Sunday, June 01, 2014

Sinclair/Allbritton Deal Nearly Complete

The sale of Allbritton stations to Sinclair Broadcasting could be final by the end June.  TV Spy reports with the recent deal for Sinclair to surrender the licenses of  ABC affiliates in Charleston, SC, and Birmingham, AL, because of the FCC’s recent restrictions on joint sales agreements will make the purchase of the Allbritton properties complete by either the end of June or July.  

It has been nearly a year since the potential sale of the Allbritton properties were first announced on July 29, 2013.  The deal will include KATV/Channel 7/Little Rock.

84 Comments:

At 3:18 PM, June 01, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh it's ok, Sinclair is "changing" bahahaha!

 
At 7:18 AM, June 02, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah they won't do to KATV what they did to every other station they ever bought... sure they won't.

 
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At 12:07 PM, June 02, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome to Sinclair happy fun land. You most enjoyable newscast. Please to be happy with new owners. New owners like to be happy with you. Please to not make eye contact with new owners. Please to not vote democratic with new owners.

 
At 7:49 PM, June 02, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's our fault for getting into this business. We should have known better.

 
At 9:42 PM, June 02, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think it's great now. How could Sinclair make it worse?

 
At 6:06 AM, June 03, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do your research.

 
At 6:15 AM, June 03, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So when does the KATV "Storm Coverage" Team get broken up? When will 7 On Your Side be sacked?

 
At 8:08 AM, June 03, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's more probable that other departments would be cut first.

 
At 10:53 AM, June 03, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting article...

http://www.mediabistro.com/tvspy/komo-news-director-sinclair-management-is-a-breath-of-fresh-air_b121672

 
At 1:56 PM, June 03, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can file that under the B.S. category. 18 staffers get cut, but they are a "breath of fresh air" huh? It's just a news director scared to death that she's the next one they cut.

 
At 2:04 PM, June 03, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It sounds great if toys and equipment you don't own make you happy. I am more interested in jobs and paychecks.

 
At 7:57 PM, June 03, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sure, they are changing...and that boyfriend won't ever hit you again either.

 
At 8:19 PM, June 03, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lol. Great analogy 7:57.

 
At 8:26 PM, June 03, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can employees under contract view this as an out? After all, I didn't move here to take a job with that company, nor did I ever agree to work for Sinclair. I'd say I have a case.

 
At 8:39 PM, June 03, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You don't. Read your contract closer.

 
At 9:03 PM, June 03, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You don't have a case, but you aren't going to court either way. Your contract is unenforceable under arkansas law.

 
At 9:18 PM, June 03, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:03 is correct. Leave whenever you want, and laugh if they threaten you.

 
At 9:32 PM, June 03, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:26 you can't view it as an out. You can quit and get out of the biz. You can go to a sister station like Jeannette, if they approve it. Mark Edwards sued thv11 because of 'discrimination' and not being allowed to transfer. You will be met without a law suit if you try and go to a competitor. KATV is not letting anyone leave who is under contract.

 
At 9:45 PM, June 03, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:32, they can try to sue, but they will fail and face a countersuit. That reality accompanied by a public humiliation for the station will keep the dogs barking without any bite.

 
At 10:19 PM, June 03, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://law.uark.edu/documents/Norwood_-_Non_Compete_Agreements_in_Arkansas_-_Can_They_Be_Enforced.pdf

There is a good explanation as to why they are not enforceable in Arkansas. If you get a job in town and you are on air , you might have to wait a few months until you go on air. Other than that you are free. They cannot enforce it if you leave the state, they cannot enforce it if you aren't on air (producers), and if you haven't been used in promos much (reporters) they have even less of a case. So yes, do whatever you want.

 
At 6:24 AM, June 04, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks, that was informative and helpful.

 
At 6:56 AM, June 04, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least you can work while being sued like Christina Munoz did. On a reporter salary you don't want to have to pay an attorney. The contract protects KATV, not you.

 
At 8:22 AM, June 04, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's why they go through the trouble of the scare tactics. They know how much you make and are hoping you won't fight back.

 
At 1:14 PM, June 04, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@8:22 Ridiculously because the scare tactic cost KATV attorney fees.

 
At 3:37 PM, June 04, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@9:32, KATV does not have bars on their windows and doors, so people under contract can leave whenever they please.

