Thursday, May 2, 2024
8:30 AM - 9:15 AM (EDT)

Registration and Networking Breakfast
Location: Grand Ballroom, Lower Level 

9:15 AM - 9:20 AM (EDT)

Welcoming Remarks

Kent Gibbons Charlie Weiss
9:20 AM - 9:30 AM (EDT)

Opening Address with U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota

Senator Amy Klobuchar – a stalwart supporter of local television, news and journalism – speaks at the inaugural “Business of TV News” conference to address the industry’s leadership to discuss the importance of local news and further spotlight the Journalism, Competition and Preservation Act, legislation which she has sponsored.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
9:35 AM - 10:00 AM (EDT)

Opening Keynote | A Fireside Chat

Michael Malone Martha Raddatz
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM (EDT)

Election Coverage  | Part I: “On-Air” Talent

How to cover the 2024 election in a way that avoids misinformation and best informs viewers.

Greta Brawner David Chalian Anna Johnson Ed O'Keefe Averi Harper
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)

The Growth of Local Programming

Stations ponder a nearly all-local schedule. How much appetite is there for local news and talk among viewers, how can they use digital platforms for live programming, and how much more are station staffers willing to take on?

Bill Hague Sue Diviney Scott Livingston Sean McLaughlin Ozzie Martinez
11:00 AM - 11:25 AM (EDT)

Networking Break

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)

How Much Faster Can We Get Our News?

How best to stay connected with users when they are not sitting at home, waiting for the 5 p.m. newscast to begin. Are newscasts that are unique to digital platforms worth the cost.

Mark Meredith Seni Tienabeso Elian Zidan Angela Grande Joe Naylor
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM (EDT)

Finding and Retaining Star-Producing Talent

The challenge of finding (and training) superior producers. Anchors and reporters get all the attention, and most of the money, but good producers are vital to strong news. How best to find them, train them, keep them.

Gary Brown James Finch Kari Patey Anzio Williams Mike Viqueira
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)

Midday Keynote | A Fireside Chat

Multichannel News’ Tom Umstead speaks to Shannon Bream about the unprecedented 2024 presidential election, including the dueling polls, dwindling undecided voter base, key issues on the ballot, and the possibility of presidential debates not taking place. The first woman to anchor FOX’s signature public affairs program FOX News Sunday, Bream also serves as FOX News Channel’s chief legal correspondent.

R. Thomas Umstead Shannon Bream
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)


2:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EDT)

Election Coverage | Part II: “Executive” Talent

How to cover the 2024 election in a way that avoids misinformation and best informs viewers.

Shermichael Singleton Bob Cusack David Hurlburt Adam Levy Joe St. George
2:30 PM - 2:55 PM (EDT)

Beyond Broadcasting – The Pivotal Role of TV Networks” presented by CGTN America

In an era of unprecedented events, the imperative for genuine communication has never been more pronounced. As we navigate through the uncertainties of the future, the expansive reach of TV networks positions them uniquely to transcend traditional roles of news reporting and content creation. This panel will examine how these media entities can effectively utilize their platform to enhance mutual understanding and trust among viewers, and more importantly, contribute to the avoidance of conflicts. It is a critical exploration of the potential for TV networks to act as catalysts for positive change in our increasingly interconnected world.

Elaine Reyes Atirath Aich Sean Callebs Gerald Tan
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EDT)

Storm Troopers

Stations' chief meteorologists and weather personalities from broadcast and cable networks share how they cover climate change and the damage it causes around the country.

Michael Malone Angela Fritz Ian Oliver Bryan Karrick Lonnie Quinn
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)

Closing Keynote | A Fireside Chat

Glenn Kirschner Charlie Weiss
4:00 PM (EDT)

Closing Remarks

Kent Gibbons Charlie Weiss
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)

Closing Reception
Location: Sky Room (Rooftop) 

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