Thirty-Seven Hearst Stations Blacked Out On Dish Network

Hearst is demanding “tens of millions of dollars” in broadcast retransmission rate increases, Dish claims.


For TV Stations, IP Transition Moves At Tiptoe Pace

Technology executives from Fox Corp., Hearst Television, CBC, Sony and Florical told a TVNewsCheck webinar last week that the lack of a “trigger point” and a shortage of personnel experts in managing IT infrastructures are among the factors slowing down the pace of the industry’s IP transition.

Hearst Investigative Leader Mark Albert Leaves

The Peabody-winner who helped develop the group’s National Investigative Unit, says it’s “an exciting time in journalism, with lots of innovation,” and after some time off, he will look for a new challenge.

CW And Hearst Expand, Extend Affiliation Partnership

The multi-year agreement extends six Hearst TV station affiliations. In addition, the network adds a new affiliate with launch of CW programming on Hearst’s KQCA Sacramento, Calif.

Hearst Television Ups Kenneth Murphy To VP, Information Technology

Kenneth Murphy, a Hearst technology executive for more than two decades who most recently has served as Hearst’s executive director, network architecture and engineering, has been named vice president of information […]

Hearst Television Ups Michael Callahan To VP Production At Very Local

The veteran producer has spearheaded production for the rapidly growing streaming division of Hearst Television.

Hearst Television To Launch Season 3 Of ‘Finding Adventure’ Streaming Exclusively On The Very Local App

A dad in Savannah gets e-foiling lessons. A double amputee in Albuquerque embraces kayaking and mountain biking. And in Cincinnati, a military retiree and single mother is brought along for […]

Hearst Promotes Kyle I. Grimes To New England VP

The current GM of the group’s WCVB Boston adds oversight of all Hearst stations in the region.

Hearst Paid $220.54 Million For WBBH

The purchase from Waterman Broadcasting, announced April 5, of the NBC affiliate in Fort Myers, Fla. (DMA 55) from Waterman Broadcasting was surprising to many. The previoius highest price paid for a single station not sold as part of a group transaction was $145 million, plus working capital, in a 2015 deal.


Automated Local TV Ad Sales Finally On Near Horizon

New platforms from Matrix, Operative and WideOrbit aim to make local broadcast competitive with digital. Note: This story, originally published for TVNewsCheck Premium members only, is now available to everyone thanks to a sponsorship by Revenue Analytics.

Will Dillard Named WYFF Greenville News Director

Hearst moves him from its WJCL Savannah, Ga., to succeed Akili Franklin in leading journalism operations at the South Carolina NBC affiliate.

Hearst Television Launches Season 2 Of ‘Finding Adventure’ Series Streaming Exclusively On The Very Local App

What would you do if someone were to invite you to surf, deep-sea dive, white-water raft or engage in similar high-stakes outdoor endeavors … for the first time? Outdoor enthusiasts […]


How Are Programming Leaders Rethinking Genres For A Multiplatform World?

Content producers and executives from Entertainment Tonight, Fox First Run, Hearst Television and NBCUniversal Local will discuss how they’re bringing fresh approaches to talk, game, travel and magazine shows, both nationally and locally, at TVNewsCheck’s Programming Everywhere conference at the NAB Show in Las Vegas on April 16. Register here.


TV Groups Turn To Solutions Journalism, And Viewers Lean In

Solutions journalism, which presents news consumers with constructive responses to problems, has been gaining traction among station groups including Graham, Gray, Nexstar, Hearst, ABC and CBS. Viewers once put off by relentlessly negative reporting are tuning back in for it.

Hearst Television Promotes Akili Franklin To Corporate Recruiting Position

The company promotes from within to fill the newly created position to identify news professionals for positions across the company’s news division. She will also oversee the Fred Young Hearst Television Producing Fellowship program.

Hearst Television Elevates Laura Ling To Programming VP Of Its Very Local Unit

In this new role, she oversees the strategy and team responsible for new, locally focused original programming for Very Local, which Hearst Television launched in 2021 to provide original non-scripted programming across genres with a focus on production in Hearst Television’s more than two dozen local media markets.

