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Time Warner has agreed to sell Atlanta-based broadcast television station WPCH for $70 million to Meredith Corp. (NYSE: MDP), per an FEC application.
Why it's the BFD: This is a small deal to Time Warner in terms of cash, but big in terms of possibly avoiding FCC scrutiny of its monster acquisition by AT&T. Specifically, the FCC steps in when its licenses are transferred, but now WPCH won't become part of the AT&T deal.
Bottom line: By selling the station and its airwave licenses the two companies could avoid an FCC review of the deal, since the agency steps in when licenses change hands. AT&T had already indicated that it didn't expect licenses to transfer as part of the deal, but this is a key step towards potentially avoiding an FCC review. ― David McCabe
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