Raycom Media announces completion of the purchase of television station WVUE FOX 8 in New Orleans, Louisiana from Louisiana Media Company. Since 2013, Louisiana Media Company and Raycom Media had a shared service agreement which allowed Raycom Media to provide operational services for the station under the control of Louisiana Media Company, owned by Tom Benson. "The partnership has been terrific with Tom Benson, Dennis Lauscha and Louisiana Media Company," stated Pat LaPlatney, Raycom Media President and CEO. "Like Mr. Benson, Raycom Media is committed to the people of New Orleans and Louisiana. That will not change. Raycom Media is very proud of our heritage in Louisiana. We look forward to continuing to provide the New Orleans community with the highest quality journalism from our team at WVUE FOX 8."
"Thanks to investment and the dedication of the WVUE FOX 8 staff, we have accomplished the goals of growing our viewership, becoming an award-winning leader in local television and being of great service to the viewers in New Orleans," said Tom Benson. As Benson continued, "Raycom Media has been an excellent partner and I am confident that WVUE FOX 8 will continue to grow and have a healthy and influential future in the New Orleans market. I wish them the best moving forward."