KPRC Houston Adds Brittany Begley To Weather Team

TV2025: A C-Suiter’s Guide To AI

Executives from Gray Television, Morgan Murphy Media, Graham Media Group, Ticker and Newsbridge will break down the key elements of AI’s rapidly widening role in broadcast TV and what the C-suite needs to know about the business implications in a panel at TVNewsCheck’s TV2025: Monetizing the Future conference at the NAB Show New York on Oct. 25. Register here.

TVN Webinar: Reinventing The Relationship With Local Audiences

Marketing leaders from Cox Media Group, Graham Media Group, Gray Television and Tegna will discuss projects that get to the heart of localism and how they’ve successfully built high audience engagement around them in a TVNewsCheck Working Lunch Webinar on July 13. Register here.

Jane Marshall Named VP, Co-General Counsel Of Graham Media Group

She will provide legal advice and counsel to the senior management team on a broad range of issues involving employment and labor relations, defamation, privacy, media and intellectual property law, litigation and regulatory matters, working along with GMG VP/Co-General Counsel Heidi Schmid Whiting.

Aaron King Named Social News Desk VP-GM

The appointment comes as Kim Wilson, SND founder and president, announced she will leave the company at the end of April, along with co-founder Elisa DeFoe.

TVN FOCUS ON BUSINESS

Station Groups Stick To Sales Plans As Uncertain ’23 Sets In

Without political advertising and with, possibly, a recession on the horizon, station groups rely on their customer-focused approach to drive cross-platform businesses with omnichannel, client-focused campaigns. 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 Webinar: How To Boost Digital And Streaming Revenue In ’23

Executives from Nexstar, Graham Media and Gray Television will share strategies for creating and expanding on opportunities to reach consumers on streaming and other digital platforms in a TVNewsCheck Working Lunch webinar on Jan. 26. Register here.

Scripps-Led Consortium Aims To Delivers Scale And Efficiency For CTV Political Advertisers

Cox Media Group, Capitol Broadcasting, Graham Media Group and other broadcasters are participating. Magnite, an independent omnichannel sell-side advertising platform, will make CTV inventory available to agencies and programmatic buyers.

Graham Media Stations To Debut Morning Newscast Livestreams

Starting Monday, April 4, Graham Media Group stations KPRC Houston and WDIV Detroit will launch an additional hour of their morning local newscast streaming exclusively on digital platforms and OTT […]

Graham Media Makes Two Executive Promotions

Stephanie Slagle named chief innovation officer and Michael Newman becomes director of transformation.

Graham Media Group Headquarters Returns To Detroit

The broadcast group’s corporate offices relocate to Detroit from Chicago, where Graham Media Group (formerly Post-Newsweek Stations) had been based since 2012.

Emily Barr, Graham CEO, To Retire; Catherine Badalamente To Succeed Her

The veteran broadcasting executive is stepping down later this year. She joined Graham Media Group, then Post-Newsweek Stations, in 2012. Under her leadership, she has transformed the organization from a broadcast-based model to seven local media hubs — each in a top-71 market, representing just under 7% coverage in the U.S. Her successor, Catherine Badalamente, joined Graham in 2000, serving in a number of executive roles, including spearheading the organization’s digital efforts since 2009, most recently as VP and chief innovation officer.

TVN TECH

Tech Trends For ’22: Cloud Still Looms Above All

Executives from WarnerMedia, Graham Media Group, Dalet and Perspective Media Group told a TVNewsCheck webinar last week that the proliferation of direct-to-consumer services and remote/distributed production shifts put the industry’s cloud migration as next year’s biggest trend.

TVN’S STATION GROUP OF THE YEAR 2021

Graham Cultivates Its Most Valuable ‘Insiders’

Graham Media Group, TVNewsCheck’s Station Group of the Year, is fostering tighter relationships with its most highly engaged audiences via Insiders, a company-wide membership program it launched last year. Graham executives believe it will have a transformative effect on news content, community building and revenues in an era of ever-disaggregating audiences. Read part one of the series on Graham’s culture of innovation here. Read part two on President and CEO Emily Barr here.

TVN STATION GROUP OF THE YEAR 2021

Graham’s Barr Offers A ‘Master Class’ In TV Leadership

Emily Barr, president and CEO of Graham Media Group, enjoys an unrivaled level of respect and admiration among station group chiefs. TVNewsCheck’s Station Group of the Year-winning leader forged her reputation on her exceptional empathy and embrace of innovation. Read part one of this three-part series here.

TVN STATION GROUP OF THE YEAR 2021

Defiantly Independent, Graham Prioritizes Innovation

Graham Media Group, TVNewsCheck’s 2021 Station Group of the Year, is bucking the industry’s consolidation trend by fostering a company-wide culture of innovation to serve ever-disaggregating audiences. In the process, it’s aiming to reboot the station-audience relationship and create a new paradigm for advertising.

WKMG Helps Floridians ‘Make Ends Meet’

Make Ends Meet is Graham-owned WKMG Orlando’s effort to help Floridian viewers navigate state and federal agencies to connect with their COVID-related unemployment benefits. Headed by reporter Mike Holfeld, the practical, utility-minded segments have aided in the delivery of $1.5 million in benefits to Florida residents.

Bob Ellis Named VP-GM Of WDIV Detroit

Graham Media is moving him from GM of WJXT Jacksonville, Fla. to succeed the retiring Marla Drutz as head of its Michigan NBC affiliate.

