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.

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.