Talking TV: VUit Inks More Deals With Local TV

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp talks with Syncbak CEO Jack Perry about VUit, the streaming channel aggregator of local newscasts, about deals it has closed with a slate of new local partners and the prospect of hyperlocal scalability in OTT.

Talking TV: Sinclair’s Compulse Tries A New Pairing

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp talks with Martin Kristiseter, managing director of Sinclair-owned Compulse, about the agency’s unusual pairing of digital marketing services with OTT agency services and the thinking behind it.

Talking TV: Nick Cannon Puts His Back Into Promotion

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp talks with new syndie talk show host Nick Cannon, along with WTTG Washington Good Day D.C. anchors Jeannette Reyes and Wisdom Martin, about Cannon’s whistle-stop tour to co-host Fox Owned Stations’ morning shows across the country promoting the show, including stops in New York, Philadelphia, Dallas and San Francisco thus far.

Talking TV: Local Programming Fills A Syndie Gap

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp talks with Lyle Schulze, VP and GM of Gray’s WIS Columbia, S.C., about how the station is taking back its programming inventory amid a dearth of syndication options, along with how the “Great Resignation” is playing out at the station level.

Talking TV: Fox Duopoly Rebrands In Seattle

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp talks with Sheila Oliver, SVP and GM of Fox Owned Stations’ Seattle duopoly, about rebooting and rebranding during the challenging conditions of pandemic remote work.

Talking TV: Black News Channel’s Aisha Mills On ‘Who We Could Be’

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp talks with Aisha Mills, host of the new show AMplify on Black News Channel, about where her show will sit amid the bombastic offerings in cable’s nightly news landscape and her vision for programming that illuminates our better selves.

Talking TV: Is There Still Audience Faith In ‘The Great Pumpkin’?

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp and LG Ads’ Justin Fromm discuss whether children’s specials like It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, which airs on PBS stations on Oct. 24, still have the power to draw audiences to linear TV in a streaming age.

Talking TV: NBC LX Connects The Dots To Younger Viewers

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp talks with NBC LX’s Fernando Hurtado about Connect the Dots, a new series that pulls back the curtain on the reporting process and seeks to court younger audiences by veering away from news conventions. Watch the Connect the Dots series here.

Talking TV: Newsy Gets A Major Reboot

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp talks with Eric Ludgood, head of E.W. Scripps-owned Newsy, which saw a major overhaul and expansion of its programming this week as it now reaches 90% of U.S. television homes with a significant OTA expansion.

Talking TV: Fox News’ Jon Scott On A 25-Year Milestone

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp talks with Jon Scott, anchor of Fox Report Weekend, about the 25-year anniversary both he and the network are celebrating today. They speak about being live on Sept. 11, 2001, what’s underlying the Fox’s mammoth ratings and how the network’s news side manages a coexistence with its more extreme opinion hosts.

Talking TV: The Impact Of NAB Show’s Cancellation

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp and Glen Dickson discuss the knock-on effects of the NAB Show’s October cancellation on vendors and the implications for future trade shows, including December’s planned IBC.

Talking TV: The Future Of Video Advertising

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp talks with Dr. Duane Varan, CEO of audience research firm MediaScience, about what’s next in video ad formats, the context effects of news programming on ads and the “choose your own adventure” ads he sees coming over the horizon.

Talking TV: Dan Abrams Looks To Break Cable’s Left/Right Choke Hold

TVNewsCheck’s Michael Depp talks with Dan Abrams, host of an eponymous new live show on Nexstar’s NewsNation, about drawing lines between his brand of bias and primetime cable’s penchant for left/right absolutism.

Talking TV: Jay Leno’s Latest Bet

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp talks with latenight legend Jay Leno about his reboot of the classic game show You Bet Your Life this month, the pandemic’s bruising impact on young comics’ careers and if he misses manning The Tonight Show desk in these volatile times.

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.

Talking TV: Is There Room For Niche On FAST OTT Channels?

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp talks with David Chu, co-founder and CEO of Digital Media Rights, about the viability of niche-oriented AVOD options on streaming.

Talking TV: Does TV Advertising Need Therapy?

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp and TVB President-CEO Steve Lanzano discuss persistent agency silos, audience measurement woes and automation resistance in the world of TV advertising, prompting the question of whether the whole business could use some time on the couch to work through its issues.

Talking TV: Delta Variant Muddies Stations’ Return To Work Path

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp and Paige Albiniak discuss TV stations’ winding path back to the office as the Delta COVID variant plays havoc with developing plans. Read Albiniak’s story on return to work here.

Talking TV: Deborah Norville’s Call To Rally For Broadcasters Foundation

TVNewsCheck’s Michael Depp talks with Inside Edition host Deborah Norville about supporting the Broadcasters Foundation of America as its fundraising efforts have been hampered by the pandemic.

Talking TV | FCC Unknowns In A Too-Quiet Summer

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp and Harry Jessell discuss the uncertainty lingering at the FCC, where Acting Chair Jessica Rosenworcel may be facing contention for the permanent job and a fifth commissioner has yet to be appointed.

