RAISING THE BARR

The Way We Cover Crime Is Criminal

Local news needs to examine its addiction to crime stories and how that coverage is pushing aside other serious issues — the economy, cost of living, growing national divisiveness, among them — that viewers want to hear more about.

Meta’s Layoffs Make It Official: Facebook Is Ready To Part Ways With The News

Among the mass layoffs at the company formerly known as Facebook last week are several roles that have served as a bridge between the news industry and the sprawling tech company.

Shimon Prokupecz Promoted To CNN Senior Crime & Justice Correspondent

BRAND CONNECTIONS

WHBQ Memphis News Crew Robbed

MARKET SHARE MONDAY MEMO

WDIV Detroit Identified A ‘Promotable’ Story — Then Owned It

WDIV, Graham Media’s NBC affiliate in Detroit, saw that a story on its website about an upcoming bridge opening got tremendous engagement. The station doubled down and sent a crew of three people four hours away to make it a promotable event for its broadcast viewers.

Former WSB Anchor Jovita Moore Posthumously Inducted Into Atlanta Press Club Hall Of Fame

WTIC Hartford Reporter Tony Terzi Leaving Local TV

Maddie Kirker, Meteorologist, Joins WBNS Columbus Morning Team

NewsTECHForum: Creating More Content For A Multimedia Audience

Executives from Gray Television, Fox Television Stations, E.W. Scripps, Sinclair and Dalet will discuss how hubbing, news sharing and collaboration, AI, the cloud and cutting-edge video acquisition strategies are enhancing the ability of content creation teams to expand their productivity in a panel at TVNewsCheck’s NewsTECHForum event at the New York Hilton on Dec. 13. Register here.

Longtime DC-Based National Radio Host Jim Bohannon Dies

Bohannon began in radio while in high school, then college and after serving in the military he worked at WGAY, WTOP and WRC in Washington before joining the Mutual Broadcasting System in 1983, which later became Westwood One Radio. He then anchored the America in the Morning news magazine show, as well as hosting the Saturday night Jim Bohannon Show. He was also the primary fill-in host for Larry King’s national radio show. In 1993, King moved to CNN, and the show became the Jim Bohannon Show, which Bohannon hosted until he retired a month before his death. He was 78.

Judy Woodruff To Embark On Two-Year Reporting Project After She Steps Down As ‘NewsHour’ Anchor At End Of 2022

Judy Woodruff Is Too Busy For Nostalgia

At 75, “the last grown-up in Washington journalism” prepares to sign off after nearly a decade as an anchor of PBS NewsHour.

HONORING ALL WHO SERVED

TVNewsCheck will not distribute its AM and PM newsletters on Friday, Nov. 11, in celebration of Veterans Day. We will return Monday, Nov. 14.

NASA Confirms History Channel Discovery Of Space Shuttle Challenger Wreckage Off Florida

Divers for a History Channel documentary on World War II-era ocean wreckages have instead found a large, long-missing piece of the space shuttle Challenger, which exploded and fell into the Atlantic Ocean 73 seconds after liftoff at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Jan. 28, 1986. NASA confirmed the authenticity of the find today after viewing footage of the dive.

Murdoch’s News Outlets Extend Their Criticism Of Trump

For a second consecutive day, the recriminations about Republicans’ unexpectedly weak Election Day performance played a prominent role on the pages and over the airwaves of Rupert Murdoch’s media properties.

Jill Gilardi Joins WFSB Hartford As Weekend Evening Meteorologist

Former WDAF Anchor Mark Alford Wins Seat In Congress

‘CBS Saturday Morning’ Tops NBC’s Saturday ‘Today’ For First Time

CBS Mornings may trail Good Morning America and Today in the weekday ratings, but its Saturday iteration beat one of its counterparts this past week. On Saturday, Nov. 5, CBS Saturday Morning beat NBC’s Saturday Today for the first time ever in total viewers and in the adults 25-54 demo.

Fred Hickman, Sports Anchor At CNN, YES Network And ESPN, Dies At 66

WABC New York Names Porsha Grant Community Engagement & Development VP

ABC O&O WABC New York has appointed ABC Owned Television Stations’ Race & Culture Executive Producer Porsha Grant to VP, community engagement and development, reporting to Marilu Galvez, WABC president and general manager. Grant will be responsible for new community outreach efforts and growing existing relationships with organizations in the market. The station says she will […]

Midterm Elections Audience Falls Vs. 2018

Fox News was relatively steady and led all outlets for the night, but overall viewership was down by double digits.

Hearst’s Very Local News App Now On Vizio

Reporter Wilselies Cartagena Algarin Joins WRMD Tampa

NBCUniversal’s WRMD Tampa (Telemundo 49) has hired reporter Wilselies Cartagena Algarin. Her first day on air was Tuesday, Nov. 08. “We are excited to have Wilselies joining our news team,” said Rafael Perez-Narvaez, WRMD news director. “We are sure that her passion for journalism and energy will resonate with our local audiences here in Tampa […]

Longtime KTVX Salt Lake City Reporter Marcos Ortiz Dies Unexpectedly

Mark Ronchetti, Former KRQE Chief Meteorologist, Loses NM Governor Race

Media Narrative Of US Election: Bad News For Trump, GOP

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans awoke Wednesday to Election Day outcomes that remained nearly as murky as the night before: “House, Senate control still hangs in the balance,” a CNN caption blared. Yet if the results of midterm elections hadn’t solidified, the media narrative clearly had. Good night for Democrats. Bad night for Republicans. Bad […]

OVERNIGHTS

Election Night Ratings: ABC Draws Largest Audience Among Big 3

ABC averaged 3.2 million total viewers during primetime, along with a 0.5 demo rating, compared to NBC’s audience of 3.1 million (and slightly younger 0.6 demo rating). CBS meanwhile averaged 2.6 million primetime viewers, and a 0.4 demo rating.

Take A Behind-The-Scenes Drone Tour Of NBC News Studios, Control Room On Election Day

BOOK REVIEW

Traditional Journalism Gave Birth To HBO. Then HBO Crushed Journalism

As veteran media reporters Felix Gillette and John Koblin explain in their new book, It’s Not TV: The Spectacular Rise, Revolution, and Future of HBO, HBO was born from journalism, a byproduct of Time Inc.’s plan to diversify its holdings. Their gossipy, cameo-padded reporting breezes through the improbable story of how a print media company invested in a scheme to bring a clearer television picture to certain neighborhoods, embraced satellites and discovered that original programming was a cheaper way to fill its slate than paying Hollywood studios.

How US TV Pundits Spent Election Night

The midterms brought less drama than expected, but anchors had to fill the airwaves with something.