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6 hours ago, tyrannical bastard said:

Another casualty could be MeTV, especially since we're nearing the decade mark where Media General purged out RTV in favor of MeTV in many of their markets.  I"m sure Nexstar would rather carry an owned network over someone else's when the contracts expire.  Now the question is, will this harm MeTV if this is the case? 

I'm told MeTV does VERY well in the ratings in certain markets, with some key demos.

MeTV has been on a roll. They've been consistent in getting top-notch shows, they produce a late-night movie show, and they've even added a classic cartoon block with Warner Bros. and MGM shorts, something I don't think anyone was expecting. I can see them coming out just fine. After all, Weigel's been adamant about expanding their reach, and they've been buying stations in markets beyond the Great Lakes region they'd long restricted themselves to as a means to that end.

 

That MeTV's been doing well in certain demos doesn't surprise me at all. A lot of their programming doesn't really have any equivalents on other OTA networks, even the Big 5, and they just know how to pick the best shows.

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Another thing that helps MeTV is (was?) their national carriage on AT&T's UVerse system. 

(Given the mess that is AT&T's pay tv platforms, there's no telling if that's still the case.  Basically UVerse is for existing customers anymore and the only option is the inferior AT&T TV platform or DirecTV.)

 

The Scripps and Sinclair networks could be kicked off the Nexstar stations, especially the former Tribune ones, who filled out their diginets with the readily available on digital Sinclair ones (TBD and Charge!)  Scripps seems to be doing the same with their networks, and Nexstar, tied to their airwaves, could have plenty of room for both channels in many of their markets once the dust settles.

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On 4/26/2021 at 11:54 AM, Yankees4life said:

I don't get it but I guess they need something to fill the void that Scripps may leave their affiliates with...

Exactly why. 

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We (meaning Portland, ME) lost Antenna TV on cable when Tribune had its dispute with Spectrum and it never came back. After a while as an OTA-only channel Antenna TV got dropped in favor of one of Tegna's in-house multicast channels.

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Well, WJKT has finally switched to WREG's orbit, and is now simulcasting select WREG newscasts.   But still no news at 9pm.

https://changingnewscasts.wordpress.com/2021/04/29/catch-up-post-29-wjkt-wreg-wsmv-wwsb/

 

You would think that WREG could squeeze out a 9pm show, but apparently not.

 

And then there's the new logo.

 

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32 minutes ago, TheRob said:

I saw that WDKY in Lexington is advertising for a news director, which I think would be its first.

https://nexstar.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/nexstar/job/Nexstar---WDKY/News-Director_REQ-9296

 

Does this not sound like they are launching an in-house news department? Which if so, is something I've been predicting since the day the ink dried on the transfer from Sinclair. This wording "from near the ground up" makes it seem like the two WDKY-only anchors (Marvin Bartlett and Kristen Pflum), who are contracted to Nexstar, would go to this possible in-house effort, severing the ties with WKYT.

 

Makes me wonder where WDKY would go to do its news. The current office is too small to house a news department (and it's just that, sales and marketing offices; master control had been out of WSYX in Columbus and is now coming from one of the Nexstar hubs, probably Indianapolis). New building?

 

So many questions....

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6 hours ago, sanewsguy said:

https://nexstar.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/nexstar/job/Nexstar---WDKY/News-Director_REQ-9296

 

Does this not sound like they are launching an in-house news department? Which if so, is something I've been predicting since the day the ink dried on the transfer from Sinclair. This wording "from near the ground up" makes it seem like the two WDKY-only anchors (Marvin Bartlett and Kristen Pflum), who are contracted to Nexstar, would go to this possible in-house effort, severing the ties with WKYT.

 

Makes me wonder where WDKY would go to do its news. The current office is too small to house a news department (and it's just that, sales and marketing offices; master control had been out of WSYX in Columbus and is now coming from one of the Nexstar hubs, probably Indianapolis). New building?

 

So many questions....

Ha, I just saw this and put in the speculation chat. 

 

Yeah to me, this makes me think this is just the start of ending the relationship with WKYT and nothing against WKYT, just wanting to go out on their own.   Not sure when that ends.

 

If we start to see anchors/meteorologist job postings for WDKY, then here is our sign. 

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