In wrapping up its $3.6 billion purchase of Raycom Media, it expands its footprint to 91 markets and 24% of TV homes. In connection with the merger, Gray and Raycom also completed the divestitures of nine stations in overlap markets to Tegna, Scripps and Lockwood.
The new agreement provides for local ratings and insights services in LPM and SET/code reader markets for select Raycom TV stations.
Raycom is moving him from VP-GM of KXXV Waco, Texas, to lead its CBS affiliate in Tucson, Ariz.
The American Cable Association wants to make sure that Gray is not allowed to raise the retrans fees of stations before spinning them off to other buyers in its purchase of Raycom’s TV stations. That’s according to an ACA filing at the FCC.
Broadcast leaders who’ve come up through their companies’ digital ranks have a different vantage point than their C-suite peers. Leaders from Raycom, E.W. Scripps, ABC Owned Television Stations are Capitol Broadcasting say their experience with digital media risks, failures and the process of constant iteration has shaped their approach to the broadcast helm for the better.
Raycom-owned WPGX in Panama City, Fl. has tapped Bill Poplin as its new general manager/general sales manager. Most recently, Poplin was sales manager for WCTI in Greenville, N.C.
The Birmingham, Ala., Fox affiliate is the first Raycom station to introduce a drone. It’s slotted for use in newsgathering, traffic, marketing and creative services, tower inspections and sales initiatives.
A determined cadre of station groups remains intent on replacing pricey Hollywood syndication shows with programming of its own. Among the upcoming do-it-yourself offerings is a talk show from Tegna Media hosted by T.D. Jakes set to debut this fall.