Gannett Stations To Drop CNN Newsource

FCC Asked To Block Part Of Gannett-Belo Buy

The American Cable Association, Time Warner Cable and DirecTV are objecting to a part of Gannett’s proposed $2.2 billion acquisition of Belo Corp.’s TV stations, saying that the deal threatens to drive up retransmission fees and risk even more station blackouts in negotiation standoffs.

Swing State Ad Cash Luring Station Buyers

Gannett and the Tribune Co. have recently purchased groups of TV stations in locations where political advertising can be highly lucrative.


Want Better News? Block Gannett-Belo Deal

Free Press President Craig Aaron: “The FCC needs to end this charade. If the agency’s rules don’t allow mergers between these stations, then de facto mergers shouldn’t be allowed either. If that means breaking up a few big media companies along the way and stopping this deal, so be it.”

‘Right This Minute’ Adds 8 Gannett Stations

The syndicated video clip show from MGM will now be seen in Washington, Minneapolis, Sacramento, St. Louis, Grand Rapids, Greensboro and Portland and Bangor, both Maine.


Nervousness Over Local News Consolidation

There’s much speculation in the media business over how local TV news will be affected by the recently announced Gannett-Belo merger, especially in cities like St. Louis and Phoenix where both companies own TV stations.


Gannett And Dish Settle On Retrans Deal

At 10 am. ET today, Gannett put out the following statement: “Gannett and Dish Network have reached an agreement regarding Dish Network’s continued retransmission of Gannett stations.” 


Gannett Hop-ing Mad, Threatens To Drop Dish

The broadcasting arm of Gannett Co. has told Dish Network that it will pull its stations from the satellite TV provider if Dish does not block the Auto Hop commercial-skipping feature on its DVRs or agree to pay penalties. The current retrans deal between the two companies expires on Oct. 7. Stations in 19 cities would be affected.


Gannett Claims Top 2 Olympics Stations

The company says its KUSA Denver and KARE Minneapolis averaged a 51 and 49 share, respectively, among adults 25-54 during the first six nights of primetime coverage. In addition, it says all top-25 market Gannett NBC affils ranked in top 10.

Gannett Adding LiveU Cellular ENG Gear

Most of the group’s 23 stations have deployed the LiveU LU60 backpack technology.


CTD Clears ‘Jeff Probst’ Talker In 55% Of U.S.

Eight of the 10 NBC Owned Television Stations will carry the new daytime talk show in fall 2012, including WNBC New York, KNBC Los Angeles and WCAU Philadelphia. Also clearing the talker are stations in 16 of the top 20 markets.