|Predecessor||Broadcasting arm of the Gannett Company|
|Founded||June 29, 2015|
|Howard D. Elias|
(President and Chief Executive Officer)
|Revenue||$2.29 billion USD (2019)|
|$559 million USD (2019)|
|$286.2 million USD (2019)|
Number of employees
Tegna Inc. (stylized as TEGNA) is an American publicly traded broadcast, digital media and marketing services company (Tegna Marketing Solutions) headquartered in Tysons Corner, Virginia. It was created on June 29, 2015, when the Gannett Company split into two publicly traded companies. Tegna comprised the more profitable broadcast television and digital media divisions of the old Gannett, while Gannett's publishing interests were spun off as a "new" company that retained the Gannett name. Tegna owns or operates 66 television stations in 54 markets, and holds properties in digital media.
In terms of audience reach, Tegna is the largest group owner of NBC-affiliated stations, ahead of Hearst Television and Sinclair Broadcast Group, and the fourth-largest group owner of ABC affiliates, behind Hearst, the E. W. Scripps Company, and Sinclair. Tegna also owns three digital multicast networks (True Crime Network, Quest, and Twist).
In June 2015, Gannett spun off its broadcasting division. Robert Dickey – who led Gannett's newspaper group – would continue as CEO of the company as a sole newspaper publisher, leaving the former broadcasting and digital operations under the leadership of Gracia Martore. In a statement, she explained that the split plans were "significant next steps in our ongoing initiatives to increase shareholder value by building scale, increasing cash flow, sharpening management focus, and strengthening all of our businesses to compete effectively in today's increasingly digital landscape." Additionally, the company announced that it would buy out the remainder of Classified Ventures (a joint venture between Tegna and several other media companies) for $1.8 billion, giving it full ownership of properties such as Cars.com.
As part of the separation, the company announced that the broadcasting and digital company would be named Tegna—a partial anagram of "Gannett". The spin-out was structured so that "old" Gannett changed its name to Tegna, Inc., then spun off its newspaper holdings into a "new" Gannett. The split was completed on June 29, 2015. Tegna retained "old" Gannett's stock price history, though it trades under a new ticker symbol, TGNA. The "new" Gannett inherited old Gannett's longtime ticker symbol, GCI. The two companies, however, continued to share a headquarters complex.
Tegna also retained G/O Digital, a digital marketing services brand that it launched in August 2013, and the 20 broadcast stations it acquired from Belo Corporation in December 2013 and the six stations it acquired from London Broadcasting Company in July 2014.
In September 2016, Tegna announced plans to spin off Cars.com to create two independent publicly traded companies. Tegna shareholders approved an initial public offering of Cars.com as a publicly traded spin-off in May 2017. Shortly after, Tegna completed the spin-off of Cars.com, which now trades under a new ticker symbol, CARS. Upon the completion of the spin-off, Dave Lougee, president of Tegna Media, was named president and CEO of Tegna and joined the company's Board of Directors. Gracia Martore, president and CEO of Tegna, retired and stepped down from the Board.
Prior to the company's completion of the spin-off of Cars.com, it was reported by DealReporter that Nexstar Media Group may be considering a bid to acquire Tegna. In June 2017, Tegna announced it had entered into a definitive agreement, together with the other owners of CareerBuilder, to sell CareerBuilder to an investor group led by investments funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management and the board of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.
Tegna and Cooper Media, parent corporation of the Justice Network, announced on November 7, 2017, a new multicast network, Quest. Tegna would be the charter station group as such would receive a minority stake in the network, which launched in January 2018. The range of programming on the network would be engineering and science, human achievements, military history and natural history.
On December 18, 2017, Tegna announced it would acquire KFMB-AM-FM-TV in San Diego from Midwest Television, Inc. for $325 million, pending approval from the Federal Communications Commission. The acquisition was completed on February 15, 2018.
