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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.”

Hearst Stations Expand Political Coverage

hearst logoHearst Television has announced an expansion of its political coverage going into the 2014 election cycle. Under the “Commitment 2014″ banner, the 28 Hearst stations will give politics a minimum of 12 minutes in the 30 days leading up to the general election and some primaries.

“Audiences demand intelligent, in-depth coverage of politics and elections in their local communities, and broadcasters are investing in new ways to meet that demand, ” Hearst Television president Jordan Wertlieb said in a statement. “We want Hearst Television to be the most widely distributed provider of political news content in their markets, and we will generate content to the best available screen.”

The biennial pledge is a renewal of a policy Hearst first instituted in 2000, when the station group committed to five minutes of nightly airtime. In addition to renewing a partnership with PolitiFact, Hearst will also launch “In Their Own Words,” a feature allowing candidates to record video statements on issues that will be available online and on mobile devices.

Angela Betasso Joins Tribune as SVP of Sales

tribune broadcastingAngela Betasso has been named senior vice president of sales for Tribune Broadcasting. She will begin in her new role on March 31, reporting to Tribune Broadcasting president Larry Wert.

“Angela is a strategic thinker and a proven sales leader with revenue success across a variety of broadcast, video and digital platforms,” Wert said in a statement. “Her positive energy and drive will be a great addition to our leadership team and she will work closely with Tribune’s new Chief Revenue Officer, Keith Bowen, as Tribune Company continues to advance how we serve our audience.”

Betasso previously worked at Belo Corp (recently acquired by Gannett), where she has been the vice president of sales since 2011.

With Merger, Media General May Add Bargaining Power and Shed Jobs

LIN Media GWhen Media General announced its merger with LIN Media to create what it calls the “second largest pure-play broadcast business in the US,” the speculation machine started up in an attempt to figure out what the merger meant in the long term.

The new Media General will boast 74 network affiliated owned or operated stations.  The Wrap reports there’s bound to be some market overlap and inefficiencies, which as we all know can only lead to one thing: layoffs.

“They’re merging because they’re seeing some of their competitors in the pay TV arena that are getting a lot larger in terms of scale,” Dennis Wharton, Executive V.P. of Communications for the National Association of Broadcasters told TheWrap. “Broadcasters, I think, believe that they have to have scale to compete against providers who are not giving away their programming for free.”

This is particularly true after the recent announcement that Comcast and Time Warner Cable planned to merge.

However, Wharton played down the possibility of newsroom layoffs. “If there are, potentially there will be job losses in the back offices –  in the areas of finance, human resources and IT,” he said. Read more

Sinclair Offers to Sell Stations Ahead of FCC Decision

sinclair_304Sinclair Broadcast Group told the FCC it will restructure its deal to buy Allbritton by selling some stations and stop providing services to others in order to comply with the proposed ban on shared service agreements.

Sinclair said it would sell WHP (CBS) in Harrisburg, PA, WMMP (MyTV) in Charleston, SC, WABM (MyTV) in Birmingham, AL, and would stop providing services to WTAT (FOX) in Charleston, SC, and would give the buyer of WHP the rights to an existing agreement to provide services to Harrisburg CW affiliate WLYH.

“The proposed changes to the transaction will have an immaterial impact on Sinclair as a whole and on the Allbritton transaction in particular,” David Smith, Sinclair’s president and CEO said in a statement. “Although we believe the shared services arrangements that were contemplated would have provided significant public interest benefits, including promoting minority ownership of broadcast stations.”

Media General and LIN Media Announce Merger

LIN Media GMedia General and LIN Media have announced a definitive merger agreement valued at $2.6 Billion creating the second largest TV broadcast company in the US.

Vincent Sadusky, LIN Media’s president and CEO, will become president and CEO of the new company which will be called Media General.

This is an exciting and historic day for both companies,” said Sadusky. “Together, we will be able to better serve our local communities throughout our significant and diverse geographic footprint and further grow our national digital business. I am honored to lead our new company, deliver important synergies and achieve new levels of success.”

The deal will bring together 74 stations which are either owned or operated by the two companies in 46 markets. Combined, the new company’s stations will reach 23% of US TV households.

ABC Board Approves Three Year Deal with NewsOne

abc logo_304x200A new three year deal with ABC NewsOne has been approved by the ABC Television Affiliates Association Board of Governors.

The agreement addresses the use of content on traditional platforms as well as digital and social media platforms.

“During the time that this agreement has been developed, the ways in which television stations and ABC produce news content has both expanded and changed in many ways,” John Rouse SVP of ABC Affiliate Relations said in a statement. “We have gone to great lengths to try to capture current uses, as well as anticipate future uses of video, with reciprocity as a guiding principle.”

Financial terms were not disclosed.

NewsOne provides round the clock coverage of news and sports to ABC owned and affiliated stations, domestic programs, foreign news agencies and ABC News.

Nexstar Buys Digital Publishing Platform for $20 Million

nexstar_304Nexstar has announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to buy the assets of Internet Broadcasting Systems, Inc. for $20 million.

In its press release about the acquisition, Nexstar calls IB, “A pioneer of innovative technology and services for the broadcast media industry.”

“We envision our clients transforming their broadcast media businesses into digital brands powered by compelling, dynamic, frequently updated news, information and entertainment content,” IB says about itself on the company website. “We envision our clients creating deeply personal connections with their audience by way of websites, mobile devices, social media and special-purpose applications.” Read more

Q4 Earnings: Gray TV Revenue Down 25%

Gray Television reported $95.6 million in revenue for the fourth quarter of 2013, a decrease of 25% compared to the year-ago quarter. Compared to the last non-election year fourth quarter (2011), however, the company’s revenue was up 13%.

Local, national and internet advertising revenue all increased for the quarter, as did retransmission revenue. As expected, political advertising revenue, consulting revenue and other revenue was down.

“I am proud of the significant strides the Company made in 2013, recording record results for an off political year.  Our results reflect our continued commitment to owning and/or operating top stations in our local markets, and to leveraging the benefits of our operational excellence in order to deliver value to our stockholders,” Gray CEO Hilton H. Howell Jr. said in a statement. “We also entered into a number of significant transactions in 2013, and we continue to work toward completing the successful acquisition and integration of these operations, which we believe will further strengthen our Company.”

Tribune Names Devin Johnson Head of Digital Media

tribune_304Tribune Broadcasting has named Devin Johnson SVP and Head of Digital Media.

“Devin has both the vision and the operational experience to help Tribune Broadcasting redefine how we serve our audience,” said Tribune’s president of Broadcast Media Larry Wert. “He is an innovative leader with a record of success and we look forward to having him back in the Tribune family.”

Johnson will be responsible for product development, social media, content, technology and digital sales strategy.

This will be his second stint with Tribune, having started his career with Tribune Interactive. He has also worked for NBC Universal and has served as COO for Studio One Networks. Lately he has been working as a consultant for Chicago start-ups.

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