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Nexstar to Acquire Grant Company For $88M

nexstar logoNexstar Broadcasting is acquiring Grant Company, Inc. for $87.5 million. The deal, which is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014, will add seven stations in four markets to Nexstar’s portfolio.

The stations are WFXR and WWCW in Roanoke; WZDX in Huntsville, Ala.; KGCW and KLJB in Quad Cities, Iowa; and WLAX and WEUX in La Crosse, Wisc. After the Nexstar acquisition, Mission Broadcasting will purchase KLJB and subsequently enter into a local service agreement with Nexstar.

“We believe the acquisition of these stations and the expanded scale they bring to our operations combined with our record of building new local direct client relationships, success in expanding local programming and consistent growth in digital media and political revenues, position Nexstar to continue building long-term shareholder value,” Nexstar CEO Perry A. Sook said in a statement.

With the acquisition, Nexstar will own, operate, program or provide sales to 102 stations in 54 markets, reaching 15.5% of all U.S. television households.

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Dish Network Pulls Plug on Grant Stations Over Retrans Deal

Dish Network subscribers won’t be able watch their favorite shows on stations owned by Grant Communications until the two settle their dispute over retransmission fees.

On Saturday February 16, Grant’s four FOX affiliates, WZDX in Huntsville, AL, WFXR, Roanoke,VA, KLJB in Quad Cities and WLAX-WEUX in La Crosse, WI, as well as two CW stations and one MyNetworkTV station went dark as part of the dispute.

WZDX, the FOX affiliate in Huntsville posted a statement about the dispute on its website saying,

Contrary to what you may have been told or read, FOX 54 has asked Dish to pay rates comparable to those being paid by your local cable systems now. That is fair and equitable, as already determined by the marketplace. We understand the public’s frustration with this situation, and we remain committed to reaching a solution with Dish without disrupting FOX 54′s programming. Read more

Bob Grebe Leaves WDBJ to Anchor at Rival WFXR

Bob Grebe, a morning reporter for WDBJ in Roanoke, is leaving the station to join crosstown rival WFXR.

Grebe will anchor the morning newscast on Fox-affiliate WFXR , the Roanoke Times reports. The new show, which will be produced in conjunction with the news department at NBC-affiliate WSLS, will launch March 12.

“A few years ago I set goals of anchoring a morning newscast and staying in Roanoke,” Grebe wrote on Facebook. “With this new opportunity I was able to achieve both.”

Roanoke Stations Go Live with Breaking Coverage of Virginia Tech Shooting

Following a deadly shooting on the Virginia Tech campus that sparked memories of the massacre there in 2007, all of the news stations in Roanoke went live on Thursday afternoon.

As police continue to hunt down a gunman who killed two people, WDBJ, WSET, and WSLS have preempted their regularly scheduled programming to provide ongoing breaking news coverage.  Fox-affiliate WFXR has been carrying coverage from its sister station, WSLS. Read more

Former WDBJ Anchor-Reporter Joy Sutton to Launch Talk Show

Former WDBJ anchor and health reporter Joy Sutton is launching a new lifestyle show in Roanoke.  Filmed before a live studio audience, “Hour of Joy” will focus on positive news and inspirational stories.

“Ever since I was 13 years old, I always wanted to have my own talk show,” Sutton told WDBJ recently (video above). Read more

Roanoke Stations Cover Virginia Tech Incident

At just 40 miles away from Blacksburg, VA, Roanoke is the closest market to Virginia Tech University, the site of a 2007 massacre that left 33 dead. This morning, Roanoke stations were called to action again as Virginia Tech was put on lockdown after a group of children reported seeing a possible gunman on campus.

CBS affiliate WDBJ was the first station to report the news, breaking in at 9:56 a.m. with a special report anchored by Kimberly McBroom. ABC affiliate WSET was next at 9:57 a.m. with a report anchored by reporter Shelly Basinger (Noreen Turyn took over for subsequent updates.) Fox affiliate WFXR and NBC affiliate WSLS, who have a content-sharing agreement in Roanoke, reported the news on a simultaneous newscast anchored by WSLS reporter Erin Barnett at 10:56 a.m.

Of the four stations, WDBJ was the only station to take Virginia Tech’s 11 a.m. press conference live. Reporter Holly Pietrzak contribued reporting from Virginia Tech’s campus after the press conference concluded. WSET, which airs “The View” at 11 a.m., updated viewers on the content of the press conference in commercial breaks.