Sen. Durbin Questions FCC on Sinclair Dictating Content to Local News Stations While it Weighs Proposed Mega-Merger with Tribune

CHICAGO—(ENEWSPF)—April 16, 2018
By: Rosemary Piser
It has been reported that Sinclair Broadcast Group (Sinclair) required local news anchors at Sinclair-owned television stations across the country to deliver a scripted promotional message on-air. In response to this report, Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today pressed Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai to carefully consider Sinclair’s conduct and the significant harm it poses to the public interest as he considers the proposed merger between Sinclair and Tribune Media Company (Tribune).  If approved, the proposed merger would allow the combined company to influence programming . . .

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