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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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Juan Carlos Fanjul Signs Off From WPEC

WPEC weekend anchor Juan Carlos Fanjul is leaving the West Palm Beach CBS affiliate, according to Gossip Extra’s Jose Lambiet.

According to Lambiet, Fanjul wants to “seek other opportunities.” The departure comes seven months after Fanjul was was moved from weekday mornings to weekend evenings at WPEC. His last broadcast was Sunday.

Prior to joining WPEC in 2008, Fanjul worked at WGN in Chicago, WSVN in Miami and WHBF in Rock Island, Ill.

Meteorologist Anthony Peoples Joins WHBF

After seven years at WQAD in the Quad Cities, meteorologist Anthony Peoples is joining rival WHBF.

Peoples signed off from ABC affiliate WQAD in November. Beginning February 25, Peoples will serve as the morning meteorologist for CBS affiliate WHBF. He will join anchor Meredith Dennis on the newscast.

“We’re excited about Anthony joining our team, particularly in the mornings,” news director Heather Stevenson said in a statement. “He shares our commitment to being the most local newscast in the Quad Cities and his knowledge and experience, together with his positive personality, should be a perfect fit and just what morning news viewers are looking for.”

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.

How Did 27 Stations End Up With Identical Scripts For a Story About Conan O’Brien?

Conan O’Brien poked fun at content-sharing in local news this week, showing a clip on his show of several anchors repeating the same phrase — “push the envelope” — while reporting on the late night host’s plans to officiate a same-sex wedding on his show.

The original source of the copy was CBS Newspath, according to staffers at two stations featured in the clip. Although “Conan” only showed 18 stations, a search of TVEyes.com reveals that 27 stations reported the story using identical wording (a full list, including markets and affiliations, is after the jump.)

The script was tease copy for Monday’s “Eye on Entertainment” package, filed by CBS Newspath correspondent Sandra Hughes. The full version reads: “Conan O’Brien may be about to push the envelope on late night television. And British songstress Adele seems to have pushed her voice too far. CBS’ Sandra Hughes has those stories and more, in your Monday morning ‘Eye on Entertainment.’”

South Bend’s WSBT, which was featured in the Conan clip, addressed the situation on the 6 a.m. newscast this morning, calling it the “dark secret” of the news business. Read more

Citadel Communications CEO on WLNE’s Genie Bra Infomercial: ‘We Would Never Do That’

“We would never do that,” Citadel Communications CEO Phil Lombardo said about WLNE‘s airing of a Genie Bra infomercial in place of local news last week, a story first reported by TVSpy.

In a new interview with Broadcasting & Cable, Lombardo says that he is looking to move beyond the “unfortunate” Genie Bra incident and focus on building the Providence ABC-affiliate into a station that doesn’t have to rely on quick revenue fixes.

Lombardo tells B&C that he plans to improve the fortunes of his newly acquired station by improving WLNE’s news product. “We’ll try to make the news better and more viewer-friendly,” he said, “so we can become better citizens in the community.”

Lombardo also says that WLNE will begin broadcasting the news in HD by the end of the summer.

“Nobody is HD in the market,” said Lombardo. “All my stations are HD.” Read more