Broadcast TV

Deal Critics to Tribune Board: Abandon Merger or Quit

Four high-profile Sinclair-Tribune deal critics have gotten together to urge Tribune to pull the plug on the deal. Public Knowledge President Gene Kimmelman; Brian Hess, executive director of the Sports Fans Coalition; Gigi Sohn, distinguished fel

FCC votes to refer Sinclair merger to judge

The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to send the merger between Sinclair Broadcast Group and Tribune Media before an administrative law judge, a process that could doom the $3.9 billion deal. 

Sinclair proposes buying WGN in latest move to win FCC approval of Tribune deal

Sinclair Broadcast Group wants to buy Chicago's WGN-TV outright as part of its latest effort to win the Federal Communications Commission's approval for its proposed acquisition of Tribune Media Co.

Sinclair Fires Back

Sinclair Broadcasting released a lengthy statement in response to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai's move to designate the Tribune deal for hearing before the FCC's administrative law judge.

Commissioner O'Rielly Statement on Sinclair/Tribune Hearing Designation Order

As an initial matter, I largely refrain from discussing adjudicatory proceedings. However, since it appears that the document has been provided to the press by someone, I believe comment is warranted.

Statement of Commissioner Rosenworcel On Sinclair/Tribune Transaction

[This] announcement is welcome. As I have noted before, too many of this agency’s media policies have been custom built to support the business plans of Sinclair Broadcasting.

FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for August 2018 Open Meeting

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that the following items are tentatively on the agenda for the August Open Commission Meeting scheduled for Thursday, August 2, 2018:

FCC Proposes Updates to Children's Programming Rules

The Federal Communications Commission launched a proceeding to seek comment on proposed revisions to the children’s television programming rules.

FCC Chairman Pai Proposes Broadcaster Incubator Program Requirements

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that he has circulated a proposal that would establish the requirements to govern the incubator program that the FCC decided to adopt in 2017 to support the entry of new and diverse voi

Sen Markey to FCC: Children's Television Proposals Lack Facts

Sen Ed Markey (D-MA) hosted a press conference July 11 to call for the Federal Communications Commission to convert its children's television notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) into a notice of inquiry (NOI) so it can collect more data on the im