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WMAQ Launches Web-Only Newscast

WMAQ, the NBC-owned station in Chicago, launched a web-only newscast this week (video above).

“The Daily” will be hosted by Marcus Riley, a digital producer and online entertainment reporter for WMAQ’s website. It will be delivered to subscribers by email each day at noon.

Study: Sometimes a TV is Just a TV

Despite a growing trend of connecting TV sets to the internet so viewers can watch TV and surf the web, a recent study shows consumers are using their new connected TVs to do one thing, watch TV.

The study, conducted by consumer research company NPD, shows that six out of ten consumers who own a connected HDTV are watching what they call “Over the Top” video services through the TV instead of using the device to tweet, post on facebook or read books or magazines. The culprit?  Too much choice.

There are six or more types of devices bringing the Internet to HDTVs: the TV itself, video game consoles, Blu-ray Disc players, streaming media set top boxes, TiVo, and a few audio/video receivers. While 15 percent of HDTV displays are connected directly to the Internet, that number increases to 29 percent of HDTVs screens due to these other devices. This is driving the availability of around two connected eco-systems on the same TV screen, leading to a confused user-experience as consumers have more than one way of accessing their favorite TV apps. Read more

A Look Back at ‘Cubes’ TV News Tours

The week before the new year begins is a good time to review what you’ve learned over the last year and to plot your course for the next 365 days. For MediabistroTV, 2012 gave us an interesting look at the present and possible future of TV news.

Former “CBS This Morning” anchor Erika Hill showed us around the CBS Broadcast Center in New York before she went to NBC’s “Today Show.” While “ABC World News” anchor, David Muir was gracious enough to give us a look at ABC News.

“Cubes” CBS News Behind-the-Scenes

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Salt Lake City’s KSL Suspends Online Gun Ads

KSL, the NBC affiliate in Salt Lake City, has announced a suspension of firearms listings on the classified section of its website as the “broader societal issues” of guns are examined in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. KSL posted a statement online:

Like everyone else in the country, the management of KSL is profoundly saddened by the tragedy in Connecticut. In the wake of this and other similar incidents, important questions have been raised about the ease of access to guns. These questions deserve time for careful consideration and we are confident that an appropriate resolution will be found. Accordingly, KSL has temporarily suspended firearms listings on KSL.com classifieds. We recognize that this may inconvenience responsible citizens who have used this service, but we feel this is an important step while these broader societal issues are examined.

KSL is owned by Bonneville International Corporation, which is in turn owned by the Church of Jesus Chris of Latter Day Saints. [h/t The Huffington Post]

Frank Mungeam Promoted to Director of Digital Media at KGW

Frank Mungeam has been promoted to director of digital media at KGW, the NBC affiliate in Portland, Ore.

Mungeam has led KGW.com since joining the station in 2006. The website recently received a regional Emmy award for interactivity in Election Night coverage.

“Frank richly deserves this promotion to the director of digital media and becoming a member of our executive leadership team at the KGW Media Group,” KGW president and general manager DJ Wilson said in announcing the promotion. “Frank has been instrumental in developing and managing our digital strategy and our ever expanding portfolio of digital products.”

KENS Shines a Spotlight on Military Issues in Week Long Web Series

TVNewsCheck speaks to Jan Boyd, director of digital media at KENS, about the station’s recent web-exclusive series, “Seven Days in Military City, USA.” In San Antonio, where 18 percent of the population has military ties, Boyd said the seven-part series is part of the station’s quest for a digital identity:

The series — using video, photo slideshows and written stories — included stories about the “wounded warriors” who for the second year rode bikes 500 miles across Texas; homeless veterans who reportedly make up nearly one-quarter of the homeless in San Antonio counted as head of households; and Tim Williams, a veteran who now is a maintenance crew work leader at Fort Sam Houston Cemetery, the country’s seventh busiest national cemetery.

The series was filmed, photographed, written and posted entirely by KENS5.com’s four-person digital content-creation team, says Jan Boyd, the station’s director of digital media. It reflects Boyd’s vision of a TV station website that has its own editorial voice while still meeting its obligations of supporting, and supplementing, on-air content. Read more

LIN Media Expands in New York

It is Advertising Week here in New York City, so what better time to make some ad news. This morning, LIN Media announced it is opening a new digital sales headquarters at Grand Central Plaza (as it happens, about 10 blocks from TVSpy HQ).

LIN Media owns or operates 32 television stations in 15 markets across the country. Opening a new base for RMM — LIN Media’s digital operations — furthers the company’s digital objectives.

Jamie Elden, RMM’s new SVP of Sales says, “The opening of our digital sales headquarters in New York City is key to advancing our growth strategy and building upon the valuable relationships we have with advertising agencies and brands, as well as establishing new relationships.”

RMM is also launching new entertainment initiatives out of the company’s LA office for social and mobile.

WRC Hires New Digital Manager

NBC owned station, WRC has hired Wendy Warren as its Editorial Manager, Digital.

WRC president and general manager, Jackie Bradford announced Warren will oversee the Washington, D.C. station’s website, NBCWashington.com as well as its social media and digital platforms.

Warren comes to WRC from Philly.com, the website of both the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News.

Lost Remote Joining Mediabistro Team

WebMediaBrands, the parent company of Mediabistro and TVSpy, has acquired the popular social TV blog Lost Remote.

Cory Bergman, who founded Lost Remote 13 years ago, will continue to play an active role in the site, as will longtime contributor Natan Edelsburg.

“This is an exciting new chapter for Lost Remote,” Bergman said. “Few people had heard of social TV two years ago, but today it’s driving more innovation in television than we’ve seen in the last decade. WebMediaBrands will leverage its network, resources, and expertise to help take Lost Remote to the next level at an incredible time in the business.”  Read more at Lost Remote

Barry Diller on Aereo: ‘We’re on the Side of the Angels’

Barry Diller believes Aereo, the streaming TV company that he backs, is on the right side of copyright law, and he plans to aggressively market the service as the company continues its legal battle with broadcasters.

“The ability for a consumer, for an American, to receive broadcast over the air… is their right,” Diller told Bloomberg’s Jon Erlichman (video above). “And we’re just simply a technologically advantaged way of doing it.”

Right now, Aereo is only available in New York but Diller said that the service will be in every major American city in 2013.

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