CBS Local Digital has continued to spin up new OTT channels despite the coronavirus-prompted remote working shift. Executives say months of close collaboration between CBSN, the network’s streaming arm, and CBS Television Stations’ digital team allowed the group to stay on its charted course.
Yesterday’s latest round of layoffs at ViacomCBS’s CBS Entertainment Group include the network’s owned stations. Among them: KCBS Los Angeles | WBBM Chicago | KDKA Pittsburgh | WJZ Baltimore. In a letter to staff, CBS News President Susan Zirinsky said: “There isn’t a single person leaving who did a bad job. It’s economics. It is absolutely the financials that has forced us to make these decisions.… I’m really sorry. There is not a person who won’t be missed.”
Local broadcasters are making headway getting advertisers on board with their nascent OTT platforms, drawn by OTT’s targetability and sponsored content opportunities. However, obstacles still abound from finding a common sales language for the platform to a lack of overall standards and major issues with the ad stack. Above: KSL Salt Lake City put together a six-part series called Ski Lessons with Andy Phillips, who is a local Olympian skier. The series was sponsored by car dealers along with a ski resort and Ski Utah. (Source: KSL)
Carolyn Connolly today was named senior vice president, human resources, CBS Television Stations. Connolly, who has been with CBS Corp. (now ViacomCBS) for 12 years as SVP of human resources at Simon & Schuster, is based in New York. She assumes responsibility for overseeing the station group’s HR function following the retirement of Robin Bona […]
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.
Moving to smaller physical footprints — or moving hardware completely from expensive urban environments to less expensive real estate — is a big driver in the transition to IP networking. But at the same time, some of the country’s biggest news operations still want to keep high-value content close by to ensure quick access for breaking news coverage — and that can mean sticking with on-premise storage. L-r: ABC’s Marcy Lefkovitz, Meredith’s Tom Casey, CBS’s Jeff Birch and Masstech’s Mike Palmer. (Photo: Wendy Moger-Bross)
A Los Angeles Times investigation uncovers claims of discrimination, retaliation and other forms of mistreatment at the CBS-owned television stations. Above, sports reporter Jill Arrington has struggled to find work since being dismissed by KCBS Los Angeles. In December 2019, She publicly accused the company of paying her significantly less than her male counterparts. (Credit: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Michelle Calachino was tapped to replace Stan Gill at the CBS Television Stations’ Tampa station on Friday. She has been with WTOG since 2014 and worked as its financial controller.
It marks the newest expansion of major market local news streaming services from CBS and features local news content produced by WBZ-TV.
Lauren Crane joins the station group from Mirriad, a video ad insertion company, where she led the U.S. sales team across broadcasters, agencies and brands.
The television executive with a 40-plus year career has served as president and general manager of CBS Television Stations’ properties in Los Angeles since 2009.
KCBS will be CBS Television Stations’ second station to launch an OTT stream, signaling the company’s confidence in the platform as both an essential conduit to new viewers and a potent future revenue stream.
He will oversee ad sales for the group’s 27 stations, as well as the division’s digital properties, including the new CBSN Local.
The Dallas NBC O&O promotes him from interim ND. He’s been with the station since 2017 and has worked in news for over 20 years, including stints at WABC, WBZ and WHDH.
The station group promotes him from financial controller at KCBS-KCAL Los Angeles to lead its CBS-CW duopoly in the state capital.
CBSN Local services will feature local news content produced by CBS Owned Stations. CBSN New York will be first, launching during the fourth quarter of 2018.
The new multicast network will debut on Sept. 3 featuring procedural dramas focusing on strong women. At launch, it will reach 42% of U.S. TV households anchored by the CBS Television Stations.
He will step down from the CBS’s Baltimore O&O in September after 34 years with CBS and 44 in broadcasting.
A multi-year strategic alliance powers the launch of ReachMe.TV, an in-airport mobile entertainment network featuring local news, sports and weather from CBS Television Stations and additional CBS content.
