Indiana RadioWatch: May 22, 2018

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In Fort Wayne, Quincy Media files to convert its shared-services agreement with Sagamorehill's WISE-TV (Channel 33) into full ownership. Quincy has had both ABC and NBC on its WPTA-TV (Channel 21) since moving NBC from WISE-TV in early September 2016. Since then, WISE-TV has operated from WPTA's Butler Road studio/transmitter facility with CW affiliation under separate local management.

While the FCC normally prohibits one owner from controlling two licenses in the same market when both are in the top four in the ratings, Quincy submitted a filing claiming that during the November 2017 ratings period, WISE-TV slipped to fifth behind WPTA-TV, Nexstar's CBS affiliate WANE-TV, Heartland's Fox affiliate WFFT and, presumably, TCT religious outlet WINM-TV. While WISE-TV was back in fourth in the more recent February 2018 ratings, Quincy says that was an abnormal ratings period because of NBC's Olympics coverage on WPTA-TV.

Finally, the sale price is $952,884.

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Blaine Thompson
Indiana RadioWatch

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