TVN’S TV2025

Station Group Chiefs Eye Programming Opportunities At 10 P.M.

With NBC considering giving its final hour of primetime back to affiliates, many station groups are thinking about how to take best advantage of any additional time. L-r: Chris Ripley, Valari Staab, Jordan Wertlieb and Catherine Badalamente (Alyssa Wesley photo)

Chiefs From NBCU, Graham, Sinclair And Hearst To Talk State Of The Industry At TV2025

NBCUniversal Local’s Valari Staab, Graham Media Group’s Catherine Badalamente, Sinclair Broadcast Group’s Chris Ripley and Hearst Television’s Jordan Wertlieb will share their outlook for 2023 and weigh in on the industry’s most crucial challenges in TVNewsCheck’s annual station group leaders panel at TV2025 on Oct. 19 at the NAB New York Show. Register here.

Staab Named Chairman, NBCUniversal Local

She becomes the first chairman for NBCUniversal Local, a division that includes more than 50 local businesses and is home to the largest bilingual TV newsrooms in the country’s top TV markets.

NATPE Announces Iris Award Winners

Honoring transformative achievements in broadcast television, the Iris Awards Luncheon will headline the Station Group Summit as part of NATPE Miami 2022, live from the Fontainebleau in Miami on Jan. 19.


TVN Newsroom Innovators | KNTV’s Digital Rethink Pays Off

NBCU-owned KNTV in the Bay Area built a digital innovation team composed of unique specialists whose goal was to transform the newsroom’s culture. The team’s ambitious, multimedia investigative projects have garnered an armful of Murrow awards and illuminated bold, new storytelling pathways.

TVN'S TV2025

Examining NBCU, Station Group Of The Year

Led by Valari Staab, the group has surged with vital investments in its technology and newsrooms. She talks about the creation of new facilities that have charted an early path to the industry’s IP future; bilingual collaborations with Telemundo stations and expanded investigations that have elevated its reporting; and NBCLX, which has successfully targeted a new generation of local news viewers with innovative, multiplatform approaches to news storytelling. Read the story and/or watch the full video  above.


NBCU Stations’ Staab Takes The Long-Term View

NBCUniversal Owned Stations President Valari Staab has put targeted reinvestment at the center of her strategy to reinvigorate the group. Her strides in technology, weather and investigative reporting, duopoly bilingual newsrooms and multiplatform news are all geared to future-proofing the company. All reasons why NBCUniversal Owned Stations is TVNewsCheck‘s 2020 Station Group of the Year.


NBCU Stations: Reinvestment Reboots The Future

NBCU Owned Television Stations, TVNewsCheck’s Station Group of the Year for 2020, have seen a resurgence under Valari Staab’s leadership and bold investments in infrastructure, weather technology, conjoined newsrooms with its Telemundo stations and digital platforms.

NBC’s Staab On Station Reinvestment At TV2025

Valari Staab, president of NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, will accept the group’s Station Group of the Year Award and discuss the multifaceted reinvestment strategy that helped earn the award in an interview at TVNewsCheck’s virtual TV2025 event. Register here.

TVN Names NBCU Station Group Of The Year

Led by Valari Staab, the group has surged with vital investments in its technology and newsrooms. New facilities have charted an early path to the industry’s IP future; bilingual collaborations with Telemundo stations and expanded investigations have elevated its reporting; and NBC LX has successfully targeted a new generation of local news viewers with innovative, multiplatform approaches to news storytelling.

CEOs To Highlight An Expanded TV2020


Tegna’s David Lougee, NBC Owned TV Stations’ Valari Staab, Sinclair’s Chris Ripley and Hearst’s Jordan Wertlieb will appear on a panel at the second annual TV2020 conference at NAB Show New York. The focus of the CEO session — and the conference at large — will be monetizing the future.


How Local TV Can Survive In An OTT World

Experts say for stations to survive the onslaught of multiscreen competition, they must make a serious commitment to promotion. “Google-proof” the news, says NBCU’s Valari Staab, while SmithGeiger’s Andrew Finlayson exhorted: “We are in the reminder business. “Don’t just run the same [local news promo] over and over all evening. Make these the best promos on your air.”

