NEW YORK — Barry Diller’s USA Broadcasting announced plans Wednesday to unload the two South Dakota stations acquired in March as part of its obtaining WBSF in Orlando, Fla., by buying out the remainder of Blackstar LLC.
William S. Reyner Jr. is buying the two South Dakota stations — Fox affiliate KEVN in Rapid City and satellite station KIVV in Lead-Deadwood — through a newly formed company called Mission TV LLC.
Reyner is president and part-owner of Fox affiliates KKFX in Santa Barbara, Calif., and WFFF in Burlington, Vt. Terms were not disclosed.
The sales are consistent with the “CityVision” local-programming strategy developed by USA Broadcasting. The format is scheduled to debut this summer in Miami, then roll out to 12 full-power UHF stations owned by USA Broadcasting, the country’s eighth-largest TV group.
Seven of the stations slated for CityVision are in the country’s top 10 markets, including Orlando and Atlanta, where USA Broadcasting has agreements to acquire outlets.