Cable Reiterates Concerns around Media Plurality with Fox Acquisition of Sky

Vince Cable, the former Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, who was in office when News Corporation unsuccessfully bid for BSkyB, says the landscape has not changed since 2010 infeatured

Politicians Met Tuesday with Ofcom to Lobby Against Sky/Fox Deal

Ed Miliband, Vince Cable, and Lord Falconer met this morning with the UK’s Office of Communications to discuss why the three believe that on grounds of plurality, fitness, and propriety,featured

Small Broadcasters Await Close of Media General-Nexstar Merger

With no word yet on whether the Federal Communications Commission will grant waivers to select minority and woman-owned broadcasters who have purchased TV stations from merger partners Nexstar Broadcasting and Media General, Inc., some of those broadcasters are expressing growing concern with the FCC’s inaction. Patricia Lane, who is president of woman-owned and operated Marquee … Read Morefeatured

Spectrum Auction Lends Uncertainty to Nexstar Merger Timing

Nexstar Broadcasting Group’s $4.6 billion bid to acquire Media General, Inc. will likely win the approval of the Federal Communications Commission, which is delaying a decision until its latest round in the broadcast spectrum auction concludes either later this year or in the first quarter of next year, an independent media research analyst told CTFN. … Read Morefeatured

FCC Approval of Media General-Nexstar More Likely after DOJ Settlement

Updated at 1:42pm EST – The Federal Communications Commission will likely approve the merger of Nexstar Broadcasting Group and Media General now that the U.S. Justice Department has settled its antitrust concerns with the broadcasters, according to a law professor who has lobbied the FCC on behalf of major critics of the transaction. “The FCC … Read Morefeatured

Nexstar Fights Back Against Critics in FCC Merger Review

The gloves remain off between Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc. and chief industry critics of its proposed $4.6 billion bid to acquire Media General. That fact is clear by a recent filing Nexstar made with the Federal Communications Commission opposing numerous conditions being proposed by its critics as part of regulatory approval. Nexstar for example, states … Read Morefeatured

Tribune Media Might Attempt to Sell Itself in One Piece

Tribune Media might attempt to sell the company in one piece, two sector bankers told CTFN, despite the fact that the company’s parts are more valuable separately and its assets are too diverse to attract many buyers for the whole company. It is easier to sell one company than many assets, noted the first banker. … Read Morefeatured

Cox Implicates Media General Deal in Dispute with Nexstar

The war of words over a retransmission dispute involving Cox Communications and Nexstar Broadcasting Group continued Monday after Cox customers in nine markets across the country saw their programming go dark. “… Nexstar has removed their stations from Cox customers in an effort to get a rate that’s three times more than what the same … Read Morefeatured

Telecoms Advised to Wind Down Deal Talks by December

Those telecoms who hope to buy 600 megahertz spectrum in next year’s auction of broadcast spectrum are advised by counsel to wind down deal-making talks in November or December, said two sector bankers. This is not a set date but a flexible period to handle practical matters like deposits and M&A processes in advance of … Read Morefeatured

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