The Tribune memo

Just replace the name Sinclair with the name Nexstar and it is basically the same memo that Tribune CEO Peter Kern sent to the staff 19 months ago.

Here is the internal memo sent to the staff and obtained by FTVLive:

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From: Peter Kern <

Date: 12/3/18 

Subject: Tribune Media to be Acquired by Nexstar Media Group 

Early this morning, we announced that Tribune Media entered into a merger agreement with Nexstar Media Group under which Nexstar will acquire Tribune, paying $46.50 per share for a total transaction value of $6.4 billion. This combination will create the preeminent local broadcast company — one that will have greater scale and more resources to serve all the communities in which we operate. Together, we’ll have much more flexibility to navigate the huge changes taking place in media and continue the trajectory of growth that both companies have established.

I recognize that this is the second time around in quick succession for most of us. But thanks to your efforts, we are in a very strong position strategically and financially. Last time we were here, almost 19 months ago, I challenged you to ignore all the noise and deliver your best performances.  You met this challenge and as a result, we overcame that failed attempt and performed incredibly well this past year - and that, I can tell you, is a rare thing.  You helped make this transaction possible and you should be very proud of what you have accomplished. On behalf of our Board, thank you.

Nexstar has, in its own right, been a remarkable success story. Launched in 1996 with just one television station, WYOU in Scranton, PA, today it is one of the nation’s largest local TV operators. The company now runs 171 stations delivering high-quality news, sports and entertainment content to 100 markets across the country. For Tribune employees, the breadth of Nexstar’s operations offer a great opportunity for professional development and advancement.

 Like Tribune, Nexstar recognizes the importance of being “local” as one of its core values and prioritizes the production of high-quality local news.  Once joined together, the combined company will produce almost 300,000 hours of local news and content.  That commitment to being local is also apparent in Nexstar’s “Founder’s Day of Caring,” when employees in all 100 of the company’s markets receive paid time off to volunteer in their community.  A great program in which I know we will be enthusiastic participants.

 We look forward to working with Nexstar to achieve regulatory approval as expeditiously as possible and rest assured we have a clear understanding on how to do just that.  We hope to close this transaction by the third quarter of 2019. Until then, we remain an independent company with ambitious plans. I know I can count on you to deliver the same outstanding work you have this past year and advance our goals despite this pending transaction. 

 I’m sure you have questions about today’s announcement and it is completely appropriate to be thinking first about what this all means to you - so we have planned a town hall meeting today at 3:15 p.m. ET.  I will discuss the transaction and take your questions.

 See you then,