KEYE sports anchor Adam Winkler lines up new gig in Va.

Adam Winkler
Adam Winkler

Leaving Austin will be hard, but this is one opportunity Adam Winkler says he just couldn’t pass up.

Winkler, KEYE’s weekend sports anchor for the past six years, is heading for Norfolk, Va., where he’ll be sports director at CBS affiliate WTKR.

His final day at KEYE is July 10, and he starts at WTKR on July 14.

“I’ve made a career out of finding the right words to tell a story or describe an outcome, but it’s nearly impossible for me to properly convey what these six years in Austin and at KEYE have done for me,” Winkler said. “Working at KEYE, alongside two of the best teammates I’ve ever had in executive producer Anthony Geronimo and sports director Bob Ballou, has allowed me to evolve as a journalist and a storyteller.

“But Austin’s influence on me and my life wasn’t merely professional. I met my soon-to-be wife here (playing dodgeball!), and while we’ll miss much about Central Texas, we are thrilled to start our new life together on the East Coast.”

(Winkler and his fiancé Jess will tie the knot June 24, just days before their cross-country move.)

Adam Winkler
Adam Winkler

At WTKR, Winkler will help build a sports department that is being relaunched.

“Here in Austin, I’m not just a weekend anchor in one of the best cities and sports markets in the country,” he said. “At KEYE, our management has given us the creative freedom to truly cover local sports in the fashion we feel is best and most valuable to our viewers. It’s a great gig, and not one I’d give up easily. To put it simply: I wasn’t just going to leave.

“During my 12 years in local news, I’ve been fortunate to work with – and for – some of the most creative and influential people in this business. That experience prepared me to be a sports director, and that’s a role I was actively, albeit selectively, pursuing. This position in Virginia is not just a chance to advance my career and run a department located in a sports-hungry (and gorgeous!) part of the country. At WTKR, I’ll be in the unique situation of helping rebuild the station’s sports brand, as we’re bringing back sports after a multi-year hiatus. It’s a remarkable opportunity and one about which we could not be more excited.”

 

 

May TV ratings: KXAN has Austin’s No. 1 news from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

KXAN's newscasts were No. 1 at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.
KXAN’s newscasts were No. 1 at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.

From 5 in the morning till 10 at night, KXAN is home to Austin’s most-watched newscasts, according to the latest Nielsen ratings.

Those wins rank the station as one of the top NBC affiliates in the country, KXAN said. Other top-performing NBC stations include affiliates in Denver and Sacramento.

KXAN continued to widen its lead in May, winning some time slots with as much as 69 percent more households than its nearest competitor.

The only head-to-head news competition where KXAN didn’t finish first last month was at 4:30 a.m., where KVUE came out on top.

In primetime, NBC was the network to beat. ABC and CBS tied for second place, followed by The CW and MyNetworkTV.

May Nielsen ratings

Each ratings point equals 7,456 Central Texas households. The first number is ratings points, the second is share (the percentage of in-use TV sets tuned to a particular channel) and the third is total households.

4:30 a.m.

  • KVUE: .7 / 7.1 / 5,219
  • KXAN: .5 / 5.3 / 3,728
  • KTBC: .5 / 4.8 / 3,728
  • KEYE: .3 / 2.9 / 2,237

5 a.m.

  • KXAN: 1.5 / 11.9 / 11,184
  • KVUE: 1.2 / 9.9 / 8,947
  • KTBC: .8 / 6.8 / 5,965
  • KEYE: .5 / 3.9 / 3,728

6 a.m.

  • KXAN: 3.2 / 16.5 / 23,859
  • KVUE: 2.1 / 10.8 / 15,658
  • KTBC: 2 / 10.1 / 14,912
  • KEYE: .8 / 4.2 / 5,965

7 a.m.

  • KTBC: 2.3 / 9.6 / 17,149
  • KNVA: .4 / 1.6 / 2,982

8 a.m.

  • KTBC: 1.9 / 8.2 / 14,166

9 a.m.

  • KTBC: 1.6 / 6.6 /
  • KEYE: .7 / 2.8 / 5,219 (‘We Are Austin’)

11 a.m.

  • KVUE: 2.3 / 9.1 / 17,149

Noon

  • KXAN: 2.4 / 9.3 / 17,894
  • KTBC: 1.1 / 4.1 / 8,202

12:30 p.m.

