Rich

About Rich Johnson

Rich Johnson is the Coordinator of Digital Platforms for PILOT. He develops the PILOT website, runs our social media accounts, shoots and edits InnoMinutes and manages Broadcast Blog.

KIRO Seattle Airs News Updates on Echo Show

Furthering its multiplatform distribution, KIRO, Cox Media’s CBS affiliate in Seattle, was the first TV station in its market – and among the first in the country – to roll out news offerings on Echo Show, Amazon’s touchscreen device. Just days after Echo Show’s June 2017 debut, KIRO started producing platform-specific two-minute video flash briefings. [...]

By |February 13, 2018|Innovation Stories|Comments Off on KIRO Seattle Airs News Updates on Echo Show

Sinclair/Nexstar ATSC 3.0 Consortium

Two big boosters of Next Generation TV, Sinclair and Nexstar, created a consortium – open to other broadcasters as well – aimed at promoting opportunities with Next Gen TV. The joint venture is focused on fostering innovation associated with the IP-based broadcast standard, which will increase local broadcasters’ delivery capacity multi-fold. The consortium is exploring [...]

By |March 13, 2018|Innovation Stories|Comments Off on Sinclair/Nexstar ATSC 3.0 Consortium

Video Call Center

Video Call Center (VCC) makes live video caller TV (think radio call-in shows with pictures) a reality on broadcast, cable, online and on Facebook Live. By tying smartphones into live TV, VCC allows broadcasters to simultaneously connect multiple callers – from reporters and experts to regular viewers – on air, while maintaining editorial control. Fox [...]

By |February 20, 2018|Innovation Stories|Comments Off on Video Call Center

TEGNA Media’s Verify

In May 2017, TEGNA’s TV stations started delving into the real story behind a host of topics based on viewer requests, from curiosities to weighty local and national issues. The fact-checking initiative, called Verify, grew in response to factors eroding public trust in the media such as the “fake news” phenomenon to the proliferation of [...]

By |February 13, 2018|Innovation Stories|Comments Off on TEGNA Media’s Verify

KNXV Phoenix’s Next-Level Digital-First Newsroom

In June 2015, KNXV started producing digital content as the centerpiece of newsroom operations. Doing so required sweeping changes in workflow, job descriptions and traditional broadcast journalism mindset. That included merging the station’s traditional news desk and digital staff, hiring digital journalists to cover core beats, dedicating half of newsroom resources to producing cross-platform content [...]

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PILOT Reveals 2017 Innovation Challenge Winners

Palo Alto, Calif. -- PILOT, an innovation initiative of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), announced the winners of its second annual PILOT Innovation Challenge yesterday, November 12, at NAB Futures in Palo Alto, California. The PILOT Innovation Challenge recognizes creative ideas that leverage technological advances in the production, distribution and display of engaging content. Over 150 ideas were submitted to [...]

By |November 12, 2017|News|Comments Off on PILOT Reveals 2017 Innovation Challenge Winners

Radio’s Future in the Car

Thursday, December 14, 2017, 2 - 3 p.m. E.T. The face of radio inside vehicles is evolving.  Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are having an impact.  New vehicles and connected dashboards are changing the user experience in tangible ways.  If you are not dialed in to this critical listener experience, you could get left behind. [...]

By |September 28, 2017|Webcasts|Comments Off on Radio’s Future in the Car

Broadcasting in the Age of Alexa

With Amazon expected to ship 10 million Alexa enabled units by year end, the voice user experience is quickly becoming part of our lives. WATCH NOW In this webcast, we find out where the opportunities lie for broadcasters in this space, and explore ways to capitalize on the recent surge in at-home listening. We [...]

By |September 21, 2017|Webcasts|Comments Off on Broadcasting in the Age of Alexa

PILOT Sponsors University of Georgia’s Grady Mobile News Lab for Fall 2017

-- The National Association of Broadcasters’ (NAB) PILOT innovation initiative will provide funding for VR equipment and training at the Grady College of Journalism -- WASHINGTON, D.C. –NAB’s PILOT innovation initiative will sponsor the Mobile News Lab project at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication during Fall 2017. The sponsorship will provide the lab [...]

By |September 5, 2017|News|Comments Off on PILOT Sponsors University of Georgia’s Grady Mobile News Lab for Fall 2017