KGWC-TV of Casper and KGWN-TV of Cheyenne now belong to a new owner, the company's soon-to-be chief executive officer said Tuesday.
What Chelsey Broadcasting will do with KGWC-TV, Channel 14, remains to be seen, Paul Goodman said in an interview from New York City.
"We're just at the beginning of evaluating what we're going to do with KGWC," Goodman said. "It's been a few weeks now. It was a part of a package of eight stations that we bought."
Chelsey is looking at a lot of alternatives for KGWC-TV in Casper, and that possibly could include expanded operations such as news programming, he said. "Some decisions have to be made about the direction in which the station is going to go. We think we'll have some direction on that by the early part of next year."
He sees no changes ahead for KGWN-TV in Cheyenne, Goodman said. "It's a very well-run station. We're happy to have acquired it, and no changes are planned."
Both CBS affiliate stations were owned by Benedek Broadcasting Corp.
But KGWN-TV was the survivor after Benedek suddenly shut down nearly all the operations of KGWC-TV in June 2000, and laid off about 25 employees in Casper.
Benedek left an engineer and advertising sales person at the station at 2500 CY Ave., and left Casper with only one station, NBC affiliate KTWO-TV, with news programming. KFNB-TV, Channel 20, is the local ABC and Fox affiliate, and has no news programming.
Benedek's parent company, Stations Holding Co., filed for Chapter 11 protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court on March 2002.
In April, Gray Communications Systems Inc. of Atlanta acquired a number of stations from Stations Holding Co.
Meanwhile, the Chelsey Capital Co. of New York City formed an affiliate, Chelsey Broadcasting.
In June, Chelsey Broadcasting signed a $30 million contract to buy KGWC and KGWN and six other stations, Goodman said. The other stations are in Youngstown, Ohio; Duluth, Minn.; Peoria and Quincy, Ill.; Columbia-Jefferson City, Mo.; and Wichita Falls, Texas.
On Oct. 21, Chelsey closed the deal and filed incorporation papers with the Wyoming secretary of state to register Chelsey Broadcasting Company of Casper, LLC, and Chelsey Broadcasting Company of Cheyenne, LLC.
That same day, Chelsey bought KGWC-TV's broadcasting tower and the Channel 14 station and offices at 2500 CY Ave. from Benedek, according to deeds filed Nov. 5 with the Natrona County Clerk's Office.
By the beginning of the year, Goodman will become the chief executive officer and move to Benedek's former headquarters in Hoffman Estates, Ill., he said.
Chelsey Broadcasting will concentrate its efforts on the television stations and look for other possible acquisitions, but not expand into other media, Goodman said.