Gray Television

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Gray Television, Inc.
Type Public
Traded as NYSEGTN
Industry Broadcast television
Founded 1946
Headquarters Atlanta, Georgia,
Albany, Georgia
Area served United States (Nationwide)
Key people Hilton Howell (President)
Products 41 terrestrial TV stations
Revenue $332.1 million USD (2006)
Employees 2,086
Website www.gray.tv

Gray Television, Inc. is a communications company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, with administrative offices in Albany, Georgia. Established in 1946 by James Harrison Gray, a naturalized New Englander who moved to Southwest Georgia, he formed Gray Communications System (now Gray Television) which has grown since 1993 into a modern-day, successful television group based out of Atlanta, Georgia through a series of acquisitions ranging from 1993-2002.

Gray Television currently owns 41 television stations serving 30 mainly mid-size and small-size media markets. (The highest-ranked market that Gray serves is Knoxville, Tennessee, the 59th ranked market in 2008.) Three of the stations are affiliated with Fox, 8 are with ABC, 10 are with NBC, one is with Antenna TV, and 19 are affiliated with CBS.

The company’'s 45 secondary channels are affiliated with the major broadcast networks: Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS, and the two minor networks The CW, MyNetworkTV; along with the several new syndicated digital sub-channels that are offered to various local TV stations across the country: This TV, Me-TV, and Antenna TV. In addition, it broadcast 9 local news/weather secondary digital sub-channels.

The combined Station Group has 21 stations ranked #1 in local news audience and 21 stations ranked #1 in overall audience within their respective markets based on the results of the average of the Nielsen February, May, and July and 2008 ratings reports. The combined TV Station Group reached approximately 6.1% of the total U.S.A.'s TV households.

History[edit]

In 2006, the Company spun off its five daily newspapers and wireless messaging business into the newly formed Triple Crown Media, which subsequently merged with Host Communications.

On July 30, 2009, Gray Television was awarded a contract to manage seven Young Broadcasting-owned stations. Through December 31, 2012, Gray will earn $2.2 million and an opportunity to earn additional specified incentive fees if certain performance targets are exceeded.[1][2][3]

On November 4, 2013, Gray Television announced that it would purchase Yellowstone Holdings for $23 million, adding local stations: KGNS-TV, KGWN, KCWY, and KCHY-LP.[4] Three weeks later, on November 20, Gray announced it would purchase Hoak Media and Parker Broadcasting for $335 million, and North Dakota's Fox affiliate KNDX/KXND for $7.5 million. In part of the deal, stations KAQY, KHAS-TV, and KXJB, was proposed to be sold to Excalibur Broadcasting and operated by Gray under a "local marketing agreements".[5] On December 19, it was announced that stations KREX-TV and WMBB will be sold to Nexstar Broadcasting Group, while KFQX will be sold to Mission Broadcasting.[6] On March 25, 2014, Prime Cities Broadcasting, owner of KNDX/KXND, requested that the FCC dismiss the sale of KNDX/KXND to Excalibur.[7]

The sale was completed on June 13, 2014. However, some stations were forced to go off the air and programming being move to a multicast stream on adjacent channels, due to some stations unable to receive regulatory approval, after FCC recent ruling on joint sales agreements. Those silent stations will then be sold off to minority interest, pending FCC approval.[8][9]

On July 24, 2014, SJL Broadcasting announced that it would sell WJRT-TV, WTVG and WT05 to Gray, for $128 million.[10][11] The sale was completed on September 15.[12]

Television stations owned and operated by Gray Television[edit]

(Stations arranged alphabetically by state and by city of license).

Notes:

