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Nexstar to Launch News in HD for Marquette Station

nexstar_304Nexstar has announced changes to its CBS affiliate in Marquette, MI.

WJMN will soon broadcast a 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. show Monday thru Friday in HD from a new building. The new shows will come under the direction of newly announced news director Cynthia Thompson.

Thompson comes to WJMN from WBUP-WBKP in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where she was news director and station manager.

“Conversations with members of the local community continually revealed a need for quality local content and Nexstar’s investment in WJMN-TV’s news platform and technical infrastructure squarely addresses that need by delivering exceptional local news programming to viewers across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where, when, and how they want it,” said Joseph Denk, VP and GM of Nexstar Broadcasting Group’s WFRV-WJMN television and digital operations.

“Conversations with local community members have revealed that Marquette needs a fresh local news alternative that provides viewers compelling local content and the stories that matter,” said Thompson. “Localism will be the top priority of the LOCAL 3 News operation, as our goal is to be to the most current, dynamic resource in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for local news, weather and sports programming.”

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Nexstar Renews CBS Affiliation Agreements

Nexstar has renewed affiliation agreements with CBS for eight of its stations, the company announced today.

The long-term extensions are at KLBK in Lubbock, TX, KLST in San Angelo, TX, KTAB in Abilene, TX, WCIA in Decatur, IL, WFRV in Green Bay, WJMN in Marquette, WMBD in Peoria and WROC in Rochester. Mission Broadcasting has also renewed an affiliation agreement with CBS for KOLR in Springfield, MO, which Nexstar operates under a local marketing agreement.

“Our affiliation with CBS combined with our stations’ market-leading local news and unique community-focused programming allows us to deliver great entertainment and information to viewers as well as superior marketing solutions for advertisers,” Nexstar president and CEO Perry Sook said in a statement.

WFRV-WJMN President-GM Plans to Retire as Nexstar Takes Over

WFRV-WJMN president and general manager Perry Kidder, who has been with the Wisconsin-Michigan partner stations since 1974, announced that he will retire as soon as Nexstar Broadcasting‘s acquisition of the stations is finalized (WFRV report above).

“After 40 years in the business and 37 with this company, I made this thoughtful decision to retire,” Kidder said. “I am particularly gratified and honored to have worked with the talented and wonderful people at Channel 5 and Channel 3.”

WFRV (channel 5) is a CBS-affiliate based in Green Bay, WI and WJMN (channel 3) is run as its semi-satellite in Michigan’s Central Upper Peninsula. In April, Nexstar inked a deal to acquire the two stations from Liberty Media Corporation for $20 million.

Kidder joined WFRV-WJMN in 1974 and, after working in numerous sales positions, was named vice president and general manger in 1993. He was promoted to president-GM in 2007.

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Nexstar Plans to Launch Local News at Recently Acquired WJMN

When its recent deal for two affiliated stations in Green Bay and Marquette, MI closes, Nexstar Broadcasting plans to launch local news for the Marquette area.

Marquette’s WJMN is currently run as a satellite station of Green Bay’s WFRV, rebroadcasting its programming with the assistance of a small local crew. Nexstar president and CEO Perry Sook tells Broadcasting & Cable that the company plans to develop a unique, local identity for WJMN.

“We’ve found ways to make a lot of money on news in markets that size,” Sook told B&C. “We plan to develop a separate news presence and sales staff; local news is definitely a part of the future for that station.”

Nexstar agreed to a $20 million deal for the two stations earlier this week.

Nexstar Broadcasting Inks Deal for CBS-Affliates in Wisconsin and Michigan

Nexstar Broadcasting is set to acquire two CBS-affiliates, WFRV in Green Bay and WJMN in Marquette, MI, from an affiliate of Liberty Media Corporation for $20 million.

The deal boosts Nexstar’s standing “as a leading consolidator of stations in mid-sized markets through accretive transactions,” as Nexstar president and CEO Perry Sook romantically described it in a news release.

If approved by the FCC, the acquisition of WFRV and WJMN, which operates as a semi-satellite of the Green Bay station, will increase the number of CBS-affiliates in Nexstar’s stable to 13, and expand the number of stations, most of them in sub-100 DMAs, that the company owns and/or operates to 65.

Nexstar plans to make good on its investment in the stations by ringing out additional retrans revenues from WFRV and WJMN while also bolstering their online advertising.