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Tegna Inc.
PredecessorBroadcasting arm of the Gannett Company
FoundedJune 29, 2015; 8 years ago (2015-06-29)
Key people
  • Television
  • Internet media
  • Digital marketing services
RevenueIncrease US$3.28 billion (2022)
Increase US$991 million (2022)
Increase US$631 million (2022)
Total assetsIncrease US$7.33 billion (2022)
Total equityIncrease US$3.07 billion (2022)
Number of employees
c. 6,300 (2022)
SubsidiariesKing Broadcasting Company
Footnotes / references

Tegna Inc. (stylized in all caps as TEGNA) is an American publicly traded broadcast, digital media and marketing services company headquartered in Tysons Corner, Virginia.[3][4] It was created on June 29, 2015, when the Gannett Company split into two publicly traded companies. Tegna comprised the more profitable broadcast television and digital media divisions of the old Gannett, while Gannett's publishing interests were spun off as a "new" company that retained the Gannett name. Tegna owns or operates 68 television stations in 54 markets, and holds properties in digital media.

In terms of audience reach, Tegna is the largest group owner of NBC-affiliated stations, ahead of Hearst Television and Sinclair Broadcast Group, and the fourth-largest group owner of ABC affiliates, behind Hearst, the E. W. Scripps Company, and Sinclair. Tegna also owns three digital multicast networks (True Crime Network, Quest, and Twist).


In June 2015, Gannett spun off its broadcasting division. Robert Dickey – who led Gannett's newspaper group – would continue as CEO of the company as a sole newspaper publisher, leaving the former broadcasting and digital operations under the leadership of Gracia Martore. In a statement, she explained that the split plans were "significant next steps in our ongoing initiatives to increase shareholder value by building scale, increasing cash flow, sharpening management focus, and strengthening all of our businesses to compete effectively in today's increasingly digital landscape". Additionally, the company announced that it would buy out the remainder of Classified Ventures (a joint venture between Tegna and several other media companies) for $1.8 billion, giving it full ownership of properties such as Cars.com.[5][6]

As part of the separation, the company announced that the broadcasting and digital company would be named Tegna—a partial anagram of "Gannett".[7] The spin-out was structured so that "old" Gannett changed its name to Tegna, Inc., then spun off its newspaper holdings into a "new" Gannett. The split was completed on June 29, 2015. Tegna retained "old" Gannett's stock price history, though it trades under a new ticker symbol, TGNA. The "new" Gannett inherited old Gannett's longtime ticker symbol, GCI.[8] The two companies, however, continued to share a headquarters complex.

Tegna also retained G/O Digital, a digital marketing services brand that it launched in August 2013, and the 20 broadcast stations it acquired from Belo Corporation in December 2013 and the six stations it acquired from London Broadcasting Company in July 2014.[4][9][10]

In September 2016, Tegna announced plans to spin off Cars.com to create two independent publicly traded companies. Tegna shareholders approved an initial public offering of Cars.com as a publicly traded spin-off in May 2017.[11][12] Shortly after, Tegna completed the spin-off of Cars.com, which now trades under a new ticker symbol, CARS.[13] Upon the completion of the spin-off, Dave Lougee, president of Tegna Media, was named president and CEO of Tegna and joined the company's board of directors. Gracia Martore, president and CEO of Tegna, retired and stepped down from the board.[14]

Prior to the company's completion of the spin-off of Cars.com, it was reported by DealReporter that Nexstar Media Group may be considering a bid to acquire Tegna.[15] In June 2017, Tegna announced it had entered into a definitive agreement, together with the other owners of CareerBuilder, to sell CareerBuilder to an investor group led by investments funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management and the board of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.[16]

Tegna and Cooper Media, parent corporation of the Justice Network, announced on November 7, 2017, a new multicast network, Quest.[17] Tegna would be the charter station group as such would receive a minority stake in the network, which launched in January 2018.[18] The range of programming on the network would be engineering and science, human achievements, military history and natural history.[19]

On December 18, 2017, Tegna announced it would acquire KFMB-AM-FM-TV in San Diego from Midwest Television, Inc. for $325 million, pending approval from the Federal Communications Commission.[20] The acquisition was completed on February 15, 2018.[21]

