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Scale Dictates Broadcasters’ IP Transition

Station groups lag behind larger networks in investing in new IP routing systems despite interoperability hurdles being overcome and IP gear prices falling. But the new infrastructure may end up being more horsepower than they need. Above, a control room at NBCUniversal’s Boston Media Center in Needham, Mass. The facility handles four businesses in the market — WBTS (NBC), WNEU (Telemundo), New England Cable News and NBC Sports Boston — on one common IP-based technology platform.

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Hearst Stations Airing Special On Weather And Climate Extremes

All of Hearst Television’s stations will begin airing a special on April 21 that examines the changing weather patterns across the stations’ footprints.

Hearst Launches Faubell Fellowship To Find Tech Talent

The Marty Faubell Broadcast Technology Fellowship, named for the broadcaster’s longtime engineering VP, aims to recruit fresh talent to be trained in all aspects of television production with an emphasis on engineering and IT.

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Sally Kidd, Hearst’s National Correspondent, Steps Down

Sally Kidd, Hearst’s national correspondent in Washington, D.C., handed in her resignation after 17 years covering “thousands of stories, interviews and live shots, hundreds of congressional hearings and White House briefings, four presidents, two impeachments, one insurrection and a global pandemic.”

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 […]

Hearst TV President Wertlieb Sets NAB Show Expectations

Jordan Wertlieb: “I think this show is going to be a huge celebration of re-engagement. We are back at our normal attendance throughout Hearst. We had come back in the fall, and then took a break during Omicron, but now we’re back in full again. Having just experienced my own management meetings with my leadership, the energy and the excitement of people being together was palpable. I can only imagine what it’s going to be like in Las Vegas when you get thousands and thousands of people together who haven’t seen each other for two years.”

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Virtualization Expands, Moving Off-Prem

Vendors say broadcasters are increasingly looking to expand virtualization of their operations across the whole chain, and they’re also seeking to take that virtualization off-premises, either in their own master control hubs or the public cloud.

Shannon Coggins New Hearst TV Programming VP

The veteran TV program sales and marketing executive will oversee Hearst television’s program acquisition and planning, succeeding longtime Hearst programming executive Emerson Coleman upon his retirement this summer.

Hearst Ups Michael Hayes To COO/Deputy Group Head

In addition to his new duties, he will continue to share oversight of the television and radio stations with Ashley Gold and Eric Meyrowitz, executive vice presidents of Hearst Television.

Hearst To Launch ‘Forecasting Our Future’ Project On Weather, Climate

A new “multi-pronged” reporting initiative will debut early next year, focusing on climate and weather’s impact on business, health, household finances and lifestyle, says Barb Maushard, Hearst SVP of news.

Hearst Television Promotes Tracy Clark To Vice President

Tracy Clark, Hearst Television’s senior director of finance, based at the company’s New York City headquarters, has been promoted to vice president. A 31-year finance veteran at Hearst Television, Clark in 2019 joined Hearst Television’s corporate finance team led by Stanley Herriott, vice president of finance. Her focus has been on managing Hearst Television’s compensation practices, […]

VUit Expands Hyper-Local News And Event Coverage

The streaming service’s new agreements with Hearst, Citadel, Morris Network and others add more than 70 stations from top DMAs including Boston, Baltimore, Orlando and Pittsburgh.

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Cloud Workflow Shifts Expand As Concerns Linger

Executives from WarnerMedia, CBS Owned Stations, Hearst Television and Sinclair told attendees of TVNewsCheck’s TV2020 virtual conference last week that their migration of workflows to cloud technology continues apace since the pandemic. However, concerns over the crucial “last mile” of their networks remain.

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Station Group Chiefs: There’s Common Cause For Broadcast And Cable

Local broadcasters and cable operators needn’t be constantly at odds with each other, leaders from Fox Television Stations, Hearst Television and Gray Television said in a panel last week that also tackled streaming, M&A and diversity.

Hearst Television Launches ‘Very Local’ App Across Popular Streaming Platforms

Hearst Television today announced the release of its OTT and CTV channel, “Very Local,” available on popular streaming platforms. The app allows viewers to connect with local news and information relevant to their lives, as well as content from other communities around the U.S.

Hearst Television Names Two New EVPs

Longtime industry executives Ashley Gold and Eric Meyrowitz will share in management oversight of company’s portfolio of 33 TV and two radio stations.

Emerson Coleman To Retire As Hearst Television SVP

The veteran programmer who has helped guide numerous television shows and careers caps more than four decades in the industry including 32 years at Hearst Television.

Capitalizing On The Cloud At TV2025

Executives from WarnerMedia, Sinclair, CBS Owned Stations and Hearst will look at the financial implications of full and partial migrations to the cloud in a panel at TVNewsCheck’s virtual TV2025: Monetizing the Future event on Sept. 23. Register here.

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Cloud Won’t Replace Hubbing Anytime Soon

Executives from Tegna, E.W. Scripps, Hearst and Gray told a TVNewsCheck webinar last week that the cloud’s impact on master control operations is still years off, with those who have adopted hubbing still depending on traditional equipment.

Margaret Cronan Named WCVB News Director

The veteran media executive returns to Hearst Television to head all its news operations in Boston.

How Will Hubbing And The Cloud Affect The Future Of TV Station Group Operations?

