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.
The cable news veteran is named the station group’s chief national political analyst. Gray’s Sandy Breland: “With her decades of covering current events and legal issues, Greta will provide an in-depth look at issues that matter the most to our viewers.”
The increase to $328.2 million comes from higher retrans revenue and increased political ad money. Both local and national revenue were again down by single digits.
The sale of two stations and related licenses in Minnesota and New York by United Communications to Gray Television tops the latest list of TV station transactions submitted to the FCC for its approval, according to BIA Advisory Services.
The $45 million acquisition comprises CBS affil WWNY and WNYF-CD (Fox) Watertown, N.Y., and CBS-Fox affiliate KEYC Mankato, Minn.
The group says that since the DOJ blocked its acquision of a CBS affiliation in Casper that would have given it essential retrans revenue, it’s merging news operations at its NBC affiliate KCWY Casper, Wyo., with those of its KGWN in Cheyenne and cutting back in Casper.