Free, over-the-air television and radio; community-based, low-power FM radio stations; public radio and television; and the obligations of licensees to serve the public interest. A key principle of federal communications law is that in exchange for free use of the public airwaves broadcasters agree to take actions to benefit the public. These principles are enshrined in the Radio Act of 1927 and the Communications Act of 1934 in the mandate that "broadcasting serve the public interest, convenience and necessity."

Sinclair, the FCC and Things Going Wrong—But for How Long?

[Commentary] Talk about a curveball. Last week, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Pai struck a potentially fatal blow to a deal that President Donald Trump favored, the proposed merger of Sinclair Broadcasting and Tribune Media.

Sinclair Made Last Ditch Effort to Head Off FCC Hearing

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai phoned Sinclair executive vice president and general counsel Barry Faber July 18 to let the company know that just withdrawing the three TV station "sweetheart deal" sale applications was not goi

Conservative media boss of Newsmax told President Trump he opposed Sinclair-Tribune merger

The Federal Communication Commission’s surprise move to block Sinclair Broadcast Group’s $6.6 billion acquisition of Tribune Media came after the head of a rival conservative news outlet discussed his opposition to the deal with President Donald T

The FCC has called out several of Sinclair's sham deal proposals -- but there are many more

Sinclair Broadcast Group’s latest efforts to appease the Federal Communications Commission and get approval for its massive expansion plan don’t seem to have fooled anyone.

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

Death in the Air: One Woman's Crusade Against Broadcast Media Consolidation

Independent "media watchdog" Sue Wilson, a veteran of journalism with two decades working in broadcast TV and radio in the LA and Sacramento markets—during which she won two Emmy awards, one for a feature series on government waste— has kept an ey

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Directed Ads to Americans

A broadcasting organization backed by the federal government has used Facebook to target ads at United States citizens, in potential violation of longstanding laws meant to protect Americans from domestic propaganda.

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.