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Why the FCC is going to approve the sale of WTVJ

It's unusual and gives activists who worry about corporate concentration of media the willies, but a plan to Wtvj join two of South Florida's biggest television network affiliates under one roof is legal and will probably win FCC approval, broadcast-law experts said Friday.

The Washington Post Co., which already owns WPLG-ABC 10, announced Friday that it's buying WTVJ-NBC 6 from NBC. The deal requires approval from the Federal Communications Commission, which Post Co. officials said they hoped to obtain by the end of the year.

And they probably will get it, say attorneys specializing in broadcast regulatory law, including several who work for anti-corporate activist groups. ''On its face, there's no obstacle to this one,'' said Andrew Jay Schwartzman, head of the Media Access Project in Washington. Read the rest of my story in Saturday's Miami Herald.


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