Two St. Louis television stations are about to get a little cozier, as their parent companies become one. Virginia-based Gannett Company, which owns KSDK (Channel 5) is buying Dallas-based Belo Corporation, which owns KMOV (Channel 4).
If Belo shareholders and the Federal Communications Commission sign off on the $1.5 billion deal, Gannett will grow from 23 stations nationwide, to 43.
Because of the FCC's media ownership limits, KMOV and four other Belo Stations will operate under the independent ownership of Jack Sanders. The Phoenix man is a former Belo executive.
Gannet officials say the news and sales operations at KMOV will stay independent from those at KSDK.
Officials at Antennas Direct say Charter Communications' refusal to air the ads is evidence of cable's growing concern over antennas.
At issue are 60 second spots that Antennas Direct of Ellisville sought to air in the St. Louis market.
The show's host, Robert Irvine, travels around the nation transforming eateries on a 10,000 dollar budget. The Belleville News Democrat reports the owners say the filming was a stressful experience, they lost three cooks while the show was in town.
You can take a look at the updates when the episode airs at 9 p.m. Wednesday on the Food Network.