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Is the Granite State Ready for ‘New Hampshire 1’ TV?


An interesting bit of news from up in New Hampshire:

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.

In fact, the Journal has learned that Binnie’s aggressive moves (he’s been inquiring about obtaining a network affiliation) have kicked incumbent television networks in the region into a scramble to shore up advertisers and prepare for serious competition this year.

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.

Tags: Bill Binnie , New Hampshire


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