The station, a prominent source for local news in the coal region, is among those Tribune is acquiring in a deal announced Monday that would make the Chicago company the largest TV station owner in the United States.
The deal also significantly increases Tribune’s stake in Pennsylvania. Tribune, which publishes The Morning Call, already owns WPHL in Philadelphia and WPMT in York. WNEP will expand the reach of the company’s television assets into 21 northeastern Pennsylvania counties, the state’s fourth-largest television market.
That area has a total of 581,020 homes with television viewers, making it the No. 54 market in the country, according to the Nielsen Co.