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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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Bob Walters Joins KNOE as News Director

There’s a new news director at KNOE, according to Jake’s DTV Blog: Bob Walters began at the CBS affiliate in Monroe, La. this week.

Walters joined the station, which is Hoak Media operates as part of a duopoly with KAQY, Parker Broadcasting’s ABC affiliate, on Monday. He spent more than 10 years as news director of WTVW in Evansville, becoming news director of WEHT when the stations merged last year. He was cut from the stations in June.

As Jake’s DTV Blog notes, he will be competing with his former employer, Nexstar Broadcasting, in his new role. Nexstar owns Fox-affiliated KARD and operates NBC-affiliated KTVE.

KFYR Transitions to HD: ‘This Is a Pretty Picture’

KFYR, the NBC-affiliate in Bismark, ND, began broadcasting in high definition this week, completing a weeks-long transition that included the construction of a new set.

“What we’ve always delivered is good, comprehensive news,” KFYR news director Monica Hannan said.  “What we haven`t always delivered, is a pretty picture. This is a pretty picture.”

There are still a couple of shows that aren’t yet being broadcast in HD but the majority of KFYR’s schedule, including its local newscasts, is now airing in high definition. Read more

KSFY Becomes First Sioux Falls Station to HD

This week KSFY became the first station in the Sioux Falls market to broadcast its newscasts in HD, as the ABC-affiliate unveiled a brand-new, HD-optimized studio along with a sleek new logo.

“We’re so excited to be the first station in the area to deliver newscasts in an HD studio environment,” said Jim Berman, KSFY’s president and general manager. “This is a huge leap forward for KSFY that will set us apart, and we believe news viewers throughout the area are the big winners.”

The Hoak Media-owned station began upgrading its studio with HD equipment in January and then eventually gutted the entire space. For the past eight weeks, crews have been working to build the new set, which you can take a virtual tour of HERE.

KSFY has also posted photos of the renovation on its Facebook page.