Barrington Broadcasting

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Barrington Broadcasting Group, LLC
Former type Private
Industry Mass media
Genre Television broadcasting
Fate Acquired by Sinclair
Successors Sinclair Broadcast Group
Founded May 2003
Founders Keith Bland
Chris Cornelius
Mary Flodin
K. James Yager
Defunct November 25, 2013
Headquarters Schaumburg, Illinois, USA
Number of locations Fifteen ranked television markets (U.S.)
Key people K. James Yager, CEO
Warren Spector, CFO
Services Broadcasting
Parent Pilot Group

Barrington Broadcasting Group, LLC (best known as Barrington Broadcasting), headquartered in Schaumburg, Illinois was an American corporation focused on broadcast television, primarily in middle and small size media markets. Barrington owned or operated via duopoly twenty-four television stations, with the potential to reach 3.4 percent of households in the U.S.[1] It was owned by Pilot Group, a private equity firm.

History[edit]

Barrington Broadcasting was formed in May 2003 by a group of former Benedek Broadcasting executives. With Benedek having filed for bankruptcy and divested itself of all television properties in 2002, former President K. James Yager along with Senior Vice-Presidents Chris Cornelius, Keith Bland, and Mary Flodin pooled their talents to create a new company to focus solely on medium and small market broadcasting.[2]

The company began operations in January 2004 with its purchases of former Benedek stations WHOI-TV (Peoria, Illinois) and KHQA-TV (Hannibal, Missouri/Quincy, Illinois) along with WEYI-TV in Vienna Township, Michigan. Barrington grew slowly at first, adding five more stations between 2004 and early 2006. A major expansion took place on August 11, 2006 when Raycom Media agreed to sell twelve of its network-affiliated TV stations to Barrington for $262 million.[3] In recent years Barrington has been at the forefront of integrating social media and the internet into their on-air content.[2]

In late 2012, it was announced that Pilot Group had put Barrington up for sale and that both Nexstar Broadcasting Group and Sinclair Broadcast Group were in final talks to acquire the full regiment of stations.[4] On February 28, 2013, Barrington announced that it would sell its stations to Sinclair.[5] The sale was granted FCC approval on November 18.[6] The transaction was formally consummated on November 25.[7]

Former Barrington-owned stations[edit]

Stations are arranged in alphabetical order by state and city of license.

Notes:

  • (**) – Indicates that it was acquired by Barrington Broadcasting as its founding stations.
  • (++) – Indicates a station acquired from Raycom Media in 2006.
City of license / Market Station Channel
TV (RF)
Years Owned Current Ownership Status
Colorado Springs - Pueblo, Colorado KXRM-TV ++ 21 (22) 2006-2013 Fox affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
KXTU-LD ++ 57 (20) 2006-2013 The CW affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Albany, Georgia WFXL ++ 31 (12) 2006-2013 Fox affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Peoria - Bloomington, Illinois WHOI ** 19 (19) 2004-2013 ABC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Marquette, Michigan WLUC-TV ++ 6 (35) 2006-2013 NBC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Saginaw - Bay City - Flint - Midland, Michigan WEYI-TV 25 (30) 2004-2013 NBC affiliate owned by Howard Stirk Holdings
(Operated through a LMA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
WBSF 46 (46) 2004-2013 The CW affiliate owned by Cunningham Broadcasting
(Operated through a LMA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
Traverse City - Cheboygan - Cadillac -
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
WPBN-TV ++ 7 (47) 2006-2013 NBC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
WTOM-TV ++
(Satellite of WPBN)
4 (35) 2006-2013 NBC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
WGTU 1 29 (29) 2009-2013 ABC affiliate owned by Cunningham Broadcasting
(Operated through a LMA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
WGTQ 1
(Satellite of WGTU)
8 (8) 2009-2013 ABC affiliate owned by Cunningham Broadcasting
(Operated through a LMA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
Columbia - Jefferson City, Missouri KRCG 13 (12) 2005-2013 CBS affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Hannibal, Missouri - Quincy, Illinois - Keokuk, Iowa KHQA-TV ** 7 (7) 2004-2013 CBS affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Kirksville, Missouri - Ottumwa, Iowa KTVO ++ 3 (33) 2006-2013 ABC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Syracuse, New York WSTM-TV ++ 3 (24) 2006-2013 NBC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
WTVH 5 (47) 2 CBS affiliate owned by Granite Broadcasting
(to be operated under a JSA/SSA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
WSTQ-LP ++ 14 (3.2) 2006-2013 The CW affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Toledo - Findlay, Ohio WNWO-TV ++ 24 (49) 2006-2013 NBC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Columbia, South Carolina WACH ++ 57 (48) 2006-2013 Fox affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Florence - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina WPDE-TV 15 (16) 2005-2013 ABC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
WWMB 21 (21) 3 The CW affiliate owned by Howard Stirk Holdings
(Operated through a LMA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
Amarillo, Texas - Clovis, New Mexico KVII-TV 7 (7) 2005-2013 ABC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
KVIH-TV
(Satellite of KVII)
12 (12) 2005-2013 ABC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Harlingen - McAllen - Brownsville, Texas KGBT-TV ++ 4 (31) 2006-2013 CBS affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group

Other Notes:

Company Management[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Us". Barrington Broadcasting corporate website. 2012. Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Malone, Michael (2011). "K. James Yager, CEO and Co-founder, Barrington Broadcasting Group, LLC". Broadcasting & Cable magazine via website. Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Barrington and Raycom Announce Completion of Transaction for Twelve Television Stations". Raycom Media website. 11 August 2006. Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Sinclair, Nexstar in Running for Barrington". TV News Check-Jack Messmer. 29 November 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Malone, Michael (February 28, 2013). "Sinclair's Chesapeake TV Acquires Barrington Stations". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  6. ^ FCC approves sales of three Syracuse TV stations cnyradio.com, Retrieved 19 November, 2013
  7. ^ http://www.sbgi.net/site_mgr/temp/Barrington%20Closes.pdf