Executive Session | With Fox Soul, A Niche Approach To OTT

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.

Fox Stations Launch Fox Soul Streamer

The new OTT offering targeting African Americans is live, interactive and advertising supported.

Fox Stations Say No To RuPaul Talker

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.


Feeding The Voracious Multiplatform Beast

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)

Nick Cannon Talk Show Set For Fall 2020

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.

Fox Stations Renews Three Syndicated Shows

25 Words Or Less, Divorce Court and Dish Nation get a green light for the 2020-2021 season.

Fox O&Os Set Impeachment Hearing Coverage

Plans vary from station to station and feature a mix of coverage on-air, on websites, social media platforms and duopoly stations.

Fox O&Os, WB Sign Multi-Series Renewals

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.

‘Central Ave,’ Debuting Today On 8 Fox O&Os

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.

Another Star In Wendy Williams’ Universe

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.”

Fox Stations Up ‘Schitt’s Creek’

The broadcast syndication deal with Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury comes ahead of the cult favorite’s final season on Pop TV.

Tom Fleming Named SVP Of Fox Stations Sales

The long-time Fox executive is now overseeing the national sales effort for all 28 Fox owned-and-operated stations.

Celebrity Contestants Set For ‘25 Words Or Less’

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.

DMAS 18 & 157

Fox Florida GM Allyson Meyers Leaving

The head of the group’s WOFL-WRBW Orlando and WOGX Gainesville has resigned to devote herself to a “family situation.”

Fox O&Os To Carry Weigel’s Decades Diginet

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.

‘Punchline’ To Return To Fox Stations

Melissa Peterman will host daily, half-hour, current events-driven game show for a six-week run beginning July 15.


Bill Lamb Named VP-GM Of Fox’s L.A. Duopoly

The former Block Communications executive succeeds Bob Cook who has been tapped to head first-run distribution for Fox Television Stations.

A Plethora Of Growth Sources For TV

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.

‘RuPaul’ Makes Some News In First Week

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.

Guests Set For ‘RuPaul’ Premiere Week

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.

Fox O&Os To Livestream iHeartMedia Tyga Special

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.

Fox Stations Names Friedel Engineering EVP

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.

Fox Television Stations Joins AWARN Alliance

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.

Fox O&Os Create Entertainment Reporting Team

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.

Fox Stations Announces ‘RuPaul’ Markets, Times

The test of the new weekday series premieres June 10 in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Phoenix, Minneapolis and Charlotte

Fox Stations To Test Multicultural Magazine

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.

3.0 To Be Deployed In 40 Markets By Year-End

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.


Broadcasters To Unveil 3.0 Rollout In 30+ Markets

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.

Gaca Now FTS Graphic Hub Creative Services VP

Kyle Gaca has been with the Fox Television Stations graphic team since its inception in 2009.

‘Jerry O’ Gets Summer Test On Fox Stations

Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury and Funny Or Die partner for a three-week summer preview of an entertainment-talk-comedy hosted by Jerry O’Connell beginning Aug. 12 on some Fox O&Os.

Changes In The Executive Suites At Fox

Mike Nelson succeeds Joseph Dorrego as CFO of Fox television Stations, while Dorrego becomes chief investor relations officer and EVP of corporate initiatives at the new Fox Corp.

Fox Stations Names Michael Page Digital Sales VP

The digital veteran who has worked at Tribune, Tegna and Amazon, among others, will report to the group’s sales president, Jim Burke.

NATPE 2019

Abernethy: Stations Need To Get With 3.0

Fox stations chief Jack Abernethy used NATPE to stress the importance of the new tech. Its rollout and the services it enables, he said, is being held back by broadcasters’ short-term thinking and their inability to work with each other and to grasp the technology’s non-TV potential.

Dr. Steve Perry Talks About His New Show

Fox O&Os Add ‘Extra’ In 7 Big Markets

Cleared in 93% of the country for fall 2019, the syndicated entertainment magazine from Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution will join the FTS lineups in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, Orlando and Charlotte, N.C.

Fox O&Os Slot ‘25 Words Or Less’ For Fall

The half-hour game show hosted by Meredith Vieira has been cleared in 40% of the U.S. following a test run this summer.

Fox Stations To Test Dr. Steve Perry Talker

Breakthrough With Dr. Steve Perry, distributed by CBS Television Distribution, is set to launch on Jan. 7, 2019, on eight Fox O&O, in a two-week test.


Mellynda Hartel New Fox San Francisco GM

After serving as VP-sales director at KTVU-KICU for the past four years, she is tapped to succeed Gregg Kelley as leader of the Fox-independent duopoly.


The GMs Powering Fox Television Stations

As TVNewsCheck honors Fox Television Stations as its TV Station Group of the Year with a three-part special report, here is a who’s who of the people on the front line of responsiblity for the performance of each of the group’s 28 outlets. Part 1 focused on the station group’s strategy going forward as a crucial component of New Fox. Part 2 offered a profile of FTS CEO Jack Abernethy. You can read those stories here.


Jack Abernethy: The Local Leader Of Fox 2.0

As CEO of Fox Television Stations, he is charged with executing the local component of New Fox’s plan to reinvent broadcasting by sharply focusing on what the medium does best — delivering live programming to mass audiences. This is part 2 of a three-part special report. Yesterday focused on the station group’s strategy going forward as a crucial component of New Fox. Part 3 on Wednesday will highlight the men and women who lead the 28 stations that make up  Fox Television Stations. You can read the other parts here.