Broadcasters Regroup as They Ready for War

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3Q 2014 | IN-1020082

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The last few months have seen an intensive period of activity within the broadcast affiliate space. Gannett has divested its newspaper assets to focus solely on broadcasting, which may give it room to fund additional acquisitions in this rapidly changing landscape. Media General and Lin Media have merged, spinning off a number of stations to Sinclair, Hearst, and Meredith. Scripps and Journal Communications merged.

Worldwide, we see broadcasters starting to gear up for war against a number of different parties. Judging by its newest KeepMyTV.org campaigns as well as anti-MVPD lobby, the NAB appears to have shifted out of the control of the national content networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox) and moved squarely into the interests of the affiliates. Of course, a number of major media assets are still held by the big four; we wouldn’t be surprised to see a softening of that position, but in practice they seem to be taking a back seat in NAB policy.

In Europe, the ...

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