Tribune Company

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The Tribune Company is an American media conglmerate based in Chicago, Illinois. It publishes daily newspapers – most prominently the Chicago Tribune – and tabloids, operates television stations and a radio station, and operates interactive services and websites.

Tribune Broadcasting

The Tribune Broadcasting subsidiary operates 42 television stations in the United States, radio station WGN-AM in Chicago, national cable channel WGN America (based on Chicago's WGN-TV station), and the local Chicagoland Television (CLTV) cable news channel. The company also holds a minority interest in cable channel Food Network, together with majority owner Scripps Networks Interactive.

Sinclair announced last year it was acquiring the Tribune line of TV stations for $3.9 billion and assuming $2.7 billion in debt. It had to pass anti-trust issues, plus there was growing concern that Sinclair will jettison existing news staffs in favor of staffs and programming with a more conservative lean. In turn, Sinclair would have divested itself of nine stations to comply with ownership caps. On August 8, 2018, Tribune announced it was pulling out of the merger, plus they are filling $1 billion lawsuit against Sinclair for violations regarding the merger. There is now word that Nexstar, which acquired Media General, is acquiring Tribune for $4.1 billion. The acquisition is pending FCC approval. Nexstar will sell some stations to Tegna and Scripps to avoid possible triopolies, ownership cap and market overlap issues.

Tribune-owned stations

Tribune Broadcasting owns the following television stations:

Market Area & City Call Digital Virtual Affiliation To be acquired by
1 New York City NY WPIX-TV 11 11 The CW Scripps
2 Los Angeles CA KTLA-TV 31 5 The CW Nexstar
3 Chicago IL WGN-TV . 19 9 Independent Nexstar
4 Philadelphia PA WPHL-TV 17 17 MyNetworkTV Nexstar
5 Dallas TX KDAF-TV 32 33 The CW Nexstar
6 Washington DC WDCW-TV 50 50 The CW Nexstar
7 Houston TX KIAH-TV 38 39 The CW Nexstar
12 Seattle/Tacoma WA KCPQ 13 13 FOX Nexstar
KZJO 25 22 MyNetworkTV
16 Miami FL WSFL-TV 19 39 The CW Scripps
17 Denver CO KWGN-TV 34 2 The CW Nexstar
KDVR 32 31 FOX
19 Cleveland OH WJW 8 8 FOX Nexstar
20 Sacramento CA KTXL-TV 40 40 FOX Nexstar
21 St. Louis MO KPLR-TV 26 11 The CW Nexstar
22 Portland OR KRCW-TV 33 32 The CW Nexstar
26 Indianapolis/Bloomington/Kokomo IN WXIN-TV 45 59 FOX Nexstar
WTTV-TV 48 4 CBS
WTTK-TV * 29 29
29 San Diego CA KSWB-TV 19 69 FOX Nexstar
30 Salt Lake City UT KSTU 28 13 FOX Scripps
32 Hartford/Waterbury CT WTIC-TV 31 61 FOX Tegna
WCCT-TV 20 20 The CW
33 Kansas City MO WDAF 34 4 FOX Nexstar
36 Milwaukee WI WITI 33 6 FOX Nexstar
41 Oklahoma City OK KFOR 27 4 NBC Nexstar
KAUT 40 43 Independent
42 Norfolk/Portsmouth/Newport News VA WTKR 40 3 CBS Scripps
WGNT 50 27 CW
44 Battle Creek MI WXMI-TV 19 17 FOX Scripps
46 York PA WPMT-TV 47 43 FOX Tegna
48 Greensboro/High Point/Winston-Salem NC WGHP 35 8 FOX Nexstar
50 Memphis TN WREG 28 3 CBS Nexstar
52 New Orleans LA WGNO-TV 26 26 ABC Nexstar
WNOL-TV 15 38 The CW
54 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton PA WNEP 1 16 16 ABC Tegna
55 Richmond VA WTVR 25 6 CBS Scripps
68 Des Moines IA WHO 13 13 NBC Tegna
80 Huntsville AL WHNT 19 19 CBS Nexstar
99 Moline/Davenport IL/IA WQAD 8 8 ABC Tegna
100 Ft. Smith AR KFSM 18 5 CBS Tegna
KXNW 34 34 CW

* WTTK-TV is a satellite station of WTTV-TV, simulcasting the latter station.
1 - Owned by Dreamcatcher LLC; controlled by Tribune under shared services agreements.

External Sites

Official website for Tribune Company