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.

Watch It: 2020 Women In Technology Awards

TVNewsCheck’s 10th Annual Women in Technology Awards Presentation Ceremony and “Predictions for 2021” panel took place virtually Monday. Honored were SMPTE’s Barbara Lange, WarnerMedia’s Lisa Pedrogo, Perspective Media’s Janet Gardner, Avid’s Kate Ketcham, Latakoo’s Jade Kurian and Walt Disney Co.’s Sally Hattori. Watch it all here.

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: 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: 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: 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.