DMA 7: WASHINGTON

WTTG’s Laura Evans Leaving After 18 Years

Fox O&O WTTG Washington (DMA 7) said Monday that Laura Evans, anchor of Fox 5 News @ 5pm and a reporter for several other station newscasts, is leaving next week. Evans said: “After 18 years at Fox 5 DC, and 26 years as a journalist, I am starting a new chapter in my professional life. […]

DMA 23: PITTSBURGH

Federal Judge Allows Bell’s WTAE Suit To Continue

DMA 1: NEW YORK

Orietta De Luque Joins WNJU’s ‘Acceso Total’

Telemundo-owned WNJU New York (DMA 1) has named Orietta De Luque as the new co-host of Acceso Total, the station’s entertainment and lifestyle program that airs Monday to Fridays at 10 a.m.  De Luque joins Telemundo 47 after working as co-host of Now with Oscar Haza, a weekday morning show on WCMQ-FM Miami that focuses on news, entertainment […]

DMA 142: DULUTH, WI

Michelle Lee, Barbara Reyelts To Leave KBJR

NETNEWSCHECK SOCIAL SCORECARD (DMA 89)

WTVC Wins Close Social Race In Chattanooga

Sinclair’s ABC affiliate WTVC leads Chattanooga by a nose among local media outlets on social according to Shareablee data. But WRCB, Sarkes Tarzian’s NBC affiliate, is nipping at its heels and has the market’s largest number of fans/followers. Paul Greeley looks at how WRBC’s use of Facebook is powering that.

DMA 63: LEXINGTON, KY

WTVQ Remakes Its Midday Newscast

DMA 91: SAVANNAH, GA

WTOC Anchor Don Logana Killed in Car Crash

MARKET SHARE (DMA 26: BALTIMORE)

Cop In Freddie Gray Case Talks To WMAR

JESSELL AT LARGE

Stations Need More News, Not More Opinions

Most TV stations don’t editorialize. For years I thought this was a mistake. Now I see it as a virtue. That local broadcasters mostly avoid opinion may be one of their strongest attributes, one that they can exploit in a media ecosystem where it is increasingly difficult to distinguish fact from fiction. Surveys confirm that local broadcasters are a widely trusted source of news, at least relative to other media. Given that, they should step up the breadth and depth of their reporting. Crimes, fires, accidents and the five-day forecast are not enough.

DMA 2: LOS ANGELES

KTTV Reporter Tony Valdez Retiring After 35 Years

MARKET SHARE (DMA 11: TAMPA, FL)

WFLA Reunites Residents With $2.3 Million

MARKET SHARE (DMA 95: JACKSON, MS)

WJTV’s Non-Severe Weather Promo

MARKET SHARE (DMA 3: CHICAGO)

WGN Takes In-Depth Look At Alzheimer’s

DMA 8

The Rise Of Spanish-Language TV In Houston

Univision’s KXLN and Telemundo’s KTMD are pushing Spanish-language TV to the top of Houston ratings, even over their English-language counterparts, in the fourth largest Spanish TV market in the country.

DMA 14: SEATTLE

Matt Waggoner Named KCPQ Asst.News Director

Tribune Broadcasting’s Fox affiliate KCPQ Seattle (DMA 14) has promoted Matt Waggoner to assistant news director. Waggoner, who was previously the station’s senior executive producer of news and sports, will continue to report to Erica Hill, news director. Waggoner joined the station in 2012 and has served in various news leadership roles. Prior to his position as […]

DMA 8: HOUSTON

Scarlett Fakhar Is No Longer With KRIV

DMA 63: BUFFALO, NY

WGRZ Shuffles Anchors Dudzik, Demler, Levin

DMA 13: DETROIT

WDIV Reporter Accused Of Using Racist Term

RTDNA’s Practical Guide For News Managers

DMA 21: ST. LOUIS

KSDK Taps Cusumano As Sports Director

Veteran sports reporter Frank Cusumano has been named the new sports director at Tegna’s KSDK St. Louis. He succeeds Rene Knott, who last month switched to the news side of the NBC affiliate and is a morning anchor along with Pat McGonigle and Alexandra Corey on Today in St. Louis.

MARKET SHARE

Little Rock’s KARK Wins Election Night Coverage

NEWSTECHFORUM 2016

Is There A Facebook Dependency Problem?

Broadcasters have become increasingly reliant on its referral traffic, and Facebook’s platform is gobbling up more and more of broadcasters’ resources and original content. A panel discussion on Dec. 12 at NewsTECHForum will also mine how they’re negotiating Facebook Live and monetizing on the platform, featuring input from Tegna, CBS Local Digital Media, News Press & Gazette and more. 

