Newspaper Buyer Has To Sell Radio Stations

The Fredericksburg, Va., Free Lance–Star’s new owner has 12 months to sell its four radio stations, according to a recent FCC ruling. Sandton Capital Partners had petitioned the FCC to receive the licenses for WFLS–FM and its sister stations, and a waiver of its newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership restriction.The FCC assigned the licenses to Sandton, but it denied the waiver request and does not anticipate granting extensions, according to its ruling.