DMA 138

NPG Buys ABC Affil In Columbia, Mo.

News-Press & Gazette has agreed to pay $16 million for KMIZ, an ABC affiliate that airs MNT and Me-TV on subchannels, and low-power, Fox affiliate KQFX. Seller is JW Broadcasting, one of several broadcast companies backed by Alta Communications.

AIR CHECK BY DIANA MARSZALEK

Another News Operation Bites The Dust

With Fisher Communication’s recent announcement that its KIDK Idaho Falls would be turning over operations to competitor News-Press & Gazette’s KIFI under a shared services and sales agreement, 27 people will be out of work and there will be one less news voice in DMA 162. The official line is the move was made to take advantage of “operating synergies and expense savings,” but executives of both companies wouldn’t say any more or take questions.