Wayne Freedman, the sales and management veteran with Blair, Gannett, Tegna and Raycom is leaving his VP of sales post at American Spirit Media in April.
Former Raycom exec Wayne Freedman is tapped to fill the newly created position by American Spirit, Gray Television’s duopoly sidecar partner.
AT&T has reached a new carriage deal with American Spirit Media, ending a four-month blackout of the broadcaster’s seven stations on both AT&T’s U-verse and DirecTV services. American Spirit is the duopoly partner of Raycom.
There are three major carriage disputes that have left scores of thousands of viewers unable to watch their local channels for more than month: DirecTV vs. American Spirit Media, AT&T vs. Capitol Broadcasting and Dish Network vs. Lilly Broadcasting.
HITV, owner of Hawaii MyNetworkTV affiliate KFVE, filed a complaint with the FCC alleging that DirecTV violated the agency’s rules requiring it to negotiate in good faith.
The Hawaiian independent station was dropped from the satellite service Thursday following four extensions over the last seven weeks of its carriage deal.
DirecTV has dropped seven American Media Stations and AT&T has dropped another four stations carried on its U-Verse platform.
American Spirit Media says its Richmond, Va., CW affiliate WUPV will exchange its ch. 47 “for a lower channel position.” It did not say how much it is realizing from the auction.
Unable to reach a new retrans deal, American Spirit Media had Buckeye CableSystem take its Fox and CBS affiliates off the cable system’s lineup yesterday.