Hoak Media

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Hoak Media Corporation is a broadcast media company based in Dallas, Texas. Hoak owns eighteen television stations (including satellites), all in medium and small-markets, mostly in the Great Plains states and Colorado. Hoak Media was established in August 2003.

On November 20, 2013, Gray Television announced it was purchasing Hoak Media and Parker Broadcasting, excluding KREX (and its satellites), KFQX and WMBB (which cannot be sold to Gray as they already operate stations in the markets affected). Some of Hoak's stations will be sold to Excalibur Broadcasting and operated by Gray under local marketing agreements.[1] On December 19, it was announced that KREX & WMBB will be sold to Nexstar Broadcasting Group, while KFQX will be sold to Mission Broadcasting.[2]

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.[3][4]

Stations[edit]

Stations are arranged alphabetically by state and by city of license.

Current[edit]

City of license / Market Station Channel
TV (RF)
Owned Since Network Affiliation
Wichita Falls, Texas KAUZ-TV 1 6 (22) 2003 CBS
The CW (DT2)

Notes:

  • 1 Owned by Hoak, KAUZ is operated through JSA and SSA by Drewry Communications, owner of KSWO-TV. Sale to KAUZ Media, Inc., pending FCC approval.

Former[edit]

City of license / Market Station Channel
TV (RF)
Years Owned Current Ownership Status
Grand Junction, Colorado KFQX 1 4 (15) 2003-2014 Fox affiliate owned by Parker Broadcasting
(Operated through LMA by Nexstar Broadcasting Group)
KREX-TV 5 (2) 2003-2014 CBS affiliate owned by Nexstar Broadcasting Group
KGJT-CD 27 (27) 2003-2014 MyNetworkTV affiliate owned by Nexstar Broadcasting Group
Glenwood Springs, Colorado KREG
(Satellite of KREX)
3 (23) 2003-2014 CBS affiliate owned by Nexstar Broadcasting Group
Montrose, Colorado KREY
(Satellite of KREX)
10 (13) 2003-2014 CBS affiliate owned by Nexstar Broadcasting Group
Panama City, Florida WMBB 13 (13) 2008-2014 ABC affiliate owned by Nexstar Broadcasting Group
Alexandria, Louisiana KALB-TV 5 (35) 2008-2014 NBC affiliate owned by Gray Television
Monroe, Louisiana KNOE-TV 8 (8) 2007-2014 CBS affiliate owned by Gray Television
KAQY 1 11 (11) 2008-2014 Dark station, KMLU, owned by Legacy Broadcasting
Hastings, Nebraska KHAS-TV 5 (5) 2005-2014 Dark station, KNHL, owned by Legacy Broadcasting
North Platte, Nebraska KNOP-TV 2 (2) 2005-2014 NBC affiliate owned by Gray Television
K11TW 11 2005-2014 Fox affiliate, KIIT-CA, owned by Gray Television
Bismarck, North Dakota KFYR-TV 5 (31) 2007-2014 NBC affiliate owned by Gray Television
Dickinson, North Dakota KQCD
(Satellite of KFYR)
7 (7) 2007-2014 NBC affiliate owned by Gray Television
Minot, North Dakota KMOT
(Satellite of KFYR)
10 (10) 2007-2014 NBC affiliate owned by Gray Television
Williston, North Dakota KUMV-TV
(Satellite of KFYR)
8 (8) 2007-2014 NBC affiliate owned by Gray Television
Fargo, North Dakota KXJB-TV 1 4 (38) 2007-2014 Independent station to be owned by Major Market Broadcasting
KVLY-TV 11 (44) 2007-2014 NBC affiliate owned by Gray Television
Sioux Falls, South Dakota KSFY-TV 13 (13) 2007-2014 ABC affiliate owned by Gray Television
Aberdeen, South Dakota KABY-TV
(Satellite of KSFY)
9 (9) 2007-2014 ABC affiliate owned by Gray Television
Pierre, South Dakota KPRY-TV
(Satellite of KSFY)
4 (19) 2007-2014 ABC affiliate owned by Gray Television

Notes:

Carriage dispute with Dish Network[edit]

On June 5, 2012, all of Hoak's stations were pulled from Dish Network after they failed to renew a carriage agreement. The refusal to renew reportedly surrounds Dish Network's "Hopper" digital video recorder and its controversial commercial-skipping feature AutoHop—which has also led to complaints from the major U.S. television networks. Dish Network's senior vice president of programming scolded the company for its decision to pull its channels from the service, believing that their decision disrespects "customer control" over programming.[5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gray Buying Hoak, Prime Stations For $342.5M". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Gray Sell Grand Junction Duop To Nexstar, TVNewsCheck, 19 December 2013
  3. ^ Gray closes Hoak deal; completes refinancing., rbr.com, Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  4. ^ Press Release from Gray Television, 13 June 2014
  5. ^ "Because of dispute, DISH customers lose Hastings' KHAS-TV". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  6. ^ Jeffrey, Don (June 5, 2012). "Dish’s Ad-Skip Tool May Benefit From Cablevision DVR Case". Bloomberg. Retrieved June 5, 2012.