Monday, December 09, 2013

Sinclair/Allbritton Deal Under Scrutiny

Seems the FCC is really looking at the Sinclair buyout of Allbritton really carefully.  At issue are the stations in the Charleston, S.C., Birmingham, Ala., and Harrisburg, Pa.markets and agency owner rules.  TV NewsCheck reports:

"Under the deals at issue, Sinclair is proposing to take over the Allbritton ABC affiliates in those markets, spin off one of its existing stations in the markets to sidecar companies, in transactions that would give Sinclair some control over at least some operations of multiple TV stations in each market.

In a letter Friday to Sinclair, however, FCC Video Division Chief Barbara Kreisman said the way the deals were structured, Sinclair would lose grandfathered protections that it previously had that allow it to operate more than one TV station in each market through local marketing agreements. LMAs, which essentially allowed broadcasters to operate multiple stations in a market completely, are no longer legal.

β€œIn three of the markets β€” Charleston, Birmingham and Harrisburg β€” the proposed transactions would result in the elimination of the grandfathered status of certain local marketing agreements and thus cause the transactions to violate our local TV ownership rules,” Kreisman said in her letter.

Sinclair is in the process of purchasing all the Allbritton broadcasting stations, including KATV in Little Rock.

61 Comments:

At 2:45 PM, December 09, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope they don't get to buy Katv. I like the station just how it is.

 
At 7:53 PM, December 09, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Read the entire article... It's going to happen. It's just a paperwork change.

 
At 9:53 PM, December 09, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm excited to see who they get rid of. Lots of overpaid hanger-ons at that station.

 
At 3:52 PM, December 10, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope they promote Todd Yakobian!

 
At 10:28 AM, December 11, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ned probably won't survive the transition. So you might get your wish

 
At 5:47 PM, December 11, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The protest doesn't involve KATV. If you remember last year in the Nexstar/Newport deal the deal closed on time but KLRT/FOX16 closed a month late because of a protest.

The part of the deal that can close will close and the other can close at a later.

They will cut salaries. It's what they do.

 
At 11:12 PM, December 11, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not like Albritton is some amazing company to work for.

 
At 11:17 PM, December 11, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bet Melinda doesn't want them to cut out all her time off & cut back her air time either if the sale goes through

 
At 7:35 AM, December 12, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why does everyone think cuts will come in the weather dept?

 
At 1:37 PM, December 12, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cuts are coming to the weather department because two guys are making 6 figures...Sinclair will not pay anyone at KATV 6 figures.

 
At 3:56 PM, December 12, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If that turns out to be true then Sinclair will lose a more than weather guys.

 
At 6:55 PM, December 12, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I doubt they'll be missing any of them when they gone.

 
At 8:00 PM, December 12, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Ned should just wear a "Forever Lazy" outfit on air. It would suit his attitude.

 
At 10:43 PM, December 12, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ned's only concern is when dinner break is, Barry just wants to play golf, Mel just wants to hang on, pose for pics & pretend it's pageant time & Todd just wants to study the weather & tell the viewers what's going on..by the way what a pleasant break to have Beth fill in for insincere Christina this week

 
At 6:49 AM, December 13, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ned, Barry, Melinda and Todd are all number one. Ned has the biggest fan base in the state. Plus, he is a very nice guy. No I don't work at Channel 7, I just acknowledge reality. The other stations would kill to have Ned.

 
At 8:12 AM, December 13, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You just don't get it. Ned is a tired old hack. His forecasts are often innacurate, he is god-aweful during severe weather, and he does no web or social media posts. It is time to hang it up.

 
At 8:16 AM, December 13, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ned posts stuff almost every day. He is the best in severe weather in this market and has probably the largest fan base as well. People who bash everyone at 7 on this blog are actually amusing. They are the absolute dominant station in this market with the best talent and everyone you see on here saying otherwise are competitiors who are just jealous or don't live in reality.

