Sinclair to buy WQAD’s parent company Tribune Media

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NEW YORK (AP) — Sinclair Broadcast Group is buying WQAD News 8's parent company, Tribune Media, for about $3.9 billion, boosting the number of local TV stations it owns.

Sinclair will own or operate more than 200 stations following the deal. Chicago-based Tribune owns or operates 24 television stations, including WQAD in the Quad Cities, KTLA in Los Angeles and WPIX in New York, and it owns a stake in the Food Network.

Sinclair, based in Hunt Valley, Maryland, owns 173 stations around the country. It will pay $43.50 for each share of Tribune Media Co., an 8 percent premium from Tribune's closing price of $40.29 on Friday.