WJRT, WNEM, WSMH, WEYI and WBSF are now broadcasting with ATSC 3.0 technology.
The sale of the ABC affiliate in Flint-Saginaw, Mich., will pave the way for closing Gray’s purchase of Meredith’s station group. It boosts Allen’s portfolio to 24 stations in 20 markets.
New TV job openings posted last week on TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center include opportunities at stations owned by Gray, NBC, Meredith, Cox and Graham in Charlotte, Orlando, Atlanta, Boston, San Antonio and the Flint-Saginaw-Bay City area of Michigan.
The Meredith CBS affiliate racked up almost 1.4 million social actions in six months, accounting for almost half (42%) of the total engagement generated in the market’s total 3.2 million actions, according to Shareablee data. Ian Rubin, WNEM’s news director, attributes most of the station’s success on Facebook to its anchors.
The classic TV diginet signs affiliates in Dayton, Ohio; Flint-Saginaw-Bay City, Mich.; Eugene, Ore.; Bakersfield, Calif.; and Utica, N.Y.
The $128 million purchase of ABC affiliates WJRT and WTVG was announced in July.
Gray is buying the ABC affiliates from George Lilly’s SJL Holdings in an all-cash deal. Lilly had bought the stations from ABC just our years ago for $30 million.
SJL Broadcasting, which officially takes over WJRT Flint and WTVG Toledo tomorrow, is replacing the stations’ longtime general managers, Tom Bryson and David Zamichow. Both executives have opted to leave on their own, says SJL President George Lilly, and both replacements come from within the extended Lilly family. WJRT’s new GM is Peter Veto; WTVG’s is John Christianson.