WASHINGTON, D.C. — Of the six individuals speaking this morning at a House Energy & Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Communications and Technology hearing focused on the post-FCC Spectrum Auction repack process, and its “opportunities and challenges,” the plight of broadcast TV companies faced with financial and timeframe concerns put one Nashville media executive in the center of attention.
As the Subcommittee is led by Rep. Marsha Blackburn, whose district includes Nashville’s southern suburb of Franklin, Tenn., and much of the Nashville DMA, the choice of WTVF-5 GM Lyn Platinga to share with her and the Members of Congress just what WTVF parent The E.W. Scripps Co. will likely spend may be a smart one.
What’s Scripps’ estimated repack bill? It’s roughly $55 million, and there’s a hefty bill for WTVF alone.