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  1. That would be an ironic end-around, since Nexstar would basically be doing what the FCC severely restricted them from doing had the station been transferred to Mission.
  2. All the while the customers are being invisibly gouged with an inferior product and the employees who keep things running are overworked and underpaid. Reinvest in the product and the employees a little more...
  3. Basically we still have ownership rules because of companies like Sinclair and Nexstar. We still have ownership rules because companies not only try and game the rules to get more stations, but to use the stations in the pursuit of excess profit for the company and the benefit for the company of reaching more people to spread "their" content. Sell the airwaves to the highest bidder and give their cronies the mic to spread the word. It's a little more complicated than that, but this is TV ownership in a nutshell these days. The only way it will change is when the system breaks and viewers can no longer get the essential information they need because the companies have sold out to the point they can no longer afford to keep the lights on.
  4. They do have an awkward and unwieldy logo (the "12" is much wider than the "Fox") so simplifying it for the mic flag was a good idea. Portland may also have a strong "anti-Fox" sentiment as well, so the less ties to the national news channel, the better. But if Gray is separating network identity for their affiliates, it may be a very tough sell, especially for their longer-tenured affiliates that have co-branded for decades.
  5. Hearst being the same company that created "yellow journalism" by it's founder, William Randolph Hearst. And another pillar of early journalism, Scripps being a pioneer in ways that can be respected or reviled.... If Sinclair is still around next century, will they be a respected company? And Nexstar compared to these is an upstart company that was founded in 1996. Perry Sook worked menial roles at stations like WOWK and WPXI during the late 70s and early 80s.
  6. With this, it throws Bally Sports back into question. https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/40153860/loss-comcast-tv-carrier-devastating Let it die. Comcast customers will not miss the RSN fees on top of all of the other "fees" they have to pay.
  7. Back to Nexstar..... Basically, this is Perry Sook's show. He made 29.2 MILLION DOLLARS in 2023. https://www1.salary.com/Perry-A-Sook-Salary-Bonus-Stock-Options-for-NEXSTAR-MEDIA-GROUP.html All while his stations are stuck in a 2000s mindset of "pay TV first" and the employees are making scrappy wages and being nickled and dimed on top of that. Even if Nexstar goes under, he'll be fine. By comparison, Chris Ripley of Sinclair made a fraction of that....a paltry 9.6 million in 2022.
  8. WVTM was an easy fixer upper that Media General squandered. As soon as Media General saw the opportunity to get WIAT back (which had been fixed by others), they jumped at the chance to sell off WVTM. Hearst immediately turned the station around. Not entirely sure about WJCL but I'm pretty sure there was an upside after Hearst took over. The only downside is They couldn't take on WTGS which became another half-station Sinclair runs in the market with news piped in from elsewhere. Bottom line, if Hearst can easily make a station work, then they'll buy when the opportunity arises.
  9. If NBC does return this timeslot to their affiliates, news is going to be the most likely outcome. As NBC learned during the Jay Leno disaster of 2009, any M-F program in that timeslot is going to bomb and bring down the ratings of anything that follows it. Now if it's a hamstrung affiliate run by Sinclair or Scripps, or any other group that can't program local news, they would hopefully see the wisdom of cutting back their filler garbage programing (a la National Desk) to program something competitive at 9/10 pm. NBC affiliates usually command high ratings, and if the Fox affiliate is weaker, this is a chance to compete against them using a proven product. And just because a primetime newscast has been around a while, it can be unseated. Cleveland got theirs in 1988 with WUAB. WJW joined FOX 6 years later and the rest is history. If anything, WUAB's news department basically became WOIO's when they got CBS and WUAB became the alternative once WOIO filled out their schedule with local news. Now where this may also be a problem is your NBC/FOX duopolies. WRAZ used to be pretty separate to WRAL, but that has changed over the last decade or so. GIven that market, it may be smart to separate them again. Other markets (like Hampton Roads and WAVY/WVBT)? Expect a straight simulcast. But FOX may balk at this and take their stations elsewhere once the affiliation is up.
  10. WDAF would have been kept by Sinclair, but other Tribune stations were slated to be sold to Fox including KCPQ, WJW, KSTU, KTXL, KSWB, and WSFL. https://sbgi.net/sinclair-provides-additional-information-about-agreements-to-sell-tv-stations-related-to-closing-tribune-media-acquisition/ It would have been interesting had WSFL actually wrestled away FOX from WSVN. But now, it's a soon-to-be independent owned by Scripps.
  11. WGN literally killed the whole deal because of how they tried to pass it off. Even if they sold it to the station's janitor, it was the selling amount that set off the alarm bells with the FCC. Also, FOX was threatening to pull their affiliations in the markets they once had O&Os. A side effect of this deal would have been many of the former O&Os going back to Fox in order to pacify FOX so that Sinclair didn't dwarf them. Fox was well aware of Sinclair's news aspirations. Nexstar snuck theirs in after they got Tribune and WGN America, and now they're a minimal threat.
  12. For a market of Raleigh's size, it is criminally underserved thanks to Sinclair squandering their duopoly. On the other hand, WRAL and WRAZ has a commanding lead over the other stations and have been that way since the beginning of time. ABC owning WTVD keeps the market pretty stagnant since we all know about ABC ever buying stations. Any other owner would have likely pursued one of Sinclair's stations. Nexstar could expand, but it's in the same boat NBC was in back in 2006, no path to expand. Had they stayed in the market, they could have started a Telemundo station like their other markets. They just felt it was impossible back then so they divested those stations to Media General. In Charlotte's case, they have an abundance of outlets thanks to Bahakel (WCCB) and Cox having WAXN. WJZY gave Nexstar a path to build on what Fox created in 2013. This way, there are 5 broadcast voices compared to 3 in Raleigh/Durham. Even if Bahakel cashes out one day to Tegna or Gray, that's still one more.
  13. We can only hope that IF Sinclair decides to sell, they won't bungle the sale by trying to hold out for too much money. They probably should have cashed out years back, or better yet, never bought some of their stations to begin with! Chances are, these sales may only happen by force if the creditors take hold of Sinclair in a bankruptcy filing if they get too far gone, then the stations will literally be auctioned off to the highest bidder.
  14. Jym Ganahl is once again retiring from TV in Columbus...this time for good? https://www.dispatch.com/story/news/local/2024/05/16/longtime-abc6-meteorologist-jym-ganahl-announces-retirement/73712832007/?utm_campaign=snd-autopilot He had worked at WCMH from 1979 to 2016, before joining WSYX several months later since he missed being on TV....or did Media General lowball him right before Nexstar took over?
  15. There's always Antenna TV and Rewind TV to take a game or two....
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