Discovery clears Food Network hurdle as it prepares to leave Silver Spring in move to Knoxville

WASHINGTON — Discovery Communications has received approval from the U.S. Justice Department for its planned $12 billion acquisition of the parent company of Food Network and HGTV. 

Discovery announced plans to acquire Knoxville, Tennessee-based Scripps Networks Interactive in July 2017. The deal still requires approval by regulators in Ireland and other closing conditions, but the acquisition is expected to close before the end of the first quarter.

That merger is behind Discovery’s decision to leave its longtime Silver Spring headquarters for a new headquarters in New York, a move expected to be made by 2019.

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