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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Nexstar Media Group has agreed to acquire Tribune Media for around $4.1 billion, as first reported by Reuters and confirmed by Axios.

Why it matters: This would make Nexstar the country's largest owner of local television stations.

  • This comes just months after Sinclair Broadcast Group saw its $3.9 billion deal for Tribune Media fall through, after it was accused of lying to regulators.

A source says that Nexstar's all-cash bid of $46.50 per share was "less than a dollar" per share better than the runner-up offer from buyout firm Apollo Global Management. Other bidders included Cerberus Capital Management, while a proposal led by entertainer and media entrepreneur Byron Allen ultimately never materialized due to financing difficulties.

  • The deal remains subject to regulatory review, with expectations that it may not close for at least one year. Nexstar also is likely to divest certain stations.

Go deeper: The local TV consolidation race is here

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Apple CEO Tim Cook, speaking at the Apple 12 launch event in October. Photo: Apple

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What they's saying: The company said response to new products, including the iPhone 12 has been "tremendously positive" but did not give a specific forecast for the current quarter.

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