Tegna Extends Partnership With FreeWheel

The partnership enables enhanced, automated access for media buyers to Premion’s CTV/OTT ad platform.

Tegna Wraps 2020, Provides 2021 Guidance

The company says it will exceed full-year 2020 guidance provided prior to the COVID-19 pandemic for all key financial metrics, despite the challenging external market environment. Tegna will host a conference call to discuss its fourth quarter and full-year 2020 results on Monday, March 1, at 9 a.m. ET.

Tegna Stations Go Dark To Mediacom

About 16 Tegna stations in 11 states went dark to Mediacom Communications customers Dec. 31, after the parties failed to reach a retransmission consent agreement. Mediacom said its contract for the stations expired at 5 p.m. on Dec. 31, at which time it was forced to stop carrying the stations, even though it had offered to pay what the cable company called a “significant” increase over its previous agreement. The stations are ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and CW affiliates located in about a dozen states, including Mediacom’s biggest markets in Iowa (Des Moines, Davenport and Ames).

Nielsen, Tegna Renew Multi-Year Agreement

The new deal provides measurement of digital linear audiences across all Tegna markets.

Tegna And NBC Renew Affiliation Agreement

The new deal covers 20 markets that cover 17% of the U.S. Tegna is the largest independent owner of NBC affiliates.

TVN FOCUS ON JOURNALISM

TVN Focus On Journalism | Collaboration Lessons For A Post-Pandemic World

Newsrooms see a “better normal” in terms of collaboration on the other side of COVID-19. Leaders from E.W. Scripps, Tegna, Fox Owned Stations and the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism says remote pandemic projects between universities, stations and even different station groups have revealed new efficiencies in communication and technological fluency that will carry forward.

TVN’s NewsTECHForum: The Story In Videos

Here are the complete videos and story links for TVNewsCheck’s NewsTECHForum, featuring a keynote interview with veteran news producer David Bohrman and news and technology leaders from ABC News, Hearst, Tegna, NBCU Owned Television Stations, CBS Owned Stations, ABC Owned Stations, Gray Television, Graham Media, Sinclair, E.W. Scripps, Meredith, BBC, AJ+ and more.

AT&T And Tegna Reach Retrans Agreement

The multi-year deal covers 64 Tegna-owned Stations in 51 markets across the DirecTV, AT&T TV and U-verse video services.

TVN’S NEWSTECHFORUM 2020

NTF 2020 | Pivots Never Stopped For TV News In 2020

COVID-19, a historic election and Black Lives Matter protests kept local and national TV newsrooms in a state of perpetual vigilance this year. News executives from ABC News, Tegna and Hearst at TVNewsCheck’s NewsTECHForum on Tuesday said the year’s challenges revealed some remarkable resiliencies in their newsrooms, but also made their journalists a bigger target.

TVN TECH

TVN Tech | Tech Trends For ’21: COVID-Driven Shifts Extend

Trends driven by the pandemic are likely to persist into 2021 and beyond, while transitions to IP infrastructures will accelerate and aging on-prem infrastructure will give way to increased reliance on the cloud. NextGen TV will also likely pick up speed after COVID’s cooling effect on its rollout this year.

Comscore Renews Agreement With Tegna

The new contract covers 22 markets, with Comscore’s local television currency serving as its exclusive selling and posting currency in 18 markets.

KHOU Sets 3-Person News Leadership Team

Liz Roldan becomes news director, Stuart Boslow is innovation director while Randy Klein is tapped for digital director at Tegna’s CBS Houston affiliate.

Cable’s Annual Retrans Shoutfest Begins

Retransmission consent battles have become as much of a year-end tradition as eggnog and holly, and 2020 is no different, with at least two disputes brewing and certainly more to come. Tegna and Nexstar kicked off this year’s station negotiation season with blackouts.

Tegna Stations Go Dark On DirecTV, U-verse

Approximately 60 Tegna television stations were dropped after carriage negotiations failed to reach a new contract Tuesday evening. The old contract between the station group and the satellite and cable provider expired last month and was extended until 7 p.m. ET Tuesday.

Tegna Gives DirecTV, U-verse Another Day

The group broadcaster grants a retrans extension to Dec. 1 as talks continue.