On August 20, 2018, Tegna agreed to purchase two stations spun off from the Gray Television-Raycom Media merger, CBS affiliate WTOL-TV in Toledo (the sale likely includes rights to an existing shared services agreement with American Spirit Media-owned Fox affiliate WUPW) and NBC affiliate KWES-TV in Odessa in order to alleviate ownership conflicts involving Gray's ownership of ABC affiliate WTVG in the Toledo market and CBS affiliate KOSA-TV in the Odessa market.[22][23]

In March 2019, Tegna announced its formation of VAULT Studios, its first, in-house digital content studio. The studio's first content would be true crime podcasts, drawing on its station news content.[24]

On March 20, 2019, Tegna entered an agreement with Nexstar Media Group to acquire eleven stations for $740 million in order to reduce Nexstar's national ownership reach under the federally imposed 39% cap and alleviate ownership conflicts with existing Nexstar properties once it completes a merger with Tribune Media. Included are stations WOI-DTKCWI-DT in Des Moines and WQAD-TV, based in Moline, Illinois but also serving neighboring Davenport and Pennsylvania (WPMT/Harrisburg and WNEP-TV/ScrantonWilkes-Barre). Other Nexstar/Tribune stations going to Tegna are WZDX/Huntsville, KFSM-TV/Fort SmithFayetteville, WTIC-TVWCCT-TV/Hartford, and WATN-TVWLMT/Memphis.[25][26] The FCC approved the sale on September 16.[27]

On May 6, 2019, it was reported that Tegna was going to acquire the 85% of the Justice Network and Quest from Cooper Media that it did not own already for $77 Million to close by the end of the second quarter. Cooper Media's president and general manager Brian Weiss transferred to Tegna and continued managing the two networks.[28]

On June 11, 2019, it was reported Tegna Inc. purchased the Dispatch Broadcast Group's television and radio assets, subject to regulatory approval, for $535 million. The purchase includes the WBNS television (CBS affiliate WBNS-TV) and radio (WBNS (AM) and WBNS-FM) stations in Columbus, the Ohio News Network, and NBC affiliate WTHR television in Indianapolis.[29] The sale was approved by the FCC on July 29, 2019,[30] and was completed on August 8.[31]

In December 2019, Tegna agreed to sell KFMB-AM-FM to Local Media San Diego for $5 million;[32] the sale was completed on March 17, 2020.[33]

A carriage dispute with DirecTV, beginning at 7 p.m. ET on December 1, 2020, resulted in the removal of at least 60 Tegna stations in 51 markets, covering about 39% of TV homes, from the DirecTV, AT&T U-verse and AT&T TV services.[34][35] The dispute was resolved on December 20, 2020.[36]

A carriage dispute with Dish Network, beginning on October 6, 2021, resulted in the removal of at least 64 Tegna stations in 53 markets, covering about nearly 3 million customers.[37] On October 18, Dish Network filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission against Tegna.[38] However, on February 4, 2022, Dish Network reached an agreement with Tegna, resulting in all Tegna owned stations returning.[39]

Another carriage dispute with DirecTV, beginning at 8 p.m. ET on November 30, 2023, resulted in the removal of 66 Tegna stations from the DirecTV, AT&T U-verse, AT&T TV and DirecTV Stream services.[40]

Cancelled sale to Standard General and Apollo Global Management[edit]

In 2020, activist shareholder Soo Kim, owner of Standard General, began to pursue control over Tegna, citing its "pattern of passivity" on the market.[41] In March 2020, Tegna stated that it had turned down two acquisition offers by Gray Television and Apollo Global Management, stating that "these two parties made their proposals shortly before the recent market dislocation due to the COVID-19 pandemic and both subsequently informed Tegna that they were ceasing discussions". In regards to other rumored offers from Byron Allen and religious broadcaster TBN (the latter in partnership with Jahm Najafi), the company stated that "the other two parties have not signed confidentiality agreements to enable due diligence and have not delivered any information on financing sources".[42]

