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  1. 3 points
    KTVA itself no longer has a news department. Everything but the license and transmitter now belongs to Gray. More than likely, the KTVA signal will go dark once it's fully integrated into KYES. KYES is essentially airing a news product named "KTVA 11 News" right now and simulcasting on Channel 11, from the way it's described in the announcement.
  2. 3 points
    The NMSA isn't some magic site that is 100% accurate. It's more than likely someone sent in a wild assumption and the operators just put it up since they are unable to verify it.
  3. 2 points
    The real question is: does Nexstar even have the stomach to do another WPTY-to-WATN style makeover, AGAIN? Last I checked, it didn’t work the last time and WATN/WLMT was cast off to Tegna for keep WREG in the Nexstar fold.
  4. 2 points
    It's insane how Ellengate has imploded on itself these past few weeks. If these allegations are true (and it seems like many of them are), NBC O&Os and Telepictures definitely need to focus on a replacement. After Oprah left the daytime syndication landscape, Ellen somewhat filled part of that void that Oprah left in terms of being the talkshow where A-list celebs and famous people go to. I truly feel like many celebs will start avoiding Ellen's show just based on the bad publicity. I don't think think Ellen has really owned up to her own shortcomings and that will hurt the show even greater. I doubt we will see Joe Biden appearing either. I do like James Cordon, I hope he is nice in real life as he is on television. I wouldn't mind seeing him on daytime. I wonder if parts of Ellen's audience will migrate to other shows like Tamron Hall's, Kelly Clarkson's or even Drew Barrymore's upcoming talker. I still feel like no one really replaced Oprah and it's a shame, her show encompassed so many themes and topics.
  5. 2 points
    Admittedly based on the sound of that, they were literally stuck. Of the companies in buying moods, the only ones really interested in small markets are Gray and Nexstar. The latter probably was too concerned about the cap, while the former has lots of cap space but was already in the market. As a result, they had no real options.
  6. 2 points
    So both Wyoming and Alaska are becoming a market with Gray TV v. NewsNet, with NewsNet that unlikely to win. What a shame.
  7. 1 point
    $15 mil (split 3 ways) isn’t that big of a risk, so I can understand The Rock making the investment. Whoever the TV partner is needs to treat it like the NFL and present it that way. Enough with the stupid gimmicks and whatnot. I like what Fox did, so that’s a good starting point.
  8. 1 point
    Insiders.. curious whats the future of WGNO in New Orleans under nexstar. Are there plans to rebrand? Invest in a new look? The news with a twist format seems to have been shelved in favor of harder news in light of the pandemic. What have ratings been like for them lately? They also seem to be lacking a full staff of hard news anchors. Plans to change that?
  9. 1 point
    Tegna probably got a group discount, along with WZDX, WPMT, WTCI, and a few others all for the venerable WNEP. The two strikes against WGNO are that it was a latecomer in the market compared to the others (because of the WNOL-WGNO-WVUE switch), and UHF, and has been treated as such with an endless barrage of talent, formats, and branding. Same goes for their duopoly in Baton Rouge, another late-comer in the news game that even dipped out for a few years for out-of-market content with the same issues, and the fact it was a ABC "reject" in the 70s that got stuck with NBC when WBRZ traded up.
  10. 1 point
    Rather Breaking News in Alaska.... https://www.ktva.com/story/42439484/gci-sells-ktva-to-gray-television GCI sold its CBS programming to Gray and Gray immediately moved the CBS affiliation to their already owned Channel 5 to create CBS 5 Anchorage. Note to point out that Gray already owns NBC station KTUU. https://www.ktuu.com/2020/07/31/ktuu-expands-into-southeast-alaska-and-kyes-launches-cbs5-anchorage/ Gray also bought the CBS Southeast Alaska stations and NBC Southeast Stations from GCI as well. Quote from the Gray produced article. "Through these separate agreements, KTVA’s local news operation will be preserved and enhanced under the stewardship of a pure-play broadcaster that owns leading local news operations in over 90 markets across the country, from Fairbanks, Alaska, to West Palm Beach, Florida." This also means that (from what I can tell) Gray now owns all NBC and CBS in the Alaska.
