Updated: 02/11/2014 11:29 PM
Created: 02/11/2014 9:14 AM WDIO.com
Duluth's NBC and CBS affiliates are getting new owners and will continue to be operated jointly.
Quincy Newspapers, Inc. announced Tuesday that it's buying NBC affiliate KBJR-TV (channel 6.1) from Granite Broadcasting. Separately, SagamoreHill Broadcasting will buy CBS affiliate KDLH-TV (channel 3.1) from Malara Broadcast Group. Quincy Newspapers said KBJR will continue to operate KDLH under a shared services agreement, which has been in place since 2005.
The stations cannot be directly owned by the same company because of federal regulations that prevent a company from owning more than one of the top four TV stations in a market.
Quincy's purchase also includes KRII-TV (channel 11), which relays KBJR and KDLH programming to the Iron Range and northern Minnesota. The stations also carry My Network TV and CW on subchannels.
The sale prices were not disclosed in Quincy Newspapers' announcement but will likely be listed in paperwork filed with the Federal Communications Commission, which has regulatory authority over the sales. Quincy Newspapers said it expects the sales to close by the end of the year.
Quincy Newspapers is also buying TV stations from Granite in Peoria, Ill., and Binghamtown, N.Y., and a TV station from Malara in Fort Wayne, Ind. When the purchases are completed, Quincy Newspapers will own TV stations in 14 markets, mostly in the Upper Midwest.
Quincy Newspapers is based in Quincy, Ill. and also owns two radio stations and two newspapers.
Granite is also in the process of selling its TV stations in Detroit and Buffalo, N.Y., and also owns stations in San Francisco and Syracuse, N.Y.
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