Cox Sells Majority Stake in KIRO-TV & its 13 Other TV Stations



Private equity giant Apollo Global Management has cut a deal with Atlanta-based CoxEnterprises to buy a majority stake in Cox’s 14 TV stations as well as three newspapers and a handful of radio stations in Ohio.Apollo has been in the hunt for broadcast TV stations for some time. Cox’s station group, which includes ABC affiliates WSB-TV Atlanta and WFTV-TV Orlando, Fla., were put on the block last July.

Apollo will form a new entity to operate the stations. Privately held Cox Enterprises will retain a minority stake in the assets.

“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,” said David Sambur, senior partner at Apollo. “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.”



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