  11. 1 point
    Not to mention the guys who run that are straight up jerks! Before I got let go due to "Newsroom Restructuring", this email was sent to us from a former reporter in Alaska.
  12. 1 point
    Coastal Television is so cheap that buying either of the Coastal operations of note would require significant investment.
  13. 1 point
    Nexstar isn't touching those stations with a hundred foot pole. They will never have a chance against KTUU/KYES because the few people who advertise up there aren't going to put their ads on a duopoly that gets virtually no viewership. You know why Nexstar has KSVI/KHMT? They never really wanted it, but it was part of the Quorum package, so they had to take it. They have tried to sell those stations, but no one wants to buy the third and fourth stations in a two station market. It's the same fact in Anchorage. If GCI's cable leverage and multi million dollar investment couldn't dent Gray and KTUU, nothing will.
  14. 1 point
    This. Nexstar spent millions to update WATN/WLMT and got virtually nothing out of it in return (other than selling it to Tegna). In terms of TV markets, New Orleans and Memphis are the same size. The sad fact is that markets like these don't have the revenue to support 4 distinct news departments.
  15. 1 point
    The 2020 relaunch proved that spring football can provide an entertaining product with a following. It was just poor timing that COVID came along and cancelled the second half of the season.
  16. 1 point
    Since the reboot never really had a chance to finish their season because of covid, wouldn't this be the 2nd and 1/2 time? That worked well for Cryer & Sheen for a few seasons!
  17. 1 point
    Outside of this run-around to control WPIX, when has Nexstar used a shell to enter a new market? I think that Nexstar is holding out to buy Vision Alaska cheap and get the whole state. Problem is that operation is so eviscerated that there might be a good chance they either go full Billings and exist newsless or go full Utica, booting NewsNet out and taking years to build a skeletal department to satisfy the bare minimum of ABC/Fox. That might be why Nexstar passed here, an all-or-nothing strategy versus Gray.
  18. 1 point
    They have; the section on the site was kiboshed in March, they stopped using it on-air and seems to only exist at this point to preserve the copyright in case Tegna completely loses their wits and tries to bring their wacky morning news brandings to New Orleans. But honestly...I think Nexstar is giving the station a one-year probation period, seeing which staff works, how to centralize it with the rest of their TX/LA/MS/AL stations, and give it a better relaunch where it can leave behind its past baggage. It really didn't help that Katrina just gave a runway to the Sam Zell era of Tribune and that management screwed up the station worse than if the hurricane never came, and their transmitter situation until June 2009 didn't help, along with a studio situation which was 'best we could get for the money' after the downtown mall location they planned to go full-throttle from was torn down post-Katrina. Related to this, Tribune's undermanagement of WNOL can best be described as a miscarriage; they should've had a permanent 9pm newscast from WGNO launched back in the WB days, and kept even with low ratings (another thing that needs to be kiboshed on those stations it was tried is delaying the CW lineup by one hour, which WNOL still does). And if the current management is fine being in fourth place...I'm pretty sure Nexstar has boxes ready to go for them to clean out their offices and will bring in people ready to compete. A one-year pause in Mardi Gras should help them focus on building a strong hard news operation better than most years.
  19. 1 point
    Ed didn't have a computer in his office that surprises me.
  20. 1 point
    You buried the lead... that’s “Streets Of...” heard on somewhere other than KYW!
  21. 1 point
    I read an article from KTVA's website that said the parent company used someone to find a buyer but couldn't find one. I'm really surprised that even Nexstar didn't buy. Given that Mission is now buying WPIX, I would've thought that Nexstar would be free to buy a station like KTVA. Very unfortunate of what is happening to KTVA.
