The commission approves the $18 million purchase of Max Media’s Montana stations announced in October.
FCC OKs Cowles Purchase Of 7 Mont. TVs
The FCC has approved Cowles Co.’s $18 million purchase of seven television stations from the Max Media of Montana Co.
Cowles publishes The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Wash., and owns NBC affiliate KHQ Spokane.
The stations changing hands are: KULR Billings; KTMF with translators 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.
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.
In September, 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.