Posts Tagged ‘Media General’

A new look at WFLA…

Viewers watching Tampa’s WFLA may have noticed some changes at the station.

A new graphics package, news music and a slightly tweaked “8” logo were introduced late last week. Notice the old 8 (left) and the more heftier 8 (below).

The station retains general branding and slogans. There were no changes made to the set.

Check out the new changes below…

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04 2016

Media General to buy Meredith…

What does this mean for Florida…Media General owns WKRG CBS 5 & WFNA CW, while Meredith owns WALA FOX 10. Read on below…


(Edited from – Media General this morning announced that it is acquiring Meredith Corp. in a cash and stock valued at approximately $2.4 billion.

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09 2015

UPDATE: FCC approves Media General-LIN merger…

UPDATE – 12/22/14 – Media General announced today that it’s merger (or “business combination” as they called it) with LIN Media has now closed. The two companies are now one, as described in our story below.


12/14/2014 – Media General says its “business combination” with LIN Media has closed, which means the two are now one company.

On Friday the FCC approved the merger applications of Medial General Inc. and LIN Media LLC. The merger should be completed by the end of next week.

The deal, announced in March, creates one of the nation’s largest broadcast television station companies in, which will own and operate or service 71 television stations in 48 U.S. markets. The new mammouth Media General will reach an estimated 23 percent, of U.S. television households.

In Florida that means that changes are coming and new duopolies will be created.


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12 2014

Media General, LIN, Hearst, Sinclair, Meredith bounce around stations…

(from – Media General Inc. and LIN Media today agreed to sell or swap television stations in five markets to comply with FCC ownership rules affecting the merger they announced on March 21. Media General also announced today that in light of the loss of CBS affiliation of LIN’s WISH Indianapolis, it was lowering the per-share price of the deal from $27.82 to $25.97.

Regulatory authorities are requiring the divestiture of stations in the following markets: Birmingham, Ala.; Providence, R.I.-New Bedford, Mass.; Mobile, Ala.-Pensacola, Fla.; Green Bay-Appleton, Wis.; and Savannah, Ga. The companies said they believe that no other market divestitures will be required….Cont…

According to, in Florida the changes go as follows…

Media General will acquire WTTA-TV in the Tampa/St. Petersburg market. Of course Media General already owns WFLA-TV in that Tampa, it’s second largest. We here at Florida News Center predict that WTTA will move to WFLA’s downtown Tampa studios and once again share newscasts.

Meredith Corp will take WALA-TV away from LIN TV, in the Mobile-Pensacola market for a mere $86 million.



08 2014

WFLA unveils its new set…

WFLA-TV unveiled its much-anticipated new set during today’s 5pm newscast. The set, built by Orlando based FX Design Group, replaces the previous set that was introduced 14 years ago.

WFLA keeps the same graphics package and music, which the station introduced back in October 2013.

Anchors Keith Cate and Gayle Sierens suggested, during the debut newscast tonight, that the set was still being completed. This could explain the absence of a specific weather/interview sets and other off anchor desk areas.

Check out the set introduction segment below, c/o WFLA and other screen captures below that.

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04 2014