Marshall Broadcasting Backs Tegna Deal
Standard General’s acquisition would “bring much-needed diversity and localism to America's broadcasting landscape”
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Pluria Marshall Jr., the CEO of Marshall Broadcasting, has sent a letter to FCC chair Jessica Rosenworcel backing Standard General’s proposed acquisition of Tegna as being "in the public interest" and for providing “much-needed diversity and localism to America's broadcasting landscape."
“As CEO of Marshall Broadcasting Group - which previously owned Fox affiliates in Iowa, Louisiana and Texas - I can speak firsthand to the importance of people of color having a seat at a table that's largely bereft of diverse representation,” the letter said. “I also can speak to the noble character and ethical business practices of Soo Kim - unlike those who've tried to cast aspersions on him and this deal. Kim is a man of immense integrity who is committed to transforming the media landscape to make it more reflective of the country he loves dearly.”
The letter also noted that “Kim Is an accomplished, successful broadcast media owner who has consistently succeeded in promoting equity and inclusion in his many business endeavors.”
“Recognize Standard General's acquisition of Tegna for exactly what It Is: a legitimate blueprint for how to give minorities the seat at the table we richly deserve,” the letter concluded. “I urge you and your colleagues to show real leadership and approve the Standard General Tegna merger.”
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George Winslow is the senior content producer for TV Tech. He has written about the television, media and technology industries for nearly 30 years for such publications as Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News and TV Tech. Over the years, he has edited a number of magazines, including Multichannel News International and World Screen, and moderated panels at such major industry events as NAB and MIP TV. He has published two books and dozens of encyclopedia articles on such subjects as the media, New York City history and economics.