In Editor's Desk on December 27, 2010 at 8:28 pm
Sorry about the lateness for all two of you who read.
I’ll have my HD-themed post and more on Raycom tomorrow.
In ABC, CBS, CW, FOX, MyTV, NBC, Raycom on December 23, 2010 at 10:00 am
It started simply enough: what looks to the untrained eye as a power play from Raycom Media to the nation’s largest satellite provider: charge a premium (referred to as “fair compensation” on many of the station’s websites) in exchange for being carried within the provider’s programming lineup.
What isn’t being disclosed: how much the conglomerate wants per station from DirecTV.
Here’s a list of stations involved in the dispute. Chances are, it will probably involve one you watch if you live in the southeastern United States.
From what’s been listed on several Raycom station websites, if negotiations aren’t reached by December 31, DirecTV will end up dropping the stations from its programming lineup. For example, if WAVE (NBC affiliate in Louisville, KY) is dropped, DirecTV cannot by federal law put another NBC affiliate in its place from a different DMA because of usage restrictions.
Here’s the notice from one such station, WTVM (ABC station in Columbus, GA).
And that means that, because Raycom says it needs “fair compensation” for the “millions of dollars it puts into its programming”, in the long run, the viewer is the one who ends up having to do without.
South TV News will keep on this as it continues to develop.
In Editor's Desk on December 18, 2010 at 6:58 am
After being something of a nerd in the television news scene (which tends to happen when you’ve lived in three different states by the age of 15), I stumbled onto a site quite by accident, http://www.southtvnews.com. The site had all sorts of information from stations around the southeast; in essence, it was “the news about the local news” (my apologies for any plagiarism, TVNewser).
Sadly, that owner ended the site sometime in 2004.
I intend to bring it back, but I need your help. If you work for a television news station anywhere from Texas to Florida, New Orleans to North Carolina, we want to know what’s happening in your newsrooms! Job changes, format changes, graphical updates…you name it, we’d love to know it. And along the way, we’ll also keep others in the community in the know about their neighboring states.
I’m looking forward to what this site can do.
If you need to contact me anonymously to leave tips (or you can indeed give your name if you so choose), you can do so at email@example.com or send me a tweet at twitter.com/southtvnewser.
By the way, thanks for stopping by!