Trump Unloads To Fox News

The president spent nearly an hour riffing on topics from Nancy Pelosi to Hong Kong in what one of the network’s hosts called a "stress release."

WBTS Investigation Prompts Hill Action

It looks like NBC Boston's (WBTS) emphasis on investigative journalism has paid dividends in Washington. Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) has reached out to Tesla with concerns about safety flaws in Tesla's autopilot system, citing the station's investigation.

Michael Bloomberg Makes ‘Massive’ Ad Buy

In the latest sign Michael Bloomberg is prepared spend freely on a prospective presidential bid, the billionaire has begun booking a huge quantity of TV ad time in media markets across the country — including the one that’s home to President Donald Trump’s winter White House, Mar-a-Lago. One analyst said it looks to be at least $10 million for one week.

BRAND CONNECTIONS

Scripps Ups Marcus Riley To Content Strategy Post

The station group moves him up from digital director and editorial director at WTMJ, Scripps’ NBC affiliate in Milwaukee, to work with newsroom leaders in nine of Scripps’ local TV markets to implement, evaluate, measure and refine the company's local content strategy.

OVERNIGHTS

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Fall Finale Scores

The final Grey's Anatomy of 2019 finished on top of Thursday's adults 18-49 ratings among entertainment programs. Thursday Night Football declined week to week, but Fox's broadcast still led the night by a sizable margin.
  1. 1.
    FOX:
    2.6
    12
  2. 2.
    ABC:
    0.8
    4
  3. 3.
    CBS:
    0.7
    3
  4. 4.
    NBC:
    0.6
    3
  5. 5.
    TELEMUNDO:
    0.5
    3
  6. 6.
    UNI:
    0.4
    2
  7. 7.
    CW:
    0.2
    1
  8. Source: Nielsen

The Time Bomb That Could Blow Up Streaming

Roku, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast and other digital TV devices are becoming the new middlemen between apps and consumers — what happens when there is conflict?

Tartikoff Legacy Award Recipients Named

Christine Baranski, Karey Burke, Courtney A. Kemp, Marcos Santana and Jeff Zucker will be honored at an awards dinner gala during NATPE Miami 2020 on Wednesday, Jan. 22, to benefit the NATPE Educational Foundation.

JESSELL AT LARGE

Cannabis A Potential Balm For Core Advertising

The cannabis business presents strong opportunities for broadcast’s core advertising, but it’s a legal and regulatory minefield. Still, there’s hope broadcasters can get a much-needed safe harbor to accept ads for properly vetted CBD and marijuana products via banking legislation in the Senate.

Campaigns Press Facebook On Political Ads

When Google said it would limit the ability of political advertisers to target voters, campaigns said they did not want Facebook to follow.

MARKET SHARE | DMA 48: LOUISVILLE, KY

WDRB Tops Marketing Obstacle To Win At 5

Scott Brady, the creative services director for Block's WDRB Louisville, Ky., faced a difficult marketing dilemma in September. He had to promote the station’s new 5 p.m. newscast without mentioning the name or showing the face of one of the newscast's two anchors.

‘Days Of Our Lives’ Renewed For Season 56

According to an individual with knowledge of the situation, the deal for the new season at NBC is not done yet but all signs point to it being closed soon. The news comes less than two weeks after it was reported that the entire cast of the series had been released from their contracts, which some took as a sign the show was coming to an end.

House Judiciary OKs Satellite License Sunset

The latest shoe has dropped in the ongoing saga of STELAR reauthorization/not reauthorization, and it is a hefty wingtip in favor of broadcasters. The House Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved the Satellite Television Community Protection and Promotion Act of 2019, which would sunset most of the Sec. 119 satellite compulsory network affiliate TV station distant signal license, but make it permanent for so-called short markets and for RV's, truckers and others on the move.

DMA 9: BOSTON

Chris Wayland New NBC Sports Boston GM

He adds the duties at the sports network of the Boston Celtics while remaining station manager of NBCU's WBTS, WNEU and NECN there.

TV Comedy Greats Take A Bow, Make ’Em Laugh

Like the 97-year-old Norman Lear, who made his name — and TV history — with groundbreaking sitcoms like All in the Family and The Jeffersons, the other honorees at Thursday’s Paley Center for Media ceremony proved that talent is ageless. Carl Reiner, 97; Bob Newhart, 90; Carol Burnett, 86, and Lily Tomlin, 80, each won over the room with their humor and memories. Above, Lear (r), is congratulated by presenters Jimmy Kimmel (l), and Anthony Anderson.

TVN’S NEWSTECHFORUM

Top Techs Eye Tomorrow’s Challenges

Technology executives from CBS Owned Stations, Disney ABC TV Group, Meredith and Masstech look at 2020’s horizon line and the looming challenges of IP, the cloud, multiplatform workflow and more at the seventh annual NewsTECHForum next month.

TVN'S NEWSTECHFORUM

Multiplatform Production Without The Pain

Executives from Fox Owned Stations, Gray Television and ABC News will chart a path to friction-free, story-centric news workflows at TVNewsCheck’s NewsTECHForum next month.

TVN'S NEWSTECHFORUM

ABC Stations Top Social Media Excellence Awards

ABC Owned Television Stations have won the Innovator Award, the top honor in TVNewsCheck’s second annual Social Media Excellence Awards. KABC, the group’s Los Angeles station, was also recognized with the award in the Large Market Category.  This year’s awards will be presented at NewsTECHForum on Dec. 16 followed by a panel discussion with the winners moderated by Social News Desk’s Kim Wilson.

TVN'S NEWSTECHFORUM

Technology’s Role In Covering 2020 Elections

News leaders from Hearst, the Associated Press and E.W. Scripps will share strategies for covering the contentious 2020 election season during the opening panel at TVNewsCheck’s NewsTECHForum next month.

TVN’S MEDIA JOBS

Marketing Openings For Brand Manager, Producer

New job posts on TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center include an opening for a brand manager at a broadcast group’s headquarters, and a writer/producer for a station in the nation’s capital.

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