Sinclair, Tribune Close to Merger Deal

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  1. YTownNewsGuy

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    Believe it or not, Bonten should get approved relatively quick. However, this does hamper Sinclair in staying under the cap in order to get Tribune.
     
  2. nobody

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    Unless there are people that are still using rabbit ears
     
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  3. TVLover8528

    TVLover8528 Not associated with Sinclair Broadcast Group

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    I think that Sinclair is just jealous of not being the largest station owner anymore after Deathstar bought Media General.
     
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    Agreed since there were no conflicts. I don't think the damage to those stations will be too great, since they are in red areas and fairly small (three of them compete against Nexstar, with the rest of the competition being Gray, Heartland, Cordillera and small companies). Regarding the cap issue in a Tribune acquisition, it means that Sinclair will need to probably divest one more station (maybe two) after that purchase, probably 4 or 5 now (instead of 3 or 4) beyond conflicts.
     
  5. GoldenShine9

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    The only others that could reasonably come close with a quick purchase is either Raycom or Gray, by purchasing (or merging with) the other of those.

    As for Sinclair buying the entire TV spectrum in America, they have called for a total elimination of the cap and allowing 100% coverage.
     
  6. WSVNFan

    WSVNFan Station Group CEO

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    Well I'm hoping that with Sinclair buying Bonten, it would stop them from finally buying Tribune.
     
  7. CLETVFan

    CLETVFan Weekend Anchor

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    Could an existing company that already owns one station in Cleveland buy WJW? (Tegna, Scripps, Raycom - especially with WUAB giving up its frequency and moving to WOIO's)
     
  8. GoldenShine9

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    No, since they would own two stations in the top-4.
     
  9. CRThell

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    You're starting to sound like mardek.
     
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    mposeymil Weekend Anchor

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    iHeart and Cumulus' coming collapse won't be nothing compared to what is going to happen to Sinclair/Nexstar/TEGNA. All competing to be the new Enron.
     
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  11. Eat News

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    Yeah!
    Just look what happened to the Hillbillys....bad mergers....bad...mergers.

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    CluelessTVguy Newsroom Intern

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    Does Sinclair taking ownership of these tribune stations have any impact on the tribune employees already working there? Possible layoffs?
     
  13. GoldenShine9

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    Not so much layoffs as there would be many fleeing for the exit gates because of their heavy-handed style.
     
  14. Myron Falwell

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    It's impossible to gauge an honest answer because a S!nclair-Tribune merger hasn't happened yet. And it may not for quite awhile due to a myriad of reasons.

    But look at how S!nclair has begun to drive the former Allbritton and Fisher stations into the ground.
     
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    Overall, I really hate to think of what this could end up doing to WGN (TV and Radio) in the long run. Even affiliates KTLA and WPIX, among others.
     
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    Let's not kid ourselves, there will be layoffs at the Tribune stations if Sinclair were to take them over. Some of the Tribune stations are quite bloated. Under different circumstances such as a different ownership group and not being in the top 3 in the market, most of these stations would be operating on the lean side.

    Take KTLA as an example: Large staff, quite a few resources, very competitive with the major network affiliates. Don't you think that an owner such as Sinclair would be salivating at the prospect of cutting the excess fat off the station? I mean they'll justify it by saying the station is doing well in the ratings, why shell out more than you need to?
     
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    I would hope KTLA would be saved by some local entertainment guru in SoCal...but we all know how this ends.
     
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    They already had Gene Autry as an owner. And he's been dead for ... what ... 15 years now?
     
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