On August 20, 2018, Tegna agreed to purchase two stations spun off from the Gray Television-Raycom Media merger, CBS affiliate WTOL-TV in Toledo (the sale likely includes rights to an existing shared services agreement with American Spirit Media-owned Fox affiliate WUPW) and NBC affiliate KWES-TV in Odessa in order to alleviate ownership conflicts involving Gray's ownership of ABC affiliate WTVG in the Toledo market and CBS affiliate KOSA-TV in the Odessa market.
In March 2019, Tegna announced its formation of VAULT Studios, its first, in-house digital content studio. The studio's first content would be true crime podcasts, drawing on its station news content.
On March 20, 2019, Tegna entered an agreement with Nexstar Media Group to acquire eleven stations for $740 million in order to reduce Nexstar's national ownership reach under the federally imposed 39% cap and alleviate ownership conflicts with existing Nexstar properties once it completes a merger with Tribune Media. Included are stations WOI-DT–KCWI-DT in Des Moines and WQAD-TV, based in Moline, Illinois but also serving neighboring Davenport and Pennsylvania (WPMT/Harrisburg and WNEP-TV/Scranton–Wilkes-Barre). Other Nexstar/Tribune stations going to Tegna are WZDX/Huntsville, KFSM-TV/Fort Smith–Fayetteville, WTIC-TV–WCCT-TV/Hartford, and WATN-TV–WLMT/Memphis. The FCC approved the sale on September 16.
On May 6, 2019, it was reported that Tegna was going to acquire the 85% of the Justice Network and Quest from Cooper Media that it did not own already for $77 Million to close by the end of the second quarter. Cooper Media's president and general manager Brian Weiss transferred to Tegna and continue managing the two networks.
On June 11, 2019, it was reported Tegna Inc. purchased the Dispatch Broadcast Group's television and radio assets, subject to regulatory approval, for $535 million. The purchase includes the WBNS television (CBS affiliate WBNS-TV) and radio (WBNS (AM) and WBNS-FM) stations in Columbus, the Ohio News Network, and NBC affiliate WTHR television in Indianapolis. The sale was approved by the FCC on July 29, 2019, and was completed on August 8.
In December 2019, Tegna agreed to sell KFMB-AM-FM to Local Media San Diego for $5 million; the sale was completed on March 17, 2020.
In March 2020, Tegna announced an overture by Gray Television to purchase them for $8.5 billion was terminated; Gray's stock price had halved in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A carriage dispute with DirecTV, beginning on December 2, 2020, resulted in the removal of at least 60 Tegna stations in 51 markets, covering about 39% of TV homes, from the DirecTV, AT&T U-verse and AT&T TV streaming platforms.
A carriage dispute with Dish Network, beginning on October 6, 2021, resulted in the removal of at least 64 Tegna stations in 53 markets, covering about nearly 3 million customers. On October 18, Dish Network filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission against Tegna.
Tegna owns or operates 68 television stations located in 54 markets (including fourteen duopolies); it also owns two radio stations in Columbus, Ohio. Twenty-two of the company's stations are affiliated with NBC (including one digital subchannel of KBMT and two semi-satellites of KCEN-TV and WCSH), fifteen are affiliated with CBS, thirteen are affiliated with ABC, and six are affiliated with Fox. In addition, the company owns seven CW affiliates (including three digital subchannels of KFMB-TV, KYTX, and WMAZ-TV), four Estrella TV affiliates (including three digital subchannels of KENS, KTTU and KVUE), ten MyNetworkTV affiliates (including five digital subchannels of KFMB-TV, KIDY, KXVA, WQAD-TV, and WZDX), three independent stations (including two digital subchannels of KTVB and its satellite of KTFT-LD), a low-powered MeTV affiliate, and a Quest owned-and-operated station. It also provides operational services to another Fox affiliate, WUPW in Toledo, through a shared services agreement with that station's owner American Spirit Media.
