The Laredo, Texas, NBC affiliate will add the full ABC lineup to its ch. 8.2, becoming ABC’s 244th affiliate, starting in February 2014.
The ABC Television Network and Gray Television Inc. have reached a new affiliation agreement to broadcast the full ABC Television Network programming schedule in Laredo, Texas (DMA 184), using KGNS’ ch. 8.2. The market did not have an ABC affiliate. The announcement was made today by John Rouse, SVP, affiliate relations, ABC Television Network, and Hilton Howell, president-CEO of Gray Television.
The station is one of the four full-power stations Gray purchased Monday from Yellowstone Television for $23 million.
As part of the new affiliation, KGNS 8.2 will broadcast all of ABC’s primetime schedule, as well as Good Morning America, ABC daytime programming, World News and Jimmy Kimmel Live. The channel is targeted to launch in February 2014.
“Laredo’s No. 1 local station, KGNS, is the logical choice to bring ABC’s news, entertainment and sports programming to the local community,” said Kevin Latek, Gray’s SVP for business affairs. “And Gray is the logical choice to build the newest ABC affiliate as Gray has launched four new CBS affiliates and one new NBC since September 2012.”
“Gray Television is a great local broadcaster, and we’re looking forward to working with them to provide the very best news and entertainment programming to viewers in the Laredo area,” Rouse said.
Gray Television’s other owned and/or operated ABC affiliates include WTOK Meridian, Miss.; KAKE Wichita, Kan.; WVAW Charlottesville, Va.; WHSV Harrisonburg, Va.; WBKO Bowling Green, Ky.; KOLO Reno, Nev.; and KJCT Grand Junction, Colo. With the addition of this new station, ABC will have a total of 244 affiliates.