After closing the deal with Midwest Television, Tegna adds KFMB-AM-FM-TV to its broadcast portfolio that now totals 47 TV stations.
The sale of KFMB San Diego by Midwest Television to Tegna Inc. tops the latest list of TV station transactions submitted to the FCC for its approval, according to BIA/Kelsey.
It’s paying $325 million in cash for Midwest Television’s San Diego CBS-CW affiliate plus an AM-FM combo there.
Midwest Television’s CBS affiliate KFMB San Diego (DMA 28) is adding the The CW on a subchannel, beginning Sept. 1. “We are thrilled to be adding the CW to the KFMB family,” said Alberto Mier y Terán, the station’s president-GM. “It enhances our strong multimedia platform in San Diego and helps us to better serve all San Diegans with compelling programming and award-winning local news.”
E.W. Scripps and Cox Media are among the five station groups launching the Katz Broadcasting diginets.
DirecTV announced a new carriage deal with KFMB, the CBS affiliate in San Diego, and returned the station to its lineup after a nearly three-week blackout. The satcaster lost the station in mid-August when it could not reach a new agreement with the station’s owner, Midwest Television.
An estimated 150,000 DirecTV customers in the San Diego region have lost access to Midwest Television-owned CBS affiliate KFMB. The family-owned TV station’s signal was removed from the satellite giant’s systems at 5 p.m. Thursday — two hours before a preseason NFL contest that saw the San Diego Chargers defeat the Dallas Cowboys.