  22. 1 point
    KNXT (KCBS) Channel 2 News brief with Pat O'Brien (before he wore glasses) from October 22, 1980:
  23. 1 point
    I'm sure when all of this is over, Nexstar is going to take a hard look at WGNO and try and make something out of it. Dumping the "Twist" format was necessitated by the early surge of the Covid crisis, since New Orleans was hit very hard early on, likely due to Mardi Gras and all the revelry surrounding it. Essentially when New Orleans was shut down, all of the culture took a pause as well, which made absolutely no sense to continue the twist format. It may be a year or two before things even resemble normal, I have a feeling Mardi Gras is not going to happen next year. With a little TLC from Nexstar, maybe they could get out of the basement and at least attempt to challenge WWL since they've fallen so far under Tegna.
  24. 1 point
    Just get rid of News with a Twist, or at least do News with a Twist at 11am and 4pm.
  25. 1 point
    The set will debut August 10. And I like the weather desk. Considering the walls behind them are all monitors that will display different things, I think it was important to have a simplified pod.
  26. 1 point
    Having lived in Florida for 16 years of my life and helping my dad fix and install HVAC at some elderly people's homes, I can only imagine what that office smells like with the old furniture in it. Not just Florida but anyone who has had a elderly relative that never modernized or updated their home. Haha!
  27. 1 point
    Correction from a post I did some weeks back theorizing about the possible origins of the KTXL/WRAL early 80s music package: Cascom most certainly did not do the WRAL 1982 animations. I was re-reading a Millimeter back issue in my personal collection, and was reminded that I had already seen stills from the WRAL '82 animation package in an ad for Bill Feigenbaum's studio (which was based in NYC). Just wanted to put that here. As to that WTVX package, I still think it could have been done in Dallas. (KHTV's music image package in the "39 Gold" period - which, as you say, didn't have corresponding news music - also sounds to have been done in Dallas. I swear it sounds like the late Chris Kershaw on solo vocals, but whether it was done by JAM, or he did it independently, I have no idea. Also I don't think I've heard a version that wasn't camcorded off a TV, as most of the YT clips I've seen of that period were.)
  28. 1 point
    Those images speak volumes. Same desk, same chairs, same lamp, same portrait on the wall over 30-plus years. It speaks to not only what may have been Mr. Ansin's own frugality, but on two more important themes: Simplicity and stability. With all the money he had, he could have easily upgraded his office furniture and design on numerous occasions. It's safe to assume that the phone was one of the few items there to have changed over the years. WSVN and WHDH were lucky to have a guy like that for an owner.
  29. 1 point
    So I was rewatching an old clip from 1987 about Ed Ansin challenging the sale of WTVJ to NBC... and something dawned on me. Note the scenes in which he's interviewed in his office, which was apparently the quietest room at the studio complex. ...it never changed.
  30. 1 point
    https://www.rbr.com/with-tribune-sinclair-legal-challenge-resolved-wdky-sale-transpires/ WDKY-TV Lexington, KY — PRICE: $18,000,000 BUYER: Nexstar (Perry Sook (president/CEO/chairman) SELLER: Sinclair Broadcast Group (Christopher Ripley (president/CEO) FACILITIES: DTV Ch 19
  31. 1 point
    You know I think cause NBC did him over twice with WSVN in 1985 when it yanked the affiliation for them so they could make WTVJ (Also in Miami) an NBC Owned Station am flip that station from a CBS affiliation to an NBC affiliation and there short time being a CBS NBC O&O station and again in 2017 when WHDH Boston his Boston station did him wrong again when NBC was so determined to have its own NBC O&O in Boston I gotta say. I think NBC is what made him great he knew still how to make these stations strong no matter where the affiliate deals may lie for both stations. He knew the business he knew the brains and I’ll miss him he never went down without a fight he even when WNEU was in contention to be the station to take the New NBC Iogo though we all know it would be WBTS-CD to become Boston’s new NBC station an O&O and Boston new station, he fought to the point that he even pointed out there signal doesn’t even have half the power of WHDH. And then in 88 with WHDH and at a time when they were both independent cause WSVN is still they only out of the two with a network affiliation since WHDH is not he did so well he didn’t care about the Network Obligations he was catered to the viewer and building the station around the viewer and making the station profitable and made the station his way not the networks way and that what made the network so reluctant and jealous of him in my opinion. and was a nice, patient man.
