list of TV station transactions submitted to the FCC for its approval, according to BIA/Kelsey.
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Gray Television Wednesday reported hitting a record high of $237.6 million in revenue during the fourth quarter of 2016, up 40% from the year before.
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Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc has approached rival U.S. broadcaster Tribune Media Co to discuss a potential combination, a deal that would hinge on existing regulations being relaxed.
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Google’s YouTube on Tuesday unveiled a web-TV service that will offer a package of over 40 broadcast and cable channels for $35 a month. The new service, dubbed YouTube TV, is set to launch in the next few months.
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Tegna released fourth quarter results that included Media Segment revenues that were up 14.5% from 4Q 2015 to $529.1 million, driven by an $80.2 million increase in political advertising and a $25.5 million increase in retransmission revenues.
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Tegna Media President Dave Lougee says that negotiations with streaming services like Sony PlayStation Vue and DirecTV Now are progressing smoothly.
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Graham Holdings Co. today reported fourth quarter earnings that included revenue from its television broadcasting division, Graham Media Group, of $108.8 million, an increase of 14% from the same period of 2015.
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In January, the television market witnessed a 5.7% increase in ad spending, according to Standard Media Index.
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E.W. Scripps local TV station group witnessed big TV revenue gains in the fourth quarter -- with political advertising and retransmission fee revenues the main drivers.
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National TV advertising revenue for NBA programming is up 21% to $430.1 million across five networks – including ABC - according to iSpot.tv.
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Hedge fund Starboard Value LP has opened a 6.6% stake in Tribune Media Co., one of the largest owners of local television stations in the U.S.
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Scripps Networks Interactive said it would be investing $30 million to $40 million in digital content and data to fuel growth.
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The man dubbed "the investor CEOs fear most" has taken a stake in Tribune Media, the Chicago broadcast company that runs 42 local TV stations nationwide.
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ABC, Microsoft and Black-ish worked together on a season-long partnership, which included placement of Microsoft products within the show, and the storyline integration of Microsoft as a client.
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Paul Karpowicz envisions broadcasting’s bright future, and the Meredith exec is committed to seeing it get there.
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Raycom Media says it has sold off part of its spectrum in the Cleveland, Ohio market in the FCC auction.
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Late-night TV has found a rallying cause—the Trump administration—and a resurgence in ratings.
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ABC has sold out of commercial time in the Academy Awards. Advertisers in this year's celebration of some of the biggest films include Walmart, Samsung and Verizon.
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If the FCC raises the ownership cap, CBS CEO tells analysts that the company would be interested in buying more stations to reap more revenue from retransmission consent and political advertising.
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Gray Television is getting bigger. It announced today that it’s buying Diversified Communications’ two stations for $85 million: WABI (CBS/CW) Bangor, Maine (DMA 156), and WCJB (ABC/CW) Gainesville, Fla. (DMA 161).
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NBC is mustering its sports outlets, including NBC Sports Network and its Comcast SportsNet RSNs, as well as its NBC-owned TV stations to talk about gender in sports.
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Last April, NBC said it would reduce SNL’s ad load this season and that the show would air six branded content spots per year. When those spots do air, they’ll reach an audience that has grown even bigger since election season.
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Comcast and ABC Television said they are working together to provide subscribers with access to Oscar content via the Xfinity X1 cable operating system.
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Between the presidential election and the continued shift in viewing habits, it’s been an interesting season for broadcast networks. The five broadcast chiefs talked with Adweek about the biggest lesson they’ve learned so far this season.
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BuzzFeed and Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal are unveiling new original series under development, the companies’ first joint television productions since the formation of their partnership nearly a year and a half ago.
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