FCC’s Dems Slam Sinclair Consent Decree

Democratic FCC Commissioners Geoffrey Starks and Jessica Rosenworcel condemn the $48 million settlement, saying the agency’s Republican majority ignored the FCC’s own rules and bent the facts to assist Sinclair “with sweeping its past digressions under the rug.”

TVN'S OTT NEWS SUMMIT

Attracting, Keeping OTT Viewers Still Daunting

Crafting the right strategy for each service is crucial, broadcast executives say at TVNewsCheck’s OTT News Summit.

TVN’S OTT NEWS SUMMIT

Navigating The Wild West Of OTT Measurement

With no common measurement data, OTT services are playing by multiple rule books, broadcast executives say at TVNewsCheck’s OTT News Summit.

TVN FOCUS ON PODCASTS

Stations Finding Sound Reasons To Podcast

Tegna, Tribune, Scripps, Fox and Graham are among a growing number of TV broadcasters who are exploring adding audio content and advertising platforms. A study from the Interactive Advertising Bureau and PricewaterhouseCoopers puts podcast ad revenues at $313.9 million in 2017, and projects that it will more than double, to $659 million, by next year.

Tribune And Charter Reach Retrans Deal

The new contract covers Tribune’s 42 television stations and cable network WGN America.

Spectrum-Tribune Dispute Could Go From Short Skirmish To Long War

Disputes between cable companies and program providers are typical this time of year. But the dispute between Charter Communications’ Spectrum TV and Tribune Media is beginning to feel anything but typical. Entering its eighth day, this skirmish could be the one that escalates into a prolonged battle.

Tribune CEO Rips Charter Spectrum Over Retrans

In an open letter to the roughly six million subscribers of Charter’s Spectrum pay-TV service who are currently without Tribune Broadcasting affiliates in 24 markets, Tribune CEO Peter Kern blasted Charter for offering a “false picture” of the companies’ carriage negotiations.

RETRANS

Deadline Looms For Tribune-Charter Contract

Tribune Broadcasting television stations in 24 markets across the United States have begun informing Charter Spectrum subscribers that they may lose the local news, traffic, weather, sports and entertainment programming provided by the company’s 33 television stations in those markets at 12 a.m. ET Jan. 1, 2019, when the contract between Tribune Broadcasting and Spectrum […]

Tribune Broadcasting Gets Google News Grant

Funding from the Google News Initiative/YouTube Innovation Program will support new formats of video storytelling.

Altice, Tribune Reach Retrans Agreement

The new multi-year contract covers television stations and cable net WGN America.

Antenna TV Adds Three New Stations

Antenna TV, Tribune Broadcasting’s multicast network, has expanded to clearances on 135 stations across the country, bringing the network’s reach to 86% of U.S. TV households. In the new affiliate agreements, Antenna TV adds: WGWG 34.3 Charleston, S.C., owned by Howard Stirk Holdings LLC KRXI 44.3 Reno, Nev., owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group WDGA 43.2 Chattanooga, […]

Tribune Broadcasting Elevates Jason Ball

The broadcast group taps the news director of its KTLA Los Angeles to handle additional responsibilities as VP of content development for the group.

Tribune Cuts 120 Employees In Texas

Tribune Broadcasting laid off 120 employees in Texas, including 52 based in Houston, due to the media company’s cancellation of the Morning Dose and NewsFix shows, according to a notice the company filed with the Texas Workforce Commission. The layoffs will take effect on Nov. 6, Tribune said in its letter.

Tribune TV Ad Sales Open 24/7 With WideOrbit

Using Wide Orbit’s Programmatic Open Marketplace allows Tribune stations to accept complying offers for ad time around the clock — even outside of normal business hours.

Tribune, Nielsen Sign Multi-Year Ratings Deal

The new agreement provides audience measurement for all Tribune TV stations and markets as well as diginet Antenna TV.

DIGINETS

Antenna TV Adds New Programs To Lineup

Coach and Gimme A Break Join Tribune Broadcasting’s multicast entertainment network in January.

Antenna TV To Air ‘All Of All In The Family’

Tribune Broadcasting’s multicast network Antenna TV will present all episodes of the legendary sitcom All in the Family in one holiday weekend marathon.  It will run all nine seasons (207 episodes) on Thanksgiving weekend. The All of All in The Family Thanksgiving weekend marathon begins with season 1, episode 1 at 5 a.m. ET on Wednesday, Nov. […]

Cunningham (Sinclair) Buys Dallas TV

Sinclair’s sidecar partner is paying London Broadcasting $9.5 million for independent KTXD, according to an FCC filing. The deal would give Sinclair a duopoly in Dallas, assuming that its purchase of Tribune also passes FCC muster. Tribune owns CW affil KDAF there.

Tribune To Launch Syndicated ‘Morning Dose’

It’s partnering with digital media agency Dose on a data-driven weekday morning news show. Melissa Rycroft, Brandon London and Laila Muhammad to host. It launches June 29 on six Tribune stations.

 

‘Black-ish’ Scores Off-Net Syndication Deals

Disney-ABC has completed broadcast syndication sales for the sitcom, which has been cleared in more than 90% of the country with Tribune Broadcasting as the core station group for its launch in fall 2018 when the award-winning comedy also begins airing on FX and BET.

DMA 55: WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON, PA

WNEP News Loses Two Veterans To Buyouts

Early retirement means viewers in Northeastern Pennsylvania are not going to be seeing anchor Marisa Burke and chief meteorologist Tom Clark after more than 30 years each on the Tribune-operated ABC affiliate.

