What’s In Store For 2017? Here’s One Broker’s View

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As media industry professionals wrap up one of the most tepid years for radio and TV transactions ever seen, there’s some optimism as to what 2017 will bring.

With new leadership — and a vastly different plan of action — set to mark its own stamp at the White House, a new FCC will also be in place. This could be a great thing for deal makers, as the Commission is set to quickly act on its 41-year-old media cross-ownership ban while also looking at current restrictions on the number of TV stations one company can own in a market.

Elliott Evers, San Francisco-based Managing Director of MVP Capital, offers RBR + TVBR members an exclusive look at what his brokerage’s view is for the year ahead in radio and TV mergers and acquisitions.

Will radio deals pick up? Unless “significant” changes are seen once FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler departs, don’t count on it, Evers says.


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Adam R Jacobson is a veteran radio industry journalist and advertising industry analyst with general, multicultural and Hispanic market expertise. From 1996 to 2006 he served as an editor at Radio & Records.
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