MasterB wrote: ↑
Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:38 pm
just read that DOJ has approved spinoffs for Scripps TV Stations from Tribune from DOJ. Which means TEGNA spinoffs will be approved sometime soon from Nexstar & Tribune merger. Got it from B&C website.
The interesting thing about the sale of stations to Scripps is that Nexstar retains an option to buy back WPIX New York, I think for about a year.
MWmetalhead wrote: ↑
Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:10 pm
Switching to ABC would be a bad idea for WXMI. Their expanded morning newscast has become quite popular and brings in more local ad revenue than avails during Today or GMA.
WXMI would lose its 10PM newscast and all the ad revenue that goes along with it.
WZZM has been in third place in 11PM newscast ratings forever. Part of the reason is because CBS and NBC have generated stronger ratings in prime time in West Michigan on a perennial basis than ABC (even when adding channel 13 and channel 41 together).
I'd much rather have FOX's NFL and Big Ten football & basketball coverage than ABC's NBA coverage. ABC is often a black hole when it comes to weekend sports. I see filler garbage on WXYZ here in Detroit fairly often when two or more of the other major network affiliates are airing primo stuff.
If the Tigers ever get good again, having weekend baseball & playoff baseball coverage will start to matter again. Advantage: FOX.
You guys have seen very little change in this TV market compared to alot of markets. New owners always bring change and with all the stations in the market now having mega owners they'll eventually be subject to change as a part of somebody's larger deal.
The only situation where I can see potential change is WZZM (Tegna) insisting on having exclusive ABC affiliation once WOTV's agreement expires.
Might Tegna try to pry NBC away from WOOD-TV some day? Sure, but my guess is they'd be unsuccessful in that pursuit.
I think an affiliation change in Lansing is more likely. WLAJ is a very weak ABC affiliate. It would behoove ABC to move that affiliation to Scripps-owned WSYM-TV.
My point was 17 could change affiliation as part of Scripps leveraging a better larger affiliation deal with ABC. As in Scripps could maybe get a better compensation deal with ABC or ABC/Disney syndicates Scripps productions.
Not because of Fox programming.
My above arguement was to disprove the misconseption that Fox is, "the network" right now.
The only things I could see of benifit for 17 as a Fox affiliate now is the aforementioned morning newscast, the 10pm (both of which could be put on a subchannel) and the NFL.
And I get the feeling ABC/ESPN/Disney is going to push for more NFL broadcast rights in the near future.
MasterB wrote: ↑
Thu Mar 28, 2019 7:38 pm
The reason why The World Cup was down because USA wasn't in it if they were in it the ratings would've been better than was they were.
The reason the USA was not in the World Cup is because soccer cannot draw viewers in this country. I.E. ratings = sponsors = money.
If soccer could draw money or mass interest in the US you'd have a higher level of organizers then the "Team Disaster" you have now.
I tried watching Fox's World Cup coverage almost everyday. The time difference from Russia was poorly handled and the late night recap show was like watching a Benny Hill skit.