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After a 10 1/2-year absence, weekend morning newscasts return to WTKR on Saturday, April 4th.

 

 

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The San Francisco area stations are tag-teaming their choppers to have constant pooled aerials of the Coronavirus cruise ship docked in the harbor.

 

Unfortunately, the CBSN Bay Area TD wasn't paying close attention and this was up for about 15 seconds.

 

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The death knell has been sounded for KCPM Grand Forks, North Dakota.

 

The FCC today says the station incurred a 312(g) deletion for being off the air more than 12 months—because it hadn't operated from authorized facilities since 2014.

 

Gray had filed to acquire the station in 2018 and would have rebuilt it. Those plans have been dashed.

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9 hours ago, Weeters said:

The San Francisco area stations are tag-teaming their choppers to have constant pooled aerials of the Coronavirus cruise ship docked in the harbor.

 

Unfortunately, the CBSN Bay Area TD wasn't paying close attention and this was up for about 15 seconds.

 

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At least KRON mentions And uses the SKY7 Logo on their newscasts.

 

 “Sky 7 from our media partner ABC7” 

 

I didn’t know KPIX uses KGO for their chopper feeds. I thought it was KTVU all this time. Makes me also wonder what KNTV uses for “Sky Ranger.”

 

 

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50 minutes ago, SFTV said:


At least KRON mentions And uses the SKY7 Logo on their newscasts.

 

 “Sky 7 from our media partner ABC7” 

 

I didn’t know KPIX uses KGO for their chopper feeds. I thought it was KTVU all this time. Makes me also wonder what KNTV uses for “Sky Ranger.”

 

 

My contacts say this was a special setup just for this story. All the stations pooled their choppers and shared each others feeds, so there were constant aerials of the cruise ship. One would go to refuel while another took its place. KGO offered to pool their chopper feed if they could use the other pool choppers (N62TV which is the one branded with KTVU livery, and N42SL, a generic news helicopter that seems to have replaced generic shared helicopter N75TV which looks to be in Sacramento right now.) It appears that KGO and KTVU are the only two that have full command of a chopper. The generic one might have some 50/50 shared command between KNTV and KPIX, which explains its lack of branding. I would assume Helicopters Inc knew that KTVU might not want to fly to everything KNTV and KPIX might want aerials of, and offered to let them share a generic chopper in addition to the KTVU share.

 

@rkolsen's helicopter project has uncovered some interesting sharing going on in the market. During the Garlic Festival incident is when the "generic" N75TV chopper was discovered, which all the stations were using, including KGO. 

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11 hours ago, Samantha said:

The death knell has been sounded for KCPM Grand Forks, North Dakota.

 

The FCC today says the station incurred a 312(g) deletion for being off the air more than 12 months—because it hadn't operated from authorized facilities since 2014.

 

Gray had filed to acquire the station in 2018 and would have rebuilt it. Those plans have been dashed.

The FCC should've acted on this way sooner.

 

As soon as the KRDK's owners filed that petiton to deny, the FCC should've made this ruling right then and there and not let the deal drag on for 25 months.......

 

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2 hours ago, Weeters said:

My contacts say this was a special setup just for this story. All the stations pooled their choppers and shared each others feeds, so there were constant aerials of the cruise ship. One would go to refuel while another took its place. KGO offered to pool their chopper feed if they could use the other pool choppers (N62TV which is the one branded with KTVU livery, and N42SL, a generic news helicopter that seems to have replaced generic shared helicopter N75TV which looks to be in Sacramento right now.) It appears that KGO and KTVU are the only two that have full command of a chopper. The generic one might have some 50/50 shared command between KNTV and KPIX, which explains its lack of branding. I would assume Helicopters Inc knew that KTVU might not want to fly to everything KNTV and KPIX might want aerials of, and offered to let them share a generic chopper in addition to the KTVU share.

 

@rkolsen's helicopter project has uncovered some interesting sharing going on in the market. During the Garlic Festival incident is when the "generic" N75TV chopper was discovered, which all the stations were using, including KGO. 

The pooling happens A LOT in SF, for what it’s worth.

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17 hours ago, Samantha said:

The death knell has been sounded for KCPM Grand Forks, North Dakota.

 

The FCC today says the station incurred a 312(g) deletion for being off the air more than 12 months—because it hadn't operated from authorized facilities since 2014.

 

Gray had filed to acquire the station in 2018 and would have rebuilt it. Those plans have been dashed.

Oh well...

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8 hours ago, CircleSeven said:

The FCC should've acted on this way sooner.

 

As soon as the KRDK's owners filed that petiton to deny, the FCC should've made this ruling right then and there and not let the deal drag on for 25 months.......

 

And Gray can't acquire it now; the station failed so no FSW can be filed if Gray files a CP for a new station on the 27 allocation (unless Ajit's willing to look the other way on even more stuff).

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4 hours ago, mrschimpf said:

And Gray can't acquire it now; the station failed so no FSW can be filed if Gray files a CP for a new station on the 27 allocation (unless Ajit's willing to look the other way on even more stuff).

Couldn't Gray, or anyone else for that matter, attempt to apply to build a brand new station on the channel 27 allocation?

