Broadcast TV

Chairman Pai's Response to Reps. Pallone, Doyle and DeGette Regarding Sinclair Broadcast Group

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

On August 14, 2017, House Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Communications Subcommittee Ranking Member Mike Doyle (D-PA), and Oversight Subcommittee Ranking Member Diana DeGette (D-CO) wrote to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai regarding reports that suggest favorable treatment of Sinclair Broadcast Group since Pai became Chairman.

FCC Chairman Pai to Lawmakers: Sinclair/Tribune Review Has Been By the Book

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai told House Commerce Committee Democrats that there has been no inappropriate coordination between the Trump White House, Sinclair and the FCC over the Sinclair/Tribune merger -- and that there has been no pattern of preferential treatment shown Sinclair in a deal whose vetting has been by the book and on a timetable common to such transactions, including under other regimes.

Sinclair insiders are sounding the alarm about its plans to transform local news

Location:
Sinclair Broadcast Group, 10706 Beaver Dam Road, Hunt Valley, MD, 21030, United States

Current and former Sinclair employees, union representatives, and media experts have been speaking out in investigative reports about the damage Sinclair is doing to the public’s trust in local news, from Baltimore to Seattle and most recently in Providence

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The Worst Merger Yet

Location:
Sinclair Broadcast Group, 10706 Beaver Dam Road, Hunt Valley, MD, 21030, United States

The more people learn about the frenzied Big Media-Wall Street rush to consolidate our communications ecosystem into a playground for monopolists-on-the-make, the more they dislike what they see. For example, a recent poll shows two-thirds of us are opposed to competition-busting transactions like AT&T and Time Warner, almost equally divided among Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. Less well-known until recently is the Sinclair-Tribune proposal currently pending at the Federal Communications Commission. Sinclair is already publicly bragging that it will get the FCC nod of approval in the months just ahead. I have called Sinclair “the most dangerous company most Americans have never heard of.” Already the country’s largest local TV station owner (173 stations now, 215 post-merger), Sinclair has an insatiable appetite for more.

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The Worst Merger Yet

The more people learn about the frenzied Big Media-Wall Street rush to consolidate our communications ecosystem into a playground for monopolists-on-the-make, the more they dislike what they see. For example, a recent poll shows two-thirds of us are opposed to competition-busting transactions like AT&T and Time Warner, almost equally divided among Democrats, Republicans, and Independents.

Broadcast-Only Homes See Big Rise: Study

Location:
USA, United States

The number of broadcast-only TV homes has increased 41%, to 15.8 million, in the last five years, according to a Nielsen study commissioned by ION Media, a significant holder of full-power UHF broadcast spectrum.

News Use Across Social Media Platforms 2017

Location:
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

Two-thirds of Americans report that they get at least some of their news on social media

Americans’ online news use is closing in on TV news use

Location:
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

The gap between the share of Americans who get news online and those who do so on television is narrowing.

Newt Minow: Lessons from the Cuban missile crisis

Location:
Chicago, IL, United States

As one of the few remaining members of the Kennedy administration who participated in the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, I was an eyewitness to the crucial role that telecommunications played in averting nuclear disaster ...

Unions Unite Against Sinclair/Tribune

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

Various unions have lined up against the Sinclair/Tribune merger, concerned, among other things, that the meld's synergies will mean job losses. Asking the Federal Communications Commission to deny the $3.9 billion merger were the Communications Workers of America, the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians and The News Guild.

The Broadcast Incentive Auction: Update on Repacking Opportunities and Challenges

Sep 7 2017 - 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location:
House Commerce Committee, 45 Independence Ave SW 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC, 20515, United States

The Federal Communications Commission is in the midst of reorganizing broadcasters into remaining TV bands following the spectrum incentive auction earlier this year. This hearing will provide members the opportunity to receive an update on the FCC’s repacking process.

NCTA Seeks Regulatory 'Guardrails' on Sinclair/Tribune

Location:
National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), 25 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20001-1413, United States

NCTA-The Internet & Television Association, has stopped short of seeking outright denial of the Sinclair/Tribune merger, but it has major problems with it and suggests the Federal Communications Commission should consider disallowing new duopolies, even where they don't violate rules, and joint retransmission negotiations among commonly owned Sinclair/Tribune stations.

The Realpolitik of the Sinclair-Tribune Merger

Location:
Diffusion Group, 9555 Lebanon Road, Frisco, TX, 75035, United States

The controversy behind the Sinclair Broadcast Group’s $3.9 Billion cash and stock agreement to acquire 42 broadcast stations and other media assets from Tribune Media continues to swirl. If approved, the combined media entity will reach 72% of US households, a figure far beyond the 39% allowed by Congress. Adding fuel to the controversy is that far-right-leaning Sinclair Broadcasting only became compliant with the ‘39% Congressional rule’ when FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, an appointee of President Donald Trump, reinstated the UHF discount rule enabling Sinclair to count only half of its actual audience based on the premise that UHF has a weaker signal than the VHF band. The reality is that, since the move to digital TV, signal issues are a thing of the past, rendering the UHF rule obsolete. So, what’s going on here, and what does it tell us about the future of TV?

Sinclair/Tribune Critics Tell FCC: No Deal

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

With reply comments due Aug 29 on Sinclair's $3.9 billion proposal to buy Tribune's TV stations, opponents of the deal do not appear to have been persuaded by Sinclair's lengthy defense of the deal's public interest benefits, which was filed at the Federal Communications Commission Aug. 22.

