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37 minutes ago, TheRob said:

Andy Lack has resigned from NBC

 

Huge Deal

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On 3/10/2020 at 6:41 AM, 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.......

 

 

Expect it to drag on even longer (this is the Gray deal to buy KCPM in Grand Forks/Fargo that we thought was dead in March); the shambling remains of GIG and Gray are campaigning to restore the license and use the backup KVLY transmitter as the new KCPM tower to broadcast local COVID news conferences, tele-learning from local school districts and Gray public affairs programming (they also argue it's Grand Forks' only station, which must mean the entire market has hallucinated the existence of WDAZ for 60 years despite its Devils Lake COL). With a month left in the school year. In an area with a low number of cases right now.

 

Of course a sane FCC would just say 'you've got MeTV on 11.3, just use that', but this could probably be approved even though many MyNetworkTV stations can barely get an advertiser an ad break at this point.

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For anybody who grew up watching Baltimore television news in the 70's, 80's, and 90's, you'll know the one name familiar to Baltimore and WJZ is Al Sanders. Hard to believe, it is now been 25 years ago today that the city of Baltimore and WJZ would never be the same of that emotional and difficult day. Al Sanders was diagnosed with lung cancer in March of '95, but after just six or seven weeks of chemotherapy and intensive care, he lost the battle at the age 54. 

 

Al worked at WJZ 13 from 1972 as a weekend anchor/weekday reporter before joining up with his friend, the late great Jerry Turner in 1977. From 1977 to '87, Jerry and Al became on the most successful anchor teams in Baltimore TV history. Turner and Sanders were Baltimore's top news team until 1987, when Turner succumbed to esophageal cancer on New Year's Eve (12/31/87). Longtime WJZ anchor/reporter and Al's colleague, Denise Koch joined Sanders on the anchor desk as a fill-in, gaining the role permanently in early 1988. Sanders won Emmy Awards in 1993 and 1994 for his regularly featured specialty report, "Picture This."

 

For anybody who watches Al Sanders, he was the real reason why we as local news fans and viewers turn to get the facts and get it right. Al was a tough reporter, but incredibility sensitive. Tradition minded, but he loved the free expression of Jazz music. Al Sanders did not have the kind of ego that most people associated with anchorman, he worked hard. If that meant covering a big story on his day off, that was fine with him. And above all, he wanted to report things that matted to people.

 

Today, we local news fans honored and remembered and pay tribute to Al Sanders on this day, the man who put WJZ on the map in his 23 years at the station, the man who maintained his calm, and led the newsroom and the WJZ Eyewitness News team when the worst breaking news is happening. He taught us to focus on what need to be done to make sure you got the news coverage you can count on and deserve.

 

RIP Al Sanders... And Godspeed.

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On 5/4/2020 at 3:51 PM, TheRob said:

Andy Lack has resigned from NBC.

 

Long overdue. The decisions made on hiring horrible talent (Megyn Kelly) to pushing diverse yet essential talent out (Tameron Hall) was proof Lack was a horrible leader for NBC News.

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3 hours ago, TexasTVNews said:

al-jerry-2.jpeg?w=640&h=360&crop=1

 

For anybody who grew up watching Baltimore television news in the 70's, 80's, and 90's, you'll know the one name familiar to Baltimore and WJZ is Al Sanders. Hard to believe, it is now been 25 years ago today that the city of Baltimore and WJZ would never be the same of that emotional and difficult day. Al Sanders was diagnosed with lung cancer in March of '95, but after just six or seven weeks of chemotherapy and intensive care, he lost the battle at the age 54. 

 

Al worked at WJZ 13 from 1972 as a weekend anchor/weekday reporter before joining up with his friend, the late great Jerry Turner in 1977. From 1977 to '87, Jerry and Al became on the most successful anchor teams in Baltimore TV history. Turner and Sanders were Baltimore's top news team until 1987, when Turner succumbed to esophageal cancer on New Year's Eve (12/31/87). Longtime WJZ anchor/reporter and Al's colleague, Denise Koch joined Sanders on the anchor desk as a fill-in, gaining the role permanently in early 1988. Sanders won Emmy Awards in 1993 and 1994 for his regularly featured specialty report, "Picture This."

