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WKRC 7:00 a.m. News to Switch Channels

Wkrc_news_logoSinclair’s Cincinnati CBS affiliate WKRC is moving its one-hour show at 7:00 a.m. from its CW affiliate digital subchannel to Deerfield Media’s MyNetworkTV affiliate WSTR beginning Monday.

“Good Morning Cincinnati at 7 will provide the community with the quality newscast they have come to expect and WSTR is a station that tri-state viewers already turn to for News at 10pm,” WKRC GM Jon Lawhead said in a statement.

The show features anchors Bob Herzog and Tiffany Wilson, meteorologist John Gumm and traffic reporter Jen Dalton.

WISH Expands Sister Station’s 10PM

WISH_logoIndianapolis CBS affiliate WISH has announced it’s adding to the 10:00 p.m. newscast it produces for sister station WNDY.

Beginning tonight, the show will run from 10:00 to 11:00 p.m. on the MyNetwork affiliate.

“We’re providing expanded coverage and more content at a time desired by Central Indiana viewers,” Steve Bray, WISH-TV news director said in a statement.

The 10:00 p.m. news is anchored by Eric Halvorson, Brooke Martin, meteorologist Robb Ellis and sports director Anthony Calhoun.

Nexstar and Mission Broadcasting Buying Six Stations in Two Markets

nexstar_304Nexstar Broadcasting and Mission Broadcasting have announced a definitive agreement to acquire six television stations for $37.5 million.

In the deal, Nexstar will pay $33.5 million to buy WMBB (ABC) in Panama City, FL, and KREX (CBS), KREG (CBS), KREY (CBS) and KGJT (MyNetworkTV) in Grand Junction, CO, from Gray Television. Mission will pay $4 million for KFQX in Grand Junction, CO, from Excalibur Broadcasting. KREG and KREY are satellite stations of KREX.

Perry A. Sook, chairman, president and CEO of Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc., said in a statement. “The agreements to acquire stations in Grand Junction and Panama City mark our entrée into these markets and upon completing all announced transactions, we will own or provide services to multiple stations in 37 of the 56 markets where we will operate.”

Gray and Excalibur previously agreed to buy WMBB, KREX, KREG, KREY, and KFQX as part of a 20 station deal with Hoak Media and Parker Broadcasting and then sell them off because of FCC ownership restrictions.

The addition of the stations will bring Nexstar’s station total to 108 in 56 markets reaching approximately 16 percent of all US TV households.

Battle to Stop Aereo Spreads to Utah

aereo_304The battle by broadcasters to stop Aereo has now spread into Utah.

Salt Lake City FOX affiliate KSTU, CBS affiliate KUTV, MyNetworkTV affiliate KMYU and FOX Broadcasting Co. have filed suit against the streaming media company after its expansion into Salt Lake City in August.

The suit makes claims of copyright violations similar to the suits filed in New York and Boston.

“It simply does not matter whether Aereo uses one big antenna or hundreds of tiny ones to receive local broadcasts,” reads the complaint. “Nor does it matter that Aereo routes the broadcast signal through a server that copies it before retransmitting it. No amount of technological gimmickry by Aereo changes the fundamental principle of law that those who wish to retransmit copyrighted broadcasts may do so only with the copyright owners’ authority.” Read more

OTA Broadcasting to Buy Two Palm Springs Stations

kmir_kspe_304OTA Broadcasting is buying Palm Springs, CA, stations KMIR and KPSE.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

According to TVNewscheck, “OTA Broadcasting, backed by billionaire computer retailer Michael Dell, has been buying up independent stations with an eye toward selling the spectrum back to the government in the FCC’s planned incentive auction.”

“From what we understand, Michael is a very forward-looking guy,” Craig Marrs, general manager for the Palm Springs NBC and MyNetworkTV affiliates told MyDesert.com. “The company is made up of people who are interested in the next generation of digital products yet at the same time are excited about acquiring the operation here in Palm Springs.” Read more

Sinclair Adds Eight New Age Stations to Broadcast Group

sinclair_304Sinclair Broadcasting has announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to buy the broadcast assets of eight stations owned by New Age Media or to which New Age provides services for an aggregate price of $90 million.

