Federal Communications Commission

FCC weighs merits of $3.9 billion Sinclair/Tribune merger

FCC weighs merits of $3.9 billion Sinclair/Tribune merger

Despite opposition from competitors, consumers and media watchdogs, many observers expect the Federal Communications Commission to approve Sinclair Broadcast Group’s $3.9 billion takeover of Tribune Media Co.

Approval of the deal, which would create the nation’s largest broadcaster by far, appears likely because the FCC recently relaxed rules for broadcast station ownership and the political climate currently favors deregulation.

But others believe the transaction could face increased scrutiny given what they see as an unprecedented, broad base of opposition.

“I’m worried that this may be a predetermined decision without looking at the evidence,” said Charles Herring,...

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