Q: "How long does the station sale process take?"
A: Often, preparing the due diligence information prior to the marketing of the station(s) is one of the most time-consuming steps of a sale.
Most station marketing agreements with media brokers call for a duration of six to eighteen months, with twelve months being typical.
Time on the market varies. Like real estate, stations that are priced more closely to their Fair Market Value tend to sell the quickest.
The FCC approval process generally takes 60-90 days, with the Staff approval becoming “final” in an additional 40 days. Any objections can delay the process.
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