Chicago station considers channel-share after selling spectrum in auction

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Chicago’s WYCC is reportedly in talks to continue broadcasting by sharing a channel with local pubcaster WTTW.

WYCC’s licensee, City Colleges of Chicago, sold the station’s spectrum in the recent FCC auction. The station told supporters in a letter this month that it would go off the air Oct. 25, according to Chicago media columnist Robert Feder.

WTTW approached WYCC about an arrangement, according to the Chicago Tribune. City Colleges “is exploring this opportunity,” said a spokesperson.

A WTTW spokesperson confirmed to the newspaper that the stations are in discussions.

Juan Salgado, City Colleges chancellor, told employees in a letter Friday that WYCC would go off the air Nov. 24 if a channel-sharing agreement were reached, according to Feder.

WYCC earned $15.9 million in the auction for agreeing to give up spectrum for use by wireless providers.

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