Executives from Tegna, E.W. Scripps, Hearst Television, Gray Television and Bitcentral will explore the possibilities for hubbing some or all TV station group operations — and how much of a role the private or public cloud may play in those future designs — during an Aug. 5 TVNewsCheck webinar. Speakers are (clockwise from upper left): Dave Burke, SVP and CTO, Gray Television; Kurt Rao, SVP-CTO, Tegna; Ray Thurber, VP engineering, E.W. Scripps; Stefan Hadl, VP engineering, Hearst Television; Sam Peterson, GM, core business unit, Bitcentral. Glen Dickson, TVNewsCheck contributing editor, will moderate. Register here.

Hearst Stations, A&E To Air ‘To Be An American’

The multiplatform “Matter of Fact Listening Tour,” exploring difficult issues surrounding race and equity and hosted by Soledad O’Brien, arrives at its next stop beginning July 2 with the inaugural television airings of To Be an American: Identity, Race and Justice. The one-hour production, featuring a wide array of thought leaders from across the nation, […]

Hearst Television Promotes Paige Harrison To News Vice President

The news director at the company’s flagship station, WCVB Boston, moves into a corporate role. She succeeds Andrew Vrees, who recently was named GM of Hearst’s WMUR Manchester, N.H.

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Focus On Advertising | Broadcasters Turn Inward For Automated Sales Solutions

Executives from NBCUniversal Local (Frank Comerford, above), Tegna, Sinclair and Hearst told a TVNewsCheck webinar they’re bedeviled by persistent gaps in the available buying/selling pipeline, which have bogged down the transaction process and added to their expenses. Those woes are leading some broadcasters to bring more of their automated functions in house.

Andrew Vrees Named WMUR Manchester GM

The assignment to lead Hearst’s ABC affiliate is a homecoming for the Hearst executive who earlier was the station’s news director.

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TVN Tech | COVID-Era Content Management Taps Cloud, AI

Technology executives from WarnerMedia, Sinclair and Hearst said at a recent TVNewsCheck webinar that they’re tackling the content management challenge amplified by the pandemic by using cloud storage and leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve indexing and searching.

Hearst TV Adds Director Of Diversity & Inclusion

In this newly created position, Yasmine Osborn is tasked with further developing D&I programs across its stations in 26 markets.

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TVN Executive Session | For Hearst, Digital Amps Storytelling Reach

Hearst Television’s national digital team “amplifies” stories from across the group to share across its markets. Digital News VP Ernesto Mourelo says it’s an opportunity to give those stories “attention that they deserve, which a lot of national media isn’t very good at.” Note: This story is available to TVNewsCheck Premium members only. If you would like to upgrade your free TVNewsCheck membership to Premium now, you can visit your Member Home Page, available when you log in at the very top right corner of the site or in the Stay Connected Box that appears in the right column of virtually every page on the site. If you don’t see Member Home, you will need to click Log In or Subscribe.

Hearst TV Elevates Kristin Hansen To HR VP

The station group veteran is moving up from human resources director.

Hearst Stations Feature Daily Multi-Generational ‘Exploring Race In America’ Interviews

For Black History Month, “Project CommUNITY: History & Hope” will pair young Black Hearst Television journalists across the country with Black seniors in their communities for insightful conversations.

Emily Phillips Promoted At Hearst Television

She is tapped to oversee the station group’s digital content teams as senior director and managing editor.

Hearst TV Ups Mourelo To Digital News VP

In his new role, Ernesto Mourelo will continue to lead the digital strategy for the station group while also leading Hearst Television’s central news team that publishes national and feature news content, produces original video for company franchises including Stitch and “Dispatches from the Middle,” and manages the company’s digital copy desk.

Hearst Ups John Robertson To Distribution VP

He will now oversee the company’s relationships with OTT distributors and its NextGen TV applications.

Verizon Warns Hearst Signals Could Come Down

Per FCC rules, Verizon has started warning Fios customers they may lose access to Hearst Television stations at month’s end. Verizon said Hearst is demanding “unreasonably large” increases in retransmission consent fees that may force Verizon to raise rates for its customers.

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NTF 2020 | Pivots Never Stopped For TV News In 2020

COVID-19, a historic election and Black Lives Matter protests kept local and national TV newsrooms in a state of perpetual vigilance this year. News executives from ABC News, Tegna and Hearst at TVNewsCheck’s NewsTECHForum on Tuesday said the year’s challenges revealed some remarkable resiliencies in their newsrooms, but also made their journalists a bigger target.

Comcast, Hearst Reach Retrans Deal

Comcast said it has quietly reached a retransmission consent agreement with Hearst TV stations across the country, including continued carriage of about 35 out-of-market stations in 38 markets that were originally expected to be dropped when the current deal expires on Dec. 31. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Matt Helf New Director Of Hearst HTV Design

The station group promotes him from brand resource manager to lead the company’s central graphics resource.

Hearst TV Names New Streaming Video SVP

It promotes Andrew Fitzgerald, the group’s chief digital content officer, to oversee efforts to expand content over emerging platforms.

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Stations ‘In A Groove’ With Remote Workflows

Executives from ABC Owned Stations, Hearst, ABC News, Gray Television, NBCU Owned Stations and Bitcentral say seven months into the pandemic, remote workflows are running smoothly and more permanent changes to their operations are pulling into focus. Read the story and/or watch the full video above.

Tubi Adds Live Streaming Chs. From Fox O&Os, 25+ Partners

The streaming service is also offering live news from NewsNOW from Fox, Fox Soul, Bloomberg TV, NBC News Now, and PeopleTV and will add more premium content including Euronews, USA Today News, and three of the largest local station groups in the country, including Hearst Television, with two others coming soon.