Kim began to engage in a proxy fight, with Standard General proposing four nominations to Tegna's board of directors at its next shareholders' meeting in April.[43] Tegna's shareholders chose to re-elect all 12 current board members. Kim accepted the result of the vote, stating that the actions had helped to "[challenge] management's narrative about the Company's performance and seeking greater transparency about Tegna's numbers, acquisition metrics, and engagement with third parties".[44][45][46] In 2021, Standard General once again put forward nominees to Tegna's board of directors, alleging that the company was underperforming and had issues with diversity, equity, and inclusion; the latter came after a Black nominee put forward by Standard General withdrew, citing a previous incident involving CEO Dave Lougee in 2014.[43][47][48][49] The company stated that Lougee "immediately acknowledged the incident and has stated that he made a mistake, for which he had apologized immediately at the time".[49]

On February 22, 2022, Tegna announced that it had agreed to be taken private by a group led by Standard General and Apollo Global Management for $24 per-share, valuing the company at $5.4 billion. The company, which will retain the Tegna name, will be controlled by an affiliate of Standard General, with Standard Media CEO Deb McDermott (who previously led Young Broadcasting and Media General) becoming CEO. Affiliates of AGM, as well as Cox Media Group (which is principally owned by AGM, with Cox Enterprises as a minority shareholder) and other investors, will hold non-voting shares in the company. Tegna's digital advertising subsidiary Premion will be held as a standalone business between Standard and CMG. The sale includes a clause that will slowly increase the value that Standard and Apollo will pay per-share if the sale takes longer than nine months to close.[41][50][51]

The sale will also result in the realignment of station holdings presently associated with both companies: Standard Media's four stations WDKA, WLNE, KBSI, and KLKN will be sold to Cox Media Group, which will then divest its Boston station WFXT to an affiliate of Standard General, and acquire WFAA/KMPX, KHOU/KTBU, and KVUE, from Tegna.[41][50][51]

The sale was approved by Standard General and Apollo Global Management on May 17, 2022.[52]

On October 6, 2022, Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Frank Pallone and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi issued a letter to the FCC expressing concerns for the transaction, arguing that it "would violate the FCC's mandate by restricting access to local news coverage, cutting jobs at local television stations, and raising prices on consumers". They specifically cited statements by Standard General regarding plans for a Washington, D.C. bureau to produce content for local newscasts, and arguing that Tegna's stations had "too many employees".[53] Standard General responded to the letter, denying that they planned to cut jobs or hub content, and promoting that Tegna would become the largest female-run and minority-owned broadcaster in the United States. They also responded to objections by NewsGuild-CWA describing Standard General as "backed by anonymous investors located in the Cayman Islands", stating that the entirety of its board is represented by U.S. interests.[53]

On February 24, 2023, it was confirmed that FCC staff had referred the deal to an administrative law judge, effectively killing the deal since the hearing process would necessarily run longer than the merger agreement's deadline to close the deal.[54] The deal was terminated on May 22, 2023.[55]


Tegna owns or operates 68 television stations located in 54 markets (including fourteen duopolies); it also owns two radio stations in Columbus, Ohio.[56][21] Twenty-two of the company's stations are affiliated with NBC (including one digital subchannel of KBMT and two semi-satellites of KCEN-TV and WCSH), fifteen are affiliated with CBS, thirteen are affiliated with ABC, and six are affiliated with Fox. In addition, the company owns seven CW affiliates (including three digital subchannels of KFMB-TV, KYTX, and WMAZ-TV), three Estrella TV affiliates (including two digital subchannels of KENS and KVUE), ten MyNetworkTV affiliates (including five digital subchannels of KFMB-TV, KIDY, KXVA, WQAD-TV, and WZDX), three independent stations (including two digital subchannels of KTVB and its satellite of KTFT-LD), a low-powered MeTV affiliate, and a Quest owned-and-operated station. It also provides operational services to another Fox affiliate, WUPW in Toledo, through a shared services agreement with that station's owner American Spirit Media (agreements that were carried over from WTOL's previous ownership; ASM had acted in a similar capacity with several stations).

Television stations[edit]

Stations are listed alphabetically by state and city of license.

