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Strange consolidators

Time was not so long ago when most local radio stations had their own newsgathering organizations – often just one person, but freestanding nonetheless – as did, separately, each television station. In the last decade especially we’ve been seeing diminishing numbers of broadcast reporters and distinct units, and the trend is accelerating.

It has even led to some peculiar situations. Consider this, from the Idaho Radio blog:

Clear Channel Boise and KIVI-TV/Today’s Channel 6 are now sharing newsgathering and promotional resources.

Seems perfectly natural – until you realize that KIVI is owned by Journal Broadcast Group, which also happens to own six radio stations in the Valley.

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