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Toledo TV station WUPW plans to lay off 63 employees

A Toledo television station has officially informed the state that it plans to lay off 63 employees this spring when the station is sold.

The Blade reported in January that WUPW, Channel 36, was being sold to American Spirit Media.

The layoffs are expected to take place between April 24 and May 8, according to a letter from LIN Media, which owns WUPW, to Ohio’s Office of Workforce Development. LIN Media said that is when it expects to receive regulatory approval and close the sale.

The letter indicates that the company buying WUPW could hire some or all of the layed-off employees.

A shared services agreement included in a Federal Communications Commission filing indicated that WUPW and WTOL, Channel 11, would be able to share news staff and broadcasts.

Thomas Henson, who runs American Spirit Media, already operates at least three other TV stations with Raycom Media, which is the parent company of WTOL.

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