Hearst Renews Weekly ‘Matter Of Fact With Soledad O’Brien’ For Two More Seasons

Hearst Television has picked up weekly political series Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien, which is produced by its sister company Hearst Media Production Group, for two more seasons. Hearst also has reupped Sony Pictures Television to distribute the show for two more seasons.

Hearst Television Elevates Michael Rosellini To SVP, Digital Services

He will supervise a team developing products and overseeing engineering, data, and operational responsibilities for the company’s station-branded local news sites and mobile apps, as well as its Very Local streaming apps and related FAST channels.

Joe Addalia Promoted To VP, Broadcast Technology, At Hearst Television

Joe Addalia, director of technology projects for Hearst Television, has been promoted to vice president, broadcast technology. In his new role, he will have expanded responsibilities focused on the discovery, sourcing, […]

Hearst Ups Michael Saffell To Regional Director Of Engineering

The company promotes him from engineering director of its WMUR Manchester, N.H. He will share direct engineering oversight across the station group with fellow regional director of engineering Greg Turner.


New Jobs Posted To TVNewsCheck

New jobs posted to TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center include openings for a director general of the largest broadcasting organization in Canada, United States and Mexico, a corporate opening for a director of news management recruitment and station openings in engineering, IT, meteorology, digital and news.

Stefan Hadl Promoted To Hearst TV SVP, Broadcast Engineering & Technology

Stefan Hadl, Hearst Television’s vice president of engineering since June 2019, has been promoted to senior vice president, broadcast engineering & technology. The announcement was made Tuesday by Jordan Wertlieb, […]

Allen Media Group’s Local Now Launches 27 Hearst Very Local News Channels

Allen Media Group and Hearst Television said they reached an agreement under which Allen’s Local Now free streaming service will carry 27 of Hearst’s Very Local news channels. The ad-supported streaming channels, serving 26 U.S. media markets in 39 states, provide news and local content produced by Hearst’s TV stations.

Hearst TV SVP Of Tech Al Lustgarten To Retire After Over Four Decades

Hearst Television’s senior vice president of technology and information services,Alvin R. Lustgarten will retire next summer. Lustgarten has served in his current role since 2020. He’s worked more than three decades with Hearst Television — and more than four decades in various roles within Hearst Corp.

Al Lustgarten To Retire As Hearst TV SVP Next Year

The longtime executive, a key player in the local broadcast TV industry’s efforts to modernize business systems, will cap a four-decade career when he steps down in summer 2023.

Hearst Television Names Preman Narayanan VP Of Ad Operations/Information Services

Preman Narayanan, a veteran of some of the leading companies in targeted television advertising, is joining Hearst Television as vice president of ad operations and information services, a new position […]

Soledad O’Brien Show Makes Impression In Off-Hours Time Slot

Hearst Television’s syndicated Matter of Fact is available in 181 markets covering 95% of the U.S. Like many news organizations, Matter of Fact and the 33-owned Hearst stations underwent some soul-searching following the George Floyd murder two years ago. They wanted to elevate the concerns of communities that often lacked media attention. Executive Producer Rita Aleman says: “The mission of the show was always to share voices as diverse as America, slices of life that people should see in order to understand how issues play out across the country.”

KOAT Weekend Anchor Kalyn Norwood Named White House Correspondent For Hearst


Broadcasters Tap Cloud For Content Management

Tech executives from Warner Bros. Discovery, Sinclair, Hearst, Vizrt and Vice Media Group told a TVNewsCheck webinar last week the public cloud’s appeal is growing for content sharing and archiving workflows but cautioned the entire metadata process needs more care and attention to maximize cloud storage’s advantages.

NAB Leadership Foundation Launches Fellowship Honoring Programming Executive Emerson Coleman

The new fellowship in partnership with Hearst Television will help students beginning career in TV programming or production.

Hearst’s Very Local Streaming Channel Launches On Plex

Very Local, a free streaming service launched in 2021 by Hearst Television and featuring local news, weather and originals, has been added to the content offerings on Plex, the global streaming […]


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.


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.


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, […]

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.”


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.