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.