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South Coast Television Station Changes Hands

Posted on Monday, November 19, 2012 12:14am

A St. Joseph, Missouri company completed its deal to buy the ABC television station serving Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties, as well as part of Ventura County.

The Federal Communications Commission approved the purchase of Santa Barbara based KEYT-TV by the News-Press & Gazette Company from Smith Media. Channel 3 is now part of a chain of 10 television stations across the country, including the ABC station in Palm Springs.

The company named a new general manager for KEYT, Mark Danielson, who comes from the company’s Idaho stations. In a prepared statement, he says no immediate changes are planned, but that the new owners will make a major investment in equipment to improve the station’s on-air product.

The station was locally owned by television station group owner Bob Smith for years, and after he died, his family retained a share in the station up until last Friday’s finalization of the sale.

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