IRVING, Texas -- Nexstar offered to buy Chicago's Tribune Media for about $4 billion Monday, four months after the collapse of a similar bid from Sinclair Broadcast Group. The deal would make Nexstar, whose stations reach nearly 39 percent of all U.S. television households, the biggest operator of local TV stations in the U.S. The merger agreement must still be approved by federal regulators, as well as shareholders. The former is no sure bet: The Sinclair-Tribune deal had appeared to be gliding toward approval over the summer until Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said in July that he had "serious concerns" about the deal. Sinclair had agreed to shed almost two dozen of its own stations to score approval by the FCC. But Pai said Sinclair might still be able to operate the stations "in practice, even if not in name." Tribune Media owns or operates 42 local TV stations that reach 50 million households, as well as the national network WGN. It also has a … [Read more...] about Nexstar, Tribune Media in $4 billion deal to be biggest group of local TV stations in U.S.
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On Thursday, July 19 and Monday, July 23 three local television channels are moving to different frequencies. This includes WLVT-TV, WFMZ-TV, and WTVE. The frequency adjustment is coming from the FCC’s Broadcast Incentive Auction. The goal of this auction was to clear some of the airways to make room for wireless service providers. Those who didn’t participate in the auction – nearly 1,000 TV stations across the country – have been required by the FCC to change frequencies. This change will affect those who watch TV for free with an antenna. It does not affect cable or satellite. However, with so many people cord cutting, this modification will affect 77 million people across the country. Once the change has taken place, you will need to rescan your TV or converter box in order to access these channels. Twenty stations in Philadelphia will be affected between now and 2020, with the last change taking place on May 1, 2020. Below is a comprehensive list of … [Read more...] about Local TV stations are changing channels
BOSTON - Police arrested a man in a deadly hit and run after telling a local television station "people hit and run people all the time." Phocian Fitts, 23, pleaded not guilty Thursday to vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a fatal accident in connection with the death Wednesday of an 80-year-old man who was walking across a street in the Allston neighborhood. Fitts was questioned by police but released after refusing to cooperate. After his release he spoke candidly about the incident to WFXT news, saying, "Right now I'm not worried about nothing...I'm not a stone cold killer, I didn't do nothing on purpose...Accidents happen." The station reports that Fitts was arrested soon after the interview aired. According to CBS Boston, another driver's dashboard camera showed Fitts hitting and killing Ted Schwalb, who family described as a "compassionate bon vivant," then leaving the scene. Fitts' damaged Jeep Cherokee was found about a mile away with a cracked windshield … [Read more...] about Suspect in fatal crash tells TV station: “People hit and run people all the time”
Albuquerque City Councilor Pat Davis, who is running in New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District’s Democratic primary next month, announced plans to run the campaign spot on KRQE, the local CBS affiliate in Albuquerque, on Friday afternoon. (YouTube) A Democratic congressional candidate is mincing no words in his latest anti-gun campaign ad. “F--- the NRA," Pat Davis declares in the ad's first few seconds. And thanks to federal election law, a local CBS affiliate in New Mexico says it is compelled to run the ad, uncensored. KRQE was set to air the potty-mouthed pol's message Friday afternoon. In a statement on its website, KRQE General Manager Bill Anderson said they cannot censor the ad because of "federal election rules" that prohibit them from editing political commercials. He said the station planned to run a disclaimer beforehand. WARNING: GRAPHIC LANGUAGE As for Davis, he told the station, "I think the only … [Read more...] about Dem candidate compels TV station to run ‘F— the NRA’ ad
Sinclair Broadcast Group has once again mobilized its local television stations to criticize media competitors, accusing CNN on Tuesday of “dishonesty and hypocrisy.”Sinclair, which owns 193 television stations and often broadcasts “must-run” conservative commentary, has been in the news since a video compilation went viral showing Sinclair news anchors reading a corporate script condemning “one-sided news stories” and “bias” — echoing President Donald Trump’s attacks on journalists.In the backlash, CNN media reporter Brian Stelter came down hard on the network for the mandated messaging. Many Sinclair journalists weren’t happy with their corporate leaders either.Sinclair Chief Executive Chris Ripley tried to reassure employees in an internal memo Tuesday, writing that local journalists had borne the brunt of the “politically motivated” backlash.“It is important that we do not let extremists on any side … [Read more...] about Sinclair mobilizes local TV stations to push message accusing CNN of ‘dishonesty and hypocrisy’