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CBS closes deal for Detroit TV station

DETROIT, Sept. 20 -- The giant eye of CBS has officially found an anchor in Detroit. CBS Inc. announced Wednesday it has completed the $24 million purchase of the independent Channel 62 from the International Free & Accepted Modern Masons.

CBS said it renamed the station WWJ-TV, from WGPR, thus ending a television saga that began last year when the owner of Detroit's Channel 2 dumped the CBS network and switched to FOX. The new CBS station will now look for a home. CBS said it will operate WWJ-TV out of interim studios in the Stroh's River Place complex in downtown Detroit until a permanent home, either in the city or suburbs, can be built. CBS said its directors approved the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment for WWJ-TV using digital and non-linear technology. The station plans to build a newsroom and studio, and stock the facility with cameras and microwave vehicles for broadcasting live. CBS Inc. now owns and operates three broadcast operations in Detroit: WWJ-TV, WWJ-AM Newsradio 950 and WYST-FM. CBS Television President Johnathan Rodgers named Jay B. Newman vice president and general manager of WWJ-TV.

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