Talking TV: How NBCU Local Is Strategizing On FAST Channels

Angela Grande, director of streaming news channels at NBCUniversal Local, says FAST channels represent a unique and powerful opportunity for local news, but choreographing the relationships between stations, platforms and tech partners is a fast-evolving dance. A full transcript of the conversation is included.

Talking TV: RTDNA’s Shelley On ‘Most Important Election Of Our Lifetime’ For Local TV News

RTDNA President-CEO Dan Shelley says TV news’ credibility is on the line in this election year as never before, and he has some advice on how stations can recapture viewers’ trust. A full transcript of the conversation is included.

Best Of Talking TV: When Is NextGen TV Revenue Coming?

In this repeat of the Talking TV episode from March 17, John Hane, president and CEO of BitPath, shares an update on how far along the ATSC 3.0 consortium is toward building a national network that will support leasing data services and get cash registers finally ringing for broadcasters. A full transcript of the conversation is included.

Talking TV: The Networks Strike Back On vMVPD Issue With Coalition Of Their Own

Bryce Harlow, a lobbyist and spokesperson for the brand-new Preserve Viewer Choice Coalition, explains why the broadcast networks and vMVPDs he’s representing want to leave retransmission negotiation rules just as they are. A full transcript of the conversation is included.

Talking TV: Coalition For Local News Raises Its Hand For A Rule Change

Tanya Vea, president-COO of Bonneville International and a spokesperson for the new Coalition for Local News, explains why the group is drawing a direct line between the need for new FCC rules on dealing with vMVPDs and maintaining healthy local TV newsrooms. A full transcript of the conversation is included.

Best Of Talking TV: Welcoming The End Of News Objectivity

In this repeat of the Talking TV episode from Feb. 17, Andrew Heyward, a research professor at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School and co-author of a new report, Beyond Objectivity, explains the problems with aiming for “objective” news and what alternate goals newsrooms would do better to pursue. A full transcript of the conversation is included.

Best Of Talking TV: Bounce’s ‘Act Your Age’ Sets A Debut Record

In this repeat of the Talking TV episode from April 7, Alyson Fouse, creator and showrunner of Bounce’s new sitcom Act Your Age, discusses the enduring value of classic sitcom tropes and why diginets are a great place to debut new comedies. A full transcript of the conversation is included.

Talking TV: Emily Barr On Sinclair’s Shuttered Newsrooms

Emily Barr, TVNewsCheck columnist and former CEO-president of Graham Media, weighs in on the troubling implications of Sinclair’s closure of five newsrooms across its markets and what shoes may drop next for an industry up against serious headwinds. A full transcript of the conversation is included.

Talking TV: As NewsNation Expands To 24/5, Its Help Wanted Sign Is Still Out

Cherie Grzech, VP of news and managing editor of Nexstar’s NewsNation, shares the importance of the network’s recent expansion to 24 hours of news each weekday and its two new state-of-the-art studios in New York. She says while other news organizations are cutting staff, NewsNation is still hiring producers and reporters. A full transcript of the conversation is included.

Talking TV: Scripps News Ramps Up Live Newscasts

Kate O’Brian, president of Scripps News, explains how the bulk of its weekday broadcast hours will go to live as of May 1 and how the network manages its complex web of collaborations between its own reporters fanned out across the U.S., Scripps’ local stations, its hubs in Denver and Washington, D.C., and Scripps-owned Court TV. A full transcript of the conversation is included.

Programming Everywhere: The Complete Videos

See full videos from all the sessions at TVNewsCheck’s inaugural Programming Everywhere event at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, including panels on syndication’s changing business model, fresh approaches to news content, the future of sports on broadcast TV and where FAST channels are directing the evolution of broadcasting. This content, which previously was limited to TVN premium members, is now available to all.

Best Of Talking TV: Fox’s LiveNOW And The Art Of DJing News

In this repeat of the Talking TV episode from Nov. 18, 2022, Andrew Craft, senior digital journalist with Fox’s LiveNOW streaming channel, shows TVNewsCheck’s Michael Depp how to multitask as producer, director and anchor while on the air for hours at a time.

TVN@NAB

TVN Livestreaming From NAB Show

TVNewsCheck is once again livestreaming from NAB Show. Programming includes interviews from the NAB exhibit hall with executives at Dejero, Voice Interaction and Qvest, and, at 6 p.m. PT on Tuesday, April 18, the 13th annual Women in Technology Awards Presentation Ceremony.

