COMMENTARY

How Network News Promos Can Evolve

Frank Radice: “Why not use news promo time to actually report the news, like a headline menu service, and direct viewer attention to the next show coming up? Instead of one story or one image, it becomes something more useful.”

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KSHB Protest Promo Is A Call To Listen

This is another great example of how TV station marketing can be a force for good. “Seeing the protests first hand, I knew we had to do something from a marketing standpoint,” said Aaron Liversedge, KSHB’s creative services director.

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When Station Marketing Is ‘A Force For Good’

What if TV stations used some of their advertising airtime for messages that address social issues like injustice, racism and discrimination? “We can be a force for good,” says Emily Barr, president of Graham Media Group.

BET To Launch $25 Million Social Justice Campaign ‘Content For Change’

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Danielski Applies Science To Local News Promos

“Most local TV news marketing doesn’t drive viewership.” That’s a startling statement from Marv Danielski, who directs news promotion for Sinclair Broadcast Group’s stations. But in this Market Share Executive Interview, he reveals what he has found does work in 30 years in the trenches.

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Scott Altus Heads New KTLA Director Of Creative Services

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Nexstar Donates $20K To Help Families Of Virginia Beach Mass Shooting

WAVE Sells Its Creative, Reach To Advertisers

A new spot by WAVE Louisville, Ky., is taking its advertising message up a notch with a 60-second commercial that sells its services with sizzle. The spot not only promotes its creative production and reach to potential advertisers, it also acts a news image spot that sells its news ratings performances as well.

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Chicago’s WLS Mixes 55 Separate Smartphone Recordings Into An Arts PSA

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WJXT Makes 42 Graduations A TV Event

High school seniors graduating in 2020 and excited for their moment on stage got their dreams dashed when the coronavirus crisis forced schools to delay, cancel or postpone graduation ceremonies. In Jacksonville, Fla., Bob Ellis, the general manager of Graham Media’s independent WJXT, said he felt compelled to do something to help “fill the emptiness so many people felt at having to stay home and have those graduations cancelled. It seemed a natural to go and figure out how to make it happen.”

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We Have A Winner In Stephen Arnold Music’s Guitar Giveaway

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High School Grads Have Their Stage Thanks To KALB

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Eastern European Country Inspired By Richmond’s ‘Together’ Promo Campaign

When four news-producing TV stations in Richmond, Va., joined together in a promotional campaign pledging solidarity to the people of their city during this coronavirus crisis, little did they know that they would end up influencing “journalism on the other side of the globe.”

NBCU Foundation Awards Project Innovation Grants To Nonprofits

The Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation and the NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations division today announced $2.475 million in Project Innovation grants will be presented to 69 organizations in 11 markets that are using innovation to tackle everyday problems and urgent COVID-19 needs in their communities. The nonprofit organizations selected as Project Innovation 2020 grant recipients all exhibited flexibility […]

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KMSP Music Event Raises $140,000 To Benefit Minnesota Nonprofits

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From 10,000 Nominations, Nexstar Chooses ‘Woman Of The Year’

Nexstar Broadcasting’s three-month nationwide campaign honoring the outstanding contributions that women have made to local communities has culminated in the selection of a Woman of the Year. The married mother of three works as an area lead for the Northern Illinois Food Bank, serving several counties located south and west of Chicago.

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WBAL Helps Provide Nearly 4 Million Meals To Food Bank

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Illinois Broadcasters Unite To Raise $1.5M For Food Banks

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WCVB Collects Equivalent Of 9 Million Meals For Boston Food Bank

Raina Falcon Promoted To HBO Max VP Of Publicity

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WDRB Anchors Share Personal Virus Stories

“Unscripted and as real as it gets, and even shot on their own iPhones,” said Scott Brady, WDRB Louisville’s creative service director. “We wanted the news personalities to drive the content, and share their unique perspective with detail from these past six weeks.”

ABC O&Os Launch #BeLocalish Campaign

The multiplatform push to support local businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic kicks off with a call-to-action PSA, launching immersive webpages across all eight stations, and building a community-driven social media activation movement.

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WNDU Helps Raise More Than $100K For Food Bank

Former CBS PR Chief Gil Schwartz Dies

Former CBS chief communications executive, novelist and humorist Gil Schwartz died Saturday morning at his home in Santa Monica, Calif. at the age of 68. His death was unexpected, but was due to natural causes, according to CBS. Schwartz retired as senior EVP and chief communications officer of CBS Corp., in November 2018 following nearly 40 years at CBS, Viacom and Westinghouse Broadcasting.

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Richmond Stations Join For ‘Together’ Statement

WTVR, WRIC, WWBT and WRLH decided to join together to send one message to Richmond, Va., viewers. The campaign features the main on-air talent from each station in every spot airing on all four stations. The campaign also showcases each station’s logos and news vans in every spot. “This was a true top-to-bottom team effort. It was a pleasure to work so closely with the creatives in this market, and I am extremely pleased with the results,” said Erik Candiani, WWBT’s marketing director.

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8,500 Students Learning ‘The 3 Rs’ Thanks To KNOE

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WSAW-WZAW Help Raise Enough Funds For 300,000 Meals

CMG Unveils New Company Logo

After a company-wide competition, the winning design was submitted by Cox Media Group employee Kim Colombero, art director for CMG-TV in Jacksonville, Fla.

Freeform Taps Kristen Andersen As Communications VP

Erin Calhoun Lands Showtime Top PR Post

Calhoun will take on the role of EVP of communications on May 4. She succeeds Johanna Fuentes, who is leaving the ViacomCBS network to head global communications at Warner Bros.

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WDIV Community Effort Benefits Frontline Workers, Restaurants

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WESH Telethon Raises Enough For 4.4 Million Meals

KSBW Raises $500,000+ For Central Coast Food Banks

Hearst Television’s NBC affiliate KSBW Monterey-Salinas, Calif. (DMA 124), raised $528,400 in 24 hours via Project Community: A Day of Help and Hope. The fundraiser, to feed residents in need amid the Covid-19 crisis, is the largest for a single day in the station’s 66-year history. In partnership with the Pebble Beach Co., the virtual […]

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New WBND ‘Together’ Promo Uses Local Viewer’s Voice

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WBZ Rebroadcasts Boston Marathon During Fundraiser

WUAB Launches Televised Virtual Classrooms

Gray Television’s CW affiliate WUAB Cleveland (DMA 19) is partnering with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) and Cleveland Teachers Union, Local 279, to bring students a daily televised virtual classroom. The show is called CMSD on CW43, and it airs Monday through Friday at 9 a.m. The hour-long program features CMSD’s teachers delivering weekly […]

The CW And Its Stars Say ‘Thank You’ To Those At The Front Lines Of The Coronavirus

The CW launched a new PSA campaign this week (#CWGrateful), featuring the stars of the network’s series saying “Thank You!” to everyone who continues to work to help us live, stay safe and keep us healthy — doctors, nurses, police, firemen, grocery store workers, sanitation workers, scientists, truck drivers, delivery people, farmers, to name a […]

Fans Invited To Compete For ‘Friends’ Reunion Special Spot

NEW YORK (AP) — The big upcoming “Friends” reunion special is inviting a few extra friends — maybe even you. Castmembers of the popular show have announced that five fans will get a chance to watch the reunion taping live and rub shoulders with stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc […]

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WLNE And KLKN Launch ‘Who’s Hiring’ For Job Seekers

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WRC Fund Drive Benefits Over 60 Nonprofits