 

For anybody who watches Al Sanders, he was the real reason why we as local news fans and viewers turn to get the facts and get it right. Al was a tough reporter, but incredibility sensitive. Tradition minded, but he loved the free expression of Jazz music. Al Sanders did not have the kind of ego that most people associated with anchorman, he worked hard. If that meant covering a big story on his day off, that was fine with him. And above all, he wanted to report things that matted to people.

 

Today, we local news fans honored and remembered and pay tribute to Al Sanders on this day, the man who put WJZ on the map in his 23 years at the station, the man who maintained his calm, and led the newsroom and the WJZ Eyewitness News team when the worst breaking news is happening. He taught us to focus on what need to be done to make sure you got the news coverage you can count on and deserve.

 

RIP Al Sanders... And Godspeed.

 

It was a horrible day when he passed away. No pun intended but I was like JFK or MLK dying to that station it was horrible. Serious lost WJZ it changed them forever and they still haven't gotten over it. Sad irony it that he became lead anchor after Jerry Turner death and Denise Koch did after Al Sanders died it was sad. Denise still kicking she real trooper of that generation.

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36 minutes ago, oknewsguy said:

Her departure is interesting yet it's odd timing, with this virus I wonder if she had waited until we got to the other side of COVID before departing?

It could be a matter of Apollo wanting their own person in the top spot, or Guthrie not wanting to preside over what are likely to be draconian cuts once the full extent of the recession/depression hits the media sector, or some combination of the two.

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3 minutes ago, newsbot said:

It could be a matter of Apollo wanting their own person in the top spot, or Guthrie not wanting to preside over what are likely to be draconian cuts once the full extent of the recession/depression hits the media sector, or some combination of the two.

Honestly I say it's a combination of two given the situation were in right now.

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Hubbard apparently made some pretty nasty cuts on the radio side today - anything being heard about the TV end?

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1 hour ago, TSSZNews said:

Hubbard apparently made some pretty nasty cuts on the radio side today - anything being heard about the TV end?

Don't be surprised that this is the beginning of what's to come for a lot of the smaller companies given the situation were in right now.

 

But to answer your question no but that is not to say it will eventually occur on the TV side as well

 

Honestly I think Hubbard's future in a post-COVID world looks pretty bleak

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2 hours ago, TSSZNews said:

Hubbard apparently made some pretty nasty cuts on the radio side today - anything being heard about the TV end?

Radio doesn't have retrans to cushion the blow of lost ad revenue, so they're bearing the brunt of the broadcast media cuts.

1 hour ago, oknewsguy said:

Don't be surprised that this is the beginning of what's to come for a lot of the smaller companies given the situation were in right now.

 

But to answer your question no but that is not to say it will eventually occur on the TV side as well

 

Honestly I think Hubbard's future in a post-COVID world looks pretty bleak

I'm also wondering about Sinclair with their heavy exposure to sports - sure, they're getting fat checks from the MVPDs but they're starting to get pushback with no sports on all those RSNs.

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I can’t help but wonder if Scripps and Gray and TEGNA and Nexstar are thankful to have their national assets around right now...

 

Does Hubbard make a lot of money from Reelz and Ovation?

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5 minutes ago, newsbot said:

Radio doesn't have retrans to cushion the blow of lost ad revenue, so they're bearing the brunt of the broadcast media cuts.

I'm also wondering about Sinclair with their heavy exposure to sports - sure, they're getting fat checks from the MVPDs but they're starting to get pushback with no sports on all those pricy RSNs.

As @TheRyan mentioned before everybody now is in this situation where they're not a very healthy company so Sinclair isn't the only one unhealthy here (as is everybody else in every industry)

 

But it's these smaller companies like Hubbard are going to take the biggest hits out of the bunch

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57 minutes ago, newsbot said:

Radio doesn't have retrans to cushion the blow of lost ad revenue, so they're bearing the brunt of the broadcast media cuts.

I'm also wondering about Sinclair with their heavy exposure to sports - sure, they're getting fat checks from the MVPDs but they're starting to get pushback with no sports on all those RSNs.

 

Plus there deal a blow because of the suit the FCC has made them pay. $43 million fine for failed Sinclair-Tribune deal. Sinclair might sell some stations cause of this and the post COVID World which seems broadcasting very sleak. Advertising-wise.

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14 hours ago, Gavin said:

 

Plus there deal a blow because of the suit the FCC has made them pay. $43 million fine for failed Sinclair-Tribune deal. Sinclair might sell some stations cause of this and the post COVID World which seems broadcasting very sleak. Advertising-wise.

