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  1. Sad to say, the way Sinclair is making this work, it's designed to be cost-effective, by using existing facilities when they aren't being used, hiring some cheap reporters, and in essence, creating a "newscast factory" where they churn out their local newscasts, do some out-of-market ones in their spare time, and for the markets that aren't turning a profit, hub them off to another.
  2. Basically, stations like WDLI exist in license-alone, since the spectrum was sold by TBN in the auction, and the station was physically merged onto WVPX's spectrum. Get rid of the extra license, and you can now legally have a duopoly with WEWS without endangering cap space. I'm pretty sure the Inyo deal was a stopgap in places like Cleveland where this situation existed, and the "triopoly" was in fact the shared spectrum of the former TBN station in license on the main ION station, plus the existing Scripps affiliate.
  3. The question is, are these going to be live newscasts or pre-taped? As long as KABB doesn't have a 10pm show (11 in the Triad), it could theoretically be done. I'm assuming that's KABB's set since WOAI being NBC would clash with any potential WXLV newscasts, and that KABB's set is vastly superior to WOAI. It does seem like the trend is trying to squeeze out extra newscasts of the news-producing stations, when they don't have their own market to deal with. Playing the time zone game can theoretically make this work in some places.
  4. FOX has demonstrated they are cheap with their capital expenditures, as evidenced by the building and equipment issues at WNYW, and all of the "rehab" that COX had to do in Memphis to bring that station up to a decent level of workability. I'm sure these stations are very "profitable" because of all the capex they are starving from them!
  5. "Programming issues during the 10pm slot" was the apparent cause of FOX not renewing their agreement with WLFL. WRAZ was probably beginning to challenge them in the ratings (being tied to the uber-dominant WRAL), and Sinclair may have hinted at either cancelling the newscast or shortening it to a half hour. Being relegated to the "News Central" experiment was the beginning of the end, and when it was killed off, at least they were able to give WTVD a primetime option on WLFL.
  6. I believe at the time NBC had such a good relationship with the Outlet stations, that getting WNCN (and the other future O&Os), the sale was sealed, especially for NBC to try and make something of themselves in the Triangle. A decade later, NBC cashes out these stations to Media General, and in 2016, WNCN (and Media General) swipe CBS from WRAL, and all of NBC's problems go away when they make their long-awaited return to WRAL.
  7. Sinclair did the damage on WLFL by balking at FOX's demands to start a newscast, and by the time they agreed to it, WRAZ had been granted FOX, and WLFL had to settle for the WB. WRDC was already damaged goods since it was ruined by Brissette when they killed off WPTF and drove the station even further by killing off their news operation. Adding more insult to injury, when Sinclair got both stations, they set up in Channel 28's studios and WLFL's studios became home to WNCN, who through Outlet, wrestled away NBC because of Channel 28's disasterous tenure as an NBC affiliate at the
  8. Bumping this thread because Trump Country is no more. https://www.news-press.com/story/news/local/2020/12/21/trump-country-radio-signs-off-fort-myers-93-7-fm-now-hell-yeah-wxnx-florida-country-station/3988740001/ Apparently they did run into some legal problems, and now they are Hell Yeah 93.7 and changed their call letters to WHEL.
  9. Technically, shouldn't this "entity" who paid for the advertisement have to disclose themselves? I know if this was a broadcast commercial, that would have to be the case. Then again, it would pretty much outlaw "teaser" billboards, often used to tease a new product or service....basically removing any semblance of secrecy. I just hope the billboard company doesn't have a trade with any of the stations, you can bet that could be out the window! They should have objected to it, but they took their money and may have to suffer the consequences of doing so.
  10. I'm curious to see what the arrangement is between the "fringe" networks like OAN and NewsMax, and their service providers. I"m sure they're having to pay up to the providers for the privilege , as opposed to the standard retransmission consent where the cable company has to cough up the cost and pass it along to the consumer. If this is the case and one of these networks goes over the line, the provider can send them packing without cause? As for radio, this could be a do or die move IF these personalities have crossed the line. It's been the lifeblood of talk radio since
  11. These changes may be rooted to a recently passed law by Congress that effectively requires shell companies to disclose their true ownership... https://www.washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2020/12/11/anonymous-shell-company-us-ban/ Deerfield/Manhan is probably ok since Stephen Mumblow has no family connections to Sinclair, but the "trust" that owns Cunningham established after the passing of David Smith's mother may be questionable....
