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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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50 Years of KIII’s ‘Domingo Live’

domingo liveKIII, the ABC affiliate in Corpus Christi, will broadcast a special edition of “Domingo Live” on Sunday to mark the show’s 50th anniversary.

“We are so proud and honored to present this special program to the viewers of South Texas,” KIII vice president and general manager Dan Robbins said in a statement. “It’s a great opportunity to showcase the history of the program that celebrates the culture, music and community events of the entire Coastal Bend.”

According to KIII, “Domingo Live” is the longest-running locally produced live music and information show in the country. The two-hour special will originate from the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds in Robstown, Texas in conjunction with local radio station KSAB’s annual Cinco De Mayo Festival.

VIDEO: Explosion Near KIII Studio Rocks Morning Newscast

A home located five blocks away from the KIII studio exploded this morning during the Corpus Christi ABC affiliate’s morning newscast, startling anchors Jane Monreal and John Thomas and meteorologist Kristin Diaz.

“The studio had a little bit of a ruckus. We’ll have to see what that’s about. We might be making our own news,” Monreal said immediately afterwards.

At least two people were injured in the explosion, which happened at 5:30 a.m., KIII reports. [h/t Jacob Wycoff]

KRIS Adds Paul Alexander as News Director, Mike Gillaspia as Morning Anchor

KRIS, the NBC affiliate in Corpus Christi, has hired Paul Alexander as news director and Mike Gillaspia (pictured) as morning co-anchor.

“Both will be great additions to our staff,” KRIS general manager Greg McAlister told TVSpy in an email.

Alexander joins KRIS from KVEO, the NBC affiliate in Brownsville, Texas. KRIS has been without a permanent news director since Sandra Richards was let go last year. Alexander will officially begin at KRIS in August. Gillaspia, who begins in July, comes from KWES in Midland, Texas, where he is the 6 and 10 p.m. anchor. He replaces Dave Froehlich, who is joining KTBC in Austin, as morning co-anchor.

McAlister told TVSpy KRIS has also hired Alan Harwell, a former sportscaster at rival KIII who was let go several years ago due to budget cuts. In his break from television, Harwell has been coaching at two local high schools. Read more

KIII Expands Morning Newscast on Subchannel

Corpus Christi ABC affiliate KIII has expanded its morning newscast into the 7 a.m. hour on a digital subchannel.

“We are pleased to add another hour of 3News First Edition for our viewers who want more local information during that important hour,” VP-GM Dan Robbins said in a statement. “The format will provide more time for special issues and a variety of topics for our viewers.”

The additional hour will be helmed by morning anchors John Thomas and Jane Monreal and meteorologist Kristin Diaz. “Good Morning America” will continue to be seen at 7 a.m. on KIII’s main channel.

Longtime Texas Anchor Walter Furley Dies

Walter Furley, who spent 45 years as a reporter and anchor in Corpus Christi died Wednesday. He was 84.

Furley had non-Hodgkin lymphoma, according to the AP. He joined KZTV, the CBS affiliate in Corpus Christi, in 1957, serving as a reporter, anchor and eventually news director. He retired in 2002.

Corpus Christi ABC affiliate KIII interviewed Furley’s family about the longtime anchor. Video is after the jump. Read more

Weathercaster Caitilin Espinosa Joins KRIV

Weathercaster Caitilin Espinosa is joining the morning newscast at KRIV, the Fox O&O in Houston. Her first day will be October 14.

Espinosa, a Houston native, comes from KIII in Corpus Christi, where she has been the weekday morning weather anchor since 2010. She has also worked at KVEO in Brownsville and KXXV in Waco.

“I am overjoyed to be returning to my hometown, where my family, friends and heart have always been,” Espinosa said in a statement. “I look forward to joining the talented team at KRIV and can’t wait to give viewers the information they need to get their days started, as well as keeping them informed when severe weather arises.”

Jane Monreal Joins KIII As Morning Co-Anchor

Jane Monreal is joining KIII as morning co-anchor, the Corpus Christi ABC affiliate announced today.

Monreal was most recently a reporter and fill-in anchor at KCNC, the CBS O&O in Denver. Prior to that, she spent five years as a reporter at KABC, the ABC O&O in Los Angeles. Monreal will share the anchor desk with John Thomas, who currently anchors solo.

“I’m excited about being part of a station and news team that has such a strong tradition of excellence and commitment to the community,” Monreal said in a statement. “Everything I’ve learned about the station and South Texas indicatesa  bright future ahead. I believe it’s a good time to be here.”

National Communications to Acquire KUQI in Corpus Christi

National Communications will acquire Corpus Christi Fox-affiliate KUQI from High Maintenance Broadcasting, the two companies announced today.

The deal is expected to be approved by the FCC in the second half of 2012. After it completion, National will “enter into sales, programming and other shared services agreements with London Broadcasting Company,” according to a statement. London Broadcasting is the owner of KIII, the ABC-affiliate in Corpus Christi.

KUQI does not currently have a news department, but the station simulcasts the 9 p.m. newscasts from Houston’s KRIV.

“We are excited to be entering the Corpus Christi market and look forward to building upon the platform that currently exists,” National Communications president Lester Langley said in a statement. Read more

KIII Adds Half-Hour to Morning Newscast

KIII is expanding its weekday morning newscast.  Beginning this week, the Corpus Christi ABC-affiliate is adding an extra thirty minutes to its morning show, moving its start time to 5:00 a.m.

“We are proud to be able to provide an additional half-hour of morning news to the viewers of South Texas,” KIII news director Richard Longoria said, announcing the programming change. “We’ll continue to make sure our viewers have all the information they need to get their day going.”

The change to the morning newscast, which will continue to be anchored by John Thomas and Caitlin Espinosa, comes two weeks after the station introduced veteran Texas broadcast executive Dan Robbins as its vice president and general manager. Read more

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