Ion Media "Pulling an NBC"?
Thu May 25 23:12:09 EDT 2017
>> the pending CBS-Entercom "merger" in which CBS plans to
>> dump all the AM O&Os in major cities
Who said this is the plan?
On Thu, May 25, 2017 at 6:56 PM, Doug Drown <email@example.com> wrote:
> I agree with you, Scott. That said, however, in my opinion it makes as
> much sense as the pending CBS-Entercom "merger" in which CBS plans to dump
> all the AM O&Os in major cities where they've developed news-and-talk
> synergies with their TV counterparts (e.g. WBZ). The logic of that escapes
> me completely.
> On Thu, May 25, 2017 at 5:46 PM, Scott Fybush <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > 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
> > 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
> >> 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
> >> 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
> >> affiliations in jeopardy.
> >> NBC, having firmly established its own station in Boston, won't move
> >> to Channel 5. One wonders what Hearst would do, especially given that
> >> 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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