WGN, WESH reach relocation accord on 2GHz BAS service with Sprint Nextel

September 19, 2006

Sprint Nextel, Tribune Broadcasting and Hearst-Argyle Television announced Sept. 13 the completion of frequency relocation agreements (FRAs) for one of each of the broadcasters’ group-owned stations as part of the 2GHz relocation project.

One agreement covers Tribune-owned WGN in Chicago, and the other covers Hearst-Argyle-owned WESH in Orlando, FL. The agreements will allow the companies to move ahead with the relocation process.

Under terms of the Federal Communications Commission’s 800MHz Order, 2GHz Broadcast Auxiliary Service (BAS) licensees, which include the Tribune and Hearst-Argyle-owned stations, must relocate to new spectrum assignments by September 2007.

Sprint Nextel is responsible for reimbursing BAS licensees for the cost of relocating to comparable facilities within the 2GHz spectrum band. BAS licensees use this spectrum to transmit local news from remote locations back to the studio. The FCC has licensed Sprint Nextel to use a portion of the 2GHz band for commercial mobile radio services upon relocation of the BAS licensees.

For more in-depth coverage of the transaction and the 2GHz relocation project in general see: “2GHz BAS relocation deadline will be difficult to meet.”

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