They should either split up the DMAs some more or combine them all. Something needs done.
Interesting how KHAS and KNOP north platte are now owned by the same company. THey should just add the North Platte DMA to the incoln grand island one since the North Platte DMA is so small and is missing its own ABC and CBS.
If they did that we could have Two NBC stations in the DMA Channels 2 and 5 paired together like 10/11
AND the KOLN KGIN 10 and 11 stations paired. This gives them great cost saving synergies.
They would just need the Two ABC stations to merger for the savings. Call it channels 6 and 8 (6/8)
I dont want to even think about Fox. The Lincoln Fox station is a joke. More like Vapor ware.
These two market DMAs are so messed up. They created the boundaries in the 50s and it us just not working out. Probably would take an act of congress to fix it since the Two ABCs are owned by different companies.
Originally Posted by Jon Ellis
It is a mystery why KHAS isn't already on cable in Lincoln. Since it's in their DMA, they have a right to invoke the must-carry rule. Time Warner would likely require KHAS to provide a feed of its signal since they may decide the over-the-air signal in Lincoln is unacceptable. They could feed it directly via fiber, or even use DISH Network (I know the station I work at uses DISH to feed at least two cable systems). A translator is not needed, that's only gravy to get the few people who are still watching broadcast TV. Perhaps KHAS just isn't interested in Lincoln.
An interesting historical note (which many of you may already know) is that Lincoln and Omaha were originally the same market. KOLN was originally the ABC affiliate for Lincoln-Omaha on channel 12, but KOLN's owner decided quickly he didn't want to compete with the Omaha stations. So he donated channel 12 to the university and started up channel 10, with a transmitter farther away from Omaha, and convinced the FCC to assign Lincoln to the same market as the Tri-Cities. Or so the Wikipedia story goes.
It would be interesting to see how the TV landscape would be different if Omaha, Lincoln, and the Tri-Cities were separate markets. It's not unprecedented - out east, the markets are squeezed much more tightly together. Even Cedar Rapids & Davenport are only an hour's drive apart, but separate markets.