Best Of Talking TV: Scripps Sports Looks To Edge Out RSNs For Rights

In this repeat of the Talking TV episode from Jan. 6, Scripps Sports President Brian Lawlor talks with TVNewsCheck’s Michael Depp about the E.W. Scripps division formed to leverage its Ion network to draw leagues away from regional sports networks and on to OTA. A full transcript of the conversation is included.

Talking TV: Bounce’s ‘Act Your Age’ Sets A Debut Record

Alyson Fouse, creator and showrunner of Bounce’s new sitcom Act Your Age, discusses the enduring value of classic sitcom tropes and why diginets are a great place to debut new comedies. A full transcript of the conversation is included.

Talking TV: Ambient TV Comes To FAST

Blake Sabatinelli, CEO of Atmosphere TV, explains how to make good TV deliberately for background consumption, and how his company has turned its network of FAST channels into a lucrative business at bars, restaurants and other venues. A full transcript of the conversation is included.

Talking TV: ‘Young & Restless’ Stars Peter Bergman And Susan Walters On Show’s 50th

Peter Bergman and Susan Walters, veteran actors on CBS’s The Young and the Restless, reflect on the show’s longevity, evolution and future as it marks its 50th anniversary on broadcast. A full transcript of the conversation is included.

Talking TV: When Is NextGen TV Revenue Coming?

John Hane, president and CEO of BitPath, shares an update on how far along the ATSC 3.0 consortium is toward building a national network that will support leasing data services and get cash registers finally ringing for broadcasters. A full transcript of the conversation is included.

Talking TV: Tackling Advanced TV At The IAB Tech Lab

Tony Katsur, CEO of the IAB Tech Lab, shares how he’s trying to solve for universal reconciliation, universal audit, audience interoperability and creating strong anti-fraud mechanisms in CTV among an ambitious list of other priorities in 2023. A full transcript of the conversation is included.

Talking TV: Reporters Making The Journey From Print To TV

Angelika Albaladejo and Jessica DeLeon are two former print reporters currently going through the Google-sponsored Journalism Journey Initiative to transition their skills to TV at E.W. Scripps stations. They share the tougher parts of the transition, the fresh-eyes advantages they bring to TV and how other former print reporters may follow in their stead. A full transcript of the conversation is included.

Talking TV: CBC’s ‘About That’ Elevates Explainer News For Streaming

About That, the flagship news show for the newly launched CBC News Explore FAST channel, pairs a smart, conversational approach to storytelling with broadcast-quality production values. Host Andrew Chang explains how it does so with a tiny staff and big ambitions for reframing TV news. A full transcript of the conversation is included.

Talking TV: Welcoming The End Of News Objectivity

Andrew Heyward, a research professor at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School and co-author of a new report, Beyond Objectivity, explains the problems with aiming for “objective” news and what alternate goals newsrooms would do better to pursue. A full transcript of the conversation is included.

Talking TV: One Reporter’s Work-Life Balance Win

Amanda St. Hilare, an investigative reporter and news content manager at Fox-owned WITI Milwaukee, found a healthy balance between her demanding career and personal life. In her management role, she’s now trying to do the same for others. A full transcript of the conversation is included.

Talking TV: CBS Goes Live With News At WWJ Detroit

After months of building a newsroom from scratch, CBS’s WWJ Detroit flipped the switch on its first newscasts last week. Adrienne Roark, president of CBS Stations; Brian Watson, VP and GM of WWJ; and Paul Pytlowany, its news director, make the case for how its community-based approach to reporting will differentiate the station. A full transcript of the conversation is included.

Talking TV: The Harlem Globetrotters Bring It Back To TV

Keith Dawkins, president of the Harlem Globetrotters, talks with TVNewsCheck’s Michael Depp about the team’s return to TV with Play It Forward and how the beloved, near-century-old franchise is connecting with new generations across multiple media. A full transcript of the conversation is included.

Talking TV: For Michaela Pereira, Lots Of Opportunities Remain In Talk

The talk show genre has far from played itself out and there’s still room for more comers says Michaela Pereira, whose eponymous new talker debuts from PPI this fall. A full transcript of the conversation is included.

Talking TV: What Will TV News Hiring Look Like In ’23?

Gary Brown, owner and CEO of Talent Dynamics, talks with TVNewsCheck’s Michael Depp about on-air journalists’ continued pursuit of a better work/life balance, anchors’ salary and leverage prospects and the industry’s ongoing shortage of producers. A full transcript of the conversation is included.

