NY Post: SBG close to buying all Tribune TV stations

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Re: NY Post: SBG close to buying all Tribune TV stations

Post by TYFDK » Wed Mar 15, 2017 12:20 pm

Tribune owns stations in NYC, Cleveland, and Los Angeles. Would be great if all those stations got ROH.

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Re: NY Post: SBG close to buying all Tribune TV stations

Post by famicommander » Thu Mar 16, 2017 10:56 am

TYFDK wrote:Tribune owns stations in NYC, Cleveland, and Los Angeles. Would be great if all those stations got ROH.
They own way more than that:
WGN
part of Food Network
Huntsville – Decatur (CBS)
Fort Smith – Fayetteville (CBS and MyNetworkTV)
Los Angeles (The CW)
Sacramento – Stockton – Modesto (Fox)
San Diego (Fox)
Denver (The CW and Fox)
Fort Collins (Fox)
Hartford – New Haven (Fox)
Waterbury, Connecticut (The CW)
Washington, D.C. (The CW)
Miami – Fort Lauderdale (The CW)
Chicago (WGN-TV)
Moline, Illinois (Quad Cities) (ABC)
Bloomington (CBS)
Indianapolis (Fox)
Kokomo (CBS)
Des Moines (NBC)
New Orleans (ABC and The CW)
Grand Rapids – Battle Creek - Kalamazoo (Fox)
Kansas City, Missouri (Fox)
St. Louis (Fox and The CW)
New York City (The CW)
High Point – Greensboro - Winston-Salem (Fox)
Cleveland – Akron (Fox)
Oklahoma City (NBC and an Independent)
Salem – Portland, OR (The CW)
Philadelphia (MyNetworkTV)
Scranton – Wilkes Barre (ABC)
York – Harrisburg -Lancaster – Lebanon (Fox)
Memphis (CBS)
Dallas – Fort Worth (The CW)
Houston (The CW)
Salt Lake City (Fox)
Norfolk – Portsmouth (CBS and The CW)
Richmond (CBS)
Tacoma – Seattle (Fox and MyNetworkTV)
Milwaukee (Fox)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tribune_B ... n_stations

That's a lot of new markets and a lot of markets where the show is currently only on a digital subchannel like Comet, ThisTV, or MeTV

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Re: NY Post: SBG close to buying all Tribune TV stations

Post by Wilson » Fri Mar 17, 2017 4:53 am

Unless this action eats into ROH's budget, I imagine this is very good for the product. Personally, I get creeped out with any big media merger/acquisition/de-regulative exploitation but hey.


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Re: NY Post: SBG close to buying all Tribune TV stations

Post by The Dragon Saga » Fri Apr 14, 2017 5:10 pm

Took them long enough.

Best thing to come from this is that the channel gets picked up by various networks which gives ROH the cable exposure Joe Koff has said he wants next.
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Re: NY Post: SBG close to buying all Tribune TV stations

Post by supersonic » Fri May 05, 2017 11:35 am

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Regarding the Sinclair purchase of the Tribune TV stations, which in theory would give ROH syndication in some of the biggest markets, FOX and Blackstone Group LP have put in a bid to Tribune to purchase the stations. The FCC has changed regulations that were in place from previous administrations trying to prevent giant media conglomerates from controlling so much of the market. The old regulation is that no conglomerate could have stations in more than 39 percent of the homes in the country. To get around that, they are now counting UHF stations as half, so if you have a UHF station in a 2 million person market, it now counts as 1 million


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Re: NY Post: SBG close to buying all Tribune TV stations

Post by famicommander » Mon May 08, 2017 7:49 am

Done deal.

Now to wait and see how this affects ROH.

Presumably all of the Tribune stations will air ROH TV, but what about WGN America? They've aired WWE programming in the past.

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Re: NY Post: SBG close to buying all Tribune TV stations

Post by famicommander » Mon May 08, 2017 9:49 am

The effort make WGN America a platform for pricey original programming is over, Sinclair Broadcast CEO Chris Ripley told analysts today in a call to discuss his company’s $3.9 billion deal to buy Tribune Media.

WGNA “is already going to be shifting its strategy away from high cost originals into more cost effective originals and reruns” now that Peter Kern is interim CEO of Tribune — replacing Peter Liguori, who left the company in March — Ripley says.

“We think that is the right path for WGNA,” the Sinclair chief adds. “WGNA doesn’t have a revenue problem. It’s got a nice contractual ramp up of affiliate fees over the next couple of years, and a nice base of advertising revenue.”

