BeckTV & Ross Video Continue Collaboration At Baltimore Ravens’ M&T Bank Stadium

BeckTV, a systems integrator for the broadcast media industry, and Ross Video, a global leader in live video production solutions, have joined forces once again to complete another project at […]

CMS Provider TownNews Rebrands As BLOX Digital

TownNews, the software-as-a-service division of Lee Enterprises, today launched its new name and brand identity, BLOX Digital. Additionally, BLOX Digital unveiled an expanded mission to “empower content producers across industries […]


Broadcasters Inch Closer To Storycentric News Production

While it’s not yet feasible to combine rundown-based computer systems favored by newsrooms with digital teams’ storycentric content management systems, progress is being made in communication between the systems and with third-party software, bringing the two groups closer together. Above: Vizrt’s Story is a Web-based system for script creation and editing that tightly integrates with the Viz One media asset management system and Viz Pilot template-based graphics system.


TVN Focus On Digital | TV Station CMSs Streamline And Simplify

Content management systems are the workhorses of local stations’ digital operations. Executives from Tegna, NBCU, CBS, Gray, Nexstar and Fox have discovered that user simplicity and integrations for multiplatform distribution have become essential attributes. Note: This story is available to TVNewsCheck Premium members only. If you would like to upgrade your free TVNewsCheck membership to Premium now, you can visit your Member Home Page, available when you log in at the very top right corner of the site or in the Stay Connected Box that appears in the right column of virtually every page on the site. If you don’t see Member Home, you will need to click Log In or Subscribe.

Pluto TV To Use Whip Media Content Management Platform

Telestream Acquires CMS Provider EcoDigital

In a strategic move that it says highlights its sustained growth ambitions, Telestream has purchased EcoDigital (formerly known as Front Porch Digital). Telestream, a portfolio company of Genstar Capital, is a vertical market […]


TVN Focus On Digital | Behind NBCU’s Digital Overhaul

Last month, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations unveiled a complete revamp of its digital platforms with a home-grown new CMS and a fresh UX for all screens. As its architects explain, the results dramatically streamline workflow for newsrooms and give consumers and advertisers a richer experience.

NBC/Telemundo Stations Overhaul CMS, Sites

The stations launch a new, immersive design across desktop and mobile web in 30 markets. The new CMS offers greater flexibility for newsrooms to share content across multiple platforms/channels while the redesign highlights breaking news, weather, investigative reporting and video to English and Spanish-speaking users in a new way.

Public Media Looks To New CMS

With CPB’s backing, a push to transition NPR station sites to a new content management system has expanded to include TV stations and joint licensees.


WKTB Selects TownNews For Website, Mobile App

Korean American TV Broadcasting’s Telemundo affiliate WKTB-CD Atlanta (DMA 10) chose the TownNews BLOX CMS platform for the relaunch of its website and mobile app. “We were looking for new […]

TownNews Buys GTxcel’s CMS Business, Tech

In addition to technology and expertise, the acquisition brings 200-plus new broadcast and magazine clients to TownNews.

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Block Communications, owner and operator of TV  stations in Kentucky, Illinois, and Ohio, has broadened their relationship with TownNews, which has provided video and OTT services to BCI-owned WDRB Louisville, […]

TownNews To Manage Meredith’s Content-Video’s CMS will power Meredith Local Media Group’s web, mobile, OTT and live streaming initiatives.


On The NAB Exhibit Floor: TransMedia Dynamics

TransMedia Dynamics | Booth SL5329 | TMD is a provider of software products focused on delivering media and content management solutions to the global media, broadcast and archive sectors. […]


How To Align Traditional TV And News

The needs of both digital and legacy news teams are progressively being aggregated into one system at many stations. But there still plenty of pain points to go around.


On The IBC Exhibit Floor: Alpha Networks

Alpha Networks | Stand 5A28 | Website: Alpha Networks, a pay-TV technology company that specializes in back-end software, will introduce its next-generation platform tucanoRED. Featuring an open CMS/CRM architecture […] Debuts Engagement Program has launched a new program that helps news and media companies harness the power of audience data to boost user engagement, and increase page views, time on site and […]


CMSs Tackle Workflow, Fake News Problems

Content management systems are being enlisted to tackle newsroom workflow problems and the proliferation of fake news in a fast-evolving industry. In a new special report, Angela Misri looks at how CMS-level content verification has come into play, along with the increasing demand to produce platform-neutral content and why some media companies, including Al Jazeera and Hearst Television, have chosen to build their own CMSs.

Washington Post Licenses Its CMS To Tronc


Tech Leaders Tout CMS, Workflow Advances

Stations are looking for content management systems and workflow solutions that will help their newsroom managers wrangle and organize content created at their stations for both linear and digital, as well as user-generated content from social media. And the speed required to post stories quickly on station digital platforms, coupled with the need to always be generating video to go with them, has spurred an evolution in portable transmission equipment

JVC Launches VideoCloud Live Streaming Platform

JVC Professional Video today announced JVC VideoCloud, an online video and live streaming platform designed for small and medium-size enterprises, such as houses of worship, wedding videographers and schools. Complete with a content […]

Heartland Opts For Frankly Digital Suite

After a bake off that included two other providers, Bob Prather’s budding small-market station group chooses Frankly for web CMS, mobile apps, online video and OTT. Frankly will also supply strategic consulting and support services as part of the four-year deal.

