Viral Video Firm Jukin Media Builds Studio To Expand

Mission Broadcasting Adds Carwile As PD

Lance Carwile, a veteran of Nexstar, Media General and LIN, will oversee programming for the group’s 21 television stations.

WNYW, WWOR To Broadcast From One WTC

The Fox-owned New York stations will move their transmitters to the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere early next year.

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DMA 1: NEW YORK

WNET Benefits From Limited Pledge Drives

DMA 100: GREENVILLE-NEW BERN-WASHINGTON, NC

WITN Mourns Death Of ND Stephanie Shoop

The news director of Gray’s NBC affiliate in Greenville, N.C., died unexpectedly at her home Tuesday morning. She was 46 and married to WITN’s Dave Jordan.

Digital Media Grows 19% In July, TV Up 5%

After a few months of slower growth, digital-media advertising revenue has resumed its double-digit climb — with social media, search and internet radio among its strongest performers. Digital-media advertising was up 19% in July, according to Standard Media Index, which culls booking data from 80% of the major media agencies.

DMA 55: RICHMOND, VA

WTVR Richmond Debuts New News Set

DMA 174: LAKE CHARLES, LA

KVHP Launching ABC Feed On Subchannel

The Fox affiliate in Lake Charles, La., owned by American Spirit Media will shift its lineup on Aug. 31 to add ABC on ch. 29.2. It will simulcast local news from Raycom’s KPLC.

Sinclair Rebuts Opposition To Tribune Merger

The proposed $3.9 billion transaction has drawn fire from self-appointed “public interest” advocates who believe Sinclair is not committed to local broadcasting; cable and satellite operators who feel the scale will give Sinclair too much leverage in retransmission consent negotiations; and from T-Mobile, which believes Sinclair is trying to slow the repack of the TV band. Sinclair dismisses each of the charges in turn in an FCC filing.

 

Scripps Makes Changes To Top Management

The moves follow Adam Symson’s move to president-CEO earlier this month. The moves are promotions for Brian Lawlor, Laura Tomlin, Lisa Knutson, Tim Wesolowski and William Appleton.

MARKET SHARE | DMA 24: RALEIGH-DURHAM, NC

WRAL’s Revolutionary HS Football Coverage Returns

Sinclair Said Pondering Bannon Collaboration

David Smith, Sinclair Broadcast Group’s executive chairman and largest shareholder, is close to Steve Bannon and an admirer, according to people who know them both. He is keen to increase Sinclair’s heft in conservative commentary, a market currently dominated by Fox News Channel, and is eyeing a collaboration with Bannon, according to the Financial Times.

DMA 8: HOUSTON

Mario Diaz Joins KPRC As Investigative Reporter

DMA 53: BUFFALO, NY

Nick Filipowski Moves Crosstown To WIVB

DMA 31

San Antonio Film Critic Bob Polunsky Dies At 85

Tegna Aims To Break Formulas At Stations

Tegna has wrapped its fifth innovation summit. A spokesperson says the two-day innovation summit brought more than 30 reporters, producers and digital journalists from 20 stations across the country to its headquarters in McLean, Va. This year’s theme was “Escape the Ordinary.”

DirecTV Could Lose 40 Raycom Stations

DirecTV could lose more than 40  Raycom stations in the coming days, according to viewer alerts posted today at the station’s websites. “The DirecTV satellite system is about to drop us and break that critical link to our viewers,” reads the Raycom viewer warning. “We are currently working hard to make sure DirecTV customers continue to have access to [the Raycom stations] without interruption. But there is a chance they will not agree to a fair deal, and decide to drop [Raycom] from their system.”

Latino Group Vows Action Toward Big 4 Nets

The National Latino Media Council is vowing to unleash a year of militant action in its quest to increase the representation of Latinos across the Big Four broadcast networks. CBS Corp. has pledged to boost employment of Latino actors and creatives following an Aug. 17 meeting in Los Angeles. The NLMC targeted CBS first among its broadcast peers because of what it viewed as the Eye’s poor track record in employing Latino actors, writers, directors, and producers.