 

Antenna TV Adds Two Shows To 2107 Lineup

Antenna TV, Tribune Broadcasting’s multicast network, said today that beginning Jan. 2, 2017, The Joey Bishop Show and Good Morning World will join Antenna TV’s schedule as the network continues to expand its programming lineup. The Joey Bishop Show starred Rat-Pack member Joey Bishop as Joey Barnes, a harried talk show host.  Executive produced by Danny Thomas, the 30-minute sitcom originally aired […]

Antenna TV’s Facebook Page Tops 1 Million Likes

Antenna TV, Tribune Broadcasting’s multicast network, has surpassed 1 million likes. The page, which is maintained in-house by Kari Bellinger, Tribune Media’s affiliate relations and web market manager, was launched five years ago. “The goal of the Antenna TV page was always to be a place for viewers to come together as a community to […]

Tribune Offering Buyouts At Its Stations

“I can confirm a small number of employees at our stations have been offered voluntary buy-outs,” says a Tribune spokesperson. It’s not known what the station group is offering or if anyone has taken Tribune up on the offer yet.

Tribune Broadcasting Renews Fox Affiliations

Tribune Broadcasting on Tuesday announced that it reached a comprehensive, multi-year agreement with Fox Broadcasting to renew the existing Fox affiliations of six Tribune Media stations: KSWB San Diego; KTXL Sacramento, Calif.; WXIN Indianapolis; WTIC Hartford, Conn.; WXMI Grand Rapids, Mich.; and WPMT Harrisburg, Pa. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

RETRANS

Dish And Tribune Reach Retrans Deal

On Saturday, Tribune Broadcasting and Dish Network announced a long-term, comprehensive agreement on carriage and retransmission consent. The agreement restores Dish carriage of Tribune Broadcasting’s 42 television stations in 33 markets as well a Tribune’s WGN America cable network, all of which had been off the satellite service since June. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

DMA 27: INDIANAPOLIS

James Aitken New GM Of WXIN-WTTV

Tribune moves him from VP-GM at its KDAF Dallas to succeed Paul Rennie at the Fox-CBS duopoly in Indianapolis.

Tribune Names Chris Wayland Operations VP

The former Sunbeam executive will work with Greg Easterly, Tribune Broadcasting’s SVP/group operations. Wayland ran all three Sunbeam stations, including WHDH Boston, which is expected to lose its NBC affiliation at the end of the year.

 

Chris Myers To Executive Produce ‘Eye Opener’

Tribune Broadcasting’s Eye Opener morning news show has named Chris Myers executive producer. Myers, who joined Tribune Broadcasting this week, has been manager of digital creative content for ABC Television Group, an assistant news director at WFLD Chicago and has held executive management positions at Radar Online, CelebTV.com. and Entertainment Tonight.  Myers, the recipient of multiple Emmy, Golden […]

WBDTD Sells ‘Mom’ To Tribune Stations

The sale brings clearances of the show to 71% of the country, including 27 of the top 30 markets.

 

MULTICASTING 2016: PART 1

Diginets Keep Growing, Despite Auction Cloud

While the spectrum auction and repack could raise challenges, most multicast network players say they’re bullish on the business, especially with the likely adoption of ATSC 3.0. Diginets keep adding affiliates and expanding coverage and the top ones have begun attracting general market advertising. This is Part 1 of a four-part special report on multicasting. Parts 2 and 3 also appear today. Part 4, running Thursday morning, will focus on the technology of compression and channel sharing. You can read the other stories here.

Tribune Names Kerry Oslund Strategy VP

The TV news and digital veteran will oversee strategy, business development and operational execution for the station group.

 

DMA 3

Paul Rennie Named GM Of WGN Chicago

Tribune taps the former GM of its Indianapolis duopoly to succeed Greg Easterly as head of the CW affil and the CLTV cable news channel.

Dish-Tribune Retrans Fight: Will It Ever End?

The Dish-Tribune fee fight entered its second month this week with no resolution in sight.  On June 11, Tribune pulled its 42 stations from Dish’s lineup after the two companies failed to reach a new carriage pact. Dish and Tribune are quarreling over how much the satcaster should pay to carry the stations, but Dish is also claiming Tribune is trying to require WGN America to be part of the overall package.

TVN FOCUS ON BUSINESS

Leverage Worries Batter TV Groups Stock

Stock prices of six publicly-traded TV station groups had a rocky first half due to concerns over leverage as well as political, automotive and overall sustainability of the television business model. The companies bounced back a bit in the second quarter, but were still well below where they were on Jan. 1. Analysts, however, see signs for optimism.

RETRANS

Dish Sues Tribune Over ‘Dump Dish’ Push

Dish Network has filed a lawsuit against Tribune Broadcasting, accusing the broadcaster of deliberately spreading false statements about the satellite provider in the retrans fight that is now in its second week.

RETRANS

Dish Asks Tribune To Agree To Arbitration

The satellite provider proposes binding, baseball-style arbitration to reach a fair market-based deal and restore Tribune’s stations to its subscribers.

 

Sony Sells ‘Goldbergs’ To Tribune Stations

The cash-and-barter deal calls for The Goldbergs to be cleared on Tribune stations in 18 markets covering 37% of U.S. TV households, beginning in fall 2017.

Free Antennas For Dish Users Affected By Blackout

DMA 1: NEW YORK

Tribune Names Greg Easterly WPIX GM/SVP

After Rich Graziano decides to leave, Tribune Broadcasting puts the former GM of its WGN Chicago in change in New York as interim GM and promotes him to SVP of group operations.