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Seeking FCC Approval For Allbritton Buy, Sinclair Agrees to Sell WHTM and WTAT

sinclair logoIn an effort to obtain FCC approval of the Allbritton acquisition, Sinclair Broadcast Group has agreed to sell two stations — WHTM in Harrisburg, Pa. and WTAT in Charleston, S.C — for a combined $97.4 million. The FCC previously said Sinclair would not be allowed to operate multiple stations in Harrisburg or Charleston.

WHTM, currently owned by Allbritton, will be sold to Media General. Sinclair will also sell the non-license assets of WTAT to Cunningham Communications, which currently holds the license assets. The station is operated by Sinclair through a local marketing agreement.

“The sales are part of Sinclair’s larger acquisition of the Allbritton Communications television stations in order to comply with regulatory rules in an effort to obtain approval of the Allbritton transaction by July 27, 2014,” Sinclair said in a statement. “Sinclair has no option on the stations and will not guarantee the debt of or provide sales services for these stations.  Sinclair anticipates it will be able to close on the Allbritton transaction in the third quarter of 2014, pending customary approvals and a waiver from the FCC.”

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Sinclair’s Buy of Allbritton’s Stations Gets Second Look from DOJ

sinclair_allbrittonBoth Sinclair Broadcasting and Allbritton Communications have been asked for more information in Sinclair’s proposed buy of Allbritton’s Harrisburg, PA, and Charleston, SC, stations.

In a release, Sinclair said the two station groups intend to “respond promptly” to the move otherwise known as a “Second Request.” Sinclair added, “Although there can be no assurances, the parties expect the transaction to close in the first or second quarter of 2014.”

Sinclair already owns CBS affiliate WHP in Harrisburg and FOX affiliate WTAT in Charleston, SC. The deal would add ABC affiliates WHTM in Harrisburg and WCIV in Charleston. Read more

John Soapes Named President-GM of Hearst’s WYFF

Hearst has promoted John Soapes, who has served as general sales manager of the company’s Orlando CW-affiliate for the past decade, to president and general manager of WYFF, a NBC-affiliate serving the Greenville-Spartanburg-Asheville market.

“John is an outstanding broadcast executive, more than ready to take on the opportunity of leading WYFF,” said David Barrett, president and CEO of Hearst Television, adding that the company is “delighted to bring a native South Carolinian home.”

Soapes succeeds Michael Hayes, who was recently appointed to president and general manager of WTAE, Hearst’s Pittsburgh ABC-affiliate.

Soapes began his career as an account executive with WTAT in Charleston, SC.