IATSE Local 600, the union representing the news photographers at KOMO in Seattle, will hear on Oct. 23 the response from Sinclair Broadcast Group to a collective bargaining proposal to save their jobs if their proposed purchase of the Tribune Company including KCPQ (Q-13) is allowed to take place. Given the past record of Sinclair (see clips below), the threat of consolidation of the two stations into a single operation is real. Did Sinclair buy KOMO to shut it down?
KCPQ 13 could lose it’s affiliation with the FOX network if the Sinclair-Tribune deal closes. [TVSPY] This could mean a network shuffle here in the Emerald City…Could this also mean ownership changes at any other Seattle TV station? This could get interesting…How quickly will an ice cube melt in this heatwave the Northwest is suffering through? Can you bake cookies on the sidewalk? Local media “journalists” have stunted such goofball ideas, KCPQ froze Husky and Cougar football helmets in ice to test this out. As the newspapers shrink in size and subscriptions, TV is trying to keep the audience with THIS. The Internet may kill the TV anchor, as well as the newspaper…
MSNBC reports: Gabriel Sherman is a New York magazine reporter that is well connected to Fox News. He has reported that there could possibly be a massive new show in the works that has both Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity. These MSNBC talking heads are just beside themselves. Gabe Sherman’s only real claim to fame has been his undying quest to hound and shame FOX NEWS. In 2014, he wrote a biography about Fox News Channel president Roger Ailes called The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News – and Divided a Country, which debuted at #9 on The New York Times Bestseller list. [An over-priced drink coaster for your coffee table.]
“My sources in and around Fox say that Hannity and Bill O’Reilly are potentially in talks to take their shows to Sinclair. Bill O’Reilly has wanted to get back into the game,” noted Sherman. This would please millions of conservatives around the country.
“So Sinclair has really wanted to build the future of a conservative media empire and poaching Fox’s biggest names would help them to do that. This, again, is the groundwork for what I think will be the next conservative media platform in the post-Roger Ailes era,” he went on.
These MSNBC talking heads are just beside themselves. Gabe Sherman’s only real claim to fame has been his undying quest to hound and shame FOX NEWS. In 2014, he wrote a biography about Fox News Channel president Roger Ailes called The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News – and Divided a Country, which debuted at #9 on The New York Times Bestseller list. [An over-priced drink coaster for your coffee table.]
Have you seen any of this content on KOMO TV? http://www.ftvlive.com/sqsp-test/2017/7/3/john-oliver-burns-sinclair
Seattle will have at least 2 TV stations owned by SINCLAIR, once this merger takes effect. KOMO 4 and KCPQ 13. The others, Joe TV KZJO and Univision will likely be sold off. Lay-offs should be expected by employees at both KOMO & KCPQ. SINCLAIR runs a lean operation. The motto for employees should be “more work for less.” Other corporate mergers are in the pipeline. The remaining TV channels could flip under new ownership and we might also see some rotation of network affiliations. Lennie the Cabbie says FOX might buy some of their affiliate stations to wrest control from SINCLAIR, which will have a huuuuge number of FOX affiliates in their fold post-merger. Could happen…Radio stations in Seattle and WGN Chicago might be sold off. SINCLAIR’s main focus is obviously on television. [pun intended]