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 for Comerica Bank. In that role, she was responsible for internal and external diversity program management including market segment business development teams, employee resource network […]

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 the platform’s first broadcast customer. Zeus now has grown to nearly 60 sites in the U.S. “Local publishers using Zeus continue to see significant increases […]

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.

CBR To Showcase Top Station Security Practices

Security executives from Tegna Media, Graham Media, KQED San Francisco and Sinclair Broadcast Group will share their list of the 10 best security practices for broadcasters at TVNewsCheck’s annual Cybersecurity for Broadcasters Retreat next month.

TVN’S FRONT OFFICE BY MARY COLLINS

Collins: Why Managers Should Attend ‘Boss School’

Each session of Graham Media’s leadership development program, which is held every other year, covers the entire employment process including hiring, orientation, goal-setting and job expectations, performance management, performance improvement and termination. The program delves into basic principles for interactions with colleagues. It also teaches future leaders about employment laws pertaining to discrimination and harassment.

Kim Parker Named Graham Media VP-CFO

She is responsible for all aspects of the company’s finance and business operations. She was promoted to corporate after serving as business manager for the group’s WJXT-WCWJ duopoly in Jacksonville, Fla.,

NEWSTECHFORUM 2017

Stations Press Ahead With Social Platforms

Major groups keep experimenting, looking to find the best ways to use Facebook and YouTube, both to expand their brands and eventually generate some revenue.

15. GRAHAM MEDIA GROUP, Washington

2016 Revenue: $312.5 million Stations: 7 in 6 markets Coverage: 6.6% Ownership: Graham Holdings Co. (NYSE: GHC) Key Executives:  Timothy J. O’Shaughnessy, president-CEO, Graham Holdings Co.; Emily L. Barr, president-CEO, Graham Media Group; Michael Englehaupt, VP-CTO; Catherine Badalamente, VP digital media. What’s Up: Katherine Fuller, research director at the group’s KPRC Houston, was promoted to VP to lead research at all […]

DMA 8: HOUSTON

KPRC Creates Multifaceted Set In New Facility

Graham Names Katherine Fuller Research VP

The station group promotes her from its KPRC Houston to lead research at all seven stations and digital platforms.

 

MARKET SHARE

Broadcasters Unite For La. Flood Relief Concert

QUARTERLY REPORT

Graham Posts 6% Rise In 2Q TV Revenue

The increase to $96.5 million comes primarily from an increase in retrans money by $5.3 million.

 

16. GRAHAM MEDIA GROUP

16. GRAHAM MEDIA GROUP, Washington 2015 Revenue: $264.1 million  Stations: 5 in 5 markets  Coverage: 6.4%  Ownership: Graham Holdings Co. (NYSE: GHC)  Key Executives:  Timothy J. O’Shaughnessy, president-CEO, Graham Holdings Co.; Emily L. Barr, president-CEO, Graham Media Group. What’s Up: Last November, Timothy O’Shaughnessy was promoted to president-CEO of Graham Media parent, Graham Holdings, succeeding Donald E. Graham who had […]

QUARTERLY REPORT

Graham Posts 10% Rise In 1Q TV Revenue

The increase to $92 million comes primarily from higher political ad revenue and more retrans money.

Whiting To Be Graham Media General Counsel

Heidi Schmid Whiting joins the station group from the law offices of Cinnamon Mueller to succeed John Ronayne who is retiring.

Graham, Dish Close To Retrans Deal

The station owner extends the deadline, citing “substantial progress” in talks with the satellite carrier.