Licensed to Anaheim, KDOC is a true independent on ch. 56. Buyer Bert Ellis also owns the UPN affiliate in Reno, Nev.
Ellis Communications has purchased KDOC Los Angeles from Golden Orange Broadcasting for $150 million, pending FCC approval.
KDOC is an independent station built on old TV series like Columbo, The Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
Ellis is headed by veteran broadcaster Bert Ellis and backed by Kelso & Co. It also owns KAME, the UPN affliate in Reno. Cox Television, owner of Reno’s Fox affiliate, KRXI, has an agreement with Ellis to manage KAME.
Ellis told TVNewsCheck that he does not anticipate any immediate changes to station management or programming. “We like the station just the way it is right now,” he said. “We’ll just run a little faster and jump a little higher.”
Golden Orange, whose principals include Calvin Brack, Pat Boone and Greg Simon, has no other broadcasting interest.
KDOC broadcasts on channel 56 (analog) and channel 32 (digitial) from Mt. Wilson, the principal TV broadcast site in Los Angeles.
The deal was brokered by Kalil & Co.