In granting Nexstar’s purchase of WFRV Green Bay, Wis., and WJMN Escanba, Mich., from Liberty Media, the FCC also extended a waiver of “main studio” rule for WJMN.
The FCC today approved Nexstar Broadcasting’s purchase of WFRV Green Bay-Appleton, Wis. (DMA 71), and WJMN Escanaba, Mich. (DMA 179), extending a waiver of the “main studio” rule so that Nexstar can continue operating WJMN without a studio.
Nexstar agreed to buy the two CBS affiliates last April from Liberty Media Corp. for $20 million.
The studio waiver is based in part of Escanaba’s economic decline, the FCC says in a letter approving the deal. “In light of the current economic downturn, it is unlikely that this situation will change appreciably in the near future.
“Furthermore, Nexstar has demonstrated that it will take measures to ascertain the needs of the local community and to make it convenient for the listeners in the community to communicate with the local station by toll-free number.”