TV News: Shield, Tribune, Media General, ZGS


Media GeneralAmong the recent goings-on in the television universe is a proposal to change channels in Lansing by Shield, a Tribune deal with the NFL Colts in Indianapolis, a deal between Media General and CW, and public service work from ZGS in Washington DC.

* WLAJ-TV Lansing, an ABC affiliated owned by Shield and operated by Media General, is the latest to seek an early move, from Channel 51 to 25. The FCC is in favor of clearly stations adjacent to the 700 MHz band and has initiated an NPRM to make it happen.

* The Indianapolis Colts will have a special relationship with Tribune outlets Fox WXIN and CW WTTV next season – the stations will air preseason games, run programs produced by the team during the season and combine for marketing.

* In addition to securing a CW affiliation for WISH-TV Indianapolis, Media General has inked a long-term carriage deal that involves stations in 16 markets. It involves both main and digital side channel carriage of the network.

* ZGS Class A television station WZDC, the Telemundo affiliate in Washington DC, is fulfilling its public interest obligation by educating its audience on the ins and outs of the Affordable Care Act via a series of town hall events