TVN FOCUS ON BUSINESS

TVN Focus On Business | TV Recruiting Faces Pandemic Challenges

TV stations are still hiring during the pandemic, but HR executives say they’ve had to get creative in their largely virtual environments, turning to social media and marketing tools to fill key positions, particularly account executives, producers and executive producers.

DMA 202: VICTORIA, TX

Aguilar New Morgan Murphy GM In Victoria

He joins from Tegna’s Abilene, Texas, duopoly to lead Morgan Murphy Media’s KAVU (ABC), KVCT (Fox), KXTS (CBS), KMOL (NBC), KVTX (Telemundo) and KUNU (Univision) in Victoria, Texas.

Leadership Changes At Morgan Murphy Media

The family-owned station group appoints a new GM, VP of news, news director and talent/team development director.

TVN’S MEDIA JOBS

News, Weather Openings In Calif., DC, Texas, Va.

New jobs posted to TVNewsCheck’s MediaJob Center include openings for an investigative producer, a news director, a chief meteorologist and a technical media producer.

RETRANS

WISC Madison Blacked Out On U-verse

WISC, the CBS affiliate in Madison, Wisc., has been blacked out to U-verse subscribers because of a retransmission consent dispute between station owner Morgan Murphy Media and AT&T, which owns U-verse.

TVN’S MEDIA JOBS

GM & News Dir. Openings At Morgan Murphy

Morgan Murphy Media, a privately-held broadcast group, has rare openings for a general manager and news director at its Madison and La Crosse, Wis., TV stations. Morgan Murphy is committed to quality journalism, and has won five national Edward R. Murrow Awards from the RTDNA in the past four years, including the top prize for overall excellence in 2016.

TV Broadcasters, Syncbak Create OTT Innovation Alliance

Broadcast groups Morgan Murphy Media, Gray Television, Heritage Broadcasting and independent WFMZ Allentown, Pa., have formed the OTT Innovation Alliance, which plans to “create innovative ways to reach in- and out-of-market viewers using the power of OTT.” In partnership with Syncbak, a provider of live local OTT, the OTT Innovation Alliance plans to focus on […]

Morgan Murphy Media Selects TownNews To Grow Digital

Morgan Murphy Media, owner and operator of TV stations in several Texas, Wisconsin, Washington and Missouri markets, has chosen TownNews to power its future digital growth initiatives. The company will move six of its properties — Channel3000 (Madison, Wis.), News8000 (La Crosse, Wis.), KXLY 4 News Now (Spokane, Wash.), YakTriNews (Yakima, Wash.), CrossRoadsToday (Victoria, Texas) and KOAM-TV (Joplin, Mo.) — to TownNews’ Rayos Platform, a WordPress-based […]

DMA 77: SPOKANE, WA

KXLY Creates Weekly Drone Feature

When KXLY Spokane got its drone, the staff was expecting to be able to use it to cover all kinds of news stories. What the newsroom didn’t anticipate was how limited the area to fly in was going to be: there are pretty tight FAA regulations around Spokane because of two airports and a military base in the area. Like any good innovator, station executives didn’t let this setback stop them though. They used it as an opportunity to create a new franchise for the station. They weren’t really able to fly in the city, but the area all around — the beautiful scenery of the Inland Northwest — was fair game.

29. MORGAN MURPHY MEDIA, Madison, WI

2016 Spot Revenue: $58.7 million Stations: 7 in 7 markets Coverage: 1.13% Ownership: Family-owned Key Executives: Elizabeth Murphy Burns, president-CEO; Brian R. Burns, VP-COO; Neal J. Oberg, VP of new media.  What’s Up: Morgan Murphy Media earned $48.9 million in the FCC’s incentive auction by selling the spectrum of its UHF WISC Madison, Wis., and agreeing […]

Morgan Murphy’s Saga Purchase Set At $70M

It’s adding KOAM Joplin, Mo.; and in Victoria, Texas, KAVU, KMOL, KXTS, KUNU and KVTX. In addition, under operating agreements, it will run KFJX Pittsburg, Kan., and KVCT Victoria.

DMAS 151 & 203

Morgan Murphy Buying 6 Saga Stations

It’s adding KOAM Joplin, Mo.; and in Victoria, Texas, KAVU, KMOL, KXTS, KUNU and KVTX. In addition, under operating agreements, it will run KFJX Pittsburg, Kan., and KVCT Victoria.

2 Washington Stations Back On Dish, For Now

With much of Washington state in the midst of a fire emergency, two Morgan Murphy Media-owned stations in parts of the state in the center of the fires approached Dish Network yesterday morning to ask if Dish would put the stations in those two markets back up temporarily while the companies continue their ongoing retransmission consent negotiations. Dish agreed and KXLY Spokane and KVEW Yakima are now back on the Dish system for the time being.

RETRANS

Morgan Murphy Blasts Dish At FCC

The broadcaster says the satellite service is using the same tactics in retransmission consent negotiations with it that Dish complained to the FCC about earlier during talks with Sinclair.

DMAS 73, 83, 122 & 128

Morgan Murphy Sets Retrans Deals With TWC

“With these agreements and cable partnerships our stations will continue to serve our viewers with the best news and entertainment programming in our markets,” said the group’s CEO Elizabeth Murphy Burns.

Chris Cornelius Joins Morgan Murphy Media

The veteran TV executive is tapped to be director of business development. Most recently he was president-COO of Barrington Broadcasting Group.

IB Renews, Expands Client Agreements

Existing Internet Broadcasting clients extend full-service agreements and expand mobile, social, video and development platform services

TECH SPOTLIGHT

Syncbak Moving Forward With OTT Platform

CEO Jack Perry says in addition to developing the platform that stations will be able to use to deliver their programming via broadband to interconnected TV sets, tablets and smart phones in their markets, his company is also lining up national programming to supplement whatever programming the participating stations choose to put on the platform. Preliminary testing on stations is slotted for next month, with the goal of a commercial rollout by January’s CES.