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Global Broadcasting Closes on WLNE Providence

Global Broadcasting closed on its purchase of WLNE Providence, R.I., from Freedom Broadcasting.

The two parties agreed on the deal in March, and the Federal Communications Commission granted its approval in late September. The price tag was $14 million.

The ABC affiliate represents Global’s first TV-station acquisition. Freedom now owns eight stations, including WPEC West Palm Beach, Fla., and WRGB Albany, N.Y.

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.