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Trade group: KMSB/KOLD deal 'breathtaking disdain for public'

A national trade group of cable operators is blasting the deal, announced Tuesday, for KOLD to take over news production for KMSB as "breathtaking disdain for the public interest." The American Cable Association said such deals lead to higher cable bills and "diminished" local news.... Read more»

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Nov 17, 2011, 2:09 pm
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Wow…what’s coming out now is much worse than the story of a couple of days ago on the same topic..

“breathtaking disdain for the public interest.”

Yeah, I would agree with that statement.

The trade group said that when two network stations in a market negotiate together, they can “increase their pay-TV carriage fees by 21.6%, compared to situations where Big Four stations negotiate carriage separately.”

I admit college was over a decade ago for me, but back then I remember a term for this situation…it was called price-fixing, an anti-competitive business practice prohibited by the Sherman anti-trust Act of 1890. But, my memory might be a bit hazy…

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Nov 17, 2011, 3:29 pm
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Problem is (actually there are several): Ad dollars are no longer there to support large media operations, due to the many and varied options in addition to print and broadcast; FCC “deregulation” under the Reagan Administration opened a Pandora’s box of “consolidation” techniques; print and broadcast media are owned by people who know nothing about print and media (they just want their annual 6% return on “investment” each year, no matter the realities of the business); the general public in communities like Tucson really don’t care about “localism,” as long as their favorite TV show remains viewable somewhere (that’s how deregulation has been allowed to run wild, uncontrolled and unchecked, basically; technology has led to the elimination of countless numbers of jobs (remember “linotype operators?”)and the ability to operate multiple broadcast operations from a single location.  Look for KVOA and KGUN to one day soon enter into a similar “service agreement.”

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