‘Pictionary’ Game Show Cleared In 90% Of U.S.

The Jerry O’Connell-hosted strip will debut in national syndication in fall 2022.

TVN’S WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY AWARDS 2022

For Fox Weather’s Sharri Berg, It’s All About The Larger Puzzle

Sharri Berg, president of Fox Weather, COO of news and operations for Fox Television Stations and one of this year’s TVNewsCheck Women in Technology Leadership Award winners, has been piecing together emerging technology and talented personnel throughout her 34 years at the company. Along the way, she’s built her own reputation as an irrepressible innovator, a generous mentor and a prescient trendspotter in TV technology. Above: Sharri Berg at 2 minutes and 3 seconds before the launch of Fox Weather on Oct. 25, 2021.

TVN FOCUS ON PROGRAMMING

Local TV Content Still The ‘Best Stuff,’ But Only If Investments Are Made In Its Producers

Executives from Fox Television Stations, E.W. Scripps, Tegna, Gray and Blackbird said in a TVNewsCheck webinar Thursday that local content is becoming increasingly crucial in a world of shrinking syndication options, but to pull it off more resources need to be invested in local people and the technology to support them.

Fox Television’s Jack Abernethy Named Best Broadcast TV Leader

TVN Webinar: Producing More Programming Without Breaking The Bank (Or Your Staff)

Executives from Fox Television Stations, Gray Television, Tegna, Blackbird and E.W. Scripps will discuss how they’re diversifying local programming to replace syndicated content and create new options for their linear and streaming channels, all while containing costs, in a TVNewsCheck Working Lunch Webinar on April 14 at 1 p.m. ET. Register here.

Fox Stations To Debut ‘The Jennifer Hudson Show’ In Fall

Joining Fox Television Stations for the one-hour daytime talk show launch is Hearst Television, along with additional station groups representing more than 60% of the U.S.

Debmar-Mercury To Debut Syndicated Talker ‘Sherri’ In Fall 2022

The New York-based daily talk show with Sherri Shepherd, the actress, comedian, best-selling author and daytime Emmy winner as longtime co-host of The View, will take over the Fox O&O time slots currently held by Debmar-Mercury’s The Wendy Williams Show.

Fox Weather Expands To Owned Stations

Fox Weather will be available to viewers on Fox Television Stations’ subchannels in 17 markets and select simulcast hours on Fox-owned duopoly stations across the country. It will also be available on YouTube TV, Amazon News, The Roku Channel, fuboTV and Xumo.

Fox Stations Names Tim Joyce SVP Of Engineering

The Fox veteran will oversee all engineering, operations and technology functions for the station group, succeeding Richard Friedel, who retired last December.

TVN TECH

Virtualization Expands, Moving Off-Prem

Vendors say broadcasters are increasingly looking to expand virtualization of their operations across the whole chain, and they’re also seeking to take that virtualization off-premises, either in their own master control hubs or the public cloud.

All Eyes On Fox TV Stations Headed Into 2022

With the possibility of several of its key syndicated shows ending after this season, Fox Television Stations has both influence and flexibility headed into 2022.

‘Pictionary’ To Air On Fox Television Stations In Fall 2022

The game show originally ran as a limited summer series on select Fox TV stations in July and has been officially greenlit as a syndicated series.

TVN'S TELEVISION PRODUCTION IN A CHANGED WORLD

Mapping The Path For Post-Pandemic Production Changes

Executives from Fox Television Stations, Vice Media and Fox Sports distinguished temporary pandemic-driven production changes from those likelier to settle in for good in a panel at TVNewsCheck’s Television Production in a Changed World virtual conference last week.

Fox-Owned Stations In Seattle Rebrand As Fox13 And Fox13 Plus

TVN’S TV2025 2021

Station Group Chiefs: There’s Common Cause For Broadcast And Cable

Local broadcasters and cable operators needn’t be constantly at odds with each other, leaders from Fox Television Stations, Hearst Television and Gray Television said in a panel last week that also tackled streaming, M&A and diversity.

