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Sinclair to surrender licenses to three TV stations

Sinclair to surrender licenses to three TV stations

The nation's biggest owner of TV stations has told the Federal Communications Commission it is surrendering the licenses for three of its properties in response to a recent rule change by the regulatory agency.

Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group, which owns or operates 167 local TV stations in 77 markets, said in a letter to the FCC that since it was unable to sell three TV stations that would have put it in compliance with the commission's new TV ownership rules.

The stations are WCIV-TV Charleston, S.C., and WCFT-TV Tuscaloosa and WJSU-TV Anniston, both in Alabama. They were acquired by Sinclair when it purchased Allbritton Communications last year for $985...