Sinclair, Tribune Close to Merger Deal

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  1. Weeters

    Weeters Director of Operations
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    Someone was trying to bypass the restrictions placed on their account.

    Turns out they have a few older accounts too, and one of those was also restricted some time ago.

    I need a drink...
     
  2. YTownNewsGuy

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    We all do, man. Preferably Red Bull. It'll give you wings.:p
     
  3. CircleSeven

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    Here's another opinion piece. This time, it's from MBC founder Bruce Dumont.
     
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  4. YourWeirdAmigo

    YourWeirdAmigo Anti-TEGNA Supporter

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    So what will happen to bigger markets like my hometown, Houston? Or DFW?
    But KIAH and KDAF are pretty bad these days.
     
  5. TexasTVNews

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    I just hope and pray Tegna Media buys KDAF and KIAH, because I want to see a duopoly for WFAA and KHOU. IMO, Tegna should have bought
    KTXD three years ago.
     
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  6. MetroCity

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    There is absolutely no reason Sinclair needs to sell KDAF or KIAH. It owns no other stations in those markets, and they give Sinclair visibility in two top 10 cities in one of the biggest red states in the nation. It's no secret that those stations have big problems. Both have potential with time and money. If they're willing to do it, there's no reason to dump two stations that are nestled right in the heart of their base. If Sinclair is forced to divest some stations, there are markets where the buyout presents bigger problems.
     
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  7. KevCor

    KevCor A NexTegnaStar Station

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    Will TVNT counselors be made available to us for the Depression stage?
     
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  9. atlnews2

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    Fox News still beats everyone not even close there not flat ratings don't lie Fox is number 1 miles ahead of everyone.
     
  11. TSSZNews

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    This seems relevant--especially with Sinclair piping news for Scranton and Toledo out of South Bend:

    (Source: http://www.tvnewscheck.com/mobile/index/article/id/104241 )

    Though I bet the ripple effect will be felt across radio more than anything, that would definitely open the door for something akin to News Central on steroids for the smaller stations if budgets get tight.
     
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  12. Mrtraveler01

    Mrtraveler01 Managing Editor

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    It is designed moreso for radio than TV. That being said it could allow Sinclair to close up operations in markets where they don't have a news operation and consolidate them somewhere else (Minneapolis/St. Paul, etc.)

    In a statement, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said: “Broadcasters have shown that the main studio rule is a continuous cost that keeps them from serving their local communities in meaningful ways, like broadcasting additional local programming. The proceeding we begin today could grant this broadcaster and all others affected by this rule the flexibility to use their limited resources in a way that best serves their communities. Today’s notice is an important step towards bringing the FCC’s media rules into the digital age.”

    I don't know how Pai can write that crap with a straight face. It will just allow station groups like Clear Channel/iHeartMedia to consolidate their operations moreso than they already have which allows them to save more money. And as we've seen with radio, the local communities being served are worse off.
     
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    I cannot believe we'll have to deal with this idiot for the next 4 years, unless somehow he's forced out, which I doubt.
     
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    For radio, that rule has been rather pointless for years now. You look at iHeart, and to a greater extent, EMF (K-Love/Air-1) who have to have these studios they have no intent of using.

    Just looking at EMF specifically, they have absolutely no local broadcasting anywhere that I'm aware of. To my knowledge, they operate 100% off the satellite, with a computer doing the local station ID inserts. Even still, I imagine the rule still meant that they have to have a local office somewhere in each city, with what I imagine is the barest excuse for a "studio" they can get by with.
     
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  15. Eat News

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    You can expect 1/4 to 1/3 of all Sinclair news operations to be consolidated, hubbed or discontinued.
    I would be amazed if they were interested in rehabbing the smaller non-profitable operations when they can be zoned and hubbed.
     
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    It is also more likely in the fact that most of their stations rank low in their markets.
     
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    EMF gets main studio waivers because they're a non-commercial broadcaster.
     
  18. Eat News

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    Are there any "commercial" christian broadcasters in the USA?
    Anyone selling God Spots?
     
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    Salem Communications is the biggest Christian-based commercial radio chain I know of. Their highest-profile stations are typically Christian talk/preaching, CCM and conservative talk.

    Plus Cumulus runs KAAY 1090 out of Little Rock, Arkansas.
     
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