Finally! Somebody else on this forum acknowledges the Barrington sell-out. I posted about it a few weeks ago. But, as usual, nobody seemed to care.
If anybody read what I wrote, I said WYZZ would likely be bought by a shell company of Granite, Nexstar, or Sinclair. And according to a couple of stories, it appears I may be right:
"Due to FCC ownership conflict rules, Sinclair will sell WSYT in Syracuse and WYZZ in Peoria as it acquires Barrington’s stations. The stations will be purchased by Cunningham Broadcasting Corporation and Howard Stirk Holdings, a new entity formed by Armstrong Williams, a political commentator and CEO of The Graham Williams Group."
However, I believe this writer was confused with the fact that 4 Barrintgon stations are to become property of these shell stations. I'm seeing nothing specifically saying that WYZZ will go to these companies.
This could be good for the Peoria area market. Sinclair, like Nexstar, is not the most loved of media companies, but they are a far sight better than Granite and Barrington, and they seem to be a lot stronger, more stable, and they are very successful in the sales department.
I don't care for Sinclair's right-wing propaganda they seem to push on all their stations, but their stability is what WHOI needs. WHOI, since it's start in 1953, has always been plagued with owners coming and going too quickly. When you purchase a station, it just creates more debt. So how can a station compete if it is never paid off.
Assuming WYZZ goes to a shell company of Sinclair, and since WMBD has already had a good partnership with WYZZ, It could very well be that WMBD takes over operations of WHOI from WEEK. If this happens, than Nexstar will probably invest heavily into the WMBD/WHOI operation and make HD news upgrades complete with a new set, with an overall look similar to how WCIA, and other Nexstar stations look after having completed all the upgrades. Though people have complained about the typical Nexstar HD set, it would still be a welcome improvement to Peoria tv. It would also take care of their 4:3 news problem which is getting annoying to view on a widescreen flat panel. As I said before, Nexstar makes full-scale upgrades when they finally get ready, Granite likes to go just half way.
Here's my favorite option. Sinclair seems to do well with revenue, so it may be in their best interest to bring back WHOI's newscast and have it regurgitated on WYZZ at 9, especially if WYZZ is bought by a shell company of Sinclair such as Cunningham. Like Nexstar, Sinclair has been known to make full upgrades to it's news facilities instead of going halfway. That is, judging by what few stations they have upgraded thus far. And WHOI would likely get one if Sinclair goes this route, since their old equipment is either already shot, in storage, or being used at another station. If Sinclair could make them look even half as good as WICS in Springfiled, the Peoria market would finally have a station and look done right, or at least unprecedented by Peoria tv standards.
Though I wouldn't be surprised if everything just stayed the same. After all, WEEK/Granite, according to Mark DeSantis, has invested a LOAD of money in WHOI. Even though it pales in comparison to the recent investments KWQC has made on Fox 18. And even though Granite likes to go 20+ years before updating their news sets, have a fondness for outsourcing news operations and controls, and a love for stopping at EDTV Widescreen instead of going all the way to full HD, they are probably not going to want to let go of controlling WHOI. And even though Nexstar & Sinclair are managed much better than Granite is today, it may NOT be in their best interest to change anything. When looking at how Granite operates, I tend to forget that those other 2 corporations are bean counters too. Too bad Peoria doesn't have somebody like Gray Broadcasting or the Quincy Newspaper company to run one of their stations.
We'll just have to see what happens. I'm expecting for everything to stay essential the same. Though there always is that worst-case scenario where WEEK could gain control of WYZZ. But unless they loose control of WHOI, I don't see that happening. I hope not anyway.
I like the actual people who comprise the local news media, but let's face it, the look of both news operations hurt my eyes after having been spoiled by watching the QC stations.