Lessons From The Front Line Of News Innovation

Five takeaways from newsrooms that are starting to re-invent local TV journalism.

Gray Syndicating Weekend Political Show

Full Court Press with Greta Van Susteren debutes Sept. 8. It’s cleared in over 76% of the country in major markets including New York, Washington, Los Angeles and all of Gray’s 93 markets.

Gray Renews All Fox Affiliations

Gray Television on Tuesday reached an agreement with the Fox Television Network that extends and renews the network affiliations for all of Gray’s Fox affiliated television stations across 21 markets.

TVN TECH

TVN Tech | Stations Expand Social Media News Tools

Social media platforms are fast evolving, and newsrooms that have come to rely on them are turning to new tools to keep up. From more granular analytics to better tools for incorporating social content into stories, newsrooms — and the vendors they work with on social — are moving along a sharp learning curve.

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Gray’s KOSA fuels future with Ross newsroom computer system

Gray Television’s CBS affiliate in Odessa-Midland, TX, updated its newsroom computer system with Ross Video’s Inception News, finding the transition to the platform easy to execute and the platform much more capable of accommodating the changing needs of its team.

JESSELL AT LARGE

Jessell | FCC Duop Inaction Hurting Station Owners

Gray Television’s deal to buy KDLT Sioux Fall, S.D., and create a precedent-setting affiliate duopoly in the market has been hung up at the FCC for 15 months without any explanation. For the sake of buyers and sellers, large and small, the FCC needs to act.

EARNINGS CALL

Gray Upbeat On Raycom Synergies, Political

But the outlook of non-political national spot remains gloomy. C0-CEO Pat LaPlatney said the company remains “disappointed with the weakness in national ad revenue, especially the auto sector.”

QUARTERLY REPORT

Gray 2Q Rev Flat; Retrans Offsets Spot Drop

Retrans revenue rose 23% to $201 million in the quarter, just enough to push total revenue for the station group into the black. Dragging down the top line was spot. Political took a big downturn as it always does in odd-numbered years, but core was also off.

Gray’s InvestigateTV Schedules New Documentary

Gray Television will debut the documentary Measure of Hate this month on all its television stations. Produced by Gray’s InvestigateTV team, the half-hour special reveals the vast undercounting of hate crimes throughout the country and how laws related to tracking and punishing hate crimes are not working. Measure of Hate shines a light on an […]

Gray Is Poised For Election Ad Deluge

Broadcasting company Gray Television is well placed to profit from an anticipated deluge of political advertising ahead of U.S. elections in 2020, according to Barron’s, which says good ratings in its local TV markets would be attractive to congressional, senatorial, gubernatorial and presidential campaigns looking to place campaign spots.