Talking TV: Scripps Sports Looks To Edge Out RSNs For Rights

Scripps Sports President Brian Lawlor talks with TVNewsCheck’s Michael Depp about the new E.W. Scripps division formed to leverage its Ion network to draw leagues away from regional sports networks and on to OTA. A full transcript of the conversation is included.

Talking TV: The FAST Track To Streaming’s Future

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp talks with Marco Di Giacomo, CMO of Amagi, about why he believes all broadcasters need to be on FAST channels post haste, the growing revenue opportunities there and where artificial intelligence will play a role in improving their UX and popularity.

Talking TV: Can Direct Response Ads Lift Spot In ’23?

Toni Knight, founder and CEO of WorldLink, says that station GMs need to be thinking strategically about direct response advertising as they downshift out of a lucrative political year. She shares the view from the DR side in conversation with TVNewsCheck’s Michael Depp. A full transcript of the conversation is included.

Talking TV: How True Crime Podcasts Can Work For Local TV

True crime podcasts tap a deep line into audiences’ psyches and have great potential for local TV news in both audio and video forms, says Scott Weinberger, co-host and creator of the Anatomy of a Murder podcast and executive producer/creator of Discovery ID’s On the Case with Paula Zahn. He talks with TVNewsCheck’s Michael Depp about how to do them right. A full transcript of the conversation is included.

Talking TV: Fox’s LiveNOW And The Art Of DJing News

Andrew Craft, senior digital journalist with Fox’s LiveNOW streaming channel, shows TVNewsCheck’s Michael Depp how to multitask as producer, director and anchor while on the air for hours at a time.

Talking TV: Tegna’s Verify Finds Hyper-Engagement On TikTok

Tegna’s Verify investigative team has won a following of 100,000 and growing on TikTok, where a younger demographic has been drawn to its simple reportorial mission and authentic voice. TVNewsCheck’s Michael Depp talks with Verify’s Ariane Datil and Casey Decker about the dos and don’ts of making TikTok work for news. A full transcript of the conversation is included.

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Are AI Anchors Coming Soon?

In this repeat of the Talking TV episode from Aug. 26, TVNewsCheck’s Michael Depp talks with Joe Murphy of Deep Brain AI, a technology company that’s creating digital copies of TV news anchors for outlets in China and South Korea, about how the tech works, the ethical issues around it and the likelihood that we’ll be seeing digital anchors on U.S. screens. A full transcript of the conversation is included.

THE BEST OF TALKING TV

Exposing Local TV’s Darker Side In ‘Broken News’

In this repeat of the Talking TV episode from Aug. 19, 2022, TVNewsCheck’s Michael Depp talks with Erin Kennedy and Megan Glaros, who followed their layoffs as an anchor and meteorologist, respectively, at Chicago’s WBBM with the video podcast Broken News. Their show pulls back the curtain on local TV to reveal the sexism, punishing schedules and career unsustainability they encountered and its aftershocks in their lives. A full transcript of the conversation is included.

Talking TV: Tamron Hall On TV’s Next Leaders

TVNewsCheck’s Michael Depp speaks with talk show host Tamron Hall about how her show is hitting a post-pandemic groove and her work with the NAB Leadership Foundation as its newly named industry ambassador. A full transcript of the conversation is included.

Talking TV: WTTG Keeps Upping The Ante With Local News, Programming

TVNewsCheck’s Michael Depp talks with Paul McGonagle, VP and news director of Fox-owned WTTG Washington, about two new shows that will bring the station up to over 80 hours of original weekly programming, how they manage that volume and hacks for hiring quality people in a tough market. A full transcript of the conversation is included.

Talking TV: TV5Monde Courts U.S. Audiences With Francophone Programming

TVNewsCheck’s Michael Depp talks with Patrice Courtaban, EVP of global growth and development for TV5Monde and CEO of TV5Monde U.S. about the multinational broadcaster’s growth plans in the francophone and Francophile U.S. market and beyond, and how streaming is helping broaden its reach. A full transcript of the conversation is included.

Talking TV: What Viewers Want From TV Anchors

TVNewsCheck’s Michael Depp talks with talent coach and consultant Barry Nash about recent research to pinpoint what viewers are looking for in TV anchors and how the best coaching is collaborative in nature. A full transcript of the conversation is included.

Talking TV: How ‘Entertainment Tonight’ Went From TV Show To Brand

TVNewsCheck’s Michael Depp talks with Entertainment Tonight Executive Producer Erin Johnson on the eve of the show’s 42nd season about its longevity and how a rethink of its social and digital presence transformed ET into something much more than just a TV show. A full transcript of the conversation is included.