PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Media General, Inc. (
Marshall N. Morton, president and chief executive officer of Media General, said, "We have now completed the sale of the fourth of the five stations we are divesting and will use the proceeds immediately for debt reduction. The sale of the fifth station, WCWJ in Jacksonville, is progressing. We thank the employees of WNEG for their many fine contributions to Media General and wish them well in the future."
Media General sold WMBB in Panama City, Fla., and KALB/NALB, in Alexandria, La., on July 16, and WTVQ in Lexington, Ky., on May 13. The results of all five stations will be included in discontinued operations in Media General's third quarter 2008 results, which will be announced on October 16.
When the sales of all five stations are completed, Media General expects to realize total proceeds of $100 million to $105 million, which will be used to reduce debt by $60 million to $65 million after considering estimated taxes to be paid.
"The University of Georgia intends to provide quality local programming to Northeast Georgia, strengthening the local market by emphasizing local interests," said UGA President Michael F. Adams. "In doing so, we will offer a real-world opportunity for faculty and students to work in research, development and teaching in media."
WNEG, which has approximately 30 employees, was acquired by Media General in 2000 as part of the acquisition of a group of television stations from the former Spartan Communications.
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