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Temporary Suspension of Trading Under Registrant’s Employee Benefit Plans
In connection with a change to the record-keeper of the TEGNA Inc. (the “Company”) 401(k) Savings Plan (the “Plan”), more than 50% of the participants in the Plan will be temporarily unable to exercise certain rights otherwise available under the Plan with respect to the TEGNA stock fund (the “blackout”).
On July 22, 2021, the Company sent a notice (the “Blackout Notice”) to its directors and officers who are subject to Section 16 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, informing them that a blackout will be imposed as described below. The blackout is expected to begin after the market closes on August 26, 2021 and end during the week of September 19, 2021.
Section 306 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, as amended, and Regulation BTR, issued by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, generally impose restrictions on trading by executive officers and directors in the event that 50% or more of the issuer’s 401(k) plan participants are so restricted.
During the blackout, subject to certain limited exceptions, directors and executive officers will be prohibited from directly or indirectly purchasing, selling, acquiring or transferring any TEGNA common stock or derivative security with respect to TEGNA common stock acquired in connection with their service or employment as a director or executive officer of TEGNA.
On July 22, 2021, the Plan administrator of the Plan delivered notice to the Company of the trading restrictions relating to the Plan pursuant to Section 101(i)(2)(E) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended.
Attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and incorporated herein by reference is a copy of the Blackout Notice.
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Financial Statements and Exhibits.
|99.1||Form of Notice of Blackout Period to Directors and Executive Officers, dated as of July 22, 2021.|
|104||Cover Page Interactive Data File (the Cover Page Interactive Data File is embedded within the Inline XBRL document)|
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
/s/ Akin S. Harrison
|Akin S. Harrison|
|Senior Vice President and General Counsel|
Date: July 22, 2021
|TO:||Directors and Executive Officers|
|FROM:||Akin S. Harrison, Senior Vice President and General Counsel|
|RE:||Notice of Blackout Period|
|DATE:||July 22, 2021|
As a director or executive officer of the Company, you are subject to the restrictions under Section 306(a) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, as amended, which prohibits certain trades during pension plan blackout periods. Please note the following:
1. The prohibition is imposed because more than 50% of the participants in the Companys 401(k) plan (the Plan) will be temporarily prohibited from changing their investments and entering into transactions under the Plan with respect to Company securities. This period is referred to as the Blackout Period. The Blackout Period will occur because the Company is changing the record-keeper of the Plan.
2. Except as provided in paragraph 3 below, you are not permitted to purchase, sell or otherwise acquire or transfer any equity securities of the Company (or derivative securities of those equity securities) during the Blackout Period.
3. The prohibition on sales and other transfers described in paragraph 2 above applies only to equity securities of the Company (and derivatives of such securities) that you have acquired in connection with your service or employment as a director or executive officer of the Company. It is important to note that any such security you sell or otherwise transfer will be automatically treated as acquired in connection with your service or employment unless you establish that the securities were acquired from another source and this identification is consistent with your treatment of the securities for tax purposes and all other disclosure and reporting requirements.
4. The Blackout Period is expected to commence after the market closes on August 26, 2021 and end during the week of September 19, 2021. I will notify you when the Blackout Period has ended.
There are a limited number of exempt transactions which may occur during the Blackout Period, including acquisitions of shares under our DRIP and the quarterly vesting of director restricted stock units as part of the annual retainer program. If you have any questions regarding the Blackout Period, please let me know.