Flora Posteraro, the former WHTM Harrisburg, Pa., news anchor whose dismissal has roiled the midstate’s social media world, has now filed sex discrimination and retaliation complaints against her former employer, Nexstar Broadcasting.
At last week’s TV2020 conference, TVNewsCheck Editor Harry Jessell sat down with station group heads Jack Abernethy of Fox, Pat LaPlatney of Raycom, David Smith of Sinclair and Perry Sook of Nexstar for a nuts-and-bolts discussion of the money-making potential of ATSC 3.0. Abernethy liked the technology, but was skeptical about the business models. However, the other three said adopting the new technology is a no-brainer. Said Sook: “It’s the next technological evolution of our business. I think it’s just a matter now of how fast we can roll things out.” Watch the session above.
But three other major stations group heads led by David Smith of Sinclair expressed unqualified enthusiasm for implementing the new broadcast standard, saying it will transform broadcasting into a fast-growing business again. “It’s essential for this industry to survive to have ATSC 3.0 in the marketplace as fast as possible,” said Smith.
Andy Miller is promoted from news director at the company’s WCIA-WCIX to a newly-created position overseeing Nexstar’s Midwest broadcast and digital media local content initiatives.
An apples-to-apples comparison of quarterly numbers factoring out the stations it added shows net revenue, excluding political, was up 12%; core spot revenue was flat; local spot revenue was up low single digits, retransmission consent income grew 40% and digital was up 10%.
Allowing original content to live entirely on other platforms has spread through online publishing with locomotive force. Some broadcasters are experimenting with it, but many worry it will erode traffic to their own websites and apps after spending years cultivating it.
The agreement extends affiliations for nine Nexstar stations and two owned by Mission Broadcasting.
This is the second round of cuts at the CBS affiliate. The first round came shortly after Nexstar took over the station in February.