Sinclair buys antenna manufacturer Dielectric

Move comes two months after Maine-based company said it was shutting down

UPDATE, 12:30 p.m. CT: “This was an insurance policy for us. I now know if I get hit under any circumstance, I own all the intellectual property involved in creating any replacement parts for anything I own.” That's the word from Sinclair boss David Smith, many of whose stations use Dielectric antennas.

Experts suggest that 2/3 of the nation's broadcasters use Dielectric antennas, and say what you will about Sinclair, but at least they're keeping everyone else from having nowhere to go for parts and service.

PREVIOUSLY: TVNewsCheck reports this morning that there is new life for a down-on-its-luck antenna manufacturer that was going out of business, and it's coming from a rather surprising source.

Sinclair Broadcast Group has reached a deal to purchase Dielectric, which is based in Raymond, Maine, from SPX Corp. The price was not disclosed.

“Dielectric has supplied more than two-thirds of the TV industry’s high-power antennas, and its name is synonymous with expert engineering and quality products,” Sinclair CEO David Smith said in a statement. “We feel fortunate to have this opportunity to acquire the Dielectric intellectual property and assets related to our most critical infrastructure.”

Sinclair will keep all of Dielectric's staff in place and operations at the company will continue as before, according to the report.

In our region, Sinclair owns and/or operates the following television stations: Paducah/Cape GirardeauKBSI-FOX 23 and WDKA-My49; St. LouisKDNL-ABC30; Nashville WZTV-FOX17, WUXP-My30 and WNAB-CW58.

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