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Sinclair Broadcast purchases nine TV stations

Sinclair Broadcast Group said Monday that it has closed on eight television stations it expected to acquire in December and — in a new move — purchased an additional station in New York.

The Hunt Valley company said it bought the non-license assets of WHAM-TV — an ABC station in Rochester, N.Y. — from Newport Television for $54 million, which includes an option to acquire the license assets.

The previously announced deals that closed were for stations in Tampa, Fla.; Beaumont/Port Arthur, Texas; San Antonio, Texas; Cincinnati, Ohio; the Harrisburg region in Pennsylvania; Mobile, Ala.; and Wichita/Hutchinson, Kan. Sinclair picked up two stations in Mobile.

The company also closed on its agreement to sell the license assets of five stations to Deerfield Media.

Sinclair said it paid $459.7 million at closing for its acquisitions, net of deposits it made as well as its sale proceeds from Deerfield. Sinclair issued $500 million in senior notes this fall to fund the purchases.

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