Scripps says they are buying 15 television stations from Cordillera Communications for a purchase price is $521 million.
Quincy Media Inc. is buying KVOA in Tucson, Arizona from Cordillera.
The stations Scripps is acquiring are:
WLEX, the NBC affiliate in Lexington, Kentucky
KOAA, the NBC affiliate in Colorado Springs, Colorado
KATC, the ABC affiliate in Lafayette, Louisiana
KSBY, the NBC affiliate in Santa Barbara-San Luis Obispo, California
KRIS, the NBC affiliate, and KAJA, a Telemundo affiliate, in Corpus Christi, Texas
KPAX and KAJJ, a CBS affiliate in Missoula, Montana
KTVQ, a CBS affiliate in Billings, Montana
KXLF/KBZK, the CBS affiliate in Butte-Bozeman, Montana
KRTV, the CBS affiliate, and KTGF, the NBC affiliate, in Great Falls, Montana
KTVH, the NBC affiliate, and KXLH, the CBS affiliate, in Helena, Montana
The 10 Cordillera markets have about 700 employees. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019.
The acquisition grows the Scripps local television station footprint to 51 stations in 36 markets with a reach of nearly 21 percent of U.S. TV households.