Posts Tagged ‘Bay News 9’

A rare sight in TV news…

Check out this picture below that I took at the Tampa Museum of Science and Industry’s Hurricane Expo this weekend. The chief meteorologists from all five Tampa market stations were at the event to discuss the upcoming hurricane season and answer questions. Yours truly wrangled these guys all together for a rare photo opportunity after the Q&A. Thanks to all five for chatting and for humoring me.

From left to right Mike Clay (Bay News 9), Denis Phillips (WFTS), Paul Dellegatto (WTVT), Jim Van Fleet (WTSP), Steve Jerve (WFLA)

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05 2015

What happens to BN9 and News 13 in Charter deal?

(edited from BizJournals.com) – Charter Communications Inc. is not expected to hit the off button for the 24-hour news operations Bright House Networks runs in Tampa Bay and Orlando.

The fate of Bay News 9, News 13 and Bright House Sports Network came into question after Charter said it would buy Bright House for $10.4 billion, and Time Warner Cable for $55 billion. Charter does not have similar local news operations in its current markets. Time Warner Cable has local programming in some of its market. Read the rest of this entry →

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05 2015

Charter/Time Warner/Bright House deal looms…

(edited from TampaBay.com) – In the latest twist and turn of cable TV deal-making, Charter Communications is reported to be near a deal to acquire Time Warner Cable that may also include the simultaneous purchase and merger of Bright House Networks.

Charter had earlier courted Time Warner but was pushed aside by a richer deal offered by larger Comcast. Regulators shunned the Comcast deal, even as Charter had turned to try and acquire for $10.4 billion Bright House Networks, one of the prominent cable TV providers in the Tampa Bay and Orlando/Central Florida markets. Read the rest of this entry →

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05 2015

Why does Charter want Bright House?

(from BizJournals.com) – Expansion in Florida – the third-largest state in the United States – is a key goal behind cable television operator Charter Communications Inc.’s $10.4 billion deal for Bright House Networks.

Charter (NASDAQ: CHTR) lacks a strong presence in Florida, Fortune reported, while Bright House is the largest cable operator in Tampa and in Orlando, with 1.7 million video customers.

“This is one of the fastest growing places in the country and we expect given demographics that Florida will continue to grow and this area of Florida will continue to grow more rapidly than the rest of the country,” Thomas Rutledge, president and CEO of Charter, said in a conference call. Read the rest of this entry →

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03 2015

Charter to buy Bright House …

(edited from OrlandoSentinel.com) – On Tuesday, Bright House Networks, the major provider for Internet and cable television in Orlando and Tampa Bay, became the latest acquisition target when Stamford, Conn.-based Charter Communications announced its intent to buy the company.

It comes as the industry tries to face down challenges from tech-savvy consumers who are turning more to companies such as Netflix and Hulu for their television programming.

Atlanta-based analyst Jeff Kagan said the industry has been slow to compete with those new technologies.

“Am I worried about cable television?” he said. “I am. Read the rest of this entry →

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03 2015