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The FCC tightens media ownership/”sharing” rules…

(from – The Federal Communications Commission voted Monday to crack down on cooperation between broadcasters.

In a contentious vote that attracted scrutiny from Republicans in the agency and on Capitol Hill, the FCC approved an order that will keep broadcast companies from sharing resources on advertising sales.

Under current FCC rules, a single broadcast company cannot own more than one of the top four broadcast stations in a media market.

But prior to the agency’s actions on Monday, a broadcast company could use a Joint Service Agreement (JSA) to control advertising sales across multiple broadcast stations. Critics of this practice said it allowed broadcasters to control multiple stations in practice without technically violating the agency’s ownership rules….Cont….

How could this impact Florida? There are seven markets in Florida where a company owns, manages or has influence on more than one TV station in a market: West Palm Beach (WPTV & WFLX), Jacksonville (WAWS & WTEV, WTLV & WJXX), Pensacola/Mobile (WEAR & WFGX, WPMI & WJTC…soon to be WKRG/WALA/WFNA), Fort Myers (WBBH & WZVN), Tallahassee (WTWC, WTLH, WTLF), and Gainesville/Ocala (WGFL, WMYW, WNBW), Orlando (WOFL & WRBW), Miami (WTVJ & WSCV).


04 2014

WKRG to get a new set…a hint to the future?

WKRG announced on it’s Facebook page last week, that the Mobile/Pensacola station will be getting a new set. The new set will debut in the next “2 to 3 weeks.”

The current station set is being dismantled and will be donated to local schools.

Last week, Florida News Center told you that a merger deal had been made between Media General (the owners of WKRG) and LIN TV (the owners of WALA and WFNA). WKRG, WALA, and WFNA are all three in the Mobile/Pensacola market. There was been much speculation which of the three stations with be kept by the new “merged” company, to be known as Media General. The fact that WKRG is getting a new set, might be a clue to which station”s” the new company plans to keep. The investment into these new updates at WKRG, might be worth holding onto by the soon-to-be larger Media General.

Stay tuned to Florida News Center for pictures and multimedia of the new changes at WKRG and the future status’ of WKRG, WALA, and WFNA.

//hattip to Examiner


03 2014

WKRG/WALA/WFNA now in play from MG/LIN merger…

(from – Before they can close their proposed $1.6 merger, Media General and LIN Media will have to sell or swap stations in five markets to comply with FCC rules limiting common ownership of more than one station in a market, Media General CEO George Mahoney told securities analysts following the announcement of the mega-deal this morning.

Media General and LIN have overlapping stations in five markets — Providence; Savannah, Ga.; Birmingham, Ala.; Mobile, Ala.; and Green Bay, Wis.

In Mobile, Media General owns WKRG (CBS); LIN owns WALA (Fox) and WFNA (CW).

In Providence, Media General owns WJAR (NBC); LIN owns WPRI (CBS) and operates WNAC (Fox) through a marketing agreement….Cont….


03 2014

Media General/LIN TV to merge…

(edited from - Despite the regulatory turmoil in Washington, Media General (owners of Tampa’s WFLA, and Mobile/Pensacola’s WKRG) and LIN Media (owners of Mobile/Pensacola’s WKRG/WFNA) today pulled off a $1.6 billion merger that they say will result in the nation’s second largest pure-play TV station group by one measure (profit) with 74 stations in 46 markets and coverage of 23% of all TV homes.

Media General shareholders will end up with 64% of the new merged company that will be called Media General and be based in Media General’s Richmond, Va., offices, but LIN President and CEO Vincent Sadusky will retain those titles and run it.

Although current Media General CEO George Mahoney will be out when the merger closes, he was still very much in command on the conference call with securities analysts this morning….Cont….

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03 2014

Scott Flannigan named as News Director at WALA…

(from – LIN-owned Fox affiliate WALA Mobile, Ala. (DMA 59), on Monday announced the hiring of Scott Flannigan as news director, effective March 10. He is replacing Bob Cashen who left WALA in October.

Flannigan comes to WALA from WCBD Charleston, S.C., where he was director of digital journalism….Cont….



03 2014

Russell Colburn to leave WALA, headed to Jax…

WALA-TV reporter Russell Colburn is leaving his position at the Mobile/Pensacola station. The station announced his departure last Friday via their Facebook page.

Sources tell Florida News Center that Colburn is headed to the WTEV/WAWS duopoly in Jacksonville.

Colburn joined WALA in February 2011, serving as a videographer and reporter.

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02 2014

More news on WALA/WFNA…

(edited from – WALA and WFNA, the Fox and CW affiliates in Mobile, are expanding their weekday morning newscast by an hour beginning January 27.

The current morning newscast runs from 4:30 to 8 a.m., followed by “Studio 10,” a lifestyle and entertainment program. In the new programming lineup, the morning newscast will run from 4:30 to 9 a.m. “Studio 10? will air at 9 a.m. on WALA, replacing “Bethenny,” which will move to WFNA….Continue for full story….

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01 2014

Kati Weis to WALA…

(from – WALA-TV recently hired Kati Weis for the position of news reporter in their news department. She was a news reporter and producer of Internet content for WJHG-TV in Panama City, Florida prior to her hiring by WALA-TV.

Her first day in the news department for WALA-TV was this past Monday, August 5th, according to her personal Twitter page, and her last day of work for WJHG-TV was this past Friday, August 2nd, according to that station.

She had worked in the news department for WALA-TV previously as part of an internship before working for WJHG-TV….Cont….

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08 2013

Lightning strike at WALA causes havoc for all locals…

(from – According to WALA-TV, the broadcast tower on top of their broadcast facility in Mobile was struck by two bolts of lighting during the midday period of Thursday, August 1st, one of which caused a satellite dish on the ground near the tower to rotate.

One of the bolts of lightning also affected the local TV reception center for DirecTV and Dish Network located inside the building and caused the streams of programming broadcast by WALA-TV and other TV stations in the Mobile, Alabama-Pensacola, Florida TV market to be unavailable through their satellite TV systems (engineers began working to restore the reception center by the evening of August 1st)….Cont….

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08 2013

WALA celebrates 60 years on the air…

(from – On Monday, January 14th, the 60th anniversary of WALA-TV’s first day of broadcasting programming on a regular basis was celebrated during “Studio 10″, a local entertainment and lifestyle program produced for WALA-TV and WFNA-TV. The celebration included a montage of photographs of WALA-TV’s history, appearances by Bob Grip, a news presenter for WALA-TV since 1984, John Edd Thompson, a weather reporter for WALA-TV from 1978 to 2009, and Judi Freeman, a baker from Mobile and a regular contributor to cooking segments at WALA-TV….Cont….

Check out some pictures of WALA-TV through the years (CLICK HERE)

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01 2013