New York brokerage hired to sell ABC 6

CobbCorp LLC, a media brokerage firm in New York City, says it’s been “exclusively retained” to sell ABC 6 and its half-ownership of Newschannel 5, a cable channel carried by Cox Communications that airs some WLNE content. My full story is over on WPRI.com.

A sale is definitely looking like the probably outcome of ABC 6’s sojourn in receivership. “It looks like that’s the option that makes the most sense,” receiver Matthew McGowan told the Projo in August. He would know, since he’s the man in charge (other than the judge, of course). Although WLNE has long trailed both us and WJAR in the ratings, in this time of rapid media change who knows what will happen next?

Update: In other ABC 6 news, B.J. Finnell, who has been its news director since 2008, left the station Thursday to take a job with the PR firm Regan Communications, WRNI’s Ian Donnis reports. Although I didn’t know B.J. well, my interactions with him were all positive. ABC 6 GM Steve Doerr told Ian a temporary replacement is handling the news director job for now.

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