  • KXAN: 1.5 / 5.5 / 11,184 (‘Studio 512’)

5 p.m.

  • KXAN: 5.8 / 14.5 / 43,245
  • KVUE: 3.8 / 9.4 / 28,333
  • KTBC: 2.7 / 6.4 / 20,131
  • KEYE: 1.5 / 3.8 / 11,184

6 p.m.

  • KXAN: 7.1 / 15.7 / 52,938
  • KVUE: 4.2 / 9.2 / 31,315
  • KEYE: 1.9 / 4.2 / 14,166

9 p.m.

  • KTBC: 2.8 / 4.8 / 20,877
  • KNVA: 1.1 / 2 / 8,202

9:45 p.m.

  • KNVA: .5 / .9 / 3,728 (‘ATX Uncensored(ish’)

10 p.m.

  • KXAN: 6.3 / 11.6 / 46,973
  • KVUE: 4.2 / 7.8 / 31,315
  • KEYE: 2.6 / 4.7 / 19,386
  • KTBC: 2.5 / 4.6 / 18,640

 

 

 

April TV ratings: KXAN widens its lead

KXAN's morning team features David Yeomans, Sally Hernandez, John Dabkovich and Amanda Dugan.
KXAN’s morning team features David Yeomans, Sally Hernandez, John Dabkovich and Amanda Dugan.

KXAN continues to widen its lead in Austin’s TV news ratings race, according to new data from Nielsen.

In April, the city’s NBC affiliate ranked No. 1 at 4:30 a.m., 5 a.m., 6 a.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. Middays, KXAN landed in a virtual tie with ABC affiliate KVUE.

KXAN’s 6 p.m. broadcast was, once again, the most-watched newscast in Central Texas, regardless of time period, drawing over 50,000 households – more viewers than second-place KVUE and third-place KEYE combined.

Other highlights:

  • ABC’s “Good Morning America” is the top-rated network morning show, followed closely by NBC’s “Today.” “CBS This Morning” is third.
  • “NBC Nightly News” is the frontrunner at 5:30 p.m., outdrawing “ABC World News” and “CBS Evening News.”
  • In primetime, NBC is tops in Austin. ABC and CBS tied for second, followed by Fox, The CW and MyNetworkTV.

April Nielsen ratings

Each ratings point equals 7,456 Central Texas households. The first number is ratings points, the second is share (the percentage of in-use TV sets tuned to a particular channel) and the third is total households.

4:30 a.m.

  • KXAN: .7 / 7 / 5,219
  • KTBC: .6 / 6.7 / 4,474
  • KVUE: .6 / 6.3 / 4,474
  • KEYE: .3 / 2.8 / 2,237

5 a.m.

  • KXAN: 1.8 / 14.8 / 13,421
  • KVUE: 1.3 / 10.5 / 9,693
  • KTBC: 1 / 8.3 / 7,456
  • KEYE: .5 / 3.8 / 3,728

6 a.m.

  • KXAN: 3.2 / 17.4 / 23,859
  • KVUE: 2.2 / 11.8 / 16,403
  • KTBC: 1.9 /10.3 / 14,166
  • KEYE: .6 / 3 / 4,474

7 a.m.

  • KTBC: 2.2 / 9.8 / 16,403
  • KNVA: .4 / 1.6 / 2,982

8 a.m.

  • KTBC: 2 / 8.8 / 14,912

9 a.m.

  • KTBC: 1.5 / 6.8 / 11,184
  • KEYE: .5 / 2.3 / 3,728 (‘We Are Austin’)

11 a.m.

  • KVUE: 2.2 / 9 / 16,403

Noon

  • KXAN: 2.2 / 8.5 / 16,403
  • KTBC: .9 / 3.6 / 6,710

12:30 p.m.

  • KXAN: 1.3 / 5.1 / 9,693 (‘Studio 512’)

5 p.m.

  • KXAN: 5.4 / 13.4 / 40,262
  • KVUE: 3.6 / 8.9 / 26,842
  • KTBC: 2.1 / 5 / 15,658
  • KEYE: 1.6 / 4 / 11,930

6 p.m.

  • KXAN: 6.8 / 15 / 50,701
  • KVUE: 4.3 / 9.6 / 32,061
  • KEYE: 1.9 / 4.3 / 14,166

9 p.m.

  • KTBC: 3.1 / 5.3 / 23,114
  • KNVA: 1 / 1.7 / 7,456

9:45 p.m.

