New Vision Television announced Monday (July 7) it has agreed to purchase the assets of KTMJ, Montgomery Communications’ Fox affiliate in Topeka, Kan. for undisclosed terms. Through a local marketing agreement, New Vision will immediately begin selling air time on KTMJ.
The deal gives New Vision, which owns the NBC affiliate KSNT, a duopoly in Topeka. It also advances New Vision’s plan to build a statewide network, which includes KSNW, its NBC affiliate in Wichita, Kan., and the station’s four full power satellite operations in key Kansas communities.
“This NBC/Fox combination in Topeka will expand our commitment to the community with more localized information and entertainment programming along with more marketing partnership opportunities for advertisers in the growing Kansas economy,” said John Heinen, president and COO of New Vision.
When the transaction closes, expected in third quarter, New Vision will own or manage 17 affiliated TV stations in markets such as Portland, Ore.; Birmingham, Ala.; and Honolulu, Hawaii.