Fox Television Stations Acquiring Seattle Independent

Fox Television Stations has agreed to acquire independent KBCB Bellingham, operating in the Seattle market, for $10 million. The seller is Venture Technologies. A Fox insider called it a "strategic option" for the group.

Last month, Fox Television Stations gave Tribune a "notice of termination" for its KCPQ Seattle, intent on taking over the Fox affiliation in DMA No. 14.

KBCB billed an estimated $1.7 million last year, according to BIA/Kelsey.

The Fox acquisition of KBCB was previously reported in TVNewscheck.

Michael Malone

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, the L.A. Times and New York magazine.