  32. 1 point
    A video from 7 News in Boston via 7 News in Miami- an interview from his two children. Very nice. Rest well Ed- https://whdh.com/news/remarkable-in-many-ways-whdh-owner-ed-ansins-children-reflect-on-their-fathers-success/
  33. 1 point
    No. I think they waited until that settlement with the FCC before they can proceed with the filing. You see on the paperwork, it had to be certified by a compliance officer.
  34. 1 point
    It's very encouraging to hear that the next generation of the Ansin family is poised to keep things going, so that we don't have another James Rogers/Intermountain West situation. If they are truly in it for the long haul, they will still be the forces that they are, and could benefit in the future WHEN the affiliate model begins to fall apart, and these corporate stations will have to do what Ed Ansin did decades ago with WSVN and recently with WHDH.
  35. 1 point
    Here's WSVN talent sharing their emotions about Ed Ansin. https://wsvn.com/entertainment/wsvn-talent-remembers-longtime-station-owner-ed-ansin/
  36. 1 point
    More than that, actually. See, Rupert made his mark in the UK and his native Australia with gloriously sensational tabloids. Even when he took over the New York Post, he put his stamp on that paper in a hurry ("Headless Body in Topless Bar") and was poised to do the same in Chicago and Boston. Which brings us to the Metromedia Five: WNYW, WTTG, KRIV, KTTV and even WFLD. Outside of shared logo stylings and the "network + channel number" brandings, not much had changed at that core group since the sale beyond a stateside import of A Current Affair with WTTG's Maury Povich. (WFLD had no news department until 1987 but at launch was set up very much like the other Metromedia stations had been.) None of them ran news in the early evening hours, and (as mentioned earlier) WNYW launched Good Day NY, which was not dissimilar to WEWS's Morning Exchange and WCVB's Good Day! was in creating GMA... a traditional morning show with news updates, light conversation and fluff. Some glitz crept in but Rupert ran them as traditional as you could get. No one thought of doing a rolling hard news block from 6am-9am. Pure folly. Ed Ansin, Bob Leider and Joel Cheatwood basically took the Rupert model of flash and splash in his UK tabloids and New York Post and transferred it to WSVN. It wasn't just that it was news-intensive, it was outrageous, in-your-face and smacking you upside the head. While WTVJ was emulating the Michael Mann glitz and glamour era of Miami Vice with the John Fox Art Deco-esque set and graphics, WSVN went all in with the Dick Wolf nihilism era of Miami Vice. It not only was unlike anything the industry had ever seen, it was such a massive departure from the staid, conservative image WSVN had prior to the summer of 1988; in many ways, they were still seen up to then as "that Wayne Farris station." Ironically, the success of WSVN precipitated the New World group into going all-in on news. Even Virgil Dominic, who loathed at WJW being called "Fox 8" led an investment into the Newscenter 8 ops and launched an ill-fated local morning show, Good Day Cleveland, that ultimately led to WJW becoming an unstoppable dynamo in mornings. HulkieD is right in classifying WSVN as "the first true Fox affiliate." I'll go one further. WSVN was the station Rupert wanted to run but never did. And probably never will. But that's okay, because Ed pulled it off in a way Rupert never could have dreamed of.
  37. 1 point
    And to think, the trajectory of history for Ansin’s empire may have been set by another station-owning local businessman, Alex Dreyfoos. He owned WPEC, and if he hadn’t agreed to switch his station from ABC, CBS may have had no choice to pair up with WSVN no matter how much they didn’t want to. And if that happened, would The News Station even have been a thing, especially with CBS and their older skewing audience? (It would work on a CBS station, though, and in Boston, no less) But, WPEC did switch, giving viewers in Broward an alternate outlet for CBS programs, thus allowing the network to buy WCIX. Plus, it was a good deal for a moribund WPEC, allowing them to essentially add fast-growing Broward County to its market. And the rest, they say, is history.