  • KNVA: .4 / .6 / 2,982 (‘ATX Uncensored(ish)’)

10 p.m.

  • KXAN: 5.7 / 10.5 / 42,499
  • KVUE: 4.5 / 8.4 / 33,552
  • KEYE: 2.9 / 5.3 / 21,622
  • KTBC: 2.4 / 4.3 / 17,894

 

 

Stephen Colbert’s advice to Ted Cruz: ‘Buck up. There’s no crying in sport-ball’

Ted Cruz, the U.S. senator and Texas Republican seeking the GOP nomination for president, has become the underdog, much like that scrappy high-school basketball team in the 1986 classic sports drama, “Hoosiers.”

 

On Tuesday night, while stumping for crucial GOP primary votes in Indiana, Cruz tried to re-create a memorable scene from the movie in the same gymnasium where it was filmed. The spectacle proved more awkward than inspiring, especially after calling the hoop a “basketball ring.”

Knowing that Cruz trails Trump in GOP delegates and is mathematically unable to beat the GOP front-runner, Stephen Colbert on Wednesday night tried to rally Cruz in sports terms only he would understand.

“Buck up. There’s no crying in sport-ball,” Colbert said. “You gotta keep bouncing that leather balloon down the wood room. You gotta dig long and down on the ground to give 110 degrees. Leave it all on the place where it happens, because winning isn’t all of the things, it’s the only stuff.”

Cruz, though, has a penchant for cribbing from Hollywood movies to make rhetorical points.

For instance, you might recall that after Republican rival Donald Trump retweeted a meme last month that unfavorably compared the appearance of Cruz’s wife to Trump’s wife, Melania, a former model, Cruz defended his wife’s honor on national TV by stealing a line from the Aaron Sorkin-penned movie “The American President.”

February TV ratings: KVUE, KXAN are Austin’s top stations

Lester Holt anchors 'NBC Nightly News,' Austin's top-rated network newscast. (Jose Luis Villegas photo / The Sacramento Bee )
Lester Holt anchors ‘NBC Nightly News,’ Austin’s top-rated network newscast. (Jose Luis Villegas photo / The Sacramento Bee )

KXAN and KVUE were Austin’s top-ranked English-language TV stations during February, according to new ratings data from Nielsen.

ABC affiliate KVUE had the No. 1 newscasts at 4:30 a.m. and 5 a.m., while NBC affiliate KXAN was tops at 6 a.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.

The two stations essentially tied in the midday news race.

Once again, KXAN’s 6 p.m. broadcast was the city’s most-watched newscast, regardless of time period, drawing an average of 51,446 Central Texas households. That’s more than second-place KVUE and third-place KEYE combined.

Other highlights:

  • ABC’s “Good Morning America” is Austin’s No. 1 network morning show, followed by NBC’s “Today” and “CBS This Morning.” While it remains in third place, ratings for “CBS This Morning” jumped dramatically compared to February 2015 – up 62 percent at 7 a.m. and 70 percent in the 8 a.m. hour.
  • “NBC Nightly News” easily wins the 5:30 p.m. network news battle, followed by “ABC World News” and the “CBS Evening News,” which grew its audience 47 percent year over year.
  • In primetime, CBS rules the roost. NBC is second, then ABC, Fox, The CW and MyNetworkTV.
  • NBC’s “Tonight Show” leads the late-night ratings, with ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and CBS’s “Late Show” essentially tying for the runner-up spot.

February Nielsen ratings

Each ratings point equals 7,456 Central Texas households. The first number is ratings points, the second is share (the percentage of in-use TV sets tuned to a particular channel) and the third is total households.

4:30 a.m.

  • KVUE: 1 / 10.3 / 7,456
  • KTBC: .6 / 5.8 / 4,474
  • KXAN: .5 / 4.8 / 3,728
  • KEYE: .2 / 2.5 / 1,491

5 a.m.

  • KVUE: 1.6 / 12.9 / 11,930
  • KXAN: 1.5 / 11.7 / 11,184
  • KTBC: .8 / 6.8 / 5,965
  • KEYE: .4 / 3.5 / 2,982

6 a.m.

  • KXAN: 3 / 16.2 / 22,368
  • KVUE: 2.1 / 11 / 15,658
  • KTBC: 1.8 / 9.7 / 13,421
  • KEYE: .8 / 4.1 / 5,965

7 a.m.

