For Immediate Release
August 15, 2012
New York, NY - Bonten Media Group and Esteem Broadcasting announced today that they will acquire television stations and related assets of Sainte Partners in the Chico - Redding and Eureka, CA markets. Esteem Broadcasting will acquire full-power stations KCVU-DT, a FOX affiliate in the Chico - Redding market, and KBVU-DT, a FOX affiliate in the Eureka market. Bonten Media Group will acquire a number of low-power stations in the two markets. Bonten will provide services to the properties being acquired by Esteem via SSA/JSA agreements. The transaction is subject to approval by the FCC.
"We are excited to acquire Sainte's fine FOX affiliates in these two markets," commented David Bailey, President of Esteem Broadcasting. "We are also looking forward to extending the successful SSA/JSA arrangements we have with Bonten Media Group. We are particularly pleased that these arrangements will allow us to bring local news programming to KCVU-DT and KBVU-DT, enhancing the service that these FOX affiliates bring to the public."
"The Sainte low-power stations, which provide numerous programming services to the people of Chico - Redding and Eureka, will be a nice addition to our portfolio," said Randall D. (Randy) Bongarten, CEO of Bonten Media Group. "Additionally, we are pleased to be working once again with Esteem Broadcasting. This arrangement will enable us to enhance the quality and number of news alternatives the viewers of these markets will enjoy."
Bonten Media Group currently owns and operates twenty-four network-affiliated full-power, low-power and digital multicast television stations in eight markets, including: WCYB (NBC) and CW-4 (CW), Tri-Cities, TN/VA; WCTI (ABC), Greenville-New Bern, NC; KRCR (ABC), Chico-Redding, CA; KTXS (ABC), KTES-LP (ThisTV) and CW Abilene (CW), Abilene, TX; KECI/KCFW (NBC), Missoula, MT; KTVM (NBC), Butte-Bozeman, MT; KTXE-LP (ABC), San Angelo, TX; and KAEF (ABC), Eureka, CA. Additional digital channels in various markets include ThisTV (Greenville-New Bern, Abilene, Missoula, Butte-Bozeman); MeTV (Missoula, Butte-Bozeman, Chico-Redding, Eureka); and Live Well (Tri-Cities, Greenville-New Bern). In addition, Bonten Media Group provides services via SSA/JSA agreements to WEMT (FOX/ThisTV), TriCities, TN/VA and WFXI/WYDO (FOX/Bounce), Greenville-New Bern, NC, which are owned by Esteem Broadcasting.
Contact: Randy Bongarten