UPN, WB merger talks tied up by station conflicts

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Merger discussions between UPN and the WB Television Network (AA, Se[t. 18) are blocked by concerns about overlapping station ownership in the major markets, Electronic Media reported. The station conflicts, between WB Television Network partner Tribune Broadcasting Co. and UPN backers Chris-Craft Industries and Viacom, pose too severe an obstacle for any real progress anytime soon, sources said.

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