London closes on Dallas TV station


The station was KTAQ-TV when Terry London’s London Broadcasting Company filed to buy it, but the calls are KTXD now, and it wants to be known as K-TEX. It will be bringing the classic television programming of Me-TV into the DMA.

London commented, “With our focus on Texas, we are thrilled to acquire a full-power station in the Dallas-Fort Worth market and bring our brand of broadcasting to North Texas. With this acquisition, LBC now reaches almost 40% of the Texas population in 5 Texas DMA’s.”

The other properties London referenced include Tyler-Longview stations KCEB Longview and KYTX Nacogdoches, Waco-Bryan-Temple stations KCEN and KAGS-LD, Beaumont-Port Arthur station KBMT Beaumont and KIII Corpus Christi.

KTXD came from Tom Gores’ Platinum Equity LLC, and the price was $18M, including a $4M promissory note. The deal was filed with the FCC 9/13/11.

“Adding Me-TV in the Dallas market was an easy choice for us,” says Phil Hurley, EVP & COO of LBC. “Me-TV’s library of TV classics allows us to provide our Dallas viewers with some of the most enjoyed shows ever broadcast on television and will be a great compliment to our sports and local programming. We are very pleased to partner with Weigel Broadcasting and will now carry the Me-TV network in all of our markets.”
Among the programs on the network are M*A*S*H, Cheers, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Bob Newhart Show, Gunsmoke, Star Trek and Hawaii Five-O.