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.

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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.

‘The Mediator’ Gets Limited Run On Fox O&Os

The Mediator with Ice-T, a weekday, half-hour legal series hosted by the veteran rapper and actor, will get a limited four-week run on Fox-owned stations, premiering in March 2021.

TVN’S TV2025

Big TV Groups March Toward IP, Cloud Platforms

Technology executives from Fox Corp., Hearst, Sinclair and Tegna have already virtualized many of their functions, replacing some aging infrastructures with IP routing and broadening their use of the cloud, they said at a TV2025 panel last week. Read the story and/or watch the full video above.

‘Your Take’ Turns The News ‘Outside In’

The Fox stations’ new segment is a multi-station experiment in audience engagement that features panels of regular viewers to comment on issues in the news.

TVN’S OTT NEWS SUMMIT 2020

Pandemic Proves OTT Workflow Resiliency For News

Executives from CNN, Sinclair, Fox Television Stations and Gray Television say COVID-19 has tested the capacities of their streaming workflows and found them even more adaptable and robust than they imagined.

TVN’S OTT NEWS SUMMIT 2020

Chaotic 2020 Sparks News Streaming Creativity

Executives from NBC LX, CBS Local Digital, Graham Media and Fox Television Stations say the pandemic, protests and other dramatic news developments this year have spawned creative programming decisions, along with innovative new remote workflows to realize it.

Leno To Host ‘You Bet Your Life’ For Fox O&Os

Fox Television Stations says this new incarnation of the legendary game show — hosted by Jay Leno — “will preserve the show’s trademark humorous interviews and unpredictable banter with each contestant, famously originated by Groucho Marx.”

Fox Updates NewsNow Branding

For Fox Stations, OTT’s Target Is Niche

Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy says the group’s decision to target African-American viewers on OTT with Fox Soul was part of a broader strategy to break from the pack in streaming news. News Now, its multiplatform streamer, takes a different tack using live coverage stitched together and “deejayed” from its Phoenix station with other O&Os soon to contribute.

EXECUTIVE SESSION WITH JACK ABERNETHY

TVN Executive Session | Fox’s Jack Abernethy: TV Leadership Has ‘Never Been Tested’ Like Now

Political is bolstering a comeback for TV advertising, but as COVID-19’s uncertainties continue to loom, Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy says managing in a climate of fear continues to be challenging.

Fox Stations To Test SPT’s ‘Common Knowledge’

Sony Pictures Television and the Fox Television Stations are partnering on a four-week test of off-Game Show Network’s Common Knowledge starting Aug. 3, the partners said Monday.

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Is Fox 29 Philadelphia Turning Into Fox News?

Several former and current employees at Fox-owned WTXF in Philadelphia allege that the station’s newsroom is run by “toxic, super-white, and Trump-apologizing management.”

TVN TECH

TVN Tech | ‘No Going Back’ To Pre-COVID Workflows

A TVNewsCheck webinar featuring top engineers from Fox, Tegna and Gray found stations are settling well into their COVID-19-induced remote workflows. Some of those workflows, including IP contribution, cloud-based collaboration and production automation, are likely to stay even after the pandemic subsides. “There’s no going back to what it was before this started,” says Tegna’s Robert Lydick.

Fox O&Os Create ‘Pop-Up’ Pandemic Channel

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.

WORKING LUNCH WEBINAR

TVN To Present: At-Home Production And The Future Of News Workflow

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.

TECH ONE-ON-ONE WITH RICHARD FRIEDEL

Tech One On One | For Fox-Owned Stations, Pandemic Responses Look To Be A Precursor Of Future Workflows

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.”

FTS, Syndicators Partner On Programming

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.

Fox Television Stations To Air Easter Services

The station group will air national and local services on Easter Sunday as the coronavirus pandemic continues to keep peope in their homes.

For WNYW, ‘Every Day Seems Like A Week’

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 Offers Free Access To National, Local News

Fox News and Fox Television Stations will provide unlimited access to facilitate public availability of latest COVID-19 information.

Fox Corp. Offering Help To Employees

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.

Faith Jenkins Is New Judge On ‘Divorce Court’

She takes over the syndicated show distributed by Fox First Run from Lynn Toler.

Fox Stations Expands 2020 Political Lineup

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.

‘Central Ave’ Returning After Test As Weekly

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.

EXECUTIVE SESSION WITH STEVE CHUNG

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.