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 by Disney Imagineers to create drawings and art projects inspired by beloved Disney attractions. The series premieres today, Feb. 12, on the ABC Owned Television Stations’ 32 […]


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 an hour-long documentary that airs the weekend of Oct. 24. The multiplatform docuseries shares stories of multigenerational Black families from across America navigating generations of […]

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

ABC’s Localish Launching Weekly ‘+Life’ On July 12

+Life, a new weekly half-hour lifestyle program, will premiere nationally on ABC’s Localish network, July 12 at 9 a.m. PT/8 a.m. CT, 2 p.m. PT/1 p.m. CT and 7 p.m. PT/6 p.m. CT in all eight markets of ABC Owned Television Stations. Hosted by entertainment reporter and KABC Los Angeles’ On the Red Carpet correspondent Karl Schmid, +Life is […]


Early Cloud Migration Helped ABC O&Os Pivot

ABC Owned Television Stations had begun moving many of its workflows into the cloud over a year before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, making for a faster and smoother transition once remote workflows became necessary. Tish Graham, the group’s VP of OTV technology, says the current crisis will “absolutely” speed up the industry’s transition to IP and the cloud.

ABC O&Os Launch #BeLocalish Campaign

The multiplatform push to support local businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic kicks off with a call-to-action PSA, launching immersive webpages across all eight stations, and building a community-driven social media activation movement.

Another Way To Find COVID-19 Stories

The pandemic puts a new ABC initiative to the test finding stories “hiding in plain sight” using data journalism. “We gather the data, we analyze the data and we put it in the hands of the local stations to go do a uniquely local story,” John Kelly says.

Localish Supports Local Citizens During Virus

A half-hour linear broadcast premiere of Check In rated No. 1 in all key demos in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Houston

ABC News Live, O&Os Set New Streaming Apps

New apps from ABC News Live debut on Fire TV and Android TV platforms with an update coming to the Roku platform and Apple TV apps. The ABC Owned Television Stations are also introducing market-specific apps on Fire TV, Android TV, the Roku platform and Apple TV.

Want To Reach New Viewers? Try TV

Localish has gone nationalish. The digital brand, introduced about 18 months ago by the ABC-owned stations, has a great new platform: broadcast television! Localish’s feel-good and lifestyle stories, while designed for digital platforms, have always appeared on station newscasts as well. But on Feb. 17, a new linear Localish channel made its debut in all eight ABC markets, available to an estimated 14 million viewers on the stations’ over-the-air subchannels.

ABC O&Os Name KFSN GM Adams To New Role

Dan Adams, assumes the newly created role of vice president of finance and business planning for ABC Owned Television Stations, effective in March.

ABC’s Localish Expands With Diginet Rebrand

The digital-first lifestyle brand will add linear distribution on Feb. 17 as the multicast network Live Well Television is rebranded as Localish.


NewsTECHForum | Honoring Outstanding Local Social Media

The winners of TVNewsCheck’s Social Media Excellence Awards demonstrate some of the many ways the still-emerging medium can be used to benefit both viewers and the stations. L-r: TVNewsCheck’s Michael Depp; Social News Desk’s Kim Wilson; ABC Owned Television Stations’ Michael Koenigs; WJLA’s Caroline Patrickis; KABC’s Hanna Maxfield; and KKYV’s Lindsey Grewe and Tony Keith. (Photo: Wendy Moger-Bross)

ABC O&Os Airing ‘High School Musical’ Special

ABC’s owned stations air the special High School Musical: The Musical: The Series: The Special starting Dec. 14. High School Musical: The Musical: The Series is streaming on Disney+. The special airs on Disney+ Dec. 20. WTVD Raleigh, KFSN Fresno and KABC Los Angeles air the special Dec. 14. WPVI Philadelphia and KGO San Francisco air it Dec. 25. On Dec. 28, it goes on KTRK Houston, WLS Chicago and WABC New York.


