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KXJB sold: CBS programming will live on as KX4

FARGO – Gray Television, the company that owns local NBC affiliate KVLY Valley News Live, has found a buyer for CBS affiliate KXJB Channel 4 in Fargo – Major Market Broadcasting Inc.

For 90 percent of current KXJB viewers – those who watch the station over cable or satellite – the sale will result in no noticeable changes as far as existing programming, said Jim Wareham, president of Valley News Live.

At some point in coming weeks, viewers who watch KXJB over the regular airwaves will have to reset their TV’s digital receiver to 11.2, the digital subchannel the brand KX4 will move to, Wareham said.

As part of that change, he said, Me-TV, which is now viewed over the air on subchannel 11.2, will move to subchannel 11.3.

When KX4 is moved to subchannel 11.2, it will continue to air simultaneously on regular channel 4 for a time. After the first of the year, KXJB on channel 4 will go dark until Major Market Broadcasting brings it back on the air with new programming, said Wareham, who added he doesn’t know what that new programming will be.

He stressed that after the first of the year KVLY will continue to broadcast on regular channel 11, while CBS programming under the brand KX4 will continue on 11.2 and Me-TV will continue on 11.3.

Wareham said because of advancements in technology, all three stations will broadcast over the same bandwidth KVLY previously occupied.

Information posted on the Gray Television website states that Major Market Broadcasting, which will own and operate KXJB on regular channel 4, is a content creation and distribution company specializing in reaching niche markets.

The website said MMB owns and/or operates KAXT-CA in San Francisco and KRJK-LP in Chicago. Those MMB stations and others broadcast programming from MMB’s Diya TV network, a South Asian television network.

In addition to the KXJB deal, Gray Television said it is transferring ownership of two other North Dakota TV stations – KNDX in Bismarck and KXND in Minot – to Legacy Broadcasting LLC, a newly formed company owned and controlled by experienced broadcasters Sherry Nelson and her daughter, Sara Jane Ingram.

Terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Earlier this year, prior to announcement of the sale of KXJB to MMB, Gray Television said it was moving KX4 to its digital subchannel 11.2 as part of a move to disband a shared service agreement KVLY and KXJB have operated under.

The Federal Communications Commission is putting an end to such collaborations, stating they stifle competition.

Dave Olson
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