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Ramona

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  1. Ramona

    Gray/Raycom Merger Thread

    Look at that. This deal didn't even take six months to clear Justice.
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    Nexstar to acquire Tribune

    Armstrong Williams may be involved in production, but he's not in the broadcasting business without Sinclair's support.
  3. Ramona

    Classic Video Thread (pre-2008)

    Wow! Canal 2 today is a channel called CDR which consists of television simulcasts of radio programming. (It's co-owned with channels 4, 6 and 11.) The video is apparently from 1993.
  4. Ramona

    Classic Video Thread (pre-2008)

    Wow, I don't even think I've heard that cut of the package...
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    Out and About

    That's awful. Everything about it is poorly executed. The 21 isn't even at the same perspective as the rest of it.
  6. Ramona

    Nexstar to acquire Tribune

    The task of consolidating Tribune and Nexstar will be a mammoth one. This will take a while.
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    Classic Video Thread (pre-2008)

    Definitely feels like it could be a sibling or cousin to the late-90s Media General pack...
  8. That is definitely the Cue11 Total News — though I never knew they had used it prior to changing logos. The music bed is from that package and is closer to the use KAPP/KVEW gave it.
  9. Ramona

    Classic Video Thread (pre-2008)

    A full KITV 10pm newscast from 1994: Some WREG material from the same year: And a KICU excerpt from 1991:
  10. Ramona

    KTVA newsroom sustains major earthquake damage

    Made this its own thread, as the damage is quite serious for KTVA per the live walkthrough. Fallen ceiling tiles, broken cameras and monitors, shattered glass, and water on the floor. You get the sense the building will need structural repairs in addition to the cleanup effort, and with KTVA having no sister stations, that might be a little harder.
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    Amazon interested in Fox TV stations

    My mind went back to this again, and I want to emphasize a few of my concerns. The problems I foresee with an Amazon/Fox stations tie-up are not at the FCC, but they are: Will brick-and-mortar stores, and particularly grocers, want to advertise on TV stations owned by Amazon? Amazon owns Whole Foods Market and is the primary competitor to many brick-and-mortar retail businesses (with the exception, importantly here, of automotive). There is something of a conflict of interest, and these are important ad categories. This isn't as much of an issue for other important categories including telecom, restaurants, services, healthcare, and of course, political. However, some ad buyers may have second thoughts. Would the deal give Amazon too much ad power? While Amazon's advertising platforms lag behind Google or Facebook, they exist, and Amazon would have the advantage of being able to integrate major-market TV stations into them. Particularly with addressable advertising as part of the ATSC 3.0 standard, there are privacy implications for such a combination of resources. This may be where a DOJ inquiry comes into play (an Amazon acquisition would almost certainly prompt a second request). The M&A itself will activate constituencies and actors that don't normally pay attention to the industry. The Sinclair-Tribune did this on a much smaller scale, and arguably, Sinclair failed because it got greedy with major-market TV stations. Fox and especially Amazon are much larger fish, and the incoming Democratic House will have a voracious regulatory appetite against Big Tech. This activity will not be limited to technology subcommittees but also could encompass antitrust ones. There are also Republican actors that are showing discontent with tech giants, though outside of Trump's tiffs with the Washington Post, Amazon has not been that much of a target (their concerns lean more toward perceived censorship on social media). Such a deal presents questions about the viability of the Fox television network as a going concern. In the T-Mobile/AT&T merger proceedings, one of the reasons the merger was not approved was a specific desire to have four national wireless carriers (something to be tested in the T-Mobile/Sprint proceedings). It could very well be that some actor wants to ensure there are four national commercial TV networks.
  12. Ramona

    WFLD/KTNV theme - Chris Crane?

    The "WSVN 1998" definitely was written for KTTV; that's how it's categorized in ASCAP ("KTTV TV News Music Package") and some of the alternate titles suggest WTTG used it in some capacity. (There are other WSVN entries, of course.) However, a separate entry exists for "WFLD News Theme". That's probably this. The instrumentation is super-Crane, now that I think about it. (For instance, when the KTVI "2 NewsTeam" open first surfaced, I immediately knew it was the mythical Crane pack just from hearing it.)
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    Classic Video Thread (pre-2008)

    Whoops, I was wrong — it was March 1981 that they dropped "NewsCenter 2". Sheesh, KTVI was changing imaging more than its underwear... (The Fox OSI theme has lasted longer than the last four music packages they used combined!) We don't have any early-80s 'HTM to really say, unfortunately. Though I did find this 1979 WTPA (!!) sportscast (the callsign change was in 1980 and this is January 27, 1979):
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    Classic Video Thread (pre-2008)

    In the mid-80s (about 1985?), WHTM actually updated to it. In '86 they were even still using the late 70s Times-Mirror stations theme (NMSA "KDFW 1979"). Even WETM used the same typeface, though we don't have any newscasts from the period when T-M still owned the station. (WSTM never seemed to, and then Elmira, Syracuse and Harrisburg were sold off in 1986.) KTVI seemed to never be part of any standardization. If they were, it might have been in late 1980-1981 (T-M did not own KTVI until 1980). That said, it's unclear quite what they were like between 1980 and 82 or so. In 1980, they dropped the NewsCenter 2 imaging they had been using. There's not much of that, but there's a demo reel from a graphics company with a KTVI 10pm open: In 1979, though, they hadn't yet adopted that logo (there's a snippet in the final second showing their set): Times-Mirror in general had more standardization than many groups in the 80s, especially early in the decade and then in the 1987-88 period. (The Yours Truly graphics package comes to mind.)
  15. Ramona

    Cox Media Group up for sale

    It could be argued that, with its ownership, the entire purpose of WGPR as a television station was different from WDJT or WVEU. People realized at the time that the CBS affiliation and near-immediate acquisition of the station would result in that going away.
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