New Hampshire 1 News Coming to the Granite State?

posted at 1:15 pm on February 16, 2011 by Jazz Shaw

Jim Geraghty, over at National Review, has a bit of potentially interesting media news coming out of one of the early primary states. Is there a state-wide television news channel coming to New Hampshire, controlled by a Republican?

“Former U.S. Senate candidate and Seacoast businessman Bill Binnie is in the late stages of purchasing Derry television station WNDS, which will serve as the flagship studio for Binnie’s statewide television network, New Hampshire 1 Network, NH Journal has learned.

Sources tell the Journal that New Hampshire 1 Network could launch as soon as April, giving Binnie plenty of time to influence New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary.

Binnie is a Republican. He won a bit over 14 percent in last September’s GOP Senate primary, in a race with four big-name GOP contenders; former state attorney general Kelly Ayotte won the primary and the seat in November.

Activists may being raising a fuss over this on two fronts, media saturation and media bias. And the former shouldn’t even be an issue. Having a state-wide news agency competing in the market and specializing on state / local news is nothing new. It also provides a niche market popular with people who don’t get enough local coverage from the big 24 hour cable outlets. In New York we have the YNN Network (Your News Now) which is broken up into multiple outlets covering each of the major metropolitan areas and runs on cable 24/7.

Should one person with a potential political bias own such an operation? Well somebody has to own it and it’s rather hard to find anyone with no political leanings at all. In the end, unless we want the government dictating who can or can’t provide television news coverage, the market will determine whether or not there is enough interest in the proposed new network to make it a success. And in a state as keenly active in politics as New Hampshire, it might be a welcome option to the national outlets.


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Republicans can’t own NFL teams, so why should they own TV stations?

portlandon on February 16, 2011 at 1:18 PM

If no one is interested in this venture, it will fail. See Air America for details.

ramrants on February 16, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Someone alert FCC Commissioner Michael Copps!

rbj on February 16, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Should one person with a potential political bias own such an operation?

Ted Turner, ’nuff said.

Knucklehead on February 16, 2011 at 1:23 PM

1,000 comments, easy.

Bishop on February 16, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Hah!! Heard Binnie twice before the last election. Came away thinking he was a smart business man but perhaps not the best political representative of the State. However, had he been elected, I would have had no problem with him. Ayotte and Ovide more or less destroyed his chances by repeatedly saying that he had moved his company/s out of the US and into Mexico and somewhere else(sorry forget just where)–which he had done. It wrecked his chances here. I say good luck to him and this new endeavor. He’s a canny business guy and knows his stuff on that front. Looking forward to hearing more.

jeanie on February 16, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Should one person with a potential political bias own such an operation?

why not? we know the leanings of cnn, msdnc and the like..albeit more than one person owns it, but their leanings all point in the same direction….left

cmsinaz on February 16, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Binnie isnt really a republican and every one knows it. Look at his FEC donations.

Ricki on February 16, 2011 at 1:34 PM

If no one is interested in this venture, it will fail. See Air America for details.

ramrants on February 16, 2011 at 1:22 PM

My assessment of Binnie is that he’ll build this into something to take notice of. And..he’s got the primary coming up. Good timing–NH pols will have to take notice. Derry is on the coastal side of NH where the population is heaviest.

jeanie on February 16, 2011 at 1:35 PM

Binnie isnt really a republican and every one knows it. Look at his FEC donations.

Ricki on February 16, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Wrong!!!

jeanie on February 16, 2011 at 1:36 PM

Don’t they already get NECN?

steebo77 on February 16, 2011 at 1:38 PM

graphic fixed. Mah bad.

Jazz Shaw on February 16, 2011 at 1:38 PM

Anyone know anything about SCOTT WALKER in Wisconsin?

Is he a Conservative?

PappyD61 on February 16, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Anyone know anything about SCOTT WALKER in Wisconsin?

Is he a Conservative?

PappyD61 on February 16, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Yes he is. And it appears he’s walking in the footsteps of Chris Christie and starting to do a little union busting on his own.