Distributed Pub., Monetization Top CMS Goals

Many media companies are pushing back against monolithic content management systems, opting for a more flexible set of tools and more APIs. In this special report, Angela Misri looks at how integration with distributed publishing platforms, greater mobility and even monetization tools have risen to the top of media’s CMS needs and their providers’ roadmaps.

Fox Stations Go Responsive With Lakana

Fox Television Stations have relaunched their websites in responsive design, Diana Marszalek reports, having moved off of the Worldnow content management system to Lakana. The shift, which is aimed at being more mobile-friendly and better integrated with Facebook, also comes with a rebranding of most Fox sites, which will drop the “My Fox” moniker in favor of the stations’ numbers.

The Growing Appeal Of Open-Source CMS

Media companies seeking more creativity and control over their content management systems are turning to open-source solutions, which enable increased levels of customization. In the second of a two-part special report on CMSs, Diana Marszalek looks at the pros and cons of the open-source route for publishers, where flexibility must be weighed against back-end support. Read part one, on how media companies are asking more of their CMS systems, here.

Worldnow Being Sold In $45 Million Deal

The 17-year-old CMS and digital tech provider owned by Gary Gannaway and Raycom Media is being purchased by publicly traded Frankly, a San Francisco-based provider of messaging technology. After the deal closes, Raycom will have a 20% interest in the combined company.

Media Firms Need CMSs To Carry More Weight

Many media companies are asking more of their content management systems, including more monetization and audience segmentation opportunities. In part one of a two-part special report on the state of the CMS industry, Diana Marszalek looks at the new tools being rolled out with many CMSs and how the media’s more sophisticated needs don’t always come off the shelf so easily.

Nexstar Rolls Up Its 3 CMS Units Into Lakana

The station group has consolidated its three providers of online technology — Inergize, Internet Broadcasting and The Enterprise Technology Group (EndPlay) — into one newly branded business under Phillip Hyun (pictured), the former CEO of Enterprise.”We are looking to leverage the assets and the people … to create a bigger and better company,” Hyun says.

Gannett Nearing CMS To Serve All Properties

Three years ago Gannett set out to design and build a content management system that would replace the existing systems and serve every Gannett newsroom – from USA Today to KHOU Houston to the Fort Collins Coloradoan. The project has avoided the catastrophic problems that doomed some of its competitors’ transitions, and, as it nears the end of the process, the company says it’s generally pleased with the results.


Mobile News Needs Technology Overhaul

Mobile is unlike anything media companies have seen before, not just because of the new opportunities that portability brings, but because it levels the playing field between consumer and media professional. Because their is no “audience” for mobile Web, only participants, media companies need to devise a new approach. Terry Heaton: “Mobile news demands its own model, because mobile is its own form of media. It’s not an extension of the way we currently do things; it’s entirely new, because the consumers of news have exactly the same gear we in media have, and that creates a paradigm never seen before in the history of newsgathering or news making.”

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Ross Video Inception News Supports Masstech CMS


A Multimedia Future Demands Agnostic CMS

For TV broadcasters, newspapers and radio stations, a truly cross-platform CMS that can easily cross over legacy lines and integrate disparate systems and workflows is the grail. A future in which media companies become multimedia organizations may be closer than some think. “Those barriers are coming down,” says WorldNow’s Craig Smith. “The industry needs to break down those barriers.” Part three of a three-part special report. Read the full report here.


CMS Vendors Vie On Changing Terrain

Local newspapers and broadcasters today are seeking content management systems that are faster and more complex than ever before. And while vendors are constantly developing new products to keep up with evolving demands, the industry is facing contraction. “There are just too many players, and nobody is really big enough to have any control,” says Internet Broadcasting’s Elmer Baldwin. “There are some that just aren’t going to survive.” Part two of a three-part special report. Read part one here


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.


Schurz In Partnership With IB, TownNews

Schurz Communications has forged an unprecedented, multi-year, multiplatform deal with two CMS providers — Internet Broacasting and — while also tipping a new “content federation” forged with Hearst Corp., Post Newsweek and The News Press & Gazette. The move could signal a directional shift in the legacy-bound world of CMS providers.

Inergize Integrates Facebook, CMS Platform

The Facebook Page and Contest Management Platform provides a single access point to update multiple Facebook pages simultaneously and create, publish and manage Facebook contests.

Anvato, EndPlay Offer Content Management

Anvato Inc., a developer of video content management systems for live and on-demand video publishing, distribution and monetization in broadcast quality, today announced a partnership with EndPlay Inc., a Los […]