Fisher Cos., a Seattle-based company with businesses ranging from broadcasting stations to flour milling, is expected to announce today that it has agreed to buy the TV broadcasting assets of Retlaw Enterprises, a Walt Disney family-owned company, for $215 million in cash, according to those familiar with the deal.
Under the agreement reached Wednesday, Fisher would buy 11 television stations, including KJEO-TV, the CBS affiliate in Fresno-Visalia, and stations in the Pacific Northwest and Georgia. The deal would boost to 13 from two the number of TV stations Fisher owns. It also owns 25 radio stations.
Once the deal closes, Fisher would become one of the leading TV station groups in the West. It would also bring the reach of Fisher's broadcasting division to more than 5% of U.S. households.
Fisher, founded in 1910, operates subsidiaries in flour milling and food distribution and real estate development in addition to broadcasting. On Wednesday, the company's stock rose $2 a share to close at $67 in over-the-counter bulletin board trading.