Former WMAQ-TV GM out of station ownership business

Lyle Banks, the former WMAQ-TV general manager who tried an experiment ten years ago this April by putting trash TV talk show host Jerry Springer on the station’s 10 p.m. newscast (which forced Carol Marin and Ron Magers out the door) has sold his company’s TV station in Wichita (KSCW-TV) to Schurz Communications, which recently purchased CBS affiliate KWCH-TV.

Schurz purchased KWCH-TV from Media General last year. It was a condition that Media General agreed to when they purchased four stations from NBC.

Both KWCH and KSCW will now operate in a duopoly, with Schurz streamlining operations with KSCW, which usually means with fewer staff at the second station.

KSCW was originally a WB affiliate when it launched as KCWV in 1999, but changed call letters when the UPN and WB merged to form the CW.