TVN FOCUS ON DIGITAL

TVN Focus On Digital | Behind NBCU’s Digital Overhaul

Last month, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations unveiled a complete revamp of its digital platforms with a home-grown new CMS and a fresh UX for all screens. As its architects explain, the results dramatically streamline workflow for newsrooms and give consumers and advertisers a richer experience.

Comcast NBCU To Present $2.475M In Grants In 2020

The Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation and NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, a division of NBCUniversal, announced the return of their “Project Innovation” competitive grant challenge for a third consecutive year when applications open on Jan. 10, 2020. Through Project Innovation, the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation and NBC/Telemundo owned stations in 11 select markets will award a total of […]

NBC/Telemundo Stations Overhaul CMS, Sites

The stations launch a new, immersive design across desktop and mobile web in 30 markets. The new CMS offers greater flexibility for newsrooms to share content across multiple platforms/channels while the redesign highlights breaking news, weather, investigative reporting and video to English and Spanish-speaking users in a new way.

TVN FOCUS ON ADVERTISING

Growing Fees Slow Spot Automation Growth

Per-transaction fees and resistance by walled gardens are hampering the development of tools to streamline the complicated world of buying and selling spot TV advertising.

Is LX The Rx For Reaching Younger News Viewers?

It’s an ongoing quest whose outcome may determine the future of video journalism: the hunt for those elusive younger viewers. The latest venture comes from NBC’s owned stations. LX launched on Monday with a modest amount of content but ambitious plans to grow into a new linear channel for young people. It’s a dramatic example of how local TV stations are using digital platforms for experiments that might not sit well with traditional broadcast viewers but could point the way to the next generation of news reporting.

TVN’S NEW FACILITIES INSIDER

TVN Tech | What Starts In Vegas, Doesn’t Stay There

The NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations group’s new facility at its KBLR features a virtualized architecture that has its news/production infrastructure hosted remotely in a data technology center the station group has built in Dallas.

NBC Stations Set LX News For Gen Z, Millennials

Its new digital news brand and soon-to-launch over-the-air and streaming network is targeted to adults 18-45. LX stands for ‘Local X’ the ‘X’ signifying the “exponential abilities that LX has in telling our communities unique stories,” according to the company. LX offers opportunities for local and national advertising through its dedicated digital site and social channels, and through its over-the-air linear TV and streaming network.

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Doggone: More Than 135,000 Pets Get To Leave Shelters

Jeffrey Stone Named CFO Of NBCU Stations

The NBCU and Comcast exec is tapped to succeed Christine Dorfler after her move to NBC Sports Group.

Comcast NBCU Hands Out Over $2M In Project Innovation Grants

The Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation and NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, a division of NBCUniversal, announced that $2.475 million in Project Innovation grants will be presented to 68 nonprofit organizations located in 11 markets. The Project Innovation program supports nonprofit organizations that are using innovation to advance communities in the areas of storytelling, community engagement, culture of inclusion and […]

NBC, Telemundo Stations Add Consumer Units

NBC Responds/Telemundo Responde recover more than $30 million as two more units launch at Telemundo stations in Orlando and El Paso, Texas.

3.0 To Be Deployed In 40 Markets By Year-End

A broad coalition of television station groups as well as public broadcasters announced at the NAB Show on Monday that ATSC 3.0 will be rolled out in 40 U.S. markets by the end of 2019.

DMA 29: SAN DIEGO

Todd Mokhtari Named GM Of KNSD-KUAN

NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations moves the VP of news at its KNBC Los Angeles to oversee its NBC-Telemundo duopoly in San Diego.

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NBCU Stations’ Weather Forecast: Top Notch

Director of Weather Operations Nate Johnson leads the NBC and Telemundo stations’ weather efforts, which have been rated “most accurate.” The achievement is primarily that of the individual meteorologists, but it also reflects the group’s commitment to providing those weather pros with the best in forecasting tools and other support. Johnson talks about the group’s focus on combining accuracy with smart, relevant storytelling.

NBCU Closes On Serestar Stations

The $21 million deal announced in December includes full-power, Class A and low-power television stations serving the Sacramento and Salt Lake City markets.

NBC, Telemundo Stations Team With Waze

The stations will deliver real-time traffic and road updates to audiences in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

EXECUTIVE SESSION WITH LORA DENNIS

NBC Stations Eye Growth In Instagram, Voice

The NBC O&Os are making audience inroads on platforms where many other station groups have feared to tread. Digital chief Lora Dennis says early moves on Instagram’s IGTV and voice platforms like Amazon and Google have been promising, and bilingual digital collaborations with its Telemundo stations are also proliferating.

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NBC/Telemundo Program Grows Station Marketers

Most people who work in local TV marketing come to the position by happenstance. A new program at the NBC/Telemundo owned stations fast tracks candidates with the right stuff to step right into a position at their stations. “We really should be growing our own,” said Dianne Hannes, creative services director at WMAQ, NBC’s Chicago O&O.

NBC, Telemundo Stations Add Nielsen Tools

Also adding the Rhiza and Voter Ratings to their suite of services for local TV measurement are nine NBC Sports regional networks.

Comscore Expands NBC-Telemundo Stations Deal

The new agreement brings Comscore’s linear TV and local mobile and desktop insights, as well as its political, automotive and consumer targeting segments to all NBC and Telemundo owned stations.

