|Industry||Broadcast and Digital|
|Michael Dell, founder|
OTA Broadcasting was founded in 2011 by Michael Dell's MSD Capital. It had been rumored that Dell formed OTA Broadcasting to buy stations that could be sold in the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) spectrum auction.
On October 4, 2013, Journal Broadcast Group announced that it had entered an agreement to sell KMIR-TV and KPSE-LD in Palm Springs, California to OTA. The acquisition closed in January 2014. KMIR became OTA's first station affiliated with one of the "Big Three" networks.
On April 13, 2017, the FCC announced that OTA's WEMW-CD was a successful bidder in the spectrum auction, and would be surrendering its license in exchange for $12,394,400. OTA surrendered WEMW-CD's license to the FCC for cancellation on July 21, 2017.
In November 2017, HC2 Holdings announced they were purchasing low-power television stations from OTA, including WKHU-CD Kittanning, PA, WMVH-CD in Charleroi, PA, WWKH-CD in Uniontown, PA, WWLM-CD in Washington, PA and WJMB-CD in Butler, PA for $275,000. In a separate deals, HC2 is buying KUGB-CD in Houston for $1.5 million and W21CK-D in Charlotte for $500,000.
On December 5, 2017, Ion exercised an option to buy the WLWC license for $150,000; the deal was made possible by a change in FCC ownership rules that eliminated the requirement that there be at least eight owners of television stations in a market following the formation of a duopoly. Ion also entered into a shared services agreement, retroactive to October 1, to operate WLWC.
|City of license / Market||Station||Channel
|Owned since||Network affiliation|
|San Rafael – San Francisco – San Jose||KTLN-TV||68 (47)||2011||Total Living Network|
|City of license / Market||Station||Channel
|Palm Springs||KMIR-TV||36 (46)||2014–2017||NBC affiliate owned by Entravision Communications|
|KPSE-LD||29 (50)||2014–2017||MyNetworkTV affiliate owned by Entravision Communications|
|Nashua – Boston||WYCN-CD||13 (36)||2013–2018||NBC owned-and-operated station (O&O)|
|Lenoir – Charlotte||WTBL-CD||49 (49)||2015–2017||defunct, License cancelled October 25, 2017|
|New York City||WEBR-CD||49 (17)||2012–2017||Universal Affiliates Network affiliate, WNDT-CD, owned by WNET|
|Bridgeport – Wheeling||WVTX-CD||28 (28)||2013–2017||defunct, License cancelled October 25, 2017|
|Pittsburgh||WEPA-CD||59 (16)||2013–2017||defunct, License cancelled October 25, 2017|
|WEMW-CD||59 (19)||2013–2017||defunct, License cancelled October 25, 2017|
|New Bedford – Providence||WLWC||28 (17)||2013–2018||Ion Life owned-and-operated station (O&O)|
|Houston||KUGB-CD||28 (28)||2013–2017||GEB America owned by HC2 Holdings|
|Bellingham – Seattle||KVOS-TV||12 (35)||2012–2018||Heroes & Icons owned-and-operated station (O&O), owned by Weigel Broadcasting|
|KFFV||44 (44)||2011–2018||MeTV owned-and-operated (O&O) station, owned by Weigel Broadcasting|
|Weirton||WJPW-CD||18 (18)||2013–2017||defunct, License cancelled October 25, 2017|
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- Malone, Michael (May 13, 2015). "OTA Broadcasting Picks Up North Carolina Station for Half Million". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
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- "FCC Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction — Auction 1001 Winning Bids" (PDF).
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- "Expanding Weigel Buys Into S.F., Seattle". TVNewsCheck.com. October 25, 2017. Retrieved November 4, 2017.
- "Application For Consent To Assignment Of Broadcast Station Construction Permit Or License". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. October 27, 2017. Retrieved October 30, 2017.
- "OTA Sheds TV Properties That Didn't Move In Incentive Auction - Radio & Television Business Report". www.rbr.com.