DMA 19: CLEVELAND

WKYC Political Reporter Tom Beres Retiring

DMA 7: WASHINGTON

WRC Reporter Tisha Thompson Joins ESPN

Trump’s Victory May Have Saved The Press

Donald Trump may be the free press’ greatest adversary, but he’s been a boon for traffic and ratings at many major news organizations, who now won’t necessarily see a withdrawal with a Trump election loss. Through his stunning victory, Trump may have handed the media something of an economic lifeline, even if most of its members are currently more interested in their own culpability in his election than the opportunity he may have afforded.

DMA 8: HOUSTON

KHOU Brings ‘Transparency’ To Police Body Cams

DMA 36: CINCINNATI

WKRC Adds Meteorologist Tera Blake

MARKET SHARE (DMA 4: PHILADELPHIA

Often Consumers’ Last Hope, WCAU Delivers

Investigative reporters Harry Hairston and Ines Ferre are the faces of NBC10 Responds and Telemundo62 Responde at NBC’s Philadelphia duopoly of WCAU and WWSI. Consumers are calling with problems about 200 times a week. To date, that’s 5,643 complaints, and the stations have recovered a combined $170,000 so far.

DMA 77

WLTX Columbia Debuts New News Set

PLAYOUT

Playbox Technology Promotes Van Duke

TVN TECH SPECIAL REPORT: NEWS SETS, PART 4

KDKA And WTXF Are All About Flexible Sets

At both of these Pennsylvania stations, large studios, big video arrays, easily changed graphics packages and quick-change studio lighting make it possible to produce much more than news from their new sets without placing an excessive burden on their production staffs. This is the final part of a four-part Special Report on news sets. You can read the other parts here.

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.

TVN TECH SPECIAL REPORT: NEWS SETS, PART 2

The Big Picture On Video Wall Controllers

As prices for the technology have come down, TV stations and others are able to create graphic templates for video walls and have those graphics pushed to the displays automatically from a predetermined rundown. Here’s a rundown of some of the most popular video wall controller vendors today in the broadcast space. This is Part Two of a four-part Special Report on news sets. See Part One here.

TVN CLASSIFIEDS

Newsroom Jobs In CA, NY, VA, MO

OTA Broadcasting is searching for a news director at its NBC affiliate in Palm Springs, Calif. Media General is looking for a news director at its ABC affiliate in Albany, N.Y. Raycom is looking for a digital content producer at its NBC affiliate in Richmond, Va. Meredith needs a senior producer, creative services at its CBS affiliate in St. Louis. To see all job openings, visit our Media Job Center here.

TVN TECH SPECIAL REPORT: NEWS SETS, PART 1

Big Video, Versatility Highlights Of Set Design

Local news sets are relying on big video displays and monitor arrays such as those at WNBC New York to tell more compelling stories. They are also making it easier for stations to repurpose those sets for other shows. This is Part One of a four-part Special Report on news studios and sets. Part Two on video display controllers also appears today. Part Three tomorrow will explore how the NBC O&Os have upgraded many of their facilities in a Q&A with the group’s Therese Gamba and Jeff Morris. Part Four on Thursday takes a close-up at the innovative approach at WTXF Philadelphia and KDKA Pittsburgh.

Quantum Unveils New Tape Storage Platform

Quantum Corp. today announced a new Scalar tape storage platform and three products based it: Scalar i3, Scalar i6 and the StorNext AEL6 appliance. These new Scalar intelligent tape libraries allow users to manage massive and growing numbers of files by providing high-density storage with the infinite scalability designed for long-term content protection and preservation.  Media […]

IBC 2015

ChyronHego Acquires Newsroom Solutions

Saying the move underscores its commitment to build the industry’s most complete software suite for live TV news production, ChyronHego also unveiled core product updates and inked a deal to launch a live remote production system with a leading provider of broadcast facilities and services in Europe.

DMA 50

WHBQ To Build State-Of-The-Art Newsroom

The Cox-owned Fox affiliate in Memphis is undergoing a $700,000 renovation. “It has not been updated in years and years,” said GM Paul Briggs. “We’re gutting it and building a newsroom for today’s environment with consideration to digital and proper communication flow within the newsroom,” he added.

Ten Newsroom New Year’s Resolutions

Some of these are repeats — and that’s because they’re still relevant to many newsrooms. There’s no “pie in the sky” stuff here; just steps you should take that are relatively cheap and painless.