Graham Media Joins Opposition To Standard General-Tegna Deal

Station owner Graham Media has joined the opposition to Standard General’s acquisition of Tegna, filing a petition against the deal with the FCC on Wednesday that focuses on the effect the transaction would have on the Jacksonville, Fla., TV market.


Ad Leaders Say Multimedia Campaigns Must Focus On Client Outcomes

While issues such as attribution, addressability and automation remain challenging, multimedia spot television campaigns are still about relationships and results, leaders from E.W. Scripps, Graham Media, Nexstar, dentsu X and Compulse told a TVNewsCheck webinar last week.

Gray, Hearst, Graham, CoxReps Invest In Matrix Solutions’ Media Sales Gateway

Matrix Solutions, a provider of global media revenue management technology, today rolled out the next-phase development of its Media Sales Gateway with investment and expertise from partnerships with Gray Television, CoxReps, Graham Media, and Hearst Television. Cox Enterprises’ Videa software will serve as the initial back-end technology for traditional linear spot and all future development will be built on Azure […]

Graham CEO Emily Barr Sets NAB Show Expectations

Graham Media Group President and CEO Emily Barr talks about her outlook for the upcoming convention.

Stations Battle For Booming Houston’s New Arrivals

To be sure, Houston is in a good place these days. The oil industry that fuels the local economy is on solid footing and the region for years has worked to diversify its business portfolio, with the likes of health care, aerospace and the legal profession growing. And the competition among stations for news audiences is robust. ABC owns KTRK and Graham Media has NBC affiliate KPRC. Fox owns KRIV-KTXH, and Tegna has CBS outlet KHOU. Univision owns KXLN and Telemundo holds KTMD.

A New ‘Digital Newscast’ Puts A Florida Newsroom To The Test

The original idea for WKMG Orlando’s Solutionaries was to create what Graham Media describes as a “digital newscast” focused on people who are “making a difference” by implementing solutions to critical social issues. The proposal came from the Graham digital team, which incubated it at Table Stakes, the challenge-based innovation program at the Cronkite School that’s supported by the same Knight Foundation grant that funds our work here at the News Lab.

Terri Cope-Walton Named WJXT-WCWJ GM

Graham Media Group moves her from news director at WRTV Indianapolis to oversee its Jacksonville, Fla., duopoly.

Streaming, Data Top TV Digital Execs’ Priorities

Digital leaders from Tegna, ABC Owned Television Stations, Graham Media and Allen Media told a TVNewsCheck webinar audience last week that OTT has opened a wealth of content opportunities to connect with new audiences, while the industry is also getting better at using first-party data to deepen audience ties and boost revenue.


WDIV’s ‘Juneteenth’, Part Of Graham Media’s Company-Wide Celebration

“We wanted to further our Juneteenth efforts this year by creating opportunities for learning and outreach that support the cause of combatting injustice and racism,” says Emily Barr, Graham Media’s president.


Graham Media Recognizes Its Stations’ Best News Storytelling

Graham Media Promotes Jane Marshall To Deputy General Counsel

Graham Media Group promoted Jane Marshall to deputy general counsel. Marshall joined the company in 2006 and was promoted to associate general counsel in 2013. Marshall provides counseling and advice to the corporate office, digital properties, Social News Desk, and the local broadcast television stations. Her expertise is in the areas of First Amendment, intellectual […]

Talking TV | Graham Media’s Mobile Strategy

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp talks with Jonathan Beard, director of digital product development at Graham Media Group, about the group’s multi-app strategy in its markets, its “choose your view” livestream video innovations and mobile’s monetization prospects.

TVN’s NewsTECHForum: The Story In Videos

Here are the complete videos and story links for TVNewsCheck’s NewsTECHForum, featuring a keynote interview with veteran news producer David Bohrman and news and technology leaders from ABC News, Hearst, Tegna, NBCU Owned Television Stations, CBS Owned Stations, ABC Owned Stations, Gray Television, Graham Media, Sinclair, E.W. Scripps, Meredith, BBC, AJ+ and more.


NTF 2020 | Local TV News’ Longer-Term Future Needs More Relevance And Inclusion

Executives from NBCU Owned Stations, CBS Television Stations, Graham Media, SmithGeiger and the Local Media Association envision a future for TV news in two years’ time that is more inclusive in its coverage and among its decision makers, holding on to the heightened sense of relevance it struck with viewers in the pandemic. “It’s incumbent on news departments not just to serve facts, but relevance, perspective and helpfulness,” said CBS’s David Friend at last week’s NewsTECHForum.


TVN Tech | Tech Trends For ’21: COVID-Driven Shifts Extend

Trends driven by the pandemic are likely to persist into 2021 and beyond, while transitions to IP infrastructures will accelerate and aging on-prem infrastructure will give way to increased reliance on the cloud. NextGen TV will also likely pick up speed after COVID’s cooling effect on its rollout this year.


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.

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. 


Barr To Broadcasters: ‘We Must All Do Better’

Broadcasters must hold public officials accountable, Graham Media CEO Emily Barr tells TVB conference attendees, and diversify station ranks from the bottom to the top.


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 | 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, 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)


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 | 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.


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.


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 […]


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.


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.


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.


Graham Posts 10% Rise In 2Q TV Revenue

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


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.


New Building Moves KPRC Into 21st Century


KPRC Houston Debuts New Graphics


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.


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.”


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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.

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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.