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BLACKSTAR GETS AFFIL

Fox has struck again, this time through Blackstar, which has reached a deal to buy NBC affiliate KEVN Rapid City, S.D., from Heritage Media for $14 million.

Blackstar is the minority-controlled, D.C.-based broadcaster formed last year with the help of a $20 million cash infusion from Fox Broadcasting. Headed by John Oxendine, it already has struck deals to acquire three ABC affiliates in Nebraska for $13 million, which it will convert to Fox.

For Fox, the Blackstar acquisition will give the weblet a home in the nation’s 174th market. KEVN also is one of two VHF stations in the region.

The Peacock web will either go after CBS affiliate KCLO or KOTA or face being shut out of the market.

Separately, Fox lured another affiliate away from ABC: This time it’s Gocom Television’s WGXA Macon, Ga.

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