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Station Group Including WJW Sold to Tribune Co.

By Rich Heldenfels Published: July 1, 2013

Reports on the sale from Tribune-owned newspapers are here and here. One analysis is  here. Greg Easterly, GM of WJW, did not comment, referring me instead to a Tribune spokesman.

The current ownership has moved WJW aggressively into more and more news, including a 4 p.m. hour beginning Monday. At the same time, though, this deal puts WJW back in a large and important station group for the first time in five years.

The current owner, Oak Hill Capital Partners, acquired the station and other properties owned by News Corp. in 2008 as that company -- parent of Fox Broadcasting -- dumped some of its properties. News Corp. had owned WJW for about a decade, and New World Communications owned it for several years before that; New World was the owner when the station switched affiliatiion from CBS to Fox in 1994.

In March of this year Broadcasting & Cable reported that Oak Hill had put its stations up for sale.

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