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Gray Television and Excalibur Broadcasting to Acquire 15 Stations For $335M

Gray Television and Excalibur Broadcasting have agreed to acquire 15 stations from Hoak Media and Parker Broadcasting for $335 million.

The 20 stations that Gray and Excalibur will acquire from Hoak and Parker are KSFY, KABY and KPRY in Sioux Falls, S.D.; KVLY and KXJB in Fargo, N.D.; KNOE and KAQY in Monroe, La.; KFYR, KMOT, KUMV and KQCD in Minot, N.D.; WMBB in Panama City, Fla.; KALB in Alexandria, La.; KREX, KREY, KFQX and KREG in Grand Junction, Co.; KNOP and KIIT in North Platte, Neb.; and KHAS in Lincoln, Neb.

Due to FCC ownership requirements, Gray will sell Hoak’s stations station in Panama City, Fla. and four stations in Grand Junction, Co., bringing the total number of stations acquired to 15.

Excalibur has also agreed to acquire two more stations from Prime Cities Broadcasting, KNDX and KXND in Minot, N.D., for $7.5 million.

Gray will provide back-office services and limited programming to the Excalibur stations in Lincoln, Fargo, Minot and Monroe through a shared services agreement.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring the Hoak, Parker and Prime Cities television stations into the Gray community,” Gray President and CEO Hilton Howell said in a statement. “These transactions will yield impressive synergies, many of which are unique to Gray given how well the stations’ locations, operations and culture complement our own.”

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Gray Television Unveils New Branding


Gray Television, owner of local TV stations in 31 markets across the country, has unveiled a new logo and revamped website.

The station group has a new video (above) featuring Gray president and CEO Hilton Howell talking about the company’s growth and the reasons behind the update. “In recognition of our continuing journey forward, we are today adopting a new icon, a new logo and a new look that represents and affirms who we are as a progressive company of professionals working together to improve our local communities,” said Howell.

In a statement, Gray said the logo represents a camera lens and “[t]he primary colors used in each of Gray’s individual station logos create the colors chosen for the company’s new icon, and all the local station logos are brought together in the shape of the proprietary initial “G”.  Going forward, Gray will reflect the legacy of its leading local brands through the prominent use of this modern, three-dimensional icon. You can check out the old and new logo after the jump. Read more

Gray Television Names Five New GMs, Filling Vacancies Created by Corporate Restructuring

Gray Television has named new general managers at five of its stations: WMTV in Madison, WCTV in Tallahassee, WOWT in Omaha, KOLN-KGIN in Lincoln and WSAZ in Charleston, W.V

Four of the appointments replace the general managers who were promoted earlier this week in Gray’s restructuring of corporate leadership. “We are happy to fill those vacancies from within Gray’s large talent pool. Each new General Manager brings a unique skill set to match their specific markets,” Gray Television president and CEO Hilton Howell said in a statement.

Don Vesely takes over as vice president and general manager at WMTV, the NBC affiliate in Madison. He has worked at the station since 2001, most recently as general sales manager.

At WCTV, the CBS affiliate in Tallahassee, Heather Peeples is promoted to VP-GM after six years as the station’s general manager. She joined the station in 1999 and has also held account executive and local sales manager positions. Read more

Gray Television Streamlines Management Team

Gray Television has announced a streamlined management team that eliminates the positions of COO and regional vice president and creates a team of five who will report to Gray’s president and CEO Hilton Howell.

The five named in the press release are: Nick Waller, who was named senior vice president of the Mid-Atlantic and South regions, Bob Smith, who was named senior vice president of the Midwest and West regions, Jason Effinger, who was named SVP for media and technology, Jim Ryan, who will maintain his title of SVP of finance and CFO, and Kevin Latek, who was named SVP of Business Affairs.

“We are excited to create a new management structure that will allow us to be decisive, innovative, and agile,” said Howell. “Just as important, our new structure is scalable in a way that allows us to grow our company and our local brands quickly.”

Gray also announced Charlie Effinger will become the VP of Corporate Development and will be responsible for acquiring programming and maintaining relationships with networks and syndicators. Lisa Gull was also named VP of Production. Gull will report to Jason Effinger and will support Gray’s production projects as well as overseeing the Gray Graphics hub.

Gray Television Names Michael Spiesman VP, Director of National Sales

Gray Television has named Michael Spiesman as vice president and director of national sales.

“Michael Spiesman is truly one of the leaders of the television broadcast industry,” said Gray Television chief executive officer Hilton Howell. “Gray Television is fortunate that Michael has chosen to bring his immense sales talents to work for the Gray stations.  Because he has personally represented many of our stations since the early 1980s, he already feels like a big part of the Gray corporate family.”

Spiesman last worked as president of Katz Media Group‘s Continental Television Sales. Nearly all of Gray’s stations are represented by Katz’s Continental Television Sales and Millennium Sales & Marketing divisions. Read more