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Griffin Communications to Buy KSBI, Create Oklahoma City Duopoly

PrintGriffin Communications has announced it has reached an agreement to buy MyNetworkTV station KSBI from Family Broadcasting, LLC.

“We are excited to add KSBI to our group of companies,” said Griffin Communications chairman and CEO David Griffin. “Our goal will be to integrate KSBI with our current operations while looking for ways to improve KSBI’s programming.”

Griffin owns the Oklahoma City and Tulsa CBS affiliates KWTV and KOTV, along with Tulsa CW affiliate KQCW. The station group said the newest addition will help Griffin expand to Central and Western Oklahoma by creating a duopoly with KWTV.

We reported last week, KSBI stopped production of two of its shows and reportedly laid off staff.

Griffin added, “One of the many things we are excited about is that our viewers will not miss regular CBS and syndicated programming when we are in severe weather or continuous news coverage on News 9, because we will be able to move this programming over to KSBI.”

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KWTV Meteorologist Gary England Promoted to Corporate Role at Griffin Communications

KWTV chief meteorologist Gary England is moving into a corporate role at the station’s parent company, Griffin Communications.

England will focus on “severe storm mitigation, technology innovation, and audience relations” as he transitions to vice president for corporate relations and weather development. His daily on-air forecasts at the Oklahoma City CBS affiliate will end August 30.

“I’ve been blessed to be able to do something that I love for over 40 years and have always enjoyed the challenge of change,” England said in a statement. “All of this represents a new, fresh and bold approach on my road of life and business. I am therefore very enthusiastic about the future.”

England joined KWTV in 1972. He will continue to appear on the station in his new role as in a series of reports called “Gary’s I’ll Keep You Advised,” focusing on long-term weather patterns and events.

“Gary England is an icon. The impact that he has had on Oklahoma and the field of meteorology is unparalleled,” Griffin Communications chairman and CEO David Griffin said in a statement. “His dedication and passion for weather has revolutionized severe weather systems and coverage not only in Oklahoma but throughout the world. When you see television weather across America, you are seeing the results of Gary’s work.”

Video of England talking about his promotion is after the jump. Read more

Tulsa’s KOTV Goes Green with New Building

Griffin Communications will be doing its part for the environment with its new 57,000 square foot broadcasting center for its stations, CBS affiliate KOTV and CW affiliate KQCW.

Anyone who has stepped inside a TV studio can imagine the amount of power needed to keep the studio cool and the incandescent lights burning.  Griffin’s Tulsa building will feature geothermal heating and cooling and LED studio lighting to reduce energy costs and efficiency.

“The use of LED lighting instruments on our set will reduce our lighting power requirement alone by over 90% from previously-employed incandescent and fluorescent fixtures,”Griffin’s chairman and chief executive officer David Griffin in a statement. Read more