Emmis Communications is selling its TV operations in bits and pieces. Among the deals reported earlier today is the Journal Broadcast Group's purchase of Omaha's KMTV, along with stations in Fort Myers, FL and Tucson, AZ, for a total of $235 million.
This seems like especially bad news for those of us who despise the sight (and sound) of Travis Justice on our TVs: Journal radio stations Z-92 and Big Sports 590 feature the bloated blowhard on a regular basis, even going so far as to give him his own show on the latter.
The purchase also will bring Journal's former Omaha General Manager, Jim McKernan back into the fold. McKernan is currently KM3's GM and is the programming genius who thought what Omaha viewers really wanted was a daily dose of Justice's nasal musings on current events.
According to its website, Journal currently owns 38 radio stations (eight of them in Omaha) and 7 television outlets. It is the same outfit that, upon acquiring WOW radio, casually tossed aside those history-laden (and now unrecoverable) call letters in favor of the forgettable KXSP moniker. One can only imagine what they'll do with KM3.
Emmis Sells Nine TV Stations [TheStreet.com]