Deregulation in broadcast news ownership has been happening for years, but an even bigger shift is coming with Sinclair's upcoming purchase of Tribune Media. This is a deal that might have been rejected by the FCC in previous years, but under a new head and a president who is very friendly to deregulation, the deal will likely go through. Sinclair is a very right-leaning organization and with the large number of stations under its control, it could rival Fox News for conservative viewership. With stations losing viewers to streaming services, they need all the help they can get, but many may not be thrilled about being forced to run conservative commentaries, taking up time that could otherwise be spent on local news.
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At winter press tour, lots of Disney/Fox questions, but few answers TV critics and reporters are gathered in Pasadena for several days of presentations from cable and broadcast networks. Everyone wants to know what the Fox broadcast network will look like following its purchase by Disney, but at the moment, execs don't have the answers.
What Disney's acquisition of most of Fox means for TV The $52.4 billion deal was announced last week and has huge implications in the film world, but also in television as well. The move is largely seen as a way for Disney to get more content directly to consumers, and part of that means bulking up a forthcoming streaming service.