Knucklehead on February 16, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Me likey knucklehead :)

The blm can’t believe it

Heh

cmsinaz on February 16, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Activists may being raising a fuss over this on two fronts, media saturation and media bias.

Those activists sure hate media bias. On second thought, they only hate a certain type of bias.

Vashta.Nerada on February 16, 2011 at 1:49 PM

So Mark Steyn will be getting his own TV show at last…?

ConservativeTalkRadio on February 16, 2011 at 1:49 PM

Me likey knucklehead :)

The blm can’t believe it

Heh

cmsinaz on February 16, 2011 at 1:46 PM

It’s getting wild up there, Scott has the National Guard on standby.

Crickets at HA.

Knucklehead on February 16, 2011 at 1:53 PM

But, won’t this make it harder for the left to lie and snooker people?

darwin on February 16, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Odd, knuckle….

cmsinaz on February 16, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Yes he is. And it appears he’s walking in the footsteps of Chris Christie and starting to do a little union busting on his own.

Knucklehead on February 16, 2011 at 1:43 PM

He’s not a RINO like Christie on everything but Fiscal matters is he?

PappyD61 on February 16, 2011 at 2:01 PM

He’s not a RINO like Christie on everything but Fiscal matters is he?

PappyD61 on February 16, 2011 at 2:01 PM

I have no idea, I’m only reporting what I am hearing on our local Chicago news.

Knucklehead on February 16, 2011 at 2:08 PM

Binnie is a slick articulate Harvard educated ambitious guy. He has money and spent a lot of it on his unsuccessful senate campaign. As his RINO positions on various issues came to the fore, his moving his company to mexico, his numbers began to drop. He then started a series of negative attacks on the other candidates, especially Kelly Ayotte. This caused his poll numbers to drop even further and I believe he was chastized by our state party chairman Sununu for violating Regans rule – don’t speak ill of fellow Repubs. After that he became kinder and gentler but it was too late for his campaign. He was viewed by some as a Dem plant as he has given them contributions in the past and his positions on things were pretty RINO.

So he’s not the kind of Republican who I would prefer to have a NH tv network. It’s unclear how that will work out but he’s unfortunately no ardent conservative by a long shot.

shmendrick on February 16, 2011 at 3:11 PM

shmendrick on February 16, 2011 at 3:11 PM

I live in NH. You pretty much nailed it.

Binnie was running ads a year out thinking he could buy the seat. When Ayotte finally launched her real campaign, she started to mention his liberal tendencies on abortion, donating to Dems, etc.

He then went negative which backfired badly – as Kelly Ayotte was personally very likable. This reduced him to an also-run.

As for his TV station, I’d rather have him running it than a liberal. But he’s no great shake. So don’t expect this to be Tea Party TV.

kevinkristy on February 16, 2011 at 3:34 PM

So don’t expect this to be Tea Party TV.

kevinkristy on February 16, 2011 at 3:34 PM

I live in NH too Kevin. Now that Jack Kimball has become the new state GOP chair, which could be viewed as a Tea Party takeover of the NH GOP, one might expect a more rightward tilt to the party. It’s a bit early and the new GOP admin is still settling in so we’ll have to see how things will shake out.

I agree, I’d rather see him running the tv network than a liberal but I will be curious to see what if any bias this tv network of his will have. His timing is interesting as the primary campaigns are just getting started in NH. I wonder if this move of his is in any way an attempt to influence the primary results and if so in what direction.

shmendrick on February 16, 2011 at 3:52 PM

So Mark Steyn will be getting his own TV show at last…?

ConservativeTalkRadio on February 16, 2011 at 1:49 PM

Well, Channel 50 is in Derry, down near the MA state line. Mark on the other hand lives way up in Woodsville, which is practically in Canada. He would have a long commute unless they wanted to do what Rush did and set him up with a home studio.

Del Dolemonte on February 16, 2011 at 3:59 PM

Oops, my bad. Channel 50 = WNDS.

