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Gray Television and Excalibur Broadcasting have agreed to acquire 15 stations from Hoak Media and Parker Broadcasting for $335 million.
The 20 stations that Gray and Excalibur will acquire from Hoak and Parker are KSFY, KABY and KPRY in Sioux Falls, S.D.; KVLY and KXJB in Fargo, N.D.; KNOE and KAQY in Monroe, La.; KFYR, KMOT, KUMV and KQCD in Minot, N.D.; WMBB in Panama City, Fla.; KALB in Alexandria, La.; KREX, KREY, KFQX and KREG in Grand Junction, Co.; KNOP and KIIT in North Platte, Neb.; and KHAS in Lincoln, Neb.
Due to FCC ownership requirements, Gray will sell Hoak’s stations station in Panama City, Fla. and four stations in Grand Junction, Co., bringing the total number of stations acquired to 15.
Excalibur has also agreed to acquire two more stations from Prime Cities Broadcasting, KNDX and KXND in Minot, N.D., for $7.5 million.
Gray will provide back-office services and limited programming to the Excalibur stations in Lincoln, Fargo, Minot and Monroe through a shared services agreement.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring the Hoak, Parker and Prime Cities television stations into the Gray community,” Gray President and CEO Hilton Howell said in a statement. “These transactions will yield impressive synergies, many of which are unique to Gray given how well the stations’ locations, operations and culture complement our own.”
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.
Robin Huebner is making good on her threat to sue KVLY-KXJB for age and gender discrimination. The former anchor filed a lawsuit against Hoak Media, the parent company of the Fargo duopoly, in federal court yesterday.
The dispute between Huebner and station management has been an extremely public battle since August, when general manager Jim Wareham announced she would be reassigned from her longtime post as 6 and 10 p.m. anchor. In October, Huebner gave her two-weeks notice, saying she felt she had no other option; she says station management responded by immediately showing her the door.
“Anybody can file a lawsuit,” Wareham said. “We’ll see how her claims do in court.” Read more
Fargo’s KVLY-KXJB is striking back against allegations made by former anchor Robin Huebner, who claimed in The Forum yesterday that she was immediately shown the door after putting in her two-weeks notice.
In August, Huebner announced on-air that she was leaving her established spot on the 10 p.m. newscast and would instead be anchoring at 5:30, as well as 6:00.
Huebner told Fargo’s The Forum that she put in her two-weeks notice on Monday and management responded by immediately showing her the door. An attorney for Huebner said that she was left with little choice following her high-profile demotion. Read more