Tegna's standardized news music is C Clarity from French sonic branding company Sixième Son. All Tegna owned stations are identified as “A TEGNA COMPANY” for top of the hour station identifications.
Stations are listed alphabetically by state and city of license.
Notes of prior ownership or current shared services agreement:
|City of license / Market||Station||Channel
|Owned by Gannett/Tegna since||Primary affiliation|
|Huntsville, Alabama||WZDX ττ||54 (18)||2019||Fox|
(Satellite of KPNX)
|Phoenix, Arizona||KPNX **||12 (18)||1979|
|Tucson, Arizona||KMSB ^^ ††||11 (25)||2015||Fox|
|KTTU ¤¤ †† ^^||18 (19)||2013||MyNetworkTV|
|Fort Smith - Fayetteville, Arkansas||KFSM-TV ττ||5 (18)||2019||CBS|
|Little Rock, Arkansas||KTHV||11 (12)||1994|
|Sacramento, California||KXTV||10 (10)||1999||ABC|
|San Diego, California||KFMB-TV||8 (8)||2018||CBS|
The CW/MyNetworkTV (DT2)
|Denver, Colorado||KUSA **
|Hartford - New Haven -
|WTIC-TV ττ||61 (34)||2019||Fox|
|WCCT-TV ττ||20 (33)||2019||The CW|
|Washington, D.C.||WUSA||9 (9)||1986||CBS|
|Jacksonville, Florida||WJXX||25 (10)||2000||ABC|
|Tampa - St. Petersburg, Florida||WTSP [n1 1]||10 (10)||1996||CBS|
|Atlanta, Georgia||WXIA-TV **||11 (10)||1979||NBC|
|Macon, Georgia||WMAZ-TV ~~ [n1 1]||13 (13)||1995||CBS|
The CW (DT2)
|Boise, Idaho||KTVB ¤¤ [n1 2]||7 (7)||2013||NBC|
|Twin Falls, Idaho||KTFT-LD ++
(Satellite of KTVB)
|Moline, Illinois - Davenport, Iowa||WQAD-TV ττ||8 (31)||2019||ABC|
|Indianapolis, Indiana||WTHR ∆||13 (13)||NBC|
|WALV-CD ∆||46 (17)||MeTV|
|Ames - Des Moines, Iowa||WOI-DT ττ||5 (5)||ABC|
|KCWI-TV ττ||23 (23)||The CW|
|Louisville, Kentucky||WHAS-TV ^^||11 (11)||2015||ABC|
|New Orleans, Louisiana||WWL-TV ¤¤||4 (27)||2013||CBS|
|WUPL ¤¤||54 (17)||MyNetworkTV|
|Portland, Maine||WCSH [n1 1]||6 (31)||1998||NBC|
(Semi-satellite of WCSH)
|Grand Rapids - Kalamazoo, Michigan||WZZM ##||13 (13)||1997||ABC|
|Minneapolis - Saint Paul, Minnesota||KARE||11 (31)||1983||NBC|
|St. Louis, Missouri||KSDK ~~||5 (35)||1995|
|Buffalo, New York||WGRZ ##||2 (33)||1997|
|Charlotte, North Carolina||WCNC-TV ¤¤||36 (24)||2013|
|Greensboro - Winston-Salem -
High Point, North Carolina
|Cleveland||WKYC ~~||3 (19)||1995||NBC|
|Columbus, Ohio||WBNS-TV ∆||10 (21)||2019||CBS|
|Toledo, Ohio||WTOL ‡‡||11 (11)|
|WUPW ≈≈||36 (26)||Fox|
|Portland, Oregon||KGW ^^||8 (26)||2015||NBC|
|Scranton - Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania||WNEP-TV ττ||16 (21)||2019||ABC|
|York - Harrisburg - Lancaster -
|WPMT ττ||43 (36)||Fox|
|Columbia, South Carolina||WLTX [n1 1]||19 (15)||1998||CBS|
|Knoxville, Tennessee||WBIR-TV ~~||10 (10)||1995||NBC|
|Memphis, Tennessee||WATN-TV ττ||24 (25)||2019||ABC|
|WLMT ττ||30 (31)||The CW|
|Abilene - Sweetwater, Texas||KXVA ++||15 (15)||2014||Fox|
|Austin, Texas||KVUE ¤¤ §§||24 (33)||2013
(previously owned from 1986 to 1999)
|Beaumont - Port Arthur - Orange, Texas||KBMT ++||12 (12)||2014 ||ABC|
