NPG reacquiring weather, news cable channel

News-Press & Gazette Co. announced it is reacquiring ownership of News-Press 3 NOW, the weather and news cable channel the company started and operated before the sale of NPG’s cable television assets in April 2011.

Brian Bradley, president of NPG Co., said the company and Suddenlink Communications agreed to the transaction Friday. It is scheduled to be final by May 1.
The agreement includes all equipment and other resources necessary for NPG to produce the current programming offered on the channel. A total of 12 positions are included in the transaction.

The operation will continue to be based in studio space in the St. Joseph News-Press newsroom. The programming will continue to appear on Suddenlink Channel 3 in standard definition and 603 in high definition in St. Joseph and also will be accessible to Suddenlink customers in Maryville, Savannah, Country Club Village and Agency, Mo.

“We are a local news and information provider with a core value that we want to serve our readers, viewers and advertisers by whatever method makes most sense to them,” Bradley said.

“Returning to providing round-the-clock television weather and news to as many of our local and regional customers as possible – this fits perfectly with this strategy. And we welcome the opportunity to do it in cooperation with Suddenlink.”

Bradley said he anticipates closer collaboration between the news staffs of the St. Joseph News-Press and News-Press 3 NOW will strengthen both products, as well as their offerings for online and mobile users.

Suddenlink Chief Operating Officer Tom McMillin commented: “We know local news and weather are important to the people of St. Joseph and that’s why we are pleased to continue our exclusive carriage of News-Press 3 NOW.

“We also want to thank the talented staff of the station for their continued commitment to the community. We wish them the very best as they re-combine their news-gathering resources and expertise with those of News-Press & Gazette.”