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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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David Praga Upped to VP of Fisher Communications

David Praga has been promoted to vice president of Fisher Communications. In his new role, Praga will continue to serve as GM of KIMA-KEPR-KUNW in Yakima and KLEW in Lewiston.

“David is a strong, motivating leader who understands the important role television stations play in their local communities,” John Tamerlano, SVP of Fisher regional television, said in a statement.

Praga began his career at KEPR two decades ago as a sales assistant and has held various positions at the station, including operations director, account executive and station manager. He has been general manager at the stations since March 2011.

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.