|Corpus Christi, Texas||KIII ++||3 (8)||2014||ABC|
|Dallas - Fort Worth, Texas||WFAA ¤¤||8 (8)||2013|
|KMPX||29 (30)||2020||Estrella TV|
|Houston, Texas||KHOU ¤¤||11 (11)||2013||CBS|
|Odessa - Midland, Texas||KWES-TV ‡‡||9 (9)||2019||NBC|
|San Angelo, Texas||KIDY ++||6 (19)||2014||Fox|
|San Antonio, Texas||KENS ¤¤||5 (29)||2013||CBS|
|Nacogdoches - Tyler - Longview, Texas||KYTX ++||19 (15)||2014||CBS|
The CW (DT2)
|Waco - Temple, Texas||KCEN-TV ++||6 (9)||NBC|
|Bryan - College Station, Texas||KAGS-LD ++
(Semi-satellite of KCEN)
|Hampton - Norfolk -
Virginia Beach, Virginia
|WVEC ¤¤||13 (13)||2013||ABC|
|Seattle - Tacoma, Washington||KING-TV ¤¤ [n1 2]||5 (25)||NBC|
|KONG ¤¤ [n1 2]||16 (31)||Independent|
|Spokane, Washington||KREM ¤¤ [n1 2]||2 (20)||CBS|
|KSKN ¤¤ ++ [n1 2]||22 (36)||The CW|
|Name||Station call sign; Channel No.||Markets served||Owned by Gannett/Tegna since||Notes|
|Idaho's Very Own 24/7||
||Boise, Idaho||2013||Originally a 24-hour news station, reformed into an independent station due to market conditions and changes; received in the purchase of Belo|
|NewsWatch 15||WWL-TV 15||New Orleans metropolitan area,
Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Acadiana region
|2013||Jointly owned by Tegna (50%) and Cox Communications (50%); received in the purchase of Belo|
|True Crime Network||Multicast network||see article||2019|
|AM Station||FM Station|
|City of license / Market||Station||Owned since||Current format|
|Columbus||WBNS 1460||2019||Sports radio|
|WBNS-FM 97.1||2019||Sports radio|
In 2015, Tegna Media test-ran a limited-run informative talk show hosted by Dallas-based bishop T. D. Jakes on its owned stations in Dallas, Atlanta, Minneapolis and Cleveland. The show, titled T.D. Jakes, was co-produced by Debmar-Mercury, Tegna Media, 44 Blue Productions, Jakes' own production company, TDJ Enterprises and EnLight Productions and lasted from August 17 through September 11.
On December 9, Tegna greenlit the series for an entire run for the 2016–2017 broadcast season. The series debuted on September 12 on most, if not all Tegna-owned stations, as well as several large markets, including Baltimore (WMAR-TV), Detroit (WMYD), Orlando (WFTV/WRDQ), Chicago (WCIU-TV), San Antonio (KSAT-TV), and San Diego (KGTV). Debmar-Mercury, however, is not participating in the production run, being replaced by independent company Flow Media Partners.
T.D. Jakes has ended in September 2017 and was replaced with news and entertainment show Daily Blast Live.
Other shows Tegna Media has on first-run syndication across most of its stations are Sister Circle (also shown on cable network TV One), and reality competition Sing Like A Star.
In January 2018, Tegna announced a partnership with Sony Pictures Television to handle syndication distribution and advertising sales for its original programs.
