Deadline – Sinclair & Other Station Biggies Hit Back As Court Stays FCC Ownership Rule

Dissenting filings, due by June 7, have already been sent in by Sinclair, Tribune, Fox, and Ion.

June 1, 2017

‘The D.C Circuit Court of Appeals today stayed a vote by the FCC to reinstate a rule that would ease restrictions on TV station mergers. The ruling (read it here) allows the court time to further review the rule, known as the UHF discount, which had been scrapped last fall.

New FCC Chairman Ajit Pai was among the dissenters in that September 2016 decision to abandon the rule, and its reinstatement was seen as a driver in allowing Sinclair to make its $3.9 billion cash-and-stock offer to acquire Tribune, which would make it the nation’s most powerful local TV broadcaster.’

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