Morning Headlines — 7/31/13

Sinclair's Smith Gunning For CNN, Fox News
While the addition of ABC affiliate WJLA Washington to Sinclair's portfolio was the highest-profile part of its purchase of Allbritton Communications' TV group, Sinclair CEO David Smith says what he was really after was the local Washington cable channel NewsChannel 8. He plans to combine it with the news resources of Sinclair's 101 news-producing stations to create a national cable news network with "a unique, customized local presence in our markets and the markets of other broadcasters with which we may partner in the future." [TVNEWSCHECK]

More Big FCC Fines for Children's Television Violations
Fines of $20,000 for violations of the obligations to prepare and file Children’s Television Reports have been flowing out from the FCC as it works its way through license renewal applications filed by television stations over the last year. [BROADCAST LAW BLOG]

Lew Addresses the Rush Situation ... Sort Of
Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey tiptoed around the latest Rush Limbaugh dustup by letting everyone know he didn't want to talk about it. [RADIO INK]

Spaced Out: Art Bell Back on the Air on Sirius XM
Sirius XM announced today it will be the exclusive home to legendary radio personality Art Bell, marking the return of the trailblazing late night host to radio with a new, expanded live, nightly call-in show on which he will explore the paranormal, unexplained and more with expert guests and listeners nationwide. [RADIO ONLINE]


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