TheCoronavirusNow website went live on March 10. It was a quick launch triggered by a brainstorming session among senior Fox Stations executives late in February. CoronavirusNow, a lesson in rapid innovation, is an online aggregation site that combines content from 18 owned stations and other company assets (such as Fox Business). But unusually, there are also multiple links to stories from other sources — not just agencies like the AP or Reuters but organizations like NPR and the BBC.
The coronavirus pandemic forced television news operations to produce almost entirely from producers’ and anchors’ homes. During a TVNewsCheck Working Lunch Webinar, set for May 28 at 1 p.m. ET, leading television engineering and operations executives will talk about what they’ve learned while facilitating this massive shift in workflow and the long-term changes likely to flow from it. Above, l-r: Speakers Richard Friedel, Fox Television Stations; Clint Moore, Gray Television; and Robert Lydick, Tegna Media.
Richard Friedel, Fox Television Stations’ engineering chief, says the pandemic will likely accelerate the industry’s transition to IP and the cloud, slow down the NextGen TV rollout this year and permanently shift many station operations remotely. “We are going to have different workflows,” he says. “Some will probably continue forever.”
As production quickly shut down across Los Angeles in light of the coronavirus pandemic, the Fox Television Stations turned to their syndication partners to help keep them in the day-and-date programming that they prefer. And those partners stepped up.
The station group will air national and local services on Easter Sunday as the coronavirus pandemic continues to keep peope in their homes.
Fox-owned WNYW in New York has been on the front lines of the coronavirus epicenter for weeks, weathering sick employees, virus vulnerabilities and the gauntlet of covering a metastasizing story with endless moving parts. “It’s the most challenging environment I’ve ever had to manage through,” says VP-GM Lew Leone. Above, Rosanna Scotto interviewing Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Fox News and Fox Television Stations will provide unlimited access to facilitate public availability of latest COVID-19 information.
Fox Corp. COO John Nallen says the company will cover their company medical insurance payments for the next six months and will waive the copay for telemedicine.
She takes over the syndicated show distributed by Fox First Run from Lynn Toler.
WAGA Atlanta’s new show, The Road to November will examine national, state, and local politics. The program will analyze the key moments of the week in political news, from the presidential race, to Georgia’s two U.S. Senate races, and several key U.S. House races in the Atlanta area.
Fox Stations and Debmar-Mercury will roll out a revamped magazine show in September, offering two original weekly half-hour episodes. The move follows a test run during the November 2019 sweeps.
Steve Chung, chief digital officer for Fox Television Stations, says the group’s first foray into OTT is a deliberate attempt to break from the pack with an emphasis on live programming and interactivity in an AVOD model. With Fox Soul, which launched this week, Chung says Fox has laid the foundation to spin up other streaming efforts nimbly and quickly.
The new OTT offering targeting African Americans is live, interactive and advertising supported.
A syndicated talk show starring RuPaul won’t go forward for a national launch. The show, featuring the RuPaul’s Drag Race host and executive producer interviewing celebrities and newsmakers, had a three-week trial run in the summer on seven Fox stations.
As television news broadcasters move to expand their reach into web, mobile and OTT platforms, they are adopting a number of tools and strategies including more automation, better collaboration tools and, in some cases, internal software development. L-r: Gray’s Mike Fass, Avid’s Ray Thompson, Fox’s Emily Stone and ABC’s Fabian Westerwelle. (Photo: Wendy Moger-Bross)
Co-producer and distributor Debmar-Mercury says Fox will serve as the launch group for the eponymous talk show, giving it access to nearly 40% of U.S. TV homes and a fast start on clearing the rest of the country. Cannon is best known for his hosting duties on Fox’s The Masked Singer and NBC’s America’s Got Talent.
25 Words Or Less, Divorce Court and Dish Nation get a green light for the 2020-2021 season.
Plans vary from station to station and feature a mix of coverage on-air, on websites, social media platforms and duopoly stations.
The deal clears the all-new Extra, The Real, TMZ and TMZ Live and will eliminate end breaks across the Fox-owned stations across the country.