  • KTBC: 1.4 / 6.3 / 10,438
  • KNVA: .2 / 1.1 / 1,491

8 a.m.

  • KTBC: 1.2 / 5.3 / 8,947

9 a.m.

  • KTBC: 1 / 4.9 / 7,456
  • KEYE: .6 / 2.7 / 4,474 (‘We Are Austin’)

11 a.m.

  • KVUE: 2 / 8.5 / 14,912

Noon

  • KXAN: 2 / 7.9 / 14,912
  • KTBC: .9 / 3.4 / 6,710

12:30 p.m.

  • KXAN: 1.2 / 4.6 / 8,947 (‘Studio 512’)

5 p.m.

  • KXAN: 5.5 / 14.2 / 41,008
  • KVUE: 3.7 / 9.4 / 27,587
  • KTBC: 2.3 / 5.6 / 17,149
  • KEYE: 1.5 / 3.8 / 11,184

6 p.m.

  • KXAN: 6.9 / 15.2 / 51,446
  • KVUE: 4.7 / 10.3 / 35,043
  • KEYE: 2.1 / 4.7 / 15,658

9 p.m.

  • KTBC: 2.4 / 4.4 / 17,894
  • KNVA: .7 / 1.3 / 5,219

9:45 p.m.

  • KNVA: .3 / .5 / 2,237 (‘ATX Uncensored-ish’)

10 p.m.

  • KXAN: 5.6 / 11.1 / 41,754
  • KVUE: 4.3 / 8.6 / 32,061
  • KEYE: 2.9 / 5.8 / 21,622
  • KTBC: 1.9 / 3.8 / 14,166

Super Bowl ratings: Austin-area audience topped 600,000

Peyton Manning (Associated Press)
Peyton Manning (Associated Press)

Neither Texas team made it to this year’s Super Bowl – no big shock there – but that didn’t keep Austin-area viewers from tuning in Sunday night.

Overnight Nielsen ratings show 361,000 Central Texas households were watching the Denver-Carolina matchup on local CBS affiliate KEYE at its peak, accounting for a whopping 73 percent of all TV sets in use.

That works out to about 545,000 adults ages 25 and up and 607,000 adults ages 18 and up – two of the demographics advertisers love most.

Factor in viewers gathered at sports bars and parties around town, and those numbers would likely go even higher.

Nationally, the numbers were just as strong, with Super Bowl 50 ranking as the second-best Super Bowl in Nielsen overnight ratings history with 114.4 million viewers.

January TV ratings: KXAN wins in most news time slots

KXAN's morning team features David Yeomans, Sally Hernandez, John Dabkovich and Amanda Dugan.
KXAN’s morning team features David Yeomans, Sally Hernandez, John Dabkovich and Amanda Dugan.

If KXAN is your choice for TV news, you’re in good company.

Austin’s NBC affiliate was the No. 1 station at 5 a.m., 6 a.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. during January, according to new ratings data from Nielsen.

ABC affiliate KVUE, meanwhile, was the top choice for news at 4:30 a.m. and middays.

At both 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., KXAN drew more viewers than the second- and third-place stations combined. And with an audience of nearly 60,000 households, KXAN’s 6 p.m. broadcast was the city’s most-watched newscast, regardless of time period, last month.

Other January ratings highlights:

  • NBC’s “Today” is the network morning show to beat and “NBC Nightly News” is the top-rated evening network newscast.
  • NBC and CBS were essentially tied for first place in prime time, followed by ABC, Fox, The CW and then MyNetworkTV.
  • Late nights, NBC’s Jimmy Fallon leads the pack. ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel is second and CBS’s Stephen Colbert ranks third.

January Nielsen ratings                                                  

Each ratings point equals 7,456 Central Texas households. The first number is ratings points, the second is share (the percentage of in-use TV sets tuned to a particular channel) and the third is total households.

4:30 a.m.

  • KVUE: .9 / 8.6 / 6,710
  • KTBC: .6 / 5.7 / 4,474
  • KXAN: .6 / 5.4 / 4,474
  • KEYE: .2 / 2.2 / 1,491

5 a.m.

  • KXAN: 1.5 / 11.7 / 11,184
  • KVUE: 1.4 / 10.8 / 10,438
  • KTBC: 1 / 7.9 / 7,456
  • KEYE: .4 / 3.5 / 2,982

6 a.m.

