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Nexstar and Mission to Acquire Five Stations

Nexstar Broadcasting and Mission Broadcasting are acquiring five stations, three from Citadel Communications and two from Stainless Broadcasting, for $103.25 million. The transaction is expected to be approved in the first quarter of 2014.

Citadel Communications will sell WOI in Des Moines, KCAU in Sioux City and WHBF in Rock Island, Ill., to Nexstar for $88 million. Nexstar will begin operating the three stations immediately under a time brokerage agreement, according to Nexstar.

Mission Broadcasting will acquire two stations in Binghamton, N.Y. — Fox affiliate WICZ and MyNetworkTV affiliate WBPN — from Stainless Broadcasting for $15.25 million.

“The acquisition of the Des Moines and Sioux City stations marks Nexstar’s entrée into Iowa, an important state for political advertising activity, while the Rock Island station also reaches Iowa and will benefit from efficiencies related to Nexstar’s existing operations in Illinois where we now operate or provide services to six stations,” Nexstar chairman and CEO Perry A. Sook said in a statement.

With the acquisitions, Nexstar will own, operate or provide services to 96 stations in 51 markets, reaching 14.6 percent of all U.S. television households.

The official announcement from Nexstar is after the jump. Read more

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Eva Zaccaria Joins WICZ in Binghamton

Eva Zaccaria is joining WICZ, the Fox affiliate in Binghamton, N.Y.

She moves to Binghamton from New York City, where she worked as the sideline reporter for Verizon FiOS1 Sports, as well as an editor and production assistant for a sports YouTube channel called The NOC.

Zaccaria will be a weekend sports anchor and weekday news reporter at WICZ. [h/t NewsBlues]

DirecTV Subscribers Now Able to Watch Super Bowl on Northwest Stations

With the Super Bowl looming this weekend, Northwest Broadcasting has decided to temporarily return its stations to DirecTV.

Northwest Broadcasting, which pulled its station’s from DirecTV on January 1st as the two parties could not reach a new retrans deal, has agreed to a four-week cease-fire.

“We’re happy that Northwest granted our request to put the channels back on while we negotiate a deal,” said Dan Hartman, DirecTV’s senior VP of programming, in a statement. “The channels have now been restored and we are looking forward to getting a deal done as quickly as we can.”

DirecTV subscribers in parts of Washington, Oregon, and  New York will now be able to enjoy the Super Bowl on Sunday.  Northwest stations returning to DirecTV are KAYU in Spokane, KFFX in Yakima, KMVU in Medford, and WICZ in Binghamton.