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A bigger Sinclair is bad for TV and bad for democracy


In May, the Sinclair Broadcast Group — one of the largest owners of TV stations in the country — announced plans to spend $3.9 billion to acquire Tribune Media, parent company of 42 TV stations located in larger markets like Chicago and Los Angeles. The resulting merger would create a broadcasting behemoth of more than 230 stations, reaching some 72 percent of the television viewing audience coast-to-coast.

The Federal Communication Commission and the Justice Department are both currently reviewing the deal, as well they should. If the purchase is allowed to move forward, it could have...

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