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Northland's NewsCenter stations sold

Duluth News Tribune

Duluth’s KBJR-TV (Channel 6) and its satellite, KRII-TV (Range 11), have been acquired by Quincy Newspapers, Inc., the Illinois-based purchaser said in a statement early this morning.

The acquisition from Granite Broadcasting Corporation is subject to federal regulatory consent and is anticipated to close late this year.

KDLH-TV (Channel 3) is also being acquired, by SagamoreHill Broadcasting, from its current owner Malara Broadcasting, in a deal also subject to federal regulatory consent. The Quincy statement said KBJR will continue to operate its satellite, KRII, and KDLH under a shared services agreement. The stations since 2004 have operated from a single facility as the Northland’s NewsCenter.

“We are thrilled to acquire KBJR and KRII and to operate them as well as KDLH,” Ralph M. Oakley, president and chief executive officer of Quincy and a fifth-generation family member with the company, said in the statement. “We are hometown broadcasters, very involved in the communities and regions we serve.”

Quincy, which is also acquiring Granite stations in Peoria, Ill., and Binghamton, N.Y., and another in Ft. Wayne, Ind., from Malara, is a private, family-owned company that will now operate 23 stations in 14 markets. It also owns two radio stations, its flagship newspaper in Quincy, Ill., and another in Newton, N.J.

SagamoreHill Broadcasting is also privately owned and has stations in four markets. The Northland’s NewsCenter shares stories as a news partner of the News Tribune.

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