Senate Dems Seek Hearing On Sinclair-Tribune Deal

Law360, Washington (June 6, 2017, 6:44 PM EDT) -- Eight Senate Democrats on Monday asked the chairmen of the Senate Commerce and Judiciary committees to conduct hearings on the proposed Tribune-Sinclair merger and on a Federal Communications Commission media ownership rule change helping make way for the deal.

Sens. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., Al Franken, D-Minn., Cory Booker, D-N.J., and other lawmakers said they are worried about the potential media concentration the tie-up would create. Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. has agreed to buy Tribune Media Co. for roughly $3.9 billion, the companies said last month.

The letter was addressed to Sens. John Thune, R-S.D., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.

"Senate hearings will...

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