EARNINGS CALL

Tegna Set For Extra-Innings Political Bonanza

Tegna has two stations in Atlanta and one in Macon, but until now Georgia hadn’t even been its hottest state for political spending. That has changed, with control of the Senate at stake. “We’re trying to size it now. We don’t have, frankly, a good answer, other than we know it will be very, very large,” Tegna CEO Dave Lougee said.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Tegna Reports 34% 3Q Revenue Increase

The increase to $738 million is driven by a record-breaking quarter for political advertising revenues, and ongoing strength of subscription business.

TVN TECH

TVN Tech | Long On Benefits, UGC Loses Its Friction

New tools are making it easier for viewers to submit video — and transfer rights — to TV stations. Groups like Gray and Tegna say simplified UGC has boosted engagement, and expanded coverage without increasing staff. Above, user-generated content appeared throughout Gray Television’s WECT Wilmington, N.C.’s coverage of the Surf City Fire story last year. (Source: Jacob Robert Younce)

Tegna Updates Station OTT Streaming Apps on Roku, Plans To Launch On Amazon Fire TV

Tegna today said it has completed an update of its stations’ over-the-top streaming apps on Roku, “enhancing the experience for viewers.” Tegna also announced it is planning to launch OTT streaming apps for its stations on Amazon Fire TV by the end of 2020. When the rollout on Amazon Fire TV is complete, Tegna stations’ […]

Tegna, GatesAir Bringing NextGen TV To Seattle

Tegna’s independent KONG plans to begin NextGen TV broadcasts for itself and co-owned NBC affiliate KING in early December, with KONG serving as the host, or lighthouse station.

Tegna Leans Into User-Generated Content On Linear And Digital

In a year crammed with arresting news images, local broadcaster Tegna has started to leverage photos and videos shot by its audience. Over the past five months, Tegna station reporters and producers have been combing through photos and videos that people have submitted to their CMS using a feature in their stations’ mobile apps called Near Me.

Tegna Announces Quarterly Dividend

Tegna Inc.’s board of directors on Wednesday declared a dividend of 7 cents per share, payable on Jan. 4, 2021, to stockholders of record as of the close of business on Dec. 11. “Throughout the challenging events of 2020, Tegna has remained intensely focused on our core five-pillar strategy,” said Dave Lougee, Tegna president-CEO. “Our financial discipline and continued operational excellence have enabled us to remain well-positioned to continue delivering long-term value for our shareholders.”

TVN’S TV2025

Big TV Groups March Toward IP, Cloud Platforms

Technology executives from Fox Corp., Hearst, Sinclair and Tegna have already virtualized many of their functions, replacing some aging infrastructures with IP routing and broadening their use of the cloud, they said at a TV2025 panel last week. Read the story and/or watch the full video above.

Optimizing Multiplatform Audiences At TV2025

Executives from Tegna, Gray Television and E.W. Scripps will look at how to convert their surging pandemic audiences into longer-term viewers on their digital and broadcast platforms at TVNewsCheck’s TV2025: Monetizing the Future virtual event later this month. Register here.

MARKET SHARE

A One-Man-Band In TV News For 29 Years

Brendan Keefe, chief investigative reporter at WXIA, Tegna’s NBC affiliate in Atlanta, has pretty much been a one-man-band since he was hired as a news photographer in 1991.  Today, Keefe is the leader of the investigative team at WXIA, and the corporate trainer for all 60 Tegna stations.

DMAS 11, 49 & 75

Executive, GM Appointments At Tegna

WUSA Washington GM Richard Dyer is promoted to senior vice president, adding WLTX Columbia and WFMY Greensboro to his oversight, while Kate Morris is named president and general manager of KPNX Phoenix.

Tegna Names Grady Tripp Chief Diversity Officer

He will oversee attracting, retaining and growing diverse talent, developing training programs to enhance awareness and accountability in diversity issues as well as facilitating the company’s racial diversity and inclusion employee working group.

