Tuesday, July 31, 2007

BREAKING NEWS: FCC Approves WYTV Sale

This just in: The Federal Communications Commission has given its approval of the sale of Youngstown ABC affiliate WYTV/33 from Chelsey Broadcasting to a new Los Angeles-based company called Parkin Broadcasting.

Andrea Wood of the Youngstown-based Business Journal reports that the FCC approved the sale Monday, with little word about why a petition by the NABET union to block the sale was turned away.

But Wood says that in a letter, an FCC official outlined the rejection of the union's objection, which was flanked by letters from two local U.S. representatives.

The FCC's video bureau chief, Barbara Kreisman, wrote that NABET didn't prove that the sale would be contrary to the public interest, and said the agency was satisfied that Parkin's shared services agreement with New Vision Television, new owner of CBS affiliate WKBN/27 and FOX affiliate WYFX/62-WFXI/17, would give Parkin "full control" over WYTV's functions.

Parkin Broadcasting owner Todd Parkin has promised a continued unique identity for WYTV, including its own news department, after his company takes over.

Does someone in the Mahoning Valley have a truckload of salt?

5 comments:

Boots Bell said...

This is exciting. Len Rome and Andrea Wood should reunite for the 6:00 show. And the "Eyewitness News" brand should be resurrected.

Anonymous said...

Those of us who have jobs pending on this merger appreciate the info...

Anonymous said...

Youngstown area native now living in Greater Cleveland. I like to keep abreast with what is happening back at the TV stations I grew up watching (21,27,33)... Thanks for the update OMW...

david5258 said...

oa--keep up the good work, continue to have fun and enjoy your rest. catch you on the flip side--david5258

Continue to Spread the Word!!! said...

WYTV needs to get it in on the High School Games of the Week now in football and basketball. They are a big success for Fox 17/62.