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FCC orders hearing even as Sinclair changes plans to sell TV stations to address concerns about Tribune deal

FCC orders hearing even as Sinclair changes plans to sell TV stations to address concerns about Tribune deal

The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to refer Sinclair Broadcast Group’s $3.9 billion takeover of Tribune Media to an administrative hearing despite the companies’ effort earlier Wednesday to address concerns by withdrawing proposals to sell some television stations to Baltimore-area business executives with ties to Sinclair.

The FCC announced the vote late Wednesday and said it would release the order Thursday.

Sinclair said Wednesday that it was amending its previous station divestiture plan designed to keep the merged company under federal TV ownership limits.

The changes came in response to concerns raised Monday by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who...

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