TVN Tech | For Election 2020, It’s IP In A Landslide

Stations and broadcast networks alike are heavily turning to IP contribution to cover the presidential primaries this year as past contention problems have largely dissipated and cellular networks greatly improved. For some, however, dedicated fiber and satellite trucks will still play a key role.

Hearst Stations Go Dark On DirecTV

Hearst Television, after granting four temporary extensions to DirecTV and streaming service AT&T TV Now to try to hammer out a deal, pulled its 34 broadcast stations from the satellite giant’s customers Friday evening, after the parties failed to reach a retransmission consent agreement.


TVN Tech | 2020 Vision: IP, Cloud, 3.0, 5G Come Into Focus

Next year should see broadcasters making advances in the continuing move to IP, greater use of cloud platforms and significant progress for two new wireless technologies: ATSC 3.0 and the various 5G services being rolled out by wireless carriers. Above, a Sony camcorder and prototype 5G transmitter were used to test camera backhauls over Verizon’s 5G network during a recent NBC NFL broadcast.

Hearst Hires Jeff Rossen, Adds ‘Rossen Reports’

The consumer series will be distributed across all Hearst Television stations and platforms.

Hearst Television Appoints Political Ad Director

Industry veteran Gerry McGavick adds the new role to his existing duties overseeing ad sales at the group’s WMUR Manchester, N.H.

Hearst Stations To Explore Issues In Every State

In advance of the 2020 elections, the station group also announces a partnership with to support identifying the facts in campaign ads, statements and speeches.

Hearst TV Commits To Impressions Selling

“We have always focused on providing large, quality audiences to our advertisers,” said Jordan Wertlieb, Hearst Television’s president. “Today’s video marketplace requires contemporary measurement metrics.”


TVN Focus On Advertising | TVB Driving Impressions-Based Ad Buying

“In our current multiplatform world, everything is now being sold on an impression basis except linear TV,” says TVB President Steve Lanzano. “We want local TV stations and the ad agencies to be able to sell and buy that way, too. We have been working with the buying agencies for some time behind the scenes and now we are going public.”

Hearst Television Advances Three Executives

Katherine Barnett, Suzanne Grethen and Nicholas Radziul are promoted to senior vice president.

Hadl To Succeed Faubell As Hearst Engineering VP

Stefan Hadl is tapped to succeed Martin Faubell who will retire next year. Hadl will oversee the Hearst stations’ engineering operations and staffs.


Hearst Aims For News Transparency, Relatability

Hearst Television’s SVP of news says local newscasts don’t need a radical reinvention to stay relevant to younger audiences, but they must adhere to trust and transparency in a more relatable voice.


WAPT Jackson Expands Saturday Late News

Hearst-owned ABC affiliate WAPT Jackson, Miss. (DMA 92), is expanding its Saturday 10 p.m. newscast. Starting Jan. 19, 16 WAPT News at 10 p.m. will air until 11:05, providing a full hour of local news, weather and sports. WAPT says it will be the only station in the Central Mississippi television market to produce a […]

Hearst, Nielsen Renew Ratings Agreement

The deal provides Hearst television stations with local electronic ratings across its 26 local markets; national TV ratings for its syndicated program, Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien, and for Litton Entertainment educational programming, as well as PPM-based audio ratings for WIYY-FM and WBAL-AM Baltimore.

Communities To Be Focus Of Hearst TV Initiative

The year-long Project CommUNITY in the group’s 26 markets will spotlight people and efforts across America working to unite communities in order to foster discussions and to explore innovations that help bridge divides.


Lori Waldon Promoted To KOAT President-GM

Hearst chooses its regional news director to fill the top management role at its ABC affiliate in Albuquerque, N.M., succeeding Mary Lynn Roper.

Broadcasters Experiment On Facebook Watch

Hearst, Tegna and the ABC Stations are producing shows for Facebook’s new national platform that is looking for original news programs.


Hearst Names National Investigative Unit EP

Study: Local TV Still Most Trusted News Source

A national study by Smith-Geiger for Hearst Television finds that four out of five younger video consumers rely on local news from a TV station — across broadcast and digital platforms — each week.


Hank Price To Retire As WVTM President-GM

The head of Hearst Television’s NBC affiliate in Birmingham, Ala., caps a nearly five-decade broadcasting career, including 18 years with Hearst.

