Is this the end of locally-produced, small-market television news?
The FCC eliminates the Main Studio Rule
TV Technology explains:
The new FCC rule eliminating a nearly 80-year old requirement that each AM, FM and TV station maintain a main studio in its community of license will take effect Jan. 8, 2018.
The effective date—30 days after publication of the rule in the Federal Register, which occurred Dec. . . .
A Media Matters study concluded that local broadcast news is doing a terrible job informing us about Republican tax reforms
No surprise -- the study found that Sinclair-owned stations (like local channel 9) are the worst
Yesterday, Media Matters published a study that examined the news content of twenty local television stations in five markets to see how well they were covering the Senate's tax reform bill. Their analysis:
found that key provisions of the tax bill put forth by Senate Republicans were all but omitted from local media . . .
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A few more reasons to worry about the growth of Sinclair Broadcasting
With 10/25 update
Like our president, it believes that the rest of the media has not treated it fairly
I’ve been writing about Sinclair Broadcasting’s growth for a couple of months. Here’s some recent additional material from Andy Kroll at Mother Jones:
From the 1980s to the present, Smith and his three brothers built their small family . . .
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Sinclair Broadcasting updates
Local station WTOV's parent company continues to make news
Today in Salon, Charlie May writes about how the right wing media company has been ignoring requests from the government's regulatory agency:
Right-wing Sinclair Broadcast Group snubs FCC, gets away with it
The subheading reads:
Sinclair’s loyalties lie with the president — which is perhaps why . . .
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Some follow-ups on Senator Joe, Sinclair Broadcasting and Mac Warner
"I don't give a shit" -- Senator Joe once again gets a bit annoyed with critics
Senator Manchin has been known to occasionally express his displeasure at those who criticize him. The best recent example that comes to mind is probably his conversation with a political activist back in February (see here). This . . .
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Sinclair Broadcasting (local channel 9's owner) moves even closer to Trump
Sinclair commentator Epshteyn: Anthony Scaramucci to bring a "fresh perspective" to the White House
Sinclair Broadcasting's Boris Epshteyn continued his praise of all-things Trump in a Friday commentary about the appointment of Anthony Saramucci as White House communication director:
The president wanted to bring in a fresh perspective to help manage and communicate the White House's message. . . .
I know Anthony . . .
Skewing Sinclair Broadcasting
John Oliver strikes again!
In May, I wrote about Sinclair Broadcasting's growth in local television news. (See here and here.) Early that month, Sinclair bought Tribune Media for $4 billion making it America's largest local television station owner and it will soon be capable of reaching 70% of America. (WTOV, Channel 9 in Steubenville, is one of its stations.) . . .
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