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Myron Falwell

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  1. You’d think for kitchen purposes, they’d do that in Studio B (the New Day set). But it must make more sense logistically.
  2. I don't think they've had a VO open for the news since ditching the "WGHPiedmont" look in 1996. It also fits with Perry Sook's love of "Local." But I could have sworn WGHP has used this slogan for a year or two already.
  3. While I've been on the record applauding what WJW's art department was able to do with what they were limited to, Todd Meany explicitly says in the video that they'll also be debuting a new graphics package and music on Monday. Only the logo remains the same.
  4. Cleveland at its heart is still a rust-belt city with a steel mill heritage. I give BDI a lot of credit for a set design that feels unique and meant for the market, even if it is based off of the WGN-TV set.
  5. Probably best summed up as "economy of scale." You're also seeing it in radio, albeit in a per cluster basis as opposed to overall station count... Cumulus bailing out of New York, LA and Washington DC, and Radio One bailing out of Detroit, two groups that had no clout with their meager clusters in those major markets. Regardless of how committed to broadcasting the Wolfe family was/is, Dispatch had the same problem that Midwest had and other small chains had. Ultimately they cannot compete on the large scale with superchains like Sinclair, Tegna, Scripps and Nexstar. And honestly, the fact that WSVN and WHDH print money at a shocking rate is the only reason why Ed Ansin hasn't cashed in. If he only had WBNS and WTHR, he definitely would have sold out.
  6. Moreover, the Ohio State IMG Sports radio network is co-owned by IMG and Tegna (THE Ohio State University sold off their stake to IMG and Dispatch/RadiOhio in 2009). It's a literal ATM with 50+ affiliates around the state. And has been noted, iHeart tried twice to compete with The Fan (with 1230 and later with 105.7) as well as long-gone Wilks (95.5, a Lancaster rimshot) and 97.1 simply steamrolled them. If iHeart pulled up four Brinks trucks at Tegna HQ, then sure, 97.1/1460 could be sold. But the value of the Ohio State radio rights and the 50% ownership stake in the Ohio State radio network will make it cost-prohibitive for any buyer, be it iHeart, Saga, Urban One or NABCO. Especially in an industry where iHeart is not going to buy any new stations and the overall market is as depressed as its' ever been.
  7. Nexstar is desperately trying to stay under the 39% ownership limit* with the Tribune deal. With the planned divestitures (complicated by the failed resale of several other stations to Fox, including WJW) they're barely at the limit. At the rate this is going, I wouldn't be surprised to see WBNX taken over by the creditors. From there, they could 1) sell the station to another entity, or 2) sell the license to one party and the IP to another. Either way, it's out of Ernest's control. *which is an absolute farce because of the so-called UHF Discount Actually, MyNet is on WOIO 19.2 between 1am and 3am in an obvious contract burning, sandwiched within the rest of the MeTV lineup. MyNet has no tangible value beyond being a white-label rerun block in prime-time. For all intents and purposes, WBNX is better off remaining an indie with spillover program inventory from whatever duopoly partner they wind up with, if they wind up with one.
  8. Which Fox stations? Cause most of the former LocalTV Fox affils have homebrew graphics. And then there's WGHP... Might as well trot out this old standard.
  9. Entertainment Tonight is one of those shows that is so durable that it can’t be “killed,” even if Meredith and People actually put an effort into it.
  10. Sunbeam has never invested much into syndicated programming. They just haven’t. Just enough to get by and keep people tuned in. For news-dominant WHDH and WSVN, they can get away with it, while it’s very noticeable at WLVI.
  11. Steamboat Willie enters the public domain in 2023. And the copyrights for the Silly Symphonies start to lapse in 2024. If you wanted to know why Disney is doing this, it’s because they’re going to lose full control of the Mouse very soon. Enter Marvel, Lucasfilm and 21CF.
  12. As long as WTOP Radio/digital is a literal ATM, Hubbard will never sell. They have a really good radio portfolio that Scripps wouldn’t bother with. Hearst is more than happy with the position they’ve got, plus they still own 20% of ESPN, 50% of A+E Networks, and a significant newspaper chain. M&As aren’t a priority for them. Congress still has to sign off on any changes in ownership rules. And with this FCC, it’s automatically DOA in the Democratic House through 2020. Perry is gambling with this option under the hope that certain people win in 2020 that he wants to win. But suffice it to say it’s not a sure bet.
  13. That’s kinda the point of private equity firms. Apollo was trying to grow Terrier so they could either sell the whole amalgamation off, or deal it in pieces. I would be shocked if they weren’t a part of the bidding for WPIX and the other divestitures, but luck wasn’t on their side. Tegna and Scripps had to have driven up the asking prices so much that even Fox bowed out as an additional suitor. The Cox family clearly know Terrier’s obvious fate, and that’s why they are a part of it. Because they can reap the rewards once the group is ultimately dealt away.
  14. It’s not just the cap space, Nexstar needs cash flow badly so they can afford Tribune. That’s why WPIX was dealt away. That’s also why Fox dropping out as a buyer actually does hurt Nexstar. Nexstar’s uneven relationship with the network aside, a replication of the seven station divestment deal Sinclair tried with Fox would have been around the $1B range and eased up on the cap space simultaneously. (Note that these deals with Scripps and Tegna whittle down approximately $1.3B of the proposed $4B price tag.)
  15. Giving up on KCPQ is very telling. They went so far as to enter negotiations with a border station no one knew about back several years ago just to put pressure on Tribune. Thing is, with this “new” Fox, they have no in-house production/distribution pipeline for conventional programming and will be reliant on sports play-by-play. That’s fine, but it is going to cost a lot, especially with sports. And you either have to recoup the cost by forcing the cable companies to pay through the nose, or forcing the affiliates to pay through the nose, leading the affiliates to force the cable companies to pay through the nose. Because of Nexstar’s past tiffs with Fox - where multiple disaffiliations took place in 2011 because of affiliation fees - that is the most shocking part of this. Fox apparently learned nothing from that experience.
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