FCC TV Ownership Rules and Unintended Consequences

Location:
Walt Disney Co., Burbank, CA, 91521, United States

I have longtime friends who believe that the public interest requires the Federal Communications Commission to strictly limit the ownership of multiple TV stations. I genuinely understand and respect their opinions. But, my personal experience over 40 years in the industry suggests that TV ownership limits intended to enhance diversity may, in fact, prevent the creation of meaningfully diverse competitors.

Is Sinclair Too Liberal And Too Anti-Trump?

Location:
TVNewsCheck, Chatham, NJ, 07928, United States

found that most of Sinclair’s news-producing stations were as mainstream as the Mississippi River. And if you believe that mainstream is synonymous with liberal (I don’t), then Sinclair will be, upon closing of the Tribune deal, the nation’s leading purveyor of liberal news and views in broadcast television.

Sinclair Fires Back at Deal Critics

Location:
Sinclair Broadcast Group, 10706 Beaver Dam Road, Hunt Valley, MD, 21030, United States

Sinclair is vigorously defending its proposed merger with Tribune to the Federal Communications Commission as both in the interest of the public and of its company, which it says needs to scale up to be better able to compete with a growing number of less-regulated competitors

Sinclair-Tribune Critics Pan Broadcaster's Deal Defense

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

The Coalition to Save Local Media, comprising companies that want the Federal Communications Commission to block the deal, said Sinclair and Tribune have still failed to justify its approval.

Must We Feud Over Network Rep Rule Again?

Location:
TVNewsCheck, Chatham, NJ, 07928, United States

To the dismay of their affiliates, CBS, Disney and Fox included in their lists of "regulatory underbrush" that the Federal Communications Commission should chop out a request to do away with the 59-year-old network rep rule.

Democratic Reps Press FCC for answers on Sinclair

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

House Commerce Committee Ranking Democratic Reps are demanding answers from the Federal Communications Commission about its “favorable treatment” of Sinclair Broadcast Group, which has been cashing in on a series of agency moves that are easing restrictions on its control of local television stations.

How Sinclair, a Conservative TV Giant, Is Ridding Itself of Regulation

Location:
Sinclair Broadcast Group, 10706 Beaver Dam Road, Hunt Valley, MD, 21030, United States

The day before President Trump’s inauguration, the top executive of the Sinclair Broadcast Group, the nation’s largest owner of television stations, invited an important guest to the headquarters of the company’s Washington-area ABC affiliate. The trip was, in the parlance of the business world, a deal closer.

Looking at the record of the Sinclair Broadcast Group megamerger

Location:
Brookings, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

The Federal Communications Commission has before it the question of Sinclair Broadcast Group’s $3.9 billion proposed acquisition of Tribune Media. It is a major decision, since the resulting broadcast behemoth would hold as many as 233 local television stations reaching into more than 70 percent of American homes.

Who’s Afraid of Sinclair Broadcasting?

Location:
Sinclair Broadcast Group, 10706 Beaver Dam Road, Hunt Valley, MD, 21030, United States

In a perplexing dance toward consensus, left and right have united to pour vinegar on Sinclair Broadcasting Group’s effort to add Tribune Media’s 42 television stations to the 173 it already owns.

Media Watchdogs Are Suddenly Worried About Sinclair

Location:
USA, United States

The mainstream media has suddenly discovered Sinclair. Oh no! cry the media watchdogs -- this company known formally as Sinclair Broadcast Group has a conservative slant to its newscasts.

Conservative Media Voices Line Up Against Trump-Friendly Sinclair’s Purchase Of Tribune

Location:
Sinclair Broadcast Group, 10706 Beaver Dam Road, Hunt Valley, MD, 21030, United States

One America News CEO Charles Herring blasted the Federal Communications Commission’s recent decision to relax media ownership rules, a move that could pave the way for Sinclair’s $3.9 billion purchase of Tribune Media and allow the broadcast company to extend its reach into more than 70 percent of U.S. homes.

New conservative media boogeyman: Sinclair

Location:
Sinclair Broadcast Group, 10706 Beaver Dam Road, Hunt Valley, MD, 21030, United States

Opposition is coalescing against the $3.9 billion Sinclair-Tribune merger.

Concerns, political and commercial, over Sinclair’s dominance of local TV

Location:
Sinclair Broadcast Group, 10706 Beaver Dam Road, Hunt Valley, MD, 21030, United States

Sinclair Broadcast Group, the nation’s largest television broadcaster, is set to expand its reach into nearly three-quarters of American households, a prospect that has elicited concerns both commercial and ideological.

Diverse Groups, Including ACA, Combine to Oppose Sinclair-Tribune

Location:
American Cable Association (ACA), One Parkway Center, Pittsburgh, PA, 15220, United States

A diverse group of associations, including the American Cable Association, as well as media consolidation opponents and conservative news outlets, are getting together to formally oppose the merger of Sinclair and Tribune, which would result in the nation's largest broadcast TV group.

Is Fox Threatened By Sinclair's Reach?

Location:
Sinclair Broadcast Group, 10706 Beaver Dam Road, Hunt Valley, MD, 21030, United States

Sinclair Broadcast Group may have federal regulators on its side about a possible mega TV-station-group merger. But its business partners -- and competitors -- may give it a harder time. Cue 21st Century Fox.

How Trump's FCC aided Sinclair's expansion

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

Sinclair Broadcast Group is expanding its conservative-leaning television empire into nearly three-quarters of American households — but its aggressive takeover of the airwaves wouldn’t have been possible without help from President Donald Trump's chief at the Federal Communications Commission.

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