Fox Corporation to Acquire Stations in Seattle and Milwaukee from Nexstar Media Group
Acquisition expands Fox Television Stations’ reach to 14 of the top 15 markets
New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA – November 5, 2019 – Fox Corporation (Nasdaq FOXA, FOX) (“FOX”) today announced a definitive agreement with Nexstar Media Group (NASDAQ: NXST) to acquire three television stations for a purchase price of approximately $350 million. The stations FOX will be acquiring are located in Seattle, WA and Milwaukee, WI, two key markets that align with the company’s sports rights. The transaction will expand Fox Television Stations’ market presence to 14 of the top 15 DMAs.
The stations being acquired by FOX are:
Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Lachlan Murdoch said, “This acquisition expands the reach of one of FOX’s core assets, our television stations portfolio, and further strengthens what is already a highly profitable and cash generative business. The Seattle and Milwaukee markets both overlap with key sports markets, creating significant opportunities for growth and collaboration.”
Jack Abernethy, CEO of Fox Television Stations, added, “Acquiring stations in these high-performing NFC markets enhances our already strong nationwide footprint and further demonstrates Fox Television Stations’ commitment to serving our viewers, advertisers and local communities.”
As part of this transaction, FOX has agreed to sell Nexstar two stations in Charlotte, NC, FOX-affiliate WJZY and MyNetworkTV-affiliate WMYT, for approximately $45 million.
Completion of the stations acquisition and divestiture by FOX is expected to occur during the first half of calendar year 2020, subject to regulatory approvals and the satisfaction or waiver of certain closing conditions.
About Fox Corporation
Fox Corporation produces and distributes compelling news, sports and entertainment content through its iconic domestic brands including: FOX News Media, FOX Sports, FOX Entertainment, and FOX Television Stations. These brands hold cultural significance with consumers and commercial importance for distributors and advertisers. The breadth and depth of our footprint allows us to deliver content that engages and informs audiences, develop deeper consumer relationships and create more compelling product offerings. FOX maintains an impressive track record of news, sports, and entertainment industry success that will shape our strategy to capitalize on current strengths and invest in new initiatives. For more information about Fox Corporation, please visit www.FoxCorporation.com.
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