Sally Kidd, Hearst TV National Correspondent, Stepping Down


The Transition To IP Blurs The Lines Between Engineering And IT

Executives from Fox Corp., CBS Television Stations, Hearst and Vizrt told a TVNewsCheck webinar last week the ongoing transition to IP networking and public cloud technology is driving staffers in both engineering and IT to learn new skills.

Hearst Scraps ‘Dr. Oz The Good Life’ Magazine Amid Senate Bid And Slumping Sales


Connected World Speeds Up News Reinvention

Executives and on-air talent from Newsy, Hearst, Fox Owned Stations, Tegna and NBCUniversal Local say the proliferation of digital distribution channels has dramatically accelerated the shape of the news product. The upsides, they say, are many.

Peter Keith Promoted To WAPT Jackson GM

He will be succeeded as general sales manager at the Hearst ABC affiliate in Mississippi by Ayanna Carver.

Michael Neelly Named WDSU New Orleans GM

Hearst moves him from GM of its WAPT Jackson, Miss., to oversee its NBC affiliate in Louisiana.

Hearst Launches ‘Audience Marketplace’ For OTT

Hearst says the feature will provide “deeper audience targeting capabilities” for its “fast-growing” Anyscreen platform.

Hearst Debuts Free Local News Streaming Service

Ad-supported streaming channels are available in the 26 markets where Hearst has local stations.

Tom Messner Announces Retirement as NBC5 Chief Meteorologist

Tom Messner announced today that he plans to retire as NBC5 Chief Meteorologist, putting a capstone on a 31 year career as a broadcast meteorologist serving Vermont and Northern New York. Messner’s last weathercast will be at the end of November. “It is nearly impossible to measure the impact Tom Messner has had on our […]

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 Ups McGavick To Corporate Sales Director

Gerry McGavick will continue to lead the company’s political advertising sales in addition to new group-wide revenue-generating projects and a sales training program.

Talking TV: Do GM Editorials Work For Divisive Times?

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp talks with Branden Frantz, president and GM of Hearst’s WLWT Cincinnati, about the station’s revival of editorials in a period of stark political divisions and tenuous media trust among viewers.

Baylor Long Named News Director At WVTM

Hearst moves him from WTAE Pittsburgh where he was assistant news director to oversee operations at its NBC affiliate in Birmingham, Ala., replacing the retiring Sue Stephens.

WLWT Cincinnati Adding 4 And 7 P.M. Newscasts

Hearst-owned NBC affiliate WLWT Cincinnati will add two new weekday newscasts at 4 and 7 p.m. WLWT News 5 at 7 p.m. will debut on Monday, July 26, during the Summer Olympics. WLWT News 5 at 4 p.m. will debut after the Olympics conclude on Monday Aug. 9. Sheree Paolello, Ashley Kirklen and meteorologist Allison […]

Comcast To Drop 8 Stations In 12 Markets

Comcast has announced that it will remove eight local TV channels that it said in December it would keep after saying in November it would drop them.

Verizon, Hearst Avoid Retrans Blackout

Verizon and Hearst Television reached a distribution agreement to stave off a New Year’s Day blackout of the broadcasting group’s nine channels on Fios TV in five markets. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The telco had alleged Hearst TV was demanding price hikes of more than 45% to carry the local channels. The companies’ previous carriage pact expired Dec. 31.

TVN’s NewsTECHForum: The Story In Videos

Here are the complete videos and story links for TVNewsCheck’s NewsTECHForum, featuring a keynote interview with veteran news producer David Bohrman and news and technology leaders from ABC News, Hearst, Tegna, NBCU Owned Television Stations, CBS Owned Stations, ABC Owned Stations, Gray Television, Graham Media, Sinclair, E.W. Scripps, Meredith, BBC, AJ+ and more.

Hill Dems Weigh In On Comcast Plan To Drop Hearst Stations

Four Massachusetts legislators have called on Comcast CEO Brian Roberts and Hearst President Jordan Wertlieb to negotiate in good faith and resolve their carriage dispute so that ABC affiliate WCVB Boston stays on Comcast’s system serving Bristol County, Mass., residents.

Hearst To Cut 59 Staffers At Oprah Magazine


TVN’s Newsroom Innovators | As Elections Near, TV’s Fact-Checking Surges

Broadcasters, including CBS, E.W. Scripps, Hearst, Tegna and Graham Media, are bolstering their fact-checking operations as the 2020 election looms closer, partnering with outside groups like Politifact, and First Draft to ensure their own trustworthiness with local viewers.

Jeana Stanley, Hearst Finance VP, Dies At 54

Stanley served as vice president of finance for Hearst Television for almost eight years, working closely with Hearst Television’s corporate leadership and station management to provide operational and accounting expertise. She also led strategic initiatives relating to accounting, finance and back-office operational matters.

