The Tribune Company is an American media conglmerate based in Chicago, Illinois. It publishes daily newspapers – most prominently the Chicago Tribune – and tabloids, operates television stations and a radio station, and operates interactive services and websites.
The Tribune Broadcasting subsidiary operated 42 television stations in the United States, currently operates radio station WGN-AM in Chicago, national cable channel WGN America (based on Chicago's WGN-TV station which is now owned by Nexstar), and the local Chicagoland Television (CLTV) cable news channel. The company also holds a minority interest in cable channel Food Network, together with majority owner Scripps Networks Interactive.
Sinclair announced last year it was acquiring the Tribune line of TV stations for $3.9 billion and assuming $2.7 billion in debt. It had to pass anti-trust issues, plus there was growing concern that Sinclair will jettison existing news staffs in favor of staffs and programming with a more conservative lean. In turn, Sinclair would have divested itself of nine stations to comply with ownership caps. On August 8, 2018, Tribune announced it was pulling out of the merger, plus they are filling $1 billion lawsuit against Sinclair for violations regarding the merger. Nexstar, which acquired Media General, has acquired Tribune for $4.1 billion. Nexstar has sold some stations to Tegna and Scripps to avoid possible triopolies, ownership cap and market overlap issues.
Tribune Broadcasting owned the following television stations:
|Market Area & City||Call||Digital||Virtual||Affiliation||Now owned by|
|1||New York City NY||WPIX-TV||11||11||The CW||Mission Broadcasting|
|2||Los Angeles CA||KTLA-TV||31||5||The CW||Nexstar|
|3||Chicago IL||WGN-TV .||19||9||Independent||Nexstar|
|5||Dallas TX||KDAF-TV||32||33||The CW||Nexstar|
|8||Houston TX||KIAH-TV||38||39||The CW||Nexstar|
|9||Washington DC||WDCW-TV||50||50||The CW||Nexstar|
|16||Denver CO||KWGN-TV||34||2||The CW||Nexstar|
|18||Miami FL||WSFL-TV||19||39||The CW||Scripps|
|21||Portland OR||KRCW-TV||33||32||The CW||Nexstar|
|23||St. Louis MO||KPLR-TV||26||11||The CW||Meredith|
|27||San Diego CA||KSWB-TV||19||69||FOX||Nexstar|
|30||Salt Lake City UT||KSTU||28||13||FOX||Scripps|
|34||Kansas City MO||WDAF||34||4||FOX||Nexstar|
|41||Oklahoma City OK||KFOR||27||4||NBC||Nexstar|
|41||Battle Creek MI||WXMI-TV||19||17||FOX||Scripps|
|44||Norfolk/Portsmouth/Newport News VA||WTKR||40||3||CBS||Scripps|
|48||Greensboro/High Point/Winston-Salem NC||WGHP||35||8||FOX||Nexstar|
|52||New Orleans LA||WGNO-TV||26||26||ABC||Nexstar|
|68||Des Moines IA||WHO||13||13||NBC||Tegna|
|95||Ft. Smith AR||KFSM||18||5||CBS||Tegna|
* WTTK-TV is a satellite station of WTTV-TV, simulcasting the latter station.
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