City of license / Market Station
  • Owned
  • since
Primary affiliation
Huntsville, AL WZDX 54 (18) 2019[A] Fox
Flagstaff, AZ KNAZ-TV[α] 2 (22) 1997 NBC
Phoenix, AZ KPNX 12 (18) 1979[B] NBC
Tucson, AZ KMSB[a] 11 (25) 2015[b] Fox
KTTU[a] 18 (19) 2013[C][b] MyNetworkTV
Fort SmithFayetteville, AR KFSM-TV 5 (18) 2019[A] CBS
Little Rock, AR KTHV 11 (12) 1994 CBS
Sacramento, CA KXTV 10 (10) 1999 ABC
San Diego, CA KFMB-TV 8 (8) 2018 CBS
Denver, CO KUSA 9 (9) 1979[B] NBC
KTVD 20 (31) 2006 MyNetworkTV
HartfordNew HavenWaterbury, CT WTIC-TV 61 (34) 2019[A] Fox
WCCT-TV 20 (33) 2019[A] The CW
Washington, D.C. WUSA 9 (9) 1986 CBS
Jacksonville, FL WJXX 25 (10) 2000 ABC
WTLV 12 (13) 1987[57] NBC
TampaSt. Petersburg, FL WTSP[c] 10 (10) 1996 CBS
Atlanta, GA WXIA-TV 11 (10) 1979[B] NBC
WATL 36 (25) 2006 MyNetworkTV
Macon, GA WMAZ-TV[c] 13 (13) 1995[D] CBS
Boise, ID KTVB[d] 7 (7) 2013[C] NBC
Twin Falls, ID KTFT-LD[β] 7.7 (20) 2013[C] NBC
Moline, ILDavenport, IA WQAD-TV 8 (31) 2019[A] ABC
Indianapolis, IN WTHR 13 (13) 2019[E] NBC
WALV-CD 46 (17) 2019[E] MeTV
AmesDes Moines, IA WOI-DT 5 (5) 2019[A] ABC
KCWI-TV 23 (23) 2019[A] The CW
Louisville, KY WHAS-TV 11 (11) 2015[b] ABC
New Orleans, LA WWL-TV 4 (27) 2013[C] CBS
WUPL 54 (17) 2013[C] MyNetworkTV
Portland, ME WCSH[c] 6 (31) 1998 NBC
Bangor, ME WLBZ[γ] 2 (2) 1998 NBC
Grand RapidsKalamazoo, MI WZZM 13 (13) 1997[F] ABC
MinneapolisSaint Paul, MN KARE 11 (31) 1983 NBC
St. Louis, MO KSDK 5 (35) 1995[D] NBC
Buffalo, NY WGRZ 2 (33) 1997[F] NBC
Charlotte, NC WCNC-TV 36 (24) 2013[C] NBC
GreensboroWinston-SalemHigh Point, NC WFMY-TV 2 (35) 1987[57] CBS
Cleveland, OH WKYC 3 (19) 1995[D] NBC
Columbus, OH WBNS-TV 10 (21) 2019[E] CBS
Toledo, OH WTOL 11 (11) 2019[G] CBS
WUPW 36 (26) 2019[e] Fox
Portland, OR KGW 8 (26) 2015[C][b] NBC
ScrantonWilkes-Barre, PA WNEP-TV 16 (21) 2019[A] ABC
YorkHarrisburgLancasterLebanon, PA WPMT 43 (36) 2019[A] Fox
Columbia, SC WLTX[c] 19 (15) 1998 CBS
Knoxville, TN WBIR-TV 10 (10) 1995[D] NBC
Memphis, TN WATN-TV 24 (25) 2019[A] ABC
WLMT 30 (31) 2019[A] The CW/MyNetworkTV
AbileneSweetwater, TX KXVA 15 (15) 2014[H] Fox
Austin, TX KVUE 24 (33) 2013[C][f] ABC
BeaumontPort ArthurOrange, TX KBMT 12 (12) 2014[H] ABC
Corpus Christi, TX KIII 3 (8) 2014[H] ABC
DallasFort Worth, TX WFAA 8 (8) 2013[C] ABC
KMPX 29 (30) 2020 Estrella TV
Houston, TX KHOU 11 (11) 2013[C] CBS
KTBU 55 (33) 2020 Quest
OdessaMidland, TX KWES-TV 9 (9) 2019[G] NBC
San Angelo, TX KIDY 6 (19) 2014[H] Fox
San Antonio, TX KENS 5 (29) 2013[C] CBS
NacogdochesTylerLongview, TX KYTX 19 (15) 2014[H] CBS
WacoTemple, TX KCEN-TV 6 (9) 2014[H] NBC
BryanCollege Station, TX KAGS-LD[δ] 23 (23) 2014[H] NBC
HamptonNorfolkVirginia Beach, VA WVEC 13 (13) 2013[C] ABC
SeattleTacoma, WA KING-TV[d] 5 (25) 2013[C] NBC
KONG[d] 16 (31) 2013[C] Independent
Spokane, WA KREM[d] 2 (20) 2013[C] CBS
KSKN[d] 22 (36) 2013[C] The CW


