March 12, 2007

Total Value of TV Station Acquisitions

Value
1996 10488
1997 6400
1998 7120
1999 4720
2000 8800
2001 4900
2002 2529
2003 520
2004 872
2005 2842

The pace of acquisitions and consolidations of local TV stations has slowed considerably since 2002, in large part because of the failure of the Bush Administration to further relax restrictions on ownership. That said, 2005 saw a sudden spurt in the level of activity.