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Gray TV takes over CBS in Anchorage, AK

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3 hours ago, MarkBRollins88_v2 said:

This is just terrible news. KTVA is one of the most solid news operations out there and I really feel bad for their people. Their product is so far ahead of what is expected of a market that size. And their brand is respected and well renowned. 

I’m a little confused as to everything right now...

these are my questions.

 

1. Does Gray have control of KTVA’s news department as of now? Or is it still GCI?

 

2. Is it still business as usual for the KTVA news department right now? Will they still be on at all their regular times?

 

3. Why so sudden? 
 

4. Are KTVA’s newscasts going to air on the new CBS 5 now instead? 
 

5. Is there more to come? Are we still waiting for some dominos to fall?

 

 

 

Those questions are more likely to be answered given this whole nature of this deal by Gray...

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News Music Search Archive now shows Icon News in use on KYES.  So it would appear that maybe KTVA's newscasts have, in fact, moved over to KYES. 

 

The big question is now whether Gray allows KTUU and KYES (formerly CBS 11) to retain unique news departments.

 

This entire deal makes me really wish Nexstar got KTVA instead.  Even if they had bought both KTVA and KTUU, Nexstar would've at least kept both news brands.  

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43 minutes ago, TheRyan said:

News Music Search Archive now shows Icon News in use on KYES.  So it would appear that maybe KTVA's newscasts have, in fact, moved over to KYES. 

 

The big question is now whether Gray allows KTUU and KYES (formerly CBS 11) to retain unique news departments.

 

This entire deal makes me really wish Nexstar got KTVA instead.  Even if they had bought both KTVA and KTUU, Nexstar would've at least kept both news brands.  

 

Did Gray acquire the KTVA news department too? Or just the affiliation?

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12 minutes ago, ABC 7 Denver said:

 

Did Gray acquire the KTVA news department too? Or just the affiliation?

 

Just the CBS affiliation.  But that entry on NMSA makes me think the (formerly) CBS 11 news dept has moved to KYES.

 

Per Wikipedia, KYES will simulcast on KTVA...for now. 

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1 hour ago, TheRyan said:

News Music Search Archive now shows Icon News in use on KYES.  So it would appear that maybe KTVA's newscasts have, in fact, moved over to KYES. 

 

The big question is now whether Gray allows KTUU and KYES (formerly CBS 11) to retain unique news departments.

 

This entire deal makes me really wish Nexstar got KTVA instead.  Even if they had bought both KTVA and KTUU, Nexstar would've at least kept both news brands.  

 

Won't happen. They may let them stay separate for about a year, and even claim that they intend to do so long-term, then they'll turn around and combine them to (ostensibly) create a "stronger" news operation. This has been their playbook every time. KYTV/KSPR, KSFY/KDLT, etc.

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I could see one unlikely scenario that preserves 2 operations: the ABC and Fox affiliations are essentially held by phantoms in the market. If someone else like Nexstar wanted to step in, they could gain the KTVA license, take those affiliations and keep things with 2 news operations?

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2 hours ago, TheRyan said:

 

Just the CBS affiliation.  But that entry on NMSA makes me think the (formerly) CBS 11 news dept has moved to KYES.

 

Per Wikipedia, KYES will simulcast on KTVA...for now. 

 

So is KTVA's news department going to be shut down?

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45 minutes ago, ABC 7 Denver said:

 

So is KTVA's news department going to be shut down?

 

That isn't clear at the moment.  I hope the news dept is allowed to remain (actually I wish both are), though I'm not holding my breath much considering it's Gray.

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2 hours ago, GoldenShine9 said:

I could see one unlikely scenario that preserves 2 operations: the ABC and Fox affiliations are essentially held by phantoms in the market. If someone else like Nexstar wanted to step in, they could gain the KTVA license, take those affiliations and keep things with 2 news operations?

 

I read an article from KTVA's website that said the parent company used someone to find a buyer but couldn't find one.

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According to the press release, DMH had been working with an outside consultant to find a buyer but was unable to find one inside or outside of Alaska.

 

I'm really surprised that even Nexstar didn't buy.  Given that Mission is now buying WPIX, I would've thought that Nexstar would be free to buy a station like KTVA.   Very unfortunate of what is happening to KTVA.

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22 hours ago, susquvalleywgal said:

I'm sorry.  But that is the most ugly looking 5 I have ever seen.  Really??? I mean, I know it's Alaska, but still.

 

-- Matt

It's a rip-off of the 1970s-era Meredith "5".

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Admittedly based on the sound of that, they were literally stuck. Of the companies in buying moods, the only ones really interested in small markets are Gray and Nexstar. The latter probably was too concerned about the cap, while the former has lots of cap space but was already in the market. As a result, they had no real options.

