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Deal Reached To Buy Majority Stake In Cox Media Group

Cox Enterprises Inc. today announced an agreement with a company called Apollo Global Management to buy a majority stake in Cox Media Group’s broadcast operations in Ohio. The deal includes television and radio stations, and newspapers, such as the Dayton Daily News.

A spokesperson for Cox Enterprises declined to provide WYSO with a comment on the announcement.

The company released a statement:

"Cox Enterprises will maintain a minority stake and will join the Apollo Funds in forming a new company to operate these stations, which will be headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. Cox Media Group’s high-performing TV stations serve some of the most desirable markets in the country and reach a combined 31 million viewers nationwide. With a deep focus on investigative journalism, these TV stations are leading local news and information outlets, and cornerstones of the communities they serve. The stations, which represent Cox Media Group’s entire television portfolio, are: WSB-TV, ABC Atlanta, Ga. WFTV-TV, ABC Orlando, Fla. WRDQ-TV, Independent Orlando, Fla. WSOC-TV, ABC Charlotte, N.C. WAXN-TV, Independent Charlotte, N.C. WPXI-TV, NBC Pittsburgh, Pa. WHIO-TV, CBS Dayton, Ohio KIRO-TV, CBS Seattle, Wash. WHBQ-TV FOX, Memphis, Tenn. WFOX-TV, FOX Jacksonville, Fla. WFXT-TV, FOX Boston, Mass. KOKI-TV, FOX Tulsa, Okla. KMYT-TV, My Network Tulsa Okla. Cox Media Group also provides programming, sales and other operations services for WJAX-TV, CBS Jacksonville, Fla. In addition to WHIO-TV, the Apollo Funds will acquire a majority stake in Cox Media Group’s other media platforms in Ohio: Dayton Daily News WZLR, 95.3 FM and 101.1 FM Springfield News-Sun WHKO, 99.1 FM Journal-News WHIO, 95.7 FM and 1290 AM Cox Enterprises began exploring strategic alternatives for the stations last July with the goal of finding a motivated strategic partner with a shared vision for the future and the resources to continue investing in the business to build scale. Apollo intends to maintain the successful management and operating structure Cox Media Group’s TV business has created. “These stations have decades of experience breaking barriers and delivering the news and information their communities need daily,” said Alex Taylor, president and CEO, Cox Enterprises. “We wanted to find a company that is committed to investing in broadcast television now and in the future, and we found that in Apollo.” “We are extremely excited for our funds to acquire a majority interest in Cox Media Group’s broadcast television stations and are humbled by Cox Enterprises’ decision to entrust us to steward these stations and carry on the Cox legacy. We have an extraordinary amount of respect and admiration for the journalistic integrity, news quality, and commitment to community across Cox Media Group’s broadcast stations,” said David Sambur, Senior Partner at Apollo. “We look forward, in collaboration with Cox Enterprises, to supporting the high standards to which each station operates and contributing to the platform’s future growth and prosperity.”