On March 1, 2001, Max Media of Montana purchased five television stations from Continental Television. This group included KTMF & KTMF-LP, the ABC affiliates in Missoula and Kalispell, KWYB & KWYB-LP, the ABC affiliates in Butte and Bozeman, and KTGF, the NBC Affiliate in Great Falls.
June 2004 brought the acquisition of news powerhouse KULR – 8, the NBC affiliate in Billings and one of Montana's first television stations when it signed on in March of 1958.
In November 2004, Max Media sold KTGF in Great Falls to Destiny Communications and closed on its purchase of KFBB and KHBB, the ABC affiliates in Great Falls and Helena respectively.
Shortly thereafter, in February 2005, Max Media formed the Montana News Network – a vehicle to share its news and information resources between its stations spanning the state. The award winning newscasts of KULR, KFBB and the other Max stations benefit from, as well as contribute to, the network effort.
The fall of 2005 saw the formation of another Max Media entity, the Montana Sports Network, which produces and airs MSU Bobcat Football and University of Montana Grizzly Football on Max's seven owned stations across the state.
February of 2006 saw the creation of The 10@10, an abbreviated local newscast featuring full weather and sports 7 nights a week in the Missoula/Kalispell and Butte/Bozeman markets. 10@10's success has grown continuously since its debut giving viewers a chance to see the weather forecast and a complete look at the days sports every night without having to stay up late. This launch added additional local news to Max Media's already substantial newscast offerings in Billings, Great Falls, and Helena.
In October of 2008, Max Media launched the local Fox Network affiliate in Helena. This was followed by the acquisition of the FOX Network affiliations in Missoula/Kalispell, Butte/Bozeman and Great Falls in July 2009 and the launch of Montana's first 9pm newscast on the FOX stations in Great Falls and Helena in April 2012.
Max Media has established itself as Montana's leader in local high-definition television. We were the first to upgrade our local production and telecasts of college football to HD beginning with our complete Montana State Football schedule in the 2010 season. Max Media's television stations throughout the state are currently the only Montana stations able to air local HD commercials. KULR became the first station to broadcast its local newscasts in HD/16x9 format in August 2012. And, another first, FOX Montana News at Nine launched in full HD on KTMF and KWYB on October 1st.
Our increasing commitment to locally produced programming, news, and sports plus quality network programming and sports from ABC, FOX and NBC are making Max Media television stations the preferred choice of Montana viewers throughout the state!