Bonten Media Group

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Bonten Media Group, LLC
Industry Broadcast Television
Founded 2006
Founders Randall D. Bongarten & Diamond Castle Holdings
Headquarters New York City
Website www.bontenmedia.com

Bonten Media Group is 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 group of 14 stations from Bluestone Television, founded by Sandy DiPasquale (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 a the calculated "reach" of a station for the purposes of national ownership limits if it broadcasts on a UHF channel.[4]

Stations owned by Bonten Media[edit]

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

City of license / Market Station Channel
TV (RF)
Owned since Network affiliation
Redding - Chico - Paradise, California KRCR-TV 7 (7) 2007 ABC
MeTV (DT2)
KXVU-LP 17 2012 Antenna TV
KCVU 1 20 (20) 2012 Fox
KRVU-LD 21 (21) 2012 MyNetworkTV
KZVU-LD
(Satellite of KRVU-LD)
22 (22) 2012 MyNetworkTV
KUCO-LP 27 2012 Univision
KKTF-LD 30 (30) 2012 UniMás
Arcata - Eureka, California KAEF-TV
(Semi-satellite of KRCR)
23 (22) 2007 ABC
MeTV (DT2)
KBVU 1
(Semi-satellite of KCVU)
28 (28) 2012 Fox
KECA-LD 29 (29) 2012 The CW
MyNetworkTV (DT2)
KEUV-LP 31 2012 Univision
Missoula, Montana KECI-TV 13 (13) 2007 NBC
MeTV (DT2)
Kalispell, Montana KCFW-TV
(Semi-satellite of KECI)
9 (9) 2007 NBC
MeTV (DT2)
Butte, Montana KTVM-TV
(Semi-satellite of KECI)
6 (6) 2007 NBC
MeTV (DT2)
Bozeman, Montana KDBZ-CD
(Satellite of KTVM)
42 (42) 2007 NBC
MeTV (DT2)
Greenville - New Bern -
Morehead City, North Carolina
WFXI 1 8 (8) 2007 Fox
WYDO 1
(Satellite of WFXI)
14 (47) 2007 Fox
WCTI-TV 12 (12) 2007 ABC
Abilene, Texas KTXS-TV 12 (12) 2007 ABC
The CW (DT2)
MeTV (DT3)
KTES-LD 40 (40) 2007 MeTV
San Angelo, Texas KTXE-LD
(Satellite of KTXS)
38 (38) 2007 ABC
The CW (DT2)
MeTV (DT3)
Bristol, Virginia - Greeneville - Johnson City -
Kingsport, Tennessee
WCYB-TV 5 (5) 2007 NBC
The CW (DT2)
WEMT 1 39 (38) 2007 Fox

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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. 

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