The closing of five news departments at Sinclair stations across the country may just be an effect of one company’s regional sports network gone sideways. It may also signal that a major local TV news shakeup is finally upon us.
Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the past week, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations.
How serious is the FCC when it comes to non-receipt of regulatory fees in a timely manner? Just ask the owner of an AM radio station in Southwestern Virginia, who must now pay up for nine years of delinquency or risk losing his license.
One startling statistic shows how YouTube is now unequivocally the king of TV. Its internal data indicate that close to 45% of overall YouTube viewing in the U.S. today is happening on TV screens, according to people familiar with the matter, compared with well below 30% in 2020.
“For the first time ever in the year before a presidential election we are receiving significant presidential ad buys from all major candidates and parties. This is a great sign for this year and for next year,” said Gray Television Chairman-CEO Hilton Howell as he spoke with Wall Street analysts on the company’s quarterly conference call.