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Tribune Media Sold To Sinclair Broadcasting
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    Tuesday, May 09 2017, 09:05 AM - #permalink
    WGN-TV, as we know it, has its days numbered. Sinclair is an exceptionally stingy company to work for. As noted in the article, they infuse their newscasts with deeply conservative spin. I worked for their one station in Minneapolis, WUCW, and we were forced to air that swift boat documentary that was highly critical of John Kerry. We weren't even a news station and had to blow out network programming for it.
    Station imaging is centrally done in Baltimore so everyone of a particular affiliation looks similar. They bulk-buy programming and distribute it where they can, often leading some stations to get real garbage shows.
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    Tuesday, May 09 2017, 09:51 AM - #permalink
    Larz,
    This past year when Tribune Corporation sold The Tribune Tower and then sold 2501 Bradley place was that done to gain capital to keep their Tribune publishing going or their Tribune media going?
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    Tuesday, May 09 2017, 10:01 AM - #permalink
    Rich:
    How many times do you need to be reminded that Tribune Media has absolutely nothing to do with publishing -- just broadcasting. They do not own tronc or any publishing company.
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    Tuesday, May 09 2017, 10:36 AM - #permalink
    This sale is a sad day for Chicago and WGN listeners. This is another example of the horrors of the Trump reign. Expect more disasters.
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    Tuesday, May 09 2017, 01:00 PM - #permalink
    I'm glad I recorded Bozo, Gar and Ray over the holidays last year. I'm sure when the new ownership comes in it will be re-done and titled: *Bozo, Gar and Ray: Enablers of the Liberal Nanny State*

    If you've seen this program you'll remember the clip of an older, middle aged man who is afraid of a Duck that chases him around the studio. He must have a sinister, secular influence on young minds.

    Snark and humor intentional. ;)
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    Tuesday, May 09 2017, 02:53 PM - #permalink
    Guest wrote:

    This sale is a sad day for Chicago and WGN listeners. This is another example of the horrors of the Trump reign. Expect more disasters.


    In a world of mega media mergers this was bound to happen no matter who was President.
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    Tuesday, May 09 2017, 03:30 PM - #permalink
    King John Williams. Have you sold the Minneapolis castle? Have you committed to a Wrigleyville mortgage? Have been enjoying your shows from 1-6.

    Who's going to write the history book (literally) on Chicago's Very Own? Herritage, #1, death, life support, nail in the coffin. The time is probably drawing near.
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    Tuesday, May 09 2017, 06:14 PM - #permalink
    Since WGN AM is a mess already, I don't fret what Sinclair will do to the 720 AM band. If 'GN go super conservative they can try to fight for the tiny scraps of listeners that WIND and WLS AM are playing tug of war with.

    I am more concerned with the Channel 9 Morning News show. While there will be denials from Sinclair on this, I'm betting there will be nut cutting and changes that mess up the great chemistry and ratings success found there from 4 am til 10 am. I hope this doesn't happen but if it does, some stars might be cut loose and could brighten up some other local morning TV shows.
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    Wednesday, May 10 2017, 02:04 AM - #permalink
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    Guest wrote:

    This sale is a sad day for Chicago and WGN listeners. This is another example of the horrors of the Trump reign. Expect more disasters.


    In a world of mega media mergers this was bound to happen no matter who was President.


    Actually, the deal would not have occurred with Trump-friendly Sinclair had Sinclair not struck a deal for favorable news coverage, followed by Trump appointing Republican Ajit Pai as FCC chairman, a former corporate attorney for Verizon. who changed FCC rules a couple weeks ago to the objections of Democrats, allowing Sinclair to buy more stations...

    http://chicagoist.com/2017/05/08/tribune_media_sinclair.php
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    Wednesday, May 10 2017, 07:26 AM - #permalink
    Perhaps Sinclair will combine the staff of what is now CLTV with WGN News to make an "AllNews/Sports 9" format for WGN since it's practically one now.
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    Wednesday, May 10 2017, 08:57 AM - #permalink
    From what I have been reading, Sinclair has already announced it will stop producing any new programming for WGN America, so that will turn into AB all rerun station, with maybe lots of infomercials, anything to make more money.
    I'm afraid WGN-TV will also take a big hit with local programming replaced with cheap reruns or syndicated shows. The remaining news shows will probably turning into mini Fox News ripoffs with lots of conservative commentary passing for "news." They may even back out of a lot of expensive sports coverage.
    CLTV will go all infomercials, if it isn't shut down.
    As far at WGN radio is concerned, it will either be stocked with syndicated right-wing ranters or sold off, since Sinclair seems to have very little interest in radio.
    It's all a very dark day for a broadcasting giant.
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    Wednesday, May 10 2017, 09:29 AM - #permalink
    Sinclair has one interest and that is developing a TV rival to Fox News.

    The conservative talker it does own, Seattle's KVI, has been in that format since the early 90's. It's also dead last in the ratings.

    Sinclair doesn't care about WGN Radio. Radio is not their core business. There's a good chance Sinclair will never get its hands on WGN-AM. There is already a robust market for WGN and it will be sold for tens of millions of dollars.

    Adding a bunch of D-list syndicated shows would kill the ratings and depress the sale price.
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    Thursday, May 11 2017, 10:11 AM - #permalink
    So are we looking at Back to the Future, WGN-AM style? Greg Jarrett, Simon Badinter, Jerry Agar, Mike McConnell?
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    Friday, May 12 2017, 10:17 AM - #permalink
    For most of WGN radios' history it has been a conservative station, but not lately. I don't think any of their current on air personalities are going to change their political views. It's fortunate for Cochran and Conn that they have the security of long contracts.
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    Saturday, May 13 2017, 12:46 AM - #permalink
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    For most of WGN radios' history it has been a conservative station, but not lately. I don't think any of their current on air personalities are going to change their political views. It's fortunate for Cochran and Conn that they have the security of long contracts.


    Most contracts have a claus that they become invalid if there is a change in ownership.
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    Saturday, May 13 2017, 08:03 AM - #permalink
    Larz wrote ". Sinclair's reputation for running extremely lean budgets will also force out many veterans from their stations, whose longtime contacts will be deemed no longer worth the price by Sinclair management."

    So which station do you think Tom Skilling will land or will it spell the end for the
    chicago weather icon?
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    Monday, May 15 2017, 02:24 PM - #permalink
    When the formal change over occurs and Sinclair is the rightful owner of Tribune Media will they scrap "This" network and "Antenna TV" network?
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