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.

TVN’S NEWSROOM INNOVATORS

TVN’s Newsroom Innovators | As Elections Near, TV’s Fact-Checking Surges

Broadcasters, including CBS, E.W. Scripps, Hearst, Tegna and Graham Media, are bolstering their fact-checking operations as the 2020 election looms closer, partnering with outside groups like Politifact, FactCheck.org and First Draft to ensure their own trustworthiness with local viewers.

KPRC A Disaster Expert, But Pandemic’s Different

Jerry Martin, Graham Media-owned KPRC’s wry VP and GM in Houston, has a reluctant pragmatist’s approach to his station’s coronavirus pivot: “Keep playing the game like it’s going to get worse.” (Al Torres Photography)

EXECUTIVE SESSION WITH CATHERINE BADALAMENTE

TVN Executive Session | Graham Keeps Faith In Digital, NextGen TV

Graham Media’s SVP and Chief Innovation Officer Catherine Badalamente is pivoting quickly to deal with the new realities of coronavirus-era broadcasting, but she saw disruption on the horizon before that. She says digital platforms like OTT and NextGen TV offer some of the best hedges against future disruption, if only legacy salespeople can finally get on side.

TVN’S NEWSROOM INNOVATORS

TVN’s Newsroom Innovators | Different Vibe For KSAT’s Streaming ‘News At 9’

With the streaming-only The News At 9, Graham-owned KSAT in San Antonio is playing with the boundaries of a traditional newscast, blowing open the time constraints of traditional packages and going bold with deep dives and different presentation formats.

TVN FOCUS ON PODCASTS

Stations Finding Sound Reasons To Podcast

Tegna, Tribune, Scripps, Fox and Graham are among a growing number of TV broadcasters who are exploring adding audio content and advertising platforms. A study from the Interactive Advertising Bureau and PricewaterhouseCoopers puts podcast ad revenues at $313.9 million in 2017, and projects that it will more than double, to $659 million, by next year.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Graham 3Q TV Revenue Moves Up 28%

On Feb. 23, Graham Holdings Co. reported third quarter earnings that included revenue from its television broadcasting division, Graham Media Group, of $130 million, an increase of 28% from $101.3 million in the same quarter of 2017. That increase was tagged to a $20.7 million increase in political advertising revenue and a $10.2 million increase in retransmission revenues. Operating […]

TVN TECH

Social Media At 11 (And Other Newscasts)

TV stations are arming themselves with software that allows them to slice and dice social media to gauge audience interest in stories, share viewer feedback and even predict what stories will become larger issues in the future. Other software speeds social integration into newscasts.

Graham Expanding Coverage Of Midterm Elections

All five Graham newsrooms will be doubling down on the mid-term elections this fall, says CEO Emily Barr. “It is our responsibility at the local level to cover local, state and federal elections actively and comprehensively across all platforms.”

Emily Barr Receives Golden Mike Award

The CEO of Graham Media was honored by the Broadcasters Foundation of America at the group’s annual event in New York. Above (l-r): Jim Thompson, president of the Broadcasters Foundation; Deborah Norville of Inside Edition; Barr; and Dan Mason, chairman of the Broadcasters Foundation.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Graham 4Q Same-Station Rev Dips 4%

Excluding revenue from two stations acquired on Jan. 17, revenue declined 4% due to a $15.3 million decrease in political ad revenue and lower network revenue, partially offset by $5.9 million in higher retransmission revenues and an increase in ad revenue in several key sectors.

Emily Barr To Receive Golden Mike Award

The Graham Media CEO will be honored by the Broadcasters Foundation of America in March at the charitable organization’s annual black-tie gala.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Hurricanes Cost Graham $2.7M In 3Q

The company’s stations in Texas and Florida ran extensive commercial-free coverage of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma that adversely impacted revenues by an estimated $2.1 million and resulted in $600,000 in additional expenses during the quarter.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Graham Posts 10% Rise In 2Q TV Revenue

The increase to $106 million comes primarily from higher retransmission consent money.

DMA 67: ROANOKE, VA

WSLS Is ComScore’s 700th Ratings Client

Graham Media’s NBC-Affiliate in Roanoke, Va., means all the major affiliates in Roanoke use comScore’s local television ratings.

DMA 8: HOUSTON

New Building Moves KPRC Into 21st Century

DMA 8: HOUSTON

KPRC Houston Debuts New Graphics

EXECUTIVE OUTLOOK

Stations Wary Of Distributed Content

Allowing original content to live entirely on other platforms has spread through online publishing with locomotive force. Some broadcasters are experimenting with it, but many worry it will erode traffic to their own websites and apps after spending years cultivating it.

DIGITAL DMA (12)

Free Press Leads Detroit Digital Renaissance

With the Detroit Free Press publishing the No. 1 local news site in the city, news-producing  affiliates WDIV (NBC), WXYZ (ABC) and WJBK (Fox) are investing heavily in their digital platforms to secure core audiences while drawing newcomers. “We are trying to be the No. 1 sites, and we are trying to figure out what the secret sauce is to do that,” says Catherine Badalamente, VP of digital media for Graham Media, which owns WDIV. “That is 100% of my goal.”

 

DMA 66

WDBJ Anchor Natasha Ryan Leaving For KING

Allowing original content to live entirely on other platforms has spread through online publishing with locomotive force. Some broadcasters are experimenting with it, but many worry it will erode traffic to their own websites and apps after spending years cultivating it.

DMA 26

Wilson Out As WNCN News Director

With the city on the rebound, Detroit’s news-producing affiliates WDIV (NBC), WXYZ (ABC) and WJBK (Fox) are investing heavily in their digital platforms to secure core audiences while drawing the newcomers (artists, techies and the like) lured by the chance to build from the ground up.  “We are trying to reinvent ourselves along with them,” says Catherine Badalamente, VP of digital media for Graham Media, which owns NBC affiliate WDIV.