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  1. ...and if it was 20 years ago, it would be... Who Wants To Be A Millionaire-ish...
  2. WRET was able to score NBC instead of WCCB because of then-owner Ted Turner's commitment to expanding the news department. That promise was short lived as Ted Turner flipped the station to Westinghouse for a record sale price in order to use the proceeds to help start CNN, only for Westinghouse to literally drive the station into the ground, much unlike their other stations at the time. Not helping matters were the dominant VHF NBC affiliates in adjacent markets like Winston-Salem, Columbia and Greenville.
  3. That was probably the high point of their branding. Projo & Belo were really trying to make them a contender after years of bad management and the bad luck that NBC was dealt across North Carolina. The stigma of UHF was especially bad in North Carolina as NBC was relegated to inferior stations at the time.
  4. Add another group who wants Tegna to sell or merge.... Enter HG Vora Capital Management, who last had a stake in Tribune, and cashed it out when Nexstar took over.... https://www.reuters.com/article/us-tegna-hgvora-exclusive/exclusive-hedge-fund-hg-vora-wants-tegna-to-consider-a-sale-or-merger-sources-idUSKBN1ZK1WP
  5. I hope Tom Freakin' Skilling is somehow involved.... Had WKRG not let Alan Sealls walk across the street to Sinclair and WPMI, he could have been a contributor. In fact, he actually worked at WGN in the 90s before spending a few years at WMAQ.
  6. Especially since Sinclair has single-handedly launched STIRR and made it into a mini-PlutoTV and will soon be adding select syndication on-demand for shows that air on their stations. And it was Nexstar that pulled the plug on the NewsOn partnership that saw the Media General stations that were on it go away. Hopefully as more shows are available with better digital rights, this will encourage Nexstar to take the plunge, especially when their next closest competitor is eating their lunch in this department.
  7. Way to go Tegna. For once, you designed a logo that doesn't repulse me from the get-go. And it's better than some of the past WCNC/NewsChannel36 logos over the past several years.
  8. Actual reach is 39 percent while the UHF discount brings it down to 32.
  9. Standard Media has zero competition from any Tegna TV station, as each company has no stations in the same market, and even if they did, they're exempt in many places because they are low power (especially the Waypoint ones). Digital is another story, as the lines are undefined, but there's nothing stopping that. Regardless of our opinions regarding how Tegna operates it's stations, it's a company ripe for takeover, and if anyone is going to take station groups and make them bigger, or make something out of the leftovers, it's outside investors and private equity.
  10. I can only imagine if Gannett remained the same company as it was before the split.... The current "Gannett" is like the rebirth of AT&T, after SBC renamed themselves when the old AT&T was sold off piece by piece. It's technically GateHouse, but under the Gannett branding. Same as Tegna being the old Gannett company and the split company keeping the Gannett name. Usually, the print side is the one to go batty. Gannett is the behemoth in this case and Tegna is treated like an upstart company. One that has trashed many of their stations and the investors are finally clamoring for them to come to their senses. Some stations are too far gone (WXIA, WTSP, WWL, WKYC), others have some hope to them (WBIR, WMAZ, WTOL), and there are the new ones that haven't had the chance to C-Clarity.....yet.
  11. Looks like CBS wants complete control of this so they can start expanding their CBSN apps into these cities. Roping affiliates into it would make it more complicated and expensive, despite competing against them in Atlanta and Tampa, and "re-establishing" in Detroit.
  12. Deb McDermott, the head of Standard Media worked alongside Kim in the latter years of Young and Media General, and was one of the board members Kim wanted to put on Tegna's board. If they buy their way into Tegna, Standard could be roped into it though a hostile takeover using Kim's money.
  13. Meridian and Hattiesburg are the outliers, the closest Tegna station is WWL in New Orleans. Going back to Tegna, pencils have erasers, so if Standard's people get some seats on the board, maybe the "Tegna Experiment" will come to a screeching halt before more stations succumb to it.
  14. Many of these stations are low-powered upstarts built for the sole purpose of bringing affiliations to markets where they previously did not exist. Hopefully bringing some scale to these stations could be a major plus for them to better compete in their markets. What you see is a lot of peeved viewers who lose an adjacent affiliate they've had for years replaced by a local one, that is grossly inferior.
  15. Keep in mind that Soo Kim and Deb McDermott had the Media General and Young stations under their watch, and later merged them with Lin and if they had their way, they would have merged with Meredith instead of Nexstar forcing a hostile takeover of the above... Had Sinclair gotten Tribune, they would have gotten some higher profile leftovers. Sure, the former Citadel stations were a mess to begin with, but Tegna needs a serious intervention before they trash more stations with their so-called innovation....
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