Since the eight stations are in three markets: Wilkes-Barre-Scranton, PA, Tallahassee, FL, and Gainesville, FL, Sinclair said it plans to sell the license and “certain related assets” of two stations (WSWB and WTLH) in Wilkes-Barre-Scranton and one (WNBW) in Gainesville, FL, to Cunningham Broadcasting and the license of WTLF in Tallahassee to Deerfield Media. You can see the full list of the stations after the jump.

“We are excited to be adding the New Age stations to our portfolio, growing our presence in Pennsylvania and Florida, and further diversifying our affiliation mix,” David Smith, president and CEO of Sinclair said in a statement. “Through each acquisition we continue to capture operating  efficiencies and scale, as well as increase our cash flow for ongoing opportunities.” Read more

Fox Stations Extend MyNetworkTV Through 2016

Fox Television Stations has announced an extension of MyNetworkTV programming through 2016. MyNetworkTV airs on Fox-owned stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Washington D.C., Houston, Phoenix, Minneapolis, Orlando and Charlotte.

“The consistency of MyNetworkTV’s successful brand-name lineup is extremely advertiser friendly. From a sell-point, the MyNetworkTV stations continue to deliver in the key demos of A18-49 and A25-54 and performed quite well last year,” Jim Burke, president of sales at Fox Television Stations, said in a statement.

MyNetworkTV kicks off its 2013-14 season on September 30. The full schedule is in Fox’s official announcement after the jump. Read more

Sheba Turk to Anchor ‘The 504′ on WUPL

Sheba Turk will take over anchor duties on the WUPL interview show “The 504″ starting Monday.

The show, produced by CBS affiliate WWL, debuted in April after WWL announced it was no longer producing a 9:00 p.m. newscast for its sister station, the My NetworkTV affiliate WUPL.

Turk replaces the show’s first host. Melanie Hebert, who announced in July she was leaving the station. Read more

KCOP Cutting News From its Lineup

KCOP, the FOX owned MyNetworkTV affiliate for Los Angeles, has announced plans to eliminate news from its lineup in September.

A FOX spokesperson confirmed, the KCOP 7:00 p.m. news will end on September 20, a little more than a year after it was launched. The 11:00 p.m. news, which debuted in 2002, will end on September 22.

No layoffs are expected from the move, since KCOP is operated as a duopoly with FOX’s KTTV. KTTV produces the KCOP news broadcasts.

FOX was quick to point out KCOP’s sister station KTTV has added 7 hours of local news per week with the launch of its 5:00 p.m. news two years ago. In April 2010, the KTTV morning show was expanded by a half-hour from 4:30 to 5:00 a.m.

The 7:00 p.m. news will be replaced by “The Simpsons” while “The King of Queens” will air at 11:00 p.m.

Station Manager Dianne Doctor Defends ‘Chasing New Jersey’ in WWOR Editorial

WWOR station manager Dianne Doctor is defending the Fox-owned MyNetworkTV affiliate after two New Jersey politicians have called for the FCC to revoke the station’s license.

Earlier this month, WWOR canceled its nightly newscast and replaced it with “Chasing New Jersey,” a freewheeling 30-minute show focused on politics and state issues in New Jersey. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), as well as the Bergen Record,  have called for the station’s FCC license to be revoked.

“You’d think these politicians and the editorial writers of the Record would encourage the development of innovative newsgathering, especially during a financial crisis,” Doctor said in a recent on-air editorial (video above). “Maybe I missed it, but despite these huge newspaper cutbacks [in New Jersey], not one member of the state’s Congressional delegation expressed any concern. Maybe they should take a page from the students and faculty at Montclair State, who have created a facility to rescue journalism and pave a real path for the future. Maybe after watching ‘Chasing New Jersey,’ you’ll see a little glimpse of that future, and wonder why anyone would criticize us for trying something new.”

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