 
At 6:27 PM, June 04, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who stands to lose the most out of this? Management? Seven on your side? Weather? Photogs/editors? I've heard all of them will be cut somehow,

 
At 8:10 PM, June 04, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just yes to all, which will affect the rest of the crew too.

 
At 9:51 PM, June 04, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They can leave but doesn't mean anyone will hire them. Other companies stray away from people who had a contract.

 
At 9:59 PM, June 04, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny, that doesn't seem to stop KATV from hiring people with preexisting contracts. I guess they are the exception.

Or try again, scared Manager.

 
At 10:33 PM, June 04, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The managers are scared about this sale more than you. They get paid more and have more to lose. So yes, they are scared you will leave and will be blamed for not stopping you.

Sinclair wants to fire you when it suits their schedule, not yours.

 
At 9:36 AM, June 05, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:07 June 2: LOL

 
At 9:28 AM, June 06, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

FYI...If you get invited to meet the Sinclair brass at the airport, you're getting fired.

 
At 9:53 AM, June 06, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man, I hope they invite you.

 
At 12:05 PM, June 06, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's funny how there are people on here who hate Sinclair and realize the dangers ahead, and people (or maybe just one person) who keep defending them.

 
At 12:07 PM, June 06, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reputations are earned, and Sinclair has definitely earned theirs. That is what this about.

 
At 10:27 PM, June 06, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It already seems like Katv is going down the tubes.

 
At 5:13 AM, June 07, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KATV went down the tubes a while back. All the stories suck now, and there is no creativity at all.

 
At 8:30 AM, June 07, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well reporters can't do it all. The creativity has to come from the photographers and editors. And management keeps hiring editors who don't want to be editors and don't care. It sucks.

 
At 9:29 AM, June 07, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You could volunteer to edit your stories if you are so much better.

 
At 3:48 PM, June 07, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sinclair doesn't use many editors so reporters/photogs should prepare.

 
At 5:45 PM, June 07, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why don't the photogs want to edit their stories? That seems pretty basic to me.

 
At 6:14 PM, June 07, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It will be reporters editing.

 
At 7:01 PM, June 07, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who cares if it is? What is going on now isn't working.

 
At 7:52 PM, June 07, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reporters care, editing sounds like work to them.

 
At 5:06 PM, June 08, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

News flash to KATV, um Janelle is not an anchor & Matt Mershon should not even be reporting on air with his bumbling & hand gestures...

 
At 5:24 PM, June 08, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mershon will probably continue to get better, but I think everyone agrees Janelle has no business anchoring anything.

 
At 8:08 PM, June 08, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unsure about Mershon, he's got a whole other obvious bag of issues to contend with aside from his talent ability. But Janelle should be sidelined immediately. What about trying out Dover on the desk?

 
At 9:13 PM, June 08, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds as if someone has a real jealousy problem with Janelle. I thought she did a fine job. Get over it, ladies. As for Marston... hand gestures? HAND GESTURES??? You can stomach Sullivan flapping around like a chicken with a head injury and you want to bitch about HAND GESTURES? Does anyone on this blog have an IQ over 70? Jesus!

 
At 9:37 PM, June 08, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a problem with Janelle's fat ass and condescending attitude. If your dress size is larger than your shoe size, it may be time to get out of tv.

 
At 9:55 PM, June 08, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Elicia Dover should be given a chance to do more.

 
At 10:21 PM, June 08, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone who has to co-host a weekend morning show with a loud mouth AE wannabe "film critic" & tries to talk over said "film critic" has no business being condescending to anyone. As far as Mershon, any credibility he had on air eviscerated the night of the tornados in April...

 
At 10:28 PM, June 08, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting. I didn't notice her ass at all while she was sitting at the anchor desk. On the other hand, you certainly are showing yours and it isn't attractive. What does ass size have to do with reporting anyway? You are definitely in the Below 70 IQ Club. Congratulations!

 
At 10:48 PM, June 08, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Condescending? My my. From your post that sounds like a big word for you. I looked her up. She has a Masters Degree. You? Is it possible that you are just intimidated by someone with a superior education?

 
At 12:31 AM, June 09, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Goodness! The first sentence in your tirade above probably wouldn't pass a 9th grade grammar test. Did you sleep a lot in class or did you just skip it altogether? I see no third possibly. Do us all a favor. Retake the course in summer school (utilizing copious amounts of caffeine). Then, if you make a "B" or better, please repost your thoughts and hopefully someone will understand them. Moving along, point taken on Marshon's tornado fiasco in April, but where is all the righteous indignation defending Sully's flailing upper limbs during his broadcasts? He seems to be a nice and intellectual gentleman, but his on-air delivery? Not even close to professional. I'm amazed no one has been seriously injured while standing in the same room with him!

