Bonten Media Group

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Bonten Media Group, LLC
Private
Limited liability company
Industry Broadcast Television
Fate Acquired by Sinclair
Predecessor 14 stations from Bluestone Television
Successor Sinclair Broadcast Group
Founded November 2006 (2006-11)
Founders Randall D. Bongarten
Diamond Castle Holdings
Defunct September 1, 2017; 10 months ago (2017-09-01)
Headquarters Empire State Building, New York, New York, USA
Parent Diamond Castle Holdings

Bonten Media Group was a New York City-based owner of television broadcast stations in the United States. It was formed by Randall D. Bongarten and Diamond Castle Holdings in November 2006. Its first acquisition was 14 stations from Bluestone Television, founded by Sandy DiPasquale and Providence Equity Partners (who would later form Newport Television) on May 31, 2007.[1][2] Bluestone had acquired the same stations from Lamco Communications in 2004.[3] On January 1, 2008, Bonten entered into an agreement with Esteem Broadcasting to provide services to the Fox affiliates (WFXI/WYDO) in the Greenville-New Bern market, in addition to WEMT in the Tri-Cities area of Northeastern Tennessee and Southwestern Virginia, bringing the number of stations which Bonten Media Group owns or provides services up to 16 from 13.

On April 21, 2017, Sinclair Broadcast Group announced its intent to purchase the Bonten stations for $240 million. The deal came immediately following the re-instatement of the "UHF discount", which reduces the calculated "reach" of a station for the purposes of national ownership limits if it broadcasts on a UHF channel.[4] The sale was approved on June 30,[5] and the sale was completed on September 1.[6][7][8][9]

Former Bonten Media-owned stations[edit]

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

City of license / Market Station Channel
TV (RF)
Years owned Current ownership status
Redding - Chico -
Paradise, California
KRCR-TV 7 (7) 2007–2017 ABC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
KXVU-LP 17 2012–2017 Antenna TV affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
KCVU 20 (20) 2012–2017 1 Fox affiliate owned by Cunningham Broadcasting
(Operated through a SSA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
KRVU-LD 21 (21) 2012–2017 MyNetworkTV affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
KZVU-LD
(Satellite of KRVU-LD)
22 (22) 2012–2017 MyNetworkTV affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
KUCO-LP 27 2012–2017 Univision affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
KKTF-LD 30 (30) 2012–2017 UniMás affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Arcata - Eureka, California KAEF-TV
(Semi-satellite of KRCR)
23 (22) 2007–2017 ABC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
KBVU
(Semi-satellite of KCVU)
28 (28) 2012–2017 1 Fox affiliate owned by Cunningham Broadcasting
(Operated through a SSA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
KECA-LD 29 (29) 2012–2017 The CW affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
KEUV-LP 31 2012–2017 Univision affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Missoula, Montana KECI-TV 13 (13) 2007–2017 NBC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Kalispell, Montana KCFW-TV
(Semi-satellite of KECI)
9 (9) 2007–2017 NBC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Butte, Montana KTVM-TV
(Semi-satellite of KECI)
6 (6) 2007–2017 NBC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Bozeman, Montana KDBZ-CD
(Satellite of KTVM)
42 (42) 2007–2017 NBC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Greenville - New Bern -
Morehead City, North Carolina
WFXI 8 (8) 2007–2017 1 defunct, station signed-off in 2017.
WYDO
(Satellite of WFXI)
14 (47) 2007–2017 1 Fox affiliate owned by Cunningham Broadcasting
(Operated through a SSA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
WCTI-TV 12 (12) 2007–2017 ABC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Abilene, Texas KTXS-TV 12 (12) 2007–2017 ABC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
KTES-LD 40 (40) 2007–2017 MeTV affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
San Angelo, Texas KTXE-LD
(Satellite of KTXS)
38 (38) 2007–2017 ABC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Bristol, Virginia - Greeneville -
Johnson City -Kingsport, Tennessee
WCYB-TV 5 (5) 2007–2017 NBC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
WEMT 39 (38) 2007–2017 1 Fox affiliate owned by Cunningham Broadcasting
(Operated through a SSA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)

Note:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ DiPasquale moving Wichita business to Kansas City, Wichita Business Journal, 3 August 2007, Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  2. ^ BlueStone Television to Acquire Lamco Communications, BusinessWire.com, 14 January 2014, Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  3. ^ Former KWCH owner buys 12 stations, makes Wichita base, Wichita Business Journal, 25 January 2004, Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Sinclair Buying Bonten Stations For $240M". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved 21 April 2017. 
  5. ^ FCC Approves Sinclair-Bonten Deal, Broadcasting & Cable, 30 June, 2017, Retrieved 30 June, 2017.
  6. ^ Sinclair Closes On Acquisition Of Bonten Media Group Holdings, Inc., Sinclair Broadcast Group, 5 September, 2017, Retrieved 6 September, 2017.
  7. ^ Consummation Notice, CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, Retrieved 6 September, 2017.
  8. ^ Consummation Notice, CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, Retrieved 6 September, 2017.
  9. ^ Consummation Notice, CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, Retrieved 6 September, 2017.