TV2025: Collaboration And The Future Of Content Creation And Monetization

Leaders from E.W. Scripps, Sinclair, Fox Television Stations, ABC Owned Television Stations, Nexstar and Avid will discuss how cross-group collaborations and content sharing have ushered in a new era of efficiencies and content ROI at TVNewsCheck’s TV2025: Monetizing the Future Conference at the NAB Show New York on Oct. 25. Register here.

ABC Owned Television Stations Announce 10 A.M. Newscasts For WABC, WPVI, WTVD

Today, ABC Owned Television Stations is announcing a new 10 a.m. newscast beginning Sept. 11 in New York, Philadelphia and Raleigh-Durham. The broadcast will fill the time slot previously held […]

WLS Chicago First To Debut New ABC-Owned Group Graphics Package

WLS (ABC 7) Chicago has debuted the long-anticipated ABC Owned Television Stations group graphics package, marking the first appearance of the new design. The package has been in development for nearly four years with extensive market research from SmithGeiger guiding the overall rebranding effort.


ABC O&Os To Air One-Hour Documentary On Mental Health

The ABC Owned Television Stations will present an hour-long documentary examining the state of mental health in America, looking inside the lives of those who suffer, the stigma associated with mental illness, organizations making a difference, and those standing up to give hope.

ABC Owned TV Stations To Air Earth Month Documentary Series ‘Our America: Trouble On Tap’ In Partnership With ABC News, National Geographic

As issues of access to safe drinking water make headlines across the United States, ABC Owned Television Stations are producing a three-part documentary series with ABC News and National Geographic […]

Tamron Hall Hosts ‘Our America: Women On A Roll’ On ABC O&Os

Beginning Saturday, March 25, and throughout the month, viewers can tune in for Our America: Women on a Roll hosted by the Emmy-winning Tamron Hall, broadcast journalist host of the syndicated […]

ABC’s Owned Stations Celebrate 100 Years Of Disney With Special

The ABC Owned Television Stations salute their parent company when the 30-minute special Disney100: The Exhibition–Making the Magic debuts March 23 on WPVI Philadelphia and across the station group on linear, digital and streaming platforms. Hosted by Alicia Vitarelli and TaRhonda Thomas of WPVI Philadelphia, the special will also be available on Localish and Hulu.


ABC Owned Television Stations Celebrating Women’s History Month

ABC Owned Stations Launch ‘Neighborhood Safety Tracker’

The new interactive websites provide viewers with essential crime and safety data in their neighborhoods in the O&O’s eight markets.

‘Wheel Of Fortune’ & ‘Jeopardy’ Renewed For 5 Years With Big Increase At ABC Stations

The Disney company’s owned and operated stations have ponied up a big increase to keep the long-running gameshows on their schedule. It has renewed both shows, which are the two-most watched shows in syndication, for five years through the 2027-28 season. This will take Wheel of Fortune through its 45th season and Jeopardy! through its 44th.

ABC Owned Stations’ True Crime Series ‘Missing’ Goes To Hulu

Adrianne Anderson Upped To SVP, Content Development, ABC O&Os

She will be tasked with creating, leading and executing the multiplatform content vision and strategies across all eight ABC Owned Television Stations.

WLS Chicago’s WX Graphics The First Piece Of New ABC Group Design Update

WLS, the ABC O&O in Chicago, has quietly switched over to new weather graphics that are the first pieces of a new overall graphics package redesign for the station and a jumping-off point for its sister stations. The new ABC Owned Television Stations package is the product of three years of development with consulting firm SmithGeiger, which conducted extensive research for the redesign effort.

ABC O&Os Unveil 24/7 Live And Local Streaming Channels

Viewers can stream local newscasts from the group’s eight owned stations, breaking news, weather, premium content, ABC’s Localish and more across the station group’s websites, mobile and connected TV Apps on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Android TV.

Chad Matthews Named President, ABC Owned Television Stations

Chad Matthews, president and general manager of WABC New York, has been named president of ABC Owned Television Stations. He starts immediately and reports to Debra OConnell, president, Networks, Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution. Matthews will oversee the eight ABC-owned stations in New York; Los Angeles; Chicago; Philadelphia; San Francisco; Houston; Raleigh-Durham,  N.C.; and Fresno, Calif.

ABC Owned Television Stations Expands Crime Slate On Hulu

ABC Owned Television Stations is expanding its true-crime and Unsolved offerings to release on Hulu on Dec. 21. True-crime followers can stream some of the popular local stories on Hulu that were investigated and […]


Capex To Opex Shift ‘Makes All The Sense In The World’

Broadcasters and their technology vendors are carefully moving from traditional capital expenditure models to software-based operational expenditure models. A Discovery executive says it’s about time as the industry moves toward its own distribution costs being based on volume.


ABC O&Os To Stream Special Celebrating Native American Heritage Month

ABC Owned Television Stations To Premiere Streaming Docuseries ‘Being Blago’ On Hulu

ABC Owned Television Stations announced that it produced an exclusive streaming docuseries, Being Blago, about former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, which premieres on Hulu, Friday, Nov. 5. The four-part docuseries is […]

ABC Owned Stations Launches ‘Our America Equity Report’

The eight ABC Owned Television Stations premiered Our America Equity Report in local newscasts on Sept. 28. The report tracks and measures racial equity across 100 of the largest U.S. cities. ABC’s data journalism team, led by Director of Data Journalism John Kelly, analyzed more than 10 million data points across five quality-of-life categories: policing, housing, education, health and environment.


