– A SPECIAL REPORT
* KOMO-TV 4 owner announces intent to purchase owner of KCPQ-TV 13,
* Two of Seattle’s largest television audiences to be owned by one conglomerate,
* McClatchy owns most of Puget Sounds largest daily newspapers,
* The Olympian, Tacama’s News-Tribune, 49% of Seattle Times owned by McClatchy.
* NVN’s revolving door of reporters means less local news, now publishes AP stories, etc.
* Nisqually Valley News (NVN) loses key reporter to sister newspaper in Centralia,
* The Olympian now publishes Centralia’s Graham Perednia stories from The Chronicle.
* NVN Publisher/Editor Wagar’s 2017 New Year’s Resolution to uplift community recalled, in wake of a “religious column” again being used as a bully pulpit to rail against a segment of our citizenry.
– “FCC clears way for big TV mergers, eases broadband price limits”
“The three-member commission’s lone dissenter said the move ‘is a huge gift for large broadcasters with ambitious dreams of more consolidation,” by Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times (TNS).
– “Trump Uses Power of FCC to Pay Back Friends at Sinclair Broadcasting”
“The purchase, which gives Sinclair a staggering reach of nearly 69 percent of the US population (Free Press, 5/8/17), would’ve been in violation of ownership restrictions just weeks ago. But last month, the Trump-appointed FCC chair, Ajit Pai, reinstated the ‘UHF discount,’ an outdated loophole that allowed media conglomerates to exceed the nation’s 39 percent cap on ownership (New York Post, 4/20/17). Sinclair made a $420 million deal to buy Bonten Media Group (Baltimore Sun, 4/21/17) the very next day,” quoting Fair.org.
– “Sale of Tribune to Sinclair could put KOMO, KCPQ under same broadcast giant”
“Sinclair Broadcast Group [nation’s biggest chain of TV stations] will pay $3.9 billion to acquire Tribune Media, expanding the largest chain of TV stations in the U.S. The deal means it will own two Seattle TV stations — ABC affiliate KOMO and Fox affiliate KCPQ — both of which Sinclair expects to keep,” quoting Dominic Gates, Seattle Times staff reporter.
– “Sinclair Requires TV Stations to Air Segments That Tilt to the Right”
“Critics of the deal also cite Sinclair’s willingness to use its stations to advance a mostly right-leaning agenda. That practice has stirred wariness among some of its journalists concerned about intrusive direction from headquarters.
That is what has happened in Seattle, a progressive city where Sinclair owns the KOMO broadcast station,” quoting Sydney Embermay, The New York Times.
– The McClatchy Company’s grip on South Sound daily newspapers
“The McClatchy Company is a publicly traded American publishing company based in Sacramento, California. It operates 29 daily newspapers in 14 states.” [South Puget Sound daily newspapers owned outright include The Olympian and the Tacoma News-Tribune.] “The McClatchy Company owns 49.5 percent of voting common stock in the Seattle Times Company,” quoting Wikipedia.
– UPDATE: June 10, 2017
“The Olympian’s move is a sign of how media is evolving”
By Dusti Demarest, The Olympian.
– NVN’s Graham Perednia moved to Lafromboise Newspaper’s The Chronicle in Centralia.
Graham Perednia was hired a year ago to replace the departed and well-known Yelm reporter Steven Wyble. Perednia had also been covering Tenino-area stories that were published in sister newspapers the Nisqually Valley News and The Chronicle, until he was recently transferred to fill in a vacancy at The Chronicle. His boss is Michael Wagar, Regional Executive Editor for The Chronicle, Nisqually Valley News, The Reflector, and Publisher of the Nisqually Valley News. All of these newspapers are owned by Centralia’s Lafromboise Communications.
Click here for one of Perednia’s current featured stories in The Chronicle.
– The Olympian consolidated much of news staff into Tacoma News-Tribune offices,
Perednia’s stories in The Chronicle now also supplement The Olympian.
Click here for Perednia’s weekly stories published the last month in The Olympian.
– The NVN currently covers most stories with only 2 weekly news writers.
In perusing our local newspaper the last few weeks, any reader can see most local weekly stories are from two reporters, Correspondent Cindy Teixiera and “By Nisqually Valley News,” which usually means written by NVN staff and/or the publisher. After she left the newspaper, former NVN reporter Teixiera was used periodically as a fill-in correspondent while the NVN looked to back-fill open reporter positions, yet has now become their prime writer. The newspaper has also included more reports than ever from other newspapers and the Associated Press (AP). The public has now turned to blogs and social media more and more to provide them with sources of local, daily news.
Click here to see that reflected in this week’s newspaper stories.
– Editor’s note:
While the Nisqually Valley News has seen improvement under Publisher/Editor Wagar’s leadership, his 2017 published News Year’s resolution should be reviewed as we enter June this week:
“Personal: Look for the best in people, don’t say a negative word about others,…
Community: My hope is for the community to come together from all sides to make Yelm the best it can be; that we do so in an uplifting spirit with respect and joy on a day-to-day basis.”
I know Publisher/Editor Wagar uses the guise of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States Freedom of Speech clause to permit Pastor Jeff Adams to use a weekly “religious column” as a bully pulpit to rail against “the local cult.” Yet would he give anyone else the use of a column to denigrate a segment of our community as does Adams? Of course not!
Mr. Adams has again picked-up his tired tirade in recent columns that have been described in critical terms by “non-cult” Letters to the Editor. Mr. Wagar would have to admit that such divisiveness coming from his newspaper’s “religious” section is anathema to fostering his 2017 News Year’s Resolutions. Wagar could easily remedy this by not allowing Adams’ columns to include bullying rants against Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment (RSE), JZ Knight, and their students. Then Wagar could be on the path to engender the desire in his wonderful resolution of “the community to come together from all sides to make Yelm the best it can be; that we do so in an uplifting spirit with respect and joy on a day-to-day basis.”
Wagar has the 2nd half of the year to prove this is not just another resolution to be unfulfilled. We’ll be watching to see what course of action he takes!