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With WCBS Merger Looming, WLNY Will Suspend News Operations This Month

Long Island’s WLNY will suspend newscasts at the end of this month, two months before the station is expected to officially merge with WCBS.

WLNY’s last 11 p.m. newscast will be March 29, according to the New York Daily News. The station will air “Entertainment Tonight” in that timeslot until the two stations merge, which is expected to be in mid-June. WCBS, the CBS O&O in New York City, plans on expanding Long Island coverage with the acquisition of WLNY.

“We are excited to be acquiring WLNY and making it a bigger and better station,” a WCBS spokesman said. “Once the sale is finalized, we will be investing in additional people and resources so that we can provide Long Island and the entire tristate area with additional newscasts.”

The Daily News reports WLNY employs 55 people and 30 of them have been told they will stay after the merger.

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