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Scripps says FCC approved Ch.7 sale

By Alan Pergament

The sale of Channel 7 to the Cincinnati-based E.W. Scripps Co. was approved Friday by the Federal Communications Commission, according to a top executive for Scripps.

Brian Lawlor, the senior vice president for television for Scripps, made the announcement on Twitter early this morning.

In his tweet, Lawlor added that a closing date is expected to be announced this week.

Scripps announced on Feb.9 that it had a deal to purchase Channel 7 and a Detroit station owned by Granite Broadcasting, which is controlled by a hedge fund, for $110 million in cash.

The FCC also approved the sale of the Detroit station on Friday, according to Lawlor's tweet.

It generally takes three or four weeks to close a sale after FCC approval, which would mean Scripps could take over Channel 7 by the end of the month. 

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Alan Pergament

Alan Pergament

Alan Pergament has continued to blog about television topics since retiring in 2010 as The News' television writer after 28 years on the beat. From local on-air personalities to ratings to the latest on network and cable programming, he keeps you informed.

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