April 8th FNN News Programming Changes

The Florida News Network will undergo some major programming changes effective Monday, April 8, 2019 adding MORE newscasts along with updating some program lengths.

We recognize that over the years your needs have changed and understand that there is a desire to shorten and standardize the lengths of these programs to better fit your station’s format.

We’re also excited to announce that we’ve entered into a partnership with NBC News Radio to provide our affiliates the rights to an (optional) hourly national news brief available for your use with no additional commercial clearance required.

Changes:

  • Our 4:00 news package at the bottom of the hour will now be 3 minutes (2 minutes content + 1 minute spot).

  • Our 4:00 sports packages at 7:10AM and 8:10AM (Mon-Sun), and a 3:30 sports package at 4:06PM (Mon-Fri) will now be 3-minute sports packages (2 minutes content + 1 minute spot) at all three feed times.

  • Our 2:30 business news packages at 7:06AM and 8:06 AM (Mon-Fri) will now be 2-minute packages (1 minute content + 1 minute spot). The 12:06PM business report will remain unchanged at 2 minutes (1 minute content + 1 minute spot).

FNN Additions:

  • The new 3-minute state newscast packages will now be fed at the top of the hour and repeated at the bottom of the hour (6a-6:30p Mon-Sun). Listen to the demo here (without the spot).

    As usual, with all the above referenced programs, there will be a net cue sent on the satellite feed before the commercial starts, so you can opt to cutaway and schedule the spot to run (as per your affiliate agreement) elsewhere in the hour.

  • A new 1-minute state newscast brief will be fed at :25 past the hour (6:25a-6:25p Mon-Sun). No commercial attached.

  • The new 1-minute (no spot) NBC News update will be fed at :27 past the hour (6:27a-6:27p Mon-Sun). No commercial attached.


    ***None of the above additions/changes will alter your spot clearance commitment. No additional inventory is needed to run the new 1-minute state newscast or the NBC news minute.

The new program schedule is here.

New Local Branding Options (FNN OnDemand/FTP):

  • Except for the NBC news minutes, all satellite fed news, sports, and business news products will bear the FNN brand.

  • Stations downloading via FTP or the FNN OnDemand website will have a choice between FNN-branded products and un-branded products. The un-branded products will be posted without commercials and the content portion will be 10 seconds shorter than the branded ones. State newscasts & sportscasts will be 1:50 in length and state news minutes and business news minutes will be :50 in length. This allows for a locally produced billboard and/or tag to fill out the length - for example “Now, statewide news from the WXXX Newsroom.”

Technical Changes:

Satellite Delivery

The following new XDS Programs are available for scheduling (start date April 8):

"FNN TOH (L or R)": New top of the hour news feed (6a-6p Mon-Sun). 2 minutes content + 1 minute commercial. Available on either left or right audio channels. Netcue Start: FNNTOHSTRT. Netcue Cutaway: FNNTOHCTWY. Netcue End: FNNTOHEND.

"FNN Minute (L or R)": New :25 past the hour state news minute (6:25a-6:25p Mon-Sun). 1 minute content only. Available on either left or right audio channels. Netcue Start: FNNMINSTRT. Netcue End: FNNMINEND.

"FNN NBC Minute (L or R)": New :27 past the hour NBC News update (6:27a-6:27p Mon-Sun). 1 minute content only. Available on either left or right audio channels. Netcue Start: FNNNBCSTRT. Netcue End: FNNNBCEND.

NOTE: XDS Program names for bottom of the hour newscasts, sportscasts, and business news casts will remain unchanged however the durations of most existing programs will be modifed to conform to the new formats.

REMINDER: Your XDS receiver will allow you to schedule/time-shift any of these programs at any time during the hour (after their inital feed time).

If any of the above programs do not appear in your XDS receiver program menu, call FNN at (888)407-4376 during business hours or email help@fnnonline.net.

FNN OnDemand

The Top of the hour news feed, business news casts, FNN Minutes, and NBC News update will be available on the "Newscasts & Business News" page. Sportscasts will be available on the "Sportscasts" page.

FTP Download-News

We will no longer post different files for each newscast/sportscast/business report. The below files will be overwritten with new audio as each product is updated throughout the day.

Site: ftp.frn.com
Username: fnnnews2
Password: 2014Connect

Filenames for Unbranded Products:

Florida TOH/BOH News (1:50) - "FNNTOH-UB.MP3" (*Available by :57 after)
Florida News Minute (:50) - "FNNMIN-UB.MP3" (*Available by :28 after)
Florida Business News (:50) - "FNNBIZ-UB.MP3" (*Available 7:10AM, 8:10AM, 12:10PM)

Filenames for FNN Branded Products:

Florida TOH/BOH News (3:00) - "FNNTOH.MP3" (*Available by :05 after)
Florida News Minute (1:00) - "FNNMIN.MP3" (*Available by :29 after)
Florida Business News (2:00) - "FNNBIZ.MP3" (*Available by 7:12AM, 8:12AM, 12:12PM)

Filename for NBC News Minute (1:00) - "FNNNBC.MP3" (*Available by :26 after)

FTP Download-Sports

Site: ftp.frn.com
Username: fnnsports2
Password: 2014Connect

Filename for Unbranded Sportscasts - "FNNSPTS-UB.MP3" (*Avialable by 7:06AM, 8:06AM, 4:00PM)
Filename for FNN Branded Sportscasts - "FNNSPTS.MP3" (*Available by 7:15AM, 8:15AM, 4:11PM)

*Availability times are estimated and highly dependent upon internet activity.

Questions?

Read our Program Changes FAQ or contact FNN at (888)407-4376, option 2 during normal business hours or email help@fnnonline.net.