Close encounter for Boston TV station


Carlisle One Media Inc. is now in control of MyNetwork TV affiliate WZNY-TV Derry NH, which serves the Boston DMA. The seller was ShootingStar Broadcasting of New England LLC

The price, according to broker Richard Foreman, was $9.25M cash.

The buyer is headed by Bill Binnie. He intends to name the station after himself in the form of changing the calls to WBIN, and intends to tweak the programming now that the station is in his hands.

At the time the deal was announced, in addition to MNT, the station was carrying NBC Olympic Sports on a digital side channel via Universal Sports. Binnie noted that the station has access to 6M viewers in about 2.4M households. “Fox and NBC Sports are great partners and we are looking forward to working with them,” he said. “In addition, we are excited to be the exclusive provider of Universal Sports in the greater Boston market. We are committed to working hard to fully realize the unique potential of this station in the coming years.”

Diane Sutter is a principal of the seller. The price Sutter paid for the station, back when its calls were WNDS, was a little bit higher. The 5/11/04 contract with Gerald Q. Nash’s CTV of Derry Inc. calls for a cash payment of $28M.

Binnie’s earlier was involved in two deals filed with the FCC in November 2010 that are bringing in three low power television stations, two in New Hampshire and one in Vermont, along with three New Hampshire TV translators, for a total of $560K.