Sinclair Buying Bonten Stations For $240M

The deal will add Bonten Media Group’s 14 stations in eight markets that reach approximately 1% of the U.S. TV households. Sinclair’s total coverage now stands at 39.6%.

DMAS 165 & 196

Caldwell New GM Of Bonten’s Texas Stations

Bonten’s 29-year veteran David Caldwell will oversee KTXS and KTES-LP Abilene and KTXE San Angelo following the death of Bud Brown. 

Bonten Media Group Ups Scott Moody To COO

The station owner’s chief financial officer will continue in those duties, as he takes on an expanded role.

EXECUTIVE SESSION WITH RANDY BONGARTEN

It’s Branding That Makes Bongarten Bullish

Randy Bongarten, CEO of Bonten Media, says that despite the many challenges facing TV station owners including revense comp and growing competition from an increasing number of sources, broadcasters can thrive if they see themselves less as TV distributors and more as local TV producers and marketers.

Watchup App Adds Scripps, Meredith, More

With the new station groups, 80% of U.S. homes can watch streaming local news anytime, anyplace. The announcement follows a similar deal with Tribune Media announced last month, which gave Watchup access to video content from 30 of Tribune’s broadcast stations.

Q&A WITH DARIA RACHLIN

Even Small TV Markets Need Big Digital Push

Bonten Media Group is a relatively small broadcaster in markets like Abilene, Texas, and Missoula, Mont., but Daria Rachlin, its SVP of digital media, says that’s no excuse to sit on the digital sidelines. In an interview with NetNewsCheck, she explains the particular challenges of smaller markets, especially in crucial areas like mobile, and how essential top executive buy in is for a robust digital future.

Bonten Reaches Retrans Deal With Dish

Its stations and those of Esteem Broadcasting are back on the satellite provider after being off since Dec. 8.

Bonten Stations In Dark On Dish Network

Sixteen stations (which include stations it provides services for) from NYC-based Bonten Media went dark for Dish Network subscribers over a retransmission contract impasse over the weekend.

DMA 164 (MISSOULI, MT)

Bonten, Dish Down To Wire On Carriage Deal

Dish Network and Bonten Media Group are negotiating a new carriage contract, with the existing agreement set to expire Saturday. NBC Montana channels, including KECI Missoula, have been warning viewers about a possible disruption in service.

The Movies! Diginet Adds Nine Affiliates

With these stations from Bonten, Cocola and Maranatha, the classic film multicast channel’s clearances rise to 42% of the U.S.

IB Renews, Expands Client Agreements

Existing Internet Broadcasting clients extend full-service agreements and expand mobile, social, video and development platform services

Moody’s Sees Bonten As Risky Yet Positive

The leverage being carried by television station owner Bonten Media Group is higher than Moody’s Investor Service likes, and its lack of scale increases its vulnerability to any kind of serious reversal, but that said, the leverage is shrinking and the company’s latest Moody’s report card is good.

(DMA 187)

KTVM Goes Live On Bitcentral Precis 4, Oasis

Bonten And Esteem Set Refinancing

$165 million of debt and equity capital raised to repay existing debt.

DMAS 131 & 194

Bonten Creates Duopolies In 2 Calif. Markets

Through joint sales and shared services agreements, Bonten will operate two stations its partner Esteem Broadcasting is buying in Chico-Redding and Eureka.

DMA 99

Bonten Taps Nichols As ND In Eastern N.C.

The former news director of WETM Elmira, N.Y., Scott Nichols, will head up news operations at WCTI New Bern, WFXI Morehead City and WYDO Greenville.

FRONT OFFICE BY MARY COLLINS

Learning Lessons From A ‘CFO Of The Future’

Among the Media Financial Management Association’s picks of executives to watch, Bonten Media’s CFO William “Scott” Moody demonstrates a capacity for identifying the issues executives will need to address at stations and companies to ensure their success in the coming year. Chief among them is understanding and nurturing the linkage between operations and finance.

RETRANS WARS – DMA 99 (GREENVILLE, NC)

Bonten, TWC In Retrans Showdowns

The broadcasters says it hasn’t been able to agree to terms with Time Warner Cable for carriage of WCTI and WFXI-WYDO, as the Dec. 31 deadline nears.

DMA 101

N.C. Stations Slot Tornado Relief Special

WCTI AND WFXI-WYDO will air a two-hour tornado recovery and relief special on April 21.

DMA 93

Rentrak StationView Adds Bonten Tri-Cities Stations

Multi-screen media measurement firm Rentrak Corp. today announced a multiyear agreement with Bonten Media Group for Rentrak’s  StationView Essentials electronic measurement service. Bonten will use StationView Essentials at its Tri-Cities, Tenn.-Va. duopoly of WCYB (NBC) and WEMT (Fox). “We strongly believe in the value local television brings to advertisers and Rentrak’s database measurement process brings […]