Citadel Communications LLC, New Owner of WLNE-TV/ABC6
(Providence-RI)- The acquisition of WLNE-TV/ ABC6 by Citadel Communications LLC has been finalized. Philip J. Lombardo, owner and CEO of Citadel, announced the closing today in Providence.
"The Federal Communications Commission approved the license transfer quickly and we are thrilled to take ownership," Lombardo said. "We are already in the process of converting the station to high-definition, a $1 million dollar investment. Soon our viewers will be watching a crisp, clear, and vibrant on air product."
HD broadcast master control and production rooms are under construction, and plans are in the works to modify existing sets for local newscasts. The station hopes to be broadcasting in full HD by September 2011.
"This is a great day for the employees of WLNE-TV/ABC6," WLNE-TV/ABC6 Vice President and General Manager Chris Tzianabos stated. "Citadel is here to make a difference in southern New England, investing in the station, its employees and most importantly the community we serve."