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Granite Broadcasting to Launch OTA Broadcast Service for Tablets

tablet tv_304Granite Broadcasting and Motive Television have teamed up to bring over the air TV to tablets.

The new venture, called Tablet Television, will launch as a beta test at Granite’s San Francisco Bay Area station KOFY this summer with a full launch planned in the fall.

According to the press release, “This first broadcast TV service for tablets will enable viewers to watch and record live broadcast content in high definition in every market in the U.S. and, in association with local broadcasting partners, will be able to provide on-demand packages. Additional features such as fully-integrated social television will be available to Internet connected viewers.”

Granite chairman Peter Markham said in a statement, “It is a broadcaster friendly offering that requires no capital investment and enhances local broadcaster’s business models by extending their brand and content, leveraging their existing digital distribution network, and creating new revenue opportunities.”

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Nexstar to Acquire CCA Stations For $270M

As expected, Nexstar Broadcasting and Mission Broadcasting have announced an agreement to acquire Communications Corporation of America’s station group. Nexstar and Mission will pay will pay $270 million for CCA’s 19 stations and seven associated digital subchannels in 10 markets.

Under the terms of the agreement, Nexstar will acquire 11 of the CCA stations and Mission will acquire eight. Nexstar and Mission will enter into shared service agreements, according to a statement. The transaction is pending FCC approval and expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2013.

“Nexstar is a premier TV broadcasting company that has grown in a disciplined fashion. We are pleased that the CCA stations will become part of Nexstar’s expanded footprint giving them the benefits of increased scale to build on the momentum we have created over the past several years,” CCA chairman Peter Markham said.

A full list of CCA’s stations are after the jump. Read more

Labor Dispute Escalates at Peoria’s WEEK-WHOI

Staff at Peoria’s WEEK-WHOI have been working without a formal labor deal since February and, after rejecting Granite Broadcasting’s “final offer” in April, they are now enlisting the support of the local community.

At issue in WEEK-WHOI’s dispute with Granite and Silver Point Capital, Granite’s largest investor, is the company’s unwillingness to ensure that local news will in fact stay local. Other Granite stations have been asked to outsource some of their news production, including weather, and WEEK-WHOI want to make sure that all of the local news they air is produced within their market.

At the end of April, following the rejection of Granite’s so-called “final offer,” WEEK-WHOI organized a rally at the station and invited members of the community to participate. And now WEEK-WHOI staffers, with support from AFTRA, are distributing flyers and asking local residents to sign a petition. Read more