Posts Tagged ‘WKRG’

Jere Hough dies at 75…

Former WKRG chief meteorologist Jere Hough died last week from complications of Alzheimers diease. He was 75 years old.

Hough started at WKRG in 1988, as a morning meteorologist. He left WKRG in 2009, after not being able to secure a new contract with Media General.

//hattip to SW Alabama TV & Radio

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03 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.

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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

Blake Brown departs WKRG, heads to WPMI…

Florida News Center has learned that WKRG reporter Blake Brown has left the Mobile station.

Brown went across the street to join WPMI, where he will also serve as reporter.

Brown joined WKRG in 2010 as a one-man-band reporter. Prior to working in television, he worked in radio and in print media.

//hattip to Examiner.com

20

07 2014

Randy Patrick is back at WKRG…

Our friends at Examiner.com 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.”

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04 2014

The FCC tightens media ownership/”sharing” rules…

(from TheHill.com) – 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).

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04 2014