DMAS 125 & 123

News-Press & Gazette Calif. Stations Buy OK’d

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.

DMA 122 (SANTA BARBARA-SANTA MARIA-SAN LUIS OBISPO. CA)

Cowles Moving Local News Outside Market

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.