This just in: The Federal Communications Commission has given its approval of the sale of Youngstown ABC affiliate WYTV/33 from Chelsey Broadcasting to a new Los Angeles-based company called Parkin Broadcasting.
Andrea Wood of the Youngstown-based Business Journal reports that the FCC approved the sale Monday, with little word about why a petition by the NABET union to block the sale was turned away.
But Wood says that in a letter, an FCC official outlined the rejection of the union's objection, which was flanked by letters from two local U.S. representatives.
The FCC's video bureau chief, Barbara Kreisman, wrote that NABET didn't prove that the sale would be contrary to the public interest, and said the agency was satisfied that Parkin's shared services agreement with New Vision Television, new owner of CBS affiliate WKBN/27 and FOX affiliate WYFX/62-WFXI/17, would give Parkin "full control" over WYTV's functions.
Parkin Broadcasting owner Todd Parkin has promised a continued unique identity for WYTV, including its own news department, after his company takes over.
Does someone in the Mahoning Valley have a truckload of salt?