ALJ Finds Sinclair Honesty With FCC 'Academic,' For Now

Law360 (March 5, 2019, 9:53 PM EST) -- Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. managed Tuesday to duck a Federal Communications Commission probe into allegations that it misled the agency in its since-collapsed bid for Tribune Media Co., but an FCC administrative law judge cautioned that the broadcaster's honesty could still be the subject of future proceedings.

The merger proceeding's dissolution has rendered further inquiry into allegations that Sinclair lied when saying it would divest several stations to abide by FCC market-specific ownership limits "an academic exercise," ALJ Jane Halprin said in dismissing the merger review.

"The basic character-related allegations specified against Sinclair in the Hearing Designation Order are untethered to...

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