Gray owned Fort Wayne, Ind., stations WPTA (ABC) and WISE (NBC) are set to become one brand called 21Alive News in early January of 2023. A Gray spokesperson said they are combining news operations into one news brand, not one station.
The station group moves him from WTVG Toledo, Ohio, to oversee WPTA and WISE in Indiana.
Mediacom Communications announced Thursday that it reached a carriage agreement with Granite Broadcasting Corp. covering KBJR Duluth, Minn.; WISE Fort Wayne, Ind.; and WEEK Peoria, Ill. The Granite stations, which went dark on Mediacom systems on June 1, will be immediately reinstated on the Mediacom channel lineup in the markets where Granite operates the primary network affiliate. “We thank our customers for their patience and continued loyalty as we worked to reach a new contract with Granite Broadcasting,” said Ed Pardini, Mediacom’s SVP of field operations.
The news director of ABC affiliate WPTA and and NBC affiliate WISE as well as director of content and strategy for Granite Broadcasting will retire at the end of May. He has worked continuously as a news director for 31 years.