Broadcasting and Cable reports (10/5/16) that the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has asked the FCC to act on the pending Nexstar/Media General merger, rather than wait until the current spectrum auction is finished.
On September 19, the MAB reported that the FCC has declined to approve any TV station transactions during the spectrum incentive auction involving stations potentially implicated in that auction. Media General had indicated it would be participating in the auction and FCC action on the transfer could provide more specific information about the auction, which is potentially in violation of the FCC’s rule against public disclosures.
The FCC deadline for filing transactions involving auction-eligible stations was back in January and the auction could conceivably extend into January of 2017, though it could also wrap up by next month if the FCC does not have to go to a third stage.
Nexstar currently owns one television station in Michigan, WJMN-TV (Marquette). Media General owns WOOD-TV/WOTV-TV/WXSP-CD (Grand Rapids) and WLNS-TV (Lansing). In addition, it has a joint sales and shared services agreement with WLAJ-TV (Lansing).