London Broadcasting Completes Dallas Buy

It changes calls from KTAQ to KTXD and in February becomes a Me-TV affiliate. The deal’s closing means London stations cover nearly 40% of Texas TV homes.

London Broadcasting Co. (LBC), the owner and operator of Texas-based media properties, announced today that it has completed the acquisition of independent KTAQ Dallas (DMA 5) from Simons Broadcasting.

Terry E. London, president of LBC, said in a statement: “With our focus on Texas, we are thrilled to acquire a full-power station in the Dallas-Fort Worth market and bring our brand of broadcasting to North Texas. With this acquisition, LBC now reaches almost 40% of the Texas population in five Texas DMAs.”

On Jan. 1, LBC changed the call letters from KTAQ to KTXD. The station will be promoted as K-TEX.

LBC has entered into a long-term affiliation agreement with Weigel Broadcasting Co., and next month KTXD will become a Me-TV affiliate. Me-TV’s library includes series from Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution, CBS Television Distribution, NBCUniversal Television as well as independent series owners and producers. Me-TV’s lineup includes: M*A*S*H, Cheers, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Bob Newhart Show, Gunsmoke, Star Trek and Hawaii Five-O.

“Adding Me-TV in the Dallas market was an easy choice for us,” says Phil Hurley, EVP & COO of LBC. “Me-TV’s library of TV classics allows us to provide our Dallas viewers with some of the most enjoyed shows ever broadcast on television and will be a great compliment to our sports and local programming. We are very pleased to partner with Weigel Broadcasting and will now carry the Me-TV network in all of our markets.”

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Linda Leavell says:

January 19, 2012 at 4:29 pm

KFWD-TV aka Classic TV in Dallas Fort Worth already rights of Star Trek Hawaii Five-O and other CBS Television Distribution library.