The sale of two stations and related licenses in Minnesota and New York by United Communications to Gray Television tops the latest list of TV station transactions submitted to the FCC for its approval, according to BIA Advisory Services.
The $45 million acquisition comprises CBS affil WWNY and WNYF-CD (Fox) Watertown, N.Y., and CBS-Fox affiliate KEYC Mankato, Minn.
Veteran New York state broadcaster Ed Bassler will succeed the retiring Cathy Pircsuk as general manager of the CBS-Fox duopoly owned by United Communications Corp.
Cathy Pircsuk, GM and divisional VP of WWNY (CBS)-WNYF-CA (Fox) Watertown, N.Y., announced that she will retire in June. Starting in the news department as a reporter on Jan. 8, 1979, she became the station’s top manager in 1996. She had progressed as a news anchor, assignment editor, news director and station manager. Pircsuk’s 36-year career with WWNY spans almost two-thirds of the station’s 60-year history.