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Sinclair Closes on Titan Station Buy

sinclair_304Sinclair Broadcast Group has closed on its acquisition of the stock and broadcast assets of four Titan Broadcast stations.

The cash deal, worth more than $115 million, also includes Sinclair taking over Titan’s sales and service agreements with two stations.

Sinclair adds FOX affiliate KMPH and CW affiliate KFRE in Fresno-Visalia, CA, FOX affiliate KPTM in Omaha, NE, and FOX affiliate KPTH in Sioux City, IA. Sinclair will operate CW affiliate KXVO  in Omaha, NE, and CBS affiliate KMEG in Sioux City, IA.

According to The Baltimore Sun, “Once all the recently announced deals are finalized, Sinclair will own and operate, program or provide sales services to 162 television stations in 77 markets.”

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Sinclair Buys Four Titan Stations, Agrees to Operate Two

Sinclair Broadcast Group has announced it will buy the stock and broadcast assets of four Titan Broadcast Management TV stations and assume Titan’s agreements to provide sales and services to two others.

“We are pleased to bring the TTBG stations into the Sinclair portfolio,” said David Smith, president and CEO of Sinclair in a statement. “They will complement the California properties we are acquiring from Fisher, as well as add to our Iowa presence and give us our first stations in Nebraska. We welcome all of them to the Sinclair group.”

The six stations are in three markets reaching 1% of US TV households. Sinclair put the purchase price at $115.35 million and expects the transaction to close and fund late in the third quarter early in the fourth quarter of 2013 pending FCC approval. Read more

KCAU Appoints Sports Director to News Anchor, Adds New Sports Director

After 24 years serving as KCAU‘s sports director, Tim Seaman (right) is sliding his chair over a bit to co-anchor the station’s nightly newscasts.

The Sioux City ABC-affiliate announced this week that Seaman would replace longtime anchor Larry Wentz on the 5, 6, and 10 p.m. newscasts. Wentz is currently recovery from liver transplant surgery.

With Seaman moving to news anchor, KCAU has tapped Travis Morgan, a veteran of the Sioux City market, as his successor on the sports desk. Read more

KVLY-KXJB Hires Two Multimedia Journalists

Two new multimedia journalists will join KVLY-KXJB in Fargo next week: Tony Ullrich (pictured) and Robert Hahn, news director Griff Potter announced in a staff memo today.

Ullrich joins KVLY-KXJB from KOMU in Columbia, MO, where he has been a multimedia journalist, weekend anchor and live truck operator since 2008. He began his television career at KMEG, the CBS-affiliate in Sioux City, IA.

Hahn joins the Fargo duopoly from Bay News 9 in St. Petersburg, where he is an anchor and multimedia journalist. He has previously worked at KWGN in Cheyenne and WFXL in Albany, GA.

Former Microsoft Employee Named KMEG-KPTH News Director

Aaron Weiss has been named news director of KMEG-KPTH in Sioux City, IA.

“Aaron brings to us a terrific news pedigree, a track record of ratings success and a deep understanding of new and social media,” said Steve Scollard, vice president and general manger of KMEG and KPTH, in announcing the hiring.

Weiss has a unique background that includes significant experience in the software industry, including time working as a program manager at Microsoft.

Most recently, Weiss served as news integration manager at KGW in Portland, where he received several Edward R. Murrow Awards for his work producing breaking news coverage. Read more

WUSA’s Angie Goff Set to Join Rival WRC in Washington, DC

Angie Goff, who has been the morning traffic and entertainment reporter at Washington, DC CBS affiliate WUSA since 2007, announced yesterday that she will join rival station WRC, the NBC O&O, this fall.

“Excited to announce I’m joining NBC Washington as the new weekend morning anchor,” Goff wrote on her Facebook page.

Goff was born in South Korea and moved to DC-suburb Herndon, VA, when she was a teenager. A graduate of George Mason University, she has previously worked at both KMEG in Sioux City and WIS in Columbia, SC as an anchor-reporter.

Goff’s Facebook and Twitter accounts have been flooded with well-wishes from viewers in the past day, prompting her to Tweet, “Overwhelmed with all the congrats! Thank you so much everybody! Remember to keep those story tips and ideas coming!”