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Gannett to Acquire Six London Broadcasting Stations For $215M

gannett logoGannett Co. will purchase six stations in Texas from London Broadcasting for $215 million. The stations are KCEN in Waco-Temple-Bryan, KYTX in Tyler-Longview, KIII in Corpus Christi, KBMT and digital subchannel KJAC in Beaumont-Port Arthur, KXVA in Abilene-Sweetwater and KIDY in San Angelo.

The acquisition is the latest expansion of Gannett, which nearly doubled its broadcast portfolio with the acquisition of Belo in December. “The addition of these stations will expand Gannett’s reach into some of the fastest growing markets in the nation and furthers our successful transformation into a diversified multi-media company,” Gannett president and CEO Gracia Martore said in a statement.

The transaction is expected to close this summer. After the closing, London Broadcasting Company COO Phil Hurley will continue to lead the stations.

The release is after the jump. Read more

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London Broadcasting Promotes Justin Riggan to VP-GM of KIDY-KXVA

Justin Riggan has been named vice president and general manager of two London Broadcasting Fox affiliates in Texas: KIDY in San Angelo and KXVA in Abilene.

Riggan joins the stations from another London Broadcasting station, KYTX in Longview, where he has been general sales manager since 2009. Prior to that, he was general sales manager for KTAB-KRBC in Abilene.

“We are extremely pleased to have someone of Justin’s character and experience on our management team and are very happy to provide this opportunity of increased responsibility to him,” London Broadcasting EVP-COO Philip Hurley said in a statement. Read more

Is Content Sharing Good or Bad for Local Stations?

The New York Times’ Brian Stelter examines content sharing as a “survival strategy” for local stations, noting the increase of shared-services agreements “resembles the retrenchment of the American newspaper industry, but it has been far less publicized.”

Stelter takes a look at the San Angelo market, which is home to Fox-affiliate KIDY, CBS-affiliate KLST and NBC-affiliate KSAN. KLST and KSAN operate under a shared service agreement, which the FCC estimates exist in at least 83 of the 210 U.S. television markets:

The anchors are different at the NBC station KSAN and the CBS station KLST, but they read similar scripts in side-by-side studios. It’s almost comical, for a viewer flipping the channel back and forth, to see identical segments about spot news and health. (The weather segments, however, have different graphics and hosts.) Read more