Media General to merge with New Young Broadcasting

Richmond Times-Dispatch | Bloomberg News

Media General and the New Young Broadcasting company of Nashville, Tenn., will merge, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.



The new company, which will be called Media General, will own 30 television stations. It will be based in Richmond, Va., where Media General currently operates.

When Media General sold most of its newspapers -- including the Times-Dispatch -- to Warren Buffett last year, it refinanced its crushing debt.

"As of March 31, Media General's outstanding debt was $601 million, and Young's was $164 million," the Times-Dispatch reports. "The new Media General intends to pursue a total debt refinancing of about $900 million, according to a news release this morning."

Company stock rose sharply on the news.

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.

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