But the ratings don’t “justify the type of spending that they do on the original programming side,” he says. ” We believe quite firmly that that channel could be run much more profitably just racking a fraction of what they spend on programming and return that to station profitability.”
http://deadline.com/2017/05/wgn-america ... 202086763/

This sounds pretty good for ROH's chances. Sounds like Sinclair wants to keep WGN and move it to low-cost programming.

Considering Sinclair already owns ROH and is already producing the TV show, the cost for WGN to air ROH TV would be essentially zero.

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Re: NY Post: SBG close to buying all Tribune TV stations

Post by supersonic » Mon May 08, 2017 12:10 pm

So zero chance of high-brow programming to compete against the likes of Game of Thrones and Better Call Saul?

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Re: NY Post: SBG close to buying all Tribune TV stations

Post by famicommander » Mon May 08, 2017 12:54 pm

supersonic wrote:So zero chance of high-brow programming to compete against the likes of Game of Thrones and Better Call Saul?
Are you implying that wrasslin' is low brow entertainment?

Well, I never!

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Re: NY Post: SBG close to buying all Tribune TV stations

Post by famicommander » Tue May 09, 2017 12:37 am

It seems Tribune also owns Antenna TV and 50% of ThisTV, in addition to all the stations listed above.

They're both tiny digital subchannels like Comet, but they do have wide availability
Antenna TV is available in 87% of homes in the US
ThisTV is available in 83% of homes in the US
Comet is available in 72% of homes in the US
WGN is available in 63% of homes in the US

And Sinclair is about to own them all.

If all four of them were to air ROH, in addition to all the other Sinclair and Tribune stations, there'd be virtually nobody in the US that couldn't see ROH's product on television, to say nothing of all the streaming options.

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Re: NY Post: SBG close to buying all Tribune TV stations

Post by cgstong » Wed May 10, 2017 8:12 am

This could be something big for ROH and it could not. As Dylan Waco said on the Newscast and I agree, it will show how seriously SBG takes ROH.
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Re: NY Post: SBG close to buying all Tribune TV stations

Post by supersonic » Wed May 10, 2017 7:14 pm

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The $3.9 billion deal where Sinclair has purchased Tribune Media Company and its 42 local television stations, making Sinclair the largest ownership group of television stations in the country is a big deal to ROH. You’d almost say a game changer, except the reality is that ROH really isn’t drawing dependent on television in the sense it’s a lot like indie wrestling in that it’s word-of-mouth and Internet buzz and not really television created interest. We don’t know for certain that ROH will be added to all the new stations, but in the past, ROH has been added to all Sinclair purchases. The key to the deal is that it gives Sinclair, and perhaps ROH, local television coverage in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Sacramento, San Diego, Denver, Washington, D.C., Miami, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Kansas City, St. Louis, Greensboro, Philadelphia, Dallas and Houston. Many of these are strong stations such as KTLA in Los Angeles, WGN in Chicago, WPIX in New York and KPLR in St. Louis. The deal also includes the WGN America cable station, which they are going to revamp and make more cost-effective (basically they are going to cut greatly the production of original programming). Also of note is that, while it’s so far back that it really doesn’t matter, but if ROH gets on, they will be on stations that were big-time wrestling stations during the regional wrestling heyday including WGNO in New Orleans (Mid South Wrestling), WSFL in Miami (Championship Wrestling from Florida), KTXL in Sacramento (Big Time Wrestling), KPLR in St. Louis (Wrestling at the Chase), and KTAH in Houston (Houston Wrestling). Regarding the sale, Joe Koff said, “It’s early in the process but the potential is tremendous as you think about the acquired assets for program distribution, but as you can imagine, a little premature for anything but speculation.” Sinclair also assumed $2.7 billion in debt

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Re: NY Post: SBG close to buying all Tribune TV stations

Post by famicommander » Thu May 11, 2017 5:25 am

Even if Sinclair doesn't take ROH "seriously" they still need cheap content for all the TV stations they just bought. ROH is about as cheap as it gets and it's one of the only things Sinclair owns that produces fresh content that they don't have to pay a license fee for.

I think that ROH TV going to all the new broadcast stations is a foregone conclusion.

What remains to be seen is whether or not the national feeds Sinclair just bought (WGN, ThisTV, Antenna TV) will air ROH.

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