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Posts Tagged ‘Kevin Latek’

Gray Paying Cash for South Dakota Station

New_Gray_304Gray Television has announced an agreement to buy KEVN, the Rapid City, SD, FOX affiliate, from Mission TV, LLC for $7.75 million in cash.

“While the decision to sell is a difficult one,” William Reyner, president of Mission TV said in a statement. “I am confident that Gray Television’s resources, fine leadership and supportive management team will provide KEVN and its fine employees with tremendous opportunities to build upon their successes and better serve our loyal viewers.”

The deal, which is pending FCC approval, also includes KEVN’s satellite station in Lead, SD, KIVV.

“We expect KEVN-TV will integrate well with our recently announced proposed acquisition of the ABC affiliate in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and the NBC affiliates in the Fargo and the Minot-Bismarck, North Dakota, markets from Hoak Media,” said Kevin Latek, Gray’s SVP for Business Affairs.

Mission TV is not affiliated with Mission Broadcasting, Inc.

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Gray Buys Laredo Station Monday, Announces Launch of Digital ABC Affiliate Today

gray_abcABC has announced an affiliation agreement with Gray Television for the station group’s newly purchased Laredo, TX, station KGNS.

The new digital ABC affiliate is targeted for launch in February 2014 and will air the full ABC schedule including “Good Morning America, “World News Tonight” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Currently KGNS broadcasts NBC, the CW and Telemundo.

“Laredo’s number one local station, KGNS, is the logical choice to bring ABC’s news, entertainment and sports programming to the local community,” Kevin Latek, Gray’s SVP for Business Affairs said in a statement.  “And Gray is the logical choice to build the newest ABC affiliate as  Gray has launched four new CBS affiliates and one new NBC since September 2012.”

Monday, Gray announced the addition of KGNS as part of its purchase of Yellowstone Television.

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.

Fox Affiliate Association Hires Washington Law Firm

The Fox Affiliate Association, led by board chairman Brian Brady, has hired Washington, DC-based law firm Dow Lohnes to help the affiliated stations negotiate a relationship with their parent company.

“With the ever changing relationship between the Fox Network and its affiliates coupled with the paradigm shift in the industry, the board felt strongly that it needed legal representation to help navigate the sea change,” Brady, who is also the CEO of Northwest Broadcasting, said in a statement.

The relationship between Fox Broadcasting and its affiliates has been particularly rocky lately, with Fox insisting its affiliated stations pay a portion of the retransmission fees they receive from cable and satellite operators.

“The Fox affiliates have played a critical role in the success of the Fox Network, due in part to the strength of the Fox Affiliate Association,” Dow Lohnes partner Kevin Latek told TVNewsCheck. “The association is now working hard to ensure that Fox affiliates continue to excel in today’s dynamic media marketplace.”