How To Diversify Your Station’s Workforce (And Keep It That Way)

Grady Tripp, VP and chief diversity officer at Tegna, explains how fostering diversity, inclusion and equity at TV stations can be cultivated by maintaining an inclusive work environment, recognizing and valuing underrepresented groups and securing buy-in from leadership. This is the latest installment of How To, a TVNewsCheck original video series that solicits innovative, practical and actionable advice from TV experts in news, technology, sales and marketing. Earlier episodes: How To Make A Better News Story Working Solo, How To Sell Local OTT Advertising and How To Animate A News Story.

Crew Of ITV America’s TBS Cooking Competition Strike Over Healthcare

The crew, a mix of ITV America staff and folk from the Warner-owned studio complex, said producers have been “unresponsive” for requests for recognition. Around 10% of staff are striking but production is continuing.

TVN Webinar To Explore AR/VR State Of The Art

Executives from CNN, The Weather Channel, Brainstorm and Planar will talk about how broadcasters are using augmented reality to enhance storytelling during a July 15 TVNewsCheck Working Lunch Webinar that will also explore how broadcasters are using virtual reality to create the next generation of news, weather and sports sets. Register here.

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REMEMBER AND HONOR THE SACRIFICE

TVNewsCheck will not distribute its AM and PM newsletters on Monday, May 31, in honor of Memorial Day. We will return Tuesday, June 1.

NBCU’s New Ads Get Interactive

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp talks with Colette Winn, VP of strategy and operations, creative partnerships, at NBCUniversal about the company’s suite of six new interactive ads that may nudge spot advertising in an entirely new direction both nationally and locally.

Lou Dobbs Is Lashing Out At Fox

Fox News Media canceled Lou Dobbs Tonight last Friday night and since then the former host, who is one of the network’s most outspoken allies of former president Donald Trump, has been on something of a tear ever since, retweeting dozens of tweets supporting him, including many that criticize Fox.

NFL Sunday Ticket TV Case Denied Supreme Court Review

The U.S. Supreme Court won’t review an antitrust case that could have outsized influence on the future of the television industry. On Monday, the high court announced it wouldn’t be hearing National Football League v. Ninth Inning, a lawsuit against the professional football league that challenges how teams currently pool telecast rights and collectively negotiate a licensing package for out-of-market games. The antitrust dispute could shake up live sports broadcasting.

James Corden Will Pay Salaries Of Furloughed ‘Late, Late Show’ Employees

Webinars This Week: Latakoo, TAG, Palo Alto, MFM, Cobalt Digital, Bitmovin

A hefty list of organizations plans live and on-demand webinars, briefings and demos this week. TAG, latakoo, Cobalt Digital, Palo Alto Networks and the Media Financial Management Association are on the list. There’s also continuously updated coverage of new product announcements and, starting this week, press conferences, here and for TVNewsCheck’s day-by-day coverage of how broadcasters are coping with stay-at-home orders while covering the pandemic, visit here. 

TVN'S CYBERSECURITY FOR BROADCASTERS RETREAT

CBR To Spotlight Security’s Role In M&A

Top cybersecurity executives from E.W. Scripps, Cox, Tegna and Sinclair will share their experiences with — and advice for — planning and executing secure mergers and acquisitions at TVNewsCheck’s third annual Cybersecurity for Broadcasters Retreat.

2019 IN REVIEW

As 2019 Fades To Black, We Say Goodbye

In 2019, TVNewsCheck reported on the deaths of outstanding men and women who shaped television as actors, lawmakers, producers, business people, journalists and on-air personalities. Here’s a look back at some of those influencers.

Twitter Refines Political Ad Rules

Overnights: Fox Takes Top Spot Behind Football

“Thursday Night Football” went up a tenth. ABC dramas dipped, but NBC comedies improved.

Trump Ordered Mattis To ‘Screw Amazon’ On Pentagon Contract

A new biography of former Defense Secretary James Mattis reports President Donald Trump personally got involved in who would win a major $10 billion contract to provide cloud computing services to the Pentagon.

Football Bests World Series Game Five

A Week 8 NFL matchup easily beat out a pivotal MLB World Series Game 5 last night according to Nielsen numbers.

Trump Gets Boos, ‘Lock Him Up’ Chant At Series

President Trump was greeted with a Bronx cheer at the World Series in Washington D.C. on Sunday night, as the crowd booed the commander in chief and some chanted “Lock him up.”

Nearly 60% Of FX Writers Now Not White Men

Stars Advocate For Progress At Oscars Event

Inequality in the film industry got a high-profile spotlight at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 11th annual Governors Awards. (Pictured: Actor Wes Studi)

Overnights: Fox’s ‘Thursday Night Football’ Down

Fox secured the number-one position in Thursday’s prime ratings, with the NFL providing a net 2.7 in viewers 18-49, per Nielsen, and a 12 share, beating out the 0.9/4 ABC average.

Women Confront Harvey Weinstein At Actors Event

The disgraced media mogul appeared Wednesday at an event put on by Actor’s Hour at the Downtime bar in New York City and was confronted by at least three women.

Jerry Fogel, Actor On ‘The Mothers-in-Law,’ Dies At 83

Gray Renews All Fox Affiliations

Gray Television on Tuesday reached an agreement with the Fox Television Network that extends and renews the network affiliations for all of Gray’s Fox affiliated television stations across 21 markets.

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Gray’s KOSA fuels future with Ross newsroom computer system

Gray Television’s CBS affiliate in Odessa-Midland, TX, updated its newsroom computer system with Ross Video’s Inception News, finding the transition to the platform easy to execute and the platform much more capable of accommodating the changing needs of its team.

FRONT OFFICE

Collins | What’s It Take To Attract The Best Employees?

Mostly, it requires companies to pay careful attention to how they come across in social media and on their own websites, thinking of them as promotional rather than just informational. Always keep in mind that as you are checking out potential hires they are checking out you.

MULTICASTING 2019, PART I

The Diginet World Is Having A Moment

Broadcasters including Scripps, Tegna, CBS, Sinclair, Ion and Gray have been laying bigger bets in the multicasting business, acquiring some of the more popular diginets and partnering to develop new ones in a market showing signs of further expansion. CBS’s new diginet DABL, for instance, is bringing back the classic lifestyle programming of Martha Stewart and others in the fall.

IBC 2019

Digital Nirvana At IBC 2019

Digital Nirvana’s service portfolio includes media monitoring and analysis, media solutions and services, investment research services and learning management services. MonitorIQ — MonitorIQ is a leading broadcast-monitoring solution from Digital Nirvana that offers services such as signal and loudness monitoring, air-check logging, competitive analysis, and content repurposing. The solution is Linux-based for secure scalability. This highly […]

EDITOR'S NOTE

McCain’s Maverick Ways Extended To Broadcast

As he did on many things, Arizona Senator John McCain, who died over the weekend, went his own way on broadcasting policy during his days as chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee in the 1990s and the aughts. Untethered to any regulatory orthodoxy, he helped broadcasters stave off new public interest obligations, but at the same time he opposed their second-channel plans for the analog-to-digital transition and championed free air time for candidates.

Sinclair Full Speed On 3.0 Despite Merger Fallout

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MVPD Programming Fees Climb 7.3% in Q2

The fees include what the cable and satellite operators paid to cable networks as well as what they paid to broadcasters for retransmission consent, according to MoffettNathanson. The research firm also projects minimal gains in national TV advertising for the rest of this year, flat in the second and third quarter, dipping 1% in the fourth.

RTDNA Urges Journalists To Watch Their Backs, But Don’t Back Down