Sinclair Broadcast Group to sell WPMT Fox 43 and 8 other TV stations

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 25, 2018 2:33 AM

FILE PHOTO: Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.'s headquarters stands in Hunt Valley, Md. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark, File)

*An earlier version erroneously reported that WHP CBS21 was part of the sale. We have corrected the story to reflect it is WPMT Fox 43 that's included in the agreement. WITF deeply regrets the error.*

(New York) -- Sinclair Broadcast Group plans to sell WPMT Fox 43 in  and eight other television stations to Standard Media Group for $441.7 million as part of its plan to meet regulatory approval for its pending $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media.

The sale of the stations is contingent on the Tribune deal closing. Sinclair said it expects that deal to close by the end of the second quarter.

Also included in the deal are three stations in Wilkes Barre-Scranton.

The moves come after Sinclair received widespread attention after news reports earlier in April showed dozens of Sinclair news anchors reading an identical script expressing concern about "one-sided news stories plaguing the country." At the time, President Donald Trump tweeted his support of the network.

The stations include one each in Oklahoma, Michigan, North Carolina, Virginia and Iowa.

Sinclair owns 193 stations across the country.

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