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The number of local TV stations in the US is on the decline, according to FCC stats, with the country losing 500 broadcast outlets since 2012.

broadcast 6 oct 2017The FCC said in a report that as of 30 September, there were 7,890 in markets across the US, down from 7,963 last year.

Digging into the nitty-gritty, about 12 stations are going off the air thanks to the broadcast spectrum incentive auction. Also, UHF TV stations have decreased from 1,035 to 1,019 in the last year, while VHF stations have increased slightly, from 352 to 359.

Class A UHF stations dropped from 401 in 2012 to 379 this year. Class VHF stations now total 24 after adding eight last year.

UHF low power TV stations total 1,595, up from 1,583 in 2012 and 1,422 in 2016. VHF low power meanwhile total 369 after peaking at 553 last year.