Now that Labor Day has come and gone, it’s back to work for broadcasters, writes TVNewsCheck editor Harry A. Jessell, who notes that a number of critical issues are in play.
“In the weeks and months ahead broadcasters will be looking for answers on what the FCC will do about the ownership cap; who will be the big buyers and sellers in the station M&A market; how will the ratings for NFL games fare; and which new fall broadcast network shows will hit or miss,” Jessell writes, adding: “Advertising is always top of mind and there are several upcoming events that will discuss just that.”
The piece also notes: “The M&A market is hot. Cox and Cordillera are sellers and Tribune, I presume, is back out there looking for a buyer or buyers after the spectacular collapse of its merger with Sinclair.
“Fox still wants Tribune’s largest-market Fox affiliates. Deprived of the stations he was to get from the Sinclair-Tribune divestitures, Soo Kim, who rolled up Young and Lin into Media General, is still game to buy.”
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