Nexstar CEO Perry Sook sacrificed 19 stations to bring his proposed $4.1 billion merger in line with FCC and DOJ ownership limits. There is now no reason why regulators should stand in the way of the deal, including the transfer of Tribune’s top four duopoly in Indianapolis. Also, here’s a quick review of the winners and losers in Nexstar’s spinoff auction.
Hey boss, got a second? I’ve got a great idea. Let’s take our 6 p.m. news — yes, I know it’s No. 1 in the market — and blow it up. Let’s get rid of murders, fires and car crashes unless they’re really bad. Let’s pare back the set and most of the graphics. That was pretty much the pitch KUSA Denver anchor Kyle Clark, made to Tegna President Dave Lougee and other corporate executives in 2015. Obviously, Lougee said yes, or you wouldn’t be reading this.
Security executives from Tegna Media, Graham Media, KQED San Francisco and Sinclair Broadcast Group will share their list of the 10 best security practices for broadcasters at TVNewsCheck’s annual Cybersecurity for Broadcasters Retreat next month.
WUSA in Washington, D.C., WVEC in Norfolk, Va., and WGRZ in Buffalo, N.Y., have returned to the Verizon Fios lineup.
Once ownership questions get settled at the FCC, Tegna says it is ready to look at any and all types of M&A transactions.
Theresa Collington, the former digital director for WTSP, the CBS affiliate in Tampa, Fla., is suing the station and its parent company, Tegna, for sex discrimination. Her complaint alleges Tegna discriminated against her in her compensation and when she was ultimately terminated for violations of the company’s social media policy that male employees violated regularly with impunity.
The 2017 NAB Show exhibition opens Monday, April 24, and there will be much to see for broadcast engineers and technologists who find themselves grappling with the repack of the TV spectrum and a nearly completed new broadcast standard. Five top techs — one each from Gray Television, NBCU O&Os, Nexstar Media Group, Sinclair Broadcast Group and Tegna Media — talk technology and what they will be looking for at this year’s NAB Show. For a recap of TVNewsCheck’s multi-part roundup of NAB Tech Hot Topics, click here.
The former Univision and Telemundo executive is the new GM of Tegna’s CBS affiliate in Miami.