2014 Joint Sales Agreement

Upon the acquisition of the remaining Granite Broadcasting channels by Quincy Newspapers, the acquisition was restructured for a short time, as malara Broadcast Group – which was a virtual duopoly partner for granite with WISE-TV Fort Wayne (NBC) Fort Wayne and KDLH-TV Duluth (CBS), had maintained the channels and its current agreements with WPTA and KBJR-TV, instead of selling them to Saga. The acquisition was restructured in July 2015 to acquire the two channels from SagamoreHill Broadcasting, but to have liquidated their current SSAs within nine months. After the end of the SSA, both stations maintained The CW as independent stations, with the remaining links transferred to KBJR and WPTA sub-channels. [114] [115] [116] Quincy completed an SSA in Peoria, Illinois, with Sinclair`s whoi, by exchanging his membership in South Bend Fox (formerly owned by WSJV-TV) with Sinclair (where he spent on a lower WSBT-TV channel) in exchange for ABC and WHOI affiliations that switched to WEEK-TV sub-channels. [117] [118] In 2018, Quincy acquired WISE and KDLH, claiming that these two stations were not in the top 4 of their respective markets. [119] [120] In 2014, broadcasters objected to the FCC`s action, which prohibited so-called “sidecar” agreements between channels in the same market. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said he was closing a loophole that essentially allowed large media companies to circumvent media ownership rules that restrict control of two or more stations in the same market. Joint sales contracts are pacts between broadcasters to sell advertising together. On December 19, 2015, as the driver of the federal budget, the additional time for the dissolution or modification of the existing ALJ was extended to 10 years.

[96] On May 25, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit lifted restrictions on joint sales contracts and ruled that the FCC could not manipulate its ownership rules without “fulfilling, over the past four years, its obligation to verify the [rule] and determine whether it was in the public interest.” [97] On November 16, 2017, under the Trump administration, the FCC agreed that the JSAs should no longer be accountable to the property. [16] In March 2014, the Media Bureau provided broadcasters with a guide explaining that it would carefully review the sharing of financial elements to ensure that these were long-gun transactions and not de facto controls. The increased use of sharing agreements by media companies to create consolidated “virtual” duopoly was the subject of controversy between 2009 and 2014, particularly when the company purchased the facilities and assets of a television channel, but sold the license to a third-party affiliate to Shell, which then entered into agreements with the owner of the facilities to operate the channel on its behalf. Activists argued that the channels were using these agreements as a loophole in the FCC`s ownership rules, reducing the number of local media in a market by aggregating or consolidating news programs, and further perforating channel owners in negotiations over the broadcasting agreement with local subscription television operators.