  • KXAN: 2.9 / 14.6 / 21,622
  • KTBC: 1.8 / 9.7 / 13,421
  • KVUE: 1.7 / 9 / 12,675
  • KEYE: .7 / 3.8 / 5,219

7 a.m.

  • KTBC: 1.4 / 6.7 / 10,438
  • KNVA: .2 / .9 / 1,491

8 a.m.

  • KTBC: 1.4 / 6 / 10,438

9 a.m.

  • KTBC: 1.1 / 4.8 / 8,202
  • KEYE: 1 / 4.3 / 7,456 (‘We Are Austin’)

11 a.m.

  • KVUE: 2.3 / 8.8 / 17,149

Noon

  • KXAN: 2.1 / 7.8 / 15,658
  • KTBC: 1 / 3.6 / 7,456

12:30 p.m.

  • KXAN: 1.3 / 4.7 / 9,693 (‘Studio 512’)

5 p.m.

  • KXAN: 6.1 / 15 / 55,174
  • KVUE: 3.9 / 9.4 / 29,078
  • KTBC: 2.3 / 5.5 / 17,149
  • KEYE: 1.5 / 3.8 / 11,184

6 p.m.

  • KXAN: 7.6 / 16.2 / 56,666
  • KVUE: 4.5 / 9.6 / 33,552
  • KEYE: 2 / 4.3 / 14,912

9 p.m.

  • KTBC: 2.6 / 4.7 / 19,386
  • KNVA: 1.1 / 2 / 8,202

9:45 p.m.

  • KNVA: .5 / 1 / 3,728 (‘ATX Uncensoredish’)

10 p.m.

  • KXAN: 5.6 / 10.8 / 41,754
  • KVUE: 4.2 / 8.3 / 31,315
  • KEYE: 3.2 / 6.2 / 23,859
  • KTBC: 2.1 / 4.2 / 15,657

 

 

KXAN adds meteorologist to its weather team

Natalie Ferrari (KXAN photo)
Natalie Ferrari (KXAN photo)

There’s been yet another meteorologist switcheroo at one of Austin’s TV stations.

This time, it’s at KXAN, where Natalie Ferrari signed on over the holidays, handling weekend morning weather.

Ferrari arrives from KBTX, the CBS affiliate in Bryan/College Station. Before that, she spent time at a station in Abilene.

With her arrival, Rosie Newberry, who had been KXAN’s weekend morning meteorologist, slides to weekend evenings. Mark Monstrola vacated that spot when he took a job at the Fox affiliate in Denver late last year.

Ferrari’s hiring is the latest in flurry of weekend weather shifts at local stations in the past year. Newberry, for instance, arrived here in January 2015 from Columbia, Mo.

Over at KVUE, weekend evening meteorologist Lynae Miyer left and was replaced by weekend morning meteorologist Jared Plushnick. Plushnick’s replacement on the Saturday and Sunday early-bird shift is Nathan Gogo, who comes from Waco’s CBS affiliate.

KEYE added meteorologist Collin Myers to its weekend lineup after Jordan Steele shifted to the station’s weekday morning newscast and Fox-owned KTBC hired Chelsea Andrews to replace Scott Prinsen, who, like Miyer, left the TV business.

Got all that? Good.

November TV ratings: KXAN wins all major news competitions

KXAN's newscasts were No. 1 at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.
KXAN’s newscasts were No. 1 at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.

A clean sweep.

That’s what KXAN got during the November “sweeps” period, with the city’s NBC affiliate scoring wins in every major head-to-head weekday news time slot.

It’s the first sweeps month in recent memory – there are four each year – where Austin ABC affiliate KVUE didn’t claim a single victory.

KXAN started the day bright and early with a win at 4:30 a.m., a time period where KVUE ranked No. 1 during July, the most recent sweeps month. This time around, Fox-owned KTBC also managed to outdraw KVUE at that early hour.

At 5 a.m. and 6 a.m., KXAN remained the station to beat, with KVUE taking the silver at 5 a.m. and KTBC yanking it away at 6 a.m.

Middays, KXAN’s noon newscast edged KVUE’s 11 a.m. broadcast.

The story was the same at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., where KXAN drew thousands more viewers that its competitors – an audience larger than KVUE and CBS affiliate KEYE combined for both half hours.

KXAN finished the day with one last win at 10 p.m.

