Sinclair approaches Tribune Media about possible deal

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  • #28854

    Screamer
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    I am guessing Sinclair would have to spin one station off in Portland? KATU, KRCW and KUNP are all full power with major networks. Yes, Univision is a major network.

    #28858

    Jeffrey Kopp
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    While the local station acquisitions would certainly expand the reach and revenue of Sinclair, the WGN purchase may be the most significant part of the deal for the company. Sinclair has long been aiming to launch its own cable news channel to directly compete with Fox News Channel for right-leaning news viewers.

    http://www.salon.com/2017/05/08/competition-for-fox-news-sinclair-broadcasting-announces-purchase-of-42-local-tv-stations/

    #28860

    washnotore
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    Sinclair Broadcast Group may end up owning two of the “big four” network affiliates in Seattle with a quadopoly under a $3.9 billion purchase of Tribune Media, which was announced Monday.

    Tribune’s stations in the region include KCPQ 13/Tacoma, KZJO 22/Seattle and KRCW 32/Salem, Among others, Sinclair’s existing holdings include KOMO 04/Seattle, KUNS 51/Belleuve, KAUT 02/Portland and KUNP 16/La Grande. Sinclair also owns CBS stations in smaller markets around the Northwest.

    Sinclair’s CEO Chris Ripley said during a conference call Monday that the company doesn’t think it will be required to sell any of the stations in the 14 markets where the two companies overlap, but said the St. Louis, Salt Lake City, Wilkes Barre along with Seattle. Are the places most likely to trigger regulatory concerns.

    Sinclair does already run multiple “big four” affiliates in some markets through various legal means, including an outsourcing agreement in other areas. If approved, the acquisition would give Sinclair coverage of 72 percent of households in the country, far more than any other group.

    One has to wonder about changes in programing along with diginets. That will play out for KRCW once the deal closes. There also the questions of 10 PM newscast which is produced by KGW.

    Also KCPQ at some point will become a Fox O&O.

    #28861

    paulwalker
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    I fully expect Fox O&O will buy KCPQ Tacoma/Seattle. Again, the NFL franchise is too important, and frankly Seattle is Sinclair’s largest market. They will pay whatever it takes.

    #28951

    Jeffrey Kopp
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    A coalition of public interest groups asked a federal court on Friday to block a recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rule from going into effect that would give major broadcasters more room to buy up local television stations.

    The groups, led by the advocacy organization Free Press, asked the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse the FCC’s push to reinstate the rule, known as the UHF discount.

    http://thehill.com/policy/technology/333195-groups-ask-federal-court-to-block-fcc-media-ownership-rule

    #28952

    Andy Brown
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    Overall, TV is already a lost cause and I doubt the court will block what is the trend, less owners, more money for the big corporations and total disregard for the public as a whole whom own the spectrum but have no say in what happens to it.

    #28961

    Jeffrey Kopp
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    Sinclair Requires TV Stations to Air Segments That Tilt to the Right

    #28995

    Dan Packard
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    One thing mentioned in the above linked NY Times story about working for Sinclair at KOMO in Seattle — corporate imposed on air “must-run” segments that are required for broadcast.

    For example, last year one said, don’t vote for Hillary because historically the Democratic party was pro-slavery. WTF???

    In Portland, Sinclair owns KATU-TV, channel 2.

    #29002

    Alfredo_T
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    Is KOMO 1000 forced to broadcast the “must carry” story, or do these only affect the TV station?

    #29036

    cbaravelli
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    Yes. Both. KOMO-AM has the second most expensive rate card in the area behind KIRO_FM. Former owner Fisher Flour Broadcasting was also ‘conservative’ (whatever that means in Seattle).

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 1 month ago by  cbaravelli.
    #29214

    washnotore
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    #29217

    msndrspdx
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    So their argument for this merger is that we must have big megacomoanies owning large numbers of TV stations in order to compete against Comcast. Sound familiar? Worth noting that they are not planning on creating a new network, but keeping in place what the merged company will already have (Antenna TV, etc.). If this gets greenkighted, I’d assume some subchannels will move. But which ones and where, we’ll have to wait and see. Rebroadcast deals with Comcast might have to be renegotiated, too.

    And still nothing of substance from Watch TV. They should flash cut to DTV and get something on the air. An online presence of some kind would help us gauge where they stand right now.

    #29229

    msndrspdx
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    By the way, I saw a Facebook ad for the TBD network this morning announcing that they’re now on one of KUNP’s subchannels. No pickup from Comcast yet. Might be first in Oregon to run it.

    #29265

    msndrspdx
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    RabbitEars listings show TBD now on KUNP.2, while Charge is now on KUNP.3. The TBD ad referred to Ch. 16, which is the La Grande transmitter, but since Portland transmitter on KUNP mirrors La Grande, Ch. 47 Portland should be carrying these two subchannels as well.

    #29266

    jr_tech
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    Yes, they have been carrying the programming on 47.2,47.3 for at least a month now…TBD is “interesting”.

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