The $535 million deal for WTHR Indianapolis and WBNS-AM-FM-TV Columbus, Ohio, closes.
In addition to the NBC affiliate in Indianapolis and CBS affiliate in Columbus, Ohio, it’s also getting WBNS-AM-FM in Columbus.
A month-long retrans impasse between AT&T and Dispatch Broadcast Group has been settled. A new three-year renewal has returned Dispatch’s CBS affiliate WBNS Columbus, Ohio, and NBC affiliate WTHR Indianapolis to DirecTV and U-Verse. Terms were not announced. DirecTV also ended its dispute with Denali Media Holdings.
Dispatch Broadcast Group’s WTHR Indianapolis (NBC) and WBNS Columbus, Ohio (CBS) are now off of DirecTV and AT&T U-verse. In a statement, Dispatch said that it “has completed numerous retransmission agreements in the past 12 months at fair market rates without any service interruption. Unfortunately, after offering an extension last Friday to hopefully reach a fair market deal, the deadline to reach a fair agreement with DirecTV and AT&T U-verse has passed, resulting in the interruption of service …. We will continue to work towards a fair agreement with DirecTV and AT&T U-verse and hope to resolve this situation as soon as possible.”
WTHR Indianapolis and WBNS Columbus, Ohio, are now carried on the local live-streaming subscription TV service.
The satellite provider is up against a 11:59 P.M. deadline today with Raycom and is also facing losing two Dispatch Broadcast Group stations on Friday.
2016 Revenue: $100.7 million Stations: 3 stations in 2 markets Coverage: 1.8% Ownership: Private Key Executives: Michael J. Fiorile, vice chairman-CEO, Dispatch Printing Co.; Larry Delia, president, Dispatch Broadcast Group. What’s Up: Last October, the broadcast arm of Dispatch Printing Co. promoted Larry Delia, the GM of its Indianapolis stations, WTHR and WALV, to group president, adding oversight of its Columbus, Ohio, […]
The broadcast arm of Dispatch Printing Co. promotes Larry Delia, the GM of its Indianapolis stations, to president , adding oversight of its Columbus, Ohio, CBS affiliate.
WTHR Indianapolis and WBNS Columbus, Ohio, are the station group’s latest to add the local ratings service.
23. DISPATCH BROADCAST GROUP, Columbus, Ohio 2015 Revenue: $87.9 million Stations: 2 stations in 2 markets Coverage: 1.8% Ownership: Private Key Executives: Michael J. Fiorile, vice chairman-CEO; John Cardenas, VP of news and president-GM, WBNS Columbus, Ohio; Larry Delia, president-GM, WTHR Indianapolis.