Four TV stations up for February auction

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Permits to build four new TV stations will be auctioned Feb. 5, the FCC said Friday.

Minimum bids for stations also were tentatively set: Ch. 51 Pittsfield, Mass., $420,000; Ch. 47, Columbia, S.C, $295,000; Ch. 34 Magee, Miss., $295,000; and Ch. 16 Scottsbluff, Neb., $160,000.

The Columbia permit drew the most interest with 21 applications expressing an intent to bid including Pappas Telecasting, Pegasus Broadcast, Powell Meredith Communications, Trinity Broadcasting, and Equity Broadcasting. - Bill McConnell