Three weeks after its sister flagship station, WTVA, was sold, a new owner has emerged for WLOV as well.
WLOV, a Fox affiliate, is being acquired by Coastal Television Broadcasting Co. of Cumming, Georgia. The company is buying the station – pending regulatory approval – for an undisclosed sum from Tupelo Broadcasting Inc.
Here’s the press release from Coastal:
Coastal Television Broadcasting Company LLC has agreed to acquire the assets of television station WLOV, licensed to West Point, Mississippi, and its affiliations with FOX Broadcasting Company, Me-TV Network, and This Network, from Tupelo Broadcasting Inc. The acquisition will expand Coastal Television Broadcasting Company’s holdings to two stations.
The other station is KTBY, the FOX Broadcasting Company affiliate in Anchorage, Alaska. Coastal also provides advertising sales and other services under arrangements with KYUR (ABC) and KYUR-DT.2 (CW Plus) in Anchorage, Alaska; and provides programming for KATN (ABC), KATN-DT.2 (CW Plus) in Fairbanks, and KJUD (ABC), KJUD-DT.2 (CW Plus), and KJUD-DT.3 (FOX) in Juneau, Alaska.
“Coastal has a high level of commitment to the viewers and communities it serves and plans a seamless continuation of quality news, entertainment, and community service,” said Bill Fielder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Coastal Television Broadcasting Company.
“We look forward to continuing to provide viewers in nineteen counties in northeast Mississippi and northwest Alabama with quality programming under the new ownership,” said Jennifer Dennington, General Manager of WLOV.
WLOV was launched as an ABC affiliate on May 29, 1983 as WVSB, and was owned by Venture Systems. The station was bought by Love Communication eight year later and changed its call sign to WLOV.
In May 1992, it entered into a program service agreement with WTVA. Later that year, it moved from West Point to Tupelo.
Lingard Broadcasting Corp. bought the station in August 1994, and continued the partnership with WTVA. At the same time, WLOV became a secondary Fox affiliate. In October 1995, WLOV dropped its ABC affiliation.