It closes on the sale announced in April of the New Orleans Fox affiliate by Louisiana Media Co.
Montgomery, Ala.-based Raycom Media is shifting some of its digital production to Atlanta, taking 14 jobs out of Montgomery. The new digital content hub is set to launch in Atlanta on Jan. 1, said Susana Schuler, EVP for content and operations.
While diginets still have some hurdles to face — such as rising program license fees — they have captured the attention of general-market advertisers and they are looking forward to the rollout of the upcoming ATSC 3.0 broadcast standard with its expanded capacity. What’s more, the multicast networks are relieved that the FCC’s incentive auction and ongoing repack of the TV band isn’t affecting their station carriage deals to any significant extent.
The United States will experience a coast-to-coast total solar eclipse Aug. 21 — the first in 99 years. For the reporters, anchors and news crews at local TV stations, coverage of the celestial event is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. With just under two months to go, many stations are deep into their coverage planning.
Andy Miller, Jill Riepenhoff and Megan Luther will join the team led by Lee Zurik.
A general sales manager is needed at Raycom’s NBC-CBS duopoly in Honolulu. WWSB Sarasota, Fla., (ABC7) has a director of sales opening. WWBT (NBC12) in Richmond, Va., is looking for a digital content director and a senior digital sales specialist. To see all job openings visit our Media Job Center here.
The acquisition expands Raycom Media’s reach and presence in Florida with $68.5 million buy. It also owns Fox affiliates WFLX in West Palm Beach and WPGX in Panama City. Heartland Media steps in to buy the last of Calkins’ stations, WAAY Huntsville, Ala., for $13.5 milllion.