Tegna Announces Pricing Of $550M Of Senior Notes

Tegna Inc. announced Tuesday that it has priced its previously announced offering of senior notes due 2026. The face value of the notes is $550 million, with an interest rate of 4.750%. The notes were priced at 100% of face value. Subject to certain exceptions, the notes may not be redeemed by the company prior […]

TVN’S NEWSROOM INNOVATORS

TVN’s Newsroom Innovators | As Elections Near, TV’s Fact-Checking Surges

Broadcasters, including CBS, E.W. Scripps, Hearst, Tegna and Graham Media, are bolstering their fact-checking operations as the 2020 election looms closer, partnering with outside groups like Politifact, FactCheck.org and First Draft to ensure their own trustworthiness with local viewers.

EARNINGS CALL

Delayed Sports To Boost Tegna This Quarter

In its second quarter earnings call with analysts, CEO Dave Lougee said that looking forward, the company will “benefit from a large number of unusual events that we would not normally see in the back half of the year that are rescheduled from the second quarter.”

QUARTERLY REPORT

Tegna Reports 8% 2Q Revenue Gain

The increase to $578 million is driven by acquisitions, continued growth in subscription revenue and political revenue, partially offset by advertising declines as a result of COVID-19.

Verify Is An Idea Whose Time Has Come

The epidemic of misinformation helps Tegna check the box with new audiences. “Our audiences are consuming news and local news in a way that they never have before, where their lives literally depend on it,” says Ellen Crooke, Tegna’s VP of news. “They are desperate to find somebody without an agenda, without spin to take some of the things that are out there and help them be smarter about what’s true and what’s not true.”

Tegna’s True Crime Network Launches OTT App For Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS, Android

Tegna Inc.’s 24/7 true crime multicast network True Crime Network today launched its free, ad-supported over-the-top streaming app on most major platforms. True crime fans can now watch True Crime Network’s programming on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, via mobile and tablet apps on iOS and Android operating systems, Chromecast, and on the web at watch.truecrimenetworktv.com. The True […]

TVN EXECUTIVE SESSION WITH ELLEN CROOKE

TVN Executive Session | Tegna: BLM Will Have Lasting Newsroom Impact

Ellen Crooke, Tegna’s VP of news, says the Black Lives Matter movement has promoted greater “intentionality” in the group’s efforts for diversity and inclusion in its news organizations and leadership. She adds that COVID-19 has also supercharged Tegna’s Verify fact-checking project and data visualization efforts.

Tegna Announces Quarterly Dividend

Tegna Inc.’s board of directors on Wednesday declared a dividend of 7 cents per share, payable on Oct. 1, 2020, to stockholders of record as of the close of business on Sept. 4, 2020. “Due to our rigorous financial discipline during these challenging times and our continued focus on our five-pillar strategy, we remain well positioned to manage through current conditions and build on our long track record of shareholder value creation,” said Dave Lougee, Tegna president and CEO.

Justice Net Relaunching As True Crime Network

Tegna’s multicast network is rebranding on July 27 as a one-stop destination for true crime content that will also offer a free, on-demand streaming service and podcasts.

Alphonso And Tegna Expand Local TV Measurement Partnership

TV data and measurement company Alphonso has renewed and expanded its agreement with Tegna to enable local advertisers to better understand the value and effectiveness of their local TV and OTT ad campaigns. The companies have renewed their multi-year partnership to include all of Premion, Tegna’s OTT and CTV advertising platforms. The new agreement enables […]

Tegna Implements Safety Protocols

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact people and newsrooms, Tegna has implemented corporate policies to keep reporters, producers and news executives safe.

TVN TECH

TVN Tech | ‘No Going Back’ To Pre-COVID Workflows

A TVNewsCheck webinar featuring top engineers from Fox, Tegna and Gray found stations are settling well into their COVID-19-induced remote workflows. Some of those workflows, including IP contribution, cloud-based collaboration and production automation, are likely to stay even after the pandemic subsides. “There’s no going back to what it was before this started,” says Tegna’s Robert Lydick.

WORKING LUNCH WEBINAR

TVN To Present: At-Home Production And The Future Of News Workflow

The coronavirus pandemic forced television news operations to produce almost entirely from producers’ and anchors’ homes. During a TVNewsCheck Working Lunch Webinar, set for May 28 at 1 p.m. ET, leading television engineering and operations executives will talk about what they’ve learned while facilitating this massive shift in workflow and the long-term changes likely to flow from it. Above, l-r: Speakers Richard Friedel, Fox Television Stations; Clint Moore, Gray Television; and Robert Lydick, Tegna Media.