January 28, 2014 |
This story has been corrected. See below for details. Two Los Angeles television stations want to test whether it is indeed better to share. Non-commercial KLCS-TV and commercial station KJLA-TV have asked the Federal Communications Commission for permission to take part in an experiment to determine if the two stations can share the same airwaves without reducing the quality of their signals for viewers. The channel-sharing test, if successful, could encourage other broadcasters to do the same.
January 11, 2014 |
The U.S. Supreme Court could settle the fate of a new technology company that television broadcasters fear would destroy their business. On Friday, the high court said it would hear arguments that Aereo Inc., a start-up firm, violates copyright law by enabling its customers to stream local television stations over the Internet and that it should be shut down. The major media companies seeking the court's review include CBS Corp., 21st Century Fox, Walt Disney Co. and Comcast Corp. FACES TO WATCH 2014: Digital media Launched in 2012 and backed by media mogul Barry Diller, Aereo is currently available in 10 cities, including New York, where it is based.
December 30, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - A series of attacks in the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital left dozens of people dead Monday as the army fought off assailants identified as followers of a disgruntled religious leader. The coordinated attacks, at first thought to be a coup attempt, targeted a state television station, the airport and a military base in Kinshasa, the capital. Gunfire was also reported in Lubumbashi, the country's second-largest city and capital of mineral-rich Katanga province.
December 27, 2013 |
Tribune Co. on Friday completed its acquisition of the independent Local TV Holdings group, transforming the Chicago company into one of the largest broadcasters in the nation with 39 television stations. The move, announced by Tribune Chief Executive Peter Liguori, is an important first step in the company's evolution from a company dependent on dwindling revenue from its newspapers and into a formidable broadcast group that reaches an estimated 50 million U.S. homes. Tribune is the parent company of the Los Angeles Times.
December 23, 2013 |
Earlier this month, Roberts Broadcasting sold three TV stations to ION Media for $7.75 million. The deal is tiny compared with the recent acquisitions of Belo Broadcasting by Gannett Co. and Local TV Holdings by Tribune Co., both of which were for billions of dollars. However, it is significant for another reason -- the Roberts Broadcasting stations are the last that were owned and operated by an African American entity, according to media watchdog Free Press. "There are now zero black-owned and operated full-power TV stations in our country," said Joseph Torres and Derek Turner of Free Press, which blamed the FCC's relaxing of TV ownership regulations for the current situation.
December 16, 2013 |
Gannett Co.'s $2.2-billion acquisition of Belo TV stations can move forward -- but the Department of Justice is demanding the sale of KMOV-TV Channel 4 in St. Louis as a condition for the agency's approval of the deal. The proposed deal would give the McLean, Va., newspaper and broadcasting company multiple TV stations in several markets, which has become an issue for media watchdogs. The situation in St. Louis was particularly problematic because Gannett owns KSDK-TV, the NBC affiliate there, and Belo owns the CBS affiliate, KMOV-TV -- the top two stations in that market.