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Gannett Enters into Agreement to Acquire Maine’s WCSH-TV at Portland and WLBZ-TV at Bangor

ARLINGTON, Va. — Gannett Co., Inc. has entered into an agreement with Maine Radio and Television Company and Maine Broadcasting Company to acquire WCSH-TV, the NBC television affiliate in Portland, Maine, and WLBZ-TV, the NBC television affiliate in Bangor, Maine. The transaction is subject to Federal Communications Commission and other approvals.

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

Upon completion of this transaction, Gannett Broadcasting would consist of 20 television stations reaching over 16 percent of U.S. television homes.

“With our television expansion into Maine, Gannett is entering a new state. The history of commitment of WCSH and WLBZ to their viewers fits well with our television broadcast coverage across the USA,” Walker said.

Gannett Broadcasting’s television stations are: WUSA (CBS-Washington, D.C.); WXIA (NBC-Atlanta); WKYC (NBC-Cleveland); KARE (NBC-Minneapolis); WTSP (CBS-Tampa); KPNX (NBC-Phoenix); KNAZ (NBC-Flagstaff); KMOH (WB-Kingman); KUSA (NBC-Denver); KSDK (NBC-St. Louis); WZZM (ABC-Grand Rapids); WGRZ (NBC-Buffalo); WFMY (CBS-Greensboro); WTLV (NBC-Jacksonville); KTHV (CBS-Little Rock); WBIR (NBC-Knoxville); KVUE (ABC-Austin) and WMAZ (CBS-Macon). Gannett Broadcasting also includes cable operations in five states, alarm security services and five radio stations.

In addition to its broadcasting operations, Gannett publishes 89 daily newspapers, including USA TODAY and USA WEEKEND, a newspaper magazine.