Ion Media "Pulling an NBC"?
Thu May 25 17:46:34 EDT 2017
No truth to that rumor, from what my sources are telling me.
It makes no sense, really. Disney/ABC hasn't lifted a finger to grow its
O&O portfolio in more than two decades. Dumping Hearst in Boston would
imperil one of the closest network/affiliate relationships in the country,
with ripple effects I'm Hearst ABC markets around the country.
It doesn't make a lick of sense on either end of the "deal."
On May 25, 2017 5:13 PM, "Doug Drown" <email@example.com> wrote:
> James Woods, a fellow-participant in the RadioInsight.com message boards,
> reported today that anonymous word is going 'round regarding a sale of
> Ion's WBPX Channel 32 to the ABC Owned Television Stations Group. One of
> WBPX's full-power satellites, digital channel 33, is in Concord, NH. If
> all this is true, that would almost certainly place WCVB's and WMUR's ABC
> affiliations in jeopardy.
> NBC, having firmly established its own station in Boston, won't move over
> to Channel 5. One wonders what Hearst would do, especially given that it
> has cable network joint ownership ties with both NBC and ABC.
> I have my doubts about this story, but I have to say it's interesting.
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