TEGNA Deal Opposition Grows with Lawsuit, House Member Concern


EUREKA, CALIF. — In October 1953, William B. Smullin launched the first television station serving Humboldt and Del Norte Counties with a viewer mission to “Keep Informed Every Minute.” Since then, KIEM-3 has been a NBC affiliate that has seen several ownership shifts in just the last six years.

Another ownership shift is pending, and it also involves its CBS-affiliated sibling. That proposed transaction has attracted the ire of the local Member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

His frustrations were voiced immediately after the President of The NewsGuild-CWA raised “serious questions” about the deal, which would see the spinoff of 18 total TV stations to the parent of cable television network INSP by Apollo Global Management and Standard General. 

And, Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.)‘s concerns preceded a lawsuit filed by a shareholder who claims the parties seeking regulatory approval of a TEGNA takeover are full of misleading and downright false statements.

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