The deal includes KTVH, the Helena NBC affiliate; KBGF, the Great Falls NBC affiliate; Helena’s CW; and KTVH.com.
The stations join the Montana Television Network, which consists of the top-rated stations in each of the seven major Montana television markets. Those stations are KRTV Great Falls; KXLH Helena; KTVQ Billings; KPAX Missoula; KAJ Kalispell; KXLF Butte; and KBZK Bozeman.
“The addition of KTVH, KBGF, Helena’s CW and KTVH.com is good news for our Helena and Great Falls viewers. The acquisition will mean even more comprehensive local news coverage for Helena and Great Falls, and will also benefit MTN’s viewers across the state with an enhanced presence in Montana’s capital city,” said Jon Saunders, vice president of Cordillera Communications and group manager of the Montana stations.
KTVH will continue to produce its regular 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 10 p.m. weekday newscasts, which will be simulcast on KBGF.
KXLH, the Helena CBS affiliate, also offers news 7 days a week at 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. in addition to weekday mornings from 5:30 to 7 a.m.