The FCC has approved Sinclair Broadcast Group’s purchase of Allbritton Communications.
The sixteen page document released by the FCC also denied several petitions against the merger.
Sinclair announced it wanted to buy Allbritton in July of last year. The deal means Sinclair owns, operates, programs or provides sales service to to 162 stations in 78 markets. Sinclair stations now reach nearly 40 percent of US television households.