Entercom announces what it plans to keep
Sun Oct 15 14:57:43 EDT 2017
Yup - grandfathered. There aren't many of those left, but a few were
able to survive. Those include Atlanta, Reading PA (WEEU radio and the
Reading Eagle), Scranton PA (Times-Tribune and the Shamrock stations),
and I know I'll think of more as soon as I hit send.
A lot of grandfathered combos have disappeared in just the last few
years as heritage broadcast-print companies have split up. The split of
Tribune's print properties into Tronc pulled WGN away from the Tribune,
for instance, and the deal that combined Scripps' print properties into
Gannett and its broadcast properties into TEGNA split up the Milwaukee
Journal-Sentinel from WTMJ radio/TV. The Wolfe family in Columbus sold
the Dispatch to Gatehouse (eewww) and kept WBNS radio and TV. And on it
On 10/15/2017 2:49 PM, Jeff Lehmann wrote:
> How is Cox able to own the Atlanta Journal Constitution, WSB-TV, WSB AM and the rest of the cluster of radio stations? Were they grandfathered?
> Jeff Lehmann
>> On Oct 15, 2017, at 12:17 PM, Scott Fybush <email@example.com> wrote:
>>> On 10/15/2017 2:06 AM, Kevin Vahey wrote:
>>> Scott - I am going to throw this out for you. Could John Henry, Fenway
>>> Sports Group and the Globe be a sleeper in this?
>> Lance and I touched on this briefly in the Top of the Tower podcast we did last week on the topic.
>> The problem, still, is the antiquated newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership ban. Everyone agrees it's bad policy, and yet nobody has made it go away. Until it does, the Globe can't own (or have dominant cross-ownership with) any radio or TV stations. Nor can the Herald, which means a Herald-WRKO combination that might also make sense is also impossible for now.
>> (And it's interesting to note that had the Sox bought WBOS, as almost happened a decade ago, John Henry would then have had a hard time acquiring the Globe and saving it.)
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