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Tribune Co. gets OK for bankruptcy-exit plan, 4 years after buyout left it $13 billion in debt
DOVER, Del. (AP) ¯¯¯ Tribune Co. has won court approval to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, more than four years after a leveraged buyout left the media company with unsustainable debt.
A federal bankruptcy judge in Delaware said Friday that he would approve the plan, which leaves Tribune in the hands of a new ownership group led by two hedge funds and JPMorgan Chase.
Tribune publishes several major newspapers in the U.S., including the Los Angeles Times, The Baltimore Sun and the Chicago Tribune. It also operates 23 television stations.
The company sought bankruptcy protection in 2008, less than a year after billionaire developer Sam Zell led a buyout that left it with $13 billion in debt.
The company must now seek federal permission to transfer its broadcast licenses to its new owners.