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.

Talking TV | Graham Media’s Mobile Strategy

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp talks with Jonathan Beard, director of digital product development at Graham Media Group, about the group’s multi-app strategy in its markets, its “choose your view” livestream video innovations and mobile’s monetization prospects.

Talking TV | Is Membership TV’s Revenue Balm?

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp and Harry Jessell discuss Graham Media’s attempt to launch a local TV membership model and the need for revenue innovation as net retrans growth grows more uncertain.

Talking TV | Collaboration Evolves For TV In ’20

TVNewsCheck Editor Michael Depp talks with writer Paige Albiniak about TV’s rethink on how to collaborate amid the pandemic’s forced virtualization as well as lessons learned by station groups like E.W. Scripps, Tegna and Fox. 

Talking TV | Tech Trends For ’21

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp and Glen Dickson discuss the likely continued acceleration of cloud migration next year, NextGen TV’s ’21 rollout and highlights from this week’s virtual Devoncroft Summit.

Talking TV | Trump’s Media Legacy

TVNewsCheck’s Michael Depp and Harry Jessell examine the outgoing president’s lasting impact on the media — from his contribution to eroding media trust to the increased dangers journalists at every level now face in the field.

Talking TV | TV’s Pandemic Recruiting Hurdles

TVNewsCheck Editor Michael Depp and writer Paige Albiniak discuss challenges broadcasters have faced in the COVID-era, where station visits and job interviews are virtualized and TV has had to work harder to sell itself to younger prospects. 

Talking TV | Historic Year Puts Pressure On Detroit News

TVNewsCheck Editor Michael Depp talks with Kevin Roseborough, news director at Detroit’s WJBK, about the unique challenges of covering COVID-19, Black Lives Matter and the state’s (now) contested election results, along with what he’s doing to keep his journalists safe and sane.

Talking TV | Political Windfall For Stations

The presidential election still hasn’t been called, but TVNewsCheck’s Michael Depp and Harry Jessell discuss the boon it has been for station groups posting their quarterly earnings this week.

Talking TV | CEOs Ponder Brighter ’21

TVNewsCheck’s Michael Depp and Harry Jessell unpack station group CEOs’ bullish outlook on M&A and looser ownership rules in 2021 from this week’s TV2025 virtual conference.

Talking TV | Does Wall Street Hate TV Stations?

TVNewsCheck’s Michael Depp and Harry Jessell ponder analyst Steven Cahall’s suggestion at TVB Forward that TV station groups are out of favor on Wall Street and are underperfoming their markets.

Talking TV | Scripps Buys Ion, OTT’s Boom Year

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp and Harry Jessell unpack what matters about E.W. Scripps’ acquisition of Ion Media and recap last week’s OTT News Summit, which spotlighted the “operational agility” of streaming news in a year of surging pandemic audiences.

Talking TV | Virtual IBC Underscores Cloud Shift

TVNewsCheck Editor Michael Depp and Contributing Editor Glen Dickson review the major takeaways from this week’s virtualized IBC and the NAB Show’s shift to next October, looking at how TV’s tech vendors are feeling the impact.

Talking TV | Spot TV And Sports Protest

TVNewsCheck’s Michael Depp and Harry Jessell discuss MoffettNathanson’s suggestion that Fox Corp. spin off its network and O&Os; automated selling; and protest waves rippling through the professional sports world.

Talking TV | Virtual IBC And DNC

TVNewsCheck editors Michael Depp and Harry Jessell discuss the implications for tech vendors on virtualizing this year’s IBC conference and assess the DNC’s grand experiment in virtualizing its convention.

Talking TV: Diversifying TV, Sports Ad Outlook

Michael Depp and Harry Jessell discuss key steps the industry must take to meaningfully foster diversity and inclusion. They also consider the damage TV has weathered from sports advertising losses and how they can be mitigated. 

Talking TV: The Politics Of O’Rielly’s FCC Firing

Michael Depp and Harry Jessell unpack the abrupt withdrawal of FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly’s renomination by President Trump this week and discuss the pandemic’s reckoning on broadcasters’ quarterly earnings.

Talking TV: NBC Is Station Group Of The Year

Michael Depp and Harry Jessell discuss TVNewsCheck‘s selection of NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations as Station Group of the Year, and Depp previews an interview with Nexstar’s SVP of local content.

Talking TV: Scripps’ Diversity, News Language Objectivity

On this week’s Talking TV, Michael Depp and Harry Jessell unpack E.W. Scripps’ efforts at company-wide diversity and inclusion within its ranks and on its air. Jessell previews Nexstar’s use of rhetoricians to ensure objectivity in its forthcoming national newscast.

Talking TV: Protest Reporting Captures Complexities

Michael Depp and Harry Jessell discuss the launch of TVNewsCheck‘s new “Reporting on Protest” series and the powerful frontline accounts from KTTV’s Christina Gonzalez and Fox News’ Bryan Llenas.


Talking TV: Protests Put Journalists In Crosshairs

In this week’s video, Michael Depp and Harry Jessell look at the folly of FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, preview next week’s Top 30 station groups forecast and unpack a week marked by historic protests and problematic attacks on the journalists covering them.

Talking TV: Cox’s New CEO, Trump’s Twitter War

Michael Depp and Harry Jessell discuss Cox’s appointment of Dan York as Cox’s new chief and Jessell’s forthcoming interview with Cox Executive Chairman Steve Pruett. They also tackle the president’s executive order threatening to take away immunity from social platforms if they tag content or go too far in regulating it.

Talking TV: Remote Production, Vexing Ad Tech

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp and Harry Jessell launch a video series weighing in on remote production at ABC’s stations, leadership at Graham Media, a platform experiment in Boise, Idaho, and the vexing ad tech that’s ruining Depp’s Hulu experience.