Posts Tagged ‘WFLA’

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

(from TVNewsCheck.com) – 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….

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03 2014

Media General/LIN TV to merge…

(edited from TVNewsCheck.com) - 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

Bill Berra named as News Director at WFLA…

Sources tell Florida News Center that Bill Berra has been named as the new News Director for Tampa’s WFLA-TV. If that name sounds familiar to you, Berra served as News Director on the other side of town at WFTS.

Berra left WFTS in 2005 to join WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee. He left the Wisconsin station in early February, with no word on where he was going; now we know.

Berra replaces Don North, who left the station back in November 2013. Stay tuned to Florida News Center for any further updates.

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02 2014

November 2013 Sweeps – Tampa/St. Petersburg…

The November 2013 books for the Tampa/St. Petersburg market have been released. WFTS-TV narrowly beats WTVT-TV for first place in the 5:00, 5:30, and 6:00pm news slots. The numbers below demonstrate a virtual tie between WFLA-TV and WTSP-TV for the same time slots. In the late 11:00pm news half hour, WFTS also takes first place with a 2.3 rating, followed by WTSP (1.4), WFLA (1.1), WTVT (1.1), and Bay News 9 (0.6).

A press release from WFTS boasts that the November 2013 results “mark over 20 months in a row” that WFTS has “won the 24-54 demography in the evening and late newscast” time slots. WFTS started an upward trend in these ratings time slots during 2011.

Ratings for morning and noon results were not available at the time of this publication. However, if trends have stayed the same expect for WTVT, WFLA, and Bay News 9 to lead these time slots, followed by WFTS and WTSP. Stay tuned for more results.

Nov. ‘13 (25-54 rating)

5:00pm

5:30pm

6:00pm

5-6:30pm Avg.

WFTS-TV

1.6

1.6

1.8

1.7

WTVT-TV

1.4

1.4

1.8

1.5

WFLA-TV

0.6

0.6

1.0

0.7

WTSP-TV

0.8

0.6

0.6

0.7

Bay News 9

0.7

0.6

0.5

0.6

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12 2013

Media General and DishNet reach a retrans deal…

(from BroadcastingCable.com) - Media General and DISH Network have resolved their retransmission consent dispute. Terms were not disclosed, but in a short statement Saturday (Nov. 16), the two sides said stations in 17 markets (including WFLA-TV in the  Tampa  market and WKRG-TV in Mobile/Pensacola market) were going back up on the bird immediately.

That resolution came only a day after Media General told the FCC that Dish should be sanctioned for a laundry list of alleged sins including abuse of process and misreprentations. That came in a response to Dish’s formal complaint that Media General had not been negotiating in good faith, which the FCC is empowered to enforce.

The stations had been dark on Dish since Oct. 1, and Dish had filed its complaint Oct. 18….Cont….

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11 2013

Don North is out WFLA as N/D, the search is on…

(from TBO.com) - Don North, news director for WFLA-TV NewsChannel 8, has left the station, a spokeswoman for station owner Media General said.

Nancy Chafin, a spokeswoman for the Richmond, Va.-based company, would not discuss the circumstances of North’s departure, including whether he left voluntarily or was terminated.

North joined NewsChannel 8 in 2005 from Media General’s CBS affiliate in Wichita, Kan. NewsChannel 8 and The Tampa Tribune had been sister companies underneath Media General, but the companies parted when Media General sold the Tribune to Revolution Capital Group in October 2012….Cont….

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11 2013

New graphics package and music for WFLA…

Tampa’s WFLA has slowly been introducing a new graphics package and news music, over the past month. The new music set is called “Canvas” (designed custom for Media General stations) by the Stephen Arnold Music group. Check out the new changes below via FLNewsCenter on YouTube and screen captures further down.

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10 2013

Dish temporarily restores WKRG’s signal for Karen…

Examiner.com reports that Dish Network will temporarily restore WKRG-TV’s signal to the satellite company’s programming list, so that the station could provide coverage and information regarding Tropical Storm Karen (which will impact the region Saturday/Sunday). WKRG announced on its Facebook page that WKRG would be restored on Dish from Oct 5th at 6 a.m. through Monday the 7th at 12:01 a.m.

The temporary deal was made between Dish and Media General, to provide viewers in the Mobile/Pensacola market with the appropriate weather information. As Florida News Center reported last week, Media General (the owners of WKRG and Tampa’s WFLA) and Dish Network are in a carriage fee dispute. Dish pulled WKRG, WFLA and 16 other Media General stations in other media markets on Oct 1st.

06

10 2013

WFLA, WKRG, Media General stations go dark on Dish…

Media General stations in 18 markets, including Tampa’s WFLA-TV and Pensacola/Mobile’s WKRG-TV, have gone dark on Dish Network as the two companies failed to reach a new carriage agreement by the midnight Monday deadline.

Media General stations in the following markets are also impacted: Birmingham, Augusta, Ga., Columbus, Ga., Savannah, Hattiesburg, Ms.,  Jackson, Greenville, Raleigh-Durham, Asheville, Charleston, Florence-Myrtle Beach, Greenville-Spartanburg, Providence, Columbus, Ohio, Roanoke and the Tri-Cities area of Tennessee.

WFLA, WKRG and Media General are not new to these retransmission fight. Former fights include Bright House Networks (Time Warner) and DirecTV. WFLA even has its own domain, DONTDROPWFLA.COM, preparing for such fights. Stay tuned to Florida News Center for the latest.

 

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10 2013

WFLA/Media General in yet another retrans fight…

(from TVNewsCheck.com) – Media General NBC affiliate WFLA Tampa, Fla. (DMA 14) today announced that its retransmission consent contract with Dish Network expires on Sept. 30 at midnight ET and, the station said: “At this time it appears unlikely that a new agreement will be reached. If a new retransmission consent contract is not reached by Sept. 30, by law, Dish cannot carry certain local television stations owned, operated, or serviced by Media General Inc. on its satellite system.

“Our highly-rated television station is an important asset to our local community and it is unfortunate that Dish does not recognize our fair market value,” said General Manager Brad Moses. “Although we have successfully completed agreements with other cable and satellite operators, Dish has refused to reach a similar agreement. We continue to negotiate with Dish to reach a fair, market-based deal before our contract expires.”….Cont….

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09 2013