A combined Sinclair-Tribune would create the single largest operator of local broadcast stations in the country, reaching 72 percent of American households. This massive consolidation will lead to higher prices and fewer choices for consumers. The merger was aided by relaxing of rules by the FCC on ownership both within a market and nationally, justifying rejection of this deal.
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A combined Sinclair-Tribune would own 230 television stations, including more than 117 "Big Four" affiliated stations.
This mega broadcaster would cover 108 media markets, including 40 out of the top 50 DMAs. In 42 markets, Sinclair-Tribune would operate more than one "Big Four" station. Get more resources on the merger.
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The proposed Sinclair-Tribune merger should be rejected: it threatens the fundamental principles of local broadcasting, an independent media, and the public interest.
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