Scott Livingston

Residents protest Sinclair merger in front of Hunt Valley headquarters

Residents protest Sinclair merger in front of Hunt Valley headquarters

A few dozen demonstrators held signs and shouted through a megaphone outside the Sinclair Broadcast Group’s Hunt Valley headquarters on Sunday to oppose the company’s proposed $3.9 billion takeover of Tribune Media Co.

If approved by the Federal Communications Commission, the merger would create the nation’s largest broadcaster. Protesters said it would reduce competition between stations and inject right-wing politics into a large portion of the country’s local media.

“We’re calling on the FCC to do its job and protect the public interest and not allow the merger of Sinclair and Tribune Media,” said Susie McShea of Ellicott City, one of the organizers of the demonstration....