Radio stations[edit]

AM Station FM Station
City of license / Market Station Owned since Current format
Columbus, OH WBNS 1460 2019 Sports radio
WBNS-FM 97.1 2019 Sports radio

Television shows[edit]

In 2015, Tegna Media test-ran a limited-run informative talk show hosted by Dallas-based bishop T. D. Jakes on its owned stations in Dallas, Atlanta, Minneapolis and Cleveland. The show, titled T.D. Jakes, was co-produced by Debmar-Mercury, Tegna Media, 44 Blue Productions, Jakes' own production company, TDJ Enterprises and EnLight Productions and lasted from August 17, 2016, to September 8, 2017.[58]

On December 9, Tegna greenlit the series for an entire run for the 2016–2017 broadcast season. The series debuted on September 12 on most, if not all Tegna-owned stations, as well as several large markets, including Baltimore (WMAR-TV), Detroit (WMYD), Orlando (WFTV/WRDQ), Chicago (WCIU-TV), San Antonio (KSAT-TV), and San Diego (KGTV). Debmar-Mercury, however, is not participating in the production run, being replaced by independent company Flow Media Partners.[59]

T.D. Jakes ended in September 2017 and was replaced with news and entertainment show Daily Blast Live, which premiered on September 11, 2017.[60]

Other shows Tegna Media has on first-run syndication across most of its stations are Sister Circle (also shown on cable network TV One),[61] and reality competition Sing Like A Star.[62]

In January 2018, Tegna announced a partnership with Sony Pictures Television to handle syndication distribution and advertising sales for its original programs.[63]

Digital sites[edit]

Gannett Company spun-off most of its internet media properties to Tegna.[64] When the total internet media division was part of the Gannett Company, it managed the websites for USA Today, as well as Gannett's newspaper and broadcast properties throughout the United States. It owns:

Former digital sites[edit]

  • Cars.com – Tegna completed the spin-off of Cars.com on June 1, 2017.[68]
  • Cofactor Digital (ShopLocal) – On December 15, 2016, sold Cofactor to Liquidus, a digital marketing solutions company.[69]
  • CareerBuilder – Sold to Apollo Global Management.

Former broadcast assets[edit]

Television stations[edit]

Stations are arranged in alphabetical order by state and city of license. The list includes stations owned by Tegna, Inc. during its former existence as the Gannett Company subsidiary Gannett Broadcasting, Inc.

