RTDNA Opens 2020 Kaleidoscope Awards

KENS San Antonio Finalizes Evening Anchor Lineup

Trump Trial Adds To Breaking News Juggle

The usual suspects are gearing up to cover the U.S. Senate’s impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, the latest swirl in what seems to be a never-ending news cycle centered on the White House. But the impeachment proceedings, which kick off in earnest Tuesday, take place as many networks are also deep into coverage of the race among Democrats to secure the nomination for the 2020 election.

BRAND CONNECTIONS

WRAL Digital Launches All-New App Design

Capitol Broadcasting’s NBC affiliate in Raleigh, N.C. (DMA 27) today announced that its WRAL News app, “the first mobile app from a local U.S. TV station, has been completely rebuilt and redesigned to give users more control over the content that is most important to them.” The new app puts users in the driver’s seat […]

KOTV Tulsa’s Rick Wells Retires After 30 Years

Griffin Communications-owned CBS affiliate KOTV Tulsa, Okla. (DMA 58), said today that after 30 years as an anchor and reporter, Rick Wells has announced his retirement. “I’ve loved serving the Tulsa community all these years and want to thank Griffin Communications for giving me the opportunity to do everything I ever wanted in television news,” Wells […]

First National News Literacy Week Set

The first National News Literacy Week, designed to raise awareness of news literacy as a fundamental life skill, will be held Jan. 27-Jan. 31. The initiative, presented by The E.W. Scripps Co. and the nonprofit News Literacy Project, will provide educators, students and the general public with easy-to-implement tips and tools to help them sort fact […]

TVN’S MEDIA JOBS

News, Sports, And Digital Content Openings

New jobs posted to TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center include openings for a sports director in Madison, Wis.; a news producer in Richmond, Va.; a digital content manager on Maryland’s Delmarva Peninsula; and an anchor/reporter in Wichita, Kan.

Ex-WDIV Reporter Kevin Dietz Now On WADL

WKMG Orlando Offers Online Newscast In 360 Degrees

WGRZ Buffalo Adds Elyse Smith For Weather

CNN Digital Producer Kelly Daniel Heads To NBC News To Run The Streaming Service’s Morning Show

‘Bill Hemmer Reports’ Premieres On Fox News Jan. 20

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Executive Session | Merrill Brown: Fighting To Save Local News

Veteran journalist Merrill Brown is trying to rescue journalism in small- and medium-size markets through a new venture, The News Project, that looks to arm them with “a business in a box.” He says smart broadcasters can also capitalize on the moment by expanding their own digital reporting efforts and widening coverage across their DMAs.

Here’s A New Model For Local TV News

When Charter Communications executives needed someone to run their Spectrum News operation in Ohio, they found a candidate with just the right amount of TV experience. None. “I’m playing catch-up on the TV part,” says Karl Turner, who held senior editorial jobs at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland and Cleveland.com. “And I’m helping to think about stories in a different way.”

3 CBS-Owned CW Stations Add 10 P.M. News

CBS Television Stations is introducing nightly 10 p.m. news at owned CW affiliates in Detroit, Atlanta and Tampa. None of the stations currently feature newscasts. Each of the three stations is hiring multimedia journalists to create news content. The newscasts will be produced at another CBS-owned station, which will add national news, sports and weather, then sent back to the station where it will air.

Longtime KSAZ Sportscaster Jude LaCava Leaving

News Gear Vendors Stress Speed To Air

News crews are always in a hurry, trying to be the first with a liveshot from the latest breaking story. Two critical pieces of gear that facilitate speed of deployment are tripods and battery packs and manufacturers are making pods and power supplies that offer new, innovative tools for news shooters.

Cox Media Given 60 More Days To Sell Ohio Newspapers

Supreme Court Could Become ‘Stream’ Court

At about the same time that Chief Justice John Roberts was being sworn in to preside over the Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump, a pair of legislators, one a current and one a former House impeachment manager, were introducing a bill that would make the default setting that “real time or near-real time [access] on the internet,” either audio or video, of all appeals courts, including the highest court in the land, would be allowed.

Joint Sky & NBC News Channel Confirmed, Set To Rival CNN & Bloomberg

Comcast confirmed plans to launch a global news platform with Sky News at the launch of its highly anticipated streaming offering Peacock. Variety understands that the new channel will be a brand new service that exists independent of Sky News and NBC News, with bases likely to be set up in London and New York and a team of journalists around the world. The new venture, which is as yet untitled, could contend with the likes of CNN and Bloomberg.

‘Rachel Maddow Show’ Hits All-Time High With Lev Parnas Interview

GOP Senator Calls CNN Reporter A ‘Liberal Hack’

Shannon Bream Signs New Multi-Year Fox News Deal

Tolleah Price Named EP Of ‘Matter of Fact’

Tolleah Price, who joined the staff of Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien in January 2018 as the program’s first supervising producer, today was named its executive producer. “We are genuinely fortunate to have someone with Tolleah’s capabilities and skillset guiding our show,” said Emerson Coleman, senior vice president, programming at Hearst Television, who is […]

DMA 16: MIAMI

WSFL Names Nicole Wolfe News Director

Scripps is bringing her from WFTS Tampa to build a news operation at the Miami CW affiliate from scratch.

Natasha Alford Upped At TheGrio Digital Network Platform

Entertainment Studios has named Natasha Alford the vice president of digital content for TheGrio digital network platform. In her new position, Alford will continue to be based at the Entertainment Studios offices in New York. Alford’s writing and on-air commentary has appeared on TheGrio for four years during her tenure as deputy editor, as well as numerous other outlets from The New […]

Revisiting News Coverage Of Trump’s Anti-Media Rhetoric

TV Nets Ask Senate To Use C-SPAN Cameras For Trump Impeachment Trial

CNN Draws Fire For Debate Question That Ignores Denial

A debate moderator’s question that appeared to dismiss his denial of a story that he had told rival Elizabeth Warren that a woman couldn’t win the presidential election was making news following this week’s Democratic debate.

7.3 Million Watched Democrats Debate In Iowa

It was a respectable audience, beating almost every other network in its time slot, but still down from past highs. Viewership fell short of a CNN debate in October, which attracted 8.3 million viewers, and an ABC debate in September, when 14 million tuned in.