Gray Buying Diversified's Stations in Bangor, Gainesville

The company is acquiring CBS affiliate WABI and ABC affiliate WCJB

Gray Television has reached a deal with Diversified Communications to buy its TV stations in Bangor, Maine and Gainesville, Fla.

In an announcement Thursday, Gray said it will pay $85 million for Bangor’s CBS affiliate, WABI, and Gainesville's ABC affiliate WCJB. The deal is subject to FCC approval.

Gray said both stations are their markets’ top performers and that their newscasts ranked No. 1 at all times in the last nine Nielsen ratings periods.

WABI, Maine’s first television station, has long operated a bureau in the state capital, Augusta, which is outside its market. Gray’s acquisition will allow WABI and WAGM in Presque Isle, Maine, a former Diversified station now owned by Gray, to share news and resources, the company said.

Adding WCJB to Gray’s portfolio will open that station up to news sharing with WCTV, Gray’s CBS affiliate in Tallahassee.

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