2016 Spot Revenue: $1.725 billion Stations: 30 in 18 markets Coverage: 37.7% Ownership: CBS Corp. (NYSE: CBS) Key Executives: Leslie Moonves, chairman-CEO, CBS Corp.; Peter Dunn, president, CBS Television Stations; Jim Sullivan, president, sales, CBS Television Stations.; Adam Wiener, EVP-GM, CBS Local Digital Media. What’s Up: The company named new general managers at its stations in […]
The CBS Television Stations executive returns to Bay Area following nine years in Sacramento to oversee KPIX and KBCW, plus KSTW Seattle. He succeeds the retiring Bruno Cohen.
Nielsen and CBS Television Stations have signed a multiyear renewal agreement for Nielsen’s Local Television Measurement, which includes ‘Local Digital in TV’ ratings.
He gets promoted from station manager/sales director of WWJ and WKBD to vice president and general manager.
Mike Nelson will continue to be the lead spokesperson for the group’s 29 stations and will also oversee the stations’ media relations and internal communications functions and provides support to other business units and corporate functions across CBS Corp.
Tom Canedo to rejoin WUPA as GM; current WUPA Station Manager Tim Bennett will remain in Atlanta as VP-sales manager, southeast region for CBS National Spot Sales. Brian Watson named VP-station manager and sales director at WWJ-WKBD in Detroit.
2. CBS TELEVISION STATIONS, New York 2015 Spot Revenue: $1.570 billion Stations: 29 in 17 markets Coverage: 38.1% Ownership: CBS Corp. (NYSE: CBS) Key Executives: Leslie Moonves, chairman, president-CEO, CBS Corp.; Peter Dunn, president, CBS Television Stations; Jim Sullivan, president, sales, CBS Television Stations.; Adam Wiener, EVP-GM, CBS Local Digital Media.
A new partnership with Health Media Network will bring the stations’ entertainment content to more than 12,000 medical locations to supplement HMN’s health and wellness information and healthcare news.
The former ABC sales and marketing exec is named SVP, business development and strategic partnerships, CBS Television Stations.
The station group will provide local news, weather and entertainment content from CBS O&Os to Curb’s network of taxis and for-hire vehicles.
Decades will feature originals and more than 100 television series, plus theatrical and made-for-TV movies. Original programming to include Decades Retrospectical, a daily topical show. It is expected to debut during the second quarter of 2015, with the 16 CBS-owned stations that are part of the CBS Television Network serving as the new service’s launch group.
Ed Ziskind will be responsible for working with the sales teams at the group’s stations and national sales offices in New York, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit, Minneapolis and Pittsburgh.
The former sales director at CBS O&O KPIX-KBCW San Francisco will now focus on business strategy and ad innovation for the entire group of 29 stations.
As Tribune is stepping out as a buyer of off-net sitcoms to develop its own programming, CBS is stepping in, looking for shows to slot on its growing portfolio of duopolies, many in the country’s top markets. As part of its new strategy, Tribune is currently developing shows for daytime and prime access.
Begun as a bottom line necessity for many stations back in 2009, the pooling of news coverage and helicopters is still growing, even though one of the original participants, the NBC stations, is getting out or reducing its involvement in several markets, including New York and Los Angeles. Other broadcasters remain bullish: “This is about enhancing our coverage; this is not about skimping,” says Scripps Television’s Lana Durban Scott.
The top-rated sitcoms to debut off-net in fall 2014 and 2015 on the CBS Television Stations and Weigel Stations in Chicago and Milwaukee. The series have been cleared in 35% of the country.
CBS Television Stations executive Betty Ellen Berlamino has been named VP and station manager following CBS’s purchase of the Long Island independent. The station will also add three hours of news each weekday beginning this summer and air all its programming in high def.
Carolé Dacey-Young has been named vice president, business development – health solutions, CBS Television Stations. Dacey-Young, who has been with CBS for 14 years and has most recently been director of health solutions, CBS Television Stations, since 2004, will continue to report to Amy Scanlan, the station group’s SVP of business development and strategic partnerships […]
Veteran CBS television sales executive Alan S. Clack has been named senior vice president, Western Region Sales, for the CBS Television Stations group. Clack, who has been a member of the CBS sales team for 25 years and has been VP of sales at WCBS, the company’s New York flagship, since 2005, will report to […]
Joel Goldberg, operations SVP at WCBS adds responsibility for the network’s 27 other O&Os across the country.