York-based Fox 43 among stations to be sold for Sinclair's Tribune acquisition

The Associated Press

WPMT Fox 43 is among 23 stations that Sinclair Broadcast Group has agreed to sell as part of its plan to meet regulatory approval for its pending $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media.

Fox 43 is located on South Queen Street in Spring Garden Township. John A. Pavoncello photo

The sales are necessary to gain governmental approval and for other business purposes, according to a Sinclair news release.

Fox 43, based in York, is currently owned by Tribune, and Sinclair already owns another Harrisburg station, WHP CBS 21.

The sale of the stations is contingent on the Tribune deal closing. Sinclair said it expects that deal to close by the end of the second quarter.

The moves come after Sinclair received widespread attention after news reports earlier 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.

The stations include one each in Oklahoma, Michigan, North Carolina, Virginia and Iowa and four in Pennsylvania.

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Sinclair owns 193 stations across the country.