TVN’S NEW FACILITIES INSIDER

WTTG’s New D.C. Digs Puts All Eyes On The Newsroom

Fox Television Stations’ WTTG-WDCA Washington duopoly moved into its new home in suburban Bethesda, Md., in late July, a facility that puts its assignment desk, technical operations center and news sets at the architectural center.

Fox Television Stations Taps Synamedia For Orlando ATSC 3.0 Rollout

Independent video software provider Synamedia today announced that Fox Television Stations has chosen its advanced technology solutions to support the rollout of its ATSC 3.0 deployment in Orlando, Fla. Together with partner Triveni Digital, Synamedia is helping enable Fox stations to launch new and better services, and generate new sources of revenue as business models evolve. In […]

TVN FOCUS ON BUSINESS

How TV Stations Are Bringing Employees Back

TV station leaders and syndication producers face ever-changing guidance on how and when to bring people back as caution continues to abound and stringent COVID protocols return. Above, on Fox First-Run’s new syndicated show, You Bet Your Life, starring Jay Leno and his former Tonight Show band leader Kevin Eubanks, the live audience of 40-60 people are all vaccinated and masked. 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.

WTTG-WDCA Washington Debuts New Headquarters

Fox-owned WTTG (Fox) and WDCA (MNT) are now broadcasting from 7272 Wisconsin Ave. in suburban Bethesda, Md., which is about two miles from their previous location at 5151 Wisconsin Ave. in the District of Columbia where the stations had been located since 1966.

FTS Ups Jeffrey Zellmer To SVP Digital Operations

He is promoted from digital marketing and strategic partnerships at Fox Television Stations.

‘You Bet Your Life’ Reboot Sold In 98% Of The US

The return of the classic game show hosted by Jay Leno has been sold in 190 U.S. markets to station groups including Sinclair, Nexstar, Scripps, Tegna, Meredith, Gray, Hearst, McKinnon, Standard Media, Block, Lockwood, Mission and Sun Broadcasting. It launches on Sept. 13.

Fox Stations To Test ‘Pictionary’ Game Show

Hosted By Jerry O’Connell, the game show based on the classic sketch game, will have a four-week run beginning July 12.

STREAMING NEWS 2021

Live, Free And Easy Top Viewers’ OTT News Desires

Streaming executives from CBS News Digital, Fox Television Stations, Gray Television and KSL Salt Lake City say live and local content, good UX and quality control are key factors in finding and retaining audiences in the highly competitive OTT space.

‘You Bet Your Life’s Jay Leno and Kevin Eubanks Present Veteran With Car At NASCAR Race

Fox Television Stations Presents ‘Pulse Of The People’ Town Halls

The bipartisan series will let lawmakers interact with their local communities through candid conversations about the issues of the day including the vaccine rollout, COVID relief and stimulus, infrastructure and foreign policy. The first, from Washington, airs commercial-free on April 29.

Fox TV Stations’ OTT Ad Sales Business FLX Off To A Fast Start

Although Fox Television Stations was a bit late to the party starting an OTT advertising selling business compared to other station groups, it is now coming on strong since the first of the year with its FLX operation. Ad sales deals have doubled since the first of the year, says Michael Page, VP of digital sales for Fox Television StationsSome 300 campaigns have run since January.

TVN FOCUS ON BUSINESS

Local TV Marketing ‘Not For Faint Of Heart’

Executives from Tegna, NBCU Television Stations and Fox Television Stations told a TVNewsCheck webinar that local station marketing is best executed by those in the market itself — with support from corporate — and that marketing needs to start “from a place of brand, not from a place of product.”

TVN FOCUS ON DIGITAL

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.

TVN FOCUS ON ADVERTISING

Fox Stations Launch FLX, A New Linear And OTT Advertising Service

Fox Television Stations’ new FLX service allows advertisers to buy availabilities across its linear TV stations and about 150 OTT and CTV options. The service is now included in Fox’s pre-existing partnership with Mediaocean.

