LIN Television To Shop Stations


LIN Television is gearing up to shop its TV stations.

LIN Television has hired J.P. Morgan to possibly shop its stations, saying in a statement that it was "exploring strategic alternatives" including a possible sale of the Company, but no decision had yet been made to sell the stations.

LIN announced last week that it had made $20.7 million in the first quarter of 2007 as compared to a loss of $4.3 million for the same quarter of 2006 . It attributed the turn-around to gains on the sale of its Puerto Rico stations, along with added new business revenues and cost cutting. Its net revenues were up 3% in part because of its purchase of Fox affiliate KASA-TV Albuquerque.

That comes on the heels of news that Nexstar was similarly situating itself for a possible buy-out .

LIN owns or operates 29 television stations and websites reaching 9.25% of country.