Bon-Ton Stores Files TV Ad Price-Fixing Suit

The defunct retailer has filed a class-action lawsuit alleging that Sinclair Broadcast Group, Tribune Media and other big owners of local TV stations conspired to jack up the prices of local commercials, violating federal antirust laws.

Hearst Television Launches Hearst Anyscreen

The private marketplace provides advertisers access to connected TV platforms, premium ad inventory and analytics.


Hearst Closes On WPXT Portland Purchase

The acquisition of the CW affiliate gives the station group a duopoly in Maine’s largest market with its ABC affiliate WMTW.

GatesAir Ships 100th Repack Transmitter To Hearst

GatesAir reached what it called a milestone in its transmitter sales and deliveries for the U.S. spectrum repack with the shipment of its 100th repack transmitter. Hearst Television, one of many U.S. broadcasters exclusively relying on GatesAir for repack sales and services, will take delivery of the high-power Maxiva ULXTE liquid-cooled transmitter for WMOR Tampa, Fla. GatesAir announced an agreement in […]

Hearst TV Licenses Nielsen’s Rhiza Platform

The station group will use Rhiza’s web-based, buyer-level data to accelerate local ad sales.

Hearst TV News VP Candy Altman To Retire

The veteran TV Journalism’s is stepping down after 35 Years at Hearst Television. Altman became Hearst Television’s VP of news in 2001, working with the news departments of the company’s stations around the country and coordinating their political coverage.



Hearst Completes Purchase Of WCWG

The sale, announced in October 2017, gives Hearst a duopoly in the market. It also owns NBC affiliate WXII and has been operating WCWG under a shared services agreement.

Hearst’s NBC Affils Roll Out New Graphics

Hearst TV Ups Political Coverage Commitment

For the 2018 elections, the station group increases its coverage with more than 50 multiplatform special events, more resources for investigative reporting and fact checking among other steps.


Hearst Heads To NATPE As Seller And Buyer

Emerson Coleman, Hearst’s SVP of programming, is going to Miami with a surging Matter of Fact to offer. When he puts on his buyer hat, he will be looking for a few shows, including replacements for the slots now occupied by Harry, whose return seems doubtful. In this wide-ranging interview, he also talks about the stagnant first-run syndication business, station groups’ producing their own programming, Hearst’s kids programming subsidiary Litton, multicasting and his continued enthusiasm for NATPE.

Jillian O’Brien New ‘Matter of Fact EP

Also, Tolleah Price joins the Hearst weekly syndicated political magazine as its first supervising producer.

Emerson Coleman Upped At Hearst Television

The broadcast group promotes him to SVP of programming. “Emerson has been instrumental in the growth and stewardship of Hearst Television’s best-in-class programming assets,” said Hearst Television President Jordan Wertlieb

Hearst Chooses GatesAir Gear For Repack

A new deal includes site audits, turnkey solutions and installation services for broadband transmitters at  to 13 stations affected by the TV spectrum repack.


MAM Evolving To Meet Newsroom Needs

Media asset management systems are becoming more extensible, better integrated with newsroom technologies, and increasingly cloud-based, making it less important where the asset resides. Above: Earlier this year, Bitcentral announced that WFXG Augusta, Ga. was able to grow its news operations with the help of Bitcentral Oasis asset management and archive system, along with Precis for playout, a Ross OverDrive production control system and Grass Valley Edius nonlinear editing software.

Emily Phillips New Hearst TV Managing Editor

The former deputy editor, mobile at Bloomberg will lead the TV station group’s digital teams to produce and distribute content on multiple digital platforms.

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Hearst Buying WCWG Greensboro For $3.3M

It’s exercising an option to purchase Lockwood Broadcast Group’s CW affiliate that Hearst operates under a shared services agreement.

Hearst Ups Meyrowitz To SVP Of Sales

He will oversee sales operations of the company’s television and radio stations and various web platforms.

Syndicated ‘Matter of Fact’ Renewed For Fall

Hearst Television’s weekly political magazine hosted by Soledad O’Brien will kick off again later this month with 85% U.S. coverage via 126 stations.

Hearst And Cox Reach Retrans Agreement

Service is restored in five markets Wednesday after the stations went dark on the cable systems late Tuesday night.

No Retrans Deal For Hearst, Cox

The two fail to reach a new retransmission consent agreement following a five-day extension of negotiations to Sept. 5.

Wendy Bell Suit Against WTAE Pittsburgh Stalls