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Cowles Buying Seven Max Media Stations

The stations, all in Montana, are KULR Billings; KTMF Missoula and Kalispell; KWYB Butte and Bozeman; KFBB Great Falls and KHBB Helena.

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Spokane, Wash.-based Cowles Co. on Tuesday announced plans to buy a group of seven television stations from the Max Media of Montana Co. Cowles publishes The Spokesman-Review and owns NBC affiliate KHQ Spokane.

The Max Media stations being sold to Cowles Montana Media Co. are: KULR Billings; KTMF with stations in Missoula and Kalispell; KWYB Butte and Bozeman; KFBB Great Falls and KHBB Helena. KULR is an NBC affiliate and the others are ABC/Fox affiliates.

The companies expect to close the transaction by Dec. 1. The deal must be approved by the FCC. Terms were not released.

Cowles Montana Media is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cowles Co., a family-owned media, forest products and real estate company.

Kalil & Co. brokered the deal.

Last month, Cowles sold three stations to News-Press & Gazette Co. for $21,950,000: KION (CBS) and KMUV-LP (Telemundo) in Monterey-Salinas, Calif., and Fox affiliate KKFX Santa Barbara, Calif.

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Scott Schirmer says:

October 1, 2013 at 6:49 pm

Probably worth noting that Cowles is currently selling a bunch of California stations to News-Press Gazette Co

    Edie Baker says:

    October 2, 2013 at 8:00 am

    It’s been added.

Keith ONeal says:

October 1, 2013 at 10:58 pm

With the FCC in a holding pattern due to the shutdown, it will take longer than usual for the sale to be approved OR disapproved by the FCC.

Jay Miller says:

October 2, 2013 at 12:45 pm

Finally admitting that being in the newspaper business is not a long term play.. Also particularly smart by divesting themselves of stations in the anti business , third world driven,bankrupt state of California

    Cameron Miller says:

    October 2, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    CA is not bankrupt anymore thanks to the Governor there.

Jay Miller says:

October 2, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Hey cac1..They legalized marijuana in California right..???Because you are smoking it


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