Chris Ripley, president/CEO of Sinclair, doesn't think four, five or six local TV stations with news operations per market does anyone any good.
Nielsen says in 2016 there were 56.88 total hours of viewing time per week -- live and time-shifted TV viewing. That's down from 60.07 in 2013. And then there is competition from the small screens.
Judging from the Politicon conference, politics is fueling the same passions audiences bring to movies or sports. It's just real -- and with more drama.