Sinclair buys Chattanooga TV stations WDSI-TV and WFLI-TV

Sinclair Broadcasting Group buys the assets of WDSI-TV61 in Chattanooga, which also operates CW of Chattanooga, including the stations' Main Street broadcast facility.

The parent company of Chattanooga's ABC television affiliate, WTVC-TV9, has purchased the programming and assets of WDSI-TV and WFLI-TV.

Sinclair Broadcasting Group, which owns WTVC-TV9 in Chattanooga, paid $1.25 million last week to buy the assets and programming of New Age Media of Tennessee, which owns Fox-61 (Channel 61) and CW Chattanooga (Channel 53), according to property deeds filed with the Hamilton County Register of Deeds.

"We've acquired the programming contracts and assets and will basically manage the stations, but for the viewer there will be no immediate changes," said Mike Costa, general manager for WTVC-TV 9. "We're bringing our teams together, but there will continue to be sales staff selling Fox and CW and this sales team will continue to sell WTVC.