  • (**) – Indicates a station that was built and/or signed-on by Gannett.
City of license / market Station Channel
Years owned Current status
Mobile, ALPensacola, FL WALA-TV 10 (9) 1986[h] Fox affiliate owned by Gray Television
Kingman, AZ KMOH-TV 6 (19) 1997–2004 MeTV affiliate owned by Weigel Broadcasting
PhoenixMesa, AZ KTVK 3 (24) 2013–2014[C]1, 2 Independent station owned by Gray Television
KASW 61 (49) 2013–2014[C]1, 2 Independent station owned by the E. W. Scripps Company
Tucson, AZ KOLD-TV 13 (32) 1986[h] CBS affiliate owned by Gray Television
Little Rock, AR KARK-TV 4 (32) 1979–1983[B] NBC affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group
SacramentoStocktonModesto, CA KOVR 13 (25) 1958–1959 CBS owned-and-operated station (O&O)
DanvilleChampaignUrbana, IL WDAN-TV ** 24 1953–1960[i] ABC affiliate, WICD, owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Rockford, IL WREX-TV 13 (13) 1963–1969 NBC affiliate owned by Allen Media Broadcasting
Fort Wayne, IN WPTA 21 (24) 1979–1983[B] ABC affiliate owned by Gray Television
Louisville, KY WLKY-TV 32 (26) 1979–1983[B] CBS affiliate owned by Hearst Television
CambridgeBoston, MA WLVI 56 (41) 1983–1994 The CW affiliate owned by Sunbeam Television
St. Louis, MO KMOV 4 (24) 2013–2014[C]1, 2 CBS affiliate owned by Gray Television
Binghamton, NY WINR-TV ** 40 (8) 1957–1971[j] Fox affiliate, WICZ-TV, owned by Imagicomm Communications
Rochester, NY WHEC-TV ** 10 (10) 1953–1979[k] NBC affiliate owned by Hubbard Broadcasting
Cincinnati, OH WLWT 5 (35) 1995–1997[D][F] NBC affiliate owned by Hearst Television
Oklahoma City, OK KOCO-TV 5 (7) 1979–1997[B][F] ABC affiliate owned by Hearst Television
KTVY 4 (27) 1986[h] NBC affiliate, KFOR-TV, owned by Nexstar Media Group
  • 1 Owned by Sander Media, LLC, Gannett operated these stations through a shared services agreement (SSA).
  • 2 As part of the Gannett/Belo merger, KMOV, KTVK, and KASW were transferred to Sander Media, LLC; Gannett planned to operate the stations through shared service agreements. However, on December 16, 2013, the Department of Justice ordered that the parties (Gannett, Belo and Sander) had a period of 120 days to divest KMOV to a government-approved independent third-party that would be barred from entering into any agreements with Gannett, in order to fully preserve competition in advertising sales with KSDK. On December 23, shortly after the approval and completion of the Gannett/Belo deal, Meredith Corporation announced that it would purchase KMOV, KTVK and KASW in a $407.4 million deal.[70] The KMOV sale was completed on February 28, 2014.[71] The KTVK/KASW sale was completed on June 19.[72]

Cable networks[edit]

These cable networks were owned by Belo prior to acquisition by Gannett/Tegna:

Radio stations[edit]

(a partial listing)

