Big change in the Lincoln/Kearney/GI market. Gray (KOLN) is buying all of the Hoak stations except KHAS, and will operate KHAS for Excalibur broadcasting (a partner of theirs). Sort of makes my original idea earlier about KLKN make even more sense in my mind...could be interesting how this all shakes out.
NEBRASKA/NORTH DAKOTA/SOUTH DAKOTA:
Gray TV will have a virtual triopoly in the Lincoln-Tri Cities market and a virtual duopoly in the Bismarck-Minot market under deals announced Wednesday. Gray will buy all but one of Hoak Media's stations while Gray shared services partner Excalibur Broadcasting will buy Parker Broadcasting's stations and the remaining Hoak station for a combined $335 million. Separately, Excalibur will buy Prime Cities Broadcasting's stations in the Bismarck-Minot market for $7.5 million. Here's how the TV landscape would look if the deals get regulatory approval:
Lincoln-Tri Cities: Gray already owns CBS affiliate KOLN/10.1 (Lincoln) and satellite KGIN/11.1 (Grand Island) and recently purchased My Network TV affiliate KSNB-TV/4.1 (Superior) through failing station waiver. NBC affiliate KHAS-TV/5.1 (Hastings) would be sold to Excalibur and operated by Gray. KOLN/KGIN and KHAS currently have separate news departments.
North Platte: NBC affiliate KNOP/2.1 and low-power FOX affiliate K11TW, which is rebroadcast on a KNOP subchannel, would be sold to Gray. Gray already owns low-power CBS affiliate KNPL-LD/11.1, which recently converted from a translator to a locally-identified station with local newscasts competing with KNOP. The low-power stations don't count towards ownership caps.
Sioux Falls: Gray would buy ABC affiliate KSFY/13.1 (Sioux Falls) and satellites KABY/9.1 (Aberdeen) and KPRY/4.1 (Pierre). KSFY carries CW+ on a subchannel.
Fargo: Gray would buy NBC affiliate KVLY-TV/11.1 (Fargo), while CBS affiliate KXJB/4.1 (Valley City-Fargo) would be sold to Excalibur and operated by Gray. The two stations are already jointly operated.
Bismarck-Minot: Gray would buy NBC affiliates KFYR-TV/5.1 (Bismarck), KMOT/10.1 (Minot), KQCD/7.1 (Dickinson), and KUMV/8.1 (Williston). FOX affiliates KNDX/26.1 (Bismarck) and KXND/24.1 (Minot) would be sold to Excalibur and operated by Gray. KNDX/KXND does not have a news department. (11/20/2013)