Nexstar, Mission Broadcasting fined by FCC over New York’s WPIX

Must also sell station in twelve months In a decision that could have ripple effects for local television, the FCC has fined both Nexstar and Mission Broadcasting over their relationship with one another regarding WPIX in New York City, the market’s CW affiliate. The FCC has also ordered Mission to sell the station in the nation’s largest media market. The […]

Shaw Local Radio buys LaSalle, Dixon stations

Year-old division of Shaw Media expands even further into radio with a four-station purchase Shaw Media, who owns about eighty local newspapers across Northern Illinois and websites here and in Iowa, is making a push to get into radio. Christened Shaw Local Radio, the division announced last Thursday it was purchasing three  Illinois radio stations: Dixon’s Oldies WIXN-AM (1450) and […]

Rewinding media in 2023

A year dominated by labor strife, awful Chicago sports teams, and – oh yeah, Elon  If you watched the WWE, you remember Vince McMahon playing himself as an arrogant CEO and billionaire, ruling over anything and everything – the ultimate heel. It’s a real-life trend we’re seeing as we close 2023. Led by billionaire Elon Musk, CEOs – whether they’re […]

Report: Nexstar, Byron Allen looking to buy ABC (updated)

Comes a day after a former Nexstar exec says it could happen  [Editor’s Note: This story has been updated.] News of a potential ABC sale picked up Thursday after Bloomberg reported The Walt Disney Co. was in talks for either Nexstar or Allen Media Group (led by Byron Allen) to purchase ABC and its owned eight stations, after a Deadline […]

Anna Gomez confirmed as fifth FCC Commissioner

But vote divided mostly among partisan lines as five Republicans cross over to vote for her After three years of waiting, the FCC finally got their fifth member as Anna Gomez was finally voted in by the Senate to serve.  But as a confirmation vote in the past would sail through the Senate easily with both members of either party […]

Trailblazing local TV executive from Mississippi dies

William H. Dilday, Jr. was the nation’s first Black TV GM at station once known for intolerance William H. Dilday, Jr. – who became the first Black television GM in the industry, died July 27 after complications from a fall he suffered in his Newton, Mass. home, confirmed by his daughter. He was 85.  Dilday was born in Boston, and […]

Former FCC Chairman Newton Minow dies at 97

A distinguished Chicagoan, he helped create public television and was known for famous speech declaring TV a “vast wasteland” One of the most prominent figures in early years of television as a government official has died.  Newton Minow passed away Saturday at the age of 97, surrounded by family at his Chicago home. As many of you know, he’s best […]

The Media Notepad: Fox 32 gets Amazon Thursday night Bears game – report (updated)

Also: local Atlanta station removes popular syndicated show to air more news; controversial political ad removed from local airwaves; the GOP looking to deregulate the media business even more; Ramsey Lewis dies [Editor’s Note: There is an update to the second story in this piece. See below.] Thursday Night Football may have left Fox, but its owned stations certainly haven’t […]

Local TV stations in the middle of campaign ad controversy

Ad featured a darkened Mayor Lightfoot and violent images, but is it enough to be rejected by local TV stations? For those hoping local TV stations would reject an obviously racist and violent campaign ad running for the past week, it may – or may not happen. In the last week, a Political Action Committee – or PAC, bought time […]

Report: Chicago Sun-Times to drop paywall

Moves to a membership model instead It’s rare for a newspaper to drop its paywall, given it helps pay the bills because as you know, journalism doesn’t come free. But the Sun-Times is betting a new model would attract more readers and visitors to its website.  Crain’s Chicago Business reported Thursday the paper is dropping its paywall five months after […]

Senators target LGBTQ content in children’s programming

  LGBTQ battle shifts to the tube   It would be only a matter of time before politicians would set their sight on television in their war with Disney over LGBTQ rights. In a stunt no doubt timed to curry over favor with their constituents with an election around the corner, five Republican senators are demanding the TV Guidelines Ratings Board […]

It’s official: WBEZ, Sun-Times to join forces

Historic deal intended to better serve communities The long-anticipated merger between WBEZ-FM and the Chicago Sun-Times, first announced in September, is now a reality. Tuesday night, the board of Chicago Public Media station and NPR affiliate approved a deal to acquire Chicago’s second-largest newspaper, creating one of the largest non-profit journalism outfits in the country.  The deal is expected to […]

2022: A look ahead

CW sale, political races, on tap  Even though it’s January 14, it’s never too late to look ahead to see what could happen in media for the remaining 351 days left in the year. So let’s look in the crystal ball and see what to expect. As always, we’ll check back at the end of the year to see how […]

2021: So how did we do?

A year ago, T Dog Media laid out the predictions on what to look for in the media business for 2021. So how did we do? Well, we got the answers right here: 1. MeTV’s Toon In With Me. So far, the new Bill Leff-hosted retro cartoon show on MeTV – reminiscent of such fare in the 1960s and 1970s, has gotten […]