Speaking of mergers and buyouts, LIN Media announced that it has bought all of New Vision Television's stations - KOIN (CBS, Portland, OR), WIAT (CBS, Birmingham, AL), KSNW (NBC, Wichita, KS) and its satellites, KHON-TV (Fox/CW, Honolulu, HI) and its satellites, WKBN-TV (CBS, Youngstown, OH), WYFX-LD (Fox, Youngstown, OH), WJCL (ABC, Savannah, GA), KSNT (NBC, Topeka, KS), KTMJ-CD (Fox, Wichita, KS) and KIMT (CBS/MyTV, Mason City, IA) - plus operational control of three stations owned by PBC Broadcasting (WYTV (ABC/MyTV, Youngstown, OH), WTGS (Fox, Savannah, GA) and KTKA-TV (ABC/CW, Topeka, KS)). The group deal is expected to be completed later this year.
It beats me why LIN is buying up the group, especially since it has recently completed the sales of two stations in Ohio to other buyers (first, WWHO (CW, Columbus, OH) to Manhan Media but controlled by Sinclair's WSYX; then, WUPW to American Spirit Media but controlled by Raycom's WTOL).
And speaking of WUPW: That station will be upgrading its WTOL-produced newscasts to HD later this month. Until then, it is still in 4:3 SD.