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Jim Himes Named General Manager at WGHP

wghp logoJim Himes has been named president and general manager of WGHP, Local TV’s Fox affiliate in Greensboro, N.C., Broadcasting & Cable reports.

Himes joins WGHP from WREG, Local TV’s CBS affiliate in Memphis, Tenn., where he was station manager since 2011 and general sales manager since 2007.

“Jim is one of a kind,” Local TV CEO Bobby Lawrence said in a statement. “The enthusiasm and commitment he brings to this business is unrivaled. We’ll certainly miss him in Memphis, but he’s a great fit for WGHP. We couldn’t be happier for him.”

At WGHP, Himes replaces Karen Adams, who left the station to run WJZY-WMYT, Fox’s newly-acquired duopoly in Charlotte.

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Tribune to Buy Local TV for $2.725 Billion

The Tribune Company, along with Local TV Holdings, LLC, have announced they’ve entered into a definitive agreement for Tribune to buy all of Local TV’s 19 stations for $2.725 Billion in cash.

“This is a transformational acquisition for Tribune—it makes us the #1 local TV affiliate group in America, expands the distribution platform for our high-quality video content, and extends the reach of our digital products to new audiences across the country,” said Peter Ligouri, Tribune’s president and CEO. “We couldn’t be more excited about Tribune’s future as America’s leader in creating and distributing original content and local news programming.”

The buy will give Tribune 42 stations across the US including FOX affiliate KDVR in Denver, CO, and ABC affiliate WNEP in Scranton-Wilkes Barre, PA. Local TV had been operating Tribune’s CW affiliates in Denver (KWGN) and St. Louis, MO, (KPLR).

“My management team will dearly miss working with some of the most talented and dedicated people in broadcasting, but we know we leave our employees in good hands,” said Bobby Lawrence, Chief Executive Officer of Local TV. “I am grateful to our partners at Oak Hill Capital, who acquired the finest stations in the industry and helped us build this great company.”

The sale is expected to close by the end of 2013 pending FCC approval.

Jim Kizer Named GM of WQAD

Jim Kizer has been named president and general manager of WQAD, the ABC affiliate for the Quad Cities.

“Jim has a wide lens on our industry,” said Local TV chief executive officer, Bobby Lawrence. “He has it all — sales, interactive, operations and product backgrounds. We’re thrilled he’s joining the team.”

Kizer brings a background in business development and sales and station management to the position at the Local TV owned station.  He’s worked at NRS Media, Tribune Interactive, Insight Media/Comcast Spotlight, The WB and WorldNow.  He’s also been a general manager at two Federal Broadcasting stations before working as the Chief Operating Officer of the station group from 1994 to 1997.

[Broadcasting & Cable]