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What Are Local Stations Covering?

This time we’re looking at Topeka, KS, where LIN Broadcasting owns and operates three of the four stations in the market.

After the infographic you can see what can happen when one company owns three stations in a market.

Normally, we’d talk about the story mix between the three. But this time, while researching we saw a symptom of what happens when one company owns three stations. We caught a spelling error on a graphic that appeared on all the LIN owned stations. “Rollover” was spelled “Rollver.” Three times. In three different shows. Check out the screen grabs after the Read more

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LIN Agrees to Buy New Vision Stations for $342M

LIN Media today announced that it has agreed to purchase 13 stations from New Vision Television for $330.4 million and the assumption of $12 million of debt.

New Vision’s 13 network affiliated stations are located in eight markets across the country, including Birmingham, Honolulu, and Portland, OR.

On its website, New Vision Television describes itself as “the future of local TV” but the deal, which is expected to close by the end of the year, means that there will be little future for the company.

“This is a bittersweet development,” New Vision CEO Jason Elkin said today in a statement.  “The decision to sell to LIN Media was not an easy one, but we negotiated a fair price and so decided that now is the right time for me and others at New Vision to begin to look at new opportunities.” Read more

Nick Griffith Named Sports Director at KDVR

Nick Griffith, who has been a sports anchor at Kansas City’s KMBC since 2008, is set to join KDVR as sports director later this month.

Griffith’s first day at the Denver Fox affiliate will be August 22. “I have no doubt that through my time here I have improved immensely, not only as a professional but also as a person,” he wrote in a memo to KMBC staffers obtained by Bottom Line Communications. “Regardless of the circumstances or challenges, this team always finds a way to remain resilient and succeed. I have no doubt it will continue to do so.”

Griffith, who is the sports anchor on the evening and nighttime broadcasts at the Kansas City ABC affiliate, said in the memo that the move is partially because he is engaged to a Denver native who still has family in the area. Griffith, who has also been sports director at KTKA in Topeka and KIDK in Idaho Falls, will say goodbye to KMBC on August 8.

FCC Approves KTKA Sale, Stoking Fears of Virtual Triopoly in Topeka

The FCC approved the sale of KTKA in Topeka to PBC Broadcasting yesterday, saying the sale of the ABC-affiliated station was in the public’s best interest despite protests from the American Cable Association.

The ACA is fearful that the sale will lead to a virtual triopoly in the Topeka market. PBC Broadcasting has existing shared services agreements with New Vision Television in two other markets, and New Vision owns two stations in Topeka, leading cable operators to believe a similar deal will be struck after the KTKA sale. PBC Broadcasting has not commented on any plans for shared services agreements in the Topeka market. Such an agreement would drive up retransmission fees for cable operators.

The ACA has been heavily lobbying the FCC to deny or condition the sale, calling on Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, among others, to help convince the FCC of their petition. The FCC yesterday denied the ACA petition and approved the sale, saying PBC Broadcasting is fully qualified to own KTKA.

Cable Operators in Topeka Ask Kansas Governor for Help with Pending KTKA Sale

Independent cable operators in Topeka sent a letter to Kansas governor Sam Brownback today, asking for his help in persuading the FCC to block or condition the pending sale of the market’s ABC affiliate, KTKA.

Cable operators are fearful that the sale of KTKA to PBC Broadcasting will lead to a partnership with New Vision Television — which currently owns two stations in Topeka — to form a virtual triopoly. New Vision Television and PBC Broadcasting have shared service agreements in two other markets — Youngstown, OH and Savannah, GA — which has led cable operators to believe that the two companies will strike a similar deal in Topeka.

The letter, signed by representatives of five cable companies in Topeka, asks Brownback — who sat on the Commerce Committee during his time as a US senator — to urge the FCC to block the sale of KTKA:

We know the FCC’s failure to act will lead to significant harm to our customers. On behalf of pay-TV viewers in Topeka, the FCC must be a cop against collusion and a bulwark against balckouts. We encourage you to take action immediately to either disapprove the Topeka Triopoly or approve it with meaningful consumer safeguards.

Read the full letter after the jump.

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American Cable Association Urges FCC to Block Sale of Topeka’s KTKA

The American Cable Association is urging the FCC to block the sale of Topeka’s KTKA, asserting that the deal would drive up retrans fees.

In February, PBC Broadcasting agreed to buy ABC-affiliate KTKA, pending FCC approval. PBC Broadcasting currently has shared services agreements with New Vision Television in two markets–Youngstown, OH and Savannah, GA–where New Vision also owns stations. The SSAs create virtual duopolies in those markets and the ACA fears that the KTKA sale will lead to a virtual triopoly in Topeka, where New Vision currently owns the NBC- and Fox-affiliates.

“ACA is drawing the line in the Topeka market because based on empirical data from many local TV markets, we know that TV stations that jointly negotiate retransmission consent deals (especially the affiliates of ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX) charge pay television providers higher fees than stations that bargain on their own,” ACA president and CEO Matthew Polka said in a statement. “Consumers in Topeka will be injured by this deal.”

PBC Broadcasting Buys Topeka’s KTKA, Paving the Way for ‘Virtual Duopoly’

PBC Broadcasting has finalized a deal to acquire KTKA, an ABC-affiliate in Topeka, KS.

PBC Broadcasting, which owns Fox-affiliate WTGS in Savannah, GA and ABC-affiliate WYTV in Youngstown, OH, announced on Friday that it has agreed to terms with Free State Communications to buy KTKA and immediately begin managing the station’s advertising sales.

The deal is expected to be approved by the FCC in the second quarter of this year.

Of interest to the regulatory approval process, is PBC Broadcasting’s relationship with New Vision Television, which manages the company’s stations in  Savannah and Youngstown.  As TVNewsCheck points out, New Vision, the owner of WJCL in Savannah and WKBN in Youngstown, operates “virtual duopolies” in those cities.

New Vision also owns KSNT in Topeka, making another virtual duopoly possible.