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Articles by Kathryn Bachman

This is my last post for Katy on the Hill

August 31, 2015 10:09 am

Dear readers of Katy on the Hill: This is my last post. I am closing down Katy on the Hill. I started this site in March because I saw a need to connect the technically evolving media and advertising businesses to Washington politics and policy. I still believe there is a need for journalists to [...]

Groups push FCC to require multilingual EAS

August 27, 2015 11:19 am

On the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, more than 25 consumer and civil rights groups are pushing the Federal Communications Commission to require multilingual emergency alerts in markets where there are sizable populations that don’t speak English. In a letter to the FCC, the groups, led [...]

Sinclair: FCC had nothing to do with retrans deal

August 27, 2015 10:20 am

Sinclair Broadcast Group shot down claims by the Federal Communications Commission that the agency’s intervention was the reason that Dish and Sinclair finally hammered out a new retransmission consent agreement. In a blunt statement, Sinclair said: “We understand the temptation for the [...]

Dish and Sinclair end blackout; reach a deal “in principle”

August 26, 2015 6:47 pm

After a day of brinksmanship, Dish and Sinclair Broadcast Group reached an agreement in principle for the retransmission of Sinclair’s TV stations. As part of the deal, the parties agreed to a two-week extension to document the agreement. No other details were provided. The agreement ends a [...]

Comcast on the hunt for Hispanic American networks

August 26, 2015 4:40 pm

As part of its commitment to the Federal Communications Commission, Comcast put out the word Wednesday that it is accepting proposals to add two Hispanic American-owned, independent English-language networks to its line up. The condition, imposed on Comcast when it acquired NBCUniversal in 2011, [...]

Analyst: Sinclair putting retransmission revenue at risk for all TV

August 26, 2015 3:38 pm

The blackout of Sinclair Broadcast Group’s 129 stations on Dish could turn out to be very costly for the broadcast business, if the Federal Communications Commission decides that Sinclair is the party to blame. Rich Greenfield, an analyst with BTIG Research, believes Sinclair committed “blatant [...]

FCC’s Wheeler convenes emergency meeting with Dish and Sinclair

August 26, 2015 12:35 pm

Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler convened an emergency meeting with Dish and Sinclair Broadcast Group to “get to the bottom” of the blackout affecting 5 million consumers. After failing to come to a new retransmission consent agreement, 129 Sinclair stations in 79 [...]
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