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Bill Davis
OT. Broadcast consolidation continues.
on Sep 8, 2015 at 7:34:53 pm

Just heard from a source inside one of our few remaining locally originating TV stations that there's more consolidation happening in our local TV universe.

Pretty recently, the CBS affiliate Channel 5 "bought and absorbed" the longtime "independent" TV station Channel 3 in Phoenix (one of the top 10 ADI Neilson zones in the US)

Once upon a time 3 was the ABC affiliate - but that eded a couple of decades ago in a huge channel swap where the ABC badge went to channel 15 - and 3 became a local powerhouse as an indy.

Now it appears that a much bigger conglomerate - Media General - has bought out Meredith Broadcasting.

So again the broadcast world loses diversity and fewer and fewer companies control more and more information sources. There were already significant layoffs when 5 and 3 merged - I only hope that they don't just gut the whole local operation and "take a feed" from somewhere out of state.

The TV industry sure has changed.

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Andrew Kimery
Re: OT. Broadcast consolidation continues.
on Sep 9, 2015 at 10:07:54 pm

In related news, Rupert Murdoch just bought National Geographic.

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/09/09/us/politics/ap-us-national-geogr...


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Bill Davis
Re: OT. Broadcast consolidation continues.
on Sep 9, 2015 at 11:26:13 pm

Yeah. What could possibly go wrong with this idea.

It would be like something called The Learning Channel starting to run reality crap like Honey Boo Boo.

Wait, what?

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Andrew Kimery
Re: OT. Broadcast consolidation continues.
on Sep 10, 2015 at 1:52:47 am

When I was younger I used to watch a lot of documentaries on Discovery, TLC, History, etc., and it was those types of shows that I wanted to work on. Of course by the time I got into the biz a large (and growing) chunk of that programing was replaced by reality shows that do insane numbers. Jokes on me I guess. The Smithsonian channel still has a lot of good stuff on it though.


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