ABC’s Localish Masters Social Storytelling

ABC Owned Television Stations has won 2019’s Innovator Award, the top honor in TVNewsCheck’s Social Media Excellence Awards, for its Localish collective of highly engaging digital shorts. One secret: an indispensible “wow” moment in every video.

Reporting That Hits People Where They Live

How a new generation of digital storytellers is changing the rules at ABC’s O&Os. The Community Journalism Program embeds reporters in neighborhoods to provide a more nuanced view of community life than “breaking news” coverage allows.

ABC O&Os Launch Data Journalism Initiative

The station group is creating a new team that will make data journalism a mainstream, daily core of its eight newsrooms, staffed by a group of next-generation data journalists and led by newly hired director of data journalism, John Kelly, formerly of USA Today.


Longtime WPVI Executive Producer Heads To ABC HQ

Sewee Clears Marian Anderson Film On ABC O&Os

Sewee Entertainment has nationally cleared Once in a Hundred Years, the Life and Legacy of Marian Anderson, a film celebrating legendary Philadelphia opera singer Marian Anderson timed with the 80th Anniversary of her famous concert at The Lincoln Memorial on April 9, 1939. Major affiliates clearing the event for the April Anniversary include WABC New […]


Leading A Tech Revolution At ABC’s Owned TVs

Tish Graham is the first woman to lead technology at a television station group. Her efforts to revamp ABC’s stations for a multiplatform world through IP, the cloud and more are at the forefront of where the industry at large is heading. She will receive TVNewsCheck’s 2019 Women in Technology Leadership Award.


Tish Graham To Receive Women in Tech Award

She’s being celebrated with TVNewsCheck’s annual Women in Technology Leadership Award in recognition of her leadership in overhauling technology at the ABC Owned Television Stations Group. Her efforts have helped the company adapt to a multiplatform future and changing economic times. In her role as the group’s VP of broadcast technology, she has demonstrated an ability to make tough decisions and rally her team behind implementing a new plan.

ABC O&Os To Air Show Launched On Facebook

ABC is going to broadcast More in Common, a digital series created for its Localish brand and shown on Facebook Watch. A compilation special of More in Common stories will be broadcast by ABC’s local stations starting with WPVI Philadelphia on Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. ET. All eight station will air it on Nov. 4. The show will also appear on ABC’s Live Well digital network from Nov. 4 through Nov. 11

ABC O&Os Pick Up Tamron Hall Talk Show

Former Today co-host Tamron Hall is officially heading to daytime TV. Disney ABC has cleared the new syndicated daytime talk show hosted by Hall on the ABC Owned Television Stations Group for fall 2019. The project had been in development at Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International for the past couple of months.

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‘Digital’ TV Leaders Have Been Forged By Risk

Broadcast leaders who’ve come up through their companies’ digital ranks have a different vantage point than their C-suite peers. Leaders from Raycom, E.W. Scripps, ABC Owned Television Stations are Capitol Broadcasting say their experience with digital media risks, failures and the process of constant iteration has shaped their approach to the broadcast helm for the better.


2016 Spot Revenue: $1.190 billion Stations: 8 stations in 8 markets Coverage: 22.5% Ownership: The Walt Disney Co. (Public: NYSE: DIS) Key Executives: Robert Iger, chairman-CEO, Disney; Ben Sherwood, co-chair, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group; Rebecca Campbell, president, ABC Owned Television Station Group and ABC Daytime. What’s Up: Last September, social intelligence firm Shareablee reported that the ABC Owned Television […]

ABC Stations Lead Social in Top 10 Markets

ABC-owned stations are the leaders in social media in half of the top 10 markets in the U.S. according to data from Share Rocket.


ABC O&Os Beat Bigger Brands In Social

In recent months, the ABC Owned Television Stations have outperformed The New York Times, The Washington Post and Buzzfeed combined in social media actions on Facebook with almost 14 million actions, according to data from audience insight firm Sharablee.