  • (++) – Indicates a station previously owned by Benedek Broadcasting. All stations except for KGWN/KSTF, were acquired by Gray in 2002.
  • (¤¤) – Indicates a station owned by Hoak Media, prior to its acquisition by Gray in 2014.
City of license / Market Station Channel
TV (RF)
Owned Since Network Affiliation
Dothan, Alabama WTVY ++ 4 (36) 2002 CBS
MyNetworkTV (DT2)
The CW (DT3)
WRGX-LD 23 (23) 2013 NBC
Colorado Springs, Colorado KKTV ++ 11 (49) 2002 CBS
MyNetworkTV (DT2)
Grand Junction, Colorado KKHD-LP 8 (20) 2013 ABC
The CW (DT2)
KKCO 11 (12) 2005 NBC
Me-TV (DT2)
Telemundo (DT3)
Panama City, Florida WJHG-TV 7 (8) 1960 NBC
The CW (DT2)
WECP-LD 18 (18) 2012 CBS
MyNetworkTV (DT2)
Augusta, Georgia WRDW-TV 12 (12) 1996 CBS
MyNetworkTV (DT2)
Antenna TV (DT3)
Thomasville, Georgia - Tallahassee, Florida WCTV-TV 6 (46) 1996 CBS
MyNetworkTV/This TV (DT2)
Valdosta, Georgia - Albany, Georgia WSWG
(Semi-satellite of WCTV)
44 (43) 2005 CBS
MyNetworkTV (DT2)
The CW (DT3)
Freeport - Rockford, Illinois WIFR ++ 23 (41) 2002 CBS
Antenna TV (DT2)
South Bend, Indiana WNDU-TV 16 (42) 2006 NBC
Antenna TV (DT2)
Topeka, Kansas WIBW-TV ++ 13 (13) 2002 CBS
MyNetworkTV/Me-TV (DT2)
Wichita, Kansas KAKE-TV ++ 10 (10) 2002 ABC
Me-TV (DT2)
Colby, Kansas KLBY ++
(Satellite of KAKE)
4 (17) 2002 ABC
Me-TV (DT2)
Garden City, Kansas KUPK ++
(Satellite of KAKE)
13 (13) 2002 ABC
Me-TV (DT2)
Bowling Green, Kentucky WBKO ++ 13 (13) 2002 ABC
Fox (DT2)
The CW (DT3)
Lexington, Kentucky WKYT-TV 27 (36) 1993 CBS
The CW (DT2)
Hazard, Kentucky WYMT
(Semi-satellite of WKYT)
57 (12) 1993 CBS
Alexandria, Louisiana KALB-TV ¤¤ 5 (35) 2014 NBC
CBS (DT2)
Monroe, Louisiana KNOE-TV ¤¤ 8 (8) 2014 CBS
ABC (DT2)
The CW (DT3)
Flint - Saginaw, Michigan WJRT-TV 12 (12) 2014 ABC
Onondaga - Lansing, Michigan WILX-TV ++ 10 (10) 2002 NBC
Meridian, Mississippi WTOK-TV ++ 11 (11) 2002 ABC
MyNetworkTV (DT2)
The CW (DT3)
Helena, Montana KMTF 10 (29) 2014 The CW
KTVH-DT 12 (12) 2014 NBC
Washington - Greenville, North Carolina WITN-TV 7 (32) 1997 NBC
MyNetworkTV (DT2)
Me-TV (DT3)
Lincoln, Nebraska KOLN 10 (10) 1998 CBS
NBC (DT2)
Grand Island, Nebraska KGIN
(Satellite of KOLN)
11 (11) 1998 CBS
NBC (DT2)
Superior, Nebraska KSNB-TV 4 (4) 2013 NBC
MyNetworkTV/Me-TV (DT2)
North Platte, Nebraska KNOP-TV ¤¤ 2 (2) 2014 NBC
Fox (DT2)
KNPL-LD
(Semi-satellite of KOLN)
10 (25) 1998 CBS
KIIT-CA ¤¤ 11 2014 Fox
Omaha, Nebraska WOWT ++ 6 (22) 2002 NBC
Reno, Nevada KOLO-TV 8 (8) 2002 ABC
Bismarck, North Dakota KFYR-TV ¤¤ 5 (31) 2014 NBC
Fox (DT2)
Me-TV (DT3)
Dickinson, North Dakota KQCD ¤¤
(Satellite of KFYR)
7 (7) 2014 NBC
Fox (DT2)
Me-TV (DT3)
Minot, North Dakota KMOT ¤¤
(Satellite of KFYR)
10 (10) 2014 NBC
Fox (DT2)
Me-TV (DT3)
Williston, North Dakota KUMV-TV ¤¤
(Satellite of KFYR)
8 (8) 2014 NBC
Fox (DT2)
Me-TV (DT3)
Fargo, North Dakota KVLY-TV ¤¤ 11 (44) 2014 NBC
CBS (DT2)
Me-TV (DT3)
Toledo, Ohio WTVG 13 (13) 2014 ABC
The CW (DT2)
Rapid City, South Dakota KEVN-TV 7 (7) 2014 Fox
Lead, South Dakota KIVV-TV
(Satellite of KEVN)
5 (5) 2014 Fox
Sioux Falls, South Dakota KSFY-TV ¤¤ 13 (13) 2014 ABC
The CW (DT2)
Aberdeen, South Dakota KABY-TV ¤¤
(Satellite of KSFY)
9 (9) 2014 ABC
The CW (DT2)
Pierre, South Dakota KPRY-TV ¤¤
(Satellite of KSFY)
4 (19) 2014 ABC
The CW (DT2)
Knoxville, Tennessee WVLT-TV 8 (11) 1996 CBS
MyNetworkTV (DT2)
Laredo, Texas KGNS-TV 8 (8) 2013 NBC
ABC (DT2)
Telemundo (DT3)
Sherman, Texas KXII 12 (12) 1999 CBS
MyNetworkTV (DT2)
Fox (DT3)
Waco, Texas KWTX-TV 10 (10) 1999 CBS
The CW (DT2)
Bryan, Texas KBTX-TV
(Semi-satellite of KWTX)
3 (50) 1999 CBS
The CW (DT2)
Charlottesville, Virginia WVAW-LD ++ 16 (16) 2002 ABC
WCAV 19 (19) 2004 CBS
WAHU-CD 27 (40) 2005 Fox
MyNetworkTV/This TV (DT2)
Harrisonburg, Virginia WHSV-TV ++ 3 (49) 2002 ABC
MyNetworkTV/Me-TV (DT4)
WSVF-CD 43 (43) 2012 Fox
CBS (DT2)
Eau Claire/La Crosse, Wisconsin WEAU 13 (38) 1998 NBC
The Local AccuWeather Channel (DT2)
Antenna TV (DT3)
Madison, Wisconsin WMTV ++ 15 (19) 2002 NBC
WeatherNation TV (DT2)
Antenna TV (DT3)
Wausau, Wisconsin WSAW-TV ++ 7 (7) 2002 CBS
MyNetworkTV (DT2)
Huntington - Charleston, West Virginia -
Portsmouth, Ohio
WSAZ-TV 3 (23) 2005 NBC
MyNetworkTV (DT2)
WQCW 30 (17) 2014 The CW
Parkersburg, West Virginia WTAP-TV ++ 15 (49) 2002 NBC
WOVA-LD 22 (22) 2012 Fox
WIYE-LD 47 (47) 2012 CBS
MyNetworkTV (DT2)
Casper, Wyoming KCWY-DT 13 (13) 2013 NBC
Cheyenne, Wyoming KGWN-TV ++ 5 (30) 2013 CBS
The CW (DT3)
KCHY-LP
(Satellite of KCWY)
13 2013 NBC
Scottsbluff, Nebraska KSTF ++
(Semi-satellite of KGWN)
10 (29) 2013 CBS

