Broadcast TV Rolls The Dice With Newest NEXTGEN Launch

Four broadcasters have successfully flipped the ATSC 3.0 switch on NEXTGEN TV service in Southern Nevada, a move that comes with the release of a Spring 2020 Progress Report by the Advanced Television Systems Committee. The Sin City signals were placed on the air by Nexstar Media Group, Sinclair Broadcast Group, and The E.W. Scripps Co.

What Does Frank Copsidas Have Planned For ‘NYTV’?

A Vermont low-power TV station has been sold. The buyer just happens to be an individual that has been buying up LPTV facilities over the last three years, perhaps as an outlet for content being produced from New Haven-based entity The Intrigue Group. What's intriguing about this deal? All signs point to a Albany-Schenectady-Troy DMA offering for Frank Copsidas.
E.W. Scripps Company

Scripps Family Impact Fund Helps COVID-19 Impacted Employees

Employees of The E.W. Scripps Company, and select communities where it does business, are benefiting from a gift from the Scripps Family Impact Fund. The fund is giving $1.6 million to three initiatives, including two related to the company and its foundation.

KOIN Toss: The Cox Pick For KIRO’s New Leader

The search for the next VP/GM at Cox Media Group's CBS affiliate serving the Seattle-Tacoma market is over. The news of a new leader at KIRO-7 comes just three days after the media company now tied to Apollo Global Management revealed its current leader, Greg Bilte, would retire as of June 30.
Money

BIA: Local TV Advertising Clipped $900M By COVID-19

What's the preliminary financial cost of the COVID-19 pandemic to U.S. local TV advertising? According to new data from BIA Advisory Services, it's some $900 million less than what had been initially anticipated for all of 2020.

And Now, Ariel Roblin’s Successor at KETV Is …

As RBR+TVBR first reported on May 13, Ariel Roblin has been selected to succeed the retiring Elliott Troshinsky at Hearst Television's KRCA-3 in Sacramento. We now know who is replacing Roblin back at the top-rated Hearst property in Nebraska Roblin is exiting from.

FCC Affirms Georgia DBS Market Mod Nod

Should television viewers some 100 miles to the northeast of Atlanta that subscribe to DISH Network and AT&T’s DirecTV be able to receive that market’s TV stations? That question was posed to the FCC some 20 months ago, and it said yes. An application for review involving the three Georgia counties involved was filed. The FCC has just rejected that request.

CBS Unveils Its 2020-2021 Primetime Lineup

CBS today unveiled its new 2020-2021 prime-time programming lineup featuring one new comedy, two new dramas and 23 returning series. Additional new series will be announced at a later date. Here are the details.

Bob Ross Channel STIRRs It Up

 The OTT service created, owned and operated by Sinclair Broadcasting Group has become the inaugural home for the Bob Ross Channel -- a dedicated platform for classic presentation of the paint-at-home legend who has found a new audience among Millennials and Gen Z consumers.

A 41-Year Career In TV To End For Greg Bilte

On June 30, Greg Bilte will conclude a career in television broadcasting that began in 1979, when he took a job as an account executive at KXLY-TV in Spokane. Now, in Washington's other big DMA, the search is on for a new VP/GM at the Cox Media Group station Bilte has been overseeing.

COVID-19 Claims IBC2020

From Sept. 11-14, broadcast and cable media tech companies from across the globe were set to attend IBC2020 in Amsterdam, perhaps the world's second-biggest gathering after the NAB Show in Las Vegas. Alas, the COVID-19 pandemic has claimed the Netherlands confab. It's now official: a virtual event will be had.

Comment Dates Set for Broadcast DTS Rules NPRM

The FCC on April 1 released a NPRM seeking comment on whether to make technical changes to its rules governing the use of distributed transmission system (DTS) technologies in order to help the broadcast television industry expand DTS use as it deploys the ATSC 3.0 NEXTGEN TV broadcast television standard. Comment and Reply Comment Dates are now in place.

A Fine Career Comes To An End In Boston

In 1977, fresh out of Boston University, Bill Fine took to the sports desk at WPTZ-5 in Plattsburgh, N.Y., instead of film school at the University of Southern California. By 1982, he was back in Boston, at a station he knows very well. Today, Fine is approaching 15 years in a third round at that Boston TV station. He'll celebrate by retiring later this year from the ABC affiliate. 

Touchdown, Raiders! Meredith Local Media Scores Flagship Status

Here's something Meredith Corp. can look forward to, now that its fiscal Q3 is in its past. One of its 17 TV stations has been officially tapped as the official broadcast home of the Las Vegas Raiders, formerly based in Oakland.

ACA Cheers FCC Adoption Of TVPA ‘Buying Group’ Provisions

The FCC on Wednesday released an order implementing "buying group" provisions in the Television Viewer Protection Act of 2019. This was met with applause from the association that serves as a voice in Washington for small-market and small-in-size MVPDs across the U.S.

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