Tegna, BeckTV Partner On New Master Control Facility

Tegna recently partnered with systems integrator BeckTV on the design, installation and integration of all systems for a new master control operation, the Tegna Stream Center. This new facility uses a cloud-based hub-and-spoke approach to serve all Tegna stations.

Tegna President Dave Lougee Apologizes For Mistaking Black Board Candidate For Valet

Tegna President-CEO Dave Lougee has apologized for an incident involving former top FCC staffer and ad association executive Adonis Hoffman that the latter found disturbing and was part of the reason Hoffman withdrew his candidacy for a Tegna board of directors seat. The result is that the Tegna board hired an outside law firm to investigate the incident and human resources reviewed Lougee’s human resources file.

BeckTV Builds Tegna ‘Hub-and-Spoke’ Master Control Facility

BeckTV, a systems integrator for the broadcast media industry, has completed a project for one of its major U.S. clients — station group Tegna Inc. Tegna had BeckTV design, instal, and integrate all systems for Tegna’s centralized new master control operation, the Tegna Stream Center, based on a cloud-based hub-and-spoke approach that will serve all […]

TVN FOCUS ON JOURNALISM

TVN Focus On Journalism | Local TV Embracing Data Journalism

Data-driven reporting and storytelling is on the rise at station groups including ABC, NBC, E.W. Scripps and Tegna, where ever-more sophisticated visualizations and interactive digital projects are helping viewers better navigate — and make more sense of — complex information. Note: This story is available to TVNewsCheck Premium members only. If you would like to upgrade your free TVNewsCheck membership to Premium now, you can visit your Member Home Page, available when you log in at the very top right corner of the site or in the Stay Connected Box that appears in the right column of virtually every page on the site. If you don’t see Member Home, you will need to click Log In or Subscribe.

EARNINGS CALL

Tegna Sees Current Quarter In Positive Territory

For the current quarter, Tegna is expecting advertising and marketing services revenues to be up from a year ago, with total revenues (including retrans) up in the mid-single-digits.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Tegna Reports 35% 4Q Revenue Increase

The increase to $938 million is driven by a record-breaking quarter for political advertising revenues, and ongoing strength of subscription business.

TVN FOCUS ON BUSINESS

Local TV Marketing ‘Not For Faint Of Heart’

Executives from Tegna, NBCU Television Stations and Fox Television Stations told a TVNewsCheck webinar that local station marketing is best executed by those in the market itself — with support from corporate — and that marketing needs to start “from a place of brand, not from a place of product.”

Tegna Launching Twist Diginet For Women

The new multicast channel will premiere this spring and initially include hundreds of hours of home, food and reality content, much of it featuring exciting reveals — or twists — at the end of each show.

Tegna Announces Quarterly Dividend

Tegna Inc.’s board of directors on Wednesday declared a dividend of 7 cents per share, payable on April 1 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on March 5. “Our sustained operational excellence has resulted in a record 2020 in the face of a challenging external market environment,” said Dave Lougee, Tegna president-CEO. “Due to the strength and resiliency of our business model and our strong performance, we remain positioned to continue our track record of delivering value for our shareholders.”

TVN FOCUS ON DIGITAL

TVN Focus On Digital | TV Station CMSs Streamline And Simplify

Content management systems are the workhorses of local stations’ digital operations. Executives from Tegna, NBCU, CBS, Gray, Nexstar and Fox have discovered that user simplicity and integrations for multiplatform distribution have become essential attributes. Note: This story is available to TVNewsCheck Premium members only. If you would like to upgrade your free TVNewsCheck membership to Premium now, you can visit your Member Home Page, available when you log in at the very top right corner of the site or in the Stay Connected Box that appears in the right column of virtually every page on the site. If you don’t see Member Home, you will need to click Log In or Subscribe.

Entercom Sets Sales/Content Alliance With Tegna’s Locked On Podcast Network

Bill Dallman Named KARE Minneapolis GM

He joins the Tegna NBC affiliate from KOMO Seattle, where he’s been news director since 2018 and succeeds the retiring John Remes.

Tegna Buys Sports Podcast Network Locked On

Tegna says Locked On will expand its presence in the quickly growing podcast market, joining digital content studio Vault Studios and stations’ podcasting efforts, and build on Tegna’s overall sports footprint.

Tegna Expands Verify, Names Managing Editor

The station group taps Jonathan Forsythe as managing editor of its Verify anti-disinformation iniative. He will oversee the daily content production of Verify, including segments for television, web articles, social content and other products. He is also responsible for recruiting and managing Verify’s team of journalists, producers and audience-engagement specialists as well as working with Tegna stations to source story ideas and co-produce content.

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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.