Calkins Digital will develop apps for Capitol Broadcasting’s WRAL Raleigh, N.C., and Schurz Communications’ newspapers on Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV devices, the company said on Sunday. WRAL’s Amazon Fire TV app has already debuted, and the rest will debut for both companies this spring.
The agency’s deputy general counsel tells a federal court that the probe is to determine whether to subject Media General to a license revocation hearing. The FCC is upset by Media General’s attempts in court to block Gray Television from ending the JSA it has with Media General for WAGT Augusta, Ga., and from selling the station in the incentive auction.
Gray Television said Tuesday that it has closed its purchase of television stations from Schurz Communications and related station acquisitions and divestitures with other parties. Gray CEO Hilton Howell said: “Today, we are thrilled to welcome the many talented individuals from the Schurz stations and WLUC to the Gray corporate family.” The acquisition cost was approximately $415.3 million.
The commission approves the $442.5 million deal, granting some waivers of the local ownership rules and denying others. Among other things, it will have to terminate its JSA in Wichita, Kan.
Gray and Schurz have entered into a proposed consent decree with the DOJ that requires the divestiture of television stations in the Wichita, Kan., and South Bend, Ind., markets.
The Schurz radio stations in the deal announced in September in South Bend, Ind., will go to Mid-West Family Broadcast Group; those in Lafayette, Ind., to Neuhoff Communications; and The HomeSlice Group gets the Rapid City, S.D., properties. the three deals will bring Gray $16 million.
To facilitate FCC approval of its purchase of Schurz Communicaitons’ television and radio stations, Gray is selling stations in three markets, while buying three more. The affected markets are Wichita, Kan.; Knoxville, Tenn.; South Bend, Ind.; Marquette, Mich; Rapid City, S.D.; and Anchorage, Alaska.
Even with its latest purchase of Schurz, CEO Hilton Howell says “we will continue to look for acquisitions that add to what we’re doing.” But SVP Kevin Latek says buying opportunities may be limited. The Schurz deal grows Gray’s reach to 49 markets in 28 states.
The deal will expand Gray’s operations to a total of 49 television markets and 28 states. “In a rapidly consolidating industry where size and scale matter more than ever before, we have come to the realization that Gray Television would be the best steward to ensure our stations succeed over the long-term,” explained Todd Schurz, president-CEO of Schurz.