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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 Buys Syndicated Show Developed by Scripps, Cox and Raycom

Gannett Broadcasting has bought the syndicated show “RightThisMinute” for eight of its markets.

“RightThisMinute” is a viral video show developed by MagicDust Television, E.W. Scripps, Raycom Media and Cox Media Group. The show launched in 2011.

Among the stations getting the syndicated show are WUSA in Washington, DC, KARE in Minneaplois, KXTV in Sacramento and KSDK in St. Louis. Read more

Gannett Promises to Keep Same Market Stations Separate in Belo Acquisition

Gannett Broadcasting president David Lougee gave TVSpy a look at what it plans to do with some of the Belo stations it will own as soon as the inks dries on its deal to buy the station group.

TVSpy asked Lougee what Gannett meant when it told employees in a memo, “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.”

Focusing mainly on the plans for Belo’s St. Louis CBS affiliate KMOV and Phoenix independent station KTVK, since Gannett already owns stations in those markets (St. Louis NBC affiliate KSDK and Phoenix NBC affiliate KPNX) Lougee told TVSpy, “I’m never going in those buildings. They are going to completely compete against our television stations. There is no consolidation taking place in St. Louis and Phoenix.

He told TVSpy Jack Sander would head a third-party company that would be the owner, licensee and the operator of those two stations. Sander is a senior adviser to Belo Corp. Lougee worked at Belo before taking his current role at Gannett. Read more