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Gannett Enters Agreement to Acquire Columbia, S.C., TV Station

ARLINGTON, Va. — Gannett Co., Inc., has entered into an agreement to acquire WLTX-TV, the CBS affiliate in Columbia, S.C., from Lewis Broadcasting Corporation. The transaction is subject to FCC approval.

The announcement was made today by Cecil L. Walker, president and CEO of Gannett Broadcasting.

With the acquisition of WLTX-TV, Gannett Broadcasting would consist of 21 television stations reaching 16.6 percent of the U.S. television market.

“We’re pleased to add another growth market in the southeast to our television group. We look forward to enhancing WLTX’s news coverage and relationship with the viewers in the communities they serve,” Walker said.

Gannett Broadcasting’s other television stations are: W*USA (CBS-Washington, DC); WXIA (NBC-Atlanta); WKYC (NBC-Cleveland); KARE (NBC-Minneapolis); WTSP (CBS-Tampa); KPNX (NBC-Phoenix), KNAZ (NBC-Flagstaff), KMOH (WB-Kingman); K*USA (NBC-Denver); KSDK (NBC-St. Louis); WZZM (ABC-Grand Rapids); WGRZ (NBC-Buffalo); WFMY (CBS-Greensboro); WTLV (NBC-Jacksonville); KTHV (CBS-Little Rock); KVUE (ABC-Austin); WBIR (NBC-Knoxville); WCSH (NBC-Portland); WMAZ (CBS-Macon) and WLBZ (NBC-Bangor). Gannett Broadcasting also consists of cable operations in five states.

In addition to its broadcasting operations, Gannett publishes 87 daily newspapers, including USA TODAY, and USA WEEKEND, a newspaper magazine.