In December 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice blocked Gannett from using an agreement with Sander Media to operate CBS KMOV`s St. Louis affiliate with its own NBC KSDK, and ordered Gannett to sell KMOV. Although Gannett planned to operate KMOV separately from KSDK, the Department decided that the agreement violated the rules on cartels and abuse of dominance, as it would reduce competition for advertising sales. [72] Following the closing of the belo purchase, Meredith Corporation announced a contract to purchase KMOV, KTVK and Kasw. Since Meredith would have a duopoly between KTVK and its Phoenix CBS subsidiary, KPHO-TV, KASW is expected to be sold to SagamoreHill Broadcasting and operated by Meredith as part of an LMA. [12] [61] [73] As a result of the FCC`s review of new channel-sharing agreements, Meredith would trace the plan on October 23, 2014 and sell kasw to Nexstar Broadcasting Group, which would operate the channel independently of KTVK and KPHO. [74] In accordance with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules, a local marketing agreement must give the station operator (senior partner) control of all station facilities, including the station`s finances, personnel and programming, under the agreement. Its original licensee (the «junior» partner) remains legally responsible for the station and its operation, for example. B compliance with the relevant substantive rules. A «local marketing agreement» may occasionally relate to the common use or conclusion of certain functions, such as the sale of advertising. This concept can also be called the Time Brokerage Agreement (TBA), Local Sales Agreement (LSA), Management Services Agreement (MSA) » or «Joint Sales Agreement» (JSA) or Shared Services Agreement (SSA). JSAs are charged on the ownership limits of television and radio stations.

[1] [2] In Canada, local marketing agreements between national stations must be approved by the Canadian Radio and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), although Rogers Media used a similar agreement to control a U.S. radio station in a border market. On March 6, 2014, the FCC announced that it would vote on March 31 on a proposed ban on joint sales agreements with television channels that it would attribute to FCC ownership restrictions if the primary partner sells 15% or more of the promotion period of a competing junior partner station in the JSA; the prohibition applies to both existing sharing agreements under such a structure and to transactions in the process of the station, including a JSA.