Nexstar and Meredith raise stakes in Media General battle

media genThree-way fight for US TV station owner heats up as groups separately offer new terms.

Media General said it had agreed to be acquired by Nexstar for $17.66 a share in cash and stock, valuing it at $2.26bn. But the deal depends on Media General terminating a pre-existing agreement with Meredith, signed in September, which Meredith also offered to improve.

The Nexstar proposal includes a contingent value right entitling Media General shareholders to cash proceeds from the sale of Media General spectrum in an upcoming federal auction.

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