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The FCC has approved the purchase by the News-Press & Gazette Co. of three stations from the Cowles California Media Co. The $22 million deal is for KION (CBS) and KMUV (Telemundo) in Monterey-Salinas, Calif., and Fox affiliate KKFX Santa Barbara, Calif.
In a corporate move to reorganize its Central Coast television stations, Cowles California Media will move the anchor desk of local evening news at its two Santa Maria stations — CBS affiliate KCOY and KKFX-CA (Fox) — to the company’s KION headquarters in Salinas, Calif., effective Jan. 13. In addition, it has laid off approximately a dozen employees from KCOY and KKFX.