Former Gray stations[edit]

City of license / Market Station Channel TV (RF) Years Owned Current Ownership Status
El Dorado, Arkansas - Monroe, Louisiana KTVE 10 (27) 1967–1996 NBC affiliate owned by Mission Broadcasting
(operated through a LMA by Nexstar Broadcasting Group)
KAQY 11 (11) 2 Silent station, KMLU, owned by Legacy Broadcasting
Albany, Georgia WALB-TV 1 10 (10) 1954–1998 NBC affiliate owned by Raycom Media
Fargo, North Dakota KXJB-TV 4 (38) 2 Silent station, to be owned by Major Market Broadcasting
Grand Junction, Colorado KJCT 3 8 (7) 2013-2014 Cozi TV affiliate owned by Chang Media Group
Winchester, Virginia TV3 Winchester 4 3
(Cable Only)
2007–2013 defunct

Notes:

  • 1 Former flagship station
  • 2 Owned by Parker Broadcasting, Gray operated KAQY & KXJB under a shared services agreement, with sister stations KNOE & KVLY, respectively.
  • 3 Owned by Excalibur Broadcasting, Gray operated KJCT under a Local marketing agreement, with sister station, KKCO.
  • 4 TV-3 Winchester was Winchester, Virginia's cable-only ABC affiliate. The station is a joint operation of WHSV-TV of Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Shenandoah University, and appeared on cable systems located only in the northern Shenandoah Valley counties. The channel was also simulcasted on WHSV-DT3.

Management of Young Broadcasting stations[edit]

On July 22, 2009, a New York bankruptcy judge approved a plan transferring ownership of Young Broadcasting and its stations to the company's secured lenders. The plan included Gray Television coming in as an outside party and advise on operations of Young-owned stations in seven markets through December 2012. (The new Young Broadcasting still has final word on the stations' operations, including programming and personnel.)[1][3]

The Young-owned stations managed by Gray Television include:

Young Broadcasting would retain ownership of all of its stations, including three stations that Gray would not operate: KRON-TV in San Francisco, California, WATE-TV in Knoxville, Tennessee, and WLNS-TV in Lansing, Michigan, the latter two due to Gray already owning stations in those markets. Gray considered the possibility of purchasing the Young stations if they go on the market.[13]

The agreement ended without any further extensions on December 31, 2012, and Young eventually agreed to a merger with Media General in mid-2013.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Banks' Bid on Young Stations Clears Hurdle", from broadcastingcable.com, 7/22/2009
  2. ^ "Gray to manage most Young stations", from rbr.com, 7/22/2009
  3. ^ a b Who's Really Running Young Broadcasting?" from tvnewscheck.com, 2/1/2011
  4. ^ "Gray Buying Yellowstone Stations". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Gray Buying Hoak, Prime Stations For $342.5M". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Gray Sell Grand Junction Duop To Nexstar, "TVNewsCheck", 19 December 2013
  7. ^ Paxson, Ann Thomas (March 25, 2014). "Re: Prime Cities Broadcasting, Inc. Request for Dismissal of Group Application for Assignment of Broadcast Station License(s)…" (PDF). CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  8. ^ Gray closes Hoak deal; completes refinancing., rbr.com, Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  9. ^ Press Release from Gray Television, 13 June 2014
  10. ^ "Gray Buys Stations in Flint, Toledo For $128M". TVNewsCheck. 24 July 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  11. ^ Baird, Kirk (29 August 2014). "TV in the news Channels 24, 13 expanding newscasts; CW13 to replace WT05". The Toledo Blade. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  12. ^ Gray Closes on Flint, Toledo Station Buys, TVNewsCheck, Retrieved 15 September, 2014
  13. ^ "Gray Sees Young Stations As Possible Buy", from tvnewscheck.com, 3/1/2011

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