AM Station FM Station
City of license / Market Station Years owned Current status
Los Angeles, CA KPRZ/KIIS 1150 1979–1997 KEIB, owned by iHeartMedia
KIIS-FM 102.7 1979–1997 Owned by iHeartMedia
San Diego, CA KSDO 1130 1979–1997 Owned by Hi-Favor Broadcasting
KFMB 760 2018–2020 KGB, owned by iHeartMedia
KFMB-FM 100.7 2018–2020 KFBG, owned by Local Media San Diego
  • KCLX-FM/KJQY 102.9
1979–1997 KLQV, owned by Univision Communications
Hartford, CT WTHT 1230 ** 1936–1954 Defunct, went silent in 1954, frequency now used by WNEZ
CocoaMelbourne, FL WEZY 1350 1966–1970 WMMV, owned by iHeartMedia
WEZY-FM 99.3 1966–1970 WLRQ-FM, owned by iHeartMedia
TampaSt. Petersburg, FL WDAE 1250 1987–1997 WHNZ, owned by iHeartMedia
WJYW/WUSA-FM 100.7 1980–1997 WMTX, owned by iHeartMedia
Macon, GA WMAZ 940 1995–1996 WMAC, owned by Cumulus Media
WMAZ-FM/WAYS 99.1 1995–1996 WDEN-FM, owned by Cumulus Media
Chicago, IL WVON/WGCI 1390 1979–1997 WGRB, owned by iHeartMedia
WGCI-FM 107.5 1979–1997 Owned by iHeartMedia
Detroit, MI WLQV 1500 1979–1986 Owned by Salem Media Group
WCZY-FM 95.5 1979–1986 WKQI, owned by iHeartMedia
Kansas City, MO KCMO 810 1986–1993 WHB, owned by Union Broadcasting
KCMO-FM 94.9 1986–1993 Owned by Cumulus Media
St. Louis, MO KSD/KUSA 550 1979–1993 KTRS, owned by iHeartMedia
KCFM/KSD 93.7 1979–1993 Owned by iHeartMedia
Danville, IL WDAN 1490 sold in 1971 Owned by Neuhoff Communications
WDAN-FM 102.1 ** 1967–1971 WDNL, owned by Neuhoff Communications
Albany, NY WABY 1400 WAMC, owned by WAMC, Inc.
Binghamton, NY WINR 680 1957–1971 Owned by iHeartMedia
Elmira, NY WENY 1230 ** sold in 1969 WMAJ, owned by Seven Mountains Media
WENY-FM 92.7 ** 1965–1969 WCBF 96.1, owned by Seven Mountains Media
Olean, NY WHDL 1450
(minority interest)
mid 1930s-late 1950s WOLY, owned by Seven Mountains Media
WHDL-FM 95.7 ** 1949–late 1950s WPIG, owned by Seven Mountains Media
Rochester, NY WHEC 1460 1936–1972 WHIC, owned by Holy Family Communications
Cleveland, OH WWWE 1100 1979–1985 WTAM, owned by iHeartMedia
WDOK 102.1 1979–1985 Owned by Audacy, Inc.
Marietta, OH WBRJ 910 1974–1979 WLTP, owned by iHeartMedia
Wilmington, OH WKFI 1090 1974–early 1980s Owned by Town and Country Broadcasting
DentonDallasFort Worth, TX KOAI/KHKS 106.1 1986–1997 Owned by iHeartMedia
HoustonPasadena, TX KKBQ 790 1984–1997 KBME, owned by iHeartMedia
KKBQ-FM 92.9 1984–1997 Owned by Cox Media Group
BremertonSeattleTacoma, WA KNUA 106.9 1986–1990 KRWM, owned by Hubbard Broadcasting


License ownership/operational agreements[edit]

  1. ^ a b Operated by Gray Television.
  2. ^ a b c d Owned by Sander Media from 2013 to 2015 and operated by Gannett/Tegna prior to its acquisition by Tegna Inc. in 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d Station assigned to licensee Pacific and Southern Company, Inc.
  4. ^ a b c d e Station assigned to licensee King Broadcasting Company.
  5. ^ Owned by American Spirit Media.
  6. ^ KVUE was previously owned by Gannett from 1986 to 1999, when it was traded to Belo in exchange for KXTV.
  7. ^ Jointly owned by Tegna (50%) and Cox Communications (50%); received in the purchase of Belo
  8. ^ a b c Acquired with Gannett's purchase of The Detroit News, but subsequently spun off to Knight-Ridder a month later in order for Gannett to comply with the FCC's then-current limits on group ownership.
  9. ^ WDAN-TV changed call letters to WICD following its sale, and in 1967 was merged with WCHU (channel 33) in Champaign into the present-day WICD on channel 15.
  10. ^ Gannett purchased the construction permit for WINR-TV and signed the station on in 1957. Because of this, WHEC-TV and WDAN-TV are the only television stations built from the ground-up by Gannett.
  11. ^ WHEC-TV's frequency was shared with WVET-TV, owned by Veterans Broadcasting, from its 1953 sign-on until 1961 when Gannett purchased full ownership of the frequency.

Mergers and acquisitions[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Acquired as divestitures from Nexstar Media Group's acquisition of Tribune Broadcasting.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Acquired from Combined Communications.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Acquired from Belo.
  4. ^ a b c d e Acquired from Multimedia, Inc.
  5. ^ a b c Acquired from Dispatch Broadcast Group.
  6. ^ a b c d Involved in the Gannett Company's 1997 station trade deal with Argyle Television Holdings II.
  7. ^ a b Acquired as divestitures from Gray Television's acquisition of Raycom Media.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g Acquired from London Broadcasting.

Satellites, semi-satellites and translators[edit]

  1. ^ Satellite of KPNX.
  2. ^ Satellite of KTVB.
  3. ^ Semi-satellite of WCSH.
  4. ^ Semi-satellite of KCEN.


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