Posts Tagged ‘WKRG’

Randy Patrick is back at WKRG…

Our friends at report that WKRG veteran sports director Randy Patrick is back at the Mobile/Pensacola station. He was back as of the Apri 7th evening newscasts.

Patrick has been off the air since January, recovering from an undisclosed illness, which required surgery.

He appeared on the air at WKRG, via video chat in early March to explain his abscence from the station. At that time, Patrick appeared to have lost quite a bit of weight, but appeared to be in good spirits. Patrick stated that his surgery “was successful” but that he still required “several weeks of mending.”


04 2014

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

Media General and DishNet reach a retrans deal…

(from - 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….


11 2013

Dish temporarily restores WKRG’s signal for Karen… 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.


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

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

UPDATE: Young controls, but Media General will lead…

(edited from – UPDATED: Media General (owners of Tampa’s WFLA and Mobile’s WKRG) and Young Broadcasting shocked many in the broadcast world with word of their planned merger. The new entity will comprise 30 affiliated stations in 27 markets, reaching 14% of U.S. households, and will be known as Media General.

“This is a truly transformational event for Media General,” said George Mahoney, president and CEO of Media General. “We look at it as a perfect marriage for two like-minded broadcasters.”

Station groups are under considerable pressure to grow their footprint, resulting in an unparalleled degree of consolidation.

Investors on a conference call announcing the merger largely applauded the new Media General. “It’s not quite the outcome we expected, but it really is quite brilliant,” said Barry Lucas, senior analyst at Gabelli & Co….Cont….


06 2013