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Barrington Broadcasting Group, LLC
TypePrivate
IndustryMass media
GenreTelevision broadcasting
FoundedMay 2003; 19 years ago (2003-05)
FoundersKeith Bland
Chris Cornelius
Mary Flodin
K. James Yager
DefunctNovember 25, 2013; 8 years ago (2013-11-25)
FateAcquired by Sinclair
SuccessorSinclair Broadcast Group
Headquarters,
USA
Number of locations
Fifteen ranked television markets (U.S.)
Key people
K. James Yager, CEO
Warren Spector, CFO
ServicesBroadcasting
ParentPilot Group

Barrington Broadcasting Group, LLC, headquartered in Schaumburg, Illinois was an American corporation focused on broadcast television, primarily in middle and small size media markets. Barrington owned or operated via duopoly twenty-four television stations, with the potential to reach 3.4 percent of households in the U.S.[1] It was owned by Pilot Group, a private equity firm.

History

Barrington Broadcasting was formed in May 2003 by a group of former Benedek Broadcasting executives. With Benedek filed for bankruptcy and divested itself of all television properties in 2002, former President K. James Yager along with Senior Vice-Presidents Chris Cornelius, Keith Bland and Mary Flodin, pooled their talents to create a new company focused solely on medium and small market broadcasting.[2]

The company began operations in January 2004 with its purchases of former Benedek stations WHOI-TV (Peoria, Illinois) and KHQA-TV (Hannibal, Missouri/Quincy, Illinois) along with WEYI-TV in Vienna Township, Michigan. Barrington grew slowly at first, adding five more stations between 2004 and early 2006. A major expansion took place on March 27, 2006, when Raycom Media agreed to sell twelve of its network-affiliated TV stations to Barrington for $262 million.[3] The sale was completed on August 11.[4] In recent years, Barrington has been at the forefront of integrating social media and the internet into their on-air content.[2]

In late 2012, it was announced that Pilot Group had put Barrington up for sale and that both Nexstar Broadcasting Group and Sinclair Broadcast Group were in final talks to acquire the full regiment of stations.[5] On February 28, 2013, Barrington announced that it would sell its stations to Sinclair.[6] The sale was granted FCC approval on November 18.[7] The transaction was formally consummated on November 25.[8]

Former Barrington-owned stations

Stations are arranged in alphabetical order by state and city of license.

Notes:

City of license / Market Station Channel
TV (RF)
Years owned Current ownership status
Colorado Springs - Pueblo, Colorado KXRM-TV ++ 21 (22) 2006–2013 Fox affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group
KXTU-LD ++ 57 (20) 2006–2013 The CW affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group
Albany, Georgia WFXL ++ 31 (12) 2006–2013 Fox affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Peoria - Bloomington, Illinois WHOI ** 19 (19) 2004–2013 Comet TV affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Marquette, Michigan WLUC-TV ++ 6 (35) 2006–2013 NBC affiliate owned by Gray Television
Saginaw - Bay City - Flint - Midland, Michigan WEYI-TV 25 (30) 2004–2013 NBC affiliate owned by Howard Stirk Holdings
(Operated through a SSA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
WBSF 46 (46) 2004–2013 The CW affiliate owned by Cunningham Broadcasting
(Operated through a SSA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
Traverse City - Cheboygan - Cadillac -
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
WPBN-TV ++ 7 (47) 2006–2013 NBC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
WTOM-TV ++
(Satellite of WPBN)
4 (35) 2006–2013 NBC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
WGTU 29 (29) 2009–2013 1 ABC affiliate owned by Cunningham Broadcasting
(Operated through a SSA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
WGTQ
(Satellite of WGTU)
8 (8) 2009–2013 1 ABC affiliate owned by Cunningham Broadcasting
(Operated through a SSA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
Columbia - Jefferson City, Missouri KRCG 13 (12) 2005–2013 CBS affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Hannibal, Missouri - Quincy, Illinois - Keokuk, Iowa KHQA-TV ** 7 (7) 2004–2013 CBS affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Kirksville, Missouri - Ottumwa, Iowa KTVO ++ 3 (33) 2006–2013 ABC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Syracuse, New York WSTM-TV ++ 3 (24) 2006–2013 NBC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
WTVH 5 (47) 2 CBS affiliate owned by Granite Broadcasting
(Operated under a SSA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
WSTQ-LP ++ 14 (3.2) 2006–2013 The CW affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Toledo - Findlay, Ohio WNWO-TV ++ 24 (49) 2006–2013 NBC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Columbia, South Carolina WACH ++ 57 (48) 2006–2013 Fox affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Florence - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina WPDE-TV 15 (16) 2005–2013 ABC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
WWMB 21 (21) 3 Dabl affiliate owned by Howard Stirk Holdings
(Operated through a SSA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
Amarillo, Texas - Clovis, New Mexico KVII-TV 7 (7) 2005–2013 ABC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
KVIH-TV
(Satellite of KVII)
12 (12) 2005–2013 ABC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Harlingen - McAllen - Brownsville, Texas KGBT-TV ++ 4 (31) 2006–2013 Antenna TV owned-and-operated station (O&O),
owned by Nexstar Media Group

Other Notes:

Company Management

Company Employees

References

  1. ^ "About Us". Barrington Broadcasting corporate website. 2012. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
  2. ^ a b Malone, Michael (2011). "K. James Yager, CEO and Co-founder, Barrington Broadcasting Group, LLC". Broadcasting & Cable magazine via website. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
  3. ^ Raycom and Barrington Announce Deal For Twelve Television Stations, businesswire.com, 27 March 2006, Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Barrington and Raycom Announce Completion of Transaction for Twelve Television Stations". Raycom Media. 11 August 2006. Archived from the original on 21 August 2006. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Sinclair, Nexstar in Running for Barrington". TV News Check-Jack Messmer. 29 November 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
  6. ^ Malone, Michael (February 28, 2013). "Sinclair's Chesapeake TV Acquires Barrington Stations". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved March 1, 2013.
  7. ^ FCC approves sales of three Syracuse TV stations cnyradio.com, Retrieved 19 November 2013
  8. ^ "Sinclair Broadcast Group Closes On Acquisition Of Barrington Stations". Sinclair Broadcast Group. Retrieved 12 January 2018.