I have no problem with Binnie doing this, but on one condition-he has to bring back former WNDS cult hero Al “High Pressure” Kaprelian!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCaveVsJfVs

Del Dolemonte on February 16, 2011 at 4:01 PM

Del Dolemonte on February 16, 2011 at 3:59 PM

You mean Mark Steyn actually lives here in NH? And up in the northern boonies? What is he doing up there in the middle of nowhere? And how does he do his radio show from there?

shmendrick on February 16, 2011 at 4:11 PM

So Mark Steyn will be getting his own TV show at last…?

ConservativeTalkRadio on February 16, 2011 at 1:49 PM

Well, Channel 50 is in Derry, down near the MA state line. Mark on the other hand lives way up in Woodsville, which is practically in Canada. He would have a long commute unless they wanted to do what Rush did and set him up with a home studio.

Del Dolemonte on February 16, 2011 at 3:59 PM

We Texans are ROFLOAO!

cartooner on February 16, 2011 at 4:40 PM

shmendrick on February 16, 2011 at 3:11 PM

I live in NH too and it was not what you call Binnie’s so called RINO positions that influenced me, it was his lack of experience in the political arena. I heard him twice and liked many of his positions and he was/is definitely a fiscal conservative. As a business man he probably needed to donate to non-conservative groups now and then, a great many NH business people must and do if they want to do business here. I liked him and took away a lot of respect for his business acumen.

jeanie on February 16, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Considering we only have one TV station in NH at this time, and they are a left-wing ABC affiliate, I don’t know how anyone can claim media saturation.

If Binnie can get New Hampshire 1 Network going, I’ll tune it to see if it is worth watching. And yeah, Binnie is a RINO, but Republicans suck anyway. Libertarians are the only true conservatives. The Tea Party is Libertarian. Maybe it can turn the Republican party into what it should be.

woodNfish on February 16, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Wow. I didn’t realize we had so many Granite Staters here. So just for curios, what do you guys think of GraniteGrok?

shmendrick on February 16, 2011 at 4:51 PM

The Tea Party is Libertarian

LOL!! This is sort of thing one might say in NH if they wanted to be sure that Kimball gets few or no donations for the GOP. NH, like it or not, is still full of moderate and right of center voters and they will abandon the Tea Party if it drifts too far right of this I think. But…perhaps this theory needs testing. We’ll see.

jeanie on February 16, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Should one person with a potential political bias own such an operation?

See: Gore, Al and CurrentTV

crazy_legs on February 16, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Met Bill Binnie a couple of times during this last primary campaign.
Smart, liberal absolutely would not budge on sham-nesty (he wants the “path to citizenshipfor illegal alien invaders)

Fiscally conservative ? maybe, maybe not
He donated to some uber-lib Mass politicians not so long ago.
Bottom line – not a conservative = RINO

HammerNH on February 16, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Del Dolemonte on February 16, 2011 at 3:59 PM

You mean Mark Steyn actually lives here in NH? And up in the northern boonies? What is he doing up there in the middle of nowhere? And how does he do his radio show from there?

shmendrick on February 16, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Yeah, he lives up in Woodsville, which makes it easier for him to go to Canada. For a time, he was driving down NH Rt. 25 and then down I-93 to Manchester where he’d fly to NY to sit in for Rush, then they tried an experiment where he did the show from tiny radio station WNTK in New London NH (in the Lake Sunapee region).

But recently he’s been doing the show from home. All he would need would be a microphone, sound board and satellite uplink to send the show to EIB in New York.

Del Dolemonte on February 16, 2011 at 6:08 PM

shmendrick on February 16, 2011 at 4:51 PM

Love it.

Del Dolemonte on February 16, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Stating the obvious:

Should one person with a potential political bias own such an operation? Well somebody has to own it and it’s rather hard to find anyone with no political leanings at all.

Not enough jazz!!

Sherman1864 on February 16, 2011 at 8:06 PM

HammerNH on February 16, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Yep thats why he got his a$$ handed to him. NH actually flipped red in a big way. The voters in NH will not be fooled. No doubt he will use his network to promote amnesty.

dogsoldier on February 16, 2011 at 10:20 PM