When High Plains Broadcasting and Newport Television decided to sell KFTY-TV Santa Rosa, it left up-and-coming classic television network Me-TV homeless in the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose DMA. However, thanks to its digital capability, Granite Broadcasting’s indy KOFY is returning Me-TV to the area.
KFTY was sold for $5.2M to Una Vez Mas in a deal brokered by Kalil and Co. Its new owners were planning to install the Hispanic Azteca America network on the station.
According to Me-TV, KOFY is stepping forward and making Channel 20.2 available for its television classics, which include programs like M*A*S*H, Perry Mason, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Bob Newhart Show, the original Star Trek and Hawaii Five-O.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled at KOFY-TV to be adding Me-TV to our family. KOFY’s commitment to classic programming is further solidified by bringing this outstanding network to the Bay Area. We have been inundated over the past few weeks by requests from viewers asking us for Me-TV, so I’m pleased to say that we’ve now delivered on those requests. KOFY-TV and Me-TV are a great fit,” stated Craig Coane, President & General Manager of KOFY-TV.
“When Newport Television recently sold KFTY to a Hispanic broadcaster, Me-TV received almost 3,000 email requests from viewers wanting to know where Me-TV’s new home in the Bay Area would be. We are happy to announce to them and the hundreds of viewers who inundated cable companies, Facebook pages and other media outlets that our partner will be Granite Broadcasting Corporation’s KOFY-TV,” stated Neal Sabin, President of Content and Networks for Weigel Broadcasting Co. “Now Granite joins other top broadcast groups including Hearst, Raycom, Cox, Newport, Media General, Allbritton, Titan, Hubbard, Journal, Quincy, Bahakel, Gray, London, Bonten, Landmark and many more as affiliates of our definitive classic TV service.”
RBR-TVBR observation: KOFY proves that it is a station which needs its full chunk of spectrum to best serve the people of the greater San Francisco area. Just how many “volunteers” does the FCC think will be keen to surrender spectrum in a big market?