ABC Owned TV Stations To Stream Veterans Career Fair

Streaming, Data Top TV Digital Execs’ Priorities

Digital leaders from Tegna, ABC Owned Television Stations, Graham Media and Allen Media told a TVNewsCheck webinar audience last week that OTT has opened a wealth of content opportunities to connect with new audiences, while the industry is also getting better at using first-party data to deepen audience ties and boost revenue.

ABC O&Os To Stream ‘Our America: Black Freedom’

ABC Owned Television Stations embrace the heritage and tradition of Juneteenth in the upcoming multiplatform documentary, Our America:  Black Freedom, available to stream now across the owned stations connected TV apps on streaming platforms […]

ABC Owned TV Stations Back Impressions-Based Ad Currency

Debra O’Connell: “Using an impressions-based currency to evaluate, sell and buy local broadcast video enables us to offer our advertisers full visibility into local audiences and extends the overall reach of their messaging across platforms. The ABC Owned Television Stations fully support the adoption of impressions as the currency for local broadcast TV.”

ABC Stations Lay Big Bet On Race, Culture Reporting

TVNewsCheck Editor Michael Depp talks with Mariel Myers, Nzinga Blake and Porsha Grant, executive producers of ABC Owned Television Stations’ new race and culture reporting team, about the project’s bold goals to bring depth and context to reporting on underrepresented communities across the group’s eight stations.

Wendy McMahon Out At ABC Owned TV Stations

Wendy McMahon, the president of ABC Owned Television Stations, is leaving the company, effective immediately. In an internal email, McMahon wrote: “Leading the ABC Owned Television Stations has been a tremendous honor and blessing… I am grateful to have had the opportunity to serve you.” She has been with the Walt Disney Co. for 11 years and previously worked at CBS.

A New Way To Cover Underrepresented Communities

ABC’s newly announced “race and culture” team is an ambitious experiment in collaboration and a significant commitment of resources: a dedicated “multi-skilled journalist” embedded in each of ABC’s eight owned-station newsrooms, three executive producers and two senior executives.

ABC O&Os Launch Race & Culture Content Team

ABC owned stations has formed a content team focusing on race and culture. The station group says the team will publish stories from underrepresented and marginalized communities across multiple platforms for both daily news coverage and special projects.

ABC O&Os Launch Race & Culture Content Team

ABC’s Owned TV Stations division has launched a new race and culture content team that will oversee an expansion in the group’s coverage of underrepresented communities. The new initiative launched with the docuseries Our America: Living While Black, and has since staffed up to expand its output with several more specials in the works.

How To Make Reporting On Racial Inequity ‘Actionable And Meaningful’

With Our America: Hidden Stories, the eight ABC Owned Television Stations combine data and storytelling to break new ground in a series of broadcast and digital reports and specials that seeks to address systemic racism with a distinctive combination of historical perspective, inspiring stories from today, and hard numbers.

ABC O&Os Debut ‘Imagine From Home’ Guided Drawing And Art Series On CTV Apps

ABC Owned Television Stations in partnership with Walt Disney Imagineering stream Disney magic into your home with Imagine from Home, an interactive weekly video series where fans of all ages are taught […]


TVN Special Report | TV’s Mobile Apps Embrace Customization, Notifications

When it comes to mobile apps, broadcasters still face a range of options from a single- or multiple-app approach to adopting back-end tech allowing user personalization. But some goals remain constant: keeping users on owned-and-operated mobile platforms over social and monetizing the experience wherever possible.

The ABCs Of Thriving Local Broadcasting

Not content to simply win in the ratings, ABC Owned Television Stations keeps rethinking how to best connect with consumers both at home and on the go.


TVN Newsroom Innovators | Data Reporting Lifts ABC O&Os In Election, Pandemic

ABC Owned Television Stations’ relatively new data journalism unit, headed by John Kelly, has quickly come into its own via the massive twin stories of the election and the pandemic. The team’s work has already impacted equity issues at the polls and made inroads with a younger audience that Kelly says “particularly values evidence, hard facts and data that they can easily consume and share with one another.”

News’ Digital And Streaming Storytelling Evolution At NewsTECHForum

Executives and editors from the BBC, CNN, ABC Owned Stations and Gray Television will look at how their storytelling on digital platforms will change in 2021 amid ongoing remote production and emerging technology at TVNewsCheck’s virtual NewsTECHForum on Dec. 16. Register here.

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Stations ‘In A Groove’ With Remote Workflows

Executives from ABC Owned Stations, Hearst, ABC News, Gray Television, NBCU Owned Stations and Bitcentral say seven months into the pandemic, remote workflows are running smoothly and more permanent changes to their operations are pulling into focus. Read the story and/or watch the full video above.

An Innovative Docuseries Comes To A Newscast Near You

The ABC Owned Television Stations explore the Black experience in an unprecedented collaboration that unleashes the power of collaboration to break new ground in local TV news.

ABC O&Os To Premiere ‘Our America: Living While Black’ Multiplatform Docuseries

ABC Owned Television Stations go beyond the statistics in a five-part docuseries, Our America: Living While Black, premiering Monday, Oct. 19, through Friday, Oct. 23, airing a different series each day, culminating into […]

Remote Workflows And Station Operations’ Future At TV2025

Technology executives from ABC News, NBCU Owned Stations, ABC Owned Television Stations and Hearst Television will explore how pandemic-necessitated at-home production has overhauled the industry’s thinking at TVNewsCheck’s virtual TV2025 event in October. Register here.


ABC Owned TV Stations Want Underrepresented Counted For Census