EXECUTIVE SESSION WITH EMILY STONE

TVN Executive Session | Social Media Commenting Gets Messy, But Fox Stations Are Hanging In

Tempers and temperatures may be rising on social media platforms, but Fox Television Stations’ Emily Stone, VP of digital content operations, say they’re still an essential conduit between viewers and stations and often prompt new story ideas. 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.

‘You Bet Your Life’ Cleared In 85% Of The U.S.

Launching on the Fox Television Stations this fall, the return of the classic game show has also been sold to stations from other station groups, including Sinclair, Nexstar, Scripps, Meredith, Gray, McKinnon, Standard Media, Block and Sun Broadcasting.

Teachers On TV? Schools Try Creative Strategy To Narrow Digital Divide

Around the country, educators and local television stations have teamed up to help teachers make their broadcast debuts and engage children who are stuck in the doldrums of distance learning. The idea — in some ways a throwback to the early days of public television — has supplemented online lessons for some families, and serves a more critical role: reaching students who, without reliable internet access or a laptop at home, have been left behind.

TVN’S NEWSTECHFORUM 2020

NTF 2020 | TV Reporters Grapple With Heightened Hostility On Social

Social media experts at newsrooms including those of Gray, Fox, Graham and Scripps stations and national outlet Newsy says viewers have ramped up aggressive attacks on their social posts this year. At TVNewsCheck’s NewsTECHForum on Dec. 18, they said a more polarized audience has heightened their need to be more circumspect on social and to diffuse often hostile salvos they receive.

Fox O&Os Adding TheGrio.TV To Subchannels

The latest network from Allen Media Group, targeted to African Americans, will be carried on subchannels of the 11 Fox Television Stations starting Jan. 15, 2021.

TVN FOCUS ON NEWS TECH

TVN Focus | Stations, Vendors Meet Challenge Of Nonstop News

News and technology executives from Fox Television Stations, Graham Media, Gray Television, Avid and Latakoo have embraced new technologies and workflows in a year of huge stories and largely remote production. They’re going to need to maintain that embrace while producing even more content in 2021, they said at a TVNewsCheck webinar last week.

Fox Seeks Permanent Waiver To Co-Own New York Post and WWOR

In something of a blast from the past for those who have followed the peripatetic course of New York Post-related waivers, Fox Television Stations has asked the FCC for a permanent waiver of the newspaper-broadcast crossownership rule for WWOR Secaucus, N.J. It already has a permanent waiver to own WNYW New York, dating back to 1993, but only a temporary waiver to own WWOR, which it bought in 2001.

Geoffrey Zakarian To Host Thanksgiving ‘Foodathon’ Telethon On Fox Stations

Fox Stations Renew Three Syndicated Shows

25 Words or Less, Divorce Court and Dish Nation get green lights through the 2022-23 season.

TVN Webinar To Address Managing The Never-Ending News Cycle In A Changing Media Environment

A pair of TV station GMs will join the head of news services for Gray Media Group and two technology experts to examine how local TV news organizations are contending with growing demand for local news in an increasingly competitive media ecosystem. Set for Dec. 3 at 1 p.m. ET, the webinar will feature speakers (clockwise from left): Bob Ellis, VP-GM, WJXT-WCWJ Jacksonville, Fla.; Lew Leone, SVP-GM, WNYW-WWOR New York; James Finch, director of news services at Gray Television; Craig Wilson, product evangelist for broadcast and media enterprise at Avid; moderator Glen Dickson, contributing editor, TVNewsCheck; and Paul Adrian, CEO and co-founder of Latakoo. Register here. 

 

TVN’S TV2025

Streaming’s Rise Further Squeezes Stations’ Content Pipeline, Execs Say

Station group buyers and suppliers of syndicated content from Sinclair, Fox Owned Stations, Debmar-Mercury and Litton Entertainment said at a TV2025 panel that streaming’s accelerated growth has put more pressure on their content pipeline and that the ecosystem could use more — and bigger — players in the mix. Read the story and/or watch the full video above.