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Sinclair to sell Denver TV station, 6 others to Fox

Author: Mark Harden - May 10, 2018 - Updated: May 10, 2018

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Both KDVR-Fox31 and KWGN-2 are housed in this building at 100 E Speer Blvd. in Denver (Google Maps Street View.)

NEW YORK — Media company Twenty-First Century Fox has agreed to buy seven TV stations from Sinclair Broadcast Group for $910 million, including Denver station KDVR, branded as Fox31.

The move comes as Sinclair is selling some stations to meet regulatory approval for its pending $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media.

Meanwhile, Disney is pursuing a $52 billion takeover of much of Fox, though TV stations will stay with Rupert Murdoch’s family under a new Fox company.

Two of the Sinclair stations are in California, and the rest are in Colorado, Florida, Ohio, Utah and Washington.

Fox said the deal will let it compete in 19 of the top 20 markets, with a larger presence in the West.

In April, Sinclair agreed to sell nine TV stations to Standard Media Group for $442 million.

Both Sinclair deals are contingent on the acquisition of Tribune Media closing; Tribune currently owns Fox31. The Fox deal is expected to close in the second half of the year.

Sinclair received widespread attention after news reports in April showed dozens of Sinclair news anchors reading an identical script expressing concern about “one-sided news stories plaguing the country.”

At the time, President Donald Trump tweeted his support of the network.

Fox31 and KWGN-Channel 2 (a CW network affiliate) are operated jointly at a shared building at Speer Boulevard and Lincoln Street in Denver.

Mark Harden

Mark Harden

Mark Harden is managing editor of Colorado Politics. He previously was news director at the Denver Business Journal; city editor, online news editor, state editor, national editor and popular music critic at The Denver Post; and an editor and reporter at newspapers in the Seattle area and San Francisco.