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Equity Media Eyes Bankruptcy

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Equity Media Holdings Corp., which operates both English- and Spanish-language stations in 41 markets, has sought bankruptcy protection, reports Bloomberg, which says the broadcaster defaulted on a $41.5 million loan.

Equity Media did not return a call at presstime.

Last month, Equity Media sold KWBF Little Rock to Nexstar for $4 million. It sold the digital channel RTN to Luken Communications in June.

Equity Media filed for Chapter 11 in Little Rock, Ark., reports Bloomberg, where it is based.

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.