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WNYF Sold To Gray Television

The longtime owner of WWNY TV is selling the station – and its sister station, WNYF Fox 28 – to Gray Television, which operates television stations in more than 90 markets across the country.

United Communications Corp. has owned and operated WWNY since the early 1980s, when it purchased the station from the Johnson family, owners of the Watertown Times. WNYF Fox 28 was added as a second station in 2001.

Also sold to Gray; KEYC, the station United owns in Mankato, Minnesota.

“Exiting the broadcast industry and communities we have come to love is very difficult,” said United’s President, Lucy Brown.

“United’s Board came to this decision with a heavy heart, but one that looks to the future with great optimism. We determined that though our TV stations enjoy tremendous success, the time has come when ownership by a larger group offers greater prospects to compete in this new media environment.

“With Gray we found a broadcast company with shared values and commitments to localism. We are confident that Gray will provide
the resources and leadership to allow our employees and stations to best serve their local communities going forward,” Brown said in a statement.

“We are honored to be selected by United as the new owners of legacy stations WWNY and KEYC,” said Kevin Latek, Gray’s Chief Legal and Development Officer.

“We look forward to working with their dedicated employees to further enhance these stations’ record of service and success.”

Gray owns and/or operates television stations and leading digital properties in 91 television markets, including the first or second highest rated television station in 85 markets. The television stations broadcast almost 400 separate programming streams, including nearly 150 affiliates of the CBS/NBC/ABC/FOX networks.

WWNY and KEYC each consistently achieve #1 ratings in all major dayparts in their respective local markets, and each station has very deep roots

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