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Sinclair Broadcast Group to Acquire Fisher Communications for $373M

Sinclair Broadcast Group is buying Fisher Communications for $373.3 million, the two companies announced Thursday.

Fisher owns 20 television stations in eight markets, reaching 3.9% of U.S. TV households (full list is after the jump). The transaction also includes three radio stations in Seattle. As part of the terms of the agreement, Fisher will provide “certain operating services” for three TV stations in Eugene, Ore. –  KMTR, KMCB and KTCW — after the transaction is approved by the FCC.

TVNewsCheck reports Sinclair won a bidding war with LIN Media for the station group “in a deal finalized in the wee hours of Tuesday night.”

“Sinclair is the largest independent TV broadcaster in the country, and we believe its commitment to the industry — along with its greater scale and sizable resources — will provide our stations, team members and business partners with new opportunities to flourish,” Fisher president and CEO Colleen B. Brown said in a statement. Read more

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Chelsea Kopta Signs Off From Spokane’s KHQ

Chelsea Kopta, a reporter and digital journalist at KHQ, signs off from the Spokane NBC affiliate Friday.

“It is with mixed emotions — excitement and a heavy heart — that I announce my departure from KHQ,” Kopta wrote on Facebook recently. “After two incredible years in Spokane, I am heading to the Big Apple to continue my career as a reporter in New York City!”

Before joining KHQ, Kopta also worked at KOMO in Seattle and KEPR in Pasco, Wash.

Anchor Whitney Ward Says Goodbye to KEPR

After two years at KEPR, Whitney Ward is saying goodbye to the CBS affiliate in Pasco, Wash.

Ward, who anchors the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts alongside Terry Chick, is leaving for a job in Spokane. She will sign off from KEPR at the end of this week.

KEPR says Ward’s spot at the anchor desk will be filled by Annie Andrews, who joins the station from KHGI-KWNB in Grand Island, Neb., where she is weekend anchor and reporter.

Former KIMA General Manager Ken Messer Dies

Former KIMA general manager Ken Messer died this morning from lung cancer. He was 70.

Messer spent 35 years at KIMA, the CBS-affiliate in Yakima. He joined the station in 1972 in the sales department, eventually working his way up to vice president and general manager of the station, as well as sister stations KEPR in Pasco, WA and KLEW in Lewiston, ID.

During his tenure at KIMA, Messer was awarded two Broadcaster of the Year awards, including one in 2005.

KEPR Anchor Terry Chick Recovering From Quintuple Bypass

Terry Chick is taking a break from the KEPR anchor desk as he recovers from open heart surgery.

Chick, who anchors the evening newscasts alongside Whitney Ward at the CBS-affiliate in Pasco, WA, had a quintuple bypass yesterday. His surgery took more than eight hours. According to the station, he is expected to be out of Intensive Care by Wednesday.

Chick began experiencing chest pains about a month ago. He has been chronicling his health journey on his Facebook page:

I sit at the desk every night during our 5 PM newscast giving you the latest health news. Now, I’ll get to find out how some of that relates to me.

Again, I hope to be back at that desk … right alongside Whitney Ward within a month. I know I have a long, hard road of recovery but I’ve been given a great chance here and it’s totally up to me not to screw it up.