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Update to the long running discussion over Sinclair going after Fox News audiences.
That’s an interesting mix of stations that are (and aren’t) included; three of them (KDVR, WJW, and KSTU) are former Fox O&Os. Most notably, though, may be that Miami’s WSFL is definitely included–so WSVN might get its affiliation pulled.
In addition, Sinclair gets an option to purchase Chicago’s WPWR and Austin’s KTBC.
Just in case, here are some local stories specifically regarding KDVR and KSTU–although not even the one from KSTU itself mentions that those stations had been Fox O&Os in the past…
Sean Compton is rumored to go to Sinclair and its a Sean Hannity Connected person the article is stating.
On Friday, Mr. Ansin said that WSVN’s affiliation won’t be pulled before the end of next June (2019), which is when the current deal expires–and that, if the station does end up losing Fox at all, it’ll essentially become the South Florida version of WHDH…
Now Politico is doing an article on Armstrong Williams. Williams is the owner of one of the Sinclair Sidecar companies that own TV stations and Sinclair puts its news content on the Sidecar stations.
Update on the Sinclair talks
The attorneys general of Illinois, Iowa (stations from both states are involved in the deal) and Rhode Island have petitioned the FCC to deny the Sinclair-Tribune merger, which would give Sinclair over 200 TV stations.
Sinclair announced the $3.9 billion deal in May 2017.
Pointing out that they are the chief consumer protection and law enforcement officers in their state, the AGs argue that since Sinclair is already the largest local news provider in the country, allowing it to get much bigger will impede the ability of struggling stations to create more opportunities for diversity, localism or competition.
Sinclair is spinning some stations off, but also striking sidecar deals with some of them. It also wants to keep two of the top four stations in two markets per new FCC rules that allow those previously prohibited combos to be granted on a case-by-case basis.
That is not good enough for the trio of AGs.
“The Commission should grant this Petition to Deny despite the divestiture plan because Applicants’ divestiture plan is indefinite, does not demonstrate that the divested stations will not be controlled by Sinclair, and withholds the answers to key questions of control of the divested stations from the public and from the Commission.”
an update the FCC is challenging the Sinclair deal.
Update on the Sinclair fallout by the FCC.
More updates on the Sinclair/Tribune talks.
Update on the talks.
Here is the latest on the Sinclair talks the DOj is looking at advertising practices at the outlet.
Another update on the Sinclair/Tribune talks.
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