Sinclair Sells Some Stations to Friendly Foes

Sinclair Broadcast Group has agreed to sell stations to buyers it is very familiar with.

The list includes KKNJ-KCWF, a pair of CBS affiliates in New Mexico, along with another CBS station, KDBC El Paso. The buyer is closely aligned Cunningham Broadcasting Corp., and the price is $21 million. Sinclair provides services to Cunningham stations for a fee.

Sinclair is also selling WABM-WTTO Birmingham, a MyNetworkTV-CW duo, to Stephen Mumblow for $7.35 million. Sinclair also provides services to stations Mumblow has acquired in markets such as San Antonio and Columbus.

Cunningham Broadcasting, meanwhile, is acquiring WWCP Johnstown (PA) from Horseshoe Curve Communications for $12 million. WWCP is a Fox affiliate.

Sinclair has been the most bullish acquirer of TV stations the last couple years, including a recent agreement to pick up the Allbritton group for $985 million.

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.