 
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At 6:18 AM, June 09, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mershon is a train wreck hand waving & wrangling aside. Big ass & condescending aside, mine eyes & ears think Janelle's experiment at anchor should be more than over. Whilst Erin appeared cold & uncaring anchoring the night of 4/27, Janelle showed no professionalism on the last story of the 10 p.m. newscast last night after Todd pitched it back to her describing potential damage & power outages from the storm. The last story itself could have put in another newscast or not at all considering the weather story of the night. Janelle should have gotten it together & quit laughing & giggling reading the story...

 
At 6:34 AM, June 09, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As far as her on air issues, Janelle seems to have a habit of amusing herself a little too much. She just needs to quit acting like everyone is interested in her quirky sense of humor.

It's fun to watch Roby Brock correct her and put her in her place on Talk Business though.

 
At 7:02 AM, June 09, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, I have reserved passing judgment on Mershon until I saw his work. This morning he had a package about power outages: it was poorly written, oddly focused/organized, and very unprofessionally shot and edited. If that is indicative of his work, then he is indeed a bad reporter.

 
At 10:22 AM, June 09, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll give you that one. I'm still curious, though, as to why some dingbats on here criticize his hand gestures when Sully gets a free pass. That man could form a tornado vortex by himself on a clear day. Then don't watch him, you say? Trust me, I don't. Thank heaven for remote control.

 
At 10:44 AM, June 09, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, at least she doesn't come across looking as if she's been sucking lemons for an hour aa some of your "talented people do). I find her delivery somewhat refreshing when compared to the usual tripe offered. But hey - what could I possibly know? I'm just a viewer. You people seem to know it all. On the other hand, if you actually did know it all you wouldn't be toiling away here in Jerkwater, USA. Sometimes reality hurts, doesn't it? :-)

 
At 11:06 AM, June 09, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sully gets a free pass because he's here to stay and we are stuck with him. Mershon will not last more than a couple of years in his current position. He'll either get out of the business, turn into a producer/manager, or move into a larger market. The last option will depend greatly on how much he improves.

 
At 11:24 AM, June 09, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, Diogenes! Come here! I think I've actually found an honest person! This one actually claims they give Sully a free pass because they're STUCK with him! I believe this person is on to something here. As much as Sully fails his arms around that must create tremendous amounts of static electricity. No wonder people are afraid of him - he must be able to throw lighting with his fingertips!

 
At 12:19 PM, June 10, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of Sully... will Sinclair allow the Friday night football tradition to continue? Anyone I know working for a Sinclair station says they are sticklers about overtime for photographers.

 
At 1:04 PM, June 10, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sales lines it. It will stay.

 
At 1:08 PM, June 10, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is sponsoring it this year?

 
At 1:21 PM, June 10, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Sinclair gets the "booby prize" for news reporting

 
At 3:52 PM, June 10, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's having a job at Western Sizzlin' and telling people you work at a steakhouse.

 
At 6:32 PM, June 10, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bahahaha! KATV had the "B" squad on today. Take B reference however you like... ;)

 
At 7:02 PM, June 10, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The ice princess and Janelle was an unusual pairing. Why not Dover? Janelle is not an anchor, does not have the delivery, professionalism or look. Why not bring Mel back? She did it back in the 80's at KARK. Mel may have the twang, the hand model moves, the online met degree and is a bit smaller the Janelle but is a professional....

 
At 9:40 PM, June 10, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was a train wreck from our end too, but it always is when Janelle is involved.

 
At 10:18 PM, June 10, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Janelle = bag of hammers

 
At 10:36 PM, June 10, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beth isn't very smart either, but none of you make fun of her for some reason.

 
At 12:38 PM, June 11, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who are the people who are so against Sinclair coming in and making changes? It seems to they will just do what so many people on here ask to be done on a regular basis: eliminate the cushy part time gigs that people like Alyson and Barry have, force photographers to edit by eliminating editors, and make the decisions come from impartial out of house executives - not just the local salespeople looking to pad their pockets.

 
At 12:51 PM, June 11, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aside from those you mentioned, master control, promotions, payroll and other office-assistant-type positions will also be slashed.

 
At 11:13 PM, June 11, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep, that's what they've always done in situations like these.

 
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