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Sinclair-Tribune merger in jeopardy after FCC Chairman expresses 'serious concerns'

Sinclair-Tribune merger in jeopardy after FCC Chairman expresses 'serious concerns'

Sinclair Broadcast Group’s proposed $3.9 billion takeover of Tribune Media appears in jeopardy after the head of the Federal Communications Commission raised concerns Monday about the controversial deal.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, an appointee of President Donald J. Trump who has been viewed as friendly to such a merger, said in a statement that after a thorough review, “I have serious concerns about the Sinclair/Tribune transaction.

“The evidence we’ve received suggests that certain station divestitures that have been proposed to the FCC would allow Sinclair to control those stations in practice, even if not in name, in violation of the law,” Pai said. “When the FCC confronts...

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