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Sinclair to close Allbritton deal on Aug. 1

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc., of Hunt Valley, announced Friday that the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice have approved the company’s acquisition of the Allbritton television stations.  Sinclair intends to close the transaction on Aug. 1. As part of the $985 million deal, Sinclair will sell a TV station in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to Media General and not execute sharing arrangements in Birmingham, Alabama, and Charleston, South Carolina. When the deal is complete, Sinclair will own and operate 162 stations in 78 markets, reaching about 39 percent of the country’s households.