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  1. New York DMA represents 6.3% of TV homes. WPIX is on VHF so no UHF discount applies. That is a lot of stations to get to that number. Is Nexstar/Sook willing to give up so many stations needed to stay under the cap if he did buy WPIX outright? How does his vision of owning all CW affiliates play in this scenario? I would also think other top 20 stations would not be considered for divestment.
  2. Clearly selling stations is not what Perry Sook wanted. He wanted it all, utilizing the sidecar companies to skirt FCC rules. WPIX is in DMA 1, so it would be a major sell off of small market stations or several larger markets to stay under the cap. That is probably a hard pill to swallow, especially if his vision is to own most CW stations.
  3. Not sure why this continues to be a discussion. NBC Universal killed the idea a while ago. If one of the full networks decides to do this (I would bet on ABC first as a cost cutting move). then it is worth the discussion. Sorry. And why so much about Kansas City? It's all speculative.
  4. No offense, but looks like WABC. I personally liked the previous package colors making the station more unique.
  5. Sony and Apollo have indicated that they plan to only keep Paramount Studios and sell off CBS (including CBS News & owned stations), Paramount + and cable stations. That avoids any Cox conflicts. Shari Redstone has said she was against selling to break the company up but the cash may be too good an offer to turn down.
  6. Exactly. I doubt Sinclair will sell whichever stations they divest one by one to multiple owners. The level of regulatory filings and lawyers fees would be significant - especially for an on the cheap broadcaster whose sports subsidiary is bleeding cash. It will be as one group, probably effected as a spinoff or similar tactic to a private equity firm (most current broadcasters would either be over the limit or can't afford the price). As to which stations, we should probably hold back speculation because the truth is every single person on this forum that has a Sinclair station in their market or one they watch often, would want that station sold. At some point, Sinclair may provide clarity on the criteria for disposal (there were a few hints in the report - like stand alone stations where there is no duopoly or nearby Sinclair station - islands in Sinclair's footprint) but until then, it is all speculative.
  7. He can only buy WPIX if he sells a boatload of stations. He is not willing to do that. Time for him to end the Mission charade and walk away.
  8. Other stations including News12NJ reported this last Friday.
  9. Here is an interesting hypothetical (or it may not be in reality) in light of the FCC ruling on WPIX. One of their news vans struck a pedestrian adult and child this morning in NJ. Luckily both were not severely injured. If the victims decide to file a lawsuit, who would they sue? Nexstar or Mission (or both?). If Mission said not us, that could reinforce the FCC ruling. An interesting situation since this is not a duopoly with a Nexstar station in the market.
  10. Aww, poor Nexstar... They got caught circumventing ownership caps. With no other Nexstar station in the market, a bridge too far. https://www.nexttv.com/news/nexstar-urges-fcc-to-reverse-ruling-ordering-sale-of-wpix
  11. I saw earlier where Nexstar is now spinning it that they took the affiliation away from Scripps and moving it to Nexstar stations. Only problem is that is in only possible in a few of the impacted markets.
  12. Interesting. Optimum has it as WMBC TV has evidently decided to drop whatever they had and is carrying it. But, the Merit webpage gives the wrong channel number. Not a positive sign.
  13. WNJU has been broadcasting from Fletcher Ave in Fort Lee since CNBC moved up 9W to Englewood Cliffs. I think before that they were in a small building in Teterboro. Both locations are a couple counties away from Linden. I think I read a couple of months ago, when they used the studio for another purpose, that they cannot move until a new joint WNBC-WNJU newsroom facility is opened in 30 Rock. A newsroom in Fort Lee and a studio at 30 Rock is not a feasible solution. I'm sure the suits at NBC have a plan, we are just not privy to it. Note, TelevisaUnivisions WXTV is licensed to Paterson NJ but studios are located in Teaneck.
  14. It is replacing ThisTV which replaced LAFF. Looked at my program guide, repeats of Chips, CSI and L&O:Criminal Intent just doesn't seem an attractive proposition. All can be found elsewhere.
  15. No offense, but who? I don't recognize those names from WCBS or WNBC in the 80s, 90s, to today.
  16. They have shown a couple of clips during the week, as well as some comments she made at the luncheon held on Monday at the Rainbow Room. Can't wait to see more...
  17. I would imagine that if that is the case, it would be in the purchase contract from Scripps. Scripps control of WPIX was always intended to be temporary until Nexstar found a way to purchase the station, directly or through its Mission beard. That is how the original contract was, that Nexstar could buy the station from Scripps. Not sure why Scripps agreed to being a short term caretaker but they did. Whether they maintained a right of first refusal should the station become available again is in the contract details which most of us probably are not privy too. The first question, after Nexstar exhausts any/all available appeals, is are they willing to part with the number of stations required to purchase WPIX directly? I would think many of the stations in smaller markets are direct/indirect duopolies (or more) and is Nexstar willing to give them up? and who could buy them? Sinclair and most likely Gray are probably in the same boat edging close to the cap (including the long obsolete UHF discount) considering WPIX is a DMA 1 station broadcasting on the VHF band.
  18. Last night during the 5 pm hour, they showed one of Chuck's long form reports (I miss those, it is what made News4 special in the 80s) where he reported on the B17 bombers, and found a person who flew with his dad, then allowed them to have a reunion. A touching story of the life of WW2 bombers and their post war lives. I assume we will see more of that tonight as well. They also seem to be making a concerted effort of including Sue Simmons, either mentioning her, stories with her and pieces of Chuck's interview with her. No matter how messy her departure was, you can never take away the great Chuck & Sue pairing and was a big part of Chuck's success & longevity.
  19. Definitely updated and expanded article including the reason the FCC views WPIX differently: no other Nexstar stations in the DMA 1.
  20. FCC has rules Mission (Nexstar) must sell PIX11 within a year. Nexstar has been fined as well for essentially being over the ownership limit. If Nexstar wants to keep the station they’ll need to sell others to stay under the cap. Good to see this side car crap finally got called out https://www.nexttv.com/news/fcc-orders-mission-to-sell-wpix-fines-nexstar-dollar18-million
  21. A shorter summary: https://www.nexttv.com/news/fcc-orders-mission-to-sell-wpix-fines-nexstar-dollar18-million
  22. Many NBC/Telemundo co-located stations do that. I’ve seen T47 reporters on WNBC. One WNBC weather person subs on T47.
  23. Caught a promo earlier today celebrating Chuck Scarborough anchoring the news on WNBC for 50 years. Seems NBC4 has a lot planned next week. More info is on the station’s website: nbcnewyork.com/chuck
  24. I just tuned into today’s 11 am news. Dave Price was at a weather video screen, shot from a slight angle, all looked fine on my TV. So far. Update, the full weather report at 11:20 was I'm guessing in front of a green screen, straight on shot. Camera did hot follow him walking. To viewers, no big deal, and mixing it up a bit is fine. It utilizes all the capabilities of the studio.
  25. I’m a routine WNBC viewer. As a viewer I have not noticed these changes (I saw Matt walk to the weather display the other night) nor see a quality difference in the projection on my large UHD set. I see no issue with changing it up sometimes. Just like anchors don’t stand in exactly the same spot in front of the big video wall for each story in a newscast. Although I got used to the angled view at the weather video wall (also used on other NBCU stations) I did notice a more straight on view which I said to myself, hmm - glad to see that. Before throwing the station to the curb let’s see how things progress. Technical issues do pop up on occasions. None of this impacts what’s most important to viewers - content.
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