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DC ABC 7 WJLA, News Channel 8 Could Be Sold to Fund Politico

Marco Dane

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Thank GOODNESS someone is buying the antiquated WJLA now they can finally get a better set and a new open and theme. Also the station can hopefully return back to DC where it belongs.

WJLA always had the worst sets since I was a child.

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Sinclair Buys Allbritton's TVers, Including 7 - 7/29 - sinclair.jpgBaltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group gets all eight of DC-based Allbritton Communications' broadcast TV stations, including Channel 7/WJLA and local cable-oriented NewsChannel 8. The $985 million deal also includes Allbritton's stations in Harrisburg PA, Lynchburg VA, Birmingham AL, Little Rock AR, Tulsa OK, and Charleston SC. All of Allbritton's broadcast stations are ABC affiliates. To comply with FCC local television ownership rules, Sinclair says it expects to sell the license and certain related assets of existing stations it owns in the Birmingham, Harrisburg, and Charleston markets. Allbritton head Robert Allbritton stated: "Sinclair is the ideal buyer of our superb television stations. Its existing reach and history of innovation matches exceptionally well with our long tradition of viewer service and news gathering excellence. David Smith and his team have been a pleasure to work with. I am confident that their leadership and resources will enable our stations to reach new heights of service to our communities." Sinclair, which its headquartered in the Baltimore County suburb of Hunt Valley, owns Baltimore's Fox affiliate, Channel 45/WBFF, and operates that market's CW station, Channel 54/WNUV. It has also announced plans to operate Baltimore's MyNetworkTV affiliate, Channel 24/WUTB, which has been a Fox-owned property. Sinclair owns or operates about 150 TV stations in about 75 markets. More at marketwatch.com....


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