Sinclair Has Figured Out Allbritton Funding

The Baltimore-based broadcast group has closed its private offering of $550 million worth of senior unsecured notes due in 2024 and will use that money, along with $400 million in loans, to buy Allbritton. The station group reportedly cleared the last hurdle blocking approval of the deal last week by agreeing to a settlement with the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division.

Sinclair Alters Allbritton Deal For FCC’s OK

Seeing the writing on the wall at the Federal Communications Commission, Sinclair Broadcast Group said late Thursday it would restructure its deal to buy Allbritton’s TV group. As part of the restructuring, Sinclair will no longer propose to enter into shared service and joint sales agreements in three markets where it is adding ABC affiliates from Allbritton.

More Retrans Deals Done Without Blackouts

Young, Broadcasting, Allbritton, News Press-Gazette, Citadel and Cedar Rapids Television were among the broadcasters that successfully negotiated new retransmission consent contracts prior to year’s end.

Me-TV Beefs Up Roster With 10 New Stations

The multicast network of classic TV shows signs stations from Allbritton, Media General and Raycom, bringing its U.S. clearance total to more than 60%.


Allbritton, Comcast Complete Retrans Deal

The multi-year agreement covers Allbritton’s ABC affiliates in Washington; Harrisburg, Pa.; Lynchburg, Va.; Charleston, S.C.; Birmingham, Ala.; and Little Rock, Ark., in addition to its Washington cable news channel.

TBD, NBC Moving Beyond TV On The Web

Allbritton’s TBD brand change illustrates a struggle in local TV today. Brands built on call letters and channel numbers may not translate well to digital platforms if you’re striving to grow a unique online experience that goes beyond an extension of TV.

DMA 9 Halts Ad Sales On Partner Blogs

The D.C. news site, which is the online arm of Allbritton’s WJLA, announced yesterday that it will stop serving ads on partner blogs in its community network. The move is a bit of a surprise since several TV station and newspaper groups are pursuing community sales networks in other markets.

Shakeup At, GM Jim Brady Quits