  38. 1 point
    He had just as deep a philanthropy record in South Florida: he received the Alexis de Tocqueville Award, the highest philanthropic award bestowed by the United Way, and made multiple multi-million dollar capital gifts to the organization. In fact, he's the only person so honored in three cities — Miami, Boston and Fort Lauderdale. He also apparently made a lot of anonymous gifts over the years. We also got a piece from the Miami Herald: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/obituaries/article244513307.html
  39. 1 point
    This barely scratches the surface. Ansin's philanthropic ventures went a lot more deep up north. At least three buildings within Boston city limits - the Boys & Girls Club in Charlestown, the Fenway Health building in the Back Bay, and a key building at Emerson College on Tremont Street downtown - were funded by contributions he made and bear his name. Add in the heavy involvement he had in Project Bread and the MA/RI chapter of Best Buddies and that's some serious work for the greater good.
  40. 1 point
    I didn't even realize that Ed Ansin had a foundation set up under his name. From this package about Ed donating a total of $100K to a local food bank charity.
  41. 1 point
    Here's Scott Jones' tribute to Ed. "The last of a generation" couldn't be more fitting or apt.
  42. 1 point
    Was working on a twitter thread about this, but it got derailed due to some household drama, so I'll type everything here. Ed Ansin, in my mind, deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Al Primo, Roone Arledge, and Ted Turner. His stations were that revolutionary and influential, and a lot of people don't know it. In my opinion, local news has three "mother formats". The first is Primo's Eyewitness News (specifically the version perfected at WABC New York). The second is the WPVI Action News format. The third was Ansin's "News Station" format pioneered in Miami then Boston. EVERY local television station incorporates elements of these three newscast formats. You can probably see parts of WSVN's DNA in the newscast that airs in your market, even the most conservative one. People forget how risky WSVN's format actually was. Sure, it joined Fox, but "joining Fox" meant something a hell of a lot different in 1989 than it did even in 1994 when New World shocked the industry. Fox didn't have the NFL. "The Simpsons" wasn't even a half-hour show yet. Fox was five hours of primetime on weekends, that was it. Even if you were a Fox affiliate at that point, for all intents and purposes you were an independent station. In fact, WSVN didn't mince words - in its promotion and reporting for its post-switch plans, it referred to its new status as becoming an "independent station". And if you were an independent station, you were what I would call a "Great Entertainer". Your programming day would consist of cartoons, sitcom repeats, a movie in primetime, sports if you were lucky to have a contract with a team. Maybe, maybe, maybe you had a half hour or an hour of news at 10pm. Even ideas like a local morning show from 7am-9am were novel: Good Day New York had been on the air for only a few months at the time of WSVN's switch. You did not do seven hours of news each weekday. Even if you were a network affiliate this was madness. Doing it without a net(work) - that was suicide. This idea was ridiculed in the press. Ansin might not have had much of a choice here, admittedly - CBS had announced its plans to move to WCIX at the beginning of August. Four months is not a lot of time to get the inventory you needed to be a conventional independent. WSVN likely became "South Florida's News Station" out of necessity. Still doesn't negate how ballsy the plan was. The tone of the newscasts was also wildly different from anything the market - perhaps the nation - had yet seen. His new news director, Joel Cheatwood, moved the newscasts out of the traditional studio and into the newsroom and control room. The presentation was also something different - bold graphics filled the screen. Discordant music opened the newscast and penetrated the proceedings. Even the station announcer, Scott Chapin, was menacing! It's here that I am going to say it: Ansin's stations were not paragons of journalism. Tabloid TV was the order of the day. "If it bleeds, it leads" was the motto. One WSVN newscast I have footage of proudly beamed about featuring "THREE BLOODY CRIME SCENES" as the top story. This was not Peter Jennings soberly reporting on the latest goings on in the Soviet Union. That wasn't the point. The point wasn't to just inform, but entertain as well - thus the flashy graphics, the catchy headlines. This was, I would argue, the first News Product on a TV station - something not as just public service but calling card. It's not wrong to call WSVN the first true "Fox affiliate". It ran cartoons - Fox Kids was there for a few years - and out of necessity movies were programmed on nights