 
At 8:19 AM, December 13, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm afraid the turnover rate at 7 has made Ned's dinner break problem more common knowledge than management would like. 3 hour liquid lunches get difficult to hide.

 
At 8:22 AM, December 13, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bahahahhaaha! "Ned is the best in severe weather..."

Unless you live in BOTKINBURG!

 
At 8:30 AM, December 13, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah he did get his ass kicked that day. No question. But he still has a big following. I'm not sure how much is following is going to matter to Sinclair though. We will have to wait and see.

 
At 8:43 AM, December 13, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think I've ever seen a post on here about Ned where his alcohol problem hasn't been brought up. Will it ever actually be addressed?

 
At 9:22 AM, December 13, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think it's going to happen. Mark and Nick are too scared of him.

 
At 10:15 AM, December 13, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey the Botkinburg tornado was during Ned's dinner break. He can't be expected to be on his game between the hours of 6:30 and 9:30. The tornado should have known better than to attack during that time of day.

 
At 12:03 PM, December 13, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Sinclair ownership issue could have an effect on ABC 33/40 in Birmingham/Tuscaloosa.
They have one of the most popular meteorologists in the country in James Spann and they do much good work away from television. I like to watch Weatherbrains, a weekly meteorology webcast that is associated with Spann and ABC 33/40.

Ned and Melinda are by far the most insincere meteorologists in the market. They act one way on television and another in public. They should from Sully how act in public. Ned has more longevity,but I would much rather watch Ed or Keith because they are more credible chief meteorologists. Todd does a good thing with the weather blog. The more educated viewers are, the more safe they will be in a severe weather.

 
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At 9:16 PM, December 13, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And when you least expect it, Zubair Saleem weighs in.

 
At 11:45 AM, December 16, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zubair proved he's not a robot.

 
At 3:38 PM, December 16, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone in the news room hates Zubair. He thinks he's network material. Says he has offers from CNN. He's a screamer. Has a drinking problem. Had an affair. He's blond. Pageant queen.

 
At 7:17 AM, December 17, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, well Zubair is kicking your ass every night at 5, 6 and 10! You're just jealous.

 
At 10:06 AM, December 17, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I forgot about the offers from CNN! I guess Little Rock must just be too nice a place to leave for a job like that.

 
At 4:52 PM, December 17, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard Zubair can't light the weather garden.

 
At 6:45 PM, December 17, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wasn't Zubair the one that did ventriloquism in the Miss America Pageant?

 
At 3:35 AM, December 18, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The newly married Alyse Eady was that one.

 
At 9:47 AM, December 18, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was watching the man who was the inspiration for.Ron Burgundy talk about how he felt about a woman with no experience take the anchor chair with him, and could not help but think it's the norm nowadays.

 
At 3:43 PM, December 18, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bet KATV was proud of the reaction of the new reporter with the strange voice when he took a turn at a polar bear plunge event over the weekend. When they replayed the story they showed him going in the water but wouldn't dare replay the way he came out of the water..

 
At 9:37 PM, December 18, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ATTENTION LATE BREAKING

Sara Fortener is now a meterologist at THV. Congrats!

 
At 6:40 PM, December 21, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What happened to the reporter while he was in the water?

 
At 7:07 PM, December 21, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow!! Elicia Dover was wearing black leather pants tonight while reporting in a story!!! Just think how horrid it would be to see Big Mel, Big Red or the movie reviewer in them...

 
At 7:50 PM, December 21, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lets just say the KATV reporter in the water did not quite have a "manly" reaction when coming out of the lake...

 
At 9:25 PM, December 21, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

"I heard Zubair can't light the weather garden."

4:52 PM, December 17, 2013

Light the Weather Garden? You must be kidding. The WG camera has to be at least 200 resolution. Pitiful. I have seen surveillance cameras with more definition. Can't believe they can't afford decent cameras.

