CBS Television has announced its reached an agreement with Gray Television to launch KNPL as the first local CBS affiliate for the North Platte, NE, market on September 1, 2013.
“This new affiliation agreement is a welcome opportunity to enhance CBS’s service to viewers in central Nebraska with the Network’s first home station in North Platte,” said Diana Wilkin, president of CBS Affiliate Relations. “It also builds on a very successful partnership we’ve long had with Gray Television in Lincoln and Grand Island, among many other markets.”
Gray plans to re-brand KNPL as “10/11 North Platte.” Gray also owns Lincoln, NE, CBS affiliate KOLN which is branded as “10/11.” The station group recently launched an HD newscast on its newly acquired station KSNB, branded “10/11 Central Nebraska.”
“We’re excited to give viewers in North Platte a high-definition choice for early evening news,” said Sue Ramsett, news director for sister station KOLN. “Having a statewide network means we’ll be able to provide viewers in North Platte with local news and instant access to other news that matters to North Platte: daily Husker practice reports, updates from the Legislature, the State Fair, or Husker Harvest Days…the possibilities are endless.”[Broadcasting & Cable]