Tribune to Put Local TV's WNEP Scranton, Norfolk Stations Up for Sale
Tribune plans to sell pieces of its pending Local TV LLC
acquisition, WNEP Scranton and WTKR-WGNT Norfolk, after the acquisition closes
to remain in compliance with FCC regulations.
The company agreed to acquire the Local TV LLC group for
$2.7 billion. The deal is expected to close by the end of the year.
Tribune said in a statement: "In light of the FCC's
regulations regarding cross-ownership, we began taking the steps necessary to
ensure the company is in compliance in two relatively small markets where, upon
the closing of our acquisition of Local TV, we would otherwise own both a
television station and a newspaper. We'll let the information contained in the
filings speak for itself."
The Pennsylvania newspaper Morning Call previously reported Tribune's plans.
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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.