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LIN Reports 15% Revenue Increase, Stokes Excitement for New Vision Deal

LIN Media, which operates or services 32 network affiliates around the country, today reported a 15% increase in revenue for the first quarter, compared to the same period last year.

LIN TV stations brought in $103.2 million in net revenue during the first three months of the year, compared to $89.7 million during last year’s first quarter. Local revenue increased 16% to $67.7 million, and national revenue was up 4% to $23.1 million.

“2012 is off to a great start as a result of strong first quarter results and revenue increases in all areas of our business,” LIN president and CEO Vincent Sadusky said, announcing his company’s financial results. Read more

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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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Michael Sullivan Out as WJCL News Director

Michael Sullivan has been relieved of his duties as WJCL news director.

A station official confirmed to TVSpy today that Sullivan, who has been news director of the Savannah ABC-affiliate since 2007, is no longer with the station.

Sullivan was reportedly escorted out of the station yesterday while management required staffers to stay inside.

This was Sullivan’s second stint with WJCL, which is owned by New Vision Television (New Vision also operates Fox-affiliate WTGS under an agreement with Parkin Broadcasting). After New Vision acquired WJCL in 2007, it appointed Sullivan, who had been working for the company as a consultant, to his old position as news director.

Sullivan is probably best known for his decision in 2008 to allow reality TV cameras follow WJCL’s news team for a show on the TV Guide Channel called “Making News: Savannah Style.”

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.”