  12. UPDATE: along with the 3.0 moves in Columbus, Sinclair has moved WTTE's main feed to WSYX 6.3. WWHO's main feed is on WTTE, but still has their PSIP of 53.1.
  13. According to Rabbitears.info, WTTE's FOX feed is now on WSYX's feed as 6.3 (or 28.3, which is WSYX's actual channel....confusing, isn't it!) They're still on WTTE 28.1 as well, but for how long? WWHO 53.1 (still maps as such, is on WTTE 27.6) I sense a license separation coming between the two shells and Sinclair in Columbus.
  14. My money is either on Gray or Byron Allen. Same would go with Quincy Media since they would fit nicely aside from some conflicts here and there. I don't know exactly what to make of the Standard Media group since the Waypoint deal died.
  15. A sale looks like it is under way, Quincy could be shopped to another buyer. https://tvnewscheck.com/top-news/business/article/quincy-meredith-kicking-off-2021-ma-season-with-station-sales/
  16. So much for Gray getting all 4, unless they're willing to part with WJRT. I could see this going either way, either partial or total.....2021 being the year after a disastrous 2020 could bring a fire sale of epic proportions for MANY companies.
  17. It begs the question down the line, if companies like Sinclair will be consolidating their excess licenses once 3.0 becomes the norm and the 1.0 broadcasts start to go away. Some of the sharing involves almost paints that picture.
  18. Definitely 3.0 related especially if 28.1 remains as the PSIP assignment. Columbus could be all hands on deck since Sinclair, Nexstar and Tegna are all part of the same partnership. The question is, which station will be the 3.0?
  19. Sooner or later, these companies have to go digital. It's out of the FCC's realm. And it's an area Nexstar needs to update itself on. Sinclair is at least trying with STIRR and willing to go DTC on their sports nets. Relying on websites and trying to tie their web streaming to cable providers is a bad idea in the works....
  20. Tons of conflicts.... Greenville/Spartanburg has WSPA/WYCW Mobile has WKRG/WFNA (along with Sinclair running every other station) St. Louis has KTVI/KPLR Portland has KOIN/KRCW (and Meredith owns KPTV and KPDX) Las Vegas has KLAS Springfield, MA has WWLP (and Meredith has the rest of the market with WGGB and WSHM-LD) Hartford has WTNH/WCTX Nashville has WKRN Kansas City has WDAF (and Meredith owns KCTV and KSMO)
  21. From today's FTVLIVE... I could see the WDVM move-in, but would it affect retransmission consent with WDCW? Could the same owner opt for must-carry for one station and retransmission consent for the other? I highly doubt Meredith would part with WGCL, yet alone sell out entirely to Nexstar (or Mission). That would be a Sinclair-level shell game as there are many markets where Nexstar and Meredith compete, and the FCC would be amiss to allow some triopolies (along with the Sinclair/Deerfield cluster-f$#% in Mobile/Pensacola.) Atlanta may be a place to buy a stick and
  22. Zanesville is too far away from Parkersburg. They're better off being absorbed into the Columbus market. It's only 1 county (Muskingum) that's totally surrounded by the Columbus DMA on all sides. Nexstar buying them would give WCMH a repeater in the eastern fringes and a bureau. An interesting quirk of the spectrum auction was the sale of WSFJ's spectrum. They currently channel share with WCLL-CD, meaning they only have a fraction of the power they used to, but still have a full-powered license (and most importantly, must-carry powers). I"m not sure if this will be
  23. I totally expect WKRG and others who switched from Retro TV to meTV, to affiliate with Antenna TV this fall. The 10 year anniversary is this September. In Mobile-Pensacola, I don't even think the listed affiliate (WPAN 40) ever carried it. They ran into financial problems and ended up selling the station to a receiver, who resold it to the founding owners of WJTQ/WNGS-TV in Buffalo. The station was already off the air due to an issue with the transmitter site owner, and opted to build a new transmitter for their post-repack facility. When it signed on the air, it began airing pr
  24. Looking at the 2019 Sinclair Annual Report....here's a breakdown of their affiliation deals. 41 ABC affiliates locked in through August 31, 2022 30 CBS affiliates with agreements from April 30, 2020 through December 31, 2021 48 CW affiliates locked in from August 31, 2021 through August 31, 2024 59 FOX affiliates with agreements from December 31, 2020 through December 31, 2021 39 MNT affiliates whose contract expired on August 31, 2020 24 NBC affiliates locked in through December 31, 2021 Based on this, we could be seeing a new wave of channel s

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