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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.

TVN’S NEWSTECHFORUM

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.

TVN’S SOCIAL MEDIA EXCELLENCE AWARDS

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.

DMA 4: PHILADELPHIA

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 […]

TVN’S WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY

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.

WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY

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.

NAB 2018

‘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.

7. ABC OWNED TELEVISION STATIONS, Los Angeles

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.

MARKET SHARE

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.

8. ABC OWNED TELEVISION STATIONS

8. ABC OWNED TELEVISION STATIONS, Los Angeles 2015 Spot Revenue: $1.064 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: The ABC […]

Campbell To Oversee Daytime For ABC

In the programming exec fallout following Paul Lee’s exit last week, Ben Sherwood gives ABC O&O chief Rebecca Campbell the added responsibility of daytime programming, both network and syndicated.

ABC O&O’s Tap Tish Graham As Tech VP

The long-time ABC exec will take over Dave Converse’s tech slot when he retires in December from the ABC Owned Television Station Group.

MARKET SHARE

ABC Making History With Use Of Drones

JESSELL AT LARGE

NewsON Could Be ON To Something Big

NewsON is additional evidence that broadcasters have matured and recognized the wisdom of cooperation in the digital sphere. Founded by five major station groups, it plans to aggregate local newscasts from around the country and offer them on an ad-supported basis to consumers so they can watch on mobile devices or connected TVs. It could be another good opportunity for stations to deliver their news programming to the hard-to-reach viewers.

TV Groups Team Up To Offer Local News App

ABC O&Os, Hearst Television, Cox Media Group, Media General and Raycom Media have formed NewsON, an advertiser-supported service that beginning this fall will let viewers watch their local TV news on smartphones and tablets no matter where they are.

DIGINETS

ABC’s Live Well Multicast Network Still Alive

Live Well Network, the digital subchannel carried by ABC O&Os, won’t be signing off today after all. ABC Owned Television Stations Group announced last June that it would cease operation of the network at the end of this week. But the company now says it will continue to air reruns of Live Well programming for at least the next two months on its eight owned stations, which launched the network in 2009.

ABC O&Os, NCTC Sign First Retrans Deal

The agreement between ABC’s eight owned stations and the National Cable Television Cooperative also includes the authenticated Watch ABC live streaming service.

More ABC O&Os To Use Rentak Ratings

With the addition of WABC, KABC, WLS, WPVI and WTVD, the entire broadcast group is subscribing to the measurement service.

ABC O&O New Sites Push Video, Mobile

The new websites ABC Owned Television Stations have up and running are designed to keep pace as the media industry — and users’ news consumption habits — change. The new sites, which launched in May, are localized for each of the group’s eight TV stations. They were created to include features that their predecessors did not have, most importantly responsive design.

TECH SPOTLIGHT

ABC: Ka-band Making IP Newsgathering Work

The ABC Owned TV Stations report early success with vehicles that rely on a combination of bonded-cellular and Ka-band satellite IP links. The group’s Jim Casabella says used together the technology puts IP on par with point-to-point microwave.

TECH SPOTLIGHT

Milestone For ABC O&O Digitization Push

The ABC Owned Television Stations Group, which six years ago began a massive project to digitize, catalogue and store its analog news stories, has just finished doing that at its KGO San Francisco (the latest after WABC New York, WLS Chicago and WPVI Philadelphia). The ABC Owned Television Stations Group Preservation Project is also underway at KABC Los Angeles and KTRK Houston.

ABC Owned Stations Unveil New Websites

The new responsive design is optimized across desktops, connected TVvs, tablets and smartphones.

ABC Owned Stations Closes Sacramento Bureau

CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

For Media Firms, CMS World Gets Complex

Content management systems serving the local media industry have taken a quantum leap forward, and choosing the right CMS has become more complicated than ever. Media companies have some difficult choices: select a system from a vendor, build one in-house or use an open-source system. Ron Stitt, VP of digital media at Fox Television Stations: “The pace of development is still constantly accelerating, and the landscape is incredibly complex when you factor in not just the front end but also the underlying platforms, devices, operating systems, display formats, distribution schemes and advertising/tracking requirements.” Part one of a three-part special report. Read the full report here.

ABC O&Os To Bear Brunt Of Disney Layoffs

The layoffs of around 175 people will come primarily in the ABC Owned Television Stations division, but involve the entire Disney/ABC Television Group, which employs about 7,600.

ABC O&Os Back TVB On Live+Same Day

Rebecca Campbell, president of the ABC Owned Television Stations Group: “Live+same day is the metric most consistent with the national C3 model. We also believe our advertisers gain real and significant value beyond same day viewing.”