Measuring Media Bias By The Numbers

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp talks with Vanessa Otero, founder and CEO of Ad Fontes Media, about the company’s Media Bias Chart and where prominent TV news organizations fare in its measure.

Fox Gets Its Game Show Game On

TVNewsCheck Editor Michael Depp talks with Stephen Brown, EVP of programming development for Fox First Run and Fox Television Stations, about the strategic role of game shows in Fox’s syndication lineup, along with how programming is progressing at Fox Soul, the group’s African-American-targeted streaming channel.

CBC Presses Pause On Facebook Comments

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp talks with Brodie Fenlon, editor in chief of Canada’s CBC News, about the organization’s month-long suspension of comments on its stories posted on Facebook amid a climate of rising toxicity on social platforms.

Gray’s Local News Live Stitches Up National Newscast

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp talks with Shawn Wheat, executive producer of Gray Television’s Local News Live, about the new, digital-only streaming initiative that stitches together news from across Gray’s stations via a small team of anchors and producers.

Streamers Diversify Their Revenue Models

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp talks with Devra Prywes, CMO and CPO of Applicaster, about how media companies are moving toward hybrid revenue models in a banner year for OTT and where station groups should be pursuing more monetization potential from their own streaming apps.

Disrupting The News At WXIA

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp talks with Brendan Keefe, chief investigative reporter at Tegna’s WXIA Atlanta, about how local news can rediscover creativity at every level — even day-turn stories — by looking at stories with fresh eyes.

Local Now Vies For Streaming Audience

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp talks with Michael Senzon, SVP and GM of Local Now, about the Allen Media-owned OTT platform’s emergence from beta and how it’s angling for an audience with a value proposition of ZIP code-level localized content.

Gray Buys Meredith, CBS O&Os Get A Reorg

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp and Harry Jessell discuss Gray Television’s acquisition of Meredith and other potential moves on the M&A chessboard, along with changes at the top at CBS’s stations.

At KMSP, Reshaping Coverage Of Race And Justice

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp talks with Mim Davey, VP of news at Fox-owned KMSP in Minneapolis, about the station’s gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Derek Chauvin trial and how Black Lives Matter and the social justice movement have impacted newsroom priorities.

ABC Stations Lay Big Bet On Race, Culture Reporting

TVNewsCheck Editor Michael Depp talks with Mariel Myers, Nzinga Blake and Porsha Grant, executive producers of ABC Owned Television Stations’ new race and culture reporting team, about the project’s bold goals to bring depth and context to reporting on underrepresented communities across the group’s eight stations.

Live TV’s Troubles

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp and Paige Albiniak discuss the pandemic’s blows to live television and why advertisers still prize it. Read Albiniak’s story here.

Sports Betting Knocks It Out Of The Park

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp and Janet Stilson discuss sports betting’s meteoric rise in spot TV, what’s accelerating the trend and the patterns it’s tending to follow in DMAs following its legalization. Read Stilson’s story on the subject here.

Relationships Help Daytime TV Soldier On

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp talks with Stu Weiss, founder of Studio City/PXL about daytime television’s best ongoing value proposition — the longstanding relationships viewers forge with its offerings.

Younger Diginet Demos And Shoppable TV

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp talks with Brian Weiss, president and GM of Tegna’s multicast networks, about diginets’ younger skewing audience, and with Evan Moore, VP of commerce partnerships at NBCUniversal, about the growing phenomenon of shoppable TV.

Talking TV | Facebook Still Stations’ Top Social Channel

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp and writer Paige Albiniak look at Facebook’s ongoing primacy for TV station groups in their social media efforts, though the relationship has evolved and monetization hopes tempered. Read Albiniak’s story on stations and social media here.

Talking TV | TVB Research, Dividends And Sports Rights

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp talks with Hadassa Gerber, TVB’s chief research officer, about its latest media comparisons research study and with Harry Jessell, TVN‘s editor-at-large, about a broadcast investment alternative to paying dividends along with the clarifying picture about sports rights negotiations. Read Jessell’s column on dividends here.

Talking TV | Sports Betting And Data Journalism

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp talks with writer Jack Messmer about sports betting’s meteoric rise among spot advertising categories and with writer Michael Stahl about the growing role of data journalism among station groups. Read the sports betting story here and the data journalism piece here.

Talking TV | Stations Wary Of Nielsen’s BBO Homes Inclusion

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp and Janet Stilson look at the divide that has opened up between agencies and station groups over Nielsen’s plan to include broadband-only homes in its local market samples starting this spring. Read more about the BBO homes debate here.

Talking TV | Quincy’s Sale, NewsNation’s Next Steps

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp and Harry Jessell look at TV’s M&A prospects this year following Gray’s acquisition of Quincy and discuss the major moves at Nexstar’s NewsNation.

Talking TV | Sports Advertising’s COVID Boon

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp and John Consoli look at sports advertising’s gangbuster performance, even while sports viewership is down, and how prospects are looking for the trend to hold steady. Read more about the sports advertising boon here.