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The New York Times is reporting Sinclair is near a deal to buy Tribune Media.



If this were to succeed, WGN's freewheeling days might be over.
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    Monday, May 08 2017, 09:17 AM - #permalink
    The beginning of the end
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    Monday, May 08 2017, 10:07 AM - #permalink
    Does this mean that WGN channel 9 will remain an independent local television station or will this Sinclair group change it along with cable channels CLTV and WGNAmerica to some type of right Winged network since they have been known for their reputation of supporting the Republican Party.
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    Monday, May 08 2017, 10:14 AM - #permalink
    Maybe new management will give, oh, I don't know, literally any direction to its talent now so they know what the goals of the station are?
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    Monday, May 08 2017, 10:19 AM - #permalink
    According to WBBM's Len Walters' reports, it's a done deal.

    Just what Chicago needs, another out of town "editor in chief" to tell us what we should view and believe in. Chicago doesn't take well to outsiders telling us what to see/believe. Fake/alternate news runs both ways......or really all ways. More than one political ideology at play.

    How much you want to bet the whole WGN morning news/show will end up on WCIU in two years. Incredible investment for Norm Shapiro to be certain beyond the ATSC repack. But that's what they need if they are to compete in morning drive...lest they too be bought out...er swallowed by a bigger fish. Like the now very very big Sinclair or any one of a number of medium size groups looking to grow. Norm's maverick approach to broadcast and that newscast would fit nicely...though I can't see them doing 6 hours a day.

    I feel exceptionally bad for the folks at WGN-AM as they're simply out on a very slippery small limb. Here's hoping someone local like WCPT's owner steps up to buy the station and keep it's focus local. WGN would dovetail into his existing radio group nicely. And he'd have two of the oldest stations in the country with the same call signs since they signed on with WGN and WSBC. Icing on the cake however...

    It needs to fit from a sustaining business perspective however...and WCPT's owner is no spring chicken...

    RR
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    Monday, May 08 2017, 10:26 AM - #permalink
    Yup, enjoy your locally-flavored 720 WGN while your an because it's going away and probably a lot sooner than you'd think. You've got maybe a year of it left- 18 months at the most.
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    Monday, May 08 2017, 05:25 PM - #permalink
    I knew the "Bozo wept" takes would be bad, but this is overwrought.

    A Tribune broadcast property is now under the control of right wing ideologues. It's not like that's happened before.

    WGN-TV probably won't change at all. The Morning News will continue to laugh at his own jokes and Skilling will be on 20 hours a day.

    I find it laughable that Chicago won't accept out of towners owning their TV stations. Tell that to WLS-TV (owned by ABC/Disney), WBBM, or WSCR ( both owned by CBS and later Entercom). Eric and Kathy's paychecks come from Minnesota. Listeners and viewers really don't care about the location of the executive offices.

    Tribune did a fine job gutting WGN-AM, thank you very much. Tom Langmyer trashed the news product and Jimmy wrecked traffic. Sinclair acquired four radio stations in Seattle recently including an all-news operation and left it alone. With the exception of two hours overnight, KOMO is live and local around the clock. I also find it amusing that WCPT is being held up as an exemplar of local broadcasting. It has one local show.

    The WGN cable channel will be interesting to watch. It will probably do conservative cable news with Fox cast offs. That's why Fox came barreling in at the last minute to stop the deal.
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    Tuesday, May 09 2017, 05:00 PM - #permalink
    JD Sparkler


    . I also find it amusing that WCPT is being held up as an exemplar of local broadcasting. It has one local show.


    FYI

    WCPT:

    Daily

    The Ben Joravsky Show


    Weekends

    Whats Left w/ Brandon Johnson

    Back on the Beat w/ Dick Kay

    OUT CHICAGO w/ Scott Duff

    The Family Meeting

    Exclusively for WCPT AM & FM - Hal Sparks Radio Program Mega-Worldwide
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