Entertainment Studios Closes On 11-Station Buy

Byron Allen’s Allen Media Broadcasting has completed its $305 million purchase of 11 stations in nine markets from USA Television announced last October.

Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios said Tuesday that it has closed on the acquisition of 11 television stations from USA Television Holdings and USA Television MidAmerica for $305 million.

The company’s Allen Media Broadcasting division has acquired the following:

DMA Rank City of License Station(s) Affiliation
79 Huntsville – Decatur – Florence, AL WAAY  WAAY-D2 ABC – ION
104 Ft. Wayne, IN WFFT FOX
123 Eugene, OR KEZI  KEZI-D2  KEZI-D3 ABC – ION – METV
132 Chico-Redding, CA KNVN*  KNVN-DT2*  KHSL  KHSL-D2
133 Columbus-Tupelo-West Point, MS WTVA  WLOV*  WTVA-D2 NBC – FOX – ABC
135 Medford-Klamath Falls, OR KDRV  KRDV-D2 ABC – ANTENNA TV
154 Rochester, MN – Mason City, IA – Austin, MN KIMT  KIMT-D2  KIMT-D3 CBS – MYTV – ION
158 Terre Haute, IN WTHI  WTHI-D2  WTHI-D3 CBS – FOX – MYTV – CW
188 Lafayette, IN WLFI  WLFI-D2  WLFI-D3 CBS – CW – ION
*Operated through joint sales and services agreement

Allen’s continued expansion into broadcast television is the latest step the company has taken in further extending the global reach of its programming and content. The Entertainment Studios divisions now include: broadcast television network affiliates, streaming services, broadcast television syndication, production and distribution of 64 television programs, nine 24/7 HD television networks, theatrical motion picture production, acquisition and global distribution, digital movie acquisition and distribution, and global news publishing.

“I have known Byron Allen for decades and we are delighted that these television stations will now be part of his amazing company,” said USA Television CEO Robert S. Prather Jr. “These stations are dedicated to their local communities and this transaction will enable them to become even stronger on both their broadcast and digital platforms.”

“Over the past six months we’ve invested nearly $500 million to acquire best-in-class, top-tier, broadcast network affiliates,” said Allen, founder/chairman/CEO of Entertainment Studios/Allen Media Group. “We plan to invest approximately $10 billion to acquire ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox television stations over the next three years with the goal of being one of the largest broadcast television groups in America.”

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