 
At 8:27 AM, December 22, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Numbers are in. Let the hate and spin commence.

 
At 10:52 AM, December 22, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And? They are? Please share.

 
At 11:12 AM, December 22, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you really need to ask?

 
At 9:47 PM, December 22, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Numbers, tell us what they are.

 
At 10:13 PM, December 22, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In short, KATV wins across the board and in all major demos.

 
At 10:15 PM, December 22, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep. Swept absolutely everything.

 
At 11:45 AM, December 23, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Melinda Mayo's figure looks like a family size bottle of Aunt Jemima syrup.

 
At 5:14 PM, December 23, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was wondering how long it would take the haters to start chiming in. Melinda's fat, Allyson screams, Christina is fake, Matt isn't manly, etc....etc....etc.... Seriously, give it a rest people. You got your ass kicked again, suck it up and move on with your life. Maybe try to improve your own product or yourselves and not just talk about others. It's becoming quite pathetic really.

 
At 7:43 PM, December 23, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please give it a rest.

 
At 9:39 AM, December 24, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mel needs to fire her fashion consultant after wearing that red thing on Daybreak this morning. Yikes!!!

 
At 11:12 AM, December 24, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Typical comment from a typical idiot.

 
At 12:59 PM, December 24, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are all right. Your criticisms of the usually criticized are spot on. But why bother with them? They are true! It will eventually help you more to not point them out as much. Let the audience do it.

 
At 4:07 PM, December 24, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obviously the audience doesn't care as much as THV'ers. You've seen the ratings for the last few years right?

 
At 7:07 PM, December 24, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a viewer, I would submit that we don't have any idea who you are. Sometimes I watch channel 7, because I grew up watching channel 7. There is no other reason. I don't watch for your newscasters faces and I couldn't pick them out of a lineup. I used to say this is because you have so much turnover, but now I have no idea if anyone even has turned over.

That said, I find your little battles on here amusing. If you think anyone outside of your little world cares or thinks about your ratings, you are fooling yourself.

This blog speaks a lot about your industry and who chooses to be in it. You are all petty and self-concerned backstabbers.

Sometimes I show this blog to my co-workers and we all laugh at how important you think you are. I could go months without ever turning on your newscast and still be just as informed as any person who does. It's on my phone at my convenience. No waiting for a blowhard bimbo at 10 to tell me about it.

 
At 6:19 PM, December 25, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations, you're better then everyone on here. That's what you wanted to hear wasn't it? In all actuality the vast majority of the posts in here come from a very small number of production and behind the scenes people who are jealous of anyone on air much less the competition. They are bitter little people who thinks the world owes them something.

 
At 8:31 AM, December 26, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

and they, the people behind the scenes, are the ones that make the people in front of the camera what they are. Yep, they sho do.

 
At 9:04 AM, December 26, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And without the on air people behind the scenes folks wouldn't have a job, and without sales there wouldn't be on air people, and without on air people there wouldn't be sales. Give it up.

 
At 9:29 AM, December 26, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a non-TV person, I am curious. Do any of the on-air people have any idea who behind the scenes are bad mouthing and stabbing the on- air talent in the back? I heard a few years back management at one of the local stations made an employee shut his blog, which was similar to this one, down. Is that true? Does management monitor this blog? Historically how have GM's and news directors felt about this blog? Finally are there any other Little Rock market blogs that are popular?221

 
At 10:17 AM, December 26, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have no idea why anyone would choose to be a behind the scenes guy or girl. It is horrible pay, bad hours, and no respect. What's the attraction?

 
At 10:23 AM, December 26, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's why reporters are shooting their own stuff. It's too difficult to find good photographers who will work for the money they get.

 
At 2:52 PM, December 26, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:29 It isn't just behind the scenes people doing the backstabbing. There are many on air people who do the same thing. It is usually the young "diva" types who aren't getting diva pay. They love to talk about each other.

 

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