TVN Names Graham Station Group Of The Year

Led by Emily Barr, Graham Media Group has long been at the vanguard of multimedia experimentation, making bold moves in streaming and on digital platforms. In an era of dramatic industry consolidation, the family-owned group has also remained defiantly independent.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Graham 4Q TV Revenue Up 42%

The increase to $175.2 million is due to a $50.3 million increase in political advertising revenue and $5.2 million increase in retransmission revenues, partially offset by reduced local and national advertising demand related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

TVN MOBILE APPS SPECIAL REPORT

TVN Special Report | TV’s Mobile Apps Embrace Customization, Notifications

When it comes to mobile apps, broadcasters still face a range of options from a single- or multiple-app approach to adopting back-end tech allowing user personalization. But some goals remain constant: keeping users on owned-and-operated mobile platforms over social and monetizing the experience wherever possible.

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.

What’s The ‘Lifetime Value’ Of Your Newsroom’s Most Loyal Fans?

Graham Media expands its ambitious campaign to develop a membership program for Graham stations and potentially pave a new path to sustainability for local TV news.

TVN FOCUS ON BUSINESS

TVN Focus On Business | TV Recruiting Faces Pandemic Challenges

TV stations are still hiring during the pandemic, but HR executives say they’ve had to get creative in their largely virtual environments, turning to social media and marketing tools to fill key positions, particularly account executives, producers and executive producers.

TVN TECH

TVN Tech | AI Tools Bolster Case For Enabling Comments

Broadcasters have largely steered away from enabling audience commenting on their digital platforms, but emerging AI moderation tools and a business case for fostering engagement via comments may prompt some to reassess.

Graham Media Group Hires Caroline Chambers As Senior Director, Diversity & Inclusion

Graham Media Group has appointed Caroline Chambers as its first senior director, diversity and inclusion, effective Nov. 2. Most recently, Chambers was the vice president, national director of diversity initiatives […]

TVN WEBINARS

Broadcasters Tackle Election Challenge With Tech

Executives from Fox News and Graham Media say they’ll rely heavily on IP contribution, cloud editing systems and other remote production tools in their coverage of the 2020 election, and they’re also ready to settle in for the long haul if final results aren’t confirmed for days, if not weeks, after Nov. 3.

TVN Webinar: Technology And Election Season Storytelling

Leaders of television’s news and technology community will talk about how technology can facilitate coverage of the 2020 election season during a TVNewsCheck Working Lunch Webinar set for Thursday, Sept. 17 at 1 p.m. ET. Speakers are (top, l-r): Alan Komissaroff, SVP news and politics, Fox News Channel; Tony Plosz, SVP and CTO, Graham Media Group; Bogdan Frusina, founder, Dejero and (below, right: Stephane Guez, founder and CTO, Dalet Digital Media Systems; and, left, Glen Dickson, contributing editor of TVNewsCheck, who is moderating the event. Register here.

TVN TECH

TVN Tech | Cloud-Based Sales Workflows Still Evolving

TV salespeople have been working from home since March, but the technology necessary for the entire sales workflow to be cloud-based is still developing. Both WideOrbit and Imagine Communications are transitioning existing products to the cloud and developing new cloud-based software.

WaPo’s Zeus To Power Ad Tech For Graham Media

Zeus Technology, The Washington Post’s revenue performance platform, will license Zeus Performance to Graham Media Group. With television stations in Houston; Detroit; Roanoke, Va.; San Antonio, Texas; Orlando; and Jacksonville, Fla., Graham becomes […]

EXECUTIVE SESSION WITH EMILY BARR

TVN Executive Session | Graham’s Barr: Pandemic Will Escalate ‘Flexible Work’

Emily Barr, president and CEO of Graham Media Group, is holding the line against layoffs, furloughs or salary cuts, but still sees a rocky second quarter unfolding. She says being communicative and honest with employees has been the most essential part of managing through an unprecedented crisis.

Barr Touts Stations’ Coronavirus Innovations

Graham Media Group President and CEO Emily Barr credits local GMs, news directors and sales leaders with spinning up creative and inspiring efforts to pull their markets through the crisis.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Graham 1Q TV Revenue Grows 7%

The increase to $115.4 million is pegged to increases in both political advertising and retransmission consent revenues, but Graham notes that company-wide it was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and warned that the virus is expected to “negatively impact advertising revenue and the operating results at the television broadcasting division for the remainder of 2020.”

Slagle Named Graham Sr. Director, Sales

The former Dispatch Broadcast Group digital and sales executive is picked to fill the station group’s new position of senior director, brand agency and sales strategy.

Graham Moves To Impressions-Based Currency

Graham Media Group says the move “will provide a common audience-measurement currency across all platforms which simplifies the assessment of cross-platform media campaigns.”

Anthony Plosz Named Graham Media CTO

He joins the station group from NBCU’s WCAU-WWSI Philadelphia. CEO Emily Barr said: “Tony’s deep knowledge of both IT infrastructure and broadcast operations and engineering will be invaluable to Graham Media Group.”

TVN’S MEDIA JOBS

Corporate Openings At Graham And Nexstar

Both Graham and Nexstar have openings in their respective corporate headquarters in Chicago and Dallas for a chief technology officer and a senior vice president of local content development.

Graham Names Badalamente Chief Innovation Officer

The station group adds chief innovation officer to Catherine Badalamente’s title of vice president. Said Graham CEO Emily Barr: “Under Catherine’s leadership, the Graham Digital team has nurtured and developed our web and mobile sites, overseen the growth of significant digital revenue and developed industry-leading applications and have been recognized by a slew of industry experts.”

TVN'S OTT NEWS SUMMIT

Attracting, Keeping OTT Viewers Still Daunting

Crafting the right strategy for each service is crucial, broadcast executives say at TVNewsCheck’s OTT News Summit.

Graham Media Renews Nielsen Local Ratings

The agreement  provides access to nielsen currency and consumer behavior data across Graham’s  local TV market footprint.