The FCC should not levy the same user fee on satellite stations that it does on their mother ships. That is according to station group owners Nexstar and Gray Television in comments filed at the FCC on the commission’s proposed revise of its user fees per a congressional mandate to revisit them. They said to “obliterate” that distinction would boost satellite TV user fees “drastically.”
Television stations traditionally ended each day with the anthem until the switch to 24-hour broadcasts. Beginning June 18, all 93 Gray stations across the nation will begin to feature the national anthem shortly before 4 a.m. each day, which signifies the switch to a new broadcast day.
Telepak Networks (C Spire Fiber) has filed a retransmission consent complaint against Gray Television at the FCC alleging lack of good faith bargaining, and has asked for a declaratory ruling that when the FCC modifies a market to add communities served by a significantly viewed station, then that station’s digital streams are also considered to be in that market for the purposes of retrans negotiations.
After reporting first quarter revenue of $518 million that included $280 million from Raycom, the company is still eyeing potential future acquisitions.
The increase was driven by the company’s merger with Raycom. Excluding that and year-ago Olympics contributions, 1Q revenue rose 3%.
The still unnamed country music service — comprising a broadcast diginet and an OTT streaming platform — will operate from offices and production facilities in Nashville. Drew Riefenberger has been tapped to head the joint venture as general manager. The OTT version, a mix of linear and on-demand programming, will not simulcast the multicast version, although there will be some overlap.
Full Court Press with Greta Van Susteren will focus on how policy actions, political decisions, and national events impact local communities across the country. It will debut in September across Gray’s footprint of 93 markets plus stations in Chicago and Milwaukee with additional clearances expected before then.
Sinclair’s Scott Ehrlich, Cox’s Ian Stinson, CBS’s Adam Wiener and Gray’s Erin Overstreet will offer insights they’ve gained into local news audience behavior, optimal OTT content and programming decisions, backend tech challenges and monetization opportunities at TVNewsCheck’s OTT News Summit on June 11.
It’s selling its CBS-Fox affiliate WCAV and ABC affil WVAW to Lockwood Broadcasting and buying the market’s NBC affiliate WVIR from Waterman Broadcasting.