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4 hours ago, JCB4TV said:

Couldn't Gray, or anyone else for that matter, attempt to apply to build a brand new station on the channel 27 allocation?

That's going to be a hard sell because It's been a while since the FCC approved a brand new full-power TV station. And I don't think its going to happen in the near term, as stations are still in the process of repacking after the spectrum auction.

 

And anyway, Gray didn't really need another full power TV station. They already have full power KVLY, and those three LPs (KXJB, etc.). If that deal would've went through, they probably would've moved one of those other networks (CBS or CW) over to the new FP.

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New M&A.

 

John Wagner is selling the Ion station in the Mississippi Delta, WFXW (the former CBS station WXVT) as a donation to Christian broadcaster, TCT.

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NEW YORK (AP) — CBS News shut down its New York City headquarters for cleaning and disinfecting on Wednesday after two of its employees tested positive for coronavirus.

 

 

Employees will be asked to work remotely for the next two days and broadcasts moved to accommodate the cleaning, the network said. For instance, "CBS This Morning" will originate out of Washington on Thursday and Friday while the New York offices are cleaned.

 

People who came in contact with the sick employees will be asked to self-quarantine for the next two weeks, CBS News President Susan Zirinsky said in a memo to staff.

 

CBS has two separate offices located across 57th Street on the West Side of Manhattan, one primarily housing the staff of "60 Minutes." Complicating the issue for the network is that the two infected workers were stationed in different buildings. The network released no details on how the staff members were infected.

 

Meanwhile, The Associated Press and NBC News on Wednesday announced work-at-home plans as concerns about the global pandemic grew.

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Former WXIA reporter and later ABC News correspondent Rebecca Chase lost her battle with cancer 

Facebook post from Jeff Hullinger 

 

I noticed that in Hullinger's tribute, he stated that Chase was apparently a favorite of Peter Jennings, which was pretty high praise, indeed 

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We have a very interesting M&A.

 

In Fresno, NBC's Telemundo O&O KNSO and Cocola Broadcasting's flagship station KGMC are exchanging facilities.

 

Once the deal is finalized, NBC will take ownership of KGMC's facility on UHF RF 27, while Cocola will own KNSO's facility on VHF RF 11. Callsigns will also be swapped after closing.


Along with the exchange, NBC will pay Cocola $4.5M. And while this deal is pending, Telemundo will temporarily carry programming (simulcast?) on an SD suchannel on KGMC current stick RF 27.

 

Might as well ask the FCC to exchange virtual channels to alleviate confusion while they're at it.

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NBC News and MSNBC are asking employees in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to work remotely or stagger working hours is they are able to do so starting on Monday.

“These efforts will help reduce over-crowding on public transportation and do our part to reduce potential coronavirus exposures,” NBC News president Noah Oppenheim and MSNBC president Phil Griffin wrote to employees.

They wrote that because many employees have to work on site because of production needs, “the vast majority of people who work for NBC News shows, MSNBC and NBC News NOW will continue to come to work in the building. Some show teams will experiment with staggered schedules. We will encourage working from home where possible and have already been preparing for that. We do have teams who can work remotely with limited operational impact, for example certain Digital teams and functional teams.”

Per- Deadline

https://deadline.com/2020/03/coronavirus-cbs-news-staffers-test-positive-susan-zirinsky-new-york-1202880034/

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15 hours ago, CircleSeven said:

We have a very interesting M&A.

 

In Fresno, NBC's Telemundo O&O KNSO and Cocola Broadcasting's flagship station KGMC are exchanging facilities.

 

Once the deal is finalized, NBC will take ownership of KGMC's facility on UHF RF 27, while Cocola will own KNSO's facility on VHF RF 11. Callsigns will also be swapped after closing.


Along with the exchange, NBC will pay Cocola $4.5M. And while this deal is pending, Telemundo will temporarily carry programming (simulcast?) on an SD suchannel on KGMC current stick RF 27.

 

Might as well ask the FCC to exchange virtual channels to alleviate confusion while they're at it.

Are channels changing too?

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1 hour ago, Samantha said:

NextGen TV comes to Portland. KPDX and KRCW's multiplexes will be used by four station groups and OPB.

Its honestly really interesting.

 

KPDX will take...

  • KPDX - MNT
  • KPTV - FOX (this one is obvious)
  • KGW - NBC

Meanwhile, KRCW will take...

  • KRCW - CW
  • KOIN - CBS (also obvious)
  • KATU - ABC

They'll also provide split PBS programming so that OPB can be covered too.

I can't wait to see how this will be handeled but its nice to see all the broadcasters come together to try out the future of television.

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Longtime Tampa Bay news anchor Arch Deal passed away on Friday according to a Facebook post from a close friend. He was 88.

 

Deal worked at all three Bay Area network affiliates (WTVT, WFLA and WLCY) between 1958 and 1977 and then worked as air traffic reporter for WRBQ radio.

 

In recent years he had taught college courses and wrote a book. 

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For the first time, KPIX was broadcasting their 6am broadcast from  the Newsroom/CBSN set. Not sure if they were using the main studio for CBS NY Weekend News or set maintenance. 

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