The Coalition to Save Local Media released the following statement on Sinclair CEO Chris Ripley’s comments on the Sinclair-Tribune merger today:
There is no basis for the FCC to allow the Sinclair-Tribune merger to proceed, much less to close by the end of the year. Despite multiple opportunities, Sinclair and Tribune have failed to explain how this multi-billion-dollar merger is in the public interest. This merger continues to raise substantial legal and policy questions—including compliance with FCC rules—that remain unanswered by Sinclair-Tribune. The FCC must deny this merger.