Yakima WA KCWK/KAZW CW

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A few days ago KTLA channel 252 was uplinked into the Yakima DMA as a distant CW. Yesterday our local CW KWCK/KAZW 9373/9 began showing a slate on the channel saying the station is temporarily off the air. EPG says that station has ceased operation and CW programming will be received on 252. KWCK is a Pappas station and apparantly has been dumped in Pappas' recent financial/chapter 7/chapter 11 battles. See this below from Pappas Telecasting Companies

Press Releases of Pappas Telecasting Companies
PAPPAS TELECASTING ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT CERTAIN AFFILIATES HAVE FILED FOR CHAPTER 11 PROTECTION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 10, 2008


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PAPPAS TELECASTING ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT CERTAIN AFFILIATES HAVE FILED FOR CHAPTER 11 PROTECTION

Visalia, California (May 10, 2008) - - Pappas Telecasting Companies announced today that certain of its direct and indirect affiliates have filed for Chapter 11 protection in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. This regrettable action became necessary when good faith efforts to resolve outstanding financing issues broke down between the Pappas Telecasting affiliates and their more than eleven separate mostly non-bank lenders. This filing affects only affiliates that are part of the mostly non-bank lending group and not any of the remaining affiliates.

A major element in the decision to take this action was the current extremely difficult state of the financial markets in the U.S. which limit the opportunity for many businesses to obtain new or replacement financing.

Many of the television stations’ ratings and revenue performance have remained strong. In fact, the majority of Pappas Telecasting stations have outperformed industry averages in ratings growth and revenue growth in 2008. Under Chapter 11 protection, business operations will continue as normal. More importantly, the service to our viewers by the stations filing for Chapter 11 protection will not be affected.

The stations which have filed for Chapter 11 protection are:

1. KMPH-TV, Fox, Fresno-Visalia, California

2. KFRE-TV, CW, Fresno-Visalia, California

3. KPTM-TV, Fox, Omaha, Nebraska

4. KXVO-TV, CW, Omaha, Nebraska

5. WCWG-TV, CW, Greensboro / Winston-Salem / Highpoint, North Carolina

6. KPTH-TV, Fox, Sioux City, Iowa

7. KMEG-TV, CBS, Sioux City, Iowa

8. KTNC-TV, TuVisión, San Francisco / Oakland / San Jose, California

9. KAZH-TV, TuVisión, Houston, Texas

10. KDBC-TV, CBS, El Paso, Texas

11. KREN-TV, CW, Reno, Nevada

12. KAZR-TV, TuVisión, Reno, Nevada

13. KCWK-TV, CW, Yakima / Pasco / Richland / Kennewick, Washington

The Pappas Group operates another seventeen (17) television stations and two (2) radio stations through entities that are not involved in the chapter 11 cases.

"The employees of Pappas Telecasting are commended for their fine performance, as they are the backbone of the company and its heart and soul," said Harry J. Pappas, the group’s founder and chairman. Mr. Pappas added, "Though it was a very difficult

decision, the Pappas entities included in the filing were compelled to do so as the conflicts with the mostly non-bank lenders allowed no other sensible option. We negotiated in good faith for several months and when talks permanently broke down, we made the filing to protect our ability to serve our viewers, our advertisers and assure the interests of our employees, and, as importantly, the interests of our lenders. The Chapter 11 filing allows time for a so-called plan of reorganization to be adopted and implemented to lead to resolution of the financing issues as it applies to the stations financed by the mostly non-bank lenders. This will ensure proper treatment of all constituencies. Relations with other lending institutions have been cooperative and non-adversarial."

"Meanwhile, at each station, it will be business as usual with our employees continuing to be compensated for their services, receive reimbursement of expenses and enjoy various benefits. We are also confident that our viewers and advertisers will see no change to our high quality programming service."

"In my over thirty-seven years in the television business, our companies have from time to time navigated through rough financial waters. During each of these cycles, Pappas Telecasting has made sure to serve the viewers with first-class programming and provide the advertisers with great ratings. We are confident that ratings and revenues will continue to be strong while we work through this temporary reorganization."

According to Pappas Telecasting’s President & Chief Operating Officer, Dennis J. Davis, "In the last two years, the declining economy, the tightening and virtual freezing of credit markets, the residential housing crisis and the energy crisis have adversely affected many companies, both directly and indirectly. In particular, the television station revenue market throughout the United States has been negatively affected by the slowdown in the economy over the last year, and particularly in the first quarter of 2008. According to data collected by the Television Bureau of Advertising ("TVB"),1 gross television advertising revenues in the first quarter of 2008, exclusive of political advertising, were down 5.9 percent over the same period in 2007. Advertising revenues have been negatively impacted by the extraordinary downturn in the housing market (affecting advertising budgets in the furniture, appliance, real estate, and other related sectors) and increased energy costs, leading to reduced automotive advertising. Notwithstanding the extremely difficult business climate for television stations across the country, most of the Pappas Group television stations have overcome the challenging market trend in 2007 and 2008. For instance, KPTM, a Fox affiliate located in Omaha, Nebraska, achieved revenue increases for the first quarter of 2008 of 27.9 percent over the same period in 2007, exclusive of any political advertising. In Greensboro, North Carolina, WCWG, a CW affiliate, has achieved revenue increases in the first quarter of 2008 of 6.9 percent over the same period in 2007 exclusive of any political revenue. In Fresno, California, the Fox affiliate, KMPH-TV has achieved a 2.0 percent increase in first quarter 2008

When they say that services to viewers will continue as normal and programming will remain as normal during chapter 11 they apparantly mean "normal as in "off air".

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More on KCWK Yakima

This from Bob Powers of KCWK. Sometime last night or today the Contacts links for KCWK's web page were removed. Other DMA's local CW's affected this way?
Basically the e-mail summarization is that Pappas broadcasting bought our station, sucked the assets out of it, and closed it down.

RE: Yakima WA DMA KCWK
From: Powers, Bob (BPowers@kcwk9.com)
Sent:Tue 5/27/08 8:49 AM
To: karl rhinhart (karl_rhinhart@msn.com)


Cc: Angelos, Mike (MAngelos@PappasTV.com); Henning, Brian (BHenning@kcwk9.com)

Karl


Thanks for your concern regarding our station but unfortunately, our parent company, Pappas Telecasting, is going through some reorganization due to a recent Chapter 11 Bankruptcy filing on 13 of its 30 signals which does in fact affect KCWK. For the time being, the station has ceased operation and development monies for KCWK are being redeployed elsewhere in the company. We hope to see the station back and serving the area with the transition to digital in February of 2009.



Bob Powers
 

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