Fox had not yet colonized. You certainly could not mistake it for a Big Three affiliate. But the look and feel was not that of an independent/Fox station up to that point. I don't think anyone saw that station lasting more than maybe two years with the News Station format. Certainly nobody saw the station not only surviving the switch, but thriving - rising to the top spot among English language stations in that market. The competitors noticed. In 1988-89 WTVJ had a handsome art deco look lavished on it by its new owners at NBC. By 1992 that was replaced by cold banks of monitors and theme music straight out of Miami Vice. So did other stations. Scott Chapin started picking up station after station starting in the early 90s. One of my early news memories is of him blaring out "NEIGHBORS FROM HELLLLLLL" in a sweeps promo for WCAU, which he was voicing by the mid-90s. Other tricks took longer to get to my market - 1997 saw the arrival of "Breaking News" stings and Larry Mendte to WCAU. In a market where the leading station used magnet boards for weather and a blue background set, the added flash stood out. Mendte got notice because he would stand up on set for some stories - if you read the local papers you'd think some massive scandal was taking place. In contrast, I'm usually not sure if Jim Gardner wears pants most nights. Even nationally, the idea of a flashier newscast gained traction. Before it embraced its conservative bent, you could well argue that Fox News Channel was the WSVN formula applied to cable news. Even the network newscasts changed. Brokaw started doing more tabloidy feature stories. Jennings' newscast open went from a simple text overlay to a flashy animation. 1993 saw Ansin spread his wings and add WHDH in Boston. By this point his tactics were well-known. Boston didn't quite get the massive tone overhaul that WSVN got, but it did get the flashy graphics, discordant music, and menacing announcer. WHDH might not have exploded like Miami did but what was a perennial doormat became quite competitive. Moreso when WHDH lost CBS to WBZ and gained NBC's stronger programming. Ansin had to have been a pain in the ass to work with on the network side. He pre-empted quite a bit when WSVN was with NBC. The 1989 switch negotiations were so protracted with CBS that instead of that network agreeing to move to WSVN it instead chose to purchase an independent station with substantial signal issues as its new home. And let's not forget the Jay Leno at 10pm debacle of 2009-2010. Ansin made the announcement that he was pre-empting Leno and moving his CW 10pm newscast over to the main station. NBC threatened to revoke his affiliation and he relented - but when that late night arrangement collapsed in flames months later, it was obvious that his concerns were genuinely warranted. Again, I think it says something that NBC chose to build its own station essentially from scratch over continuing to deal with Ansin. The survival of WHDH post-NBC was his last great accomplishment. It was the WSVN playbook all over again - news, news, and more news. It seems to be working, four years into the experiment. Like I said, Ansin was a giant figure in the television business. Few single stations have been as influential as his were. He is as major a figure as Ted Turner and should be honored as such. May he rest in peace.
  43. 1 point
    Nothing but respect to a guy who forged his own path in local news, reaching and securing major successes with the stations he owned and maintained to the very end. Condolences to his family and colleagues. May he Rest in Peace. Damn, 2020.
  44. 1 point
    The problem with Chicago syndication is, outside Judge Mathis, Chicago is now looked at as a 'budget' option for shows you'd rather just test rather than the full-budget programs you get in New York or Los Angeles, or as Chicago learned with the Universal Trash Triad, Connecticut's tax credits are much more worthwhile to go for than trying to work with the Illinois Legislature on anything without arm-twisting. The last non-Harvey talk show effort from Chicago, the second corpse-shambling version of iVillageLive after its failure as a Universal Studios-originated show, bombed and never got non-NBC pickup because everyone just saw it as an infomercial for the Apprentice and the contestants who hosted that show, likely cheaply. Outside NBC and ABC, you just aren't going to see anyone else interested in Chicago syndication as they don't have a presence or the studio room to do so; Tribune is gone and Nexstar is all in on News Nation, CBS's Block 37 adventures haven't got them out of the basement, and Fox's studio presence is just as much as they need for WFLD's news department and the Fox News Chicago bureau, with Weigel just happy to get the spectrum-bait stations across the country to spread their O&O subchannels onto owned presences rather than producing new programming.
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