Raycom Media has closed on the acquisition of KNIN, a FOX-affiliated television station serving Boise and southwest Idaho.
Paul McTear, Raycom Media President and CEO stated, "With this purchase Raycom Media continues to extend our presence beyond our traditional footprint in the Southeast. Boise is a growing market, and we are excited to have the dedicated employees of KNIN FOX 9 join the Raycom Media family."
McTear continued, "KNIN is a terrific community partner in southwest Idaho, and Raycom Media looks forward to joining them as strong partners to the families and businesses we serve."
FOX 9 enjoys a strong community presence, airing local shows such as Good Morning Idaho and FOX News at 9 as well as entertaining programs throughout the day with a robust FOX Network programming and sports schedule.
Until last spring, KNIN had been owned by Journal Communications, which merged its broadcast operations with The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE: SSP), effective April 1. In approving the Scripps-Journal merger application, the Federal Communications Commission required the divestiture of KNIN because Scripps also acquired the Boise ABC affiliate, KIVI, through the Journal merger.
Scripps has entered into a shared services agreement with Raycom Media to provide services to KNIN. KIVI will provide technical, news programming, master control and administrative services to KNIN under Raycom Mediaâ€™s direction as the licensee. Raycom Media will program and conduct all advertising sales for KNIN.
Scripps and Raycom Media share a similar arrangement at their stations in West Palm Beach, Florida.