TEGNA Shareholders Approve Merger Agreement with Standard General Affiliate
Tysons, Va. – TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) announced that at a special meeting of shareholders held earlier today, its shareholders voted to adopt the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of February 22, 2022 (as amended, the “Merger Agreement”), pursuant to which TEGNA will be acquired by an affiliate of Standard General L.P (“Standard General”).
According to the preliminary results announced at the special meeting, subject to certification by the independent Inspector of Election, approximately 78% of TEGNA’s outstanding common shares voted to adopt the Merger Agreement. Certified results will be filed on a Current Report on Form 8-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission and posted on TEGNA’s investor website, investors.tegna.com.
The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2022, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. Upon closing, TEGNA will become a private company, and its shares will no longer be traded on the New York Stock Exchange.
TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) is an innovative media company that serves the greater good of our communities. Across platforms, TEGNA tells empowering stories, conducts impactful investigations and delivers innovative marketing solutions. With 64 television stations in 51 U.S. markets, TEGNA is the largest owner of top 4 network affiliates in the top 25 markets among independent station groups. TEGNA also owns leading multicast networks True Crime Network, Twist and Quest. TEGNA offers innovative solutions to help businesses reach consumers across television, digital and over-the-top (OTT) platforms, including Premion, TEGNA’s OTT advertising service. For more information, visit www.TEGNA.com.
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