Gray Television said it has raised its bid to acquire Meredith’s TV stations from $14.50 per share to $16.99 in response to being notified by Meredith that it had received an unsolicited proposal from an unidentified company. The increase values the deal, which was announced a month ago from $2.7 billion to $2.82 billion. Meredith’s board approved the revision and both companies signed an agreement to reflect the revised terms.
“Gray remains committed to moving forward with its pending acquisition of Meredith’s local television stations,” the company said in a statement. “Gray continues to believe that the proposed Gray/Meredith transaction is in the best interests of the shareholders of both Gray and Meredith, as well as the companies’ respective employees, business partners, and local communities.”
Gray is also involved in several other transactions, including the acquisition of 11 stations from Quincy Media and selling seven of Quincy’s stations to Allen Media for $380m. That transaction is expected to be completed by Q3 2021.
Tom Butts has been the editor in chief of TV Technology since 2001. He started out in this industry reporting for member communications for the National Association of Broadcasters in 1995. He is also former editor of DTV Business for Phillips Publishing (now Access Intelligence) and launched digitalbroadcasting.com for VerticalNet in 1999. He is a graduate of the University of Maine.
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