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Spokane company to buy Montana TV stations

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- The Spokane, Wash.-based Cowles Co. on Tuesday announced plans to buy a group of seven television stations from the Max Media of Montana Co.  Cowles publishes The Spokesman-Review and owns NBC television affiliate KHQ in Spokane.  The Max Media stations being sold to Cowles Montana Media Co. are: KULR-TV in Billings; KTMF-TV with stations in Missoula and Kalispell; KWYB-TV in Butte and Bozeman; KFBB-TV in Great Falls and KHBB-TV in Helena. KULR is an NBC affiliate and the others are ABC/FOX affiliates. The companies expect to close the transaction by Dec. 1. The deal must be approved by the Federal Communications Commission. Terms were not released. Cowles Montana Media is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cowles Co., a family-owned media, forest products and real estate company.

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