Griffin Moving Corporate, KWTV Ops To Downtown Oklahoma City

Griffin Communications will relocate its corporate headquarters and CBS affiliate KWTV facility to downtown Oklahoma City in 2022. The company will spend more than $25 million to purchase and renovate the Century Center building at the corner of Sheridan and Robinson.

DMA 58: TULSA, OK

KOTV Studios Reopen After Employee Tests Positive For COVID-19

Houston Hunt, VP of marketing for Griffin Communications, said the building that houses its CBS affiliate in Tulsa, Okla., was to reopen at noon Sunday and broadcasts were to resume as normal. On Saturday, an employee tested positive for COVID-19 and the building was closed. The station carried newcasts Saturday simulcast from Griffin’s KWTV Oklahoma City.

Lori Fullbright Tapped As KOTV Anchor

Griffin Communications said Monday that Lori Fullbright will be the new 6 and 10 p.m. News On 6 co-anchor at KOTV with Craig Day effective immediately. Fullbright replaces veteran News On 6 anchor Terry Hood, who retired this month after 32 years at the station. Fullbright will continue to anchor the 5 p.m. newscast. “I’m […]

Griffin Communications To Open D.C. Bureau

Alex Cameron will report from Washington for both KWTV Oklahoma City and KOTV Tulsa, Okla.

26. GRIFFIN COMMUNICATIONS, Oklahoma City

2016 Spot Revenue: $76.0 million Stations: 4 in 2 markets  Coverage: 0.56% Ownership: Private (David, Kristen and John Griffin) Key Executives: David Griffin, president-CEO; Ted Strickland, VP-CFO; Rob Krier, VP-COO; Todd Spessard, VP of content; Trevor Wiseman, VP of technology; Kevin Fullbright, VP of new media.

25. GRIFFIN COMMUNICATIONS

25. GRIFFIN COMMUNICATIONS, Oklahoma City 2015 Spot Revenue: $73.2 million  Stations: 4 in 2 markets  Coverage: 1.1%  Ownership: Private (David, Kristen and John Griffin)  Key Executives: David Griffin, chairman-CEO; Ted Strickland, VP-CFO; Rob Krier, VP-COO; Trevor Wiseman, VP of technology; Kevin Fullbright, VP of new media.

TVN TECH

At Griffin, News Workflow Starts With Sharing

Griffin Communications’ KWTV Oklahoma City and KOTV Tulsa are linked by more than just common ownership. With their Avid MediaCentral platform, reporters in in the field can do anything they normally could at their desks back at the stations. MediaCentral not only makes the job of reporters in the field easier, but also that of producers, reporters, editors at the stations. They can rely on the platform to eliminate the workflow headaches of getting access to content that resides at their sister station.

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Griffin Communications Adopts Avid Everywhere

Griffin Adds Combined Marquis, SGL Archive

SGL, a provider of content archive and storage management software for media and entertainment, has signed a contract with Griffin Communications’, owner of KOTV Tulsa, Okla., and KWTV Oklahoma City. Griffin has purchased Marquis Broadcast’s Project Parking archive and restore solution, which will be fully integrated with SGL’s existing FlashNet archive system. Griffin reaches over […]

DMA 44

Griffin Adds KSBI For Oklahoma City Duopoly

Griffin Communications, owner of CBS affiliate KWTV Oklahoma City, has reached an agreement to purchase the city’s MNT affil, KSBI, from Family Broadcasting. The price was not disclosed.

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Two Groups Buy Panasonic Cameras

Alaska-based Denali Media and Oklahoma-based Griffin Communications have equipped some of their stations with Panasonic shoulder-mount and handheld cameras for ENG and studio use.

TECH SPOTLIGHT

Griffin Going Green With New Tulsa Digs

The broadcaster is putting the finishing touches on a new 57,000-square-foot facility that will house its KOTV and KQCW. It’s equipped with geothermal heating and cooling, LED studio lighting and features a 5,400-square-foot studio with gear from Grass Valley, Samsung, Solid State Logic, Vizrt and Avid, among others.

SEVERE WEATHER: Q&A WITH KWTV'S GARY ENGLAND

Tracking Tornadoes, Saving Lives For 40 Years

The meteorologist at Griffin Communications’ KWTV Oklahoma City has seen a lot of changes in weather forecasting since he first joined the CBS affiliate. But while his technology has evolved tremendously from the days of black & white radar, his philosophy and mission haven’t: Do the weather and the warnings, but balance that when you can with a little bit of humor. This is the first of six articles that will appear this week and that collectively constitute a TVNewsCheck Special Report on Severe Weather News.