Rick Bentley

Nexstar moves Fresno business, traffic operations to Utah

The KSEE24 and CBS47 news and sales divisions are not affected by the move of business and commercial programming to Salt Lake City.
The KSEE24 and CBS47 news and sales divisions are not affected by the move of business and commercial programming to Salt Lake City. Fresno Bee Staff Photo

Nexstar Broadcasting — the Texas-based owners of Fresno’s KSEE24 and CBS47 — is moving the business and commercial programming (better known as the traffic) operations to Salt Lake City. The move is scheduled for between now and September.

Brian Jones, the executive vice president and co-chief operation officer for Nexstar, says the move was necessary because the company has purchased other TV stations in the West, including ones in Phoenix and Las Vegas.

The business and traffic departments of those stations will be moved to a central hub and Fresno was not equipped to deal with the added stations. The station in Salt Lake City is the closest with the ability to run the multiple operations.

The Fresno hub not only had been dealing with operations for both the local CBS and NBC affiliates since they were brought under one owner in 2013, but it also handled the NBC and Telemundo channels based in Bakersfield.

The sales departments for KSEE24 and CBS47 were kept separate but one team handled the business and traffic duties for both. The news anchors are different, but reporters are seen on both stations.

Jones would not comment on how many Fresno employees are affected by the move. It could be around 15 local staff members.

The Nexstar executive said any of the local staffers who is interested may apply for a job at the Salt Lake City hub.

After Nexstar purchased CBS47 and KSEE24, operations of both were moved to a revamped facility where only KSEE had been housed. The 17,605-square-foot building at 4880 N. First St. that had been the home for KGPE (Channel 47) has been sold to the Agape/Ellis Family Partnership.

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