Stephen Daniloff Named Mission Sales Director

Mission Broadcasting has named Stephen Daniloff corporate director of sales. He most recently was VP-GM of Nexstar’s WBRE, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. At Mission, he will manage an office in Solon, Ohio, and report to Dennis Thatcher, Mission’s president.

Dish, Mission Sign Temporary Retrans Pact

Mission Stations Blacked Out To Dish Subs

Mission Broadcasting said its stations in 18 markets are no longer being carried by Dish Network because of a retransmission consent dispute. The stations were removed by Dish without warning Friday night, Mission said. The broadcaster said it had offered to extend its current agreement so viewers wouldn’t miss the beginning of the NFL playoff but Dish turned it down. Dish said the opposite happened, blaming Mission for the signals being pulled.

Nexstar Adds 4 Katz Diginets On 43 New Chs.

In addition, the four — Bounce, Escape, Grit and Laff — have been renewed on 21 other stations, boosting Bounce to 86% of the United States and 95% of African-American households, while Escape, Grit and Laff will now reach 89%, 87% and 90% of all U.S. TV households, respectively.

Mission Broadcasting Adds Carwile As PD

Lance Carwile, a veteran of Nexstar, Media General and LIN, will oversee programming for the group’s 21 television stations.

Katz, Bounce Boost Diginet Distribution

The expansion comes from multi-year deals for Bounce TV, Escape, Grit and Laff with Nexstar, Mission and White Knight.

Nexstar Offering $275 Million In Senior Notes

It intends to fund yesterday’s announced purchase of five stations from Citadel Communications and Stainless Broadcasting and to repurchase outstanding 8.875% senior secured second lien notes due in 2017.

DMAS 72, 99, 147 & 157

Nexstar, Mission Buying 5 Stations For $103M

Nexstar will acquire WOI Des Moines, Iowa; WHBF Rock Island, Ill., and KCAU Sioux City, Iowa, from Citadel Communications for $88 million and will operate them under a time brokerage agreement. Mission is buying WICZ and WBNP-LP Binghamton, N.Y., from Stainless Broadcasting for $15.25 million in a transaction structured as an asset purchase agreement.

Nexstar, Mission Buy 19 Stations For $270M

The $270 million deal comprises the 19 stations of Communications Corp. of America and White Knight Broadcasting. Nexstar gets 11, Mission gets eight.

DMA 97 (BURLINGTON, VT-PLATTSBURGH, NY)

Nexstar, Mission Complete Burlington Buy

The $16.9 million purchase of WFFF and WVNY announced last year has closed.

DMA 56 (LITTLE ROCK, AR)

About 30 Lose Jobs At KARK, KLRT

According to a KLRT Little Rock, Ark., insider, at least 20 employees of the Fox affiliate were told they would no longer be needed. Another source said that as many as eight people at co-owned NBC affiliate KARK are losing their jobs. The moves follow the duos’ takeover by Mission Broadcsting from Newport Television.

DMA 56

Mission Closes On Little Rock Duo

The $60 million purchase of KLRT and KASN is completed and management of the Fox and CW affiliates is being overseen by Nexstar Broadcasting through an outsourcing agreement.

DMAS 55, 97 & 126

Nexstar Adding Stations In Calif. And Vt.

It’s buying KGPE Fresno and KGET/KKEY-LP Bakersfield, both California, from Newport for $35.4 million and, in a separate deal with Mission Broadcasting, is buying WFFF and WVNY Burlington, Vt.

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Newport Sells 22 Stations For $1 Billion

The group owned by Providence Equity has deals with Nexstar for 12 stations, Sinclair for six and Cox for four. It’s still looking for buyers for its remaining five stations.

Nexstar, Dish Sign New Retrans Agreement

The new multi-year deal gives the satellite provider rights to Nexstar and Mission Broadcasting’s 55 stations.

DMA 103

Nexstar Swapping Fox For ABC In Evansville

Nexstar is paying $18.5 million for Gilmore’s ABC affiliate WEHT and is selling its one-time Fox affiliate WTVW to Mission Broadcasting for $6.7 million while continuing to operate it under a local services agreement. WTVW lost its Fox affiliation because of Nexstar’s running battle with the network over reverse compensation.

Mission Broadcasting CEO David Smith Dies

David Smith, president and CEO of Mission Broadcasting, died of a massive heart attack over the weekend. Mission owns 16 stations — based mostly in smaller markets in Pennsylvania, Missouri, and Texas — but they are operated by Nexstar Broadcasting as part of duopolies.

Nexstar, Mission Set Registered Exchange Offer