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 covered on ABC-owned news stations but carried national appeal. ABC Owned Television Stations’ slate, set to be released Tuesday, Dec. 21, on Hulu, includes the following productions: WPVI […]

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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.

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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 a story about Blagojevich’s life after prison — his journey, purpose, lost power, search for redemption, and if he plans to reenter politics. The limited […]

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.

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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 Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV and Roku with a Hulu premiere on Saturday, June 19, which marks the historical anniversary of Juneteenth. Produced by the station group’s […]

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 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 MOBILE APPS SPECIAL REPORT

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.

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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.

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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 […]

TECH ONE-ON-ONE WITH TISH GRAHAM

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.

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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.

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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.