Charter grew a little bit, with its deal for the former Bresnan systems closing Mon. The $1.6bln deal for Cablevision’s Optimum West assets gives the MSO systems in CO, MT, WY and UT passing more than 660K homes and serving 375K residential and business customers. The systems, which were rebranded from Bresnan to Optimum in ’11 following CVC’s $1.4bln purchase, will be renamed Charter. More on the integration and the continued rumors about Charter making a much bigger expansion.

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Cablevision filed an emergency application for a stay with the US Supreme Court, seeking immediate suspension of the National Labor Relations Board’s pursuit of complaints against the company. More on the latest move in Cablevision’s ongoing saga with CWA.
 
About 2 weeks after Gannett’s $2.2bln acquisition of Belo, Tribune announced its proposed purchase of Local TV Holdings’ 19 stations in 16 markets for $2.73bln in cash. That means the number of Tribune’s stations could nearly double.
 

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YES’s Blue Jays-Yankees telecast Feb 28 marked its second-most-viewed spring training telecast ever at 200,000 viewers, according to Nielsen. It is surpassed only by its March 2018 Mets-Yankees telecast with 242,000 total viewers.

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