What’s the ACA’s Latest Beef On Nexstar Deal?


One week after the SVP/Government Affairs at the American Cable Association told a legal advisor to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler that the Commission “must adopt a condition limiting the triggering of so-called ‘after-acquired station’ clauses found in Nexstar’s existing retransmission consent agreements,” the ACA has fired another salvo against the company as it awaits FCC approval of its merger with Media General.

In a letter sent Tuesday (11/29) to FCC Secretary Marlene Dortch, the ACA formally objected to a waiver requested by Nexstar and Media General that would allow their merger to receive Commission approval prior to the end of the ongoing broadcast TV spectrum incentive auction.

Why does the ACA oppose the companies’ request?

RBR + TVBR OBSERVATION (full text below, for members only): The Nexstar-Media General transaction received the Department of Justice’s blessing in early September. One month later, Nexstar’s prodding of the FCC to move forward with its OK started in earnest. Now, with a transformation of the FCC set to occur in just weeks and Stage 3 of the Reverse Auction set to end tomorrow, Nexstar is getting antsy. But, does it have the right to a waiver? The ACA makes a good point.

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Adam R Jacobson is a veteran radio industry journalist and advertising industry analyst with general, multicultural and Hispanic market expertise. From 1996 to 2006 he served as an editor at Radio & Records.