ATLANTA, Nov. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The ABC Television Network and Gray Television, Inc. have reached a new affiliation agreement to broadcast the full ABC Television Network programming schedule in the Laredo, Texas DMA, using KGNS digital channel 8.2. The announcement was made today by John Rouse, senior vice president, Affiliate Relations, ABC Television Network and Hilton Howell, president and CEO of Gray Television, Inc.
As part of the new affiliation, KGNS 8.2 will broadcast all of ABC's primetime schedule, as well as "Good Morning America," ABC Daytime programming, "World News" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live." The channel is targeted to launch in February, 2014.
"Laredo's number one local station, KGNS, is the logical choice to bring ABC's news, entertainment and sports programming to the local community," said Kevin Latek, Gray's Senior Vice President for Business Affairs. "And Gray is the logical choice to build the newest ABC affiliate as Gray has launched four new CBS affiliates and one new NBC since September 2012."
"Gray Television is a great local broadcaster, and we're looking forward to working with them to provide the very best news and entertainment programming to viewers in the Laredo area," said Rouse.
Gray Television's other owned and/or operated ABC affiliates include WTOK, Meridian, Mississippi; KAKE, Wichita, Kansas; WVAW, Charlottesville, Virginia; WHSV, Harrisonburg, Virginia; WBKO, Bowling Green, Kentucky; KOLO, Reno, Nevada; and KJCT, Grand Junction, Colorado. With the addition of this new station, ABC will have a total of 244 affiliates.
Gray Television, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, owns and operates television stations in 31 television markets, broadcasting 46 channels affiliated with ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, as well as 42 additional channels of programming. Gray also operates additional television stations that broadcast channels affiliated with ABC, CBS, NBC, CW, and Telemundo. The company's owned and/or operated television stations collectively broadcast 23 channels affiliated with the CBS Network, 14 channels affiliated with the NBC Network, 10 channels affiliated with the ABC Network and five channels affiliated with the FOX Network. In addition, Gray stations broadcast channels affiliated with networks such as MyNetworkTV, CW Network and CW Plus Network, MeTV Network, This TV Network, Live Well Network, Antenna TV, and Telemundo, as well as eight local news/weather channels in certain markets. The company's combined TV station group reaches approximately 6.5% of total United States households.
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