While KXAN saw big gains throughout the day – from 100 percent at 4:30 a.m. to 32 percent at 10 p.m. – the other stations have reasons to smile, too. KTBC, for example, grew 23 percent year over year at 5 p.m., 32 percent at 9 p.m. and 31 percent at 10 p.m.

Local newsies have a brief holiday breather before the next sweeps period, which kicks off in February.

Other highlights:

  • ABC’s “Good Morning America” is the city’s top-rated network morning show, followed by NBC’s “Today” and “CBS This Morning.”
  • “NBC Nightly News” is the nighttime network newscast of choice, followed by ABC’s “World News Tonight” and the “CBS Evening News.”
  • During primetime, among the English-language networks, it’s NBC, then ABC, CBS, Fox, The CW and MyNetworkTV.
  • In late night, NBC’s Jimmy Fallon is king, followed by ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel and CBS’s Stephen Colbert.

November Nielsen ratings                                                  

Each ratings point equals 7,456 Central Texas households. The first number is ratings points, the second is share (the percentage of in-use TV sets tuned to a particular channel) and the third is total households.

4:30 a.m.

  • KXAN: .8 / 7.1 / 5,965
  • KTBC: .7 / 6.5 / 5,219
  • KVUE: .7 / 6 / 5,219
  • KEYE: .2 / 1.5 / 1,491

5 a.m.

  • KXAN: 1.8 / 12.5 / 13,421
  • KVUE: 1.4 / 9.7 / 10,438
  • KTBC: 1.3 / 9.3 / 9,623
  • KEYE: .5 / 3.7 / 3,728

6 a.m.

  • KXAN: 3.2 / 15.5 / 23,859
  • KTBC: 2.5 / 12.3 / 18,640
  • KVUE: 2.2 / 10.7 / 16,403
  • KEYE: .8 / 3.6 / 5,965

7 a.m.

  • KTBC: 2.2 / 9.3 / 16,403
  • KNVA: .2 / 1 / 1,491

8 a.m.

  • KTBC: 1.7 / 6.9 / 12,675

9 a.m.

  • KTBC: 1.4 / 6.1 / 10,438
  • KEYE: .9 / 3.7 / 6,710 (‘We Are Austin’)

11 a.m.

  • KVUE: 2.3 / 9 / 17,149

Noon

  • KXAN: 2.5 / 9.7 / 18,640
  • KTBC: .9 / 3.6 / 6,710

12:30 p.m.

  • KXAN: 1.2 / 4.8 / 8,947 (‘Studio 512’)

5 p.m.

  • KXAN: 6.1 / 15.6 / 45,482
  • KVUE: 4.6 / 11.6 / 34,298
  • KTBC: 2.6 / 6.3 / 19,386
  • KEYE: 1.5 / 3.8 / 11,184

6 p.m.

  • KXAN: 7.8 / 17.4 / 58,157
  • KVUE: 5 / 11.2 / 37,280
  • KEYE: 2 / 4.5 / 14,912

9 p.m.

  • KTBC: 2.5 / 5.1 / 15,658
  • KNVA: 1.1 / 2.2 / 8,202

9:45 p.m.

  • KNVA: .4 / .7 / 2,982 (‘ATX Uncensored(ish)’)

10 p.m.

  • KXAN: 5.7 / 12.3 / 42,499
  • KVUE: 5 / 10.7 / 37,280
  • KEYE: 3.2 / 6.9 / 23,859
  • KTBC: 2.1/ 4.6 / 15,658

 

Disputes with Dish, DirecTV could knock 4 Austin stations off the air

kxanDisputes between broadcasters and satellite TV providers could knock as many as four Austin TV stations off some channel lineups this week.

DirecTV has yet to reach a new agreement to carry dozens of stations nationwide operated by Media General, including Austin NBC affiliate KXAN, CW affiliate KNVA and MyNetworkTV affiliate KBVO.

The current deal expires at 11 p.m. Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Dish Network is in a similar standoff with Tegna, owner of Austin ABC affiliate KVUE.

The deadline for them to work things out is 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The sticking point in both the DirecTV and Dish Network negotiations is money, based upon public statements made by those involved. Cable and satellite TV providers are required by federal law to compensate broadcasters for carrying their signals.

Just last month, a similar dustup knocked Austin CBS affiliate KEYE and its Telemundo subchannel off the Dish Network lineup for about 24 hours.