John Kluge, Founder of Metromedia TV Station Empire, Dies at 95

Sep 9, 2010  •  Post A Comment

John Kluge, the founder of television company Metromedia, died on Sept. 7 at his home in Albemarle County, Virginia, reports Bloomberg News. He was 95.

Kluge’s Metromedia became the largest independent television business in the U.S. before he sold the TV stations to Rupert Murdoch for about $2 billion in 1985. Of the 14 Metromedia stations, 13 of them then became the nucleus of News Corp.’s Fox station group.  

Kluge’s greatest success in television may have been in purchasing the syndication rights to "M*A*S*H," thus giving TV station competitors a ratings race, the story adds.

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  1. Let us not forget that John Kluge owned Metromedia Radio as well. Some of the best know call letters in America were part of that group back in the 1970’s and onward including WIP/WMMR in Philadelphia, WNEW AM & FM in New York and KRLD in Dallas.

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