Mike Meara, president of News Press & Gazette Broadcasting, says the family-owned company has no plans to get swallowed up in the industry’s consolidation trend and is very interested in picking up more stations itself. Note: This story is available to TVNewsCheck Premium members only. If you would like to upgrade your free TVNewsCheck membership to Premium now, you can visit your Member Home Page, available when you log in at the very top right corner of the site or in the Stay Connected Box that appears in the right column of virtually every page on the site. If you don’t see Member Home, you will need to click Log In or Subscribe.
Nielsen announced plans last week to replace its paper ratings diaries with a system based on data from cable and satellite set-top boxes. However, many broadcasters still aren’t sure how it’s going to work. “They haven’t really told us that much about their plan going forward,” said Raycom’s Billy McDowell. Added Cordillera’s Terry Hurley: “I’m hopeful, but skeptical.”
Incoming News-Press & Gazette broadcasting group chief Mike Meara says that while core spot is showing just modest growth, the group has three other healthy revenue streams to draw from — digital, retrans and political. Altogether, they should allow the family owned media company to maintain its commitment to broadcasting. Meara also shares his small-market perspective on ATSC 3.0, the incentive auction and Nielsen’s code-readers.
The current COO of News-Press & Gazette’s broadcasting division will become its president next year, while Mike Meara, director of sales for the division, will succeed him in the COO slot.