Mission Broadcasting Terminates Agreement To Buy WADL Detroit

The FCC approved the licence transfer, but imposed a number of conditions that made the $75 million deal unpalatable to Adell Broadcasting and to Nexstar Media Group, which helped finance the deal and would have run the station under a series of management agreements.

Owner Of WADL Detroit Urges Mission To Close Station Purchase

The owner of Detroit station WADL is urging Mission Broadcasting to close its $75 million acquisition of WADL before a June 30 deadline. In an earlier interview, Adell Broadcasting CEO Kevin Adell suggested that a local marketing agreement would enable Mission to operate WADL while appealing conditions put on the sale by the FCC. But Adell now says an LMA is off the table. The FCC approved the agreement to transfer WADL’s license to Mission, but attached significant conditions to the approval.

‘Problematic’ FCC Conditions On Station Sale Could Create Detroit Drama

Conditions put on the proposed sale of WADL Detroit to Mission Broadcasting have created a potential drama in the Motor City. Kevin Adell, CEO of Adell Broadcasting, owner of WADL, said he expects the $75 million deal to go through, but said that Mission called the conditions “problematic.” Mission’s bid is being financed by Nexstar Media Group, which wants WADL to become the market’s CW affiliate after Sept. 1, when the CW’s deal with WMYD, owned by E.W. Scripps, expires. Scripps and Nexstar have said the affiliation deal won’t be renewed.

WADL Owner Kevin Adell Serves WMYD Detroit With Cease & Desist Letter

Kevin Adell, owner of Adell Broadcasting and WADL Detroit, served WMYD Detroit a cease and desist letter after WMYD agreed to succeed WADL as the market’s The CW affiliate. The letter was hand-delivered to Scripps-owned WMYD, sister station of WXYZ.

Legal Letters Flying In Motown Over CW Affiliation

WADL Detroit Drops Its CW Affiliation

CW programming such as FBoy Island, The Spencer Sisters and Children Ruin Everything will no longer be seen on WADL Detroit after owner Adell Broadcasting dropped the Nexstar-owned network. “They didn’t pay, that’s really what it comes down to,” WADL owner Kevin Adell said Monday. “It’s always about the Benjamins, don’t ever forget it. Everything is always about the Benjamins.”

Group Asks FCC To Deny WADL Acquisition By Mission

The American Television Alliance says the purchase would give operational control of the Detroit MyNetworkTV affiliate to Nexstar, in violation of federal ownership rules.

Mission Broadcasting Buying WADL Detroit

The purchase of the MNT affiliate from Adell Broadcasting gives Mission its 30th station and its second in Michigan.


New Jobs Posted To TVNewsCheck

New jobs posted to TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center include openings for an account exec, president/CEO, senior video editor, executive producer, news anchors and news producer.

WADL Gets Detroit’s MyNetworkTV Affiliation

Kevin Adell’s WADL Detroit (DMA 15) has secured the market’s MyNetworkTV affiliation, and will make the switch Sep. 20. WMYD, known as TV20 and owned by Scripps, is the current MyNetworkTV station in Detroit.

WADL Detroit Launches 10 P.M. News

Ex-WDIV Reporter Kevin Dietz Now On WADL

DMA 12

GetTV Adds WADL Detroit To Affiliate List

With the addition, he classic TV and film diginet from Sony Pictures Television Networks boosts its coverage to 70% of U.S. TV households and has affiliates in all of the top 25 markets.

DMA 11

WADL Detroit Names David Bangura GM

The Motor City TV executive and former WMYD GM moves to Adell Broadcasting’s independent station.


WADL Fires GM Matt Uhl, Cancels Show

Adell Broadcasting says Matt Uhl, the GM of its Detroit indie, violated corporate policy with the financial arangements for its primetime Dr. Nandi Show.


WADL Drops Syndicated News For Reruns

The Detroit independent is replacing News@9 with The Parkers, One on One and Girlfriends.

The Unmaking Of A News Director

Matt Stevens offers his side of how he came to be fired as news director of The Adell’s WADL Detroit after just one day on the job following the firing of Kevin O’Brien who hired him.

DMA 11

WADL Detroit Names Matt Stevens News Dir.

The former senior correspondent at WOIO Cleveland heads the new news operation at the Adell Broadcasting station.


WADL, Paper Partner On Weekday Newscast

A new local newscast promising a combination of hyper-local stories with television’s immediacy is how WADL Detroit and Journal Register describe their joint venture, News @ 9, which will debut Monday, Jan. 16.

DMA 11

WADL Detroit To Launch Antenna TV

The network of classic TV shows and movies will debut on ch. 38.2 beginning Oct. 1.