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Marshall Broadcasting Group Buys Three Nexstar Stations For $59M

nexstar logoMarshall Broadcasting Group is buying three Fox affiliates from Nexstar — KMSS in Shreveport, La., KPEJ in Odessa-Midland, Texas, and KLJB in Quad Cities, Iowa — for $58.5 million.

Marshall Broadcasting is a “newly formed minority owned media entity owned 100% by Pluria Marshall Jr.,” according to Nexstar. The company will fund the acquisition through borrowings guaranteed by Nexstar. According to the FCC, African-Americans control less than 1 percent of all television broadcast stations.

“We believe the proposed transaction announced today presents an ideal framework for introducing and incubating a new, minority-controlled entrant to broadcasting, and for bringing additional news, information and specialized programming to MBG’s markets at the earliest possible opportunity,” Nexstar CEO Perry A. Sook said in a statement.

Marshall will launch local news and minority-focused public affairs programs at each station.

“With Nexstar’s support and commitment to guarantee financing for the Shreveport, Odessa-Midland and Quad Cities station purchases, we believe we are establishing a new paradigm that addresses recent proposed FCC regulation changes while expanding the opportunity for minority broadcasters to play a greater role in the U.S. broadcasting industry as owners and operators of television stations,” Marshall said.

More from Nexstar after the jump. Read more

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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.

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

Andy Cunningham Joins WDSU From WKYT

Andy Cunningham is joining WDSU, the NBC affiliate in New Orleans.

Cunningham moves to Louisiana from Kentucky, where he has been a general assignment reporter at WKYT in Lexington since March. This is Cunningham’s second stint at the station. He previously worked there from 2007-09.

Cunningham has also been a reporter at KABB in San Antonio, KFXA in Cedar Rapids and KLJB in Davenport, Iowa.

KWQC Expands Reach in the Quad Cities

KWQC, the NBC affiliate for the Quad Cities, will begin producing the nine p.m. news for KLJB, the local FOX affiliate, starting December 31.

In a statement posted to the KWQC websiteKathy DeBoeuf, assistant general manager of KLJB, said, “We’re thrilled to enter into this partnership with KWQC, the Quad Cities news leader.  With their outstanding reputation of news story-telling and quality production, this partnership with KWQC is a perfect fit for our station.  We are confident that FOX 18 will continue to provide our viewers and advertisers the distinctive news programming they have come to know and expect.

KWQC’s vice president and general manager, Ken Freedman, added, “KWQC is committed to producing a high quality newscast for FOX 18 and as such will be hiring a dedicated team to ensure not just the quality of their Nine O’clock News, but to make sure we continue to maintain the quality of our own news and entertainment programs.”

KWQC also announced it began producing news and weather reports for Clear Channel radio stations in the Quad Cities area on Monday and in return, the Clear Channel stations have been providing entertainment and music updates to the TV station.

[qctimes.com]

Anchor Kim Johnson Joins KTVX From KLJB

Kim Johnson is the new weekend anchor at Salt Lake City ABC-affiliate KTVX.

Johnson joins the station from KLJB, the Fox-affiliate in the Quad Cities of eastern Iowa and west-central Illinois, where she is the primary anchor. Prior to joining KLJB in 2010, Johnson worked at WGBA in Green Bay and WDIO in Duluth.

Johnson will sign off from KLJB on July 26.