Pubcasters Benefit From ‘Zombie’ Licenses

The FCC’s TV spectrum auction is producing unusual and unexpected gifts for a handful of fortunate noncommercial broadcasters in major markets.

DMA 2: LOS ANGELES

Sale Of Zombie Station KBEH Closes

Hero Licenseco LLC on Wednesday closed on its sale of zombie station KBEH Los Angeles to Meruelo Television, owner of KWHY Los Angeles, for $10 million. Zombie stations are those that sold their spectrum in the FCC incentive auction, but retain their license with must-carry rights and other valuable assets. The deal was the first […]

DMA 8: SAN FRANISCO

Independent Zombie KOFY SF Sells For $6M

Silver Point Capital sells the license and must-carry rights of the San Francisco indie to Stryker Media 2 as well as a channel sharing agreement.

DMA 13

WUSF Tampa Donates License To WEDU

The University of South Florida’s WUSF Tampa, Fla., is donating its license to another Tampa noncommercial station, Florida West Coast Public Broadcasting’s WEDU, which will change the former station’s call letters to WEDQ and continue to air its programs.

Harrisburg Zombie Station Sells for $2.5M

After selling the Pennsylvania station’s for $84 million in the incentive auction, NRJ is selling the TV license with must-carry rights, along with a channel sharing contract with the local Nexstar ABC affiliate, to Jeff Winemiller for $2.5 million.

FCC Approves Sale Of ‘Zombie’ Station

The FCC has, for the first time, approved an application for the assignment of the license of a television station that agreed to relinquish its spectrum in the Broadcast Television Incentive Auction but has not yet commenced channel sharing.

DMA 52: PROVIDENCE, RI

Nexstar Buys Zombie Station WLWC For $4.1M

OTA Broadcasting had sold the spectrum of the Providence, R.I., CW affiliate in the FCC’s incentive auction.

DMA 2 : LOS ANGELES

$10M Zombie Station Sale Withdrawn

The seller of the spectrumless license and assets of KBEH Los Angeles to Meruelo Television for $10 million pulls the FCC application seeking approval of the deal after the agency asks for public comment on it. KBEH sold its spectrum in the FCC incentive auction.

Zombie Station Goes For $10M In Los Angeles

Hero Licenseco LLC, which sold the spectrum of KBEH Los Angeles for $146.6 million in the FCC incentive auction, now has a deal to sell that station’s spectrumless TV license with its must-carry rights to KWHY Los Angeles,

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Station Zombies Afoot In Post-Auction World

They have FCC licenses, programming contracts and everything else you need to be a broadcaster, except spectrum, having sold it in the FCC’s incentive auction. So, now they are looking to find spectrum somewhere else or sell off their remaining assets in a second post-auction payday. There’s opportunity too for living broadcasters who wish to channel-share or lease the zombies a subchannel.