Digital Publisher Owned By Hearst And Verizon Accused Of Racism, Misogyny

Storytelling Experiments During Pandemic

COVID-19 has triggered an explosion of innovation among local station groups. Stations are also experimenting with content and creating new programs that could point the way to a more flexible and less formulaic approach to storytelling down the road, even when the worst of the crisis has passed. One impressive example: Field Notes, a new magazine show on Facebook Watch and other digital platforms produced by Hearst Television and based on the virus-related reporting of its local stations in all 26 of its markets.

Hearst Reaches Deal With DirecTV, AT&T

At AT&T spokesman said a new retransmission consent agreement was reached Sunday, and stations are returning to DirecTV and AT&T in time for the NFL Playoffs and Golden Globes, among other programming.

Bennack Reflects On Media’s Past, Future

From the future of newspapers to fake news, a man who has led and guided media for decades weighed in Thursday morning at the National Press Club. With a lifetime dedicated to journalism and the business of journalism and the media, former Hearst Corp. CEO Frank Bennack makes the case for the high road, from the front office to the front page.

Former Hearst CEO Frank Bennack Writing Memoir

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Hearst CEO Frank Bennack is working on a memoir. Simon & Schuster announced Tuesday that Bennack’s “Leave Something on the Table: And Other Surprising Lessons for Success in Business and in Life” will come out in October. According to the publisher, Bennack will share “insider anecdotes” and “hard-won lessons” as […]

Final Bids For Cox TVs Could Approach $3B

Tegna, Hearst and EW Scripps are all planning on submitting final offers for Cox Media Group’s 14 TV stations at the end of January, according to people familiar with the matter. Final bids are due by Jan. 30, said the people, who asked not to be named because the process is private. A deal could fetch more than $2 billion, and possibly close to $3 billion, the people said.

Antitrust Suits Against TV Groups Consolidated

A judicial panel has consolidated at least 18 antitrust suits against five TV station groups for allegedly colluding on spot pricing in the federal district court in Chicago. The defendants, which include Tribune, Sinclair and in some cases Gray, Hearst, Nexstar and Tegna, had pushed for the consolidation. The proliferatng suits are an outgrowth of a Justice Department review of the merger of Sinclair and Tribune, which was scuttled after the FCC found evidence of misrepresentation by Sinclair. (Free registration required.)

Hearst Launches Show For Facebook Watch

Dispatches from the Middle highlights surprising and under-reported stories from Hearst stations across the United States. It will appear in the newly launched dedicated section within Facebook Watch for news along with shows from other news organizations.

Rimes Partners With Hearst Mags On Website

Uber-producer Shonda Rimes of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” fame has joined with Hearst on a new lifestyle website,, to expand her brand in the digital space. The site’s content will also have syndication opportunities in Hearst titles like Cosmopolitan and ELLE and will create custom programs for advertisers. 


Facebook Talks: Progress, But More Needed

Facebook is making a number of moves to help local news publishers do their work better and generate revenue to pay for it. Robertson Barrett, president of Hearst Newspapers Digital Media, details what he sees as the current promise of Facebook’s nascent effort to promote subscriptions for local news publishers and assesses the state of other major, yet-to-be-resolved issues for the publishers as they weigh their future on and with the giant social platform:

Hearst Leads Funding Round For SVOD Iflix

Hearst is out in front of a recent $133 million funding round for SVOD service iflix that is fending off the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime Video in emerging markets. Along with Hearst, Singapore-based EDBI and clients of DBS private bank are new investors in iflix, and are joined by existing investors Evolution Media, Sky PLC, Catcha Group, Liberty Global, Jungle Ventures and PLDT Inc.

Hearst Buys 11 Papers From Digital First

Hearst has snapped up the 205-year-old New Haven (Conn.) Register, two smaller in-state dailies, eight weeklies and Connecticut magazine from Digital First Media, the companies said Monday.

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Hearst CEO To Broadcasters: Diversify

Hearst CEO Steven Swartz says legacy media companies would be smart to invest in adjacent businesses “that have a little more wind at their back” than traditional media. In his conversation with ABC News’ Rebecca Jarvis, he pointed to Hearst’s own growing business information ventures, along with investments in new media players like AwesomenessTV and Vice, as examples driving profitability.

Hearst Brings Oprah To Amazon’s Alexa

Hearst is rolling out a new audio content offering for Amazon’s voice-enabled assistant Alexa featuring inspirational quotes from Oprah Winfrey.

Where Digital Dollars Are Going

A look at the investments and acquisitions by 15 different media companies and social networks broken down by infographics, including Discovery Communications, Disney, Hearst and Tronc.

Hearst To Air Branded Content On A&E Networks


Hearst To Court: Dismiss Wendy Bell Suit

Former WTAE Pittsburgh anchor Wendy Bell’s federal court claim that she wouldn’t have been fired for posting opinions about the background and race of the Wilkinsburg massacre suspects if she were black should be thrown out because it’s speculation, the TV station’s parent company says.


Hearst Television Gets Serious About OTT

This week, the station group and Verizon Digital Media Services announced completion of a technology deployment that’s making it simple to put local news and commercial content from the group’s 26 news-producing stations in the hands of viewers on their digital devices.


Heast Invests $21M In Complex Media