Could Sinclair end up buying or merging with Channel 8 and Channel 55?

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  • #172907
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    With growing speculation that Sinclair is thinking of buying out or merging with Tribune, how will this affect the Cleveland market? Tribune owns 8 now and if sold would become Sinclair. Sinclair could then put new diginets on 8 and possibly axe Antenna TV. Also rumors that Sinclair wants CW stations. If 55 stays through repack, Winston Broadcasting could make fortune selling to Sinclair, especially with the new encoders.

     

    #172993
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    I wouldn’t be surprised if 8 and 55 end up together in some way.

    #172994
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    What about Meredith owning 8 (maybe 55 too)?  Could CBS also make a play for 55?

    If Meredith purchases 8, maybe they can bring Sharon Reed back to Cleveland.  She currently works for WGCL in Atlanta.

    #172996
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    Anything could happen with the repack and new assignments. We should find out soon what’s going on.

    #173233
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    Its looking more likely Sinclair will buy WJW per New York Post article. With it now known 55 and 61 staying through repack, it wouldn’t surprise me if they also make a play for one of those stations.

    #173236
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    https://www.ftvlive.com/sqsp-test/2017/3/15/sinclair-and-tribune-are-close-to-a-deal

    Update! Wow if you are in Seattle if deal is really approved then KOMO4 and Q13 Fox could be under the same ownership.

    #173242
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    Its looking more likely Sinclair will buy WJW per New York Post article. With it now known 55 and 61 staying through repack, it wouldn’t surprise me if they also make a play for one of those stations.

    https://www.thestreet.com/story/14044965/1/sinclair-buying-tribune-not-so-fast-with-all-this-tv-station-group-merger-talk.html

    Not so fast we have not heard of the FCC response yet.

    #173245
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    I wouldn’t be surprised if the FCC approves it.

    Also, if 55 does say no, could Sinclair make a play for 61 if Univision wants to sell?

    #173247
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    I’m thinking will make bids on 55 and 61 IF they buy WJW8. They could make that station their CW and have something like this:

    8.1 Fox

    8.2 Comet

    8.3 Charge!

    8.4 This TV

    55 or 61.1 CW

    .2 Antenna

    .3 TBD

    .4 Light TV

    #173291
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    Fox is trying to stop the merger, and Nexstar is also looking into the Tribune stations:

    http://www.adweek.com/tvspy/fox-said-to-be-looking-for-a-way-to-thwart-potential-tribunesinclair-deal/187411

    #173303
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    Fox is trying to stop the merger, and Nexstar is also looking into the Tribune stations:

    http://www.adweek.com/tvspy/fox-said-to-be-looking-for-a-way-to-thwart-potential-tribunesinclair-deal/187411

    That’s crazy for Nexstar to now be rumored to get some of the Tribune stations especially when they just got Media General recently.

    A more logical way to see this is get “Mission Broadcasting”, “Marshall Television” to get the license of some of the Tribune stations if that’d even to be believed.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshall_Broadcasting

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Knight_Broadcasting

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaughan_Media

    #173304
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    Personally, I don’t really want Sinclair to buy the local Tribune station. Looks like it could be stopped. Maybe one of the smaller companies mentioned by Bill Recto could buy WJW, that would be nice.

    #173319
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    From what I have heard about Nexstar, if they were to get their hands on WJW, a lot of the long-familiar faces would probably be “retiring” soon after.

    When they recently merged with General Media, the meat cleavers came out and the gutting began.  They are all for the stockholders, and not the Channel 8 legacy.

     

     

    #174082
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    Rumors are heating up again, especially with the cap changed yesterday.

    #174090
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    Apparently Sinclair has a deal with Bonten Media and they just got it for $240 million. Who knows if Sinclair will even get Tribune now this other deal has been resolved.

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