The fine is a rounding error on their balance sheet compared to the $10B they blew on RSNs with no programming.

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1 hour ago, Gavin said:

 

Plus there deal a blow because of the suit the FCC has made them pay. $43 million fine for failed Sinclair-Tribune deal. Sinclair might sell some stations cause of this and the post COVID World which seems broadcasting very sleak. Advertising-wise.

I'll save it for speculation as I don't want to go too far into speculating in things but we'll know a lot more about the impact of the RSNs by the end of the year and clearly states like Oregon want to bankrupt the RSNs by not allowing sporting events to take place with fans in the stands

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6 hours ago, oknewsguy said:

I'll save it for speculation as I don't want to go too far into speculating in things but we'll know a lot more about the impact of the RSNs by the end of the year and clearly states like Oregon want to bankrupt the RSNs by not allowing sporting events to take place with fans in the stands

Ah so that’s what it’s all about... bankrupting the RSN’s... 

 

If the only place to catch a game is on TV then that’s the RSN’s dream come true. They’ll make more in ad revenue due to higher viewership. 

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6 hours ago, ns8401 said:

Ah so that’s what it’s all about... bankrupting the RSN’s... 

 

If the only place to catch a game is on TV then that’s the RSN’s dream come true. They’ll make more in ad revenue due to higher viewership. 

Let's think about this:

 

Since the sale of the RSNs by Disney to Sinclair (and even during the approval process of the sale) they've lost contracts with Dish, and several streamming providers (partially with YouTube TV) to carry the RSNs. That coupled with the lack of sports is really exposing and truly showing how much "value" the RSNs are actually worth (and its not much)

 

Sinclair better hope the contact sports can get back to action by June/July

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5 hours ago, oknewsguy said:

Let's think about this:

 

Since the sale of the RSNs by Disney to Sinclair (and even during the approval process of the sale) they've lost contracts with Dish, and several streamming providers (partially with YouTube TV) to carry the RSNs. That coupled with the lack of sports is really exposing and truly showing how much "value" the RSNs are actually worth (and its not much)

 

Sinclair better hope the contact sports can get back to action by June/July

The whole TV-Sports thing has been bubbling over for some time now.

 

People are dropping their subscriptions because it's so expensive, and because millions of people don't have jobs anymore.

 

Do we even need regional sports networks anymore?  Sinclair may have shot themselves in the foot since they own the former FOX RSN's, which will eventually have to drop the FOX branding, or pony up licensing fees....

It's the absolute perfect time to rebrand a network with a name that few would gravitate to, and that companies have dumped or restricted their carriage as well...
Either way, it's going to cost a lot of $$$$$$$ that people are tired of paying for.

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10 hours ago, oknewsguy said:

Let's think about this:

 

Since the sale of the RSNs by Disney to Sinclair (and even during the approval process of the sale) they've lost contracts with Dish, and several streamming providers (partially with YouTube TV) to carry the RSNs. That coupled with the lack of sports is really exposing and truly showing how much "value" the RSNs are actually worth (and its not much)

 

Sinclair better hope the contact sports can get back to action by June/July

Well... they kinda depend on the games for their lifeblood... but that’s kind of a given. 

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KVUE chief meteorologist Albert Ramon announced on social media that he will be leaving the station next week after 10 years there. His message said that the new opportunity was too good to pass up and he would still be covering Texas weather “extensively,” but coanchor Terri Gruca mentioned that he was headed to Chicago. The combination of those two pieces of information makes me suspect that he may be headed to News Nation.

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Any idea on tho would fill Terri's spot as anchor and who will take the helm as chief meteorologist at KVUE 24?

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13 hours ago, TexasTVNews said:

Any idea on tho would fill Terri's spot as anchor and who will take the helm as chief meteorologist at KVUE 24?

 

Only Albert is leaving.

 

13 hours ago, djlynch said:

KVUE chief meteorologist Albert Ramon announced on social media that he will be leaving the station next week after 10 years there. His message said that the new opportunity was too good to pass up and he would still be covering Texas weather “extensively,” but coanchor Terri Gruca mentioned that he was headed to Chicago. The combination of those two pieces of information makes me suspect that he may be headed to News Nation.

 

Already mentioned where he's going... *cough* NewsNation *cough*

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