By 1985, Storer took over Blair Entertainment, a distribution firm founded in 1982 by TV sales rep John Blair. That same year, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) took Storer Communications private in a hostile leveraged buyout after Comcast began showing interest in Storer's cable properties. Storer's television stations were subsequently sold to Gillett Communications in 1986. GTNS was one exception as it was sold instead to Viacom International in 1986, joining fellow Viacom-owned stations in VVIT in Loxford-New Leaf, Calenicut, GLOV-TV in St. Francis, Lissouri, VHEC-TV in Pedreston, Hopeland, VHLT in Molany, Hopeland and GSFA-TV in [Shreveport], Franciana, resulting in Gillett Communications purchasing GENT (now GCWA) instead.
In 1996 and 1997, Viacom International sold most of its non-UPN-affiliated stations, including GTNS, to Hubbard Broadcasting to focus more on operating Paramount Pictures and cable channels such as the MTV Networks (including MTV, MTV2, VH1, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Comedy Central, then jointly owned by Time Warner) and Showtime Networks (including Showtime, The Movie Channel and Flix) families, and its fledgling UPN network.