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Tribune has crept closer to at long last sealing a takeover as the US Department of Justice this week green lighted the spin off of 8 TV stations by Nexstar, as part of Tribune’s $4.1 billion takeover by the country’s second largest local TV station owner. In doing so, Nexstar has smoothed over proceedings with the FCC, following a similar deal to sell 11 stations to Tegna in a $740 million deal last month. Indian regulator TRAI has approved the country’s set top interoperability initiative, effective December 2019, meaning TV subscribers across the country can switch providers without having to switch out set top hardware. It sends a big message to the rest of the world, particularly in the wake…

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