FCC Democrats Dissent To Nexstar/Tribune Deal

The FCC on Monday voted in favor of a deal allowing Nexstar to merge with Tribune Media. But, the Commission's approval was far from unanimous. A party-line 3-2 vote is to thank, and Mike O'Rielly's view couldn't be more divergent than that of the two Democratic Commissioners.

As Expected, FCC OK’s Nexstar/Tribune Merger

Thirteen months ago, the discussion among media executives and around the FCC was whether Tribune Media would be successfully merged with Sinclair Broadcast Group. What a difference a year makes. Nexstar has just won FCC approval of its planned acquisition of Tribune.

Nexstar Affirms FOX Affiliations With New Deal

Thirty-one Nexstar Media Group-owned television stations have no fear of participating in a "great affiliation swap" anytime soon. A new multi-year agreement has been signed by the broadcast TV company and FOX that will also include all now-former Tribune FOX affiliates.

After Eight Years, Dowdy Emerges From Bankruptcy Protection

Wayne Dowdy, through his North Shore Broadcasting, operates two FM stations and an AM on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, to the north of New Orleans. Since 2011, he's also been the debtor-in-possession of nine properties. Now, the stations are being transferred — to North Shore.

Broadcast Radio: Under Threat From New Tech

As streaming music services continue their ascendance, attracting increasing levels of consumer spend, and the automotive industry explores the car connectivity road map, traditional broadcast radio is coming under serious threat. That’s according to a new automotive audio report from Futuresource Consulting.

Univision: Surrounding The Consumer Will Include Radio

For more than a year, Univision Communications' radio assets have been the subject of some pretty wild rumors. New gossip has emerged that suggests the company is looking at selling all or some of its stations, with Meruelo Media supposedly kicking the tires. Univision says no.

Asset Liquidation Ahead For Scrutinized St. Louis Operator

The fate of four AM stations serving St. Louis were placed in question in June 2019, when a Hearing Designation Order was issued by the FCC to the licensee of these stations. On Sept. 11, the need for a hearing was erased: The stations' owner has declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

A Radio ‘Commander’ Embroiled In A ‘Rape Solicitation’ Plan

Roger Wahl is the 100% owner of a Class A FM in a small Western Pennsylvania town. Wahl, a.k.a. "The Commander," became a town celebrity by offering local news headlines and school lunch menus to listeners. Now, Wahl is in big trouble, and it could impact his ownership of WQZS-FM.
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Townsquare Shares On The Rise

If there's one broadcast media company stock that deserves a close examination of its 30-day performance, it's likely Townsquare Media. The local media company specializing in radio stations and websites has enjoyed a stock resurgence and is now at its best year-to-date price.

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Warshaw Waves Farewell To Pennsylvania

With the August agreement to sell an AM/FM combo and an FM translator serving a small city in the Poconos, Connoisseur Media was left with one remaining property in the Keystone State. A sale of this property was expected. Exactly one month later, it's happened.

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Two Integrated Marketing SVPs Tapped At Entravision

In the Coachella Valley, the job goes to a familiar face to those who worked at Univision's Los Angeles station group until two years ago. In the Nation's Capital, the appointment marks a return to Entravision for a woman most recently with NBCUniversal's Telemundo arm, in D.C.
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Moody’s Affirms Meredith Corp. Ratings

It's been a bumpy two weeks for Meredith Corp. shareholders thanks to a sour fiscal 2020 outlook announcement. Now, Meredith shares are climbing back, and Moody's Investors Service has affirmed the company's ratings following the very guidance many disliked.

NAB Calls Out AT&T on ‘Misleading’ STELAR Messaging

In a letter to AT&T Chairman/CEO Randall Stephenson, NAB leader Gordon Smith addressed a "misleading campaign" from the owner of DirecTV, U-Verse and AT&T TV NOW warning unaffected viewers they are at risk of losing TV channels if Congress does not reauthorize STELAR.

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An operating partner and head of value creation at Vector Capital who became a board member of ChyronHego in 2015 has stepped in to the media technology company's Chief Executive role.

SES ‘Redefines’ Live Events with Synchronized Satellite, OTT

Dubbed "Satellite and OTT in Sync," Luxembourg-based SES is offering broadcasters "the power to deliver a more consistent experience to viewers watching any screen, or even multiple screens, by eliminating the delay between their TV broadcast and OTT services."

Wheatstone Harvests New Virtual TV Audio Console

A virtual TV audio console by Wheatstone designed specifically to complement news production automation workflows is getting a big spotlight at the ready-to-start IBC2019 conference in Amsterdam.