MARKET SHARE

Raycom Producing Senate Debate For La. Stations

Smith, Sook, LaPlatney On Tap For 3.0 Confab

One highlight of TVNewsCheck’s Nov. 9-10 TV2020 conference on the prospects for Next Gen TV will be the CEO panel featuring David Smith of Sinclair Broadcast Group, Perry Sook of Nexstar Broadcasting Group and Pat LaPlatney of Raycom Media.

 

MARKET SHARE

Broadcasters Unite For La. Flood Relief Concert

Sinclair, Aaron Neville Join Flood Relief Concert

Raycom Gets Stars For La. Flood Relief Concert

Raycom Increases Investment In Frankly

The station group lends the digital platform company $14.5 million and extends it a line of credit for $1.5 more. Frankly CEO Steve Chung says the new loan will be used to pay off notes it incurred when it bought Worldnow last year. The noteholders include Raycom and Worldnow founder Gary Gannaway.

JESSELL AT LARGE

Diversification: Broadcasting’s New Alter Ego

TV station groups are realizing that broadcasting is no longer enough — that, while it may be a solid business, it is no longer a great growth business. So they are looking to reinvent themselves by moving into new businesses like digital media and programming that can provide some upside.

RETRANS

Dish And Raycom Cut Retrans Deal

Dish and Raycom Media signed a new carriage agreement Thursday evening, averting the blackout of 56 stations in the satcaster’s lineup,

RETRANS

Dish Could Lose 56 Raycom Stations Today

Dish could lose 56 stations Thursday due to a fee fight with their owner, Raycom Media. The stations have posted notices at their websites saying Dish subscribers could lose their signals after 6 p.m. ET on Aug. 4 if current negotiations for a new carriage agreement are not successful.

TVN FOCUS ON BUSINESS

LaPlatney To Power Raycom With TV + Digital

Raycom Media’s new CEO, Pat LaPlatney, has a broad TV background, but it’s his experience in what digital media can offer that led to his succeeding Paul McTear as the station group’s top exec. He says he sees broadcasting, the web, mobile, OTT and other digital media as parts of a whole. Raycom, he says, needs “to aggregate the biggest video audience we can, gather as much data as we can about that audience and go out and sell it aggressively.”