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"Calkins Digital is thrilled to partner with such strong leaders in local broadcasting and publishing," Guy Tasaka

Calkins Digital, the award-winning OTT technology and innovation venture of Calkins Media, today announced partnerships with WRAL and Schurz Communications to develop and introduce new branded news and information apps on Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV devices. WRAL’s new Amazon Fire TV app powered by Calkins Digital launched in April.

“We’re thrilled to partner with such strong leaders in local broadcasting and publishing,” said Guy Tasaka, Chief Digital Officer, Calkins Media. “WRAL has long been an innovator in local broadcasting and digital publishing and we look forward to pushing the envelope in the OTT space. Schurz is another great partner with new ideas for local markets that we’re excited to help them explore.”

Stand-alone apps featuring news, sports and information from WRAL, the Capitol Broadcasting Company flagship brand in Raleigh, NC, will continue to be released on OTT streaming devices this spring. The WRAL Fire TV app includes live broadcasts, local news on demand and special documentaries and is currently available as a free download from or in the Amazon Fire TV news app section.

“It’s important for us to have our award-winning content available to our audiences on as many platforms as possible,” said John Conway, General Manager of CBC’s digital publishing platforms. “It’s getting harder to find homes without a Roku, Fire TV or Apple TV device.” Conway cited a recent eMarketer report showing seven in 10 internet users watch OTT video.

Calkins Digital has also started work with Schurz Communications to develop OTT apps for its newspaper group. Those apps are expected to be released later this spring.

“Calkins is a great partner for us as we enter this new space,” said J.B. Ozuna, Vice President of Digital for Schurz Communications, Inc. “Working with a fellow media company is ideal for us - streamlining the communication and development as we work to enhance both our audience and revenue through OTT.”

The media partnerships for OTT development are the first for Calkins Digital outside of its publishing and broadcasting groups and represent Calkins Media’s dedication to innovate toward a sustainable future for local media.

“The Calkins Digital team is excited to now be able to offer these services to other local media outlets,” said Tasaka. “The vast majority of internet connected homes are now using OTT and streaming services. We are committed to helping local media companies follow the eyeballs and go shoulder to shoulder with Netflix, Hulu and HBO on these platforms.”


About Calkins Digital

Calkins Digital is a technology and strategy provider for digital media organizations and an innovator in the Over-The-Top streaming video environment. Calkins Digital is a part of Calkins Media Incorporated, owner and operator of newspapers and television stations in the Eastern and Southern U.S. Calkins Digital was the 2015 Local Media Association Innovator of the Year. Find out more at

About Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc.

Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc. is a diversified communications company which owns and/or operates WRAL-TV, WRAL Digital, WRAZ-TV, WRAZ Digital, WRAL-FM, WRAL-HD2, WCMC-FM, WCMC-HD1, WDNC-AM, WCMC-HD2, WCMC-HD3, WCLY-AM, WCMC-HD4, Microspace, CBC New Media Group and Wolfpack Sports Properties (a joint venture with Learfield Sports) in Raleigh, NC; WILM-TV, WILT-LD and Sunrise Broadcasting in Wilmington, NC; The Durham Bulls Baseball Club in Durham, NC; and real estate interests including the American Tobacco Project and Diamond View office buildings in Durham, NC.

About Schurz Communications, Inc.

Schurz Communications, Inc. is a Mishawaka, IN based news and information company, which consists of three business segments: Cable TV, Newspaper Publishing and Digital Media. Geographically, Schurz Communications, Inc. has a presence in Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and South Dakota.

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