Quincy Newspapers has announced it is adding nine stations in four markets by buying five stations outright and agreeing to provide operating services to four more.
From Granite Broadcasting, Quincy will buy NBC affiliate WEEK in Peoria, IL, NBC/MyTV affiliate KBJR and its satellite KRII in Duluth, MN/Superior, WI, and CBS/CW affiliate WBNG in Binghamton, NY. Quincy is buying ABC/CW affiliate WPTA in Ft. Wayne, IN, from Malara Broadcasting.
Quincy will also provide operating services to Sinclair Broadcasting Group’s ABC/CW affiliate WHOI and Four Seasons Broadcasting’s WAOE in Peoria, IL, as well as SagamoreHill Broadcasting’s newly acquired stations NBC/MyTV affiliate WISE in Ft. Wayne, IN, and CBS/CW affiliate KDLH in Duluth, MN.
“We are thrilled to acquire these stations as well as the operating agreements for the others,” Ralph M. Oakley, president and CEO of Quincy said in a statement. “Our company is committed to the communities and regions it serves by providing the best in local news, community affairs and entertainment. We also are strong supporters of social service and non-profit organizations in our markets.”
With the recent deal, Quincy will own and/or operate 23 stations in 14 markets in the US. According to Quincy, “SagamoreHill Broadcasting, a privately held company is led by President and CEO Louis Wall.”