The new day-and-date series from Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury and producer Will Packer names five New York and Los Angeles correspondents who will aid hosts Julissa Bermudez and Sanya Richards-Ross in covering the celebrity worlds of relationships, red carpets, money, the law and trends emerging in Hollywood, social media and apps.
Wendy Williams received the 2,677th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Thursday. She was joined at the ceremony by Jack Abernethy, CEO of Fox TV Stations. “No one could be more deserving of this honor than Wendy,” he said, adding, “she outworked and outhustled everyone at each stage of her career.”
The broadcast syndication deal with Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury comes ahead of the cult favorite’s final season on Pop TV.
The long-time Fox executive is now overseeing the national sales effort for all 28 Fox owned-and-operated stations.
Week One of the new syndicated game show from Fox Television Stations will feature Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Chelsea Handler, Rick Fox and Penn Jillette.
The head of the group’s WOFL-WRBW Orlando and WOGX Gainesville has resigned to devote herself to a “family situation.”
Beginning in the third quarter, Weigel Broadcasting’s Decades multicast network will be carried on Fox-owned stations in 12 major markets as part of a multiyear agreement with Fox Television Stations, LLC. The deal ups the network’s U.S. coverage to 60% with 65 TV affiliates nationwide. Decades will launch on Fox stations in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, San Francisco, Houston, Atlanta, Tampa, Phoenix, Detroit, Minneapolis, Austin and Gainesville, Fla.
Melissa Peterman will host daily, half-hour, current events-driven game show for a six-week run beginning July 15.
The former Block Communications executive succeeds Bob Cook who has been tapped to head first-run distribution for Fox Television Stations.
According to a panel of high-level executives gathered Thursday morning at the freshly renamed Kagan Media Summit, TV industry growth will come from a number of sources — including private equity, core and emerging advertising categories, a huuuuge bump in 2020 political dollars, and digital expansion and the promise that ATSC 3.0 holds. At the session, Mike Nelson, EVP-CFO of Fox Television Stations, said his company is interested in buying stations that fit the group’s profile, a top-25 market with a sports presence. “At the right price, Fox is very much interested,” he said.
On Tuesday’s episode of RuPaul’s new talk show, RuPaul (which kicked off a three-week trial run Monday on selected Fox affiliates), Paula Abdul again talked about surviving a plane crash for which no record exists.
James Corden, Paula Abdul, Sen. Cory Booker and The Property Brothers Join RuPaul for the first week of shows in a summer test on seven Fox Television Stations.
Promoting Tyga’s new album, Legendary, iHeartMedia will host iHeartRadio Live with Tyga at the iHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles on June 5 and a concert and interview will also be livestreamed on all Fox Television Stations websites.
Richard Friedel, who oversaw long-term technology strategy and day-to-day operations for the Fox Network Center and the Fox Technical Operations Center, will be in charge of all engineering, operations and technology functions for the station group.
It’s the first O&O station group to join coalition of commercial and public broadcasters, consumer electronics makers, tech companies and trade associations developing a voluntary advanced emergency messaging capability using ATSC 3.0.
Five reporters from New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington and Detroit will supply all the group’s stations with entertainment news as the Fox Entertainment All Stars.
The test of the new weekday series premieres June 10 in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Phoenix, Minneapolis and Charlotte
Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury and producer Will Packer team for a five-week preview of Atlanta-Based Central Ave starting Nov. 4 on select Fox Television Stations.
A broad coalition of television station groups as well as public broadcasters announced at the NAB Show on Monday that ATSC 3.0 will be rolled out in 40 U.S. markets by the end of 2019.
Spectrum Co. and Pearl TV are expected to jointly announce ATSC 3.0 launches involving some 150 stations in 30 markets during next week’s gathering in Las Vegas. Their goal is to build a national footprint that will let broadcasters better compete with wireless companies and OTT providers while spurring the development of 3.0-ready TV sets and other consumer devices.
Kyle Gaca has been with the Fox Television Stations graphic team since its inception in 2009.