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Everything posted by mrschimpf

  1. Compared to radio, where Townsquare and Alpha are actively winding down stations and refusing to seek buyers (thus tossing them into the years-long auction process) and Audacy's coldly vicious and sudden centralcasting, the television cap is a smaller problem for the FCC. At least you still have some buyers in the TV market; you're down to EMF and other god groups in the radio industry as active buyers.
  2. It should also be pointed out that Hearst is a private company, so if it was a waste of money, we'll never know or need to care and obviously the Watermans wanted a steward, not a repeat of Jim Rogers's wishes being completely disregarded by his family for some quick Sinclair cash. I tend to put Hearst in a completely different container than most of the public broadcast groups simply because they do quality things that would be shot down by shareholders and seem to still think of the public as their actual customers as far as television and print, along with online.
  3. Remember just six years ago after closing on Media General, he killed Hollywood Today Live, not because of its terrible and anemic ratings, but only because of its Hollywood and Highland rent cost and talent. But NewsNation is fine because it uses existing video from affiliates, existing sets and infrastructure at PIX Plaza and the WGN bunker, and depends on talent that costs a third of the major network news divisions. There are no designs on it topping FNC, nor most of its stations; if they lead, that's sadly just a bonus, and outside a few stations were local management are ensconced and still fighting, it's about getting all the RTC possible, not pulling a WCIA and pissing off their COLs by criticizing local municipalities, and just getting by with finances to the point staff doesn't start circulating union voting petitions. The only visionary thing Perry has at this point is skating by on a 2003 business model in 2024 somehow. And lord, I've been taking a bunch of studio pictures to upload to Wikipedia; the most depressing and poorly-maintained facilities I've seen are universally Nexstar studios. Outside Gray's WGGB with a slightly faded front sign that I can't knock because it'll be changed and the actual building is fine, along with WFSB (their lighted '3' needs a refacing), the disappointment of seeing how much maintenance has been deferred outside the WWLP and WJET/WFXP studios was saddening on my last trip. I couldn't even watch WFXP in Erie because Mission is STILL in a fight with DirecTV involving RTC a year and a half later; at this point when do you just give the hell up on Mission and DT2 those affiliations a la Sinclair, because you're just pointlessly pissing off willing viewers over petty matters.
  4. If they wouldn't have bought LIN with Frankly I'm sure we'd be still seeing their 2000s web design in 2024, no doubt (the two-hour newscast delay certainly shows that). Most of their 'new sets' are repainted hand-me-downs, Newsnation seems to be frozen into a 2007 understanding of cable news and their personalities, and The CW today is programming-wise the second coming of PAX TV with a few sports packages which were Speed Channel, Fox Sports Net and Golf Channel filler in the 2000s. I still remember arguing with a creative last summer about how All American was only renewed by Nexstar for tokenism reasons (she was convinced they were all in and had no idea what Perry had done in the past) and now that prophecy is coming true with even The WB/CW's longest-tenured actor Jared Padelecki about to lose a job for the first time since Dean was written out of Gilmore Girls in 2005...he got an entire two month break before Supernatural. It's sad when the most consistent thing on their schedule now is the 3-hour Hearst rent-a-block on Saturday mornings, and I'm damned sure they'll eventually offload that and tell their affiliates 'we're done, you're on your own'.
  5. If they have to CW+ cable-only those markets it'll be devastating, and you know cable/streaming companies would want a big cut to take a market-only channel like that in 2024.
  6. Just noting something that sticks out like a sore thumb as WJZY does carry most of the Fox First Run schedule besides this show. I understand exactly why they wouldn't carry it, but that it's unusual for Fox to crawl back to their old affiliate to carry something.
  7. The Deadline story, and bait for the Speculatron because it also involves a syndication deal to carry it with WCCB, not WJZY.
  8. If you look at the schedule though, which has been wrong as of late; currently they seem to be carrying older Sony Black sitcoms and random infomercials on the ex-BNC cable feed, and the stream has a random Serena Williams documentary. Something is going on when you get three different programs on three different ways to watch the same network.
  9. I swear it was a miracle sent from God that Sinclair was pretty much required to build-out a new studio for WVTV/WCGV after their 2010 flood; I really do think they were trying to stay in the old studios and cheap out before it became clear it was not going to work. And I do remember by the time KSMO was sold it was pretty much running on fumes and its WB affiliation was the only thing keeping it from dying completely.
  10. Kim Godwin is out as ABC News head.
  11. You would have thought they would've wound it down like Legacy did when Gray was able to end the charade with them and after the Tegcoxpollo deal died, but I guess someone needs to keep WLNE off life support until Sinclair finagles the ABC affiliation onto a WJAR sub; might as well be them. And they've had more deals die than actually go through. And again, Chicago has another pointless sports channel move like when Fox wound down FSN Chicago, and with no full guarantee of carriage like NBCSN offered via Comcast, two teams in terminal struggle with an owner headed the same way, and the Sox threatening to move down 65 to Music City (just don't talk to me about the actual team). It's no wonder Chicago remains a strong sports radio town with all these changes.
  12. That's where those pointless world feed highlight shows go to die, nobody would agree to that. Best place would be USA NBC-wise.