TVN TECH

TV Nets, Stations To Ride IP Wave Into 2019

IP-enabled production and playout models promise cost savings and increased flexibility. And once content flows through a data center, artificial intelligence and machine learning can be used to generate metadata and direct the future distribution, repurposing and archiving of that content.

NEWSTECHFORUM

NBC Stations’ Staab Underscores Localism, Tech

Valari Staab is leading her NBC and Telemundo stations into the future with heavy emphasis on finding the best in new technology and synergies that allow her local journalists to develop more locally produced, original content for the stations on a multitude of platforms. (Photo: Wendy Moger-Bross)

NEWSTECHFORUM

NBC Stations Expanding IP News In 2019

NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations group, after rolling out a new plant in Philadelphia without an SDI router that uses as much IP as possible, will be creating a virtualized architecture for KLBR, its Telemundo station in Las Vegas, in which most of the back-end equipment used to run the station, including news production, will be located at a data center in Dallas. And then there’s the new facility NBCU is building in Boston, which will include six control rooms and six studios and accommodate four separate NBCU businesses. A big driver is increased support for the 2110 IP standard from the broadcast vendor community. (Photo: Wendy Moger-Bross)

NBC, Telemundo Stations Win Tech Emmy

Used exclusively by NBC/Telemundo station meteorologists, the StormRanger radar trucks are honored for revolutionizing the timeliness and accuracy of local weather forecasting and reporting.

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NBC/Telemundo Stations Give Millions To Nonprofits

NBCU Awards Over $2.4M In Innovation Grants

The NBCUniversal Foundation and NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations today announced a total of $2.475 million in Project Innovation grants for 62 nonprofits located all across the country. Launched earlier this year, Project Innovation is presented by The NBCUniversal Foundation and NBC and Telemundo owned stations located in 11 markets. For 2018, NBC and Telemundo owned […]

NBCU Completes ZGS Stations Buy

NBCU’s Telemundo Station Group adds nine stations in six markets in the $75 million deal announced in December. The group now boasts stations in 24 markets in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

NBC O&Os Sending 31 Journos To Olympics

Olympics veterans Bruce Beck, Brian Curtis, Katie Kim, JC Monahan, Kevin Nathan, Eun Yang and news anchors/reporters from 10 markets travel to South Korea to cover the XXIII Winter Olympics and deliver unique content across all station platforms including television, digital and social.

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Thousands Of Animals To Escape Shelters Saturday

DMA 30: HARTFORD-NEW HAVEN, CT

Mandy Anderson New WVIT Sales VP

NBC moves her from local sales manager at KNTV San Francisco to head sales at its Connecticut affiliate.

NBC/Telemundo Stations Get Digital Mgmt. VP

As vice president of digital product management and design, Azza Elsheikh will lead the station division’s product and designs teams.

NAB 2017

What Top TV Techs Are Looking For At NAB

The 2017 NAB Show exhibition opens Monday, April 24, and there will be much to see for broadcast engineers and technologists who find themselves grappling with the repack of the TV spectrum and a nearly completed new broadcast standard. Five top techs — one each from Gray Television, NBCU O&Os, Nexstar Media Group, Sinclair Broadcast Group and Tegna Media — talk technology and what they will be looking for at this year’s NAB Show. For a recap of TVNewsCheck’s multi-part roundup of NAB Tech Hot Topics, click here.

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NBCU O&Os Muster Live Radar For Weather App

NBC, Telemundo TVs Add Live Radar To App

The interactive in-app radar, developed with The Weather Co., offers users access to weather information by seamlessly connecting public, fixed and mobile radar information in one place.

 

NBC Names Regional Sports Sales Exec

Walter Cade is tasked with managing revenue across the NBC regional sports networks as well as working with the NBC and Telemundo stations on multi-market and individual cross-platform sales.

 

TVN TECH SPECIAL REPORT: NEWS SETS, PART 3

NBC O&O’s Gamba, Morris Explain Set Theory

GambaMorrisNBCUniversal Owned Television Stations’ Therese Gamba, SVP of marketing and acquired programming, and Jeff Morris, SVP of operations and technology, discuss trends in local news set design, how they approach working with O&Os, new technologies that are improving on-air presentations and making storytelling better and where the stations stand with the latest tech. This is Part Three of a four-part Special Report on news sets. Parts One and Two appeared Tuesday and covered big video displays and monitor arrays (Part One) and the growing use of video display controllers (Part Two). Part Four on Thursday takes a close-up at the innovative approaches in use at WTXF Philadelphia and KDKA Pittsburgh.You can read the other parts here.

DMA 16: MIAMI

Juarez Named WTVJ-WSCV Digital Director

Debra Juarez, who guided the expansion and resurgence of WMAQ Chicago during five years as news director, is leaving the NBC O&O to head digital operations for two of the parent company’s stations in Miami.

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NBC O&Os Taking The Radar To The Storm

NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations broke new ground in TV weather with the introduction of the first in a fleet of StormRanger dual-polarization Doppler radar trucks that make it possible for stations to get a look at storms in gaps left uncovered by fixed tower-mounted weather radar systems.

NBC Stations Send 40-Person Team To Rio

The team — representing 19 U.S. markets served by the NBC-owned stations and Telemundo Station Group — is charged with delivering distinctively local stories that will run on various platforms during the 17-day event that kicks off on Aug. 5.

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NBC O&Os, Telemundo Stations Get Dog-Gone Serious