Byron Allen Buys 11 TV Stations for $305 Million

Byron Allen cannot be stopped.

On Tuesday, it was announced that Allen Media Broadcasting, a division of Allen’s Entertainment Studios, acquired 11 TV stations from USA Television for $305 million.

“Over the past six months we’ve invested nearly $500 million to acquire best-in-class, top-tier, broadcast network affiliates,” said Allen. “We plan to invest approximately $10 billion to acquire ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox television stations over the next three years with the goal of being one of the largest broadcast television groups in America.”

Very ambitious.

Back in 2015, Allen sued Comcast for discrimination, claiming that his race was why the cable company didn’t pick up his Entertainment Studios’ channels.

The Supreme Court heard the case back in November of 2019, and a ruling that should be made as early as this summer

The stations and markets that Allen acquired are:

WAAY WAAY-D2

Huntsville-Decatur-Florence, AL

WFFT

Ft. Wayne, IN

KEZI KEZI-D2 KEZI-D3

Eugene, OR

KNVN KNVN-DT2 KHSL KHSL-D2 KHSL-D5

Chico-Redding, CA

WTVA WLOV* WTVA-D2

Columbus-Tupelo-West Point, MS

KDRV KRDV-D2

Medford-Klamath Falls, OR

KIMT KIMT-D2 KIMT-D3

Rochester, MN – Mason City, IA – Austin, MN

WTHI WTHI-D2 WTHI-D3

Terre Haute, IN

WLFI WLFI-D2 WLFI-D3

Lafayette, IN

Carron J. Phillips, Senior Columnist with The Shadow League, hails from Saginaw, Michigan. In 2016, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists. Phillips graduated with honors from Morehouse College in 2006 and received his Masters in 2011 from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.