COX and Apollo come to terms

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CNBC is reporting: Apollo Global Management LLC is nearing a roughly $3 billion agreement to acquire Cox’s TV stations, the biggest in a series of deals the private equity firm is lining up to become a force in U.S. broadcasting, according to sources familiar with the matter. Cox Media Group and Apollo are also discussing some joint venture agreements for the Cox broadcast station in Atlanta, where Cox is headquartered and also has radio stations, the sources said. There may be other cities where the companies decide to have joint ventures, the sources added. An agreement between Apollo and Cox could be announced later this week, the sources said, asking not to be identified because the matter is confidential. As with any negotiations, talks could always fall apart at the last minute, the people cautioned. Apollo is also a bidder for a portfolio of stations that Nexstar Media Group Inc plans to shed following its $4.1 billion takeover of Tribune Media Co, the sources added. That process is expected to wrap up later this year. Should Apollo prevail in that auction, it would combine the assets with the Cox TV stations, the people said.
Apollo also has an agreement to acquire the assets of Northwest Broadcasting, which owns more than a dozen TV stations in mostly rural markets in the Pacific Northwest, and combine them with the Cox assets, the sources said.
In the Northwest, COX owns KIRO 7 Seattle, Nexstar owns KOIN 6 Portland, and Tribune owns KCPQ 13 Tacoma, KZJO 22 Seattle and KRCW 32 Portland.

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