TV Star Salaries: Who Makes What

The explosion of demand for high-end TV series and the emergence of deep-pocketed new buyers such as Netflix and Amazon has been an enormous windfall for marquee talent. Just ask Robert De Niro, or David Letterman, or Katy Perry. Stars with brand names are more in demand than ever as dozens of competing outlets search for anything that will help a show stand out from the pack.

CLOSING BELL

Dow Finishes Up 196, Nasdaq Gains 84

Stocks surged Tuesday with shares of technology companies and retailers helped lead the way. And with markets in a less-nervous mood, prices for Treasury bonds, gold and other go-to investments for turbulent times fell.

DMA 4: PHILADELPHIA

Anzio Williams Makes History At WCAU

Williams, who along with WCAU President-GM Ric Harris forms the almost unheard-of big-city pairing of African Americans in those influential positions, made news this past spring when NBC10’s 11 p.m. broadcast was the most-watched late newscast among adults in the coveted 25 to 54 age demographic this past May.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP, AUG. 14-20

‘Talent,’ Thrones’ Rule Ratings Again

Overall in primetime during this sleepy summer week, NBC averaged 5.1 million viewers. Runner-up CBS had 4.2 million, while ABC had 3.7 million, Fox had 1.7 million, Telemundo had 1.5 million, Univision had 1.4 million, Ion Television had 1.3 million and the CW had 910,000.

DMA 1: NEW YORK

Former WPIX Anchor Krishnan Joins WNYW

Pivotal: TV-Connected Viewing Growing

TV viewing via internet-connected devices continues to see sharp growth — up 45% in TV homes in June and 43% among 18-49 viewers over the same period a year ago. The TV usage share for TV-connected devices — which includes Roku, Apple TV and Google Chromecast set-top boxes — is now at 12.7% of all TV use on a total day basis among 18-49 viewers, according to Pivotal Research Group. It was 8.5% in June 2016 and 4.9% in June 2015.

FETV Sets Ratings Record With ‘Perry Mason’

Family Entertainment TV said today that the multicast network received its highest viewing with 97,500 households on Aug. 7 at 8 p.m. with Perry Mason, according to ComScore ratings. FETV airs classic family shows form the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s including Matlock, T.J. Hooker, Hart to Hart and Hazel in addition to Perry Mason. Drew Sumrall […]

MARKET SHARE | SOCIAL SCORECARD

WPRI First On Facebook In Providence

Nexstar’s CBS affiliate in Providence, R.I., has almost 780,000 actions on social, 25% of the total engagement generated by the DMA (No. 52), with more than 3.1 million social actions. Lee Dooley, WPRI’s digital director, thinks part of the station’s success on Facebook is that it serves its audience with quality content wherever they are.

DMA 3: CHICAGO

Rafer Weigel Named WFLD Weekend Anchor

Fox-owned WFLD Chicago (DMA 3) has added Rafer Weigel to its news staff. Effective Sept. 1, he will anchor the station’s Saturday and Sunday 9 p.m. newscasts and report on various weekday newscasts. Most recently, Weigel was weekday evening anchor at KTVI St. Louis. Prior to that, he was the weekend sports anchor and reporter […]

Analyst: Disney’s Streamer To Cost $5/Month

Disney’s upcoming branded streaming service will likely be priced around $5 per month in order to drive wider adoption, according to MoffettNathanson analyst Michael Nathanson. He says that the new Disney streaming service and the upcoming ESPN services need clear distinctions. The ESPN service will likely test different prices as it prepares ESPN to be ready to go fully over-the-top, according to the report, but the Disney service is about building asset value instead of taking licensing money from SVOD deals.

DMA 36: CINCINNATI, OH

Charisse Gibson Joins WXIX’s ‘Cincinnati Connection’

Feel-Good Hallmark Ch. Booming In Age Of Trump