Staab Among New Broadcasters Foundation Board

The Broadcasters Foundation of America has elected four broadcast industry leaders to board of directors. The new members were voted into office during last week’s board of directors meeting in New […]

WNBC GM Michael Jack Sets Retirement Date

After 40 years in television, the head of NBC’s New York flagship O&O will step down next June. Prior to taking over at WNBC in 2010, Jack ran two other NBC stations, WRC Washington and WCHM Columbus, Ohio.


Crafting The Rebirth Of NBC’s TV Stations

Valari Staab, the president of the NBC Owned Television Stations, took over management of the 10 stations a few years back. Her bosses also gave her the charge of improving the group and money to do so. She talks about how her investment in investigative reporters, helicopters, additional newscasts, new facilities and other resources has paid off. This story originally appeared earlier this month in the Spring 2014 edition of TVNewsCheck’s Executive Outlook, a quarterly print publication devoted to the future of broadcasting.


Station Group Heads Discuss Local TV Health

Two of the panel discussions at the NYC Television Week event focused on local TV. While the panel with Peter Liguori, president and CEO of Tribune Co., was held earlier than the lunchtime discussion with Valari Staab, president of NBC owned stations and Rebecca Campbell, president of ABC owned stations, much of the discussion revolved around the health of local stations.

Staab Gets Oversight Of Telemundo Stations

In a reorganization, Valari Staab, president of the NBC Owned Television Stations will also oversee Telemundo’s 16 TV stations as well as Boston-based regional cable news network NECN.

NBC Stations Backs TVB On Live+Same Day

Valari Staab, president, NBC Owned Television Stations: “As consumers rely more and more on time-shifted viewing, we strongly believe that live-plus-same-day ratings data best reflects how people watch television today and should be adopted as the minimum standard for local viewing measurement.”


WCAU Hopes To Fly High With New News

As part of parent NBC’s push to beef up news at its owned stations, its WCAU Philadelphia has upped its game. With new people and tools, including SkyForce 10, a state-of-the-art  Bell helicopter with four HD cameras, there’s a new approach to reporting news, one that involves expanding the station’s geographical coverage, heightening investigative and enterprise work and putting news in better context. “A year ago we were probably more reactionary — something would happen and we would react. And now we are a little more thoughtful in our process, more balanced, a lot more measured,” says News Director Anzio Williams.


Funny-Talk Key To Fixing NBC Daytime

The station group’s leader, Valari Staab, is betting two new syndicated shows — Steve Harvey from NBCUniversal and Jeff Probst from CBS Television Distribution — will flow nicely with current shows and help turn around the fortunes of her 10 stations.

NBC Stations Adds Nonprofit News Partners

NBC Owned Television Stations today announced it has entered into agreements to create cooperative newsgathering and reporting arrangements with a series of locally-focused, nonprofit news organizations.


Two Tough Jobs For Two Proven Execs

Rebecca Campbell (l), CEO of the ABC Owned Television Stations, and Valari Staab, CEO of NBC Owned Television Stations, face very different tasks. Staab has before her a full-blown reclamation project while Campbell is charged with maintaining her group’s reputation as local TV broadcasting’s premier franchise. But the two women also share attributes: Both are engaging personalities and boast proven aptitude at running major market TV stations. It will be interesting to see how they approach their respective challenges.


Local News Is Driver For NBC O&O Revival

Valari Staab, a longtime ABC local broadcaster who was hired away to lead the NBC Owned Television Stations, is reinventing the group through a four-pronged strategy of bigger budgets and staff for better, stronger newscasts; better promoting those newscasts and stories; increased local autonomy; and otherwise recharging the non-network daytime schedule.


What’s In A Name? A Lot, Apparently, To NBC

One of the first moves made by the new head of NBC’s television stations, Valari Staab, was to rename her group from NBC Local Media to NBC Owned Television Stations. While I applauded the introduction of Local Media four years ago, the time is now right for the new moniker. Staab has smartly focused the attention of every one of her employees on strengthening the 10 stations. And the name change also tells the world that the new controlling owner of NBCUniversal, Comcast, believes in the vitality and growth potential of broadcasting.

It’s Now ‘NBC Owned Television Stations’

In an apparent effort to emphasize the unique value of the company’s TV stations, Valari Staab, newly appointed NBC station group president, is rebranding her NBC Local Media division as NBC Owned Television Stations.