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Two Groups Ask FCC to Deny Gannett’s Purchase of Belo for Different Reasons

On Wednesday, the American Cable Association, Time Warner Cable and DirecTV asked the FCC to block part Gannett’s deal to buy Belo Corporation saying it will increase the likelihood of higher re-transmission fees, transmission blackouts and higher consumer costs.

The same day a group of six organizations petitioned the FCC to deny the deal because they contend it violates the FCC’s cross-ownership rule and its rule against duopolies and would lead to, “job losses and a considerable reduction in the quality of journalism for millions of television homes.”

Gannett has said it plans to transfer ownership of Belo’s stations in St. Louis (KMOV), Phoenix (KTVK-KASW) and Tucson (KMSB-KTTU) to former Belo executive Jack Sander and Ben Tucker, the former head of the Fisher station group. Gannett already owns KSDK in St. Louis and KPNX in Phoenix as well as a newspaper in the Tucson market and would use Sander and Tucker to avoid FCC regulations preventing such ownership. Read more

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Gannett Memo Tells Employees What to Expect with Belo Buy

TVSpy has obtained a 10 point FAQ Gannett sent out to its employees talking about the company’s announced purchase of Belo Corp.

The memo covers everything from why Gannett is buying Belo to expected changes at selected stations,

As part of the deal, we are restructuring ownership of the Belo stations in 5 markets, Phoenix, St. Louis, Portland, Louisville and Tucson. We expect that the stations affected will be serviced by Gannett through shared service agreements or similar sharing arrangements.

The stations mentioned above are Belo’s KTVK in Phoenix, KMOV in St. Louis, KGW in Portland, OR, WHAS in Louisville, KY, and KMSB-KTTU in Tucson, AZ. Gannett owns KPNX in Phoenix and KSDK in St. Louis, but doesn’t own stations in Portland, OR, Louisville, KY, or Tucson, AZ.

You can read the entire memo after the jump. Read more

NBC’s Lloyd Siegel and Belo’s Robert Decherd to Receive RTDNF First Amendment Awards

Lloyd Siegel, NBC News Partnerships vice president, and Robert Decherd, Belo’s president and CEO, will receive 2013 RTDNF First Amendment Awards.

Siegel (pictured) is responsible for coordinating relationships between NBC and its more than 200 affiliated stations. He will be presented with the RTDNF First Amendment Service Award, given to a person who works in an off-air management capacity.

Decherd will receive the First Amendment Leadership Award, presented to a business leader who has significantly contributed “to protecting freedom of the press.” Belo owns 20 local stations across the country.

Both awards will be presented at the organization’s annual awards dinner in Washington, DC on March 14. CNN’s Candy Crowley will also be honored, receiving the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award.