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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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Streaming TV Services Highlight Industry ‘At a Crossroads’

With the legal battle over streaming television service Aereo potentially headed to the Supreme Court, another streaming service, Syncbak, has secured investment money from CBS and support from the National Association of Broadcasters. USA Today reports the new technology proves the industry is “at a crossroads.”

Users download the Syncbak application, which uses a smartphone’s or tablet’s GPS to determine which available stations lie in the user’s vicinity. The affiliates determine which programming can be accessed through the application. WOI in Des Moines, for example, has most of its newscasts available for live streaming.

WOI Vice President and General Manager Russ Hamilton said he frequently uses the app to check in on his station’s programming. He said the application gets consistent usage, although actual numbers were not available. He said mobile television is likely here to stay. “I’m not smart enough to figure out the future of television, but it’s definitely headed that way,” he said. “People are on the go.” Read more

Meteorologist Ashton Altieri Joins WFAA

Meteorologist Ashton Altieri is joining WFAA, the ABC affiliate in Dallas-Fort Worth.

“In a few weeks I’ll be joining the weather team at WFAA in Dallas,” Altieri tweeted. “I’m thrilled to have this opportunity!”

Altieri signed off from KXTV, the ABC affiliate in Sacramento, in May.  He has previously worked at KUSA in Denver, WLNS in Lansing, Mich., WOI in Des Moines and WCBI in Columbus, Miss. [h/t NewsBlues]

Citadel Offers Politicians Five Minutes Free Air Time

Citadel Communications will give five minutes of free airtime to political candidates who want to introduce themselves and their campaign platform to voters, according to Broadcasting & Cable.

B&C said the stations allotting the time are WOI in Des Moines, IA, WHBF in Quad Cities,IL-IA, KCAU in Sioux City, IA, KLKN in Lincoln, NE and WLNE in Providence R.I.

The article said the station group has offered the free air time to candidates for eight years running.

Christina Palladino Joins WISN From WOI

Christina Palladino is the newest addition to WISN, the ABC-affiliate in Milwaukee.

“She’s an aggressive reporter who likes to dig for good stories,” WISN news director Lori Waldon said in a statement. “And she loves politics. Christina is a great addition to our very strong group of reporters.”

Palladino begins today as a weekday general assignment reporter for the evening newscasts. She was previously an anchor and reporter at WOI, the ABC-affiliate in Des Moines. Read more

How Much Money Did Stephen Colbert’s Super PAC Give to Iowa Stations?

Stephen Colbert‘s Super PAC, Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow, recently filed a document with the the Federal Election Commission, reporting its donations and expenditures as of January 30th.

In addition to reporting over a million dollars in donations, Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow also listed how much money it spent on running ads in Iowa before the state’s Republican caucus. Read more

Former WHO, WOI Anchor Dies at 38

Bobbi Jean Silvernail, who worked as an anchor and reporter for WHO and WOI in Des Moines, died suddenly on Sunday. She was 38.

Known to Iowa viewers as Bobbi Bergman, Silvernail worked as an anchor at NBC-affiliate WHO from 1999 to 2002. She joined ABC-affiliate WOI in 2005, working as a reporter and weekend anchor there until 2008.

On Saturday morning, Silvernail began suffering from shortness of breath, according to WHO, and eventually stopped breathing completely. Read more

WLNE Gets a Citadel Makeover

Providence ABC-affiliate WLNE, which was purchased last spring by Citadel Communications, has launched a new website with an updated logo as it prepares to begin broadcasting the news in HD.

The design of the new site, as well as the new logo, are similar to the refreshed looks of other Citadel stations, including KLKN in Lincoln and WOI in Des Moines.

WOI Boss Defends Decision Not to Air Colbert Ad: ‘It Was a Close Call’

WOI has been a favorite target of Stephen Colbert this past week, ever since the Des Moines ABC-affiliate decided not to air his satirical Super PAC ad in the days leading up to last weekend’s Iowa straw poll.

Colbert even called out station boss Ray Cole on Monday, offering a sort of apology for his criticism the previous week before joking about their chance meeting at the 2008 Emmy Awards (video inside). While Colbert has continued to poke fun of WOI, Cole is defending his station’s decision.

“This was a close call for us,” Cole told the Des Moines Register on Tuesday. “Our instincts are to grant access to our airwaves to qualified parties. We just felt this was too confusing. The straw poll isn’t a real election, but… it has a real impact.” Read more

Colbert Tries to Recruit WOI Reporter Katie Eastman

Stephen Colbert has gone after WOI during his past few shows, after the Des Moines ABC-affiliate refused to air his satirical Super PAC ad last week (video above). An unlikely byproduct of the feud is the growing national profile of WOI MMJ Katie Eastman, who Colbert has tried to recruit as his intrepid reporter on the inside.

A Facebook fan page has been set up in support of “Intrepid Cub Reporter Katie Eastman” joining “The Colbert Report,” and Colbert again lobbied for Eastman to join his cause on Monday (video inside). On Eastman’s own Facebook page, a growing number of people are urging her to join him. Read more