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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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Man Talked Off KYTX Tower During 6:00 News

A man who climbed the transmission tower of Tyler, TX, CBS affiliate KYTX was safely removed by police just before the end of the station’s 6:00 p.m. news.

At around 4:30 Wednesday afternoon, a KYTX employee saw a man later identified as Claude Allen Lacy on the station tower. At the time, Lacy was approximately 50 feet up the tower. By the time police arrived, KYTX said he had climbed down to around 25 feet then slowly made his way back up the ladder as the afternoon progressed.

The station lead with the story on its 6:00 p.m. news. KYTX reporter Field Sutton was on scene at the tower located behind the station. KYTX devoted the last 20 minutes of the newscast to the stand-off between police and Lacy that ended with Lacy coming off the tower shortly before 7:00 p.m. You can watch the video of the incident after the jump. Read more

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

Hayley Wielgus Debuts as WWSB Morning Anchor

Hayley Wielgus made her WWSB debut on Monday, joining the Sarasota ABC-affiliate’s morning and noon newscasts. Wielgus, who comes to WWSB from KYTX in Tyler, TX, will anchor the station’s daytime newscasts alongside veteran meteorologist John Scalzi, who recently renewed his contract.

“I am delighted to welcome Hayley to the Suncoast’s #1 news team,” exclaimed Jeff Whitson, WWSB’s vice president and general manager, in making the announcement. “I know that she and John will make a great team, and I’m very excited and optimistic about the future of our morning, and noon, broadcasts.”

Wielgus is replacing Linda Carson, who anchored WWSB’s morning and noon newscasts for the past year. Carson is now working as a senior reporter and fill-in anchor with the station.

Before serving as a reporter-anchor for KYTX, Wielgus, a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, worked for Bloomberg TV in D.C. covering politics and the economy.

“I couldn’t be happier about living on the Suncoast and joining such a respected news organization,” Wielgus said.