Gannett Company spun-off most of its internet media properties to Tegna. When the total internet media division was part of the Gannett Company, it managed the websites for USA Today, as well as Gannett's newspaper and broadcast properties throughout the United States. It owns:
Stations are arranged in alphabetical order by state and city of license. The list includes stations owned by Tegna, Inc. during its former existence as the Gannett Company subsidiary Gannett Broadcasting, Inc.
|City of license / Market||Station||Channel
|Years owned||Current ownership status|
|Mobile, AL – Pensacola, FL||WALA-TV||10 (9)||1986 1||Fox affiliate owned by Gray Television|
|Kingman||KMOH-TV||6 (19)||1997–2004||MeTV owned-and-operated station (O&O), owned by Weigel Broadcasting|
|Phoenix – Mesa||KTVK ++||3 (24)||2013–2014 2, 3||Independent station owned by Gray Television|
|KASW ++||61 (49)||2013–2014 2, 3||The CW affiliate owned by the E. W. Scripps Company|
|Tucson||KOLD-TV||13 (32)||1986 1||CBS affiliate owned by Gray Television|
|Little Rock||KARK-TV §§||4 (32)||1979–1983||NBC affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group|
|Sacramento – Stockton – Modesto||KOVR||13 (25)||1958–1959||CBS owned-and-operated station (O&O), owned by CBS Television Stations|
|Danville – Champaign – Urbana, IL||WDAN-TV ** 5||24||1953–1960||ABC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group|
(see footnote below)
|Rockford, Illinois||WREX-TV||13 (13)||1963–1969||NBC affiliate owned by Allen Media Broadcasting|
|Fort Wayne, Indiana||WPTA §§||21 (24)||1979–1983||ABC affiliate owned by Gray Television|
|Louisville||WLKY-TV §§||32 (26)||1979–1983||CBS affiliate owned by Hearst Television|
|Cambridge – Boston, MA||WLVI||56 (41)||1983–1994||The CW affiliate owned by Sunbeam Television|
|St. Louis||KMOV ++||4 (24)||2013–2014 3, 4||CBS affiliate owned by Gray Television|
|Binghamton, New York||WINR-TV ** 6||40 (8)||1957–1971||Fox affiliate, WICZ-TV, owned by Cox Media Group|
|Rochester, New York||WHEC-TV ** 7||10 (10)||1953–1979||NBC affiliate owned by Hubbard Broadcasting|
|Cincinnati||WLWT ¤¤ ##||5 (35)||1995–1997||NBC affiliate owned by Hearst Television|
|Oklahoma City||KOCO-TV §§ ##||5 (7)||1979–1997||ABC affiliate owned by Hearst Television|
|KTVY||4 (27)||1986 1||NBC affiliate, KFOR-TV, owned by Nexstar Media Group|
These cable networks were owned by Belo prior to acquisition by Gannett/Tegna.
