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Lockwood Broadcast Group Announces Plans for Knoxville Duopoly

Lockwood Broadcast Group announced Tuesday that it will acquire WMAK in Knoxville from Daystar Television. When the deal closes, the station will form a duopoly with WBXX, Lockwood’s CW affiliate in Eastern Tennessee.

Lockwood has applied to change the WMAK call letters to WKNX when the deal closes, which is expected to be in the first quarter of 2013 pending FCC approval.

“We’re excited about adding WKNX, ‘The Knox’ to our growing group of stations. This is a terrific opportunity to better serve the community and advertisers in Knoxville and maximize the wonderful resources in place at WBXX,” Lockwood president Dave Hanna said in a statement.

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WATE and WBXX Team Up For New 10 p.m. Newscast in Knoxville

ABC affiliate WATE and CW affiliate WBXX announced a new partnership to produce a 10 p.m. nightly newscast in Knoxville market. The new show will be 35 minutes long and will begin in early August.

This is not WATE’s first time in the 10 p.m. timeslot. The station formerly produced the evening news for WTNZ, the Knoxville Fox affiliate. That arrangement was terminated in March, when WTNZ announced a new partnership with WBIR, the NBC affiliate.

“We’re glad to be back in the 10 p.m. time slot,” WATE news director Jamie Foster said in a press release. “A lot of viewers have asked if we’re going to do a 10 p.m. news again. We know they’ll be excited as we are.”

WATE will switch to high definition for the broadcasts in the fall. The new broadcast will air seven days a week, with Kristen Farley anchoring on weeknights.

Acme Reports Slight Increase in Station Revenue

Acme Communications, which currently owns and operates three stations in addition to producing the syndicated morning show “The Daily Buzz,” announced that it saw a 2% increase in station revenue in the first quarter, compared to the same period last year.

The 2% increase is from Acme’s “continuing” stations, since the company recently sold off three of its properties (WBXX in Knoxville, WBDT in Dayton, and WCWF in Green Bay). Acme currently owns KWBQ and KASY in Alberquerque-Santa Fe and WBUW in Madison.

“Market conditions continue to improve and we are cautiously optimistic that this positive trend will continue at our three remaining continuing stations and ‘The Daily Buzz’ through the remainder of the year,” said Doug Gealy, Acme’s president and CEO, in a press release.

Revenues at “The Daily Buzz” increased 16% for the quarter.

Shedding Stations, Acme Reports Transitional 2010

Acme Communications, whose roster of stations is dwindling, announced financial results this week for the fourth quarter as well as the full year of 2010, emphasizing that management is in the process of essentially righting the ship.

LIN Media recently took over Acme’s stations in Dayton and Green Bay while Lockwood Broadcast Group is set to purchase Knoxville’s WBXX. Acme excluded these stations from its financial results, stressing to shareholders that it was working to quell losses and cut costs.

“During this past year we made significant progress on our overarching goal of monetizing our assets for the benefit of our shareholders,” Doug Gealy, ACME’s President and CEO, said in a news release. “With our stations in Knoxville, Dayton and Green Bay expected to be sold in the current quarter, we expect to begin returning a meaningful portion of the cash component of those proceeds to our shareholders and will work to reduce corporate costs to reflect the reduced scale of our operations.” Read more

ACME Sells Knoxville’s WBXX to Lockwood Broadcast

ACME Communications announced on Tuesday that it has reached an agreement to sell WBXX to the Lockwood Broadcast Group for $5.6 million.

Lockwood’s all-cash purchase of the Knoxville CW-affiliate is now subject to approval by the FCC. ACME expects the deal to close by the end of the second quarter of 2011.

“The strategic monetization of this station reflects our focus on maximizing our assets to the benefit of our shareholders,” said Doug Gealy, ACME’s president and CEO, in making the announcement.

“Lockwood Broadcast Group acquires a station with a loyal audience base and a solid local management team. We thank all of our employees at WBXX for their hard work and dedication over the years.”

Lockwood Broadcast currently owns CW-affiliates in Huntington, WV, Huntsville, AL and Ada, OK.