Allbritton could be selling too.......

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  1. tyrannical bastard

    tyrannical bastard Assistant VP of Aspect Ratio Correction

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    Allbritton has decided to join the party, and has put themselves on the block.
    http://www.tvnewscheck.com/article/67198/allbritton-puts-itself-on-the-block

    For WJLA, this could be a station that ABC may be interested in....seeing how it is run as an O&O and is ABC's third largest (and longest tenured) affiliate, next to WFAA in Dallas and WCVB in Boston.
    ...and doing so would keep a rapidly growing broadcast company up the road in Cockeysville from having a base here...

    As for the others...we can only hope it's safe to assume that Nexstar is NOT interested in KATV, but who knows?
     
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  2. CircleSeven

    CircleSeven Managing Editor

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    B&C is stating within the hour that Allbritton is exploring its options, which could include selling their company.

    Chairman Robert Allbritton stated to the stations, the reasons were a high demand for television properties, and a heavy trend towards media consolidation.

    So Robert Allbritton wants to give in and sell the Kingdom his late father built. SMH. But the article states that there's no guarantee that they'll actually going to sell those stations.

    Should they sell, I know two companies that can possibly get WJLA. Y'all can probably guess the two off the back. The one that scored an acquisition back in 2011, that familiar Lighthouse. And the other one, longshot. A familiar mouse.

    The Lighthouse could take the whole platter. While the Mouse might only want the giant cheedar.
     
  3. Viper550

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    Hearst or Scripps, I guess?
     
  4. Ntropolis

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    In before "COULD ABC BUY WJLA?!?!?!?!?"
     
  5. CircleSeven

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    Damn you beat me by three minutes, can this be merged??!
     
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    HulkieD already said this before, but it requires repeating: Disney (ABC's parent company) does NOT buy TV stations. Period. So, please drop it.

    With that said, I'm thinking that either Scripps, Hearst, or possibly Lin, should make a play for those Allbritton stations, especially WJLA in DC. The only exceptions being that Scripps could not acquire KTUL in Tulsa since they own KJRH; Hearst could not acquire WHTM in Harrisburg since they own WGAL; and Lin could not acquire ABC 33/40 in Birmingham since they own WIAT.

    Worst case scenario: the ever hungry Sinclair buys up the Allbritton stations.
     
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  7. LoadStar

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    I think the OP is suggesting Disney and Scripps.
     
  8. tyrannical bastard

    tyrannical bastard Assistant VP of Aspect Ratio Correction

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    I think WJLA qualifies as a serious contender...seeing how Allbritton has run them as a virtual O&O for the last decade or so. In a place like Washington, what network wouldn't want to own a station there?

    And yes, I'm well aware of the fact that "ABC does not buy stations....ever", and why I can single out WJLA because of it's size and location.
     
  9. 24994J

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    Yeah, it's been said repeatedly that ABC NEVER buys stations, but I still wouldn't rule them out entirely. Is it unlikely? Yes. Impossible? No.
     
  10. CircleSeven

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  11. Glimmer

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    Strategically, Albritton would make perfect sense with Hearst's portfolio; Albritton has a strong top 10 market, a bigger hold in the South and is heavily ABC. Though I wonder if this finally might be the ABC station grab Meredith will succeed at (they were thisclose to getting McGraw Hill and explored the Fisher stations). There would be no carryover in any other markets and they are a station group that does invest actively in their stations.
     
  12. effseesee

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    I would think Raycom would have some interest. The fact that they already have stations in Charleston and Birmingham shouldn't be too big an impediment.
     
  13. TexasTVNews

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    I would like to see Belo purchase 4 of the Allbritton stations; WJLA, KATV, WHTM and KTUL.
     
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    Mrtraveler01 Managing Editor

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    Is Belo in a buying mood? I wouldn't mind them buying more stations. They've done a great job running stations like KMOV and WWL and I imagine they will keep up the high quality newscasts that WJLA is known for.

    My other question is that will all the stations be sold to the same group at the same time or is it possible it'll be like Newport where 2 or 3 different buyers split up the station group?
     
  15. swillh2k2

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    Doubt Belo would be interested in moving into a market like Little Rock or Tulsa--certainly not Harrisburg. Washington--maybe, but not likely.

    WHTM going Nexstar wouldn't be out of the question IMHO--they could pair it with their existing station WLYH, ending Sinclair's LMA.

    EDIT--forgot Scripps owns KJRH, so they couldn't buy KTUL.
     
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    In Tulsa, Scripps already has KJRH, unless they sell it, I don't see Scripps wanting two Big 3 stations in the same market.
    I could see Hearst picking up KTUL, giving KOCO a sister station in Oklahoma. (Kinda like Griffin with KWTV-KOTV)
     
  17. AaronQ

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    I could see Cox Media Group buy WJLA, KATV, ABC 33/40, and WHTM; LIN buy WSET and WCIV; and either Hearst, Gannett, or Raycom buy KTUL.
     
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    Does Belo still have the Washington news bureau? If so, then I could see how WJLA would make sense...

    As for Sinclair, this could be their chance to get into all three of VA's largest markets with WSET.
     
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    Just what the doctor ordered for ABC27 WHTM ... New Ownership. Let the firings and bulldozing begin.
     
  20. CircleSeven

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    From this TVNewsCheck article earlier this month, Sinclair is considered one of the leading candidates of the Grant Stations. So if not that, they'll probably get WFXR/WWCW.
     

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