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    http://www.adweek.com/tvspy/standard...tations/203437

    http://www.adweek.com/tvspy/meredith...on-kplr/203449

    Update on the Sinclair Tribune Deal.

    The company has singed a deal to acquire KPLR (CW) from Tribune for $65 million, pairing it with KMOV (CBS) which Meredith has owned since 2013. The deal is expected to close when Sinclair Broadcasting completes its $3.9 billion deal to buy Tribune Media. Sinclair already owns KDNL (ABC) and will also own KTVI (FOX) in the market.

    ?We are excited to be adding to our presence in the important St. Louis market,? said Meredith President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Harty.

    Once the acquisition is complete, Meredith will own 18 television stations that reach 11 percent of U.S. TV households. Eight are in the Top 25 markets. Meredith also recently completed a deal to buy Time Inc., but is in the process of selling some of its biggest titles, including TIME, Sports Illustrated, Fortune and Money.

    The price: $441.7 million in cash.

    At the same time, Standard General, a hedge fund that owns Standard Media, has hired industry veteran Deb McDermott as CEO. McDermott has most recently been Chief Operating Officer of Media General and, before that, was Chief Executive Officer of Young Broadcasting when it merged with Media General. So, she?s been to the consolidation and divestiture rodeo before.

    The stations include:

    KOKH (FOX) Oklahoma City ? Currently owned by Sinclair
    WXMI (FOX) Grand Rapids, MI ? Currently owned by Tribune
    WPMT (FOX) Harrisburg, PA ? Currently owned by Tribune
    WXLV (ABC) Greensboro, NC ? Currently owned by Sinclair
    WRLH (FOX) Richmond, VA ? Currently owned by Sinclair
    WOLF (FOX) / WSWB (CW) / WQMY (MY) Wilkes Barre, PA ? Currently owned by Sinclair
    KDSM (FOX) Des Moines, IA ? Currently owned by Sinclair

    ?The stations we are acquiring in this transaction have tremendous potential in excellent markets. We are excited to work with the talented station teams established by Sinclair and Tribune and grow the business for years to come,? said McDermott, who promised more acquisitions in the future.

    Fox Broadcasting had reportedly been interested in some of the FOX affiliates that Sinclair will be divesting. At the same time, B&C reports Sinclair is now looking to hold on to what will be its biggest post-merger station, WPIX in New York, but sell Tribune stations in Denver, Houston, Miami and others.

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    https://www.broadcastingcable.com/ne...ribune-in-iowa

    Update on Sinclair

    Allied Progress, which is opposed to the Sinclair-Tribune deal, says it has placed a six-figure TV ad buy in Iowa to try to get viewers to pressure Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to hold hearings on the proposed merger.

    Sinclair would own or control a dozen stations in the state if the deal goes through, the group points out.

    Grassley is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

    Related: Sinclair Boosts Spin-offs in Refiled Deal

    The group says Grassley has done nothing to scrutinize the merger despite the companies "many controversies."

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    In that category Allied Progress puts the fact that Sinclair could reach 72% of TV households given the UHF discount, the company's much-talked-about "fake news" talking points for anchors and other must-run segments, and a decade-old retransmission consent dispute with Mediacom, among others.

    The ad says that "those choosing to compete in the state?s cherished Iowa Caucuses may be forced to face much more than a field of other candidates if the Sinclair-Tribune merger succeeds."





    It also cites a poll commissioned by the group that found large numbers of viewers in the state oppose the deal, including 67% of Republicans.

    The poll was conducted by Global Strategy Group among 604 registered voters April 25-29 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4%.

    It has been almost a years since Sinclair filed the deal for review by Justice and the FCC. It has adjusted the deal three times to address concerns about local market ownership issues and to square it with Justice Department concerns about control of ad inventory as well as new, looser, media ownership rules from the FCC that Sinclair pushed for.

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    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/ne...etitor-1114176

    Here is an update

    It may be just a matter of time before Fox News gets a real challenger from the right. Conservative media giant Sinclair Broadcast Group, which has long quieted speculation about plans to create a rival to Rupert Murdoch's cable news empire, is making new moves to lay the groundwork for the plan.

    Sinclair is speaking with both current and former Fox News personalities about joining the would-be network, which a knowledgeable source says could be led by Tribune Media executive Sean Compton. The company also recently made an overture to conservative radio host Michael Savage, THR has learned. Savage did not respond to a request for comment. (One name not in the mix: ousted Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, whom Sinclair CEO Chris Ripley has said the company isn't looking to hire. Newsmax, a digital conservative news outlet, has courted O'Reilly.)

    But before Baltimore-based Sinclair can take on Fox News, it must wait for federal regulators to approve the company's purchase of Tribune Media, which would give Sinclair a cable channel, WGN America, that could be converted to right-leaning news and opinion. "They don't want to cause any waves, but they are preparing for the network as soon as they can," says one source.

    Former FCC commissioner Michael Copps, who has loudly opposed Sinclair's $3.9 billion takeover of Tribune, says the company is "trying to look as nonthreatening as possible and make this deal look as innocuous as possible."

    In early May, 21st Century Fox agreed to snap up seven TV stations from Sinclair in a $910 million deal that could help Sinclair get regulatory approval for its Tribune bid.

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    https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinio...les-ncna881146

    Here is an Op Ed on Sinclair

    This April, a reporter for a Sinclair-owned TV station revealed that she was fired for refusing to add conservative talking-points to a climate change story. This followed weeks of controversy, including revelations that the media giant had forced local news anchors to read identical scripts denouncing, in Trump-like fashion, “fake” news.

    More recently, in a speech this May, Hillary Clinton specifically called out Sinclair (alongside Fox News) for "delivering propaganda."

    Sinclair Broadcasting Group, the largest owner of local television stations in America, is still not a household name like, for example, Fox News. Yet it may be the truest heir to former Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes’s original vision of conservative news programming. Long before cable news, Ailes — who died in 2017 — had been dreaming up ways to inject local news programs with a conservative spin.

    Many Americans are only now discovering Sinclair Broadcasting’s conservative politics, and few may know which stations the company actually owns. Because Sinclair is now trying to buy Tribune Broadcasting, though, it is ever more likely to be their local station.

    Millions more Americans tune into local news than national news — and trust local news far more. Local stations are also rarely tarred with an ideological brush — unlike Fox News, which is known for its conservative bent.

    If the Federal Communications Commission approves Sinclair’s expansion plan, it would own TV stations able to reach around 70 percent of U.S. households. (The FCC appears unlikely to block the deal.) That’s an astounding market share, and the reason Sinclair Broadcasting may well end up being more powerful than Fox.

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