Gray retains MMTC as broker for former SSA’d stations

By on Jun, 13 2014 with Comments 0

Gray-TelevisionGray Television has retained MMTC Media and Telecom Brokers, the brokerage arm of the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council, as the exclusive broker to identify and facilitate the transfer of six full-power television stations following the termination of those stations’ services agreements with Gray.  The television stations and markets are as follows:

STATION MARKET MARKET RANK OWNER
KHAS-TV Lincoln-Hastings-Kearney, NE 105 Hoak Media, LLC
KXJB-TV Fargo-Valley City, ND 116 Parker Broadcasting, Inc.
KAQY-TV Monroe-El Dorado, LA/AR 137 Parker Broadcasting, Inc.
KNDX-TV Minot-Bismarck-Dickinson, ND 145 Prime Cities Broadcasting, Inc.
KXND-TV Minot-Bismarck-Dickinson, ND 145 Prime Cities Broadcasting, Inc.
KJCT-TV Grand Junction, CO 185 Excalibur Broadcasting, Inc.

Gray has transitioned the programming from three of these stations (KHAS-TV, KNDX-TV, and KXND-TV) to the primary or multicast channels of same-market television stations owned by Gray, and these three stations have now ceased broadcasting.  The remaining three stations (KXJB-TV, KAQY-TV, and KJCT-TV) currently receive services from Gray.  Over the next few months, Gray intends to transition the programming from these three remaining stations to the primary or multicast channels of the same-market television stations owned by Gray, pending approval of such transfers from each station’s affiliated network and other stakeholders.  Following a program line-up transfer, the station will cease broadcasting.

Rather than surrender their licenses to the FCC upon the termination of their services agreements with Gray, the current owners of each of these stations have provided Gray with an assignable right to acquire the applicable FCC authorizations and transmission equipment for their stations.

Gray hopes to use these option rights to facilitate the transfer of these stations to potential new broadcasters who can use the assets to continue broadcasting free over-the-air programming to the local communities.  To this end, Gray has engaged MMTC as the exclusive broker for the potential transfer of these stations.  Under the terms of that engagement:

MMTC will only market the stations to socially disadvantaged enterprises, such as a business controlled by a woman or a minority, and to non-profit entities such as a Native American tribe, a religious institution, or a school.

A potential new owner must be willing and able to acquire and operate the station on its own, without any sales, engineering, or other service arrangement with an in-market broadcaster.

Each station will be offered to interested parties for a price that merely reimburses Gray for its expenses associated with a particular station sale.

“Gray appreciates the willingness of Hoak, Parker, Prime Cities and Excalibur in permitting this constructive and innovative effort to expand diversity in broadcast ownership and programming,” said Kevin Latek, Gray’s Senior Vice President of Business Affairs.

“This initiative by Gray Television sets a wonderful precedent for the television industry.  Gray is advancing structural diversity and providing an opportunity for minority and other disadvantaged broadcasters to secure a stake in the industry as owners and operators,” commented David Honig, President of MMTC.

Individuals and organizations seeking additional information about any of these opportunities should contact:

MMTC Media and Telecom Brokers
Minority Media and Telecommunications Council
3636 16th Street, N.W., Suite B-366
Washington, D.C. 20010
http://mmtconline.org/media-brokerage/
(202) 332-7005

About The Author: Carl has been with RBR-TVBR since 1997 and is currently Managing Director/Senior Editor. Residing in Northern Virginia, he covers the business of broadcasting, advertising, programming, new media and engineering. He’s also done a great deal of interviews for the company and handles our ever-growing stable of bylined columnists.

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