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4 hours ago, GoldenShine9 said:

Admittedly based on the sound of that, they were literally stuck. Of the companies in buying moods, the only ones really interested in small markets are Gray and Nexstar. The latter probably was too concerned about the cap, while the former has lots of cap space but was already in the market. As a result, they had no real options.

 

Why would Nexstar be concerned about the cap? They could sidecar every station in the country and still be considered 'under market cap'.

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19 hours ago, TheRyan said:

News Music Search Archive now shows Icon News in use on KYES.  So it would appear that maybe KTVA's newscasts have, in fact, moved over to KYES. 

 

The big question is now whether Gray allows KTUU and KYES (formerly CBS 11) to retain unique news departments.

 

This entire deal makes me really wish Nexstar got KTVA instead.  Even if they had bought both KTVA and KTUU, Nexstar would've at least kept both news brands.  

The NMSA isn't some magic site that is 100% accurate. It's more than likely someone sent in a wild assumption and the operators just put it up since they are unable to verify it.

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CBS Weekend Evening News closed out with B-Roll footage crediting Anchorage, Alaska KTVA

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2 hours ago, ABC 7 Denver said:

 

Why would Nexstar be concerned about the cap? They could sidecar every station in the country and still be considered 'under market cap'.

 

They may be realizing that the WPIX move is a desperation move that likely won't work.

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42 minutes ago, GoldenShine9 said:

 

They may be realizing that the WPIX move is a desperation move that likely won't work.

 

I hope to god it doesn't, but I have an inherent distrust of Ajit Pai.

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KTVA now independent after 66 years with CBS?! Maybe they could expand their news output, including the addition of a noon news and an hourlong 9:00 pm news (they would easily beat KTBY).

 

In Fairbanks, I can see KTVF going back to CBS, KFXF taking NBC, and KXDF becoming MyNetwork TV.

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1 hour ago, johnnya2k6 said:

KTVA now independent after 66 years with CBS?! Maybe they could expand their news output, including the addition of a noon news and an hourlong 9:00 pm news (they would easily beat KTBY).

 

In Fairbanks, I can see KTVF going back to CBS, KFXF taking NBC, and KXDF becoming MyNetwork TV.

 

KTVA itself no longer has a news department. Everything but the license and transmitter now belongs to Gray. More than likely, the KTVA signal will go dark once it's fully integrated into KYES. KYES is essentially airing a news product named "KTVA 11 News" right now and simulcasting on Channel 11, from the way it's described in the announcement.

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31 minutes ago, Weeters said:

 

KTVA itself no longer has a news department. Everything but the license and transmitter now belongs to Gray. More than likely, the KTVA signal will go dark once it's fully integrated into KYES. KYES is essentially airing a news product named "KTVA 11 News" right now and simulcasting on Channel 11, from the way it's described in the announcement.

 

So is the KTVA news department technically the DCI news department?

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18 hours ago, ABC 7 Denver said:

 

Why would Nexstar be concerned about the cap? They could sidecar every station in the country and still be considered 'under market cap'.

 

Outside of this run-around to control WPIX, when has Nexstar used a shell to enter a new market? 

I think that Nexstar is holding out to buy Vision Alaska cheap and get the whole state. Problem is that operation is so eviscerated that there might be a good chance they either go full Billings and exist newsless or go full Utica, booting NewsNet out and taking years to build a skeletal department to satisfy the bare minimum of ABC/Fox. That might be why Nexstar passed here, an all-or-nothing strategy versus Gray.

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2 hours ago, scrabbleship said:

 

Outside of this run-around to control WPIX, when has Nexstar used a shell to enter a new market? 

I think that Nexstar is holding out to buy Vision Alaska cheap and get the whole state. Problem is that operation is so eviscerated that there might be a good chance they either go full Billings and exist newsless or go full Utica, booting NewsNet out and taking years to build a skeletal department to satisfy the bare minimum of ABC/Fox. That might be why Nexstar passed here, an all-or-nothing strategy versus Gray.

 

Nexstar isn't touching those stations with a hundred foot pole.  They will never have a chance against KTUU/KYES because the few people who advertise up there aren't going to put their ads on a duopoly that gets virtually no viewership.  You know why Nexstar has KSVI/KHMT? They never really wanted it, but it was part of the Quorum package, so they had to take it.  They have tried to sell those stations, but no one wants to buy the third and fourth stations in a two station market.  It's the same fact in Anchorage. If GCI's cable leverage and multi million dollar investment couldn't dent Gray and KTUU, nothing will.

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