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Ownership Cap Shouldn’t Be Used As Shield

The affiliates want the FCC to impose a 39% ownership cap on the networks to keep the networks’ power in check. But that’s not what regulations are for — they should protect the public, not one business from another.

Hulu Has 521 Stations For Livestreaming

Hulu has extended its lead among virtual MVPD operators for local station sign-ups, announcing that it now has deals to retransmit 521 local broadcast affiliates across the U.S. With the addition of more ABC and Fox affiliates this week, Hulu said it can now offer locals for each of the Big Four broadcast networks in nearly 50% of U.S. TV homes.

VMVPDS

Hulu Live Nears 500 Stations With Big 4 Adds

Hulu has announced the addition of 61 second-city and small-town broadcast network affiliates to its virtual MVPD service. With the addition, Hulu Live now has access to 492 broadcast network O&Os and affiliates across its national footprint.

JESSELL AT LARGE

Is Sinclair Too Liberal And Too Anti-Trump?

My in-depth and comprehensive content analysis of the mega-group’s news-producing stations suggest that it just might be. I wonder if David Smith knows about this.

JESSELL AT LARGE

Must We Feud Over Network Rep Rule Again?

To the dismay of their affiliates, CBS, Disney and Fox included in their “regulatory underbrush” wish list a request that the FCC do away with the 59-year-old network rep rule. Bad move. FCC Chairman Pai has presented broadcasting with a rare opportunity to get rid of some truly useless rules and to streamline others. The networks and the affiliates need to avoid mucking things up with an internecine fight.

JESSELL AT LARGE

Fox’s Hulu Deal Sets Disturbing Precedent

Fox has created a national feed of Fox programming that Hulu is substituting for Fox affiliates until they settle their differences. Fox apparently wants to make sure that it sets the lowest possible benchmarks for compensating affiliates, even though they contribute much with their local news and popular syndicated shows. Fox should be encouraging affiliates’ enthusiastic participation with compensation equal to their true value.

DMA 201

CBS Affiliate KCJO Launches In St. Joseph

CBS makes its re-entry into the St. Joseph, Mo., media market today with the debut of a new station owned by News-Press & Gazette Co.

DMA 28: SAN DIEGO

Telemundo Launching New O&O On July 1

Telemundo 20 San Diego will air its first weekday local newscasts, Noticiero Telemundo 20, at 5, 5:30, 6 and 11 p.m. on July 3. The station’s new website, Telemundo 20.com, and dedicated station app, Telemundo 20, will launch on June 1 with local news and weather information.

Affiliate Groups To Meet During NAB Show

NAB said today that Fox Television and The CW will host meetings with their affiliated station representatives at the NAB Show in Las Vegas (April 22-27). Also, the affiliate boards of directors of ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox will once again hold meetings during the NAB Show.

NAB, Nets Seek Retrans Comments Extension

Citing the large amount of preparation necessary to meet recently set FCC deadlines for next year’s spectrum auction, it, along with the ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC affiliates associations, asks for an extension of time in which to file comments and replies in the FCC’s proceeding on good faith retransmission consent negotiation rulemaking.