SBD/March 27, 2012/Media
Published March 27, 2012
PULLING THE PLUG: In Chicago, Robert Channick reports Tribune Co. TV stations in "16 markets across the country, including WGN in Chicago, are threatening to cut off programming to millions of DirecTV subscribers after negotiations over retransmission fees broke down Monday.” The contract is “set to expire March 31” and Tribune is “seeking compensation from the satellite TV provider to carry its programming, something it does not receive.” Without resolution, the plug “will be pulled Saturday at midnight.” Cubs and White Sox broadcasts on WGN America are at stake. Baseball fans would also lose access “to the Mets via WPIX-TV in New York, and the Phillies on WPHL-TV in Philadelphia” (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 3/27).
TUNING IN: In Oklahoma City, Mel Bracht noted Sunday’s Heat-Thunder game “set the team regular-season ratings record" in the market with a combined 14.9 rating on ESPN and FS Oklahoma. The record had been 14.5 rating for TNT's Thunder-Lakers game Feb. 23. FS Oklahoma last week also “set a network record for a regular-season Thunder telecast" with a 9.8 local rating for Clippers-Thunder Wednesday night. The net's Thunder games this season are averaging a 6.2 rating, up 138% (NEWSOK.com, 3/26).