It sells three stations — WNBC New York and Telemundo WSNS Chicago and WWSI Philadelphia. Their signals will all channel share with other NBC-owned stations in the markets. Fox and CBS also sold spectrum.
NBC Makes Over $480 Million From Auction
NBC was among the broadcasters reaping hundreds of millions from selling spectrum in the FCC incentive auction, according to detailed auction results released by the FCC this afternoon.
Somewhat surprising, NBC sold the spectrum of its flagship WNBC New York for $214 million. In addition, it sold the spectrum of two Telemundo stations — WSNS Chicago and WWSI Philadelphia for $141.7 million and $125.9 million, respectively
That’s a total take of $481.6 million.
The sales do not mean the stations are going off the air. In each case, the stations will double up on another NBC owns in the markets.
WNBC will channel share with Telemundo’s WNJU, Telemundo’s WWSI will channel share with NBC’s WCAU, and Telemundo’s WSNS will channel share with NBC’s WMAQ.
In each case, Comcast/NBC said, the surviving stations will provide “superior coverage” to the stations that were sold.
NBC was among 175 winners in the auction, which collectively made $10.8 billion.
Two of the three other network groups also sold spectrum.
Fox also sold its MyNetworkTV stations in three markets with plans to double up on their Fox O&Os in the markets. They are WPWR Chicago ($160.7 million), WDCA Washington ($118.8 million) and WMYT Charlotte, N.C. ($74.7 million). That’s a total of $354.2 million, a figure it had earlier announced.
CBS got just $9.9 million for selling its UHF spectrum for KCCO Minneapolis and agreeing to move the satellite of WCCO to a VHF channel.
Disney/ABC came up empty in the auction.