Hopefully this will push along HD
From the Abilene Reporter Newswww.reporternews.com/news...
The sale of the San Angelo broadcasting company that owns Abilene's Fox affiliate should have little effect on programming, said Bill Carter president of Sage Broadcasting.
On Monday Carter announced the sale of Sage -- currently owned by the Shindler family of Houston -- to Houston-based Bayou City Broadcasting, but he would not release the deal's value, citing a confidentiality agreement.
Although Bayou City will assume the station's programming responsibilities soon, viewers will see little change and the sale will not affect the station's staff, Carter said.
"I'll just be sitting in another room as a non-decision maker," he said.
The sale depends on approval from the Federal Communications Commission, which could take 45 to 60 days.
Pending the FCC's approval, Bayou City will assume programming responsibilities immediately through a local market agreement.
KXVA-TV (channel six on SunddenLink) began broadcasting in Abilene in 2001. Previously, KIDZ-TV had broadcast Fox programming on a low-power signal since 1992, according to Reporter-News archives.
Sage's San Angelo Fox affiliate, KIDY-TV, was an original Fox Network station that began broadcasting in 1986.
All of Sage's Big Country affiliates were included in the deal with Bayou City, including My Network TV affiliates KIDZ-LP Abilene, KIDU-LP Stamford, KIDB-CA Brownwood, KIDB-CA Sweetwater and KIDV-LP in Albany. Fox Broadcasting Company owns MyNetworkTV, which began broadcasting in 2006 on former UPN and WB affiliates.
Bayou City Broadcasting was recently founded by its president and chief executive officer DuJuan McCoy, a 19-year veteran of television sales, and Sage's stations are its first acquisition, Carter said.