Six Months Later, CBS Still Absent From DISH In SWFL

For more than six months, DISH subscribers in Southwest Florida have had no access to their local CBS affiliate. That's thanks to a prolonged retransmission fee war. According to the station's owner, there's no end in sight, although talks are ongoing.

A Changing America: What Census 2020 Will Reveal

The Washington, D.C.-based Population Reference Bureau (PRB) has a preview what's expected to be seen in the upcoming 2020 U.S. Census. We're pleased to share with readers the details, which provide an up-close look at key trends that could reshape U.S. broadcast media.
Sam Zell

Zell, Ex-Tribune Execs Reach $200M Leveraged Buyout Deal

Sam Zell, the real estate mogul, and other former officers and directors of Tribune Co. have agreed to a $200 million settlement that resolves allegations of fraudulent transactions related to the company's 2007 leveraged buyout.

TEGNA’s Next Midwest Move: Indy, Ohio Adds

TEGNA is adding to its stable of properties by acquiring the NBC affiliate in Indianapolis; and the CBS affiliate in Columbus, Ohio. It's also getting another AM/FM combo, adding its radio industry holdings to four.
ESPN Deportes Radio

‘El último adiós’: ESPN Deportes Radio To Make Podcast Shift

Class B 50kw WEPN-AM 1050 in New York has served Spanish-speaking audiences as the owned-and-operated flagship of ESPN Deportes Radio. Come September 8, that will be coming to an end, as the entire network is shutting down. However, the most popular shows will live on.

Next On Meruelo’s Purchase Plans: Coyotes?

The parent company of Los Angeles radio and TV station owner Meruelo Media is said to be nearing "the final stages" of a deal that would make it the owner of a National Hockey League franchise that plays its home games in the Valley of the Sun.
Emmis Communications

Emmis Sells Its Stake In Austin Partnership

In an announcement distributed at Noon Eastern on Monday, Emmis Communications confirmed that it is saying goodbye to the capital of the Lone Star State. This gives its long-time partner in the market full ownership of the properties.

A Mile High Buy For Weigel

The owner of broadcast facilities including the station grabbing The CW Network affiliation in its home market of Chicago, as well as such nationally distributed digital multicast networks as MeTV and Movies!, just grabbed a full-power TV station in the Centennial state.

MMTC, NABOB Speak Out On FCC Regulatory Fees

The MMTC and NABOB joined forces in offering an assessment of the troubles their members seek with respect to access to capital, and how "additional financial obligations, such as regulatory fees, may render it more difficult for incubated entities to thrive" under the broadcast incubator program.

A Respected Analyst Ups His Traditional Media Ad Forecast

"This doesn’t happen that often!" MoffettNathanson Senior Analyst Michael Nathanson took a good look at the state of U.S. advertising following the Q1 earnings release cycle and has a startling revelation: He's raising the traditional media ad forecast and lowering its digital ad estimate.

License Loss For St. Louis AM?

Between 2006 and 2010, Entertainment Media Trust acquired four AM radio stations serving St. Louis. Now, following a multi-year inquiry, the Media Bureau has determined that an individual convicted of felony offenses for obstruction of justice and bank fraud actually controls them.

Townsquare Trades Up In Tuscaloosa

In twin filings made with the FCC, Townsquare Media is picking up a Class A with a tower to just west of Tuscaloosa, Ala. This results in the spin of a Class C2 FM serving the market from the far south. The buyer? Only the No. 2 licensee of radio stations in the U.S., behind iHeart.

Greg Walden On STELAR Fight: ‘Local Content at a Reasonable Price’

Rep. Greg Walden shared his views Tuesday on STELAR, as did the current House E&C Chairman, at a Subcommittee on Communications and Technology hearing on "STELAR Review" and how consumers should be "protected." What did he and Frank Pallone Jr. have to say?

GroupM’s Crystal Ad Ball: TV Challenges, Modest Radio Dips

Brian Wieser became well-known as a prolific Senior Analyst at Pivotal Research Group. He's now at GroupM, which has released a report that suggests many in charge of media buying and planning are aligned with Wieser on why TV isn't a great place for their ad dollars.
People watching TV

Congress Takes First Step Toward TV Retrans Fee Reform

"Modernizing video laws so that they actually work for consumers" is the key goal of bipartisan legislation that will be drafted with the intent of overhauling "outdated laws" governing the television marketplace. Translation: Retrans fee reform could be on the way.

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