The stations serve what Gannet CEO Gracia Martore called in a statement "some of the fastest growing markets in the nation" and add to a TV group that has grown substantially with the $2.2 billion acquisition of Belo Corp. last year.
But don't expect the McLean, Va., owner of USA Today to follow the lead of media conglomerates Tribune and Time Warner (TWX) and spin off its publishing arm.
"I don't really get any sense that they are heading down the road of completely separate business models and a lack of interaction," said Barrington Research analyst Jim Goss.
Gannett's newspapers are in mid-sized markets such as Palm Springs, Calif., St. Cloud, Minn. and Westchester County, N.Y. Its television stations are generally in larger cities including Atlanta, Houston and Seattle.
Still, the papers and TV stations can collaborate on promotions or sports coverage, Goss suggested. Gannett has given print reporters cameras to shoot pictures and video, and sought to develop its digital properties. Video from the TV stations can also play into the online properties.
In an earnings call earlier this year, Gannett CEO Martore suggested that integrating Belo was a higher priority than a breakup.
Tribune has said that it expects to break off its publishing arm in mid-year. Like Gannett, Tribune has been bulking up in broadcast with the $2.725 billion purchase of Local TV LLC from Oak Hill Partners LP last year.