|Availability||Station, Channel No.||Acquired by Gannett/Tegna||Notes/Fate|
|Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Corpus Christi, Laredo, Texarkana, Port Arthur/Beaumont, Waco, El Paso, Wichita Falls, Rio Grande Valley||TXCN (Texas Cable News), Channel Numbers Vary||2013||Composed of news teams from: WFAA, Dallas; KHOU, Houston; KENS, San Antonio; KVUE, Austin. Defunct as of May 1, 2015.|
|Seattle, Portland, Spokane & Boise||NWCN (Northwest Cable News), Channel Numbers Vary||2013||Composed of news teams from: KING-TV & KONG, Seattle; KGW, Portland; KREM & KSKN, Spokane; KTVB, Boise. Defunct as of January 6, 2017.|
(a partial listing)
|AM Station||FM Station|
|City of license / Market||Station||Years owned||Current ownership|
|Los Angeles||KPRZ/KIIS 1150||1979–1997||KEIB, owned by iHeartMedia|
|KIIS-FM 102.7||1979–1997||Owned by iHeartMedia|
|San Diego||KSDO 1130||1979–1997||Owned by Hi-Favor Broadcasting|
|KFMB 760||2018–2020||KGB, owned by iHeartMedia|
|KFMB-FM 100.7||2018–2020||KFBG, owned by Local Media San Diego|
|KEZL/KSDO-FM/KCLX-FM/KJQY 102.9||1979–1997||KLQV, owned by Univision Communications|
|Hartford, Connecticut||WTHT 1230 **||1936–1954||defunct, went silent in 1954|
frequency now used by WNEZ
|Cocoa – Melbourne, Florida||WEZY 1350||1966–1970||WMMV, owned by iHeartMedia|
|WEZY-FM 99.3||1966–1970||WLRQ-FM, owned by iHeartMedia|
|Tampa/St. Petersburg||WDAE 1250||1987–1997||WHNZ, owned by iHeartMedia|
(WDAE is now at 620 AM)
|WJYW/WUSA-FM 100.7||1980–1997||WMTX, owned by iHeartMedia|
|Macon, Georgia||WMAZ 940||1995–1996||WMAC, owned by Cumulus Media|
|WMAZ-FM/WAYS 99.1||1995–1996||WDEN-FM, owned by Cumulus Media|
|Chicago||WVON/WGCI 1390||1979–1997||WGRB, owned by iHeartMedia|
(WVON is now at 1690 AM)
|WGCI-FM 107.5||1979–1997||Owned by iHeartMedia|
|Detroit||WLQV 1500||1979–1986||Owned by Salem Media Group|
|WCZY-FM 95.5||1979–1986||WKQI, owned by iHeartMedia|
|Kansas City, Missouri||KCMO 810||1986–1993||WHB, owned by Cumulus Media|
(KCMO is now at 710 AM)
|KCMO-FM 94.9||1986–1993||Owned by Cumulus Media|
|St. Louis||KSD/KUSA 550||1979–1993||KTRS, owned by iHeartMedia|
|KCFM/KSD 93.7||1979–1993||Owned by iHeartMedia|
|Danville, Illinois||WDAN 1490||sold in 1971||Owned by Neuhoff Communications|
|WDAN-FM 102.1 **||1967–1971|
|Albany, New York||WABY 1400||WAMC, owned by WAMC, Inc.|
|Binghamton, New York||WINR 680||1957–1971||Owned by iHeartMedia|
|Elmira, New York||WENY 1230 **||sold in 1969||Owned by WS Media, L.L.C.|
|WENY-FM 92.7 **||1965–1969||Owned by WS Media, L.L.C.|
|Olean, New York||WHDL 1450
|mid 1930s-late 1950s||Owned by Community Broadcasters, LLC|
|WHDL-FM 95.7 **||1949–late 1950s||WPIG, owned by Community Broadcasters, LLC|
|Rochester, New York||WHEC 1460||1936–1972||WHIC, owned by Holy Family Communications|
|Cleveland||WWWE 1100||1977–1985||WTAM, owned by iHeartMedia|
|WWWM 105.7||1975–1985||WMJI, owned by iHeartMedia|
|Marietta, Ohio||WBRJ 910||1974–1979||WLTP, owned by iHeartMedia|
|Wilmington, Ohio||WKFI 1090||1974–early 1980s||Owned by Town and Country Broadcasting|
|Denton/Dallas/Fort Worth||KOAI/KHKS 106.1||1986–1997||Owned by iHeartMedia|
|Houston/Pasadena, Texas||KKBQ 790||1984–1997||KBME, owned by iHeartMedia|
|KKBQ-FM 92.9||1984–1997||Owned by Cox Media Group|
|Bremerton/Seattle/Tacoma||KNUA 106.9||1986–1990||KRWM, owned by Hubbard Broadcasting|
Earlier on March 6, 2020, Reuters had reported that GTN had offered to acquire TGNA for $20 per share, implying total deal value of $8.5 billion, including debt.