Media General selling WJAR-TV to Sinclair Broadcast Group


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CRANSTON, Rhode Island — Media General is selling WJAR-TV to Sinclair Broadcast Group.

The sale was announced Wednesday by Media General and LIN Media. The two broadcast companies are combining.

WJAR serves the greater Providence market. The station's studios are located in Cranston.

LIN owns WJAR's competitor, WPRI-TV, and regulatory rules required that one of the stations be sold.

Sinclair is based in Maryland.

Media General announced it was buying LIN in March. The two had to divest of stations in five markets because of Federal Communications Commission ownership rules.

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