Owners of small-market TV stations, including Ric Gorman, co-owner of KHSL in Chico, Calif., say the Federal Communications Commission's proposal to sharply limit joint-sales agreements could put them out of business. JSAs give small outlets the ability to pool their resources for ad-selling, which funds local newscasts. "Some of the small independent stations will have a very difficult time competing for the scarce local advertising dollars out there" if the FCC proposal moves forward, according to Borrell Associates CEO Gordon Borrell. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (3/26) Share: Business & Industry Report Analyst: DISH Network "is definitely in play"
DISH Network Chairman Charlie Ergen, in the wake of Comcast's proposed $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable, is said to have approached DIRECTV CEO Mike White about the possibility of merging the two satcasters. Another possibility is for AT&T to acquire DISH. "DISH is definitely in play," said Macquarie analyst Amy Yong. "You can make the case for a DISH-AT&T merger or a DISH-DIRECTV merger." Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)/Company Town blog (3/26), Bloomberg (3/27)