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  1. Nexstar has officially announced this morning that it will acquire Tribune Media at a deal valued at $6.4B. Nexstar will acquire the outstanding shares of Tribune for $46.30 a share, valued at $6.4B. The $6.4B amount includes the assumption of Tribune's outstanding debt. Tribune shareholders could received an additional $0.30 a share, per month, if the deal doesn't close by August 31, 2019. The deal is subject to approval from Tribune shareholders. And aside from Nexstar spinning off divested stations to get the greenlight from regulators, Nexstar also said that it might also spin-off other assets "which it deems to be non-core".
  2. Scott from FTVLive said that Channel 5 could be (ugh!) expanding to its already extremely-long morning newscast. It's new 10am hour of its morning broadcast could debut on June 12. Should this stick, the station would air SEVEN straight hours of local news in the morning. That's just plain pitiful.
  3. Look what was buried inside this 1972 KTLA Sign-off that Rick Thomas just posted. It's actual moving pictures of KTLA['s Telecopter (#3). TC3 was the third incarnation of the original KTLA "Telecopters". TC3 is a Bell 206 JetRanger 2 complete with a very early "Wescam" camera ball (right) and the micro-dome antenna housing (left). I wish I had an accurate picture inside that antenna. Telecopters 1 and 2 had used a custom designed omni directional retractable antennas. This set-up makes me think there is a steerable dish inside, along with the omni and the rx antenna for the ground relay or "bounce". Sadly the KTLA "Telecopter" was later sold to KNBC who retained the telecopter name. The KNBC Telecopter later crashed in a San Fernando Valley park while returning from a brush fire in 1977. The former US spy pilot Gary Francis Powers was killed along with a KNBC photographer. The airship was also destroyed. Anyway...it's a pretty neat discovery since we cannot expect KTLA to find this historic video...just the hard work of the video restorers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=id=4stYbz7taIw;t=161
  4. This is the incredible story of the man who engineered one of the greatest "first" in television news history. I grew up with KTLA, and as I got older I developed a huge fascination for early live remotes and the art of sending TV pictures thru the air to produce live news reports. The really true pioneer of the TV live shot was a man named Klaus Landsberg who worked at KTLA as a self taught engineer. In 1951 Klaus got a wild bug up his ass and decided that he and Stan Chambers would attempt to do the very first live remote broadcast of an atomic bomb test in the Nevada desert outside of Las Vegas. In 1952 there were NO tv stations in Las Vegas...no satellites...no fiber optics...not even a "coaxial" feed from the east coast to tap into. When asked...AT&T told broadcasters it would take "years" to build the infrastructure to send the microwave signals back to Los Angeles for live broadcasting. For years I had heard parts of this story in bits and pieces. Stan Chambers was the only living (at the time) person I knew of that was there that day. However Stan didn't know or remember all the technical and engineering details of the shot. When Stan and Telecopter pioneer/ engineer Jon Silva passed on a few years ago... I figured I was out of luck...and would never get the answer to a question that hounded me for 20 years. A few months ago I finally came across this document / exhibit from 1985 that was written about Klaus...his contributions to broadcasting... ...and a very detailed breakdown of how Klaus Landsberg, Stan Chambers, and some very creative KTLA engineers, the military and some really good luck pulled off one of the greatest live shots in broadcast history. http://www.earlytelevision.org/pdf/ktla_atomic_test.pdf Thank You to the Museum of Broadcasting. Merry Christmas...Santa Klaus! Enjoy the read...it's worth it. http://www.earlytelevision.org/pdf/ktla_atomic_test.pdf
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