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The FCC approves Media General-LIN merger…

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

Cherish Lombard departs WALA…

WALA anchor and “Studio 10″ host Cherish Lombard is departing Mobile’s WALA-TV. She is headed to anchor at Nashville’s WKRN-TV.

Lombard joined WALA in 2008.

As TVSpy.com reminds us, Lombard became a YouTube sensation thanks to video of her stomach growling ridiculously loud on air. Check out that video, HERE.

 

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10 2014

Letisha Bush departs WALA, joins WJAX/WFOX…

WALA reporter and 4pm anchor Letisha Bush has left the Mobile market station. This past Tuesday was her last day at the station.

Bush stated on her Facebook page that she left WALA to join the Cox-owned duopoly of WJAX/WFOX.

She joined WALA in August of 2011.

//hattip to Examiner.com

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09 2014

New faces in Pensacola/Mobile…

Our friends at Examiner.com report on several new faces for the Pensacola/Mobile market.

Rudy Harper (left) joins WALA-TV as a general assignment reporter. Harper comes from KOAM-TV in Joplin, MO.

Paxton Boyd (right) joins WPMI-TV as the station’s new sports reporter. Boyd comes from KSWT-TV in Yuma, AZ, where he was the station’s sports director.

 

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09 2014

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

(from TVNewsCheck.com) – 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 TVNewsCheck.com, 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.

 

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08 2014