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Third Time’s a Charm: KMIZ Struggles with Super Bowl Text Update

KMIZ, the ABC affiliate for Columbia, MO, needed three chances to correctly update its viewers on the final score for Sunday’s Super Bowl.

The first text got the San Francisco 49ers name wrong, calling them the 46ers.

The second text (pictured) had the Niners winning the Super Bowl.

The third text said, “ABC 17 CORRECTION: After a few mistakes on our part – it was the Ravens over the 49ers 34-31 in Super Bowl XLVII. Apologies. You can see a screengrab of the texts after the jump.

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WRTV Opening Street-Level Studio in Downtown Indianapolis

WRTV now has what no other station in Indianapolis has: a permanent street-level studio.

The ABC-affiliate announced today plans to open a permanent, glass-enclosed studio in downtown Indianapolis.

The space, located on Monument Circle in the center of the city, is in the Emmis Communications building, the home of local news/talk radio station WIBC.  Last November, WRTV and WIBC launched a news-gathering partnership.

“We are very pleased to take our partnership with WIBC to the next level,” WRTV vice president and general manager Larry Blackerby said, announcing the plans for the studio. Read more

The Story Behind KNOP’s Will Ferrell Super Bowl Ad

KNOP general manager Lewys Carlini had one thought when he first watched the now-famous Will Ferrell Super Bowl ad for Old Milwaukee: why’d it cut off?

“I had to watch it two or three times to make sure there wasn’t a technical problem,” Carlini told TVSpy today.  He even called the agency that placed the commercial to double-check that it was indeed supposed to cut off just as Ferrell starts saying “Old Milwaukee.”

Carlini personally reviewed all of the ads that were set to run during Sunday’s Super Bowl to make sure they were appropriate for air. Read more

KNOP Airs Will Ferrell Super Bowl Commercial, GM Calls it ‘Odd’

KNOP in North Platte, Nebraska has a unique distinction: it was the only station in the country to air an Old Milwaukee commercial featuring Will Ferrell during Sunday’s Super Bowl.

After airing on KNOP, in the second-smallest market in the country, the ad went viral on Monday, edging out actual Super Bowl ads as the topic of watercooler conversation.

Back in North Platte, KNOP general manger Lewys Carlini thinks the whole thing is a bit strange.

“We found it interesting and odd that they would pick KNOP in North Platte, the second smallest market in the nation, for one spot to run and that’s all that ran,” Carlini said on Monday, “and for it hitting their hopes that it would go viral, and apparently it did.” Read more

Sunbeam Ends DirecTV Blackout, Saves Super Bowl

Sunbeam Television, which owns WSVN in Miami and WHDH in Boston, reached a new retrans agreement with DirecTV on Thursday.

The deal ends a weeks-long blackout and guarantees that DirecTV subscribers in Boston will be able to watch the Patriots play in the Super Bowl.

“We are pleased that we reached an agreement with DirecTV, and we appreciate our viewers’ patience during this tough negotiation,” WHDH general manager Chris Wayland said in a statement.

WSVN and WHDH, as well as Boston CW-affiliate WLVI, were pulled off the satellite TV service when the previous carriage agreement between the companies expired on January 13th. Read more

Super Bowl Blackout Possible in New England

As the New England Patriots prepare for the Super Bowl, DirecTV subscribers in Boston are fretting over a potential blackout of the game.

Sunbeam Television, which owns Boston NBC-affiliate WHDH, is currently locked in a retrans battle with DirecTV and has pulled its stations from the popular satellite service until a new agreement is reached.  Now the stakes have been significantly raised for the negotiations with the Super Bowl less than two weeks away.

The stakes are now so high that Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown sent a letter to both Sunbeam and DirecTV last week, urging them to come to an agreement before the Super Bowl, according to The Boston Globe. Read more

Sinclair’s First Quarter Revenue up 5.4%

“We continue to see growth in our core business, both in the first quarter and in our second quarter expectations,” announced Sinclair president and CEO David Smith today.

Sinclair, which operates 57 stations covering roughly 22% of U.S. households, announced that its broadcast revenues were up 5.4% in the first quarter, compared to the same period last year. The company saw net broadcast revenues of $155.9 million for the first three months of 2011.

Much of the increase can be attributed to greater advertising revenues as well as Fox’s coverage of the Super Bowl, which brought in $6.2 million for Sinclair’s 20 Fox affiliates.

The company is predicting second quarter station revenue to be up slightly, between 0.3 and 1.6%.

Media General Reports Slight Dip in First Quarter

Media General, which operates 18 stations focused mainly in southeastern markets, announced today that first quarter TV revenue had dropped 2.6% compared to the same period last year.

In its earnings report, Media General pointed to the same factors that Gannett mentioned in its first quarter announcement earlier this week: the absence of the Olympics on NBC-affiliates and the Super Bowl on CBS-affiliates caused a dip in revenue compared to 2010.

“We were pleased that our Broadcast television stations continued their strong performance,” said Marshall Morton, Media General’s president in CEO, putting a positive spin on things. “Total Broadcast revenues decreased $1.8 million, or 2.6 percent, from last year, despite the absence of $7.6 million in Olympics revenues and nearly $1 million in Super Bowl revenues.”

The company also reported that its local media websites experienced a strong gain in revenue, pulling in 20% more than the previous year.