Sinclair Renews Five Fox Affiliations

The new contracts cover stations in South Carolina, Texas, Nevada, Georgia and Indiana.

DMA 3: CHICAGO

WFLD Ups Corey McPherrin To Evening Anchor

Fox-owned WFLD Chicago (DMA 3) today promoted Corey McPherrin to anchor of the 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. newscasts alongside Dawn Hasbrouck. Scott Schneider will move from weekends to replace […]

DMA 33

KSHB Kansas City Sued Over News Report

BRAND CONNECTIONS

Google Updates AdWords Ad Rotation

The idea is to simplify ad rotation into two settings. With the change, two options become available in September — Optimize, which prioritizes the best-performing ads; and Rotate Indefinitely, which gives ads equal preference. The Optimize setting will optimize ads for clicks in each individual auction using signals such as keyword, search term, device, and location.

Second Street Buys Presslaff Interactive Revenue

Second Street announced today the acquisition of Presslaff Interactive Revenue (PIR), a data-driven email marketing software and consulting business focused on the collection and use of first-party data for the […]

Viacom Sees Stability But Stock Struggles

It has been one year since Shari Redstone, daughter of Sumner Redstone, prevailed in an epic battle for control of her father’s business empire. Since then, she has made some decisive moves, promoting Bob Bakish to CEO and bringing in Jim Gianopulos to revitalize her father’s beloved Paramount Pictures. But the stock price has not responded, and in fact has plunged another 30% since CEO Philippe Dauman’s departure on Aug. 20. As of Aug. 25, Viacom was trading below $30.

Local TV Tops In Harvey Coverage In Texas

A new study shows that for Southern Texans, TV stations are the most trusted news source and lifeline during Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey.

IBC 2017 PRODUCTS PREVIEW

On The IBC Exhibit Floor: TMD

TMD | Stand 2.B49 | Website: www.tmd.tv TMD, a provider of media asset management and workflow systems for digital and physical assets, is focusing on powerful, cloud-centric solutions at IBC […]

IBC 2017 PRODUCTS PREVIEW

On The IBC Exhibit Floor: Pebble Beach Systems

Pebble Beach Systems | Stand 8.B68 | Website: http://www.pebble.tv Pebble Beach Systems, an automation, content management and integrated channel specialist, will be showcasing its latest range of solutions, including: the […]

IBC 2017 PRODUCTS PREVIEW

On The IBC Exhibit Floor: Rascular

Rascular | Stand 6.C19 | Website: www.rascular.com Software designers Rascular create PC-based video playout control and media management systems. Bespoke or off-the-shelf, its applications work across SDI and IP technologies. This allows media companies cost-effective control […]

IBC 2017 PRODUCTS PREVIEW

On The IBC Exhibit Floor: AVIWEST

AVIWEST | Stand 2.B31 | Website: www.aviwest.com AVIWEST, a provider of live video contribution and primary distribution systems over bonded cellular and unmanaged IP networks, will exhibit the latest developments […]

IBC 2017 PRODUCTS PREVIEW

On The IBC Exhibit Floor: Bexel

Bexel | Stand 12.E65 | Website: https://bexel.com/ Bexel Clarity 800 Camera — Bexel will showcase its custom-built Clarity Camera 800-HD, the world’s first miniature high-frame-rate (HFR) point-of view camera for […]

MARKET SHARE

Local TV Steps Up To Help Harvey Victims

TV stations and their owners are at the forefront of helping raise funds for organizations aiding victims of the flooding  left in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

DirecTV On Raycom, Dispatch Retrans Clock

The satellite provider is up against a 11:59 P.M. deadline today with Raycom and is also facing losing two Dispatch Broadcast Group stations on Friday.

MARKET SHARE | DMA 6: SAN FRANCISCO

KTVU’s Hidden Cam Reveals Mental Hospital Hell

Mark Hayes Out, Mollie Lair In At WLWT

WEEK ENDING AUG. 28

Station Trading Roundup: 3 Deals, $3.71M

The sale of KIEM Eureka, Calif. By Pollack/Belz Broadcasting Co. to Brian Brady tops the latest list of TV station transactions submitted to the FCC for its approval, according to BIA/Kelsey.

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP | AUG. 21-27

Viewership Down For Video Music Awards

The MTV Video Music Awards tallied 5.68 million viewers across 10 different networks on Sunday for a show dominated by Kendrick Lamar’s coronation and the debut of Taylor Swift’s new video. That’s down from the 6.5 million people who watched the VMAs in 2016, and the 9.8 million who watched the year before. Among the broadcast networks, NBC won the week in primetime, averaging 5.5 million viewers. CBS had 4.2 million, ABC had 3.1 million, Fox had 2.4 million, Telemundo had 1.5 million, Univision had 1.4 million, Ion Television had 1.3 million and the CW had 890,000.

CLOSING BELL

Dow Moves Up 57, Nasdaq Closes Up 19

Tech and industrial companies led stocks back from losses Tuesday. Investors bought bonds, which are traditionally considered safe assets, after North Korea fired a midrange ballistic missile that crossed over northern Japan and fell into the Pacific Ocean. 

DMA 7: WASHINGTON

WJLA Names Bill Kelly Chief Meteorologist

Sinclair ABC affiliate WJLA Washington (DMA 7) has hired Bill Kelly to be its next chief meteorologist, taking over the lead weather desk on Monday, Oct. 23. He will succeed Doug […]

Q&A WITH ROBERTSON BARRETT

Facebook Talks: Progress, But More Needed

Facebook is making a number of moves to help local news publishers do their work better and generate revenue to pay for it. Robertson Barrett, president of Hearst Newspapers Digital Media, details what he sees as the current promise of Facebook’s nascent effort to promote subscriptions for local news publishers and assesses the state of other major, yet-to-be-resolved issues for the publishers as they weigh their future on and with the giant social platform:

DMA 8

KTRK Houston Reporter Helps Woman In Labor

DMA 160: BINGHAMTON, NY

Anchor Candace Chapman Leaving WBNG

Disney, Hearst Pledge $1M Each To Red Cross

Hearst says it is donating $1 million to the Greater Houston Red Cross to aid in Harvey rescue and recovery efforts and will match employee donations up to an additional $1 million.The Walt Disney Co. and its Houston ABC O&O KTRK have pledged $1 million to the Red Cross for Harvey relief efforts and will also match, dollar for dollar, employee donations to the Red Cross and other organizations involved in Harvey relief.

NATAS Tech & Engineering Emmy Winners

Among this year’s honorees are the teams behind a voice-navigation system for TV content, a video-conferencing service, video ID tech and a 3D Doppler radar system. In addition, Robert Ross, SVP, CBS Engineering, and Richard Friedel, EVP, Fox Engineering, will receive Technology & Engineering Lifetime Achievement Awards on April 8 in Las Vegas.

Entertainment Studios In Nielsen Deal

The company will have access to audience measurement data for TV programs and commercial content in broadcast syndication and across all seven of the Entertainment Studios’ HD cable television networks.

MARKET SHARE | SOCIAL SCORECARD

WLS Out Front On Chicago’s Social Scene

WLS, ABC’s O&O in Chicago, is ahead in social media actions in the market over the last six months according to data from audience insight firm Shareablee. WLS has almost 25 million actions on social, 36% of the total engagement generated in the DMA (No. 3), with more than 69 million social actions. WLS was also first on Instagram with almost 950,000 actions.

Former AAF President Howard Bell Dies At 91

BuzzFeed Ditching Its Anti-Banner-Ad Stance

After eschewing banner ads for years, BuzzFeed is finally embracing them. BuzzFeed will introduce display ads that will be bought and sold using third-party ad technology on a global basis. The move is a bid to tap into its scale and monetize its owned-and-operated platforms more effectively.

MARKET SHARE

Tegna Makes Group-Wide Texas Relief Push

All money raised by Tegna’s 46 stations in 38 markets stations will be donated to the Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. In addition, the Tegna Foundation will match the first $100,000 of donations.