  13. I think it's more likely they have one of the GMA guys just do more of those than anything so they get more out in the field more. By the end the only thing Rob did was pointless live shots in front of the Tappan Zee that Ginger or any ABC news staffer in the New York metro could've easily done, and just shows that at that point it was just a countdown to when he was going to snap. Like Matt Gutman he's just an ego anchor (️) dragging everyone else down and being known more as an HR headache than a reliable worker. I just can't see Sam willing to take on a higher workload when he's approaching his golden years. I haven't been following GMA3 as much as I did in the past but probably for the best; she was likely exhausted from last year's drama and the GMA3 health segments had been becoming fewer and fewer on their show (or getting into the paid placement territory that she knows are no-gos).
  14. "Live at Lunch" sounds so vague title-wise it feels like they start the newscast whenever they finish off their chips and Snickers, rather than noon, and knowing how busy lunch places are you'd expect it to be 12:43pm.
  15. The primetime staff probably makes more than the actual channel grifting off Nexstar's national ambitions. They had that Beavis and Butthead skit on SNL and when they highlighted it on air it was pointless because NN is so undefinable and nobody outside PIX Plaza actually remembers it was supposed to be spoofing NN. But as for WGN, I hope creative just refuses outright to make the entire logo pumpkin orange.
  16. NBC usually does a great job with transitions (outside Al Michaels, but that's more him than him), and like NBC basically grabbing the entire ABC MNF crew when they got the Sunday night package, I would expect them to just grab most of the Turner personnel and mix with their own. And though I love Mike Breen (and it depends if they switch it to a Super Bowl-like rotation), to finally give Kevin Harlan a Finals call would be amazing alone.
  17. The only reason they put WLS on UHF (their only one there outside KFSN) was because Chicago is truly OTA heavy and they had to do anything to do so because they were in the same boat as WBBM, and at least as a very last resort you can get WABC/KABC waivered on satellite. As the sign in Wells Fargo Center says, Philadelphia is "Comcast Country" and there's a back-rub relationship to drive viewers there rather than trying to get them to watch over-the-air on that cruddy signal. For now at least you can get it on UHF through ATSC3 through WPSG, and since its in 1080p that's how you should get it anyways. But agreed, the subs they have are just needless noise and ABC should just send Localish to Internet-only at this point and relaunch weather stations.
  18. It's so odd to see Miss USA/Teen USA finally thriving again on The CW after years in limbo post-2015...while Miss America is stuck behind a $35 paywall on a niche pageant streaming site the same way something like international sports such as kabaddi are. Before the end of the decade we may be considering Miss America history out of their stubborn pride. The funniest thing to come out of this would be AMG then getting legally involved in this mess because their oldest This TV affiliate gets bumped off or moved down on WDIV, or even more comedic, the CW is stuck on WDIV-DT5 because Graham doesn't want to get their Cozi and MeTV fans tangled up in multiple channel changes either and remains loyal to Byron, Weigel and NBC.
  19. I'd say Sunday at 6 is the perfect time; few are watching, but the ones who do will provide feedback if something went wrong, or for the 11. You never want to launch at 4 on a Monday and then everything breaks down minute one, whereas you can dump to an infomercial on Sunday evening without even a whimper.
  20. I can confirm that logging in via Google worked just fine (along with my TVNT 2FA credentials, which I crossed my fingers would still work).
  21. It's going to be stuck in appeal purgatory for quite awhile (and of course...2025 and a certain result can toss it completely), but the FTC has now voted to nullify all non-competes.
  22. I don't mind the "7 News" branding at all; direct and to the point, though the 'Detroit' suffix just adds clumsiness to the branding just because all the other stations in the market append 'Detroit' to their branding. Nobody is thinking it's a Southfield station despite it being based there. And 'Action', at least for Detroit, is long out of date for a station that sticks to the studio or grabs either pool feeds, municipal-provided video, or freelance video from 'Hank's Discount Detroit Crime and Traffic Videos'. '7' and '7 News' is simple, and this reminds me of WTMJ under Scripps deciding to add on 'News' to their news branding (i.e. the clumsy 'TMJ4 News Today') because some out-of-town researcher found the one guy who thought 'TMJ4 Live at 10' wasn't a news broadcast and needed it literally spelled out in the title. It's just a pointless 'crouton' word that adds word salad to intros; leave 'Detroit' for the ID small type or for the slogan instead.
  23. So I don't know how TBN runs its specific non-commercial stations from those that have a commercial license, but they now carry traditional advertising on the cable/satellite feed. I think KTBN is commercial so MS can run ads there, but it's all this with KVMD; ·Commercial license ·Must-carry as a DT1, which KTBN-DT2 does not ·Nearly full-market pay coverage despite being more a Palm Springs station and barely brushing Ontario. ·Same with WMBC-TV ·Guaranteed #1 & #2 market coverage without speaking to one local or national cable provider ·Viewer doesn't even connect it's a TBN-originated network in the EPG until the combo TOOH ID if they even glance it
  24. I like to assume that the 'discussions' were like this; George Cheeks or Bob Bakish - "Judy, if you forget all that strife we had about your deal a few years back and drove you from the network, please let us put your show on CBS." Judy - "NO! Get out of my office" George/Bob - "Welp we tried." Shari Redstone - "OK, maybe she'll respond to me as a woman–" Judy - "Hell no, and I'm glad your dad's dead!" Shari - "I tried too, back to inexplicably allowing Pictionary (which airs against The Talk on the Fox O&Os) to have a Talk week and self-sabotage our daytime ratings!" (I did not make up the last item about Jerry O'Connell's Pictionary having The Talk cast on their show last week instead of a CBS game show. Why do that?!)
  25. You expect a show to be